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October 5, 2012
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  • Will Sprint battle DT for MetroPCS?
    Sprint Nextel directors are expected to discuss today whether they should attempt to outbid T-Mobile USA's parent Deutsche Telekom for MetroPCS, according to published reports. "It would make sense for Sprint to look at MetroPCS. The networks are compatible and that might make it easier," said Tom Burnett, research director at the Wall Street Access investment firm. In February, Sprint directors blocked a proposal to buy MetroPCS. Bloomberg (10/4), The Wall Street Journal (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Company News 
  • Acer sets laptop-type price of $799 for Windows 8 tablet
    Acer sees its upcoming Iconia W700 Windows 8-powered tablet -- featuring an Intel Core processor -- as a laptop replacement device that will sell for $799 when it goes on sale Oct. 26. The tablet, which will compete with Microsoft's Surface, will feature an 11.6-inch screen, 10 hours of battery life and a 1,920-by-1,080-pixel resolution. Also on the tablet front, Sony recalled its Xperia computer one month after its debut due to potential water damage on a machine touted as being water resistant. Computerworld/IDG News Service (10/4), Reuters (10/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Elop: Important to "invest well" in U.S. market
    Nokia will spend considerable amounts of cash to pump its upcoming Lumia 920 and 820 smartphones in the U.S. because of the important message strong American sales convey to the rest of the world, chief executive Stephen Elop said in an interview. If Nokia succeeds in the U.S., "over time the rest of the world says, 'Ah, we see this as a trend.' ... It's really important to us worldwide," he said. CNET (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Mobile Apps 
  • Microsoft preps updates for Windows 8 apps
    Microsoft is getting a jump on the end of October launch of its Windows 8 and related RT operating systems by releasing updates for built-in applications, with a focus on such areas as its Bing search engine, maps, photos, news and weather. Microsoft has planned an official launch event for Windows Phone 8 in San Francisco on Oct. 29. CNET (10/4), CNET (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T expands tablet line with pair of Windows devices
    AT&T unveiled a pair of Windows RT tablets that it will market for the holidays: Asus' VivoTab RT and the ATIV Smart PC from Samsung Electronics. The carrier declined to provide details on pricing or a launch date. The RT is part of Microsoft's Windows 8 platform. AT&T, which demonstrated its new line of new tablets and smartphones at a New York event on Thursday, also said that it would sell Samsung's Android-based point-and-shoot Galaxy Camera that features a 4G wireless link. CNET (10/4), All Things D (10/4), CNET (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Details emerge of BlackBerry 10-based RIM smartphone
    Specifications of a Research In Motion smartphone based on its pending BlackBerry 10 operating system have appeared online in a slide that describes a handset with the code name "Aristo," according to this report that describes the specs. The phone will reportedly run on Qualcomm's Krait platform -- which features a quad-core processor -- as well as 16 gigabytes of storage and a microSD slot. InformationWeek (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • For the holidays, smartphones are getting bigger, faster
    Apple's rivals are muscling up their smartphones for the holiday season by outfitting them with larger displays and speedier technology for such applications as streaming video. Analysts term these devices "hybrids" because of their tablet-like features. "Manufacturers view phones with larger displays as competition for tablets," said Ross Rubin, an analyst at Reticle Research. Bloomberg Businessweek (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Public Policy 
  • FCC chief: We're on track to free up 300MHz by 2015
    The head of the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday explained how the government will meet its 2015 deadline to provide 300MHz of wireless spectrum for broadband services. In a speech, Julius Genachowski said regulators were taking steps that the carriers had requested such as the licensing of AWS-2 H-Block frequencies ahead of an auction of Advanced Wireless Spectrum. Network World/IDG News Service (10/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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