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Consumers in Emerging Markets Gain Affordable Access to Apps

February 24, 2015 8:20 PM | Software | Comments (0)

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Mobile operators can now offer their subscribers free-of-charge access to selected apps for a set period of time, with sponsored and paid passes to apps coming shortly. This has been made possible by App Pass, an innovative new feature for Opera Max, the mobile data-savings and management app from Opera Software.

Opera Max with App Pass is particularly suited for developing markets, where operators can use it to encourage mobile data usage among subscribers who’ve been put off by the cost of mobile data, as well as by a confusing user experience. Subscribers can use an App Pass to easily connect and try out selected mobile apps at no extra charge.

Free access to data with two clicks  

For operators, App Pass is a way to present offers to users when they open any app on their phones. With two clicks, users can gain free access to the data that app consumes via Opera Max: they can then return to the app knowing that any data consumed while using it will be zero-rated for the duration of the App Pass.

Telenor will be the first operator to partner with Opera and launch Opera Max with App Pass, testing it out in some of the company’s Asian markets. In the pilot phase Telenor is testing a number of short-term passes for different apps and offers that help its users gain a first-hand, low-risk understanding of the internet. These users can also see and then manage their own personal internet consumption patterns from within Opera Max.

Innovative way for packaging data  

“We’re excited to partner once again with Telenor Digital to innovate in how mobile data is packaged and offered to consumers,” says Opera CEO, Lars Boilesen. “App Pass builds upon Opera’s achievements with Opera Web Pass and Sponsored Web Pass in making mobile data affordable and easy to use for end users. With App Pass, consumers can enjoy their favorite apps and try out new ones with just two clicks, using the Opera Max client already on their devices.”
 

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BlackBerry Classic Available Feb. 26 on the Verizon Wireless Network

February 24, 2015 8:13 PM | Blackberry | Verizon | Comments (0)

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BlackBerry loyalists and keyboard fans will feel right at home with the new BlackBerry Classic. The familiar design and iconic keyboard return for those who have 10 minutes to type 10 emails before moving onto their next task. QWERTY fans, this is for you. Read all about the announcement at Verizon Wireless.

In today’s smartphone world, apps are all part of the experience. The BlackBerry Classic gives you access to both BlackBerry and Android apps, the best of both worlds. Search for and download apps through BlackBerry World and the Amazon Appstore. And with so many apps, you’ll need a battery to power you through the day. The 2500mAh battery gives you up to 22 hours of mixed usage. Power Optimization on the Classic helps to extend the battery life in those times when you’re running low and need to stay online.

Apps are great, but many require a reliable data connection to use them. You shouldn’t have to worry about a BBM or text that’s stuck on “sending” or a video that spends more time buffering than playing. The BlackBerry Classic runs on the Verizon 4G LTE network and is XLTE-Ready, so you’ll be able to get faster peak speeds and greater network capacity than before in cities coast to coast. XLTE is available in over 400 markets.

At its core, the Classic really is about productivity and getting things done. But in order to be efficient, organization is needed. BlackBerry Hub helps manage all your conversations in one place with a single swipe. You’ll see emails, texts, BBM, calls, social media and more in one inbox. You can also prioritize contacts and message types with the Instant-Action feature.
 

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Bluetooth Technology Adding Mesh Networking to Spur New Wave of Innovation

February 24, 2015 8:09 PM | Interesting | Comments (0)


The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) officially announced the formation of the Bluetooth® Smart Mesh Working Group. This working group will build the architecture for standardized mesh networking capability for Bluetooth Smart technology. As Bluetooth Smart sensors proliferate in the home, mesh networking will become an integral component to ensure consumers’ Bluetooth enabled smart locks, lights, HVAC systems, and even appliances work together to deliver a seamless smart home experience.

“The Bluetooth SIG is very good at standardizing its technology and creating platforms that ensure product interoperability, while allowing members the flexibility to innovate,” said Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG. “Our members are extremely interested in mesh networking, not just for the smart home, but for every vertical using Bluetooth Smart. Given the sheer number of companies coming into the working group, this is clearly a priority for our members.”

Over 80 member companies already volunteered to serve on the Bluetooth Smart Mesh Working Group, among the highest of any SIG working group and demonstrating the strong industry backing for this initiative. The group is comprised of companies from a broad array of industries, including automotive, mobile phone/mobility, industrial automation, home automation, consumer electronics, and computing. Rather than focusing on one specific use case, the objective of the group is to build a common platform all members can develop to. The group is assessing many user scenarios that would benefit from mesh, including lighting, HVAC control, asset tracking, and security.
 

