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Sprint Picks Chicago To Roll Out Advanced LTE Network

April 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Picks Chicago To Roll Out Advanced LTE Network

Sprint plans to add more than 540 jobs and 115 retail locations in the Chicago area along with its first LTE-Advanced upgrade in the nation. LTE Advanced has the potential of delivering 100 Mbps wireless download speeds. The impact on the city of Chicago proper will be 300 new jobs by the end of 2015. Sprint will also install hundreds of new cellular sites in the city at an expected cost of $45 million by the end of 2016, Sprint said in a statement. LTE Advanced has become more common around the... 

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Phone Movements, Gestures May Be Key To Fighting Mobile Malware

March 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Phone Movements, Gestures May Be Key To Fighting Mobile Malware

Mobile malware is a growing problem, but researchers from University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) have developed a new way of detecting when suspicious mobile apps start trouble, such as trying to call premium-rate numbers unbeknowst to a phone’s owner. The technique relies on using the phone’s motion, position and ambient sensors to learn the gestures that users typically make when they initiate phone calls, take pictures or use the phone’s NFC reader to scan credit cards. Some... 

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Can Small Developers Profit In The Mobile Space?

March 31, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Can Small Developers Profit In The Mobile Space?

Is there a future for smaller developers on mobile devices? That’s an awful question to have to ask, yet it’s one being asked – with some variation in the phrasing or the approach – in quite a lot of contexts recently. Mobile platforms, once seen as safe refuge from the drastic collapse of the mid-range PC and console market, are now themselves displaying the same symptoms; soaring budgets, dependency on franchise or licensed IP, and a market increasingly dominated by the... 

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Google Updates Android Smart Lock With On-body Detection

March 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Updates Android Smart Lock With On-body Detection

Google is adding a feature to Android’s smart lock that could significantly reduce the number of times users need to key in a passcode to unlock their phones. On-body detection uses the accelerometer in the phone to detect when it’s being held or carried. If enabled, the feature requires a passcode the first time the phone is accessed but then keeps the device unlocked until it is placed down. That means, for example, that users walking down the street won’t have to unlock the phone... 

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T-Mobile Pivots Towards Businesses With New Pricing Plans

March 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Pivots Towards Businesses With New Pricing Plans

T-Mobile US Inc announced new cellular and data plans for business customers, setting its focus on a lucrative market segment long dominated by larger rivals AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc. Companies with more than 1,000 lines will pay $10 per month for each line. Other firms with multiple lines will be charged $15 a line. In both cases, every line comes with 1 gigabyte of high-speed data and allows unlimited calls and text messages. Verizon and AT&T account for 87 percent of... 

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Research Reveals Hundreds Of Android, iOS Apps Remain Vulnerable To FREAK

March 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Research Reveals Hundreds Of Android, iOS Apps Remain Vulnerable To FREAK

Hundreds of Android and iOS apps remain vulnerable to a dangerous attack revealed weeks ago that can compromise encrypted data, according a security vendor’s research. The apps have not yet been patched against the FREAK attack, short for Factoring attack on RSA-EXPORT Keys, which was revealed by researchers on March 3. The unpatched apps, which were not identified, are in categories including finance, communication, shopping, business and medicine, computer security company FireEye said in... 

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Sprint Launches New Work-As-A-Service Plan

March 18, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Launches New Work-As-A-Service Plan

Sprint unveiled a new turnkey wired and wireless communications service for small- and medium-sized companies that will cost $200 a month per worker. Sprint will allow companies that sign up for the new Workplace-as-a-Service to use other carriers for wired or wireless communications, while Sprint will continue to manage all the various networks involved. However, Sprint will offer its own Workplace customers discounts on basic wireless connectivity, such as unlimited voice, texting and data plans... 

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Is Nintendo Going Mobile?

March 18, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is Nintendo Going Mobile?

