Fire makes it clear: Demand for streamlining video to rise

Amazon Kindle Fire users are watching video, lots of video, with more vide watching “undeniably increasing countrywide,” analytics tallier Ooyala said in a blog post this week. Read the rest of this entry »

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Blundering Best Buy to restock RIM PlayBooks

Some wondered yesterday whether RIM could turn into a Hewlett-Packard, slashing the price of its poor-selling tablet and creating suddenly a greater market demand than it could meet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Universal Service reform order targets 6 Mb/s broadband speed in certain cases

After staunchly defending a 4 Mb/s downstream- 1 Mb/s upstream target broadband speed for the planned broadband Universal Service program for nearly two years, the FCC signaled in the recently issued Universal Service reform order that it may be wavering just a little bit. Read the rest of this entry »

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Apple iPhone is best-selling phone in U.K. in October, despite Android’s reigning Q3

Android’s moment on top may be short lived, according to new data from research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Read the rest of this entry »

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Mobile security: Build it and they will come; open it and they will walk in

Breaches of security, particularly at giants Apple and Google make dark but compelling reading. Hack into something ‘newsworthy’ and notoriety is assured.

We live in weird times. In recent days, Juniper Networks and others have measured a 472 percent increase in malware attacks on Google’s open Android platform, reflecting in four months the increase in malware attacks in the previous year. Of the known Android malware samples, 55 percent are spyware and 44 percent are SMS Trojans that siphon unrecoverable amounts of money from customers’ accounts. This is big, disturbing news. Read the rest of this entry »

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Windows Phone 7 Marketplace an opportunity that is still evolving

A look at the Windows Phone 7 Marketplace on its first birthday, by Distimo, shows major opportunities, particularly on a global scale.

A year after its Nov. 2010 debut, the marketplace is showing great progress, with free and paid applications growing each month, additional developers continuously coming on board and all arrows pointing up. However, when compared to Apple’s App Store, it’s still small potatoes. Read the rest of this entry »

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Day three of new Net Neutrality regime and no complaints yet

Today marks the third day since FCC-imposed Net Neutrality rules went into effect and there have been no reports yet of anyone accusing anyone else of not complying with the rules.

We thought we might hear something from Consumers Union and Media Access Project—two consumer groups that expressed concerns earlier this year that a tiered pricing plan from MetroPCS might be a Net Neutrality violation (CP: Net Neutrality tables turned this time). Read the rest of this entry »

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Clearwire, with debt payment due, may hit up reluctant buddy Sprint

Clearwire, considering how to play its LTE cards, may postpone a $237 million debt payment, according to the Wall Street Journal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cincinnati Bell offers free calls from Santa

Cincinnati Bell is offering people in its serving area the ability to surprise their kids with a free call from Santa, customized with the child’s name, between now and December 24.  Area residents, who apparently don’t have to be Cincinnati Bell customers, can schedule the call from a computer or smartphone, choosing one of four holiday messages. And if the phone receiving the call has caller ID, the call will be heralded with Santa’s North Pole address. Read the rest of this entry »

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iPhone 4S faster on AT&T, but better voice quality on Sprint, says report

It’s common knowledge that AT&T’s iPhone 4S is faster than those of Verizon Wireless and Sprint (CP: Sprint Apple iPhone 4S a necessary evil). However, according to new data from Metrico — a provider of mobile device performance analytics — call success rates on the Verizon iPhone 4S were slightly better than those on the AT&T and Sprint versions. Read the rest of this entry »

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