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January 8, 2013
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  • McAdam sees "billions" in revenue beyond phones
    Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam said the wireless industry could reap "billions" of dollars by 2020 from new services, naming areas such as health care, cars and energy management in an interview. Also Monday, McAdam told an investor conference that Verizon Wireless netted a record 2.1 million subscribers in the fourth quarter, although he also said the parent company would incur a one-time charge of up to $10 billion in the quarter because of costs from Superstorm Sandy, pension obligations and restructuring debt. He also told the conference that Verizon favored backing three or four mobile operating systems in the name of diversity. Reuters (1/7), Light Reading (1/7), News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AT&T details Digital Home, expands developer tools for apps
    AT&T had a busy day Monday, from unveiling its Digital Home wireless monitoring service at an industry event to providing developers with details of new tools, including one that will allow a device user to port a mobile phone number across a range of devices. Also, AT&T Chief Technology Officer John Donovan detailed the carrier's plans to "densify" urban networks by substituting small cell sites for larger ones, a step aimed at preventing blocked calls and provide more reliable data speeds in crowded cities. AT&T and Qualcomm introduced the "Internet of Everything" development platform based on a Qualcomm Gobi chipset designed to allow Java-based embedded devices to connect with the carrier's 3G network as well as to build industrial and health care apps. GigaOm (1/7), (1/7), Computerworld (1/7), PC Magazine (1/7), Computerworld (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ford, GM throw doors open to build in-car apps
    Ford Motor and General Motors ratcheted up their battle for the smart car with the automakers on Monday inviting anyone to develop applications as a way of expanding their infotainment systems. "We want to create the highest-volume architecture in the industry. The ease at which [developers] can develop is important to them, and we believe we’re leading in tools and implementation," said Ford's Doug VanDagens about opening up its Sync AppLink program. Ford also introduced nine new apps for its models. GM said that it will provide all developers with tools to build apps via its website, a new step for the carmaker. (1/7), CNET (1/7), CNET (1/7), The Wall Street Journal (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • McAdam says Vodafone buyout is "feasible," not imminent
    Vodafone investors were cheered by statements Monday from Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam that the company had the ability to purchase all of Verizon Wireless after failing in a 2006 attempt to buy the 45% stake owned by the U.K. telecom company. But McAdam also added that Verizon had no plans to do so because the partnership was performing well. "I think [a deal] is feasible. Our wireline business is getting stronger and as that gets stronger, it makes it easier," he said in an interview. However, he said, "I don’t feel compelled to go out and take action to make something happen." Bloomberg Businessweek (1/8), The Wall Street Journal/Digits blog (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Qualcomm adds 2 faster processors for mobile devices
    Qualcomm introduced two new processors for smartphones and tablet computers, the Snapdragon 600 and 800, which promise to operate 75% faster with greater energy efficiency. The Snapdragon 800 is a quad-core processor that can run at up to 2.3 gigahertz, while the Snapdragon 600 is specified for 1.9GHz. The new processors are being designed into 50 phones and tablets that will become available beginning in mid-2013, said Qualcomm's Steve Mollenkopf. Bloomberg (1/8), CNET (1/7), TechCrunch (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sprint, Verizon back Windows with new phones
    Sprint Nextel will release its first pair of Windows Phone handsets by the summer, in the form of unspecified HTC and Samsung Electronics models. Verizon Wireless expanded its Window commitment with the announcement that it would launch the Samsung Ativ Odyssey in "the coming weeks." Sony unveiled its 5-inch, waterproof Xperia Z device featuring a 13-megapixel camera and a Qualcomm quad-core processor. Huawei Technologies released a pair of phones, including its 6.1-inch Ascend Mate, which the Chinese vendor described as sporting the world's largest screen. And SpareOne showed a low-end phone that runs on AA batteries designed as an extra device for emergencies. ZDNet (1/8), CNET (1/7), CNET (1/7), Reuters (1/7), ABC News (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AMD, Acer, HP showcase tablets for various market segments
    Acer, Hewlett-Packard and AMD introduced new tablets Monday. Acer unfolded a 7-inch Android device, the Iconia B1-A71, which it will price under $150, although the company offered no release date. AMD hopes to crack the tablet market with a high-end Wistron-made Windows 8 tablet based on its new Temash chip that features a 10.6-inch screen and supports full HD video. HP displayed its Windows-based ElitePro 900 for enterprises, which it originally announced in October. The Verge (1/7), Computerworld/IDG News Service (1/7), Computerworld/IDG News Service (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Intel touts high-end tablet, low-end smartphone Atom chips
    Intel revealed more of its wireless plans Monday, officially unveiling its Lexington platform featuring a low-cost, low-power Atom chip for smartphones aimed at emerging markets such as India and China. Intel also said that it would release this year a quad-core Atom chip for tablets known as "Bay Trail" that the company said offered twice the performance of its current Clover Trail chip. At a news conference, Intel said Bay Trail would spark tablets as thin as 8 millimeters equipped with batteries that could last all day. Computerworld/IDG News Service (1/7), All Things D (1/7), (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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