Apple preps larger iPad Pro; ZTE leans on Hillcrest for advanced sensor processing in smartphones

More wireless news from across the Web:

> Apple has reportedly ramped up its hiring of artificial intelligence experts. Reuters article

> The Global mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) said the total number of LTE subscriptions reached 755 million worldwide at the end of June, accounting for more than 10 percent of the global mobile market. LTE World article

> Apple will reportedly unveil a 12.9-inch "iPad Pro" tablet this week. 9to5Mac article

> Amazon reportedly plans to release a $50 tablet with a 6-inch screen later this year. Wall Street Journal article

> Hillcrest Labs today said ZTE is using Hillcrest's Freespace motion and sensor hub software to enhance its flagship Axon and Star series smartphones with advanced sensor processing and context awareness features. Release

> Verizon unveiled today its new software-defined WAN service using Cisco's Intelligent WAN (IWAN) technology. Release

> U.S. Cellular will begin selling the 9.7-inch black Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 online and in stores on Sept. 11. Release

Wireless Tech News

> AT&T is offering its first plug-in vehicle Wi-Fi hotspot, supplied by ZTE USA, starting Sept. 11 in AT&T stores and online. Dubbed the ZTE Mobley, the device allows up to five devices to connect to the Internet through AT&T's hotspot data plan and LTE network. Article

> Based on a patent filing made public last week, Verizon may be working on what it calls "dynamic auctioning of unused network capacity." The technology would allow service providers to sell unused capacity to subscribers for a pre-determined amount of time. Article

Mobile Developer News

> Amazon's "actually free" mobile app category in its new Amazon Underground app store likely won't spur developers to leave Google Play to offer their Android games solely within Amazon Underground, but it could be a great way for them to experiment and iterate. Editor's Corner

> FunPlus explains its approach to bringing greater transparency to developer programs with PublishingPlus. Article

Cable News

>  Media General and Meredith announced a merger valued at $2.4 billion that will create the third largest TV station operator in the United States, another marker of the continuing consolidation in the broadcast TV space. Article

> Nagra announced that it has begun allowing pay-TV operators to use its anyCast Connect client and OpenTV 5 connecter to offer Netflix over their set-tops. Article

Telecom News

> AT&T and Verizon's management of copper networks are now facing an investigation by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). Citing instances of substandard service quality, the CPUC voted 4-to-1 to examine the physical condition of the two telco's copper networks in the state. Article

And finally… Google will start testing a delivery service for fresh food and groceries in two U.S. cities later this year. Article