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Struggling Google Wallet reportedly abandons the idea of plastic cards

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It’s been two years since Google launched its mobile payments platform, Google Wallet, but the initiative has been slow to take off. The company had reportedly planned to launch a plastic card that could be used at merchants who don’t accept tap-and-go NFC payments. On Friday, though, AllThingsD reported that Google has abandoned the idea. AllThingsD...
Struggling Google Wallet reportedly abandons the idea of plastic cards

Google on defensive yet again in snafu over ad-tracking in Safari browsers

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Google (NSDQ: GOOG) continues to find itself in compromising positions in 2012, the latest coming after an investigation by The Wall Street Journal (NSDQ: NWS) found that the company was tricking Apple’s Safari browsers on the iPhone and the Mac into dropping their ad-tracking protections in order to promote...
Google on defensive yet again in snafu over ad-tracking in Safari browsers

With the big cities covered, AT&T starts filling in its LTE gaps

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AT&T has arrived at the same comfortable point in its LTE rollout that Verizon Wireless hit about this time last year. It’s now built out the 4G network in 261 markets, blanketing 200 million people. That means all of the major and mid-sized cities are covered, and Ma Bell can...
With the big cities covered, AT&T starts filling in its LTE gaps
Sprint poised to crush rivals' spectrum holdings with Clearwire buy

T-Mo adds a family check-in service; will people pay?

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T-Mobile added a new family locator service to its suite of carrier-specific Android apps on Tuesday. Owners of T-Mobile handsets will now find FamilyWhere, powered by Location Labs’ Safely software, in the T-Mobile section of the Android Market on their smartphones. With Safely installed, family members can find each other...
T-Mo adds a family check-in service; will people pay?

HTC One X for AT&T: LTE and HD screen with Android 4.0

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With a new phone line called the One, announced at Mobile World Congress, HTC is hoping to reinvigorate sales. HTC expects dozens of carriers to sell the One lineup worldwide and AT&T will be selling the HTC One X variant. This handset is similar to the One S that T-Mobile will...
HTC One X for AT&T: LTE and HD screen with Android 4.0

Amazon acquires Samsung color display unit Liquavista

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Amazon has acquired Liquavista, Samsung’s low-power color-screen display unit. The technology could be used to put color screens on Kindle devices, especially e-readers. The Digital Reader, which has been following this story for several months, reported Monday that an unnamed Delaware-based LLC was the new owner of Liquavista. Amazon confirmed...
Amazon acquires Samsung color display unit Liquavista

Wi-Fi Alliance: There’s nothing “Super” about white spaces broadband

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The Wi-Fi Alliance, the keepers of the Wi-Fi brand, have come out swinging against the characterization of white spaces broadband as Super Wi-Fi. The Alliance issued a press release Friday saying it likes the tech, but the name will lead to “substantial user confusion.” While it fell short of filing...
Wi-Fi Alliance: There’s nothing “Super” about white spaces broadband

Looks like we’ll meet the iPad 3 in early March

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Would you be surprised if Apple released a new iPad the first week of March? We wouldn’t. AllThingsD is reporting that Apple will hold one of its signature press events to announce the iPad 2′s successor in the first week of March. According to ATD writer John Paczkowksi, “The event...
Looks like we’ll meet the iPad 3 in early March

Infographic: Features your next smartphone may have

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If I had to sum up the themes for smartphones in 2011, I’d likely point to dual-core chips, front and back cameras and high-definition video capture. This year is already shaping up to improve on those features as we now have quad-core phones hitting the market bringing improved multitasking and...
Infographic: Features your next smartphone may have

March 7 it is: Apple confirms iPad event

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Just now Apple confirmed what had been rumored for weeks: that it will be hosting one of its signature product introduction events on March 7. Without specifically saying they will be discussing the iPad, the invitation hints, “We have something you really have to see. And touch.” The picture included...
March 7 it is: Apple confirms iPad event

The iPad will deliver 73 Mbps LTE. Why not 72?

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Apple’s latest bright, shiny iPad has been revealed and it has Retina display, a faster chip and all sorts of goodies, but for the network crowd only three letters mattered. LTE. And yes, the new iPad will have the lastest Long Term Evolution cellular networking standard and will deliver up to...
The iPad will deliver 73 Mbps LTE. Why not 72?

Apple jumps to third place in worldwide mobile phone shipments

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Apple’s huge iPhone sales numbers from its latest quarterly results and the overall success of its iPhone 4S helped it grow its mobile phone business by 128.4 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to a new IDC report. That was good enough to help the company climb...
Apple jumps to third place in worldwide mobile phone shipments
Samsung confirms it: The S 4 mini is a mid-sized phone with a mid-range punch
Nokia unveils new Windows Phone, but keeps Symbian afloat

Virgin Mobile is next to offer pre-paid iPhone, says WSJ

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Apple’s iPhone is coming to Virgin Mobile, and the announcement should come sometime later this week, The Wall Street Journal is reporting. The plan for iPhone buyers will be pre-paid, and should be available “as soon as July 1,” according to the report. The report has no details on how...
Virgin Mobile is next to offer pre-paid iPhone, says WSJ

