Huawei releases Ascend G7 and Ascend Mate7; Rdio goes freemium

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> A new investigation by the nonprofit watchdog organization China Labor Watch and Green America claims to have found serious health and safety, environmental and human rights violations at a factory in China that manufactures metal iPad covers and other parts for fifth-generation iPhones. China Labor Watch found many of the same problems at the factory in 2013 and brought them to Apple's attention.  Release Apple rejected suggestions that it takes such reports lightly. Article

> Huawei announced its new Ascend G7 Android smartphone, which sports a 5.5-inch HD screen, LTE Cat4 connectivity and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. Release. The company also announced the Ascend Mate7 with a 6-inch screen and fingerprint-scanning technology. Release

> Broadcom announced what it said is the "industry's most powerful 5G WiFi (802.11ac) 2x2 Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) combo chip," the BCM4358. Release

> HTC announced the Desire 820, which features an 8-megapixel front-facing camera and a Qualcomm Octa-Core 64-bit processor. Release

> Intel said it will show off its new MICA (My Intelligent Communication Accessory), a "feminine fashion accessory with communications capabilities," at the Opening Ceremony Spring/Summer 2015 fashion show. Release

> Rdio is moving to the freemium model. Article

> Qualcomm announced its new AllPlay Click Software Development Kit (SDK), which the company said will allow developers to create connected, AllJoyn-powered services. Release

Wireless Tech News

> The networks division of Nokia claims its new commercial telco cloud solution is compliant with network functions virtualization (NFV) for end-to-end voice over LTE (VoLTE) services. Further, an unnamed operator is slated to launch the cloud platform by year's end. Article

> Qualcomm said it has broadened developer support for a low-power Wi-Fi platform that it introduced one year ago. Article

> Genband is making an aggressive play in mobile via the introduction of its Simply Mobile framework that combines cloud, over-the-top (OTT) and HetNet functionality with a developer platform. Article

Telecom News

> Orange Business has maintained its lead over BT Global in the global Ethernet market Vertical Systems Group's 2013 Global Provider Ethernet Leaderboard. Article

> Ciena reported that packet optical was again the star performer in its portfolio, with revenues rising year-over-year to $382 million, up from $302 million in the same period a year ago. Article

Cable News

> Suddenlink is getting into the home automation business, launching a new service that lets customers remotely arm and disarm their security systems, monitor live streamed video of their domiciles, and remotely control things like lights and thermostats for as little as $30 a month, depending on promotions and bundling. Article

> FierceCable Editor Daniel Frankel discussed programming costs, Local Choice and TV Everywhere challenges with Thomas Larsen, group VP of legal and public affairs at Mediacom. Hot Seat

And finally… A line is forming for Apple's unreleased products. Article