Charles Schwab launches brokerage and banking mobile deposit for iPhone

Charles Schwab (San Francisco, Calif.) today launches mobile deposit capabilities for iPhone users, enabling brokerage and Schwab Bank clients to deposit checks remotely by taking a picture of a check with their iPhone camera. Schwab is one of the only financial services firms to provide its clients with mobile deposit capabilities and integrated banking and brokerage mobile services, including money transfer.

Alipay gets license to set up e-payment system

Reuters

The Alipay system affiliated with Jack Ma's Alibaba Group has received a license from China's central bank to operate an electronic payment system in the country, the company said on Thursday.

The license would allow Alipay to handle foreign exchange transactions, Internet payments, mobile payments and debit card services, Alipay said in a statement.

Alibaba Group restructured Alipay's ownership structure, giving Ma full ownership control of the payment business.

ZTE to launch LTE devices, expand U.S. footprint

Reuters

ZTE Corp, China's No.2 network equipment maker, plans to launch LTE (long term evolution) devices in the United States along with smartphones based on Microsoft's Mango operating system to expand its U.S. footprint.

The Shenzhen-based company plans to roll out LTE devices in the United States in the second half of this year and aims to launch its Mango smartphones early next year, ZTE's U.S. CEO Cheng Lixin told Reuters in an interview on Wednesday during a company event.

Google to unveil mobile payments

Reuters

Google Inc will take the wraps off a mobile payment system on Thursday that lets consumers pay at checkout with phones instead of cards, a source said, hoping to beat Visa and others to the punch.

The Internet search and advertising leader will work with MasterCard Inc, the world's second-largest credit and debit card processing network, to launch the system, the source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Tuesday.

Google has teamed with MasterCard and Citigroup Inc to develop the system, the Wall Street Journal reported in March.

True 4G mobile backhaul: Key ingredients

As service providers deploy mobile backhaul for the growing wave of 3G services, it is important to keep requirements for emerging 4G services in mind. True 4G mobile backhaul includes three key ingredients – resiliency, synchronization and performance. Deploying true 4G mobile backhaul today protects the service provider’s investment in legacy 2G services while providing cost-effective backhaul for 3G services and laying the groundwork for the performance required to unleash 4G services.

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Samsung selects Ethertronics for smartphone technology

Ethertonics (San Diego Calif.), a technology company enabling the future direction of mobile communications via its portfolio of antenna and RF solutions, today announced that its Isolated Magnetic Dipole (IMD) antenna technology is enabling broadband connectivity for Samsung's new Infuse 4G smartphone, which is being dubbed as the world's thinnest 4G smartphone.

In today's smartphones and the Infuse 4G in particular, designing an antenna solution that will support competitive form factor design, yet meet stringent RF specifications is challenging.

Leap opposes proposed AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile USA

Leap Wireless International, Inc. (San Diego, California), a provider of wireless communications services and its operating subsidiary, Cricket Communications, Inc., today announced their opposition to AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, a nationwide competitor to AT&T and the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier.

According to a press release issued by Leap:

Tekelec introduces customer experience management portfolio

Tekelec (Morrisville, NC), the mobile broadband solutions company, introduced a new customer experience management (CEM) portfolio to correlate subscriber experiences, service usage, handset metrics as well as network and service accessibility and reliability. The resulting combination of network and service intelligence gives service providers a complete view of the subscriber experience within the network along with customized views to improve performance and deliver more personalized services.

RedMere launches most portable Micro-HDMI cable in Asia

RedMere (Balbriggan, Ireland), a supplier of smart active cable solutions, has announced the launch of Asia’s first ever ultra-thin, portable High Speed Micro-HDMI cables for ultra-portable devices such as the smartphone, tablet, digital camera and camcorder with Buffalo Kokuyo Supply Inc. in Japan. RedMere and Buffalo Kokuyo Supply Inc. successfully introduced Japan’s first ever smart ultra-slim HDMI cables with an embedded booster for use in home theatre, PCs, PC peripherals, satellite box and gaming high definition and 3D TV applications late last year.

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