Apple iPad 3 event: live


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Apple has announced a new iPad and updated the Apple TV box – top features include voice dictation and the ‘Retina Display’ familiar to iPhone 4S users. American users will also get 4G LTE mobile broadband.

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March 7, 2012

Apple iPad 3 event: as it happened


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Apple has announced a new iPad and updated the Apple TV box – top features include voice dictation and the ‘Retina Display’ familiar to iPhone 4S users. American users will also get 4G LTE mobile broadband.

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March 7, 2012

You might be reading this story on your phone or tablet, says comScore

You might be reading this story on your phone or tablet, says comScore

Smartphones and tablet devices are increasingly becoming a more common way to access the Internet, says a new study from analytics firm comScore. As of August, 6.8 percent of all Internet traffic came from those devices, with about two-thirds of it coming from mobile phones.

comScore found some interesting trends, such as the increased use of mobile phones over a WiFi connection. About 37.2 percent of all digital traffic came from phones using WiFi, up three percent over the past three months. On the flipside tablets using mobile broadband are also on the rise, with 10 percent of tablet traffic coming from that type of connection.

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October 12, 2011

To grow 4G coverage, AT&T spends $1.9B on FLO TV’s wireless licenses

To grow 4G coverage, AT&T spends $1.9B on FLO TV's wireless licenses

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

FLO TV Personal Television

Qualcomm on Monday announced that it will be selling its valuable Lower 700 MHz D and E Block wireless spectrum licenses to national service operator AT&T for .925 billion. The precious wireless licenses were being utilized in Qualcomm’s mobile television service FLO TV which will be shutting down in March 2011.

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December 20, 2010

LightSquared puts satellite in orbit for hybrid satellite/LTE 4G network


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By Tim Conneally, Betanews

SkyTerra 1, the communications satellite that will be a part of LightSquared’s hybrid satellite/terrestrial mobile network, successfully launched into orbit yesterday afternoon, LightSquared announced this morning.

The satellite launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 12:30 yesterday afternoon, and established its first connection with ground-based communications approximately nine hours later.

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November 15, 2010

FCC expects 90 MHz of new wireless broadband spectrum to come from satellite licenses


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By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced that its Spectrum Task Force expects up to 90MHz of spectrum to be freed up for wireless broadband by July in the commission’s strategy to unleash 500MHz by 2020.

“This initiative is an opportunity to make additional spectrum available for mobile broadband by promoting greater spectrum efficiency and flexibility,” said Julie Knapp, Co-Chair of the Task Force. “The Spectrum Task Force remains firmly committed to maintaining robust mobile satellite capability that serves important needs like disaster recovery and rural access. I am confident that we can achieve all of these goals and create a win-win solution.”

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June 19, 2010

Review: Eye-Fi X2, my CTIA secret weapon

Review: Eye-Fi X2, my CTIA secret weapon

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Two years ago, Lexar brought the Eye-Fi brand into the mainstream when it released 2GB SD cards endowed with Eye-Fi’s 802.11b/g wireless connectivity. The capability turned any camera with an SD slot into one with Wi-FI. Since that time, Eye-Fi has grown its product line to include support for 802.11n, improved security features, improved capacities, and overall performance improvements.

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March 25, 2010

How I slashed my connection to cable TV without missing anything

How I slashed my connection to cable TV without missing anything

By Tim Conneally, Betanews

Mission: Find an affordable alternative to cable/pay TV using only off-the-shelf products.
Deadline: Today (with a clause for extension)

Like 24 million other Americans, I have a subscription to Comcast for cable television; and like an untold number of those subscribers, I feel that it costs far more than it should.

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March 25, 2010

FCC releases iPhone app to learn more about network conditions


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By Tim Conneally, Betanews

With just six days to go before the National Broadband Plan is due before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission today launched a pair of consumer tools — an app for iPhone/Android, and a Web-based reporting tool — to help inform both consumers and the Commission itself about broadband conditions across the US.

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March 12, 2010

Virgin Mobile Brings Pre-pay to Air Cards


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Virgin Mobile USA (NYSE: VM) today announced the launch of Broadband2Go, a 3G nationwide wireless Internet service without an annual contract, monthly subscription or activation fee.

Operating on the Sprint Nationwide Network and developed in conjunction with Novatel Wireless (NASDAQ: NVTL), the MC760 Broadband2Go device carries the distinction of being the world’s smallest EV-DO Rev. A modem.

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June 26, 2009