ZTE shows off voice unlocking with new Grand S II; Alcatel shows off OneTouch Idol X+ and Pop C9

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> Nvidia said its new Tegra K1 smartphone chipset sports 192 cores. Article

> BlackBerry said a former HTC and Sony Ericsson executive, Ron Louks, will serve as the company's new President, Devices and Emerging Solutions. Article

> ZTE said users can unlock its new Grand S II smartphone with their voice. Article. Separately, ZTE also announced a combination hotspot and projector for smartphones. Article

> LG Electronics said it has significant rollout plans for webOS on TVs, a potential knock against Google's TV plans. Article

> Alcatel One Touch announced the OneTouch Idol X+ (article) and the Pop C9. Article

> BlackBerry sued a company backed by entertainer Ryan Seacrest over its keyboard technology. Article

> Samsung Electronics appears to be preparing a new smart home platform under the Smart Home brand. Article

> Apple purchased the iPhone camera app SnappyCam. Article

> Former FCC chief Julius Genachowski will join the Carlyle Group. Article

> Sprint is pushing into the enterprise market with new Wi-Fi offerings. Article

Wireless Tech News

> Quantenna Communications said it is the exclusive supplier of 802.11ac wave 2 technology to Mimosa for use in multiple outdoor Wi-Fi products. The two companies have also agreed to jointly develop an enhanced physical layer and link. Article

> A new Gobi modem from Qualcomm delivered peak downlink data rates of 300 Mbps in a demonstration that implemented LTE Advanced carrier aggregation over an Anritsu network simulator. Article

Telecom News

> Cuba's state-run service provider ETECSA has increased the prices of its business telephony tariffs. Article

> HickoryTech has reached a settlement with Brandywine Communications Technologies over six DSL broadband-related patents. Article

Cable News

> Discovery Communications  said that CEO David Zaslav signed a contract extension that will keep him at the helm of the top non-fiction cable programmer through December 2019. Article

> According to a new report, Fox will restrict NFL playoffs streaming video to authenticated pay TV subscribers. Article

European Wireless News

> According to a new report, Telefónica is planning to sell its Tim Brasil. Article

> Poland and Slovenia have kicked off proceedings for 2014 after regulators announced the timetables for both countries. Article

> French operators reported a drop in SMS usage and a jump in MMS usage over new year. Article

And finally… "Mexican Cartel Members Post Drug Photos on Social Media, Get Arrested." Article

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