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Cornerstone Solutions Offers Virtual Server Management Solution to Integrate with Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate version 17.1

CHICAGO , Aug.andnbsp;Cornerstone Solutions (Cornerstone), an Authorized Sage Partner regarded among the Midwest’s top-tier, premier solutions providers to construction and real estate firms for over 30 years, announces the official launch of its Sapphire Prime Cloud Services, offering a powerful virtual server and cloud management solution specifically customized to support the advanced system requirements and features of Sage 300 Construction and Real Estate version 17.1, including the newly released Sage Mobile Projects management solution. Click here for more.


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GTL Now Offers Video Attachments for its Patented Inmate Messaging Product

RESTON, Va. , Aug.andnbsp;GTL, an innovation leader in correctional technology, education solutions that assist in rehabilitating inmates, and payment services solutions for government, today announced that it has launched video attachments for its patented, industry-leading inmate messaging product. Available on GTL’s ConnectNetwork® Android and iOS mobile applications, the video attachments feature allows an inmate’s friends and family members to send short videos to the inmate. Click here for more.


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GTL Now Offers Video Attachments for its Patented Inmate Messaging Product

RESTON, Va. , Aug.andnbsp;GTL, an innovation leader in correctional technology, education solutions that assist in rehabilitating inmates, and payment services solutions for government, today announced that it has launched video attachments for its patented, industry-leading inmate messaging product. Available on GTL’s ConnectNetwork® Android and iOS mobile applications, the video attachments feature allows an inmate’s friends and family members to send short videos to the inmate. Click here for more.


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Cox Communications Announces Pricing of Waterfall Cash Tender Offers

ATLANTA , Aug.andnbsp;Cox Communications, Inc. (“Cox”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc., today announced the pricing of its previously announced cash tender offers to purchase its outstanding 8.375% Notes due 2039, 6.950% Notes due 2038, 6.450% Notes due 2036, 6.950% Notes due 2028 and 6.800% Notes due 2028, subject to certain previously announced caps (such offers, the “Waterfall Offers”). The terms and conditions of the Waterfall Offers, including such caps, are set forth in the related Offer to Purchase dated July 24, 2017 (as amended by Cox’s press release dated August 7, 2017 announcing certain amendments thereto, the “Waterfall Offer to Purchase”) and the related Letter of Transmittal dated July 24, 2017 (as amended by Cox’s press release dated August 7, 2017 announcing certain amendments thereto, the “Waterfall Letter of Transmittal”). Capitalized terms used but not defined herein have the meanings ascribed to them in the Waterfall Offer to Purchase. Click here for more.


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Cox Communications Announces Certain Amendments to Waterfall Cash Tender Offers

ATLANTA , Aug.andnbsp;Cox Communications, Inc. (“Cox”), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, Inc., today announced amendments to its previously announced cash tender offers (the “Waterfall Offers”) to purchase its outstanding 8.375% Notes due 2039, 6.950% Notes due 2038, 6.450% Notes due 2036, 6.950% Notes due 2028 and 6.800% Notes due 2028 (collectively, the “Waterfall Notes”), subject to certain caps and upon the terms and conditions set forth in the related Offer to Purchase (the “Waterfall Offer to Purchase”) and the related Letter of Transmittal (the “Waterfall Letter of Transmittal”). With respect to the Waterfall Offers, Cox (1) amended the expected Total Consideration payable with respect to (x) the 8.375% Notes due 2039 by decreasing the fixed spread from 255 bps to 240 bps and (y) the 6.450% Notes due 2036 by decreasing the fixed spread from 250 bps to 235 bps, which changes are reflected in the table below, (2) extended the Early Tender Deadline for all Waterfall Notes from 5:00 p.m. , New York City time, on August 4, 2017 to 5:00 p.m. , New York City time, on August 9, 2017 and (3) changed the Price Determination Date for all Waterfall Notes from 11:00 a.m. , New York City time, on August 7, 2017 to 11:00 a.m. , New York City time, on August 10, 2017 . Accordingly, Cox now expects the Early Settlement Date for the Waterfall Offers to occur on August 11, 2017 , rather than August 8, 2017 . The fixed spreads applicable to the other series of Waterfall Notes set forth in the table below are unchanged. Capitalized terms used but not defined herein have the meanings ascribed to them in the Waterfall Offer to Purchase. Click here for more.


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Opera Offers Ad-Funded data packages for the mobile internet

Opera Software has launched an ad-funded mobile internet service that enables operators to team up with advertisers to sponsor the cost of customers’ mobile internet access, providing users with free mobile data. Click here for more.


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Google patent offers shoppers driverless taxis

Google has been awarded a patent for an advertising service that could see businesses subsidise the cost of autonomous transport systems to get customers to their physical store.

The system will take into account the potential cost and benefit to the advertiser and weigh up factors such as the consumer’s location and their alternative possible modes of transport to assess how much of a barrier transportation is to the consumer. Google said it would also consider how much the retailer’s rivals would be willing to pay to have a consumer transported to their own business.

The system could also target advertisements to the consumer while they are on their journey, through tailored ads to the customer’s smartphone based on data on their browsing and online shopping history.

Advertisers could also decide whether or not to offer a customer the service based on their purchasing history. They could prioritise spend on customers who consistently use the service and make purchases from the retailer, over those who do not make substantial purchases.

