Sprint expands LTE coverage; Sony unveils new Xperia smartphones

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>  Sprint launched LTE in the four new markets, and also expanded enhanced 3G coverage. Release

> Sony Mobile Communications unveiled three new Xperia smartphones. Article

> Samsung unveiled the second generation of its popular Galaxy Note at the IFA conference in Berlin. Article

> Leap Wireless said it closed its spectrum transactions with Verizon Wireless. Release

> Nokia teased its Sept. 5 Windows Phone event, claiming "things are about to change." Article

> Apple may launch "AirPlay Direct" in September. Article

> Motorola Mobility agreed to license standards-essential patents to Apple in Germany. Article

> Motorola is rumored to announced an Intel Medfield-powered phone on Sept. 18. Article

> An in-depth look at OnLive's downfall. Article

> Huawei spent $800,000 lobbying the U.S. in the first half of 2012. Article

> Qualcomm's quad-core Snapdragon processor should be a warning to other chipset makers. Article

> Is a new HTC tablet coming? Article             

Mobile Content News

> Mobile interaction with magazines increased dramatically in the second quarter of 2012, with the number of mobile barcodes in magazines alone growing 61 percent to 2,200 codes, according to a new report. Article

> Mozilla released a revamped Firefox browser optimized for tablets running Google's Android, promising significant speed and performance improvements. Article

> Three months after launching its standalone Camera photo-sharing application for Apple's iOS, Facebook has issued the service's first software update, highlighted by support for photo albums. Article

> Google reinstated the controversial music-streaming app Grooveshark. Article (sub. req.)

> Microsoft's SkyDrive for Android app is now available. Article

And finally... Ingestible sensor sends health data to your phone. Article