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LTE TDD, or the “Time Division Duplex” variant of 4G LTE, has been steadily gaining momentum over the past year or so. The number of commercial deployments has surpassed 10, and 36 more are either in commercial roll-out or trials. There are signs that not only are a number of greenfield LTE operators considering LTE ...

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On the 28th September 2012, the USA’s FCC announced it would be conducting a rather unique auction in 2014 to help alleviate an impeding spectrum crunch that is looming from the burgeoning adoption of 3G- and 4G-enabled smartphones, tablets, automotive vehicles, machine-to-machine modules, and other enterprise and consumer electronics.

The USA has been on the ...

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Mobile has become the new playground for cybercrime, and so far, malware is having a field day. The migration of traditional PC-based threats, such as Trojans, spyware and spam, to the mobile platform is not surprising. The popularization of mobile operating systems such as Android, and the general lack of public awareness, has enabled malware ...

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​A few points on the blowout following the launch of Apple Maps:

There have been rumors for months that the beta version wasn’t up to scratch so Apple must have known there would be issues. There is another side to this story and it may well be that Google has intelligently forced Apple to play ...

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After surveying the impacts of spectrum mortgage as proposed in India, we cast our eyes on Brazil for another policy matter: tax.

Essentially, the Communications Minister of Brazil is concerned with the following:

“Excessive” taxes that amount to “38% of mobile phone bills”

“Distortion” as a result of higher taxes on prepaid services (52 ...

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Citigroup announced in August that it was to become the first U.S bank to issue Citigroup branded payment cards into the Chinese market, without the co-branding of CUP (China Union Pay), although CUP will be processing the transactions on behalf of Citigroup the drop in co-branding indicates a growing openness in its payment and ...

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​We’ve been doing quite a bit of research on HTML5 lately, especially when it comes to quantifying its impact on mobile app development. I’ve personally grown slightly concerned by the width of generalizations that you tend to see in the discourse over this subject. There are a lot of predictions (many of them, admittedly, very ...

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Gestures are ingrained in human communication and it is virtually impossible to communicate with someone without moving your hands or gesticulating with your fingers while in conversation. Gesture recognition technology adds another dimension to our interactions with machines, devices, or computers. It is projected that over 600 million smartphones will be shipped with vision-based ...

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Eleven million eReaders are projected to be shipped globally in 2012, down from a peak volume of 15 million devices in 2011. The growing popularity of media tablets - along with declining U.S. "baby boomer" population and lack of organized digital bookstores outside of the United States and Western Europe - will reduce eReader opportunities ...

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The further I delve into the indoor location market the more complicated Google’s current indoor location offering looks.
Looking at the location technology side of the business, despite launching a number of indoor maps, Google has yet to offer a high-precision technology to developers or store owners. It has publicly discussed using an extension of ...

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