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Location-based Wi-Fi Can Aid in Staffing, Promotions, More
January 14, 2013 - 3:27 PM
Cisco System wants to help service providers and businesses shift Wi-Fi from a cost center to a revenue center. The company aims to do that by enabling businesses to deliver more meaningful and location-based experiences to end users via these connections.

Wireless Service Providers React in the Face of iOS 6
January 14, 2013 - 3:25 PM
AT&T last month announced it would enable FaceTime over cellular at no extra charge for iOS 6 customers with an LTE device on any tiered plan, and that it would continue to support the application for customers with any AT&T Mobile Share plan as well as FaceTime over Wi-Fi. The new capability is expected to be available by early January at the latest, according to AT&T.

Mobility's New Normal: Personalized
January 14, 2013 - 3:24 PM
The notion of personalization is hardly a new concept. Originally a core attribute of the big Internet, it embodied the use of context, for the purpose of tailoring content to individuals. Conduct a web search on a new guitar, see online advertisements for guitars on subsequent searches, as one of dozens of examples.

PowerSkin Launches NFC-Enabled Smartphone Battery Case
January 14, 2013 - 3:22 PM
Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S III can now help power their devices using an NFC-enabled smartphone battery case from PowerSkin.

Honeywell Solution Buzzes with Communications
January 14, 2013 - 3:21 PM
Before, during and after Hurricane Sandy, the largest hurricane to ever hit the mid-Atlantic and eastern shore of the U.S., Honeywell Instant Alert delivered more than 6.9 million alerts - the most for one weather-related event - to K-12 schools, higher education, municipal, health care and corporate customers. The service sends customized critical information and alerts via voice, text, and e-mail messages to phones, cell phones, smart phones and computers.

Hosted Space Sensor to Track North American Air Pollution
January 14, 2013 - 3:19 PM
NASA has selected a proposal from the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Mass., to build the first space-based instrument to monitor air pollutants across North American hourly during daytime. The $90 million instrument - to be completed in 2017 - will be a hosted payload on a commercial satellite in geosynchronous earth orbit.

JAB Broadband Expands Rural Fixed Wireless Footprint
January 14, 2013 - 3:16 PM
In years past, a cornucopia of small cable TV operators dotted the landscape across the United States. Then, in the mid-1990s, a select group of cablecos latched on to the concept of clustering, which had them buy up fellow properties in their regions. That resulted in a much smaller and stronger collection of what is now known in cableco parlance as multiple system operators, or MSOs.

MIT Spinoff Improves Amp Efficiency
January 14, 2013 - 3:15 PM
A startup called ETA Devices says it's cracked the nut on wireless powering.

Bucking the Trend
January 14, 2013 - 3:12 PM
That's the analysis of Strand Consult, which believes reselling wireless services would be a logical step for the world's largest communication platform. The firm recently outlined its views on the matter in a report titled "The good, the bad and the ugly side of Facebook - A report that describes how Facebook affects the mobile industry strategically, operationally and financially."

APPerture
January 14, 2013 - 3:08 PM
Cell phone users who are concerned about the radiation-related health risks of using their wireless devices can now use the app called tawkon to get notifications when radiation levels run high. The company at the Dublin Web Summit this October announced its app already has saved cell phone users from 10 million minutes of high radiation exposure.

Five Secrets to Successful Enterprise Business Apps
September 24, 2012 - 12:30 PM
In today's enterprise technology environment, it's about finding new ways to drive business value in the mobile space while keeping up with the rapid pace of change - and for many companies that means developing and deploying enterprise applications.

Alliance Puts Carrier-Class Wi-Fi to the Test
September 24, 2012 - 12:24 PM
The move to make the Wi-Fi experience more carrier class continues with a move by The Wi-Fi Alliance to enable certified devices to discover and connect seamlessly with certified access points. As of late June, the alliance was testing mobile devices and infrastructure as part of the effort, which falls under the umbrella of the group's Passpoint program.

Small Cells Create Big Business
September 24, 2012 - 11:53 AM
As you look around the office, are there clusters of people huddled by windows talking on or trying to access info from their mobile device? Are you one of those battling to make themselves heard above everyone else in a small corner of mobile coverage in the building? Or do you simply go outside to access your data and make your calls?

Proving the Theory? | What's in Store | M2M a Hug(h)e(s) Deal
September 24, 2012 - 11:42 AM
"Fortune 500 brands are adopting mobile display and video at a considerably more rapid pace than they moved into online advertising," according to Scott Swanson, founder and CEO at Mobile Theory. The writing is on the wall: Online sales are taking a significant bite out of bricks-and-mortar retail sales. In yet another sign of just how keenly interested the big telcos are in machine-to-machine communications, Verizon Communications, Inc. this summer laid out $612 million to buy Hughes Telematics, Inc.

Track the Field | The Agony of Defeat
September 24, 2012 - 11:37 AM
Machine-to-machine technology is making its mark in the sports arena as well. Sony is one of the brands most prominently associated with games and TV - but the company, and its shareholders, have not seen much in the way of fun in the past few years.

The Doctor in Your Pocket
September 24, 2012 - 11:27 AM
One of the strongest trends in today's healthcare environment is the significant rise in the number of mobile communication devices for accessing health services and information - also known as mHealth. A recent study found that nearly 17 million consumers were accessing health information on mobile devices in 2011, representing a 125-percent increase from 2010.

How Sprint is Leveraging M2M for the Insurance Industry
September 24, 2012 - 11:22 AM
While there are several providers touting insurance solutions, Sprint is taking the concept of usage-based insurance to the next level with its offerings. Sprint offers Integrated Insurance Solutions, a complete UBI product that is easy for insurance providers to deploy.

Sprint Puts its M2M Pedal to the Metal
September 24, 2012 - 11:19 AM
The world is becoming more connected every day, with mobile technology enhancing the way we live, improving the way we work, and creating new ways for us to be entertained. Since Motorola's StarTAC first hit the streets back in 1996, the wireless industry has seen a level of innovation and evolution second to none, and one which is nothing short of awe-inspiring.

Tilting Customer Education Toward Fun
May 24, 2012 - 7:36 AM
Allot earlier this year came out with a fun little pinball application that demonstrates the relationship between different types of applications and various service packaging and pricing options. It was put together for Allot service provider customers, but those customers could potentially leverage the application to educate their own customers, indicates Jonathon Gordon, Allot director of marketing.

What's Next for Mobile World Congress, and More
May 24, 2012 - 7:33 AM
As you may have heard, Mobile World Congress this year drew a record 67,000 visitors to Barcelona. In addition to the attendees, which came from 205 countries, there were more than 1,500 exhibiting companies that occupied 70,500 net square meters of exhibition and business meeting space.

New Visual, Converged, and Thin Quad-Core Devices Offer a Taste of Next Gen Mobility
May 23, 2012 - 2:42 PM
Scientists at the University of Washington in Seattle are reportedly working on contact lenses that can do a whole lot than just help people see better. According to Cisco's "The Network" from March 6, the contact lenses would effectively be wirelessly-enabled, wafer-thin computers. And they could do things like alert a doctor about medical problems; notify the wearer of an important event; or overlay computer-generated visual information, such as maps, on the real world.

Short Story of the Long Code: Long Code Pioneer TSG Global Fights for What's Right
May 22, 2012 - 3:57 PM
The wireless telephone companies have made a lot of money with short-code SMS, but now the long code has arrived, and wireless operators should stop clinging to the past and allow the future of messaging to move forward. That way, service providers of all stripes, and their customers, will be able to benefit from the goodness and rewards of the long code.

Wi-Fi Looks to Upgrade to Carrier Class
May 22, 2012 - 3:41 PM
There's a move afoot in the industry to make Wi-Fi carrier quality. The goal is to enable cellular service providers to integrate 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi at the base station and have common control, security, management and optimization capabilities for all of the above.

Small Cells Become a Big Deal
May 22, 2012 - 3:32 PM
Small cells have been garnering big attention lately, as many wireless service providers embrace them in an effort to add capacity and fill in coverage. So popular are the different iterations of this kind of gear that the number of small cells is expected to outnumber that of macro base stations by 2014, according to Rethink Research.

Google Android Will Win the Marathon
May 22, 2012 - 3:30 PM
There is no question that Apple leads the industry in many ways: beautiful design; easy to use operating system; an eye toward integrated product offerings, to name a few. But in terms of market share, Google Android is the undisputed leader. More importantly, Google is securely set up to continue this dominance for the foreseeable future.

