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March 21, 2013
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  • AT&T adds shared-data plans for business users
    AT&T Mobility has announced three tiers of wireless-data offerings that expand the options for enterprise customers. The 30-, 40- and 50-gigabyte Mobile Share plans will start Friday. The offerings range in price from $300 to $500 for up to 25 shared devices. Wireless Week (3/19), FierceWireless (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • AT&T releases U-verse APIs in bid to bolster TV apps
    AT&T is providing application programming interfaces for its U-verse television service, hoping the company and its technology partners can set themselves apart with innovative apps. "Content is a commodity at the pay-TV level," AT&T's Jeff Weber said at a conference in London. "... 'The Walking Dead' that you watch on U-verse TV is the same that you can get on DIRECTV; there are very few places where you can get exclusives, so we can't differentiate much around content." Total Telecom Magazine (U.K.) (3/19), ipTVnews (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AT&T offers free Wi-Fi device to new U-verse customers: AT&T through July 27 is offering new customers of its U-verse High-Speed Internet service their choice of one of four Wi-Fi devices: an Xbox 360, Sonos Play:3, Kindle Fire or a Nexus 7 tablet. AT&T also has unveiled new applications, including a Jukebox app that lets users expand their playlists by asking up to six others to join a "Party," as well as an interactive workout app with customizable features. CEDMagazine.com (3/18), Multichannel News (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Samsung is making time for a smart wristwatch
    Samsung Electronics expects to compete with Apple for wearable devices, as the South Korean manufacturer said it has long planned to introduce a smart wristwatch that will mirror many smartphone functions. "We've been preparing the watch product for so long," Executive Vice President Lee Young Hee said. Lee declined to provide other details about the watch, which presumably would compete against a similar product reportedly in development at Apple. "The race is on to redesign the mobile phone into something that you wear," said Marshal Cohen, an NPD Group analyst. Bloomberg (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mobile app measures user's pulse
    Fujitsu Laboratories says it has designed software that works on tablets or smartphones and is capable of examining the hemoglobin in a person's face and measuring the user's pulse. "Even at a busy workplace, or any time a person is sitting in front of a PC, whether for teleconferencing or writing e-mails, their pulse can be measured during brief moments of quiet," a company statement says. The Independent (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Ownership of tablets, multiple devices is on the rise
    About 1 in 4 Americans older than 14 are "digital omnivores" -- owners of a laptop, smartphone and tablet -- a 160% rise from a year prior, a Deloitte study says. Tablet ownership increased the most among the three device types, with more than 1 in 3 households now having one, compared with 13% last year. Tablet owners over the next year plan to use them the most for movies, at 38%, followed by professional Web videos at 25%, news at 23%, user content at 22%, sports at 21%, hourlong TV dramas at 18%, and 30-minute sitcoms at 17%. The Hollywood Reporter (free content) (3/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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