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Huawei’s Smartphones Gaining Ground, Sees 62% Rise In Devices Shipped

July 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Huawei’s Smartphones Gaining Ground, Sees 62% Rise In Devices Shipped

Huawei Technologies shipped 62% more smartphones in the first half of 2014 than the same period last year, with sales to some countries outside its home turf doubling or even tripling. It shipped smartphone 34.3 million units, boosted by sales of flagship phones the Ascend Mate 2 and the Ascend P7, it said on Tuesday. In the second quarter alone it shipped 20.6 million units, an 85% year-over-year increase. Much of that growth is coming from emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America,... 

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Facebook To Mandate Messenger App For Mobile Chat

July 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook To Mandate Messenger App For Mobile Chat

If you like to send messages via Facebook when you’re on the move, be prepared to download a new app. Facebook has confirmed that it will be deleting the messaging feature from its mobile app over the next few days, and requiring people to use its standalone Messenger app instead. The change follows through on a plan announced in April and for now affects Facebook’s mobile app on iOS and Android. You’ll be able to send and receive messages on the desktop as before. “In the... 

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OkCupid Admits Experimenting On Customers

July 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
OkCupid Admits Experimenting On Customers

OkCupid, a top U.S. dating website, intentionally mismatched users to test its technology, the IAC/InterActive Corp service said, weeks after Facebook Inc similarly admitted to misleading users in a psychological study. “When we tell people they are a good match, they act as if they are,” co-founder Christian Rudder wrote in a blog post. “Even when they should be wrong for each other.” Conversely, couples told they were bad matches, even when OkCupid’s algorithm showed... 

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Phone-unlocking Bill Moves One Step Closer To Law

July 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Phone-unlocking Bill Moves One Step Closer To Law

A bill that allows consumers to unlock their mobile phones for use on other carriers passed its last hurdle in Congress last week, opening the way for it to become law once it is signed by President Barack Obama. Senate Bill 517 overturns a January 2013 decision by the Library of Congress that ruled the unlocking of phones by consumers fell afoul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It had previously been permitted under an exception to the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA, which... 

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Bose Sues Beats Over Patent Infringement

July 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Bose Sues Beats Over Patent Infringement

Headphone maker Bose has filed a patent-infringement lawsuit against rival Beats Electronics, which Apple recently agreed to purchase in a US$3 billion deal. In its complaint, Bose alleges that the “active noise cancellation” system in Beats Studio and Studio Wireless headphones infringes on five of its patents that relate to digital audio processing, compression and noise cancellation technology. They are U.S. patents 6,717,537; 8,073,150; 8,073,151; 8,054,992; and 8,345,888. In addition... 

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Amazon To Offer 3D Printing

July 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Amazon To Offer 3D Printing

Amazon.com Inc will offer 3D printing services that allow customers to customize and build earrings, bobble head toys and other items from third-party vendors using a new personalization option on its website. Most of the more than 200 items available on the company’s new 3D printed products store, which was rolled out on Monday, can be customized using a new feature that allows users to rotate and change the item they are viewing. Before it is printed by one of Amazon’s sellers, users... 

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goTenna Debuts Personal Antenna In Case Of Disasters

July 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
goTenna Debuts Personal Antenna In Case Of Disasters

A Brooklyn-based startup called goTenna has developed a portable antenna that will come to the rescue when cellular service is unavailable. The portable antenna connects to a smartphone via a Bluetooth Low Energy link. Once connected, users with either an iOS or Android app can then send text messages through the antenna. (The recipient must also have a goTenna, and consequently the product is sold in pairs.) The device uses the 151MHz-154MHz frequencies, with range depending on location. In a densely... 

