Sprint's Steve Elfman to depart Aug. 16; U.S. govt. legalizes phone unlocking

Quick news from around the Web.

> According to new findings from Chitika, Apple products power more than half of North American smartphone web traffic. Post

> Sprint's Steve Elfman, president of the company's products and services, is leaving the company Aug. 16. Filing

> Almost three-quarters of all Internet of Things devices could be hacked, according to a recent study. Article

> The U.S. government may ban in-flight calling. Article

> Phone unlocking is now legal. Article

> Samsung Electronics appears poised to launch the Galaxy Note 4. Article

> LG Electronics is offering a software update for its G Watch that appears geared toward alleviating a corrosion issue. Article

> T-Mobile and MetroPCS are selling the waterproof Kyocera Hydro Life for $125. Release

Wireless Tech News

> University of Washington researchers envision an "RF-powered Internet of Things" based upon battery-free gadgets that derive energy by harvesting ambient radio waves, such as those emanated by Wi-Fi, TV, radio and cellular. Article

> Procera Networks aims to help operators reduce their deployment of probes and costs associated with drive testing by enabling real-time location and awareness of radio access network (RAN) signal quality in its new device-based RAN Perspectives software solution. Article

Telecom News

> Bell Aliant's move to expand its FibreOP fiber to the home (FTTH) broadband offering continued to be a major driver in the telco's portfolio, helping to drive up Internet revenues 4.8 percent to $6.4 million. Article

> FairPoint Communications failed to come to terms on a new labor agreement for about 1,700 workers represented by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA). Article

Cable News

> Comcast executive VP David. L. Cohen stridently defended his cable company's diversity record, advising lawmakers of the numerous Latino-focused independent channels Comcast has launched recently, while cautioning them not to be used by what he termed as "parochial business interests." Article

> The National Cable TV Cooperative (NCTC) has reached a broad carriage renewal deal with The Walt Disney Company which will not only keep the entertainment conglomerate's core linear channels on NCTC program guides, but also add regional sports channels including the SEC Network, as well as TV Everywhere components. Article

European Wireless News

> EE said customers are now able to use their mobile phones to pay for travel on London buses for the first time if they have handsets enabled with the 'Cash on Tap' service. Article

> Logistics companies must ready themselves for an onslaught of data generated by growing usage of cargo tracking units, according to Berg Insight. Article

And finally… Evan Blass, the owner of the @evleaks Twitter account, will stop reporting phone scoops. Article

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