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Standalone wearables coming this year, AT&T executive says

IDG News Service

The most successful wearable devices will be ones that can work without a phone, and AT&T will have at least one of them by the end of this year, the man who manages the carrier’s partnerships said.

“It needs to be an independent device. It needs to do something different for the end-user, for people to buy it en masse,” said Glenn Lurie, AT&T’s president of emerging enterprises and partnerships.

A likely place to start could be wearables for wellness, such as a device that knows when your workout’s begun, holds your music, and lets you post information about your performance to social networks, he said. “I think you’ll see devices like that this year,” Lurie said.

The hottest devices will be able to work both on their own and with a phone, Lurie said. They’ll also have to be simple to use, a bar that no wearable has crossed yet, he said.

Once wearables start talking to LTE on their own, the sky’s the limit of what consumers will take with them, Lurie said. “Just like tablets, it’s going to all of a sudden explode.”

Cars will be another hot category of connected devices, with natural-language commands letting drivers do many things, he said.

“We believe technology in a car can make the car not only a safer place, but a place where you can do everything you can do today with your smartphone in your hand,” Lurie said. But there are hurdles left to be crossed: Cars will need to be able to talk to both Android and iOS phones without those phones coming out of the driver’s pocket. And as cars age through several generations of mobile technology, their software will have to be upgradable over the air. “The car is going to become a smartphone with four wheels.”

Lurie has overseen AT&T’s new businesses and partnerships for years, going back to the carrier’s blockbuster deal to carry the Apple iPhone exclusively for five years. Speaking before the audience at the MobileBeat conference in San Francisco on Tuesday, he wasn’t giving away any secrets about what manufacturers are showing off to AT&T.

“The things I’m seeing are pretty darn exciting,” Lurie said.

Google has 5 of the 6 most popular apps in America (and more crazy data from ComScore)

VentureBeat

ComScore’s Digital Future report for 2013 just came out, and the analytics company has a lot to say about what happened in 2012 … and what might be coming up in 2013.

Online advertising, for one thing, was way up, with almost six trillion display ads published in 2012. That’s up 500 billion from 2011. Shockingly, AT&T accounted for a massive 1.04 billion of them, more than double the next largest online advertiser, Microsoft, which bought almost 50 billion impressions.

ComScore’s massive report also includes data on the top web properties, the battle for search dominance between Google and Bing, and smartphone market share, among other things.

Facebook, for instance, is the most popular app on phones in America, according to ComScore, showing up on 76 percent of phones. That’s impressive, but not as impressive as Google’s utter domination of the mobile charts. The search engine/social network/advertising giant has no less than five of the top six mobile apps in the U.S. Google’s apps such as Maps, Google Play, Google Search, Gmail, and YouTube take positions two through six.

View the report’s findings… 

Hands-on: Nokia Lumia 900 puts Windows Phone back in the race

Computerworld (US) 

Although its specs may not be impressive, AT&T’s new smartphone is fast, bright and stylish. Computerworld - If you’ve been sitting on the fence about making the switch to Windows Phone 7, the just-released Lumia 900 could prod you to make the leap over. This stylish, well-engineered phone shows off the strengths of the Windows Phone platform on a bright, crisp 4.3-in. AMOLED screen with a high-bandwidth LTE connection.

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AT&T CMO heralds targeted approach

Direct Marketing News

Unlike most marketers, David Christopher, AT&T‘s CMO of Mobility and Consumer Markets, doesn’t credit communications and creativity as his primary driving motivators. For Christopher, it’s the power and speed of technology that have made his career most rewarding. Ever since the 1970s, when he was enamored with Atari games — and then in the 1980s with the Commodore 64 — Christopher has wanted to be a leading voice championing the consumer value of technology.

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Tech stories of 2011: Jobs, Android and Anonymous rank in top 10

IDG News Service (New York Bureau)

AT&T-T-Mobile, HP boardroom drama redux, earthquake aftershocks, Egypt going offline also make top headlines

In 2011, the increasingly mobile and socially networked world of technology became more intertwined than ever with politics and the law. Patent wars shaped competition in tablets and smartphones, hacktivists attacked a widening array of political and corporate targets, repressive regimes unplugged citizens from the Internet, and the U.S. government moved to block the giant merger of AT&T and T-Mobile USA. With the passing of Steve Jobs, the world lost a technology icon who redefined the computer, entertainment and consumer electronics industries. These are the IDG News Service’s picks for the top 10 technology stories of the year:

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World Tech Update

Week of 3/24

The ATT and T-Mobile deal tops news this week and a report from Japan are part of the report by Nick Barber of the IDG News Service…

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AT&T Will Enter The Daily Deals Business

Paidcontent, 3/6/11

AT&T (NYSE: T) plans to offer daily deals in local markets via its YP.com directory site. That may seem like no big deal considering the number of sites that have entered the daily deals business over the last year, but AT&T has an existing—and huge—local advertising business that it will be able to leverage. YP.com gets more than 23 million unique visitors a month, and the company’s online ad sales totaled more than $1 billion in 2010 (Overall, AT&T’s advertising solutions business had more than $4 billion in revenue and employed more than 5,000 sales people).

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What Are BP, Apple, Amazon, and Others Spending on Google Advertising

Fast Company, 9/6/10

Google is typically very secretive about the specifics of its search revenue. I can’t actually recall any other leak quite like this one, in which the budgets of specific companies are laid out–kudos to AdAge for snagging the internal document with such rarely seen information.

Much of the list, which covers the month of June 2010, will be of no surprise to anyone that uses Google Search regularly (which is pretty much everyone): AT&T spends ridiculous amounts of money, as do Apollo Group (which owns the University of Phoenix), Amazon, and Expedia. It’s worthwhile to note that some of AT&T’s $8.08 million budget was probably due to the launch of the wireless carrier’s biggest product of the year, the Apple iPhone 4.

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PC World Completes 13-City Test of 3G Wireless Performance; AT&T Increases Speed; Verizon and Sprint Continue to Perform Well

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. – February 23, 2010 – PC World will report the full results of its 3G wireless testing carried out this winter in an issue to hit newsstands in early March. The feature article was published today at the magazine’s Web site, PCWorld.com.

The most dramatic improvements in speed and reliability since the last round of testing in spring 2009 belong to AT&T. AT&T, which earned PC World’s lowest score last spring for download speeds and reliability, pumped out download speeds that were 67% faster than any other national wireless carrier in the latest testing.

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