Since Google showcased its driverless car technology in 2011, momentum behind self-driving cars has grown. The US state of Nevada passed a law in March 2012 allowing the operation of autonomous cars in the state, a ruling that was followed by Florida’s courts a month later.

Last month, the UK government also announced that it is looking to foster the development of driverless car technology and will offer a £10m prize fund for a town or city to become a testing ground for driverless cars.

In September 2012, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers forecast that by the year 2040, driverless cars will account for up to 75 per cent of cars on the road worldwide.

Earlier this month, Google banded together leading tech firms and car makers to create an industry alliance aimed at bringing its Android platform into connected cars. Audi, GM, Honda, Hyundai and Nvidia have joined Google to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA).

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T-Mobile USA offers unlimited HSPA+

T-Mobile USA launches unlimited data plan for HSPA+

In a move that goes against the grain of US operators introducing tiered or shared data plans, T-Mobile USA has announced the return of an unlimited HSPA+ data plan for its customers after killing off a similar service about 12 months ago.

According to the carrier, the plan is designed to satisfy data-hungry customers and those who do not want to keep track of their data usage. The caveat is that it cannot be used on devices that are tethered or acting as hotspots.

The unlimited HSPA+ plan will be available for $ 20 per month when added to a Value voice and text plan or $ 30 per month when added to a Classic voice and text plan.

In July this year, rivals AT&T and Verizon took steps to move away from all-you-can-eat data pricing models, in fear that such business models are low margin or loss making. Instead, they chose to pioneer shared data pricing models that enables families to draw data for each member’s personal device from a single monthly allocation.

However, T-Mobile said in a statement on July 19th that shared data plans are complicated, as individual users don’t know how much of the shared allocation of data they are using, making it difficult to stay within their limit.

“Conversely, at T-Mobile we believe that customers who pay more, should get more,” said Harry Thomas, director of product marketing at T-Mobile USA. He added that data should be worry-free, with no surprise data cap or bill shock, and also flexible and affordable.

“Rather than having to account for each device on a shared family data plan, T-Mobile customers can use their existing data plan to power multiple devices, while still saving hundreds of dollars annually.”

Sprint is the only other US carrier offering unlimited data plans, for which it uses WiMAX technology. However, while Sprint’s network reaches 130 million users, T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network covers 220 million people. Both are currently putting in place LTE networks.

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T-Mobile offers free data to all US tablet users

US operator T-Mobile USA is offering 200MB of free LTE data each month to tablet users across the States, even if they are not already a T-Mobile subscriber.

US operator T-Mobile USA is offering 200MB of free LTE data each month to tablet users across the States, even if they are not already a T-Mobile subscriber.

US operator T-Mobile USA is offering 200MB of free LTE data each month to tablet users across the States, even if they are not already a T-Mobile subscriber.

The operator said that it made the move because 90 per cent of tablets in the US use wifi only, yet they were designed to be truly mobile devices. The free data allowance is the equivalent to sending approximately 800 Instagram photos, more than 2,500 emails or streaming 200 minutes of music, T-Mobile said.

“Tablets are supposed to be un-tethered like smartphones, but it hasn’t worked out that way because people know carriers will charge them an arm-and-a-leg for mobile data,” said John Legere, president and CEO of T-Mobile.

“Carriers figured out a long time ago that they could make money – a lot of money – by forcing customers into restrictive, overpriced data plans. We changed it for smartphones and we’re changing it for tablets.”

Customers who want to purchase more data have a choice of options with no annual service contracts or data overages. T-Mobile offers daily, weekly and monthly options for adding 4G LTE data.

Speaking at the Broadband World Forum in Amsterdam this week, Alcatel Lucent corporate CTO Marcus Weldon noted that tablet devices are now processing more data globally than desktop PCs and laptops. He argued that this makes small cells are a vital part of the future broadband network.

“If you look at a tablet, it has no wires and no Ethernet port; if the dominant computing device is wireless that means we have to build capacity not just coverage into the network,” Weldon said. “These devices also have limited storage and rely predominantly on the cloud for storage, so we need high capacity networks. Furthermore, we use our tablets at home, at work and on the go, so we need to build ubiquitous networks that are always on.”

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Everything Everywhere offers 10-minute MVNO service

Everything Everywhere has signed a deal with MVNA Atmovia

UK operator Everything Everywhere has claimed that it will be able to get new MVNOs up and running on its network in just ten minutes after signing a deal with mobile virtual network aggregator (MVNA) Atmovia.

The operator, which runs the T-Mobile and Orange brands in the UK, is looking to grow the number of MVNOs it supports on its network and has enlisted the services of Atmovia to help out. The MVNA claims that through its self-service, branded portal it can take just ten minutes for an MVNO to create and roll-out a new tariff, whereas previously this would have taken several weeks.

Atmovia’s platform is underpinned by technology from Nokia Siemens Networks and the MVNA said that its “out-of-the-box” solution has the capacity to manage up to 7 million subscribers.

“We don’t believe that anyone else has done what we have; investing in the highest-spec, carrier grade technology for our platform, and taking the time to fully integrate it with our MNO partner,” said Richard Williams, COO at Atmovia. “Our MVNO customers will benefit from this investment directly, as they are able to quickly react to changing market conditions and offer their own customers the flexible and high-quality service they expect.”

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