CTIA has announced that the wireless industry is delivering on its promise to install anti-theft features on new smartphones, pointing to efforts by both carriers and manufacturers to adopt aggressive strategies that have curbed handset thefts. "As media reports indicated from San Francisco to New York City, these efforts are significantly reducing device thefts across the country," CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker said.
The U.S. Department of Justice is expected to greenlight AT&T's purchase of DIRECTV without setting conditions on the merger, says Bloomberg, which adds that officials are not commenting on their antitrust review. The Federal Communications Commission must still sign off on the $48.5 billion deal, and Chairman Tom Wheeler indicated on June 18 that his agency would move "with dispatch" on its review.
Apple's next iPhone, expected to debut this fall, will be powered by a Qualcomm Long-Term Evolution chip that will have double the download speed of the iPhone 6, sources say. The new phone could reach speeds of 300 megabits per second and boast a better battery life, a 9to5Mac report states.
Smoother video streaming from YouTube is coming to the latest iOS and Android devices. The high-frame-rate option plays videos at 60 frames per second for "silky smooth playback," YouTube says, a particular advantage in gaming.
Push notifications can greatly improve application retention rates 90 days after the date of installation, a Kahuna study states. Retention was up at the 30- and 60-day intervals as well, while opt-in rates for notifications averaged 78% on Android devices and 46% on iOS.
Federal Communications Commission commissioner Ajit Pai believes a $1.7 billion proposal to expand the agency's Lifeline Assistance program to serve rural communities is too costly and subject to fraud. In a speech last week, Pai asserted that his one-page plan to bring broadband to unserved areas would work just as well "within the existing budget." FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler backs the changes to the agency's Universal Service Fund.
The National Emergency Number Association, an advocacy group for universal 911 response, has expressed optimism about FirstNet's network plans. NENA's Trey Fogerty said FirstNet's recent progress -- including the issuance of a request for proposals -- has made him "more confident now than I ever have been before that it will actually get built and that will not create any problems [for a 911 system]."
Huawei Technologies on Tuesday unveiled the Honor 7, a 5.2-inch Android handset featuring a fingerprint scanner and a polished metal case. Huawei predicts that Honor brand device sales will reach 40 million units this year, as it looks to crack the international market.
Carmakers are competing with technology companies such as Google and Apple for control of the connected vehicle, states this report, which chronicles the chase for creating a common operating system for the next generation of telematic software. Increasingly, companies are pursuing advanced automotive and computing systems. "We're arguing now you need supercomputing in the car," said Danny Shapiro of chipmaker Nvidia.
Fon has reached deals covering 15.6 million of the world's hot spots with its Wi-Fi sharing operation, but the Wi-Fi aggregator has failed to complete a comprehensive agreement with a U.S. carrier. Vodafone in Spain and Italy, as well as Australia's Telstra, have recently signed up with Fon, whose model is based on broadband subscribers sharing their networks with others.