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January 27, 2015
Cablevision on Monday announced plans for Freewheel, an all-WiFi mobile phone service offering unlimited data, talk and text to residents of New York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. The prepaid service will connect to Cablevision's Optimum Online WiFi network of 1.1 million hotspots. Optimum Online is Cablevision's high-speed Internet service. Freewheel subscribers will have to cough up $100 for a Motorola Moto G Android phone and pay $10 a month if they're Optimum Online customers. It will cost $30 a month for others. [More...]

January 27, 2015
Engage.cx just secured $2.9 million in Series A financing. The round of participating investors is noteworthy, but for the CRM industry the real intrigue lays in Engage.cx's premise -- or rather, promise: how to present a unified cohesive customer service operationr, no matter which channel is used. Other vendors claim they can do this, but Engage.cx is taking a novel approach. [More...]

January 27, 2015
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iPhones are flying off the shelves in China -- Apple sold more of them there last year than it sold in the U.S. That's partly because China is still a strong mobile growth market, whereas the U.S. market is mature by comparison. It also has something to do with increasing brand consciousness among China's growing middle class. The Apple brand comes with a cachet that competitors can't match. [More...]

January 26, 2015
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Coinbase has an impressive roster of backers, among them the New York Stock Exchange, who believe it can offer a secure, regulated service for trading bitcoins. "Having an exchange that's under some sort of regulatory oversight that conforms to somebody's rules is probably a good thing, as long as those rules don't extend into cyberspace," remarked Frost & Sullivan analyst Mike Jude. [More...]

January 26, 2015
T-Mobile last week announced Smartphone Equality, a new credit program aimed at existing T-mobile customers with less-than-sterling credit who have paid their wireless bill on time for 12 straight months. Under the new plan, this group qualifies for the best pricing and offers on devices and tablets available to T-Mobile customers -- including those with the best credit ratings. [More...]

January 26, 2015
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Cameron and Tyler Winkelvoss have gone from bitcoin enthusiasts to founders of a U.S. bitcoin exchange, which will be operational as soon as New York state regulators approve it. Those who want a more secure and stable bitcoin operation are cheering the brothers' efforts. Those who are more interested in keeping bitcoin anonymous and unfettered are likely perturbed. [More...]

January 23, 2015
Google reportedly is planning to set up shop as an MVNO, purchasing bandwidth from Sprint and T-Mobile in order to offer its own wireless service. Details are sparse, but Sprint is said to be putting a volume trigger into its contract that would allow for renegotiation if Google's customer volume should exceed a predefined number. The project, led by Nick Fox reportedly bears the code-name "Nova." [More...]

January 23, 2015
As members of the U.S. Congress started to prepare for the upcoming legislative session, President Obama lost little time in putting cybersecurity near the top of a to-do list for lawmakers. During a visit to the federal National Cybersecurity Communications Integration Center, Obama called for additional legislation to improve information technology protection. [More...]

January 22, 2015
BlackBerry CEO John Chen set off a barrage of online chatter Wednesday when he proposed that any rules the U.S. adopts to preserve Net neutrality also should guarantee application neutrality. Chen made the proposal in a letter to two U.S. congressional panels and posted an adapted version on the company's blog. Both the FCC and Congress are considering Net neutrality proposals. [More...]

January 22, 2015
FreedomPop on Wednesday announced a new plan that provides Android smartphone users with access to 10 million WiFi hotspots across the U.S. for $5 a month. That sum will give any smartphone or tablet -- regardless of any carrier service it might have -- unlimited talk, text and data on FreedomPop's WiFi hotspot network. Users will have to download FreedomPop's Android app. [More...]

January 22, 2015
AT&T recently completed its acquisition of Mexico wireless carrier Iusacell -- so what does that mean for the future of AT&T? The growth potential is enormous. The first step is over. AT&T has closed the acquisition. It was one of the quickest deals ever, taking roughly two months from start to finish. The second step is also complete, with AT&T's Thaddeus Arroyo being promoted to CEO of Iusacell. [More...]

January 21, 2015
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HP has made a few attempts to get a foothold in the mobile market, but it hasn't found a winning formula -- until, possibly, now. The company just showered the enterprise with eight new business-focused products, including a 12-inch tablet and smartpen combo, and several industry-specific devices. HP is building ecosystems targeting healthcare, field services, retail and education. [More...]

January 21, 2015
This is not an article about fracking -- drilling for gas and oil in shale. This is about "drilling down" into big data. We've been using the term for a long time and it provides a useful metaphor for data analysis. However, we've conditioned ourselves to think of drilling down only to a superficial degree, and that needs a rethink. When data wasn't big, we were only able to scratch the surface. [More...]

January 21, 2015
Millions of Net surfers use obvious passwords to log on to websites, but their numbers appear to be declining. SplashData on Tuesday published its annual list of the top 25 most common -- thus worst -- passwords leaked online. In the top spot was "123456," followed by "password" and "12345." Both "123456" and "password" claimed the top spots in 2013, too. [More...]

January 21, 2015
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Google and Fidelity Investments have decided to bet on Elon Musk in the race to build a global satellite network enabling Internet access everywhere on planet Earth. Their injection of $1 billion into SpaceX will advance that goal, laying the groundwork for a grander plan. "Musk is serious about his long-term goal, which is putting people on Mars," said Frost & Sullivan analyst Mike Jude. [More...]

January 20, 2015
Amazon Studios on Monday announced it would begin to produce and acquire original movies for release in theaters. Amazon Prime customers will be on an early distribution list, with the movies becoming available to them four to eight weeks after their theatrical debuts. The goal is to create around 12 movies a year. Amazon will focus on up-and-coming filmmakers. [More...]

January 20, 2015
The second half of the Top 20 Bloggers list is the half that holds the most surprises and fresh faces. This year, it also has the most variety -- from non-English speakers to blogs targeted at small businesses -- as well as plenty of marketing-oriented content. There also are some re-entries to the list who have rediscovered their blogs and come roaring back. [More...]

January 20, 2015
Apple will introduce a stylus to accompany its expected new, larger iPad, an analyst with a good scorecard in predicting Apple products wrote in a research note on Sunday. Speculation about a 12.9-inch iPad Pro to be launched this year has been grist for the rumor mill for months, but the prediction of an Apple stylus is a new development. The stylus would be sold separately. [More...]

January 19, 2015
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There was a time when mainframe computers were considered tech dinosaurs, but IBM didn't get that memo. The mainframe turned 50 last year, and IBM is still churning out new models. Its latest, the z13, targets mobile transaction processing. By 2019, the number of mobile POS devices will increase fivefold to total 51 million units, or 46 percent of the overall POS market, ABI has predicted. [More...]

January 19, 2015
CRM is expected to grow at a steady pace, and CRM customers are sending some specific signals about the functionality they need. Thirty-seven percent of small-and-medium-sized businesses that participated in its annual survey want an integrated suite of multiple CRM applications, Software Advice reported last month. That's up from 7 percent in 2013. [More...]

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