Researchers at State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo have built an app that helps drivers find open parking spots through the use of "pocketsourcing," which turns smartphones into passive sensors. The app was developed within Blue, a systems research group at the university.
Sprint is providing transitional technology to people who want to cut the cord and use their mobile phone number as their only personal number but still like the convenience of having a call ring in on their landline phones.
Microsoft slashed 2,100 employees from its work force, part of a previously announced plan to cut 18,000 workers as the software giant integrates former Nokia employees and shifts its focus to the cloud, mobile and productivity tools. As a result of this round of cuts, Microsoft will also close its Silicon Valley research-and-development lab.
Qualcomm unveiled a software toolkit at its annual Uplinq developers conference that enables developers take advantage of LTE Broadcast technology, and it got a vote of confidence on the technology from Facebook. However, the company stayed mum on its troubles in China, where it is still the focus of an antitrust probe.
Apple put a major new focus on how it safeguards its users' private information and launched a website to keep its customers better informed of how their data is stored and protected. Meanwhile, amid concerns that its new iPhones and forthcoming Apple Watch wearable device will be collecting reams of health data, the company reportedly sent emissaries to quell concerns in Congress.
Ericsson is exiting the wireless-modem business and will most likely slash about 1,000 jobs as a result. The decision comes as pricing pressure builds in the stand-alone-modem business and more device makers choose to buy system-on-a-chip solutions with modems married to application processors, which Ericsson does not offer.
Berg Insight revealed the sector of personal navigation is rapidly becoming a mobile play, as the number of personal navigation devices (PNDs) shipped fell in 2013 while the number of people utilising mobile navigation apps grew.
Ericsson is consulting with workers unions and representatives over the lay off of around 1,000 staff from its modems business after announcing it will quit the sector in favour of an increased focus on its radio networks unit.
Apple's new 4.7-inch iPhone 6 and 5.5-inch 6 Plus formally go on sale Sept. 19, but reviews of the new phones are in, and they are largely positive. Apple has already said it received 4 million preorders for the new phones within the 24 hours of presale availability, and the devices are likely to be a hit with consumers well through the holiday season. However, the reviews certainly won't hurt iPhone sales.
Verizon Wireless plans to introduce Wi-Fi calling in the middle of next year but does not see an urgent need for it, according to Verizon Communications CFO Fran Shammo.