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Introducing Snapdragon LTE Modems and Modem Classes

February 18, 2015 9:31 PM | Technology | Comments (0)

The foundation of great mobile experiences is reliable wireless connectivity. For years, Qualcomm Technologies has provided that foundation with support for superior LTE connectivity in a host of mobile devices through two families of chipsets: Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, and discrete Qualcomm Gobi modems.
Snapdragon LTE modem classes infographic

As our processors have played a critical role in bringing advanced LTE connectivity from the lab to consumers, they help to fulfill the promise of the technology for hundreds of millions of people around the world, and the Snapdragon name has become synonymous with ultra-fast, dependable, LTE connectivity. That’s why, moving forward, our discrete LTE multimode modems—which deliver the same advanced LTE performance in a host of devices from smartphones and PC notebooks to USB modems and personal hotspots—will now share the Snapdragon name.

For example, the Qualcomm Gobi 9x45 modem will now be known as the Qualcomm Snapdragon X12 LTE modem. Which brings us to the other important change we are making.
 

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AT&T GoPhone $60 Plan Customers Gets Unlimited Calling and Texting to Mexico

February 18, 2015 9:28 PM | AT&T | Comments (0)

Need to call family or friends in Guadalajara, Tijuana or Mexico City? Need more data to do the things you love online? AT&T GoPhone has you covered with the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network with the nation’s strongest LTE signal.

Beginning February 20, AT&T is upping the high speed data for two popular GoPhone plans and also giving unlimited calling to Mexico on the $60 plan.1

New and existing GoPhone customers on 1GB plans ($45 per month) will now receive 1.5GB of high speed data2, and customers on 2.5GB plans ($60 per month) will receive 4 GB of high speed data – all at the same price. That’s 50% more data. It’s automatic, at no additional cost and our gift to our customers.

Both the $45 and $60 GoPhone plans include:

Unlimited data usage 2
Unlimited nationwide talk and text, including unlimited text to Mexico, Canada and over 100 countries
Wi-Fi hotspot capability

The unlimited calling to Mexico and extra data high speed data are just another way of appreciating your business.

 

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Skype 5.2 for Android - Share Photos with Offline Contacts

February 9, 2015 8:57 PM | Software | Comments (0)

Many of you already use Skype for Android to share photos on the go – be it a cute baby, a world wonder, or selfies. With today’s release of Skype 5.2 for Android, we just updated photo sharing to make it an even simpler and more integrated experience.

Send photos to your contacts – online or offline

Gone are the days when you and your contacts need to be online at the same time for you to share photos using Skype. With this update, you can now send photos to your Skype contacts at a time that’s convenient for you, regardless of your contacts’ online status. When they are back on Skype, photos you shared show up beautifully inline in the chat history, whether or not you’re online – allowing you to easily carry on the conversation.
 

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LG G3 & Google Cardboard Bring Mobile Virtual Reality to Everyday Life

February 9, 2015 8:52 PM | Google | LG | Comments (0)

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LG Electronics (LG) and Google are making virtual reality (VR) more accessible to mainstream consumers. LG today announced a free VR for G3 giveaway for customers who purchase new LG G3 smartphones. LG’s VR for G3 works with Google Cardboard and enables G3 owners to experience a variety of VR-compatible apps and games that they can download on the Google Play store.
 
Unlike other head-mounted VR devices that are designed with their own processors and displays, VR for G3 takes advantage of the visual and sound capabilities of G3 to offer a ­­lighter and more convenient solution. Thanks to the LG G3’s class-leading Quad HD display, VR for G3 is able to provide users with much sharper image quality for a smoother, more realistic VR experience.
 
VR for G3 features a unique design that leverages the G3’s signature Rear Key layout, compared to other smartphones where the volume rockers are located on the side of the phone. This unique design also means VR for G3 takes full advantage of the flagship phone’s 1W speaker with Boost AMP to provide richer, clearer sound effects that complement the rich visuals. For a more personal experience, VR for G3 can be combined with a Bluetooth headsets such as LG Tone Infinim™  for wireless enjoyment.
 

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AT&T Adds High-Quality Spectrum to Support Customers' Growing Demand

February 2, 2015 10:21 PM | AT&T | Comments (0)

At the conclusion of the FCC’s Auction 97, AT&T** has successfully acquired licenses for a near nationwide contiguous 10x10 MHz block of high-quality AWS-3 spectrum.  As a result of the acquisition, AT&T now covers 96 percent of the U.S. population with high-value contiguous AWS-3 spectrum.

