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February 22, 2012
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  • Ericsson aims to expand Wi-Fi wares with BelAir purchase
    Ericsson will buy BelAir Networks, a Canadian provider of wireless mesh equipment, for an undisclosed sum in order to expand its Wi-Fi portfolio to include radio network connectivity, according to Chief Technology Officer Ulf Ewaldsson. "Offloading traffic from the expensive 3G spectrum to Wi-Fi is one of the ways for operators to counter" the expected wireless bandwidth crunch, Gartner analyst Leif-Olof Wallin said. The Wall Street Journal (2/21), (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • RIM issues PlayBook 2.0 with e-mail, Android apps
    Research In Motion on Tuesday released the long-awaited software update to its year-old PlayBook tablet in a bid to give the poorly selling device a boost -- even though the upgrade came months after RIM had originally intended. PlayBook 2.0 gives users direct access to e-mail and the ability to run Android applications and integrate social media sites with e-mail, calendar and contact lists. The new version will run on RIM's QNX operating system, and the company said it would promote the tablet with a U.S. marketing push. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/21), Reuters (2/21), The Wall Street Journal (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Samsung makes LTE gear noise with 2 U.S. orders
    Samsung Electronics will expand its wireless-network equipment reach in the U.S., having won a pair of contracts to sell 4G gear to what the South Korean company termed "top" and "mid-tier" carriers. Samsung wants to become one of the top three global vendors for Long-Term Evolution equipment in its competition with Ericsson, Huawei Technologies and Nokia Siemens Networks. Bloomberg (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Verizon, Motorola join on M2M tools for businesses
    Verizon Enterprise Solutions and Motorola Solutions will partner on machine-to-machine services with the intent of providing wireless data and voice enterprise solutions, the companies have announced. Verizon will contribute integrated voice and data tools to the project. (2/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Report: Google glasses will stream smartphone data from pocket
    Google reportedly has developed an optical device that will allow users to check their smartphones without taking them out of their pockets: The company has invented glasses that can stream information directly before people's eyes, according to a published report, which pegs the prices at $250 to $600 and says the product will reach the market this year. The glasses are expected to contain 3G or 4G connections as well as an array of sensors involving motion and GPS. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Bits blog (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Website praises performance of Qualcomm S4 chip with Android 4.0
    Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 processor performs so well in benchmarks, especially with the Android 4.0 "Ice Cream Sandwich" operating system, that the Anandtech chip review website calls it "insane," according to this blog post. "The [S4] is the absolute fastest we've seen Ice Cream Sandwich thus far ... the UI is absolutely butter smooth everywhere, and web browsing in either Chrome or the stock Android Browser is also the smoothest we've seen it," Anandtech states. Only Apple's proprietary A5 processor runs faster at higher resolutions, the website reports. CNET/Nanotech - The Circuits Blog (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T to test PTT-enabled smartphones for companies
    AT&T will begin testing enhanced push-to-talk services aimed at allowing field employee work groups to better communicate, the carrier said Tuesday. Companies that commonly use PTT services -- including utilities, transportation and manufacturing firms -- will try out the technology and AT&T's network as the carrier works with Kodiak Networks and Raytheon JPS to increase coverage and speed of private mobile radio systems. CNET/Dialed In blog (2/21), TechCrunch (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Linux add-on will let Android phones run PC, TV desktop sessions
    More evidence that smartphones are becoming as powerful as PCs: Canonical has introduced software that will allow Android phones to power full computing sessions on desktop units and TV sets, the company said Tuesday. "The processors at the heart of smartphones are approaching the power of low-end laptop processors, so we use the horsepower to power a desktop experience," said Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth. Network World/IDG News Service (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Developers see a bigger payoff from Amazon Appstore
    The Amazon Appstore is providing more lucrative payoffs for application developers than Google's Android Market, according to analytics firm Distimo, which notes the Amazon site actually offers fewer apps than its rival. Distimo says the Amazon Appstore provides more profit for developers on 42 of the top 110 apps that are common to both markets. GigaOm (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  • Biden addresses report on "spectrum crunch," endorses auctions
    Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday pointed to a report from the Council of Economic Advisers that refers to economic gains derived from easing an expected "spectrum crunch" among wireless carriers. Biden issued the comments in endorsing legislation headed for President Barack Obama's desk that would encourage broadcasters to auction off digital spectrum for wireless use. "It is unlikely that wireless carriers will be able to accommodate this surging demand without additional spectrum," according to the report. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (2/21), (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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