Charging Kiosk Powers Marketing Efforts
May 22, 2012 - 3:28 PM
One of the marketing models goCharge has created involves a bar kiosk, which liquor brand Patron is leveraging to help promote its Patron XO Cafe and Ultimat Vodka. The branded kiosks, which have been in bars in New York City since the first quarter of 2010, appeal to establishment owners because they can keep customers around for a long period of time, according to goCharge.

NFC PDQ?: Near Field Communications May be Coming Soon to a Handset Near You
May 22, 2012 - 3:27 PM
A pack of sweaty reporters crowded into a corner of the GSMA booth at Mobile World Congress earlier this year to get the latest on the hot topic known as near field communications.

(Great Teams + Great Tools) x Creativity = Great Mobile Games
May 22, 2012 - 3:24 PM
Great mobile games are built by great teams. Great teams build with great tools. When great teams build with great tools, creativity multiplies. And creativity is the fuel needed to find that addictive hook that leaves the user wanting to play just one more round.

New Solutions Help Customers Drive Their Mobile Experiences
May 22, 2012 - 3:21 PM
The mobile revolution has put a lot of power into the hands of end users - both in terms of feature-rich smartphones and tablets, and in light of their ability to pick and choose easily the applications and content of their choice. Now many companies are moving to give end users the power to manage and monitor their mobile data plans, performance and usage as well.

Do the Math
February 1, 2012 - 8:20 PM
The survey goes on to report that 44 percent of enterprises approached have at least a quarter of their workforce operating solely using a mobile phone, and 82 percent of enterprises have employees using mobile apps for communications and collaboration. About 30 percent of enterprises support tablets; 51 percent support BlackBerry devices, 40 percent support iPhones, and 31 percent support Android phones.

All Roads Lead to Rome: The Migration to the Next Generation of Mobile Networks
February 1, 2012 - 8:01 PM
Many mobile network operators currently regard the so-called 4th Generation (4G) of mobile networks to be the center, the "Rome", of the mobile world. The performance promises made by this new generation are tempting lures for customers. So it is no wonder that so many operators are in a hurry to hit the road in the direction of 4G.

Devices
February 1, 2012 - 8:00 PM
Motorola Solutions calls its new ET1 tablets the first "flat out enterprise" tablets available for the mobile worker across the enterprise. This line of rugged enterprise tablets, which is based on the Android operating system, was designed to equip retail store floor associates and improve workforce productivity across multiple industries.

The State of Wi-Fi with Xirrus CEO Dirk Gates
February 1, 2012 - 5:22 PM
Wi-Fi has had great success, and it's positioned to expand even further going forward. NGM recently spoke with Xirrus CEO Dirk Gates about an array of topics related to Wi-Fi, including the current status of this technology and where it's headed.

Wireless Onslaught Requires Expanded Enterprise Networking Strategies
February 1, 2012 - 7:18 AM
The enterprise WLAN space is hot, and it's not hard to understand why. While wireless LANs have been around for years and always have been a nice-to-have networking option, the growth in ownership and use of mobile devices including laptops, smartphones and tablets is now making WLANs a must have for many businesses.

T-Mobile M2M Spinoff Expedites Onboarding
February 1, 2012 - 7:16 AM
John Horn, the president of RACO Wireless, recently moved to beautiful Scottsdale, Ariz., where I met with him late last year to discuss the company and how it's positioned in the M2M space. A former T-Mobile leader, Horn took over as president of RACO last year after it was separated from T-Mobile, which remains a key partner of RACO.

Enterprise Mobility Hits the Tipping Point for Managed Services
February 1, 2012 - 7:15 AM
Mobility is transforming our lives both at home and at work, as new multi-functional wireless devices and high-speed mobile networks enable us to stay connected wherever and whenever we like. This is a great convenience and a driver of productivity. At the same time, however, it creates some new mobility management challenges for businesses.

Beyond 3G
February 1, 2012 - 7:12 AM
One year after its launch, Verizon Wireless's 4G LTE network has failed to capture the imagination of the public, who still seem to prefer the slower-connecting Apple iPhone by large margins, writes TMCnet contributor Gary Kim, who attributes this observation to Paul Kapustka of Sidecut Reports.

