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Snapchat To Offer Mobile Payments Service

November 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Snapchat To Offer Mobile Payments Service

Mobile messaging company Snapchat is rolling out a new service that wil allow users to send money to each other, in a partnership with online payments company Square. The service, dubbed Snapcash, allows Snapchat users to link their debit cards to their account and quickly send money to a contact by starting a chat on a smartphone, typing in a dollar sign and an amount and hitting a green button, Snapchat explained in a post on its official blog. The move marks the latest sign of expansion plans... 

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Better 911 Call Location Finding Coming To Mobile Phones

November 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Better 911 Call Location Finding Coming To Mobile Phones

Emergency responders will be able to better locate callers who dial 911 on their cellphones from indoors as the U.S. wireless industry improves caller-location for the majority of such calls in the next few years. Historically, satellite and other technologies have helped emergency responders find people who called from outdoors, while landlines commonly automatically provided dispatchers with an address. Cellphone calls from indoors, however, have been tougher to locate because walls weaken signals. Verizon... 

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Apple Finally Offers A Way Out From iMessage

November 13, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Finally Offers A Way Out From iMessage

Apple has finally published a tool that lets iPhone owners sever the link to iMessage, iOS’s texting service, when they leave the company’s circle of devices for Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone. The tool, which allows former owners to disable iMessage even after they’ve disposed of their iPhones, was the first self-service option Apple has offered. Because iMessage is enabled by default — and is the standard texting service for iOS-to-iOS communication — iPhone... 

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A Mobile Phone That Can Spot Counterfeit Goods?

November 13, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
A Mobile Phone That Can Spot Counterfeit Goods?

Spotting counterfeited goods could become a question of simply taking close-up photos with a smartphone, according to a new NEC technology. The electronics maker has developed an authentication system that compares images snapped with a phone with those in a cloud-based database. Images of the authentic product from the manufacturer would need to be registered beforehand. The “object fingerprint authentication technology” is the first such system that can identify individual objects,... 

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AT&T Decides Against Hi-speed In-flight Internet Service

November 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Decides Against Hi-speed In-flight Internet Service

AT&T Inc has dropped its plans to roll out high-speed Internet service on commercial flights in order to focus on international expansion and video offerings, the company said in a statement on Monday. Last Friday, the carrier announced a $1.7 billion acquisition of Mexican operator Iusacell, AT&T’s second major acquisition this year following a $48.5 billion bid for satellite operator DirecTV. “After a thorough review of our investment portfolio, the company decided to no longer... 

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Microsoft’s First Lumia Phone Without Nokia To Arrive Tuesday

November 10, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft’s First Lumia Phone Without Nokia To Arrive Tuesday

Microsoft’s first Windows smartphone since it axed the Nokia brand will arrive on Tuesday, and a teaser from the company hints that it will be a new low-end model. The teaser promises a smartphone for everyone, the most popular way to position a budget device. The teaser doesn’t offer many details beyond the Nov. 11 launch and an image of what looks like an orange smartphone with a front-facing camera, a feature missing from other low-cost Lumias. Rumored specifications include a 5-in.... 

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Sprint Clings To 3rd Place, Wards Off T-Mobile Advance In Latest Quarter

November 5, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Clings To 3rd Place, Wards Off T-Mobile Advance In Latest Quarter

Sprint had 55 million wireless “connections” at the end of the third quarter, allowing it to barely retain the title of third largest U.S. carrier, just ahead of T-Mobile. Some analysts had predicted Sprint would fall to fourth place behind T-Mobile, which has 53 million wireless customers, due to Sprint’s losses of postpaid phone subscribers. Those customers pay monthly bills after using a wireless service, as opposed to paying in advance. In the company’s earnings call late... 

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Voice Over LTE Expected For AT&T, Verizon Wireless In 2015

November 5, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Voice Over LTE Expected For AT&T, Verizon Wireless In 2015

Verizon Communications and AT&T Inc plan on being able to transmit wireless voice calls between the two carriers over high-speed data networks by 2015, both companies announced. The technology is expected to improve the quality of calls and allow for video calling and voicemail. The calls would be transmitted using a technology known as Voice over LTE, which repackages voice calls as data and transmits them over carriers’ high-speed data networks. Carriers currently transmit most voice... 

