AT&T announces network overhaul with Ericsson, Cisco and Alcatel-Lucent; Disney to stream movies over iOS app

Quick news from around the Web.

> Disney announced a new iOS app that offers streaming access to all its movies. Article

> Sony announced the new Xperia Z2 and M2 smartphones and the X2 tablet. Article

> Harman partnered with Sprint and Brightstar for its Onyx Studi wireless speaker system.

> Qualcomm and Deutsche Telekom said they will test LTE Direct technology. Article

> AT&T and vendors Ericsson, Cisco Systems and Alcatel-Lucent announced they will jointly work to overhaul the operator's network to allow it to control its hardware with a software overlay. Article

> Qualcomm cut the price of its Toq smart watch to $250. Article

> Microsoft put former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop in charge of its phones business. Article

> AT&T announced it will allow its Mobile Share and Mobile Share Value customers in the United States to text anywhere in the world for no extra cost. The carrier also announced 1 cent per minute calling from the United States to 35 different countries. Release

Wireless Tech News

> The Small Cell Forum continued its educational program for operators with the third release in an ongoing series, this one focused on deploying the diminutive base stations in outdoor urban areas. Article

> Kineto and Taqua announced that their respective technologies will play starring roles in Sprint's new Wi-Fi calling service, which is leveraging the growing ubiquity of Wi-Fi in homes and offices to bring its voice and messaging services indoors. Article

Telecom News

> Hawaiian Telcom is the latest incumbent telco to jump on the higher broadband speed bandwagon with the debut of a new 500/50 Mbps tier. Article

Cable News

> The proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger could go the way of TCI-Bell Atlantic. Editor's Corner

> While Charter Communications hasn't yet commercially deployed a cloud-based interactive program guide, the MSO offered a glimpse last week at the user interface that it has been testing since late last year on its cable system in Fort Worth, Texas. Article

European Wireless News

> The GSMA revealed mobile money services are enjoying rapid growth globally, with 24 million new users accessing services in the year to end-June 2013, and the number of registered accounts almost trebling over two years. Article

> MasterCard launched MasterPass, an in-app payments service designed to eliminate the need to store credit card credentials on several mobile applications, at the Mobile World Congress trade show. Article

> Multiplatform eye tracking software firm, The Eye Tribe, today announced the beta release of the world's first affordable eye tracking software development kit (SDK) for mass market Android devices. Article

Mobile Developer News

> Explaining the failure of Intel's AppUp app store. Editor's Corner

> A number of companies are building tools for developers that will allow developers to make cross-platform apps. Feature

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