Facebook testing LTE Direct with Qualcomm; Microsoft to show off new Windows next week

Quick news from around the Web.

> Google's Ingress augmented reality mobile game has been downloaded by more than 7 million people during the past year. Article

> Facebook is working with Qualcomm to test LTE Direct technology. Article

> Apple's iPhone 6 is close to going on sale in China, according to a new report. Article

> T-Mobile US has purchased 700 MHz A Block licenses from Triad 700 covering around 2.4 million POPs in locations in Alaska, Nevada and elsewhere. PDF FCC filing and Tweet

> Korean phone vendor Pantech has put itself up for sale. Article

> AT&T certified the U-blox SARA-U260 module, which the carrier said is the world's smallest 3G chip module for machine-to-machine applications. Article

> The China Communications Standards Association (CCSA), the national communications standards organization of China, and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) announced they signed an agreement to "foster closer cooperation." Release

> Dunkin' Donuts is testing mobile ordering technology. Article

> Apple released iOS 8.0.2 that the company said fixes "an issue that affected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded 8.0.1." Article

> Microsoft will show off the next version of Windows next week. Article

> Apple is now selling its new iPhones in 20 more countries. Article

> Novatel Wireless said its new MiFi 6620L Jetpack for Verizon Wireless connects up to 15 devices to the Verizon XLTE network and can last up to 20 hours on a single charge. Release

Telecom News

> Vietnam's incumbent telco Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications Group (VNPT) has announced that the Asia-America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable will be back up and running on Oct. 3 following a cable cut that occurred earlier this month. Article

> Hurricane Electric is deepening its presence in the San Francisco Bay Area by establishing a new point of presence (PoP) at Digital Realty's 365 Main facility. Article

Cable News

> Despite the ubiquitous presence of fast-emerging technologies such as DOCSIS 3.1, Wi-Fi hotspots and 4K, the SCTE saw a 7 percent drop in attendance for its annual Cable-Tec Expo conference, held Sept. 22-25 in Denver. Article

> The 'Energy 2020' challenge: Getting the cable business to look at its power bill in 5 years. Editor's Corner

European Wireless News

> The European Commission (EC) insisted there is absolutely no delay to its plans to end roaming charges across the European Union, noting that all three EU institutions--the EC, European Parliament and national governments--agree on the need to end these charges. Article

> Telenor said it will officially launch commercial services in Myanmar on Sept. 27, when it will become the third operator to provide mobile services in the country. Article

> Developments in 5G technology are gathering pace in the UK after a global forum held in London this week saw the launch of a new program to promote innovation to encourage growth in this field. Article

And finally… Conan O'Brien addressed reports that Apple's new iPhones are bending in users' pockets. Video

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