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Researchers demo 92% success rate in hacking smartphone apps

The vast mobile applications ecosystem, enabled by the ability of apps to run on a shared smartphone infrastructure or operating system, has created open doors for hackers that want to obtain personal information from mobile device users. And the threat is believed to extend across Google Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems, according to a group of university researchers.

Hacked traffic lights highlight perils within the Internet of Things

Researchers at the University of Michigan have hacked into a live, networked traffic-signal system, showing how lax security can imperil any embedded systems. According to a paper written by the group, they discovered several vulnerabilities in the system's wireless network and its traffic-light controller, which enabled the researchers to alter the state of traffic lights on command.

DoCoMo lures travelers with low-cost, 'premium' Wi-Fi

NTT DoCoMo has announced that it is offering a "premium" public Wi-Fi service, with a maximum speed of 72 Mbps, to travelers within Japan on a trial basis.

Apple iPhone 6 with VoLTE: Rumors heating up

The status of voice over LTE (VoLTE) in the iPhone 6 remains unsettled, but there are plenty of signs that Apple is preparing to include the technology in upcoming devices, if not now then sometime in the near future.

T-Mobile's HSPA latency speeds have improved, report says

T-Mobile US recently posted notably improved latency speeds on its HSPA network, according to research from OpenSignal, which has teamed up with FierceWireless to report network latency speeds of the Tier 1 U.S. wireless carriers.

Billions of consumers forecast to buy wearables, in-home devices over the next five years

Consumer demand for both wearables and in-home devices equipped with sensor nodes and wireless links is expected to ramp up substantially throughout the rest of this decade, expanding the reach of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), according to separate reports from ABI Research and Accenture Interactive's Acquity Group.

Spectrum refarming for wireless broadband fraught with twists and turns

Tammy Parker, FierceWirelessTech

A funny thing happened on the way to opening up 500 MHz for fixed and mobile wireless broadband. Reality reared its head, revealing just how challenging it can be to free up spectrum that is already being used for other purposes and hand it over to the wireless industry.

AWS-3 auction winners could face lots of spectrum-coordination hitches

Chris Hardy, general manager of CommScope subsidiary Comsearch

Winners in the upcoming AWS-3 auction may find themselves confronting years of spectrum-coordination challenges as they work to finesse their way through incumbent relocation and frequency-sharing issues, according to Chris Hardy, general manager of CommScope subsidiary Comsearch.

Intel's Schooler: Axxia buy will boost 'common architecture approach' to networks

Intel's acquisition of LSI's Axxia Networking Business, a provider of system-on-chip (SoC) solutions for network infrastructure, will be a crucial driver in the development of Intel's wireless-access-networking strategy and its long-term goal of running critical network workloads on a single architecture, said Rose Schooler, general manager of Intel's communications-infrastructure division.

Juniper predicts location-based services market will generate $43.3B by 2019

Juniper Research predicts that the value of the mobile context and location-based services (LBS) market will more than triple in the next five years, thanks in large part to the adoption of highly targeted and context-aware ad-supported apps, which will account for over two-thirds of revenues.

Wi-Fi advocates clash with automakers, WISPs over FCC's 5 GHz plan

The FCC's proposal to open up more of the 5 GHz band for use by unlicensed devices continues to draw criticism and generate debate in multiple corners, as supporters of the commission's plan square off against critics that are concerned about the proposal's impact on vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communications and wireless Internet service providers (WISPs).

AT&T Stadium's DAS, Wi-Fi upgrades drive immersive fan experience

AT&T has made AT&T Stadium, home of Dallas Cowboys football, a showcase for its wireless services, with an extensive Wi-Fi network, enough cellular-network capacity to serve a small suburb and the first stadium LED display built to respond directly to fans.

Frontier gains new revenue streams by deploying Wi-Fi services

Frontier Communications might not be a traditional wireless player, but the telco revealed during Adtran's Connect event in Huntsville, Ala., last week that it is seeing a growing demand to provide Wi-Fi services to local businesses. Its recent win to wire the American Tobacco Campus in Durham, N.C., with Wi-Fi is an example of this trend, reports our sister publication FierceTelecom.

FirstNet, Texas sign 700 MHz spectrum-lease pact for Harris County LTE network

In a special board meeting held via teleconference, the First Responder Network Authority finally approved a spectrum manager lease agreement (SMLA) with the state of Texas for Harris County's LTE-based public-safety network, which uses 700 MHz spectrum licensed to FirstNet.

450 MHz for LTE catches steam with support from Altair Semiconductor

The growing push to deploy LTE network technology in the 450 MHz band appears to be gaining steam as LTE chipset supplier Altair Semiconductor announced it will join the 450 MHz Alliance, an industry association representing the interests of 450 MHz stakeholders. The association pointed out that Altair in 2012 became the world's first LTE chipset vendor to offer a 450 MHz-compliant product.

As LTE-Advanced commitments reach 60 worldwide, SK Telecom scores 221 Mbps in speed test

According to analyst firm ABI Research, carriers across the world are moving apace toward LTE-Advanced technology. The firm estimated there are currently roughly 60 LTE-Advanced trials, commitments and commercial deployments worldwide, of which 22 commitments were from Western Europe, 16 from Asia-Pacific, and five from North America.

AT&T: We're using WCS C, D Block spectrum for in-flight Wi-Fi because of interference concerns

In a new filing with the FCC, AT&T Mobility said that it doesn't believe it can use its WCS C and D Block spectrum for a mobile LTE network because the system would create too much interference with other operations in nearby spectrum bands. As a result, the carrier said it hopes to use the spectrum to provide in-flight Wi-Fi services because pointing the antennas up at the sky would reduce the possibility that the network would interfere with operations in adjacent bands, including Sirius XM radio.

OneM2M's initial specs release lays groundwork for global M2M standards

The oneM2M "candidate release of technical specifications," aimed at laying the groundwork for a global M2M service layer, is open for public comment until Nov. 1.

Mutualink touts its media cohesion framework for FirstNet use

Mutualink, whose interoperability platform is fully deployed in the nation's only operationally deployed public-safety LTE network, is pushing for use of its media cohesion framework  (MCF) as part of the LTE network being planned by the First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet).

Boingo Wireless installing DAS, Wi-Fi networks at New York's World Trade Center

A subsidiary of Boingo Wireless will install and operate neutral-host cellular distributed antenna systems (DAS) and Wi-Fi networks in select areas of New York's new World Trade Center (WTC).