Sprint launches Spark tablet; NII may file for bankruptcy

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> Sprint's Virgin Mobile will sell the mid-range HTC Desire 816 for $299 without a contract. Article

> South Korea's Pantech has filed for bankruptcy. Article

> Wireless carrier NII Holdings said it might have to file for bankruptcy due to its troubles in Brazil and Mexico. Article

> According to new research, employees of U.S. wireless carriers are pushing Samsung products twice as often as Apple products. Article

> Microsoft appears to be preparing to announce a new "selfie" phone at a Sept. 4 event. Article

> Sprint's first Spark-capable tablet is the Galaxy Tab 4 7.0. Article

> RacoWireless announced its new Omega DevCloud, which the company said is a set of development tools that will helps "with communication with IoT applications in a standardized, easy-to-use environment." Release

> The FCC will investigate the reported misuse of the mobile IMSI catcher, dubbed "Stingray," by police and intelligence services. Article

Mobile Developer News

> The bright side of barely making $21,000 with a mobile app. Editor's Corner

> Only 5 percent of developers believe creating a native app is a better way to go, according to new research. Article

Telecom News

> Cable MSO Suddenlink is investing $250 million to upgrade its network and make 1-Gig service available to its customers in its 16-state footprint that includes Texas, Louisiana and Arkansas. Article

> AT&T said it is launching its GigaPower network in Miami, giving residential and small business customers access to symmetrical broadband speeds of up to 1-gigabit per second. Article

Cable News

> In a statistic that probably has cable TV execs scrambling to push broadband video, only about 2 percent of the 19 percent of millennials who don't have pay TV would consider signing up in the next three months, a new report from nScreenMedia indicates. Article

> About half of the thousands of letters the FCC has received about Comcast's proposed takeover of Time Warner Cable and AT&T's planned acquisition of DirecTV have come from viewers who want their RFD-TV. Article

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