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Qualcomm Introduces Fourth-Generation Modem

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Electronics giant Qualcomm Technologies Inc. is rolling out a new high-tech modem that will help users connect faster and easier to their online service.

The new fourth-generation 3G/LTE multimode modem includes a special modem chipset and RF technology that will allow 4G LTE advanced mobile broadband technology. The technology will give the modem the ability to have higher performance with power consumption and printed circuit board area requirements.

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Empire State Realty Trust Beefs up Holiday Display

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The holiday season will be full of color and holiday décor at Manhattan’s tallest buildings thanks to Empire State Realty Trust, Inc.

The Empire State Building, which stands 1,454 feet above Midtown Manhattan, will boast state-of-the-art holiday decorations in its lobby, a full LED light display and holiday concerts for the 2013 holiday season. The Empire State Building will continue the annual lighting of its tower to commemorate Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. In addition to the holiday lights, the building will have pianists in the lobby and choir performances on the 80th floor. A full list of holiday events and concerts is available on the company’s website.

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Vonage Extends Service in Canada

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As more consumers ditch land lines for an all-cellular life, VoIP and Internet service provider Vonage is extending use of its services for cell phones.

Vonage is creating a new service that will allow customers to use its home service with cellular phone service. The new service, called Vonage Extensions, will be available for Canadian customers at no additional cost. The calls can be made over cell phones with 3G and 4G networks.

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Sprint Cell Service Gets Low Rating From Consumers

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As Sprint expands its customer base with new products and services, some of its customers may be unhappy.

According to a recent survey by the Consumer Reports National Research Center, Sprint received the lowest rating among wireless carriers. The annual cell phone service ratings research surveyed about 58,399 wireless customers across cell phone companies. Sprint was rated on value, voice, text and 4G reliability. Competitor Verizon Wireless fared well in the survey as the top major carrier with consumer satisfaction.

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RadioShack Set to Open Manhattan Concept Store

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Texas-based electronics retailer RadioShack is expanding its branch of high-tech concept stores in Manhattan.

The company unveiled its new Greenwich Village store a few days before the Thanksgiving holiday. The store located at 340 First Avenue is the fourth concept store for RadioShack in New York City. The retailer, known as a hub for electronics, broadband software, gadgets and cellular phones, will feature interactive displays to help customers find products and test them out and a speaker wall for audio-related electronics.

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NYU-Poly Completes Second Half of Cyber Hacking Competition

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The  Polytechnic Institute of New York University completed the second phase of its cyberhacking competition that began in September. The school chose winners of its 10-year-old competition and closed competing until its next round in 2014.

“We are gratified to see the growth in the high school competition—from only 400 students two years ago to 1,500 today, because that signals that our efforts are working to fill the college-bound pipeline with talented cybersecurity students,” said professor Nasir Memon, CSAW founder and head of NYU-Poly’s Computer Science and Engineering Department.

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Vonage Grabs New Patents for Communications Biz

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VoIP communications provider Vonage Holdings Corp., has new patents for products aimed to boost its customer base and give the company an edge over its competitors.

The company has received three new patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for new products and services that it will unveil in the future. Among the patents are a method and apparatus system for use with caller I.D., another patent for a system that will allow customers to make calls without using a keypad, and a patent for a system to manage customer accounts, including notifications about accounts in good and bad standing.

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Fairway Market Creates App, Adds Wi-Fi

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As technology continues to expand, more businesses are adding Wi-Fi.

Fairway Group Holdings Corp. is among grocery store chains beefing up technology at its locations and making shopping easier for customers who complete tasks on devices.

Customers shopping in the stores can now log on to Wi-Fi to access the Web and the company’s new mobile application. Fairway, who has about a dozen stores around New York City, announced that is has developed a new mobile app that will allow customers to create shopping lists, cook and more.

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BitTorrent Traffic Declines As Netflix And YouTube Dominate

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It’s definitely not just you spending Saturdays binging on Netflix shows.

In Sandvine’s latest Internet traffic study, streaming entertainment appears to have taken over, while file-sharing protocol BitTorrent now takes up less than 10 percent of aggregated traffic. Much of that “real-time entertainment” traffic is driven by Netflix, which, on its own, takes up almost 30 percent of all traffic. When combined with YouTube, Hulu and other video-streaming services, that traffic accounts for more than 60 percent of traffic during peak hours.

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IFunding Moves Into Midtown High-Tech Co-Working Space

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IFunding has joined the trend of young companies using co-working or shared office spaces to cut operating costs and accommodate staff.

The company, which focuses its business on crowd-funding for real estate ventures, moved its staff into Alley NYC, a Midtown co-working space that accommodates small and start-up businesses in need of office spaces and meeting rooms.

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Verizon Ranked High Among Top Military-Friendly Employers

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U.S. Armed Forces veterans are finding jobs at Verizon Communications.

The company was recently recognized for its efforts to recruit and hire veterans. Verizon was ranked third in the country on the 2014 G.I. Jobs Military-Friendly Employers list. Verizon was selected as one of the top companies based on a survey of 5,000 companies across the country.

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Sprint Offers Connect Service for Landline Lovers

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Sprint is offering consumers and business owners a new alternative to landline service.

In November, it began offering Sprint Connect, a service using wireless technology to replace the traditional landline service. Customers and businesses who sign up for the service are eligible for two cordless phones with local and long-distance service.

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LA Wants To Get Into The Public Wi-Fi Game

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New York isn’t the only US city with big dreams of public Wi-Fi — Los Angeles City Council announced this week that they’re planning a massive, citywide broadband project that would rival Google Fiber’s efforts.

With this plan, L.A. wants to make 2–5 Mbps Internet access free, and to give users who are willing to pay up to 1 Gbps. This could also generate free public Wi-Fi hotspots. Ultimately, the new network is hoped to bring fiber access to all 3.5 million LA residents and all businesses.

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London Gets Super-Charged 4G Network

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Many consumers dream of having the fastest service available. Consumers in London will now have one of the fastest 4G connections in the world.

EE, a Britian-based communications company, will provide London’s Tech City area with one of the world’s fastest networks with speeds reaching 300 Mbps across its mobile network. EE will partner with Huawei to provide customers using the phones the ability to use the technology. Companies in the area will also be able to access the technology. The 4G network was unveiled last week at the Huawei Global Mobile Broadband Forum in London.

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Hotel Pennsylvania Offers Free Wi-Fi to Attract Guests

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Many businesses are offering special deals in November to boost sales before Black Friday.

The hotel business is no exception. Midtown-based Hotel Pennsylvania is offering Wi-Fi and special deals in November in order to boost traffic at the hotel. The hotel, one of the larger properties in Midtown, has a variety of room and site options for guests. In addition to Wi-Fi, the hotel is offering special deals to customers who book for Christmas shopping. The hotel announced last week that customers traveling during the Christmas holiday can take advantage of the offer. The hotel’s sale includes a special 48-hour period with room offerings at 25 percent of the regular price.

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