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Verizon To Begin Slowing Down Data Speeds For Unlimited Subscribers

July 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon To Begin Slowing Down Data Speeds For Unlimited Subscribers

Verizon Communication Inc’s high speed wireless customers who have the company’s legacy unlimited data plans may begin experiencing slower speeds starting Oct. 1, the company said on Friday. The announcement comes as wireless carriers attempt to shift data-hungry subscribers onto tiered plans, which charge customers for individual data packages. Verizon will slow services for the top 5 percent of data users who are on unlimited plans in places where the network is experiencing high demand,... 

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Dell, BlackBerry Downplay Apple-IBM Alliance

July 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Dell, BlackBerry Downplay Apple-IBM Alliance

IBM Corp’s recent move to team up with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with corporate applications has excited investors in both companies, but two rivals say they are unfazed for now. Top executives at Dell and BlackBerry Ltd scoffed at the threat posed by the alliance, arguing the tie-up is unlikely to derail the efforts of their own companies to re-invent themselves. “I do not think that we take the Apple-IBM tie-up terribly seriously. I think it just made a good press... 

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Ultra High Def TV Sales Being Hampered By Steep Prices

July 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Ultra High Def TV Sales Being Hampered By Steep Prices

Ultra high-definition televisions (UHD TVs) have made minor gains in the flat-panel market because prices remain too high, according to a new report from IHS Technology. Among the top 13 LCD display brands worldwide, the share of UHD TV shipments reached just 5% in May, up from 4% in April, 3% in March and 2% in February, according to IHS. While UHD TV share has grown by 1 percentage point for each of the last three months, growth hasn’t budged much since September, when the market was already... 

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Sprint Teams Up With Google To Sell Business Apps

July 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
Sprint Teams Up With Google To Sell Business Apps

Sprint announced a partnership with Google to offer the Google Apps for Business cloud service, noting that customers of the service won’t have to use Sprint’s wireless network or Android devices. The partnership helps move Sprint well beyond it’s role as a basic wireless carrier for businesses to one that will bolster basic Google cloud service and access to Google apps with Sprint’s own hands-on professional consulting, much of it free. The announcement comes amid widespread... 

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Device Financing Plan Weighs On AT&T’s Revenue

July 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Device Financing Plan Weighs On AT&T’s Revenue

AT&T Inc’s quarterly revenue rose a weaker than expected 1.6 percent as cheaper service plans offered to customers who forgo subsidized cellular phones made a dent in profit margins. Faced with mounting pressure from competitors, AT&T has unbundled service and device charges, and cut its family data plan and shared value plan prices as it tries to attract customers in a nearly saturated market. “What we saw happen throughout the second quarter were very aggressive promotions... 

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NASA Upgrades The Robonaut In Space

July 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Around The Net
NASA Upgrades The Robonaut In Space

The 300-pound humanoid robot working on the International Space Station is getting several upgrades, including new processors and software, in preparation of having a pair of legs attached to it. Robonaut 2, also known as R2, is the legless but humanoid robot that has been working on the space station since 2011. “Commander Steve Swanson focused his attention primarily on mobility upgrades for the station’s robotic crew member, Robonaut 2,” NASA reported on its website. “Since... 

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Several Countries Now Have More Wireless Devices Than People

July 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Several Countries Now Have More Wireless Devices Than People

Wireless broadband subscriptions now outnumber people in seven countries as consumers continue to add smartphone and tablet devices to their personal electronics arsenal, according to a new report. Finland, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea and the U.S. had wireless broadband penetration of more than 100 percent as of December 2013, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday. That means there was more than one wireless broadband subscription per person, usually... 

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Sony Wants To Capitalize On The ‘Selfie’ Boom

July 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Consumer Electronics
Sony Wants To Capitalize On The ‘Selfie’ Boom

Sony Corp said that it has plans to invest 35 billion yen ($345 million) to increase production of image sensors for smartphones and tablets, as the company courts handset makers to get more orders for front-facing camera sensors, used to take selfies. The Japanese firm said it will increase production of stacked CMOS sensors at two factories on the southern Japanese island of Kyushu, while completing work on a factory in northwestern Japan it bought from Renesas Electronics Corp for a total investment... 

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