Apple's new Siri personal assistant is getting credit for the huge demand for iPhone 4S handsets, with Best Buy the latest store to sell out of the smartphones. "[W]hat’s driving the 4S is better than expected reception for its new Siri software," said Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu, who predicted in a research note that Apple would sell a record 26 million iPhones in the fourth quarter -- most of them the new 4S unit.
Sprint Nextel has enlisted handset vendors and technology companies in the formation of the Mobile Security Council, whose stated purpose is to protect smartphones, the carrier said Tuesday. The group's members include Motorola Mobility, Samsung Electronics, IBM and Cisco Systems -- Apple and Google are absent from the charter-member list.
Verizon Wireless hopes to provide customers next year with a chance to boost the network bandwidth their mobile applications can use in return for what the carrier describes as a small fee. The telecom said it would publish a network optimization API that would allow consumers to reach for more bandwidth in times of network traffic jams. Verizon offered the preview at an open house at its San Francisco technology center in which the carrier showcased a number of new products that it is developing in-house and with partners.
Bandwidth.com is just days away from launching Republic Wireless, a new mobile Voice over Internet Protocol venture that will use unlicensed spectrum to place calls over a Wi-Fi network, automatically switching to a traditional network when needed through a relationship with Sprint.
The new mantra for many food makers appears to be simple products and simple messaging. In recent years, there has been a move to use fewer ingredients and fewer claims regarding food and beverage products, according to this article. "This is a response to consumers increasingly shifting their nutritional health/wellness focus toward 'natural,' 'real' and additive-free foods," the article states.