Microsoft reportedly prepping 7-inch tablet; HTC Facebook phone to get premier placement at AT&T, report says

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> HTC's First Facebook phone will reportedly be front and center at AT&T Mobility. Article

> Microsoft is reportedly planning to release a 7-inch tablet. Article

> Nokia was reportedly working on a tablet before Microsoft launched its Surface tablet. Article

> Apple could release a "killer app" this summer. Article

> Smaller wireless carriers are pulling out of Canada's main trade group. Article

> Meet the Samsung Galaxy Mega, with 6.3-inch and 5.8-inch sizes. Article

> A slowdown in sales at Foxconn is creating concerns about sales at Apple. Article

> Based on a new job posting, it appears Apple is considering flexible screen technology. Article

> Shipments of PCs slowed dramatically in the first quarter, according to IDC. Release

Mobile Content News

> Mobile responses to content in magazines continues to evolve, with 20 percent of these activations coming from image-based activations (e.g. invisible watermarks) rather than code-based activations (e.g. QR codes), according Nellymoser. Article

> Google released new versions of its Chrome browser beta for Android and Apple iOS, highlighted by full-screen viewing options. Article

Broadband Wireless News

> Juniper Research is predicting almost unfathomable amounts of mobile data traffic will be generated by mobile handsets and tablets by 2017, but only a mere 40 percent of the data will go over cellular networks. Article

> CommScope and Ooredoo, a carrier serving the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia, have developed what they believe is the world's first factory-assembled tower tops for base station remote radios. Article

European Wireless News

> 3 Ireland picked South Korean vendor Samsung Electronics to handle its LTE network deployment, as the mobile operator readies itself for a service launch in August. Article

> Fresh from the sale of its Russian business, Tele2 is now looking around for further acquisitions in the European market as it pursues its low-cost model for mobile data services. Article

And finally… Turn your PC into a rug. Article


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