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Alumni Gateway near sunset.  PHOTO BY ROGER WINSTEAD

Say you’ve got one device, your laptop, connected to a WiFi network. The WiFi router feeding internet to your laptop has no problem handling all that traffic. But what happens when you’re at a conference and there are multiple people connected to the WiFi network, all trying to suck down as much data as possible? The WiFi router gets confused and doesn’t know who to prioritize, so it builds up a backlog of requests that takes time to process. Here’s where the students’ work comes in.

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Texas Instruments, makers of the famous OMAP line of processors, have been saying for a while now that they’re tired of keeping up with the big boys of the mobile industry. It used to be they could design a chip that would then be used in various products for several years. These days, it’s expected that companies launch a new device every 12 months, and that said device uses a chip that’s more advanced than the one in last year’s model. Today’s news shouldn’t come as a surprise then, TI is announcing that they’re going to let 1,700 people go.

We all tend to forget that Android is nothing more than just another mobile operating system. Is there something special about the OS that has propelled it to the pole position that it now enjoys? IDC says 75% of all the smartphones shipped during the third quarter of this year were powered by Android. That number isn’t an accident.

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Motorola is owned by Google, yet they can’t seem to figure out how to update their phones to the latest version of Android. To make people happy, they said they’ll give them $100, but there are some serious strings attached. You need to buy a new phone, and the money you get isn’t actually money, it’s more like store credit. Seriously, this is incredibly uncool.

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Amazon, looking to get more people to buy not only physical goods, but also digital content, threw a bunch of cash at Verizon to get them to integrate their new “App Suite” on Verizon’s Android phones. The first phone to get this new app is the recently announced Droid DNA. We know what you’re thinking, why is Verizon screwing over Google by encouraging people to buy into Amazon’s ecosystem?

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Gibu Thomas, Senior Vice President of Mobile and Digital at Walmart, doesn’t think mobile payments are going to be a big thing according to FierceWireless. He even went so far as to say that people are already used to paying for products with cash and credit cards, so what’s the point of introducing a third payment method? Does this mean Walmart doesn’t understand the future?