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.
Enterprises can gain more control and security over their employees' Wi-Fi network use with iPass' upgraded Open Mobile platform, the vendor said Tuesday, adding that the new software will allow companies to better monitor data consumption. The update will let employees and their supervisors keep tabs on iPhone or Android-based smartphone use over Wi-Fi and 3G networks and will alert them before they exceed their monthly caps.
CTIA-The Wireless Association® praised a House voice vote Tuesday that approved a five-year freeze on wireless taxes, a measure that has a dozen sponsors but no hearing scheduled in the Senate. Supporters said the measure would encourage the spread of wireless broadband services, though states and cities bemoaned the loss of new revenue. The vote provides "a crucial step toward providing wireless subscribers with some much-needed relief," said CTIA President Steve Largent in a statement.
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.