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Some aspects of the wireless market seem to change very little from one quarter to another. But now and then there is a surprise, as new data from ComScore reveals. The surprise for the three-month period ending July 15 was the appearance of Apple Music among the top 15 smartphone apps, measured by the percentage of mobile users age 18 or older who use the app. Nearly a quarter (24.1%) of those users use Apple Music, ComScore said. That gave the app 14th place just one month after its launch. ComScore defined Apple Music to include Apple's native music app, which captures all music activity within that app including listening via the streaming service, radio service and users' personally downloaded music libraries.

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One emerging – and exciting – area in wireless technology is wireless charging. We're already starting to see wireless charging roll out on smartphones, tablets, wearables – and as Juniper Research notes in a new study, infrastructure providers are beginning to roll out the equipment needed to support the technology in a way similar to public or consumer Wi-Fi.

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Mobile biometrics is poised to shake up the global payments market, according to new research from Acuity Market Intelligence (AMI). Forecast to yield $34.6 billion in revenue annually in 2020, mobile biometrics will lower both the costs and risks of mobile payments processing, says AMI in ¨The Global Biometrics and Mobility Report: The Convergence of Commerce and Privacy.¨ Mobile biometrics include technologies such as thumbprint and facial recognition.

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The mobile broadband ecosystem is making progress when it comes to developing the industry standards that will define next-gen, 5G wireless. LTE Release 14, the first of 3GPP's 5G standardization efforts will see the standardization of new radio access technology as well as continued evolution of 4G LTE, as noted from NetAmerica Alliance partner Ericsson.

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Apps designed to run on connected, wearable devices are well positioned for a boom, according to new market research from IDC. The market research company predicts the number of third-party applications that run on smart wearable devices will expand from 2,500 as of year-end 2014 to 349,000 in 2019. Apps for the Apple Watch are expected to garner as much as two-thirds of the emerging wearable device app market, making it a primary driver of app development, IDC points out in its report, "Worldwide Wearable Applications Forecast, 2015-2019."

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Ever wonder about, or been skeptical of, estimates of crowd sizes? Scientists working at Warwick Business School's (WBS) Data Science Lab in central England have found that use of mobile phones and Twitter might provide estimates of crowd sizes that are surprisingly accurate.

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Tablets and 2-in-1 devices that use cellular connectivity are a bright spot amid declining tablet and 2-in-1 shipments, according to new research from IDC. Worldwide shipments of tablets and 2-in-1 devices will decline 3.8 percent year-over-year (YoY) in 2015, totaling 221.8 million units, according to the latest IDC Worldwide Quarterly Tablet Tracker. Tablet and 2-in-1 device sales have declined for two consecutive quarters, prompting IDC to lower its 2015 forecast modestly, the market researcher explains in a press release.

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Expect to see a lot more people holding out their smartphones to have boarding passes scanned as they board a plane. According to new market research from Juniper Research, more than 1.5 billion airline boarding passes will be delivered via mobile networks and devices by 2019. That would mean one in every three airline boarding passes would be delivered via mobile.

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The rise of Internet-connected devices – from cars and TVs to refrigerators, HVAC systems and lighting – has transformed the machine-to-machine world into the Internet of Things (IoT). And the IoT is seen as driving a new phase of high-tech innovation and growth among a wide range of companies and economic sectors, including Internet technology and telecommunications providers.

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In our continuing blog series, we want to highlight the growing importance of smartphones and 4G data networks for both consumer and business customers. New research from cloud-based apps marketplace operator GetApp shows just how important smartphones have become to employees. Employees at a range of businesses are increasingly using their mobile devices to conduct business.

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If you’re reading this blog, I probably don’t have to convince you of the benefits of advanced mobile service infrastructure to local, national, and global economies. Nevertheless it’s always reassuring to have this belief validated by real-world research. Data released from mobile association GSMA at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona March 2 does just that.

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Counting the country's population accurately every ten years is important. The U.S. Government uses the information collected by an army of census takers to make decisions about allocating billions in federal funds for programs, services and infrastructure, as well as for determining the boundaries of congressional districts.

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Business users are a great market for mobile technology, and the more useful mobile devices become, the more likely it becomes for businesses to adopt mobile technology. Mobile apps play a key role in how businesses use mobile technology – and according to new research from Good Technology, custom apps in particular are seeing huge growth in the business market.

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Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) have the potential to reduce demand for dedicated backhaul routing devices and cause “a major shake-up” in mobile backhaul networks, according to a new report from Heavy Reading.

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Service providers have a big opportunity with machine-to-machine (M2M), if they focus on the right things, according to a new report from market research firm Ovum. Carriers may miss out on the biggest opportunities if they concentrate solely on managed connectivity for enterprise businesses and organizations, says Ovum. They would do well to highlight “their ability to transport, collect and aggregate large amounts of information to grasp a bigger share” of the M2M market.

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Mobile app and service users signing up for automatic log-ons across multiple devices and sharing passwords and handset PIN codes with friends, family and colleagues are leaving back doors open for hackers, according to new market research from identity and credential management technology specialist Intercede.

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Technological innovation and change has always driven changes in social behavior, values and attitudes, including those relating to work and careers. A new study from RingCentral regarding the work habits and attitudes of Millennials  – those born between the early 1980's and early 2000's – indicates that companies "must adapt the right tools, policies and procedures to empower this new generation of employees."

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Buzzword it may be, but the Internet of Things (IoT) – which includes machine-to-machine (M2M) communications – is growing rapidly and extending to encompass an ever-wider array of applications that provide the context within which we live our daily lives.

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With Apple's acquisition of Beats once again focusing attention on the digital and Internet music space, Strategy Analytics reports that mobile phone users continue to embrace music as a preferred application for their smartphone.

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Among other key goals, smart cities aim to reduce pollution and waste, and maximize efficiency of water, energy and other resources, which has helped raise the concept of the "smart city" to national and international prominence. While often looked at as an urban phenomenon, NTCA has raised the profile of this issue to rural markets with their smart rural community's project. Any successful smart community, urban or rural, will need an advanced 4G wireless network to ensure ubiquitous data coverage.

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