“Growth in our customers’ mobile data usage continues to explode, driven by mobile video traffic. This spectrum investment will be critical to AT&T staying ahead of customer demand and facilitate the next generation of mobile video entertainment,” said John Stankey, chief strategy officer-AT&T.

Mobile data traffic on AT&T’s national wireless network increased 100,000 percent from January 2007 through December 2014.

AT&T will work with network and handset suppliers, and industry standards bodies to deploy the spectrum beginning in the 2017-2018 period, allowing the company to stay ahead of strong growth in mobile Internet traffic. AT&T anticipates putting this spectrum into service as a supplemental downlink to deliver additional mobile Internet capacity and better performance for its customers. AT&T will work with the FCC, NTIA, DOD, and other federal agencies to also support uplink capacity as soon as possible.

 

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Intel to Acquire Lantiq; Advancing the Connected Home

February 2, 2015 10:19 PM | Interesting | Comments (0)

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Intel Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Lantiq, a leading supplier of broadband access and home networking technologies. The transaction is subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals. The transaction is expected to close in approximately 90 days. Deal terms were not disclosed.

Smart gateways and intelligent access networks are important elements in Intel's efforts to make everything smart and connected, best with Intel. This acquisition would expand Intel's success in the cable residential gateway market and broaden its offering to other gateway markets, including DSL, Fiber, LTE, retail and IoT smart routers.

"By 2018, we expect more than 800 million broadband connected households worldwide," said Kirk Skaugen, senior vice president and general manager of Intel's Client Computing Group. "Intel has been a global leader in driving broadband into the home and to connected compute devices. The combination of our cable gateway business with Lantiq's technology and talent can allow global service providers to introduce new home computing experiences and enable consumers to take advantage of a more smart and connected home."

The combined team would have a comprehensive range of connectivity solutions and home cloud technologies for OEMs, service providers and companies innovating new applications for the home. Together with Intel's IoT solutions, Intel® Security products and Intel-based client devices, Intel can deliver exciting new connected experiences for consumers.
 

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Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Processor Powers Premium Tier Mobile Experiences of 2015

February 2, 2015 10:16 PM | Technology | Comments (0)

Qualcomm Incorporated today announced that its subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. (QTI), has a growing customer design pipeline in excess of 60 premium tier mobile devices based on the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. New devices based on Snapdragon 810 include the LG G Flex2 and the Xiaomi Mi Note Pro, with many more expected in the coming weeks and months.

“The LG Flex2 is designed to represent a new class of innovation at the premium tier with the dynamically curved design, a richer feature set and faster performance than the previous generation,” said Chris Yie, vice president, head of marketing communications at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “With an advanced feature set and stunning multimedia support, the Snapdragon 810 provides us with a tremendous foundation to enable the most advanced mobile experiences for consumers.”

“Xiaomi prides itself on embracing the leading-edge of innovation for premium mobile devices,” said Lei Jun, Founder, chairman and chief executive officer, Xiaomi. “We make every effort to bring the newest and most innovative technology to our enthusiastic customers, drawing on the best in the industry. Our collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies on the Snapdragon 810-powered Mi Note Pro provides us the ability to deliver more performance, features and user capabilities to a mobile device than ever before. This is what our customers want and what Xiaomi will deliver with the Snapdragon 810.”

"Motorola Mobility and Qualcomm have a long history of cooperating to create amazing mobile experiences," said Rick Osterloh, president, Motorola Mobility. "The Snapdragon 810 processor will enable us to push the boundaries even further so we can continue delighting our customers with devices that give them new choices."
 

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Alaska Communications Completes the Sale of its Wireless Business

February 2, 2015 10:15 PM | Interesting | Comments (0)

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Alaska Communications, has closed the sale of its wireless assets to General Communication, Inc.. Net proceeds from this transaction will be used to pay down debt. A stronger balance sheet, combined with revenue and earnings growth, better positions the company to pursue additional opportunities to create shareholder value.

“We can now focus on our business broadband and managed IT solutions strategy, which provides our greatest areas of growth and highest levels of profitability. Our broadband assets are already yielding industry-leading revenue growth. As we focus our attention and resources on reliable broadband and managed IT solutions, we look to be the partner of choice for Alaska businesses fortifying our customer relationships by delivering improved service,” said Alaska Communications President and CEO Anand Vadapalli.
 

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