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Microsoft seeks more collaboration in its Spectrum Observatory project

FierceWireless News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:44

Microsoft is seeking the assistance of academics, governments and others interested in exploring how wireless spectrum is used in the real world. To that end, the company released all of the source code for the Microsoft Spectrum Observatory under an open-source software license.

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Analysys Mason: Diverging approaches may risk the harmonised development of 5G

FierceWireless News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:40

The diverging viewpoints emerging from different parties may pose a risk to the harmonised development of 5G, and greater collaboration is required to help achieve the full 5G vision.

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E-Plus embraces OTT partnerships with WhatsApp SIM

FierceWireless News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 02:02

German operator E-Plus this week unveiled a partnership with WhatsApp that provides one highly interesting example of how mobile operators and over-the-top messaging providers can work together in future.

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Freescale and Broadcom each take aim at SDN, NFV

FierceWireless News - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:23

Freescale and Broadcom both have software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) on their minds and in their chip portfolios.

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What you need to know about Heartbleed and OpenSSL

Network World on Security - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 01:04
You know that little padlock icon you look for to ensure your Web traffic is encrypted and secure? It turns out that you might not be as secure as you think thanks to a vulnerability that was accidentally introduced into the code of OpenSSL.

08 April 2014 - Media Advisory: Ensuring Information Society is open and accessible

ITU Latest News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 19:00
Geneva: Apr 09, 2014 - Ten-year review of World Summit on the Information Society actions by WSIS+10 High-Level Event in Geneva, 10-13 June 2014...

Wooing TV broadcasters is FCC's next big job for 600 MHz incentive auction

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 15:48

The FCC is poised to release in May its rules for the incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum. However, that will just be the beginning of the FCC's work: After releasing the rules, the agency will need to convince TV broadcasters to participate in the auction by first relinquishing their spectrum.

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Report: Comcast thinking of launching a Wi-Fi-centric wireless service

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:48

Comcast is contemplating launching its own wireless service that would largely rely on Wi-Fi, according to a report from The Information. That would be a sharp reversal for Comcast less than two years after it finalized a $3.9 billion deal to sell to Verizon Wireless wireless spectrum it controlled along with other cable companies.

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Appsbar, AppMachine and others promise no-code app development

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:32

Although most mobile developers come from a traditional software development background using JavaScript or C++, a growing number of vendors are promising tools and templates that would allow anyone--even someone without any coding experience--to build basic smartphone apps.

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Report: LTE Advanced, 64-bit chips to boost smartphone processor market to $30B in 2018

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:06

The advent of LTE Advanced networks and the further introduction of 64-bit chips and semiconductor process technology improvements are all expected to drive the global smartphone applications processor market to $30 billion in revenue in 2018, according to a new forecast from research firm Strategy Analytics.

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UK spies did not misuse powers for mass surveillance, watchdog says

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:51
British intelligence agencies do not misuse their powers to engage in random mass intrusion into the communications of law-abiding U.K. citizens, a government watchdog said in an annual report.

Samsung expects operating profit to decline in Q1

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:40

Samsung Electronics expects its overall operating profit to slip in the first quarter and for sales to be essentially flat year-over-year, an indication that its mighty smartphone engine, especially at the high end of the market, may be slowing.

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Microsoft's deal for Nokia's handset biz gets approval in China

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 11:12

Microsoft's $7.5 billion deal to buy Nokia's devices and services business and license its patents received regulatory approval from China, bringing the agreement one step closer to closing. The companies continue expect to finish the deal this month after regulatory delays pushed the closing of the transaction past the end of the first quarter.

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Cincinnati Bell CEO: It was 'absolutely the right time' to sell to Verizon

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 10:48

Cincinnati Bell's decision to sell its wireless spectrum to Verizon Wireless for $210 million and shutter its wireless business was necessary because the unit just wasn't succeeding in the market, according to Cincinnati Bell CEO Ted Torbeck.

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What the Cincinnati Bell Wireless collapse means for the industry and the upcoming spectrum auctions

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 09:35

Cincinnati Bell, the nation's ninth-largest wireless carrier, announced that it will shut down its wireless network and sell its spectrum--essentially an acknowledgement that it cannot compete in today's wireless industry. So what does this mean for the rest of the nation's smaller regional wireless players that continue to struggle to compete with the Tier 1 wireless operators?

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Yahoo email anti-spoofing policy breaks mailing lists

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 08:40
In an attempt to block email spoofing attacks on yahoo.com addresses, Yahoo began imposing a stricter email validation policy that unfortunately breaks the usual workflow on legitimate mailing lists.

BT announces membership of leading sustainability organisation

BT News - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 05:00
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) today announces that BT has joined its membership.

Cybercriminals use sophisticated PowerShell-based malware

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 04:21
Cybercriminals have been developing increasingly sophisticated malware that make use of Windows PowerShell scripts in an attempt to fly under the radar.

Microsoft Patch Tuesday bids adieu to Windows XP

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 04:20
This month's "Patch Tuesday" includes the final round of security fixes Microsoft will issue for Windows XP, potentially leaving millions that continue to use the OS open to attack.

Vendors and administrators scramble to patch OpenSSL vulnerability

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/08/2014 - 03:58
Since news of the OpenSSL bug started to spread on Monday, administrators and vendors have made a mad scramble to patch the Heartbleed bug, named for the flawed implementation of the heartbeat option in the cryptographic library.