Video look at AT&T's new Motorola Atrix HD

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Motorola recently announced its new Atrix HD smartphone specifically for AT&T’s LTE network and a review unit just arrived a short while ago. My first impression is that at $99 with contract, this Android 4.0 handset will certainly get potential buyers looking at it in detail. Similar to the Motorola...
Video look at AT&T's new Motorola Atrix HD

Super Bowl 46 mobility by the numbers

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An average of 100 million people watch the Super Bowl annually, making it one of the most viewed events in the world. But we’re no longer a people with just one screen; connected devices are everywhere. While watching the game at home, we’ll be tweeting about it and sharing thoughts...
Super Bowl 46 mobility by the numbers

The FCC map of places your mobile data plan won’t work

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The Federal Communications Commission is spearheading a big effort to get rural Americans online, and to help, later this year carriers can apply for a $300 million fund to bring wireless broadband to the heartlands. Only it’s not the heartlands, as the nifty interactive map shows. The largest areas without...
The FCC map of places your mobile data plan won’t work

T-Mobile LTE phones should offer longer battery life

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T-Mobile expects to be the first U.S. carrier to offer 4G phones with integrated LTE radios and antenna. Speaking to Fierce Wireless in Barcelona, T-Mobile CTO Neville Ray made the prediction, which is important because the LTE phones of today can drain a device’s battery quickly for a number of...
T-Mobile LTE phones should offer longer battery life

Virgin Mobile pairs pre-paid iPhone with $30 plan

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Confirming earlier reports that Virgin Mobile would be the next pre-paid seller of iPhones in the U.S., Sprint announced Thursday it would begin doing so on June 29. The iPhone 4 and 4S arrive that day with a unique twist: A low monthly rate starting at $30. Virgin Mobile, which...
Virgin Mobile pairs pre-paid iPhone with $30 plan

Square hires ex-Googler to handle global expansion, partnerships

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Francoise Brougher, the former chief small business salesperson for Google has joined Square, taking over the quickly growing mobile payment company’s Business Lead role. What’s a business lead? We’re a bit confused by the term as well, but according to Square, Brougher will oversee Square’s “growth operations including revenue products,...
Square hires ex-Googler to handle global expansion, partnerships

YES! Congress isn’t killing white spaces broadband before it’s born

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Congress has reached a compromise on key wireless spectrum issues that had the potential to put the kibosh on innovation and competition when it came to both mobile broadband and unlicensed spectrum. The House and Senate had proposed language in a bill that interfered with the FCC’s ability to set...
YES! Congress isn’t killing white spaces broadband before it’s born

AT&T's GoPhone prepaid service can now connect to LTE

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AT&T is no longer saving its sparkly new LTE network for its high-end contract customers. On Friday the company confirmed it is opening up the faster speeds of its LTE and HSPA+ systems to GoPhone prepaid customers. Those high-capacity connections are only available to customers who buy a compatible device...
AT&T's GoPhone prepaid service can now connect to LTE

U.S. Gov: We can update Android phones in 2 weeks

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The U.S. government has settled on Google’s Android platform for secure phones, mainly because the software is open and can easily be modified. CNN reported the news this morning, noting that Apple was asked to provide access to its code so the operating system could be modified specifically for secure...
U.S. Gov: We can update Android phones in 2 weeks

New Yorkers can now get cellular signals in 30 more subway stations

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Back in 2011, Transit Wireless and New York City’s Metropolitan Authority announced an ambitious plan to blanket the Big Apple’s 277 underground subway stations with mobile voice and data coverage. After launching in six stations in Chelsea, nothing much else happened, but on Thursday Transit and MTA finally announced the...
New Yorkers can now get cellular signals in 30 more subway stations
Sprint’s $199 Galaxy Nexus lands Apr. 22 with $50 in Wallet credits

DISH wants to buy Sprint for $25.5 billion

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DISH Network, the satellite pay-tv company has decided it wants to buy Sprint Corp and has offered $25.5 billion for the beleaguered third placed wireless carrier. They are offering $7 a share, or about $4.76 a share in cash and about $2.24 in DISH stock. That’s 13 percent or about...
DISH wants to buy Sprint for $25.5 billion

Samsung’s second German 3G patent lawsuit against Apple dismissed

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Samsung suffered another reversal in its patent battle with Apple on Friday morning, as the Mannheim Regional Court in Germany dismissed the Korean company’s second patent complaint related to 3G/UMTS technology. Last week, the same court had rejected another complaint involving a separate patent that also dealt with 3G. Florian...
Samsung’s second German 3G patent lawsuit against Apple dismissed

Square gets chummy with the carriers, selling its card reader at Verizon stores

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Verizon Wireless will now start selling Square’s card reader in its retail stores across the country. Though it’s really just a new distribution deal among many, moving closer to carriers puts Square in an ideal spot to target would-be entrepreneurs and small business owners right as they’re making their smartphone...
Square gets chummy with the carriers, selling its card reader at Verizon stores
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