Sony announces Z1 smartphone, new smart watch; Sprint pushes for H Block auction

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> At the IFA show, Sony announced its new flagship Z1 smartphone, a new version of its smart watch, and a pair of camera lenses with built-in sensors users can mount onto their smartphone. Article. The company also began selling the LTE-capable Xperia Tablet Z in the United States for $629. Release

> Sprint is urging the FCC to quickly auction the H Block. Article

> AT&T's series of "It's Not Complicated" ads have found success in the market. Article

> Samsung Electronics is planning to host a conference with investors on its corporate strategy. Article

> Sara Martinez Tucker joined the Sprint board of directors. Release

> Panasonic will withdraw from the smartphone market in Japan. Article

> Amdocs said it will spend $120 million to acquire Actix, which provides software for mobile network optimization. Release

> Alcatel's "Viper" phone appears bound for AT&T. Article

> Neonode said it signed a new license agreement with a "world leading global consumer electronics OEM." Release

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> Microsoft's Windows Phone will solidify its position as the world's third-leading smartphone operating system over the next several years but will continue to trail significantly behind Google's Android and Apple's iOS, research firm IDC forecasts. Article

> The Google Glass app store is coming next year. Article

> Samsung Electronics is teaming with security solutions firm Lookout to install antivirus software on all of its forthcoming smartphones running Google's Android. Article

> Google is nicknaming version 4.4 of its Android mobile operating system "KitKat" in honor of the popular Nestle chocolate bar, surprising onlookers who expected the company to call the update Android 5.0, a.k.a. "Key Lime Pie." Article

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