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iPhone 6 Owners File Suit Against Apple Over Unresponsive Touchscreens

August 31, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
iPhone 6 Owners File Suit Against Apple Over Unresponsive Touchscreens

Apple Inc has been named in a lawsuit brought by owners of iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones who say a design defect causes the phones’ touchscreens to become unresponsive, making them unusable. According to a proposed nationwide class-action lawsuit filed, Apple has long been aware of the defect, which often surfaces after a flickering gray bar appears atop the touchscreens, but has refused to fix it. The plaintiffs linked the problem to Apple’s decision not to use a metal “shield”... 

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AT&T Data Throttling Lawsuit Dismissed

August 31, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Data Throttling Lawsuit Dismissed

A federal appeals court in California has tossed out a U.S. government lawsuit that accused AT&T Inc of deception for reducing internet speeds for customers with unlimited mobile data plans once their use exceeded certain levels. The company, however, could still face a fine from the Federal Communications Commission regarding the slowdowns, also called “data throttling.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said it ordered a lower court to dismiss the data-throttling... 

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Android Malware Using Twitter To Communicate With Infected Phones

August 26, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Android Malware Using Twitter To Communicate With Infected Phones

Twitter users aren’t the only ones getting updates from the micro-blogging social media site. One maker of Android malware is also using Twitter to communicate with infected smartphones, according to security firm ESET. The company uncovered the feature in a malicious app called Android/Twitoor. It runs as a backdoor virus that can secretly install other malware on a phone. Typically, the makers of Android malware control their infected smartphones from servers. Commands sent from those servers... 

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MIT Researchers Develop Technique To Triple Wireless Speeds

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
MIT Researchers Develop Technique To Triple Wireless Speeds

MIT researchers have uncovered a way to transfer wireless data using a smartphone at a speed about three times faster and twice as far as existing technology. The researchers developed a technique to coordinate multiple wireless transmitters by synchronizing their wave phases, according to a statement from MIT on Tuesday. Multiple independent transmitters will be able to send data over the same wireless channel to multiple independent receivers without interfering with each other. Since wireless... 

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Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Sales Exceed Supply Chain’s Expectations

August 25, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Sales Exceed Supply Chain’s Expectations

Better-than-expected demand for Samsung Electronics Co Ltd’s new Galaxy Note 7 is creating supply problems worldwide, the South Korean tech giant said, suggesting strong initial sales for the new premium smartphone. While robust demand could help deliver another solid quarter of earnings, Samsung also risks missing out on potential sales if it cannot boost supply quickly. Rivals such as Apple Inc are poised to launch new phones which could pull customers away from Samsung if a shortage persists. “As... 

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Samsung To Offer A Third Tizen OS Smartphone

August 24, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Offer A Third Tizen OS Smartphone

South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co Ltd announced that it will begin selling its third smartphone powered by the company’s own Tizen mobile operating system in India next week. The Z2 phone, equipped with a 4-inch screen and India-specific features such as a safety mode for motorcyclists, will be the cheapest Tizen phone Samsung has launched to date at 4,590 rupees ($68.44). The phone, the first Tizen-powered device that will run on 4G networks, will start selling in India... 

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Smartphones Sales Posts 4% Gain In Second Quarter

August 23, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Smartphones Sales Posts 4% Gain In Second Quarter

Global smartphone sales enjoyed a 4.3% bump in the second quarter compared to a year ago, but iPhone sales declined for the third straight quarter, market research firm Gartner announced. Gartner’s figures for second-quarter smartphone growth were more optimistic than numbers reported by Strategy Analytics and Canalys recently. Both had reported modest growth of no more than 3% in smartphone shipments. IDC last month reported second-quarter shipments were flat, growing just 0.3%. Gartner’s... 

