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  • Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile say customers are protected from Heartbleed bug

    Now that the dust has settled, the nation's Tier 1 wireless carriers say their subscribers are largely protected against the Heartbleed Internet security bug, which was first disclosed last week. The bug affected open-source OpenSSL cryptography, which is used by millions of web servers around the world. The bug's disclosure prompted millions of people to change their passwords for fear that malicious hackers could use the Heartbleed bug to access their personal information.

  • AT&T’s Aio launches ‘Group Save’ plans, taking a page from Sprint’s ‘Framily’

    AT&T Mobility's Aio Wireless prepaid brand is launching a new group plan that offers customers increasing discounts as they continue adding lines to a single account. The plans are similar to Sprint's "Framily" plans, which Sprint has been selling since January.

  • Report: Verizon outpaces rivals in Q1 with phone activations

    Verizon Wireless took the largest share of phone subscriber activations in the first quarter, according to a survey released by research firm Consumer Intelligence Research Partners.

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  • Ericsson, NSN and NYU Wireless ramp up 5G efforts

    Ericsson has become the ninth major international technology firm to join NYU Wireless as an affiliate sponsor, giving added momentum to the research center's efforts one week before the start of its inaugural Brooklyn 5G Summit, which is being jointly organized with Nokia Solutions and Networks.

  • Google and Facebook conjuring up drone magic, but the public has concerns

    Google's acqusition of drone maker Titan Aerospace, which followed Facebook's newly announced initiative with drone maker Ascenta, reflects tech magicians' visions for new ways of enabling Internet connectivity. But John Q. Public is less than enthusiastic about unmanned aerial vehicles, perhaps because drones can also serve as flying broomsticks for the wicked witches of surveillance.

  • Time Warner announces massive Hotspot 2.0 deployment

    Time Warner Cable confirmed its rollout out of "TWCWiFi-Passpoint," a national Wi-Fi network that includes Hotspot 2.0 technology on most of its public access points as well as upgraded encryption.

  • Google’s advertising prices take a hit in Q1 amid shift to mobile

    Google reported first-quarter revenue that missed analysts' expectations, as the company's core advertising business continues to grapple with a decline in how much advertisers pay per click amid a shift in computing from desktop PCs to smartphones and tablets.

  • Ranking the wireless industry’s 10 highest-paid CEOs

    "Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the highest-paid CEO of them all?" In the wireless world, the answer to that question is Sprint CEO Dan Hesse.

  • AT&T warns it might skip 600 MHz incentive auction due to FCC’s proposed restrictions

    AT&T warned that it would have to "reevaluate" whether it would participate in the FCC's planned incentive auctions of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum if the FCC places restrictions on how much spectrum it could purchase.

  • Q1 earnings season kicks off

    The first-quarter earnings season is already underway, and FierceWireless will be covering all of the reports on profit, revenue and industry trends from across the wireless market. Special report

  • Google wants first Project Ara smartphone to go on sale in January 2015

    Google aims to have the first smartphone designed as part of its Project Ara modular smartphone program on sale in January 2015. The so-called "gray phone" will cost around $50 to make and will be an entry-level phone, with prices determined by commerce partners.

  • Intel’s mobile group lost $929M in Q1 on revenue of just $156M

    Intel reported overall first-quarter results that slightly beat analysts' expectation, but the company also laid bare its current financial weakness in the mobile market. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich and other executives said the company has a solid roadmap and path to profitability, but that it will take time to make money from chips it puts into smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices.

  • Samsung to release high-end Tizen phone

    Samsung Electronics plans to release at least two Tizen-based smartphones in the months ahead, even though it is banking heavily on strong sales from its flagship Android Galaxy S5 smartphone, according to a Samsung executive.

  • Israel’s Cellcom picks NSN for LTE, plans deployment by end of 2014

    Cellcom Israel has picked Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) as the supplier of its LTE and LTE Advanced network and said it expects to achieve a wide deployment of the network by the end of the year.

  • ABI: Consumer wearables to drive big data adoption in healthcare

    As consumers continue to use wearable devices to track their levels of activity, there is growing impetus to also make use of the data to inform health management and healthcare provision.

  • German operators sharpen tools in battle for the mobile data generation

    As Germany's operators await the outcome of the European Commission's probe into the planned merger between Telefónica Deutschland and KPN-owned E-Plus, they have been stepping up their efforts to win the hearts and minds of a generation of German subscribers for whom mobile data is now becoming king.

  • IHS: Samsung S5 costs more to build than S4 and iPhone 5s

    Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, costs around $12 (€8.67) more to make than the vendor's S4 smartphone, and nearly $50 more than rival Apple's iPhone 5S, research by IHS shows.

  • Deutsche Telekom partners with Xyo for app discovery

    Deutsche Telekom has partnered with Berlin-based Xyo to tap into its smart app search technology, also marking the first time that Xyo has publicly unveiled a tie-up with an operator for app search advertising.

  • Telefónica targets mobile ad market with dedicated exchange platform

    Telefónica launched a mobile advertising exchange platform it said is the first to be owned and backed by a mobile operator, as it vies for a slice of a market that generated an estimated 13 per cent of all internet ad spending in 2013.

  • Motorola Solutions banking 100% on government, public-safety

    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.

  • Quantenna promises 10 Gbps Wi-Fi chip in 2015

    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

    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.

  • Ruckus unveils cloud-based Wi-Fi management

    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.

  • Orange secures 2 operators for new Orange Alliance programme

    Orange has unveiled a new international partnership programme called Orange Alliance that the French operator said will help spread its services and products to markets where it does not have a foothold.

  • Apple smart devices protected from ‘Heartbleed’ bug

    Apple said users of smart devices running its iOS software face no risk from a flaw in the OpenSSL web security standard, despite BlackBerry working up a fix for its messenger service for iOS and Android devices.

  • IDC: Global wearables shipments to reach almost 112 million in 2018

    Shipment volumes of wearable technology are expected to exceed 19 million units in 2014, more than tripling last year's sales.

  • True-Grit Wireless tries to rise from Cell-Loc’s ashes

    The head of True-Grit Wireless, who has taken over patents that originally belonged to a geo-location services company formed in the 1990s, is searching for a way forward to leverage that intellectual property.

  • Cisco, TI recruit partners in IoT ecosystem

    Cisco Systems and Texas Instruments are both staking claims in the Internet of Things space by forming partnerships with other companies in hopes of advancing this emerging area. Specifically, TI partnered with eight IoT cloud service providers and Cisco launched a challenge to help IoT startups get more visibility.

  • Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent test new ways of reducing wireless network energy consumption

    Two major wireless network vendors are researching ways to save wireless network operators money by reducing the amount of power they need to run their networks. In separate announcements, Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent each announced new efforts geared toward saving energy–and therefore money–in wireless.