ElectroPS CEO Talks Power
February 1, 2012 - 7:12 AM
Electro Power Systems designs, manufactures and sells power systems for backup power to telecom operators and tower companies around the world. The company's primary focus is the development and commercialization of fuel cell power products able to solve real-world energy needs at a price point that is accessible to organizations of any size. ElectroPS currently is expanding its backup power sales while entering the full renewables hybrid systems market, for which the company has early trials in place.

Texting Is So Money (Or, Why Long Codes Have Become a Hotbed of Debate)
February 1, 2012 - 7:11 AM
Are the CTIA's recently issued inter carrier messaging guidelines an effort by the nation's cellular service providers to protect the public against spam, or are they a move by those same companies to tamp down the prospects of long codes? The answer: It depends upon who you're talking to.

The Mobile Wallet: Smartphones Promise to Ring Up New Retail Opportunities
February 1, 2012 - 7:10 AM
Google Wallet initially allows mobile devices to store loyalty cards, offers and credit cards (including Citi, MasterCard, and a virtual Google Prepaid card), and later will enable virtual transit (although that's now available in select areas) and boarding passes and other tickets. Google Wallet is accepted anywhere PayPass MasterCard accounts are accepted, which includes more than 124,000 merchants nationally and more than 311,000 globally.

Bucking the Trend
September 1, 2011 - 7:58 AM
Interest in patent ownership is clearly building in the world of communications and over-the-top service providers. That became clear earlier this year when we witnessed the battle royale for the patents of now-defunct telecommunications equipment provider Nortel. And last month Google announced plans to spend $12.5 billion - its biggest-ever acquisition - for Motorola Mobility.

Touching Base
September 1, 2011 - 7:39 AM
Small cells are almost certainly coming to a cellular network near you, and the cloud could come into play as part of this new architecture as well. That could create new opportunities for alternative backhaul solutions, says Amir Makleff, president and CEO of BridgeWave.

Japan's GREE Moves in the U.S. Market
September 1, 2011 - 7:38 AM
That's why Electronic Arts recently disclosed plans to buy PopCap, owner of such popular games a Bejeweled. It's why Google in late 2009 purchased AdMob. And it's why GREE International Inc., the leading mobile social gaming company in Japan - with $700 million in annual revenue and more than 25 million users, is now expanding into the U.S. market.

SuVolta Transistor Technology Helps Power Mobile Devices
September 1, 2011 - 7:28 AM
Henry Kissinger famously said that "Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac." But the attraction to power for most of use these days has to do primarily with its ability to keep our laptops, smartphones and tablets running.

Do the Math
September 1, 2011 - 7:27 AM
More than a third of people admit to snooping on a loved one's call history or e-mail.

Short Selling - the Great Spectrum Debate
September 1, 2011 - 7:08 AM
The demand placed on wireless spectrum by one smartphone is equivalent to 24 cell phones; a device running an Apple or Android operating systems equals 96 non-smartphones; and one tablet is equal to 122 cell phones. That's in part why we have been hearing a lot lately about how we, as a nation, are short on spectrum relative to our wireless communications needs.

APPerture
September 1, 2011 - 7:01 AM
Want to get a bead on the bar scene without waiting in line or incurring a cover charge? SceneTap might be just what you're looking for.

Shedding New Light on LightSquared
September 1, 2011 - 7:00 AM
LightSquared is under fire as some in the GPS industry have raised concerns that its planned 4G wireless network will cause interference with their technologies, potentially affecting such critical systems as air traffic control. In a recent interview with NGM, LightSquared Chief Marketing Officer Frank Boulben said that the organizations raising these complaints primarily are device manufacturers that have had eight years to adjust their products to allow them to coexist peacefully with new technologies in the FCC-approved ATC spectrum, but instead elected a strategy of "squatting" on LightSquared's L-band spectrum.

Silicon Valley Power Leverages Fiber, Wi-Fi, Smart Grid to Better Serve Customers
September 1, 2011 - 7:00 AM
Silicon Valley Power has been around since 1896. But, as they say, this isn't your grandfather's electric utility. The Santa Clara, Calif.-based municipal electric utility has been extremely forward-thinking in adopting new technologies to better serve its customers and sustain its operations.

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