Ericsson, Philips team-up to cram mobile base stations inside street lighting poles

Ericsson, Philips team-up to cram mobile base stations inside street lighting poles

Ericsson and Philips have teamed-up to launch new connected LED street light that includes a mobile base station within the design. The two companies said that the product combines the benefits of mobile connectivity and LED lighting in a ”lighting-as-a-service” model for cities. This in turn allows city authorities to offer space within their connected…

WhatsApp getting voice calls in Q2

WhatsApp getting voice calls in Q2

WhatsApp is gearing towards adding voice calls to its popular messaging app/service. Speaking with TNW, the company’s representatives said that this feature will be unveiled at some point in the second quarter of the year. As I’m writing this, WhatsApp has more than 450 million users, 320 million of which are considered active every month.…

LG G3 may have eye and fingerprint recognition?

LG G3 may have eye and fingerprint recognition?

The recently launched G Pro 2 won’t be the only hot device LG will launch in 2014. Closer to the end of the year, the company will unveil the G3, a successor to its rock-solid G2 smartphone. Once it’s out, that model will be one of the best smartphones one could buy. At least that…

Rakuten acquires Viber in a deal worth $900 million!

Rakuten acquires Viber in a deal worth $900 million!

Japan-based Rakuten is acquiring Viber, a pioneering messaging and VoIP company, for a total consideration of $900 million. In the official press release, Rakuten says that Viber’s rapidly growing global user base of 300 million registered users perfectly complements Rakuten’s strategy in the digital space. As Rakuten aims to become the world’s No.1 Internet services…

MediaTek, Broadcom unveil new 4G LTE-enabled chips

MediaTek, Broadcom unveil new 4G LTE-enabled chips

MediaTek and Broadcom have both unveiled new chips that integrate 4G LTE connectivity. First let’s look at MediaTek’s latest offering… The new MediaTek MT6595 is touted as the world’s first 4G LTE octa-core smartphone SoC with ARM Cortex-A17 CPU. It combines four of these cores with four slower Cortex-A7 cores, while also including PowerVR Series6…

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 LTE coming soon

Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 LTE coming soon

Samsung is apparently working on an LTE-enabled version of the Galaxy Grand 2. According to GSMarena’s find, the upcoming device will keep most of the non-LTE version’s specs with the addition of a new chipset to support faster mobile data connections. So we’re talking about a mid-range phone that comes with a 5.25-inch 720p HD…

Sprint Spark LTE service hits Kansas City

Sprint Spark LTE service hits Kansas City

Sprint is yet again expanding its Spark LTE service. This time they’re going for the residents of the Kansas City, which BTW is Dan Hesse’s (Sprint CEO) home town market. The coverage is also extending to surrounding areas like Brookside, The Legends, downtown and Overland Park. For those of you who missed it, Sprint Spark…

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