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October 17, 2012
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  • Verizon is expected to gain with stable pricing arena
    Verizon Wireless stands to benefit from a pricing stability in the mobile market when it reports earnings Thursday, according to analysts who pointed in particular to the carrier's relatively new shared data plan as contributing to Verizon's expected top-line gains. "The pricing environment in the wireless industry is the best it has been in several years. All the participants have been pretty steady. No one is being irrational with pricing," said Colby Synesael, an analyst at Cowen & Co. Bloomberg (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Best Buy reportedly will debut a branded tablet for under $260
    Best Buy plans to release its own tablet, the Insignia Flex, an Android-based gadget that will be priced from $239 to $259 when it goes on sale Nov. 11, according to a published report that says the big-box retailer will still sell rival tablets. Best Buy has offered technical details for the Insignia Flex on its Facebook page. Reuters (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ericsson gets in the game with new Wi-Fi system
    Ericsson has introduced a device aimed at easing wireless traffic jams in crowded places such as stadiums. The Wi-Fi access point and controller, which basically creates a new wireless network, could allow fans to update social network pages during games or concerts or access instant replays on their smartphones. News Service (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RIM wants to take developers for a ride
    Research In Motion is trying to keep developers interested in writing applications for the upcoming BlackBerry 10 operating system, so Tuesday the company dangled a new carrot before them: the connected car. RIM's QNX software division introduced a software developer kit for connected car applications that leverages the company's BlackBerry WebWorks HTML5 framework. GigaOm (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Full-duplex radios will allow channel reuse, researchers say
    Researchers at a California university say they are developing full-duplex radios that could solve two-way spectrum traffic issues, adding that they hope to introduce the technology by late next year. The University of California at Riverside engineers added that the radios would only slightly bump up the cost of a cell base station. The radios would allow data to be delivered and received simultaneously. Computerworld/IDG News Service (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Survey: Smartphone users shy away from video apps
    The average smartphone user devoted 6.9 minutes a day to watching video content in August, compared with 25.8 minutes for games and 18.1 minutes for social networking, according to an NPD Group survey. Still, that figure represented an 86% increase from a year ago. "We expect [video app] usage to increase in step with 4G networks and devices, better form factors (larger screens), and more compelling apps," NPD analyst Linda Barrabee said in a blog post. Home Media Magazine (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IT experts: Gov't, industry should work together on cybersecurity
    Ninety-six percent of IT decision makers surveyed said the government should allow wireless companies to exchange information to help identify vulnerabilities and protect users from threats. In the survey, released at MobileCON, 77% of respondents said the industry is better equipped to define cybersecurity standards. While there were differences of opinion when asked which cybersecurity challenges and issues were most important, these experts recognized that communications were vital to protecting consumers and mobile networks among the many companies throughout the mobile ecosystem and between the private and public sectors on cybersecurity. Download the IT decision-maker survey today (PDF). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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