Questions Over the Fate of the Samsung Z

It was big news when Samsung announced its next smartphone model, the Samsung Z, would run the Tizen OS instead of Android. Now, Samsung has said that the Z’s release date has been delayed, with no information as to when it will hit the market. The smartphone was originally supposed to be rolled in Russia in the third quarter of this year, but Samsung said in a statement that it needs time to “enhance the Tizen ecosystem.” Meaning, the company is likely increasing the number of apps running on the OS. Neither Samsung nor Tizen has commented on their plans

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Sprint on the Upswing

Things are looking up for Sprint, as the U.S. carrier posted its first quarterly profit in years and exceeded analysts’ estimates. It was expected that Sprint’s revenue would top $8.75 billion and lose 263,000 subscribers in Q1. Instead, it brought in revenues of $8.79 billion – for a net income of $23 million – and lost only 245,000 subscribers. It was a improvement from the previous quarter, when Sprint lost 333,000 subscribers. Some analysts are crediting the new Sprint Framily plan for the growth. “Good subscriber numbers would be a surprising sign that Framily is working better than people expected,”

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Changes Coming to E-Rate Program

As an E-Rate specialist, I help clients make sense of what can be a confusing program. I recently shared this information about important changes to the E-Rate program with my clients, and am happy to share it here today as well. On July 11, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced steps to modernize the E-Rate program and expand access to digital learning technologies by providing support for Wi-Fi networks in schools and libraries. The program increases focus on the largest and most urgent needs – closing the Wi-Fi gap – while transitioning support away from legacy technologies to 21st century

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WIND Mobile Launches Account App

Canadian WIND Mobile users will be happy to know a new account management app has been launched for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices. Previously, the only option available to users was the troublesome WIND website. On the app, users are able to check their account balance and view their billing and payment history as well as make payments via credit or debit card, apply top up codes and set up preauthorized payments. Users can also manually remove add-ons. The free app does not count towards the account’s data use. And for those who have trouble staying within their

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Sony Investing $345M in Selfies

Women once used restaurant washrooms to fix their hair or touch up their make-up – today they’re used for selfies. In fact, the popularity of the digital self-portraits has become so intense that major players in the tech industry are focusing efforts on including them in their devices. Sony – which supplies cameras for some of the world’s top smartphone makers – is one such company, announcing it is investing $345 million in better front-facing image sensors. It is allegedly increasing production at two of its factories by 13 percent, producing 68,000 sensors a month. Improved cameras will allow for

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CRTC Takes Aim at Paper Bills

Are you paying extra for a paper copy of your wireless bill each month? The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) wants to do something about that and is preparing to sit down with industry execs to gather more information on the practice. A survey conducted last November found 36 percent of wireless companies do not charge a fee to customers who wish to have a paper bill mailed to them each billing cycle. Twenty-seven percent said they charged between 99 cents and $5.95 per month. Some offer exemptions to customers who do not have Internet access. “The CRTC is

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Italy: Google Has 18 Months to Change its Ways

Google has been under a lot of fire in Europe concerning privacy laws. Now, Italy has given the company 18 months to alter the way it collects and stores user data. A group of regulators from the European Union has been pushing the Internet giant to change its ways for several months. The move came after Google combined 60 privacy policies into one, meshing data collected on individual users across its services including YouTube, Gmail and Google+. Italian regulators have ordered Google to change its system in the next year in a half, requiring users to give consent before Google

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Canada Making Large Broadband Investment

Rural communities stand to benefit from a major broadband investment from the Canadian government. On Tuesday, the government called for communities lacking high-speed Internet to apply for a share of the $305 million funding that will be available over the next three years. “Connecting Canadians is about ensuring that Canadians, whether they live in urban centers or remote regions of the country, have access to the latest wireless technologies and high-speed networks at the most affordable prices possible,” Industry Minister James Moore said in a statement. If the project is successful, about 98 percent of Canadians will have access to

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AT&T Billing Error Leaves Municipalities on the Hook

Sometimes it’s not the telcos that suffer most for their mistakes. This is a lesson the City of Springfield, Ill. is learning the hard way after it was ordered to repay $273,000 thanks to an AT&T billing error. The fallout is just one stemming from a huge AT&T federal telecommunications tax error, where the company overcharged customers on data plans from November 2005 to September 2010. A class action settlement has called for AT&T to refund the money to users, meaning governments that already received the funding will have to return it. “It was a letter saying a settlement was

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Plan Your Escape with TIYO

Ever felt stuck in a meeting or conversation and needed an excuse to break away? A Canadian man has the perfect solution: This Is Your Out, or TIYO. The premise is simple. A small device attaches to your key ring, and when the time comes to plan your escape, you discreetly push the button which triggers an incoming call to your cellphone. Your caller ID displays the caller as your boss, babysitter, spouse or kid’s school. You repeat back from the script on the call – which comes complete with the other party’s voice – and quickly make your exit.

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