LG scores a profit in mobile; Microsoft outs Outlook for iOS, Android

Quick news from around the Web.

> LG reported increases and improvements in its mobile phone business, showing a profit in the fourth quarter. Article

> Strategy Analytics said the world's smartphone vendors collectively shipped 1.3 billion phones in 2014, an increase of 30 percent from the prior year. And the firm said Android accounted for 81 percent of all smartphones last year, hitting the 1 billion unit mark for the first time ever. Post

> Microsoft released Outlook for iOS and Android. Post

> Bank of American said it will no longer support Windows Phone. Article

> Amazon is selling email services to companies. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Here's more research in support of heterogeneous networks, or HetNets. Bell Labs, the industrial research arm of Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU), says it has discovered that today's ultra-broadband mobile networks can make significant energy savings and performance gains by deploying a mix of macro and small cell radio base stations. Article

> Security is a big concern among a lot players in the Internet of Things (IoT), so it's no wonder that federal regulators would zero in on that as they look for ways to prevent fraud and unfair business practices. Article

Telecom News

> WOW! Business is buying conduit to bring fiber to an additional 38 buildings in Chicago. Article

Cable News

> Time Warner Cable reported strong fourth-quarter residential subscriber metrics, highlighted by residential video declines that slowed by 75 percent to just 38,000. Article

> New research shows that commercials on cable spiked 7 percent in the fourth quarter. Article

And finally… Sprint's new Super Bowl ad takes aim at the company's rivals. Video

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