Sprint will combine its Lifeline assistance service with Access Wireless' i-wireless brand to create an entity that will compete for subscribers who are eligible for federal subsidies under the government's Lifeline Assistance Program that covers broadband services. The deal merges Sprint's Assurance Wireless service with Access in a company that will be 70% controlled by Sprint and will operate as i-wireless under i-wireless' founder, Paul McAleese.
Qualcomm will offer developers a software development kit designed to bring deep-learning capabilities to smartphones equipped with its Snapdragon 820 processor without the need to access the cloud. The Snapdragon Neural Processing Engine SDK will enable phones to perform such tasks as recognizing sounds, people, objects and emotions, Qualcomm said.
Mobile app marketers are facing shifting dynamics, as device users downloaded fewer apps in March than they did in either February 2016 or March 2015, a Fiksu report found. The cost of acquiring a new user fell by 7% from February to $3.21.
Verizon Wireless extended its rural XLTE broadband program to 13 additional markets in the first quarter, bringing the total to 466, the carrier said Monday. Also, Bluegrass Cellular, a partner in Verizon's LTE in Rural America program, has begun delivering extra bandwidth to its central Kentucky systems. The service, which basically doubles the bandwidth for subscribers, is accessible via 49 phones.
Five wireless carriers -- AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon -- have agreed to form a group aimed at moving swiftly and cooperatively in repairing damaged networks in the event of a disaster, CTIA said Monday. The accord "will benefit consumers and help limit the impact of future disasters, while avoiding unworkable and unnecessary mandates," CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker said of the "Wireless Network Resiliency Cooperative Framework."
Fast-food chains, especially those that deliver, are joining the mobile revolution by investing in new ways of ordering and tracking meals, per Business Insider, which reports on how pizza places in particular are creating mobile apps for customers' convenience and to save money. Digital ordering reportedly accounts for at least half of total sales at Papa John's and Domino's.
The mobile-payments space has yet to sort itself out as retailers, banks and companies such as Apple and Samsung compete for consumers and merchants in a battle that has become fluid and volatile. Industry observers expect a shakeout in which profits will be squeezed as companies compete for merchant participation.
Intel has retreated from its aggressive ambitions to penetrate smartphones and tablets, confirming Friday that it will stop making three types of multifunction processors for smartphones known as SoFIA. Also, Intel will cease production on its "Broxton" line of low-power Atom processors aimed at tablets. The move could jeopardize Microsoft fans' hopes that the company will develop a Surface phone that supports native Win32 legacy and Windows 10 apps.
LG Innotek is in talks with smartphone-makers to possibly embed a fingerprint sensor screen rather than installing the readers in buttons, the South Korean LG affiliate announced Sunday. Innotek has slotted the sensor into a 0.01-inch space under the glass, a move the company said will drastically curtail the security feature's malfunctions.
Large companies have embraced the bring-your-own-device movement, but only 14% have secured the devices through mobile application management platforms, a report from security vendor Bitglass found. The firm said it polled more than 800 cybersecurity executives.
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