The White House hopes the application-developer community will answer its call for help in preventing sexual assault and dating violence.
Vice President Joe Biden and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced such a technology challenge to the development community today. Both have been advocates for the prevention of sexual assault and dating violence among young adults.
The challenge is part of the broader use of technology by the White House to get the public involved with larger government issues. White House Chief Technology Officer Aneesh Chopra said there are 80 such challenges on the Web site Challenge.gov, … Read more
WALTHAM, Mass.--Verizon Wireless is looking to help tech companies large and small leverage its 4G LTE network and it's dedicating resources to make it happen.
On Tuesday the company officially opened its Verizon Innovation Center here in the suburbs of Boston. The facility offers 135,000 square feet of laboratory space over two buildings. Here more than 300 engineers and developers are on hand to work with large companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, and Cisco Systems, as well as tiny start-ups. Already more than 30 products have been developed as part of the innovation center.
Verizon is also building an innovation center in San Francisco, which will open later this year. The San Francisco innovation center will be focused on developing mobile applications for the 4G LTE network.
Verizon is building the new facilities to serve as incubators for good ideas and new technologies, said David Small, chief technology officer for Verizon Wireless.
"We wanted to open our doors to companies of all sizes to assist entrepreneurs in developing new innovative products that use the 4G LTE network," he said in an interview. "We felt it was important to make sure we could help provide resources to smaller companies too."
There is a process for getting access to the Verizon Innovation Center facilities, but Small said the main criteria is to have a good idea and a solid notion of how to make it work. From there, Verizon can help these companies bring their ideas to market. … Read more
The Android Developers Blog points out that this new interface could work better for both customers and developers. The new user interface is intended to be more engaging as it showcases top apps and games while providing a quicker path to purchasing products. For developers, this ideally means that there are more opportunities for apps to get picked up and downloaded.
(Although, doesn't the box-like new design, as seen in the side screenshot, look a tad reminiscent of … Read more
In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission late last month, Sprint said it had received subpoenas and civil investigation demands from nine states as they conduct antitrust reviews of AT&T's proposed $39 billion merger with T-Mobile.
According to the June 28 letter (PDF), Sprint said attorneys general in Arizona, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, and Washington have asked it to deliver "full, unredacted copies of all materials" that it has submitted to the FCC including its Petition to Deny, reply comments, "and all accompanying declarations." The carrier also said … Read more
It's said you have to spend money to make money. If this latest rumor is true, Nokia will be betting on a $127 million dollar marketing budget to help sell Nokia-made Windows Phones, according to Marketing Magazine.
The Finnish device manufacturer's six-month campaign set to launch in October would rebrand the company as primarily a maker of Windows, rather than Symbian and MeeGo, phones, according to the report. The timing would also coincide with the release of Nokia's first device for Microsoft's OS--likely this fall, and likely the handset known as Sea Ray.
Hewlett-Packard is banking that its newly named WebOS chief, Stephen DeWitt, can tap into his start-up roots as he goes after the likes of Apple and Google with the company's fledgling mobile-device business.
DeWitt, who was named to his new position yesterday, will be busy with more than just the "official launch" of WebOS on July 17. He will also be responsible for convincing consumers that its TouchPad tablet is worth a look and that developers should start creating applications for his platform.
"There are a lot of priorities," he said in an interview with … Read more
The Federal Communications Commission approved a proposal today to give consumers the ability to better identify and complain about unauthorized charges on their phone bill.
The actions are part of the FCC's move to crack down on an illegal practice called "cramming," in which third parties will sneak in charges on phone bills for services that consumers haven't asked for and often don't know about.
"It's a serious and continuing problem for wireline customers, and an emerging problem for wireless customers as well," Chairman Julius Genachowski said on Tuesday during an FCC … Read more
Sprint and T-Mobile USA customers may not have to wait that long for a shot at the next iPhone.
That's according to Piper Jaffray analyst Chris Larsen, the latest to weigh in on the mounting speculation that carriers beyond AT&T and Verizon Wireless will get the next iPhone. Last week, Citadel analyst Shing Yin said he believed Apple would begin selling the iPhone for Sprint later this year.
"While we remain uncertain regarding the next-generation iPhone's specs and features, we believe the most noteworthy change could be the device's ability to run on more … Read more
Handset makers using the Google Android mobile operating system may be slapped with additional licensing fees if Oracle and Microsoft have their way. But what might that mean for the average cell phone consumer? Would the price of Android devices go up?
It's not likely, say experts. There are several reasons to think that legal victories from Oracle or Microsoft would do little to move the needle in terms of pricing for consumers. What's more, whatever additional costs might be added to the phone would likely be offset by savings elsewhere, still guaranteeing that handset makers generate decent … Read more
AT&T is jumping into the actual 4G game with its first two LTE products.
The telecommunications giant plans to show off a laptop card called the USBConnect Momentum 4G and a mobile hot-spot device called the Elevate 4G--the first two devices that are compatible with its upcoming next-generation wireless network. The two products will be on display at an annual company showcase later today.
The two devices shouldn't be confused with AT&T phones and products that currently carry the 4G tag. The two new products will be compatible with a flavor of 4G called Long-Term … Read more