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Report: Apple boosts efforts to get into payments market

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:45

Apple is stepping up its recruitment of payment executives as part of an effort to gain a stronger foothold in the mobile and electronic payments market, according to a Re/code report.

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Ericsson's Vestberg: 5G networks will be defined by how they are used

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 11:08

Ericsson CEO Hans Vestberg said he thinks that "5G" networks will be defined more by how the network is used than by a major leap in the air-interface technology.

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Android, not iOS, is tops in mobile ad traffic for first time

Network World on Wireless - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:58
Devices running Google’s Android operating system have dethroned Apple’s iPhones and iPads as the biggest drivers of worldwide mobile ad traffic, according to a new study from Opera Mediaworks.
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Analysts: AT&T beats back competition from T-Mobile in Q1

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:47

AT&T Mobility was able to withstand an onslaught of competition from T-Mobile US and its other Tier 1 competitors in the first quarter, according to predictions from Credit Suisse analysts.

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How to keep your smartphone (and its data) secure

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 09:28
In our daily activities, our smartphones increasingly store or access sensitive business and personal data -- not just email, but also financial and medical information, company systems, travel itineraries, etc. Many of us also use smartphones to access cloud data repositories like Dropbox, Evernote, Google Docs, Microsoft OneDrive and Apple iCloud.

While Heartbleed distracts, hackers hit US universities

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 09:11
The panic over the Heartbleed bug is proving to be a convenient distraction for hackers using standard techniques in a fresh wave of attacks targeting at least 18 U.S. universities, according to a computer security researcher.

Mysterious malware steals Apple credentials from jailbroken iOS devices

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 08:00
A malware campaign of yet-to-be-determined origin is infecting jailbroken iPhones and iPads to steal Apple account credentials from SSL encrypted traffic.

NEC launches face-recognition protection for PCs

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:35
NEC has launched a biometric security program that uses face recognition to unlock access to PCs.

Apple patches Secure Transport, but not because of Heartbleed

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 04:13
Apple today issued a security-only update for OS X, patching 25 vulnerabilities in Mavericks, its newest operating system, and 7 bugs in older editions.

BlackBerry Releases BES 10 Security Update to Address 'Heartbleed' Flaw

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 03:20
BlackBerry today released an update to its BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) 10 software designed to address a "Heartbleed"-related OpenSSL vulnerability in the version of Apache Tomcat used within the BES BlackBerry Work Connect Notification Service. (A detailed breakdown of the vulnerability is available on NIST.gov.)

Search and rescue group sues FAA over drone use

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/22/2014 - 01:12
A battle for rights to U.S. airspace is brewing between the Federal Aviation Administration and organizations looking to operate small, unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, for commercial and other purposes.

Schoolar: A look at different motives behind the LTE rural rush

FierceWireless News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 16:58

It is no secret here in the United States that rural areas lag when it comes to Internet access--both fixed and mobile. It doesn't take me that long travelling by car here in Arizona to find one of those underserved areas. The reason these underserved areas remain is quite clear; the economics of spending million of dollars of infrastructure to provide services to areas where there are few people to pay for services is hard to justify. But those challenges don't mean that companies are completely ignoring those markets.

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Apple, Google chase exclusives in mobile games

FierceWireless News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:23

According to a detailed report from the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google are battling each other for the most popular mobile games. Each company wants to offer its respective users the latest and greatest mobile games, and both are offering mobile gaming developers promotional incentives to encourage them to focus only on iOS (for Apple) or Android (for Google) with their game launches.

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Samsung, Qualcomm, AT&T top list of mobile patent recipients in 2013

FierceWireless News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:12

Some familiar wireless company names topped the list for most mobile patents granted in 2013--and they weren't all just R&D heavyweights like Samsung and Qualcomm. According to a report from analyst Chetan Sharma, AT&T was among the top 10 companies that were awarded the most patents in 2013.

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Analysts: Apple iPhone sales to be flat, iPad sales to slow while investors await new products

FierceWireless News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 12:00

Apple is scheduled to report its quarterly earnings later this week, and analysts generally expect the iPhone and iPad vendor to post relatively stable results as it gears up for the release of new products later this year.

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Report: Facebook to challenge Google, Apple with mobile ad network

FierceWireless News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 11:20

Facebook will reportedly launch its own mobile advertising network later this month, according to multiple reports. The action will put Facebook in direct competition with Google's AdMob, Millennial Media, Apple's iAd and other mobile ad networks.

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Four of the newest (and lowest) Social Engineering scams

Network World on Security - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:57
Your computer files are being held for ransom. Pay up, or lose them. Your bank account is being emptied, so click here to stop it. Your friend has died, click on this funeral home site for more information. Social engineering thugs have reached new lows.

Verizon Wireless consumes Golden State Cellular and Mobi PCS

FierceWireless News - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:49

Verizon Wireless is expanding the reach of its LTE network in California and Hawaii via new deals with two small carriers, Golden State Cellular in California and Mobi PCS in Hawaii. Under the terms of the two separate deals, which both still require FCC approval, Verizon will essentially buy the small carriers.

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Security Manager's Journal: Virtual machines, real mess

Network World on Security - Mon, 04/21/2014 - 10:37
It started out as a simple call to the help desk from an engineer at one of our major development centers: Phone calls were being dropped. Soon, similar complaints were coming in from other engineers, as well as from sales associates, who said the inability to maintain phone calls was making it difficult to close deals.