Samsung Electronics, as expected, announced its Galaxy Gear smart watch and the company's next phablet, the Galaxy Note III, at a media event just ahead of the start of the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Berlin. Meanwhile, chipmaker Qualcomm announced at virtually the exact same time its own smart watch, dubbed the Toq, during its Uplinq developer conference in San Diego.
Before she took on her role as senior director of developer relations at San Diego-based Qualcomm, Lauren Thorpe spent her career in stints at Helio, Hands-On Mobile and THQ Wireless. That means she learned first-hand about the kind of opportunities and challenges facing developers attending Qualcomm's Uplinq conference, which takes place Sept. 3-5 near its headquarters in San Diego.
Qualcomm will sell its Omnitracs fleet management division to Vista Equity Partners, a U.S.-based private equity firm, for $800 million in cash.
Intel will begin shipping its first multimode LTE modem chipset later this month, but the silicon giant has a long way to go to catch up with competitors who are already ahead in mobile, most notably Qualcomm.
Apple and China Mobile have spent months trying to work out some way for the Chinese carrier to offer its customers the iPhone, and it appears the two may finally be closing in on a deal.
The 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard is gaining momentum as service providers demand inclusion of the technology in the network products they buy and compatible client devices roll out to the mass market, according to a Qualcomm executive.
LG Electronics unveiled its newest flagship smartphone, the G2, at a media event in New York City, and said it will be coming to 130 wireless carriers in the next eight weeks, including all four Tier 1 U.S. carriers. The launch represents LG's most aggressive attempt yet to close the gap with Samsung Electronics and Apple in the smartphone market.
Acting FCC Chairwoman Mignon Clyburn Wednesday convened a meeting with a variety of stakeholders, including AT&T and smaller wireless carriers, to try to find a solution to the knotty issue of interoperability in the Lower 700 MHz band, which has bedeviled the commission and industry for years.
Qualcomm's purchase of a small stake in infrastructure vendor Alcatel-Lucent to help develop small cells for 3G, LTE and Wi-Fi networks will hopefully serve as a template for others. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Alcatel-Lucent CEO Michel Combs said that he hopes to attract other technology investors to boost the company's research budget.