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Samsung To Launch Refurbished Smartphone Program

August 23, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Launch Refurbished Smartphone Program

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is gearing up to launch a program to sell refurbished used versions of its premium smartphones as early as next year, a person with direct knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The South Korean technology firm is looking for ways to sustain earnings momentum after reviving its mobile profits by restructuring its product line-up. As growth in the global smartphone market hits a plateau, Samsung wants to maximize its cost efficiency and keep operating margins above 10 percent. The... 

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HP Building Mobile Device Strategy Around Windows 10

August 15, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
HP Building Mobile Device Strategy Around Windows 10

HP has experimented with many operating systems over the last few years, but the company always returns back to Microsoft’s Windows. The company is building a mobile device strategy around Windows 10 Mobile and is slowly cutting its reliance on Android, once high on the company’s list for tablets and PCs. HP has discontinued low-cost Android tablets, and two remaining enterprise tablets feature aging hardware and an old version of the OS. Company executives have said future mobile devices... 

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CVS Debuts CVS Pay

August 15, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
CVS Debuts CVS Pay

CVS has rolled out its CVS Pay program that exists inside its mobile app. It allows customers to pay in store for prescriptions by scanning a barcode at the register. Payments will be backed by a customer’s credit or debit card, the company said. CVS Pay is currently available in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware; a nationwide rollout at all 9,600 stores is expected to kick off later this year. CVS doesn’t support Apple Pay or other NFC-based payment technologies, and its use of... 

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IoT Growth Outpacing Smartphones Now

August 12, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
IoT Growth Outpacing Smartphones Now

For the first time, U.S. mobile carriers are adding IoT connections to their networks faster than they’re adding smartphones. In fact, cars alone are getting connected to cellular networks faster than anything else, according to statistics compiled by Chetan Sharma Consulting for the second quarter of this year. Counting all U.S. carriers, about 1.4 million cars got connected to cellular networks in the quarter, compared with 1.2 million phones and less than 900,000 tablets. The second quarter,... 

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Is Blackberry Turning Into A Patent Troll?

August 11, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Is Blackberry Turning Into A Patent Troll?

Troubled mobile phone maker BlackBerry has decided to make a bit more money by suing those it thinks stole its ideas. A patent lawsuit has been launched against internet telephony outfit Avaya. However in making its case that Avaya should pay royalties, BlackBerry appears to be looking at what it has done rather than what it is doing. The firm argues that it should be paid for its history of innovation going back nearly 20 years. The court papers say: “BlackBerry revolutionised the mobile industry.... 

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Tinder App Run Afoul Of European Privacy Regulators

August 8, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Tinder App Run Afoul Of European Privacy Regulators

Marc Tarabella is taking on Tinder’s privacy policy. The company’s terms of use breach European Union privacy laws, according to Tarabella, a member of the European Parliament. Tarabella particularly dislikes the way the company gives itself the right to swipe the personal information and photos of its users, and to continue using it even if they deactivate their accounts. It’s not just Tinder: Tarabella is also unhappy about how much personal information Runkeeper keeps about runners’... 

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The OvRcharge Levitates And Charges Your Smartphone

August 5, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
The OvRcharge Levitates And Charges Your Smartphone

A Canadian design company is selling a mobile device stand that not only wirelessly charges your phone or tablet but levitates the device at the same time. The OvRcharge, by 15-year-old AR Designs Canada, combines magnetic induction charging with electromagnetic suspension to levitate your Android or iOS mobile device a few centimeters above a square, wooden platform. The charger comes in two sizes: the smaller OvRcharge platform is about 5.5 inches square for smartphones, and the larger OvRcharge... 

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Smartphone Market Showing Signs Of Growth Again

August 1, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Smartphone Market Showing Signs Of Growth Again

The smartphone market appears to be picking up steam again, if only slightly, with shipments up nearly 1 percent year-on-year in the second quarter, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm, which had reported a 3 percent drop in the market in the last quarter, said that there are indications that the market had bottomed out in the first half of this year. Multiple new product launches from vendors including Samsung Electronics and Apple could create an improving growth outlook for the... 

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