PC shipments expected to drop in 2015; Sprint outs Alcatel Retro phone

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"Ericsson to buy telecom business in China with 1,000 employees http://reut.rs/1BLIDGU  via @reuters" --@FierceWireless

> According to a new poll, 69 percent of Americans are not planning to purchase an Apple Watch. Article

> Yahoo introduced a new login system that doesn't use passwords. Article

> Research firm IDC reduced its expectations for global PC shipments this year. Article

> Cuba is building its first public Wi-Fi hub in Havana. Article

> Sprint is marketing its new Alcatel Retro phone to seniors. Article

Wireless Tech News

> The Bluetooth SIG and others are disputing Globalstar's TLPS test results in front of the FCC. Article

> Radwin has completed its onboard Wi-Fi deployment for the Moscow Metro--one that it describes as the largest of its kind in the world. Article

Telecom News

> RCN Business is broadening its reach into more enterprise and small and medium businesses (SMBs) by establishing a new agent program that it says will provide "select" national and regional telecom agents and systems integrators with resources and support to sell the service provider's IP-based data and voice services. Article

> TDS Telecom's 1 Gbps fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) drive may not have the same sizzle as Google Fiber's, but the telco's aggressive move to expand the service into rural towns like Hollis, N.H., shows that the demand for service is not just a big city phenomenon. Article

Cable News

> The proposed mergers between Comcast and Time Warner Cable and AT&T and DirecTV are being reviewed by the FCC, but the agency has halted those reviews in order to account for court cases that could affect the deals. Article

European Wireless News

> Dyson, a manufacturer of bag-free vacuum cleaners and fans without blades, announced a $15 million (€14.2 million) deal that could see the company become an unlikely hero to the smartphone industry. Article

> Vodafone Germany is demonstrating voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services on a live network at the CeBIT conference and exhibition in Hanover, Germany this week and said the all-IP technology is now being rolled out across its 4G network, which now covers 70 per cent of the country. Article

And finally… Xiaomi is planning "smart" running shoes. Article

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