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Is Blackberry Messenger Trying to Emulate SnapChat?

November 4, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is Blackberry Messenger Trying to Emulate SnapChat?

Blackberry has added a Snapchat-style self-destructing message feature to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), which it boldly claims makes it “unlike any other chat app out there today”. Despite having pulled the feature straight out of Snapchat, BlackBerry is claiming that BBM’s new Timed Messages feature, allowing people to choose when messages expire, makes the service like no other. BlackBerry said in a blog post: “With today’s BBM update we’re incredibly excited... 

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Banks Planning On Launching Own Mobile Payments Apps

November 4, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Banks Planning On Launching Own Mobile Payments Apps

Several large financial institutions are planning to launch their own mobile payments apps next year. The banks would be major competitors to handset makers Apple and Google because unlike others pushing mobile wallet technology, such as mobile phone carriers and retailers, they already have an intimate relationship with consumers and know their spending habits. “Banks all around the world are working on this right now,” said James Anderson, senior vice president for mobile and emerging... 

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Starbucks Says 1 in 6 Of Its Payments Are Mobile

November 3, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Starbucks Says 1 in 6 Of Its Payments Are Mobile

Starbucks says mobile payments is growing in a big way and it’s already handling almost 7 million a week at its U.S. stores. That accounts for 16 percent of all transactions at its coffee shops and, the company says, meant it transacted 90 percent of all of mobile payments in the entire U.S. in 2013. The company’s slice of the national mobile payments market is sure to dip in the years ahead as other retailers start catching up to Starbucks, in part thanks to the recent launch of Apple... 

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Xiaomi Becomes World’s Third-Largest Smartphone Vendor

October 31, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Xiaomi Becomes World’s Third-Largest Smartphone Vendor

China’s Xiaomi Inc has nudged it’s way into being the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor just three years after first hitting the market, trailing only Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc, according to a new industry study. Strategy Analytics said Xiaomi accounted for 6 percent of all 320 million smartphones shipped during July-September. Samsung made up 25 percent, down from 35 percent a year earlier due to rising competition from several directions. Apple’s share... 

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Is nVidia’s Tegra K1 Being Shunned?

October 29, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is nVidia’s Tegra K1 Being Shunned?

Nvidia Tegra TK1 is being shunned by major phone designers as if it were suffering from ebola, our industry sources have confirmed. It looks like that 2013 is the year of Qualcomm and that every significant design win has Qualcomm processor inside. Mediatek is trying the Tegra TK1with the entry level phones but they still have to prove themselves in the mainstream and high end phones that the European or USA phone market craves. They could get there in time, but didn’t manage it in 2013. Tegra... 

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CVS and Rite Aid Stores Block Apple Pay

October 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
CVS and Rite Aid Stores Block Apple Pay

Drug retailers CVS Health Corp and Rite Aid Corp have disabled Apple Inc’s  new electronic payments service Apple Pay from their stores over the weekend,according to the New York Times. Apple Pay, which debuted in September, is a mobile payment app that allows consumers to buy things by simply holding their iPhone6 and 6 Plus devices up to readers installed by store merchants. A Rite Aid spokeswoman told the New York Times that the company does not currently accept Apple Pay. The company is... 

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Mobile Phone Growth In U.S. Continues To Slow Down

October 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile Phone Growth In U.S. Continues To Slow Down

The overall mobile phone market in the U.S. will fall off this year by 1% even as many emerging countries around the world see robust growth. After several years of accelerated growth, the U.S. market is feeling the effects of market saturation and smartphone ownership that’s lasting longer than once expected, Ramon Llamas, an analyst IDC, said in an updated forecast. IDC’s five-year forecast issued for October significantly undercuts its April forecast, dropping expectations for U.S.... 

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