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HMD Global Debuts The New Nokia Smartphone

January 9, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
HMD Global Debuts The New Nokia Smartphone

HMD Global, the Finnish company that owns the rights to market Nokia’s brand on mobile phones, debuted on Sunday its first smartphone, targeted for Chinese users with a price of 1,699 yuan ($246). The launch marks the first new smartphone carrying the iconic handset name since 2014 when Nokia Oyj chose to sell its entire handset unit to Microsoft. The new device, Nokia 6, runs on Google’s Android platform and is manufactured by Foxconn. It will be sold exclusively in China through online... 

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Samsung Puts Confidence In Galaxy S8, Sets 10M Production Target

January 6, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Puts Confidence In Galaxy S8, Sets 10M Production Target

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd has set an early production target of 10 million Galaxy S8 smartphones, South Korea’s Electronic Times reported on Thursday, citing unnamed sources. Samsung is counting on the S8 to rejuvenate sales after it scrapped the Galaxy Note 7 smartphones last year in one of the biggest product safety failures in tech history. The firm has yet to disclose what caused some Note 7 phones to catch fire on their own.  The newspaper said the world’s top smartphone maker... 

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Apple Waning, Cutting iPhone Production

January 3, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Apple Waning, Cutting iPhone Production

Apple Inc will put into place a reduction in production of iPhones by about 10 percent in the January-March quarter of 2017, the Nikkei financial daily is reporting, citing calculations based on data from the smartphone’s list of  suppliers. The company had slashed output by 30 percent in January-March this year due to accumulated inventory, the paper said. Apple’s shares were down 0.84 percent in midday trading, in line with the Nasdaq stock index.  An Apple spokeswoman declined... 

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Will Apple Cut iPhone Production This Quarter?

January 3, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Will Apple Cut iPhone Production This Quarter?

Apple is expected to cut back its production of iPhone devices by about 10 percent in the first financial quarter of 2017 due to slower than expected sales, according to a Nikkei daily report filed on Thursday. The information is based on the latest number data from the company’s suppliers, which says the decreased production output is a result of slower sales in the Q4 FY2016 financial quarter ending September 24th. Yet despite a slowdown in sales, the fruit-themed toymaker still managed to top... 

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ATT Introduces A Call Protect App For Mobile Devices

December 26, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
ATT Introduces A Call Protect App For Mobile Devices

Last week, AT&T introduced a new smartphone app called Call Protect that it claims will warn subscribers before answering their phones if an incoming call could be a spam dialer. The mobile application works by applying network-level monitoring and blocking of known spam calls using the company’s voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) network data capabilities. Since the network is IP-based, it resembles a traditional email spam filter by analyzing incoming calls and labeling them as spam. Second, the app... 

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Nokia Strikes Back At Apple With Latest Patent Lawsuits

December 23, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Strikes Back At Apple With Latest Patent Lawsuits

Nokia Corp said it has filed a number of lawsuits against Apple Inc for violating 32 technology patents, striking back at the iPhone maker’s legal action targeting the one-time cellphone industry leader a day earlier. Nokia’s lawsuits, filed in courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, Germany, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, cover patents for displays, user interfaces, software, antennas, chipsets and video coding. “Since agreeing a license covering... 

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BlackBerry Turns Over Phone Licensing To Manufacturer TCL

December 19, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Turns Over Phone Licensing To Manufacturer TCL

A week after it officially exited the smartphone market, BlackBerry has agreed to license its brand to handset manufacturer TCL. The Chinese company will make and market future BlackBerry handsets worldwide except for India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal, where BlackBerry has already struck local licensing deals. This is hardly new territory for TCL, which manufactured BlackBerry’s last two handsets, the Android-based DTEK50 and DTEK60.  BlackBerry has taken a more direct route... 