Nintendo has formed a comprehensive new alliance with DeNA that will make every one of the company’s famous IPs available for mobile development. The bedrock of the deal is a dual stock purchase, with each company buying ¥22 billion ($181 million) of the other’s treasury shares. That’s equivalent to 10 per cent of DeNA’s stock, and 1.24 per cent of Nintendo. The payments will complete on April 2, 2015. What this will ultimately mean for the consumer is Nintendo IP on mobile,... 

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Apple Launches First Ever Public Beta For iOS

March 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Launches First Ever Public Beta For iOS

Apple has launched a first-ever public beta for iOS, offering some iPhone and iPad users a chance to test iOS 8.3, a still-under-development edition that has been in developers’ hands for more than a month. The program, first reported two weeks ago by9to5mac.com, followed the debut of a similar program last year for OS X Mavericks. The Mac beta was later extended to include Yosemite, the current OS edition. It was unclear  whether Apple is allowing anyone to register with the iOS 8.3 beta,... 

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BlackBerry Debuts Secure Tablet

March 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Debuts Secure Tablet

Seeking to extend its range of secure mobile devices, BlackBerry Ltd said it will offer a high-security tablet, developed with International Business Machines Corp and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The SecuTABLET, based on Samsung’s Galaxy Tab S 10.5 and being presented by BlackBerry unit Secusmart at tech fair CeBIT 2015 in Germany, reflects the Canadian company’s stress on secure connections for governments and businesses as it seeks to preserve a niche market after a drubbing in recent... 

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Microsoft’s Cortana Headed To Android, Apple Devices

March 16, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft’s Cortana Headed To Android, Apple Devices

Microsoft is developing a modified version of its competitor to Apple’s Siri, using research from an artificial intelligence project called “Einstein.” Microsoft has been running its “personal assistant” Cortana on its Windows phones for a year, and will put the new version on the desktop with the arrival of Windows 10 this autumn. Later, Cortana will be available as a standalone app, usable on phones and tablets powered by Apple Inc’s iOS and Google Inc’s... 

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LG, Huawei Soon To Offer High-end Smartphones

March 13, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
LG, Huawei Soon To Offer High-end Smartphones

HTC and Samsung Electronics impressed Mobile World Congress attendees with new high-end smartphones, but they won’t be the only game in town for long: LG Electronics and Huawei Technologies are gearing up to announce new devices next month. The shortage of new flagship smartphones at the show was a bit of a disappointment. But for those who weren’t entirely convinced by the HTC One M9, Samsung’s Galaxy S6 or the Galaxy S6 edge, more devices are on the way for buyers who aren’t... 

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Samsung Optimistic, Raises Production Target For New Galaxy Phone

March 12, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Optimistic, Raises Production Target For New Galaxy Phone

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has raised its production target for the new flagship Galaxy smartphones after receiving overwhelmingly positive reviews from the mobile markets, the Electronic Times newspaper is reporting. The South Korean paper, citing an unnamed source, said Samsung increased its total production target for the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge devices to 8 million units for April from 7 million previously. The company’s production target for March remained unchanged... 

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Fuel Cells Could Offer Hope For Smartphone Batteries

March 10, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Fuel Cells Could Offer Hope For Smartphone Batteries

While processors, memory and other components have advanced in leaps and bounds, progress in smartphone battery technology has been much slower over the last couple of decades. All those people you see charging their phones at airports, coffee shops and other public places are a testament to how often batteries die out during the day. So while engineers are fighting against basic chemistry and physics to improve current Lithium Ion cells, is there a better way to recharge? One answer might be fuel... 

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Microsoft Files Suit Against Kyocera Over Mobile Phones

March 9, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Files Suit Against Kyocera Over Mobile Phones

Microsoft Corp has filed a lawsuit against Kyocera Corp for patent infringement last Friday, alleging the Japanese company’s Duraforce, Hydro and Brigadier cell phone lines violate seven Microsoft patents. Microsoft asked a Seattle federal judge to impose a U.S. sales injunction against Kyocera’s infringing products, according to the lawsuit. A Kyocera representative could not immediately be reached for comment. “We respect Kyocera but we believe they need to license the patented... 

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