AT&T met Wall Street's profit expectations in the second quarter by adding about 257,000 mobile subscribers on improved wireless service margins, largely from tablet users, the telecom reported Thursday. The company has focused much of its energy on integrating its DIRECTV satellite unit, which now accounts for 80% of its video subscribers.
Smartwatch shipments fell by 32% in the second quarter compared with a year ago as market leader Apple Watch fell by 55%, IDC found, adding that consumers are waiting for next-generation products. IDC predicts further declines this year before a turnaround with the introduction of upgrades later in the year.
Scientists believe a smartphone app they have developed will encourage HIV-infected men to continue with their antiretroviral treatments by providing them with information that eases their concerns about sticking with their regimens. The Battery Health app, from University of Illinois at Chicago researchers, will undergo clinical tests to determine its effectiveness.
Comcast on Thursday announced pay-as-you-go Xfinity TV and internet plans that the cable company will sell through Sprint's Boost Mobile retail locations this year. Boost outlets in five states -- Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana and Michigan -- will begin selling Xfinity services this year, with all 4,400 stores coming online by the end of 2017.
The Federal Communications Commission has tapped a US subsidiary of Sweden's Ericsson to oversee a national clearinghouse that routes calls and text messages from the nation's wireless carriers. Ericcson's Telcordia unit won a bidding process over incumbent Neustar by promising to provide the service much more cheaply.
Google has gained a marked lead in developing software related to artificial intelligence technology on the back of a program scientists built known as TensorFlow, industry observers say. Rivals are reportedly uneasy about adopting Google's standard even though the company is giving it away.
A group of House Democratic lawmakers expressed concerns to "Pokemon Go" owner Niantic on Wednesday that players were exhausting their mobile data by roaming outside their home Wi-Fi networks. Also, brokerage firm Needham & Co. predicted that Apple could make more than $3 billion from users buying in-app "PokeCoins" at 99 cents per pack of 100.
Samsung Electronics is putting older vehicles at the forefront of its connected-car strategy, the company said in announcing its Samsung Connect Auto product. Samsung is still putting the final touches on the kit, which allows drivers to plug into a car's diagnostic port to get 4G access and other services.
C Spire successfully tested 5G fixed wireless service at its Mississippi headquarters this week. The regional carrier says it worked with Nokia in linking to its fiber-based video service and will continue its 5G testings this year and next year over 28 GHz spectrum.
Nvidia will introduce its next-generation Tegra chip next month -- the successor to its X1 processor -- at a Cupertino, Calif., conference, the company confirmed. Industry observers expect Nvidia to unveil its "Parker" chip, which it introduced in January for its Drive PX2 computer for vehicles.
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