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Samsung First Adds 64-bit Chip To Gear S3 Smartwatch

December 19, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung First Adds 64-bit Chip To Gear S3 Smartwatch

Samsung  can celebrate being among the first to bring 64-bit chip technology to smartwatches. The recently launched Samsung Gear S3 has some of the most advanced circuitry found in wearables, according to a teardown of the device by Linley Group. Inside, engineers found a dual-core 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor running at 1.0GHz combined with high-definition graphics, memory, power management and LTE connectivity. That makes it roughly equivalent to a low-cost smartphone. That’s notable... 

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New Nokia Phones Debut

December 14, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
New Nokia Phones Debut

HMD Global, the Finland-based firm that owns the rights to market the Nokia brand on mobile phones, announced its first new products on Tuesday – two basic handsets without internet access priced at $26 before local taxes and subsidies. HMD said the Nokia 150 and Nokia 150 Dual SIM would go on sale in selected markets early next year. The company, led by former Nokia executives, earlier this month took over the Nokia basic phone business from Microsoft and has struck a licensing deal with... 

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Banking App Alerts Customers With Traffic-like Lights Regarding Spending

December 13, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Banking App Alerts Customers With Traffic-like Lights Regarding Spending

Traffic lights can apparently serve more than one purpose, at least one bank seems to think so. A transaction-tracking app using red, yellow and green messages to warn account holders when they are paying out more or less than usual has resulted in some users spending less, a potentially powerful new weapon in the battle for customers. Toronto-Dominion Bank  did not set out to change consumer habits when it offered its TD MySpend app in April. Canada’s second-largest bank just wanted to offer... 

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BlackBerry Unveils New Mobile Security Platform

December 12, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Unveils New Mobile Security Platform

BlackBerry has unveiled a comprehensive mobile-security platform for a wide range of Internet of Things devices connected to enterprises. Officially named BlackBerry Secure, the mobile security software and related services will combine key technologies from recent BlackBerry acquisitions including Good Technology, WatchDox, AtHoc and Encription. The company detailed its efforts in a blog post. BlackBerry emphasized that the new approach will simplify management and security for smartphones, tablets,... 

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Samsung Still Facing Challenges Recovering Galaxy Note 7 Phones

December 9, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Still Facing Challenges Recovering Galaxy Note 7 Phones

Samsung’s recall of Galaxy Note7 smartphones because of exploding batteries remains a challenging task, and some users, for example, in Canada, are still not exchanging their devices for a refund or a different phone. The South Korean company has decided to cut these phones from the network, adopting similar measures to those taken last month in New Zealand and earlier this month in Australia. The company said Wednesday that starting Dec. 12, functional limitations on Note7 phones, including curbs... 

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Turner Broadcasting To Create Shows Exclusively For Snapchat

December 9, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Turner Broadcasting To Create Shows Exclusively For Snapchat

Turner Broadcasting System Inc will develop additional video content for mobile app Snapchat and team up with the social media company on advertising, Turner announced, as they expand a partnership to broaden their reach among millennials. TV networks of the Time Warner Inc unit, including TBS and Adult Swim, will create original series exclusively for the unit of Snap, Inc, the broadcaster said in a statement. The companies also renewed their March agreement for Snapchat to create Live Stories,... 

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Sony Plans To Release Six Smartphone Games Next Year

December 8, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Sony Plans To Release Six Smartphone Games Next Year

Japan’s Sony Corp  will release as many as six mobile phone games in the next year, looking to build on its own gaming franchises success off of console rival Nintendo Co’s Pokemon GO. The upcoming titles will free up some of Sony’s popular gaming franchises, such as Everybody’s Golf, from PlayStation consoles to make them available on Apple Inc’s  iOS and Google’s Android mobile platforms. An aggressive push into the rapidly growing segment is seen as a necessity... 

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Smartphone-based Bank Number26 Expanding

December 7, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Smartphone-based Bank Number26 Expanding

Mobile phone only bank Number26 is now offering its services in 17 countries in the euro zone, expanding from a smaller core of European markets it entered a year ago, it said on Tuesday. The Berlin-based company is backed by Li Ka-shing, one of Asia’s richest men and Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, along with other investors including Berlin’s Earlybird Ventures and Zurich-based Red Alpine. The company, which received its own banking license from... 

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