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Motorola Solutions banking 100% on government, public-safety

FierceWireless News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 02:50

Motorola Solutions, bolstered by its early success in public-safety LTE, is selling off its enterprise business to Zebra Technologies for $3.45 billion cash, enabling Motorola to focus exclusively on mission-critical communications for government and public-safety customers.


Kimberly Clark names new CISO

Network World on Security - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 01:06
Timothy Youngblood, CISSP, has joined Kimberly Clark as their Chief Information Security Officer. Kimberly Clark is multi-national brand conglomerate with staple consumer products such as Kleenex, Pull-ups, and Scotts Towels.

Quantenna promises 10 Gbps Wi-Fi chip in 2015

FierceWireless News - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 00:28

Competition in the 802.11ac Wi-Fi arena continues ramping up, with Quantenna, Broadcom and Qualcomm each announcing new generations of chipsets with improved data performance and network capacity. However, the rivals are taking different tacks to achieve those performance gains.


Vodafone brand stands strong, as rivals scramble marketing teams

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:35

I read today that Wally Olins, described as the man who rebranded British Telecom as BT, has died at the age of 83. According to the report in the Guardian, Olins was also "an integral part" of the launch of the Orange brand, and was generally described as the "world's leading practitioner of branding and identity". Yet no brand is irreplaceable it seems, and indeed the European mobile brand landscape has been subtly changing in recent months.


Rumor Mill: Apple to charge carriers $100 more for iPhone 6

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:21

Apple is contemplating charging $100 extra for the iPhone 6, according to a  financial analyst.


NPD: 66% of U.S. mobile broadband connections by end of 2015 will be tablets

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 12:02

Tablets are expected to make up a large majority of all mobile broadband connections in the U.S. over the next two years, according to a new report from the NPD Group.


Analysts: LTE, Chinese growth to drive smartphones to 1.24B sales in 2014

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:50

Strong growth in LTE smartphones, including TD-LTE phones sold in China, will lead to smartphone sales of 1.24 billion in 2014, according to a forecast from analysts at CCS Insight. However, CCS predicts smartphone growth will slow in the years ahead, largely due to saturation in mature markets.


Growth hacking or app spam? How developers will need to rethink SMS

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:40

"You have to see this!" was one of the messages sent out last year by Glide, the video messaging app that quickly climbed to the top of the app store charts.


Samsung points to marketing, not copying, as reason for smartphone turnaround

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 11:15

Samsung Electronics called witnesses in its patent-infringement trial against Apple who testified that it was an intensive and significant shift in marketing and hardware innovation that helped Samsung become the world's largest smartphone maker. The witnesses were seeking to rebut claims by Apple's lawyers that it was only through copying Apple's innovations that Samsung was able to secure its strong place in the market.


VMware promises Heartbleed patches for affected products by the weekend

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:48
VMware started patching its products against the critical Heartbleed flaw that puts encrypted communications at risk, and plans to have updates ready for all affected products by Saturday.

Report: FCC's planned incentive auction rules would set aside spectrum for smaller carriers

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:47

The FCC is contemplating a plan that would reserve for smaller carriers a chunk of the spectrum to be auctioned in next year's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to a Re/code report.


Jarich: Survey says… Your technology survey may not be meaningful

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 10:19

It seems like operator surveys have become super-popular in the mobile telecom space during the last year or so. Analyst shops launch them. Vendors launch them. Media outlets quote them. People just seem to love them. With these types of questions out there, it just makes sense to get input from people who are actually shaping the market. This input, after all, should tell us what the future will look like!


TrueCrypt source code audit finds no critical flaws or intentional backdoors

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 09:28
The source code of TrueCrypt, a popular disk encryption tool, is not the most polished work of programming, but it has no critical flaws or intentional backdoors, security testers concluded in a report released Monday.

FTC warning unlikely to stop Facebook from changing WhatsApp privacy policies

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 08:31
Despite pressure from the Federal Trade Commission, Facebook is unlikely to leave WhatsApp's stricter privacy policies intact, once government regulators approve the $19 billion acquisition, privacy experts say.

Google patches Android icon permissions attack

Network World on Security - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 01:22
Google has issued a patch for an attack that could lead an Android user to a phishing site, according to security vendor FireEye.

Ruckus unveils cloud-based Wi-Fi management

FierceWireless News - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 01:10

Ruckus Wireless' new Smart Wi-Fi Access Management Service (SAMS) shifts local network infrastructure--such as WLAN controllers, authentication servers, captive portals, advertising engines and content filtering--into the cloud, a move the company claims will enable businesses to more quickly and easily roll out public Wi-Fi hotspots.


TM Forum Live! in Kuala Lumpur Puts Service Providers in the Driver’s Seat for Improving Agility and Customer Experience

TM Forum Press Releases - Tue, 04/15/2014 - 00:00
In today’s digital world, customer experience and big data analytics are at the heart of running a successful business, and embracing virtualization is key to agility and improving the bottom line. To address these topics and more, TM Forum is taking its flagship TM Forum Live! conference series on the road to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sept. 2-3, with an agenda targeted specifically for the ASEAN marketplace.

Ericsson's strategy chief and M&A guru Doug Gilstrap to leave company

FierceWireless News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:37

Ericsson said Doug Gilstrap, the vendor's global head of strategy, will resign from his role as of Aug. 1. Gilstrap, one of CEO Hans Vestberg's top lieutenants, has been with the company since August 2009.


Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 nets positive reviews

FierceWireless News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:26

Microsoft is in the process of rolling out its latest smartphone operating system, Windows Phone 8.1, and reviewers have been almost universally positive of the latest version of the platform. Importantly, Windows Phone 8.1 stands up well against its larger rivals, Apple's iOS and Google's Android, according to the reviews.


Verizon cuts pricing for 'More Everything' subs who bring their own phone

FierceWireless News - Mon, 04/14/2014 - 12:19

Verizon Wireless said customers who are on month-to-month contracts or who bring their own phones can now get discounts on their service pricing by moving to the carrier's "More Everything" shared data plans.