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Nokia and Siemens today officially confirmed that, at least for the moment, they had stopped looking at the possibility of selling off all or part of Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to private equity investors. Over recent months, many rumors had surfaced about the companies' attempts to find a private buyer for the cellular equipment vendor. Nokia Siemens Networks is a joint venture in which the two telecommunications players hold equal ownership.
GSM passed the 20-year milestone on Friday. Nokia Siemens Networks noted that the first call (below) on a real, live network took place on a network set up by Nokia and Siemens on July 1, 1991 between Finland's then-prime minister Harri Holkeri and Tampere's vice mayor of the time, Kaarina Suonio. The standard had been set up in 1987 but had only been in testing until that day.
Nokia's troubles worsened on Sunday after a new leak uncovered problems at its cellular equipment venture Nokia Siemens Networks. It has reportedly failed to sell a controlling stake in the company and is instead turning to reorganization to stop its bleeding cashflow. Under the plans divulged to the WSJ, both Nokia and Siemens would put money into NSN or else let the less unstable Siemens get control.
Nokia Siemens Networks and T-Mobile USA today outlined early plans for an extremely fast 3G format that could let them and any other provider get better-than-4G speeds. Long Term HSPA Evolution (LTHE) would boost performance from the 42Mbps of HSPA+ today to 650Mbps. The speeds would fall short of the theoretical 1Gbps peak of LTE Advanced but should still reach a similar 100Mbps-plus in real conditions, giving future 4G speeds without the need to switch technologies altogether.
iOS 4.2 has new technology to reduce the overhead of the iPhone on cellular networks, Nokia Siemens Networks revealed today. Although unpublished by Apple, the update brought a technique known as Network Controlled Fast Dormancy that helps a smartphone go quiet without going completely idle. The method keeps the iPhone in a limbo state that saves it from having to reconnect to the network, not only eliminating the flood of traffic from a reconnect but improving its battery life by limiting the necessary traffic.
Nokia Siemens Networks today detailed a technology that could potentially help mitigate the data crunch at some cellphone carriers. Dynamic Frequency and Channel Allocation (DFCA) reduces the amount of bandwidth that a GSM call needs to work. The approach can either double the room for conventional voice calls or leave more room for cellular data, including 3G over HSPA or 4G on LTE. Either can reduce the need for extra cell sites or improve the quality on existing parts of the network.
Nokia today said it would restructure itself to better compete with its rivals. The copmany will now be split into three groups. A basic Mobile Phones group will handle the low-end S40 phones that make up the bulk of Nokia's business. The Mobile Solutions group will tackle smartphones and will itself be split into separate groups to handle MeeGo and all smartphone-class Symbian platforms. A third group, Markets will be dedicated solely to marketing, selling and shipping devices across the entire company.
Nokia Siemens Networks and LG this week successfully reached the 100Mbps peak speed of current-generation Long Term Evolution (LTE) wireless. The 4G speed was reached by using a pre-release 4G USB modem and a production-level Nokia Siemens network node running on the 2.1GHz and 2.6GHz bands. It should result in faster actual speeds for LTE-based networks as the first ones go live over the course of this year.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE