Jolla to focus on licensing Sailfish OS; C Spire hunts for 700 MHz spectrum

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> Jolla said it will concentrate on the development and licensing business of the independent and open mobile operating system Sailfish OS, and that a new company will be established to continue Jolla's devices business. Release

> Apple has reportedly been testing prototype iPads with bigger screens as far back as 2012. Business Insider article

> Microsoft revealed details about the music service for Windows 10, which will be called Groove Music. PhoneScoop article

> Instagram confirmed that it will increase image resolution for photos on the service from 640x640 pixels to 1080x1080 pixels. PhoneScoop article

> In celebration of its 20th birthday, Amazon has declared July 15 "Amazon Prime Day," a day of shopping that will have "more deals than Black Friday." Release

> C Spire Wireless appears to be buying 700 MHz spectrum from Waller Wireless. Filing

> Nokia Networks and du, the operator based in the United Arab Emirates, used drones carrying smartphones with network testing applications to analyze du's network. Release

> Walmart recently added the ZTE Lever LTE phablet to its lineup of handsets for TracFone's Straight Talk Wireless. PhoneScoop article

> Sigfox and FIWARE unveiled an open-source connector for the Sigfox Internet of Things network. Release

> According to OnePlus CEO Pete Lau, consumers can expect to pay less than $450 for the forthcoming OnePlus 2 smartphone. Techno Buffalo article

Mobile Developer News

> Alan Ewing, the Car Connectivity Consortium's president and executive director, recently spoke to FierceDeveloper about the CCC's recent hackathon and how the CCC's developer efforts are evolvingArticle

> The world may have been eager to get its first experience of Apple Music, but for app developers, it was the familiar sad song of waiting to get in on the action, based on their feedback on Twitter. Article

Cable News

> Comcast has expanded its cloud-based DVR to X1 platform users in Central California, including systems in Santa Barbara, Fresno, Chico and Stockton. Article

> Research firm SNL Kagan increased its retransmission fee forecasts, saying that it now expects U.S. cable operators to pay a total of $9.8 billion in 2020 to carry content from TV stations. That figure is up from the $9.3 billion in 2020 that SNL Kagan predicted in October. Article

Telecom News

> CenturyLink is going to educate more of the IT community about the emerging cloud services trends that are affecting IT departments inside businesses via a multi-city tour that will feature industry analysts and the telco's customers. Article

> Agile Networks, an emerging competitive provider serving Ohio, has built a hybrid microwave and optical network that can deliver 1 Gbps Internet access services to business customers. Article

And finally… Doppler Labs, which makes smart earplugs that it says can tune down a baby's cries on an airplane or increase the bass at a concert, said it had raised $17 million in new funding. Article