In today's spotlight, FierceWireless profiles several up-and-coming executives in the industry. Its 2014 "Rising Stars in Wireless" report includes executives from Verizon, AT&T, Microsoft, Sprint, U.S. Cellular, Microsoft, Intel and Qualcomm.
Qualcomm and Apple competed fiercely for the top spots among chipset makers for smartphones and tablets in 2013, according to new reports from research firm Strategy Analytics. However, Qualcomm maintained its strong lead among baseband chip suppliers thanks to its dominant position in the LTE market, the research firm found.
Global shipments in 2014 of tablet processors will reach an estimated 299.7 million units, up 23 per cent from 243.1 million units last year, latest forecasts say.
The promise of using millimeter-wave technology to alleviate the global spectrum crunch has prompted Intel to join the NYU Wireless research program as an industry affiliate.
NEW YORK--Former Redbox Instant CEO Shawn Strickland is now overseeing Verizon's FiOS TV, Verizon Digital Media Services and Redbox Instant businesses following a reorganization that the telco implemented in late December.
In Verizon, OnCue has found a buyer with experience building relationships with the TV networks and content owners. Verizon also has the financial and technical resources to keep OnCue going.
Amazon reportedly looked into licensing rights to deliver some live TV online, according to the Wall Street Journal. The company has also been said to be developing a set-top box that would stream video over the Internet.
The deal will help speed the deployment of "next generation video service, both integrated with Verizon FiOS fiber-optic networks and delivered 'over the top' to any device," the companies said in a press release.
Qualcomm shifted into the list of top 10 U.S. patent awardees during 2013, while Google and Apple both jumped into the top 20, according to IFI Claims Patent Services.
Speech recognition has been around for many years, but it was only until Apple launched Siri with the iPhone 4S on October 2011 that this technology became mainstream. Despite its potential, speech recognition has taken a back seat to other innovations like the touch screen, but new developments by Nuance, Google and Intel are setting the stage for this technology to finally take off in 2014.