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March 19, 2012
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  • LightSquared puts up a fight
    LightSquared asserted Friday that federal regulators have no legal right to block its plans to create a satellite-based terrestrial wireless network. In a filing to the Federal Communications Commission, the company argued that the FCC relied upon faulty and biased tests in making its ruling. DISH Network, which wants to provide the same type of service, is not expected to encounter the same sort of spectral interference issues with GPS signals that doomed LightSquared's FCC application, analysts and industry executives say. Network World/IDG News Service (3/16), Bloomberg (3/19), Bloomberg Businessweek (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Patent holder isn't :) about Samsung, RIM emoticon buttons
    Cellphones that contain a button for inserting a smiley face emoticon violate Varia Holdings' patents, the company claimed in a federal court lawsuit filed last week against Samsung Electronics and Research In Motion. In other patent news, the full U.S. International Trade Commission has declined to overturn an administrative judge's ruling that Motorola Mobility did not violate Apple's intellectual property. The suit covered seven Android-based phones and the Xoom tablet. (3/16), Bloomberg Businessweek (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Dell: Tablet market has room for competitors
    Although Apple's iPad dominates the tablet market, Dell remains steadfast in its belief that there is opportunity for competitors to generate sales. "We have a road map for tablets that we haven't announced yet. You'll see some announcements ... for the back half of the year," Dell's Steve Felice said. "We don't think that this market is closed off in any way." Reuters (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Developers invent apps faster than mobile systems can sustain them
    Smartphone developers are pushing the envelope on location-based applications more quickly than the mobile infrastructure can absorb them, especially at densely populated places and events such as last week's South By Southwest conference in Texas, according to this account. Large crowds stressed mobile networks, which in turn drained smartphone batteries, one columnist said. All Things D (3/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How "freemium" games generate profits
    Some mobile-game developers are finding greater profits by letting users download their games free and then charging for expanded features. The freemium model is paying off because, "When you tell a friend about it and they go to the App Store and it's free, they download it without thinking about it. Then there's stickiness and the addictiveness and people talking about it," said Natalia Luckyanova, co-developer of "Temple Run." The game rose rapidly in popularity after it became available free, and it has now drawn more than 40 million downloads. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Carriers pulling out stops to increase capacity
    Wireless carriers are looking for innovative ways to squeeze more bandwidth out of their networks, especially when it comes to managing video traffic. AT&T has introduced new antenna technologies, while Verizon Wireless has turned to multiple antenna technology and has developed software that downloads only the parts of video feeds that are changing. "There are things that can be done that reduce the amount of bits without degrading quality the consumer can notice," Verizon Communications Chief Technology Officer Anthony Melone said. The Wall Street Journal (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • What technology helped set the iPad's price?
    Apple kept down the cost of iPad hardware by relying on at least three vendors for its parts, according to research firm UBM TechInsights. Separately, buyers reportedly found that new iPads sold by Verizon Wireless to run on its 4G network performed on AT&T's GSM-based network when users inserted AT&T micro-SIM cards into the devices and updated the tablets' carrier settings. The carriers did not comment on the report. The Wall Street Journal (3/16), Computerworld (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • No relief in sight from Android hackers, researchers warn
    Hackers will continue to go after Android-based smartphones in much larger numbers than Apple's iOS devices, according to researchers at a European security conference, who said Friday that mobile data is an especially inviting target. Hackers find it cheaper and easier to load malware onto the open-source platform. CIO Asia (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • J.D. Power survey hails iPhone, LG, Sanyo as top handsets
    J.D. Power and Associates gave Apple's iPhone a five-star rating in its customer satisfaction report on smartphones, while LG Electronics and Sanyo earned top billing for feature phones. Trailing the iPhone were HTC, Samsung Electronics and Motorola Mobility. The firm also found that smartphone customers, especially 4G network users, were mostly unhappy with their devices' battery life, and that design was the least important factor they considered in choosing new handsets. eWeek (3/16), Digital Trends (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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