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Apple Optimistic About iPhone SE Sales

April 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Optimistic About iPhone SE Sales

After experiencing its first-ever drop in iPhone sales, Apple Inc sought to reassure investors by saying its latest and cheapest model was in strong demand after being launched in late March. Some retailers and suppliers in Asia aren’t so sure. In a Reuters survey of 10 retailers in Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, seven – including four Apple Stores – reported solid early demand, but three third-party retailers said sales were weak. Two suppliers of components for Apple... 

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Microsoft Kicks Off Two-for-one Lumia Phone Sale

April 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Kicks Off Two-for-one Lumia Phone Sale

Microsoft announced the launch of a two-for-one deal for its Windows-based smartphones, tossing in a free Lumia 950 when customers buy a $649 unlocked top-tier Lumia 950 XL. The give-away will run until May 1, or while supplies last, Microsoft said on its e-store. Last week, Microsoft told Wall Street that sales of its Lumia devices — virtually the only smartphones powered by Windows 10 Mobile — plummeted 73% in the March quarter compared to the year before, falling from 8.8 million... 

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T-Mobile Revenue Up, Continues Attracting New Customers

April 27, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Revenue Up, Continues Attracting New Customers

T-Mobile US Inc reported a better-than-expected 10.6 percent rise in quarterly revenue and raised its forecast for customer additions in 2016 as popular discounts aided the No.3 U.S. wireless carrier by subscribers attract more business. T-Mobile has been offering cheaper leasing plans and free music and video streaming to lure customers away from larger rivals Verizon Communications Inc and AT&T Inc. T-Mobile, controlled by Deutsche Telekom, said it added 2.2 million customers on a net basis... 

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Qualcomm and LG Settle Dispute

April 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Qualcomm and LG Settle Dispute

Qualcomm has buried the hatchet with LG after the smartphone vendor agreed to pay more for its chips. LG said the dispute with Qualcomm has been completely settled, although it did not say how much it had agreed to pay. Earlier it had claimed Qualcomm had overcharged for the chips under a licensing contract. The news about the lawsuit settlement emerged following Qualcomm’s profit forecast for the second quarter in January, which was below what Wall Street’s tarot readers had predicted. The... 

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Sirin’s Ultra High-end Smartphone To Retail For $20,000

April 26, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sirin’s Ultra High-end Smartphone To Retail For $20,000

A British-Israeli start-up is making plans to offer a mobile phone next month that will provide users unprecedented levels of technology and security — and retail for close to $20,000. Sirin Labs AG said on Monday it had raised $72 million in private funds to launch the device, which would be aimed at executives. It plans to open its first store, in London’s Mayfair, in May. “(Our) smartphone …brings the most advanced technology available – even if it is not commercially... 

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Apple To Pay Nearly $25M In Siri Patent Lawsuit Settlement

April 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple To Pay Nearly $25M In Siri Patent Lawsuit Settlement

Apple has agreed to shell out $24.9 million to a patent holding firm to resolve a 5-year-old lawsuit accusing Siri of infringing one of its patents. Apple will pay the money to Marathon Patent Group, the parent company of Texas firm Dynamic Advances, which held an exclusive license to a 2007 patent covering natural language user interfaces for enterprise databases. Marathon reported the settlement in a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday. In response to the settlement,... 

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EU Charges Google With Antitrust Violations Over Android OS

April 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
EU Charges Google With Antitrust Violations Over Android OS

The European Union charged Google with abusing the dominant position of its Android mobile operating system, opening a second front against the U.S. technology giant that could lead to hefty fines. European Union antitrust regulators said that by requiring mobile phone manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and the Google Chrome browser, the U.S. company was denying consumers a wider choice of mobile apps and stifling innovation. Google is already facing EU charges over the promotion of its shopping... 

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Is the Apple SE A Hit?

April 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is the Apple SE A Hit?

Remember when some analyst  told us that the world wanted to go back to small phones and that the iPhone SE would be a money spinner? It turns out that we were not the only ones who thought that idea was rubbish – Apple does not believe it either. Apple has continued to have a limited production run of iPhones in the quarter ending June. According to the  Nikkei business daily this will be the second quarter that Apple will run reduced production of its main bread and butter – the iPhone. Practically... 

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EU’s Antitrust Head Sets Focus On Google’s Android OS

April 19, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
EU’s Antitrust Head Sets Focus On Google’s Android OS

The European Union antitrust chief, who has already charged Google with favoring its own shopping service in internet searches, announced that she was now examining its deals with mobile phone manufacturers and operators. The comments by European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager follow a year-long investigation into Android, the world’s most popular operating system for smartphones, triggered by two complaints. A decision on the shopping service could come this year. Like the Android... 

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Apple Decides To Extend iPhone Production Cut

April 18, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Decides To Extend iPhone Production Cut

Apple Inc will maintain its reduced production of iPhones in the quarter ending June in light of sluggish sales, the Nikkei business daily reported, citing parts suppliers notified of the plan. Apple apparently does not plan to make enough of the newly launched iPhone SE model, the Nikkei report said. The company’s shares fell 1.8 percent to $110.05. Shares of some Apple suppliers also fell following the report. Skyworks Solutions Inc was down 1.4 percent, Broadcom Ltd fell 2.4 percent while... 

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Fingerprint Technology Firms Looking To Move Beyond Unlocking Smartphones

April 15, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Fingerprint Technology Firms Looking To Move Beyond Unlocking Smartphones

A tap of a finger could soon suffice to identify credit card shoppers and rail commuters, offering areas of new business for firms which have benefited from the use of such technology in smartphones. Sweden’s Fingerprint Cards (FPC) sees biometric smart cards — those using fingerprint identification — becoming its fastest growing market as early as 2018, having already become the market leader in a crowded sector for supplying such sensors for smartphones. Others within the industry... 

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Will Samsung Use Iris Scanners In Phones?

April 13, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Will Samsung Use Iris Scanners In Phones?

It is looking certain that Samsung phones are getting Iris security scanners. Iris scanning technology has been a long-standing rumour with Samsung flagships even as long ago as the Galaxy S5. However nothing actually happened and it was always rumoured as being in the next model, Now Galaxy Club spotted a tracking entry in Zauba indicates something called an IRIS CAM has been shipped from South Korea to India. This could be indicative that Samsung is already busy testing the technology in its local... 

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South Korea Aims To Launch First 5G Mobile Network

April 12, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
South Korea Aims To Launch First 5G Mobile Network

South Korean carrier KT is aiming to launch the first 5G network at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang. KT has announced a successful trial of one potential 5G technology in the mountain resort region. The carrier tested a system from NEC that uses super-high frequencies to transmit data at speeds as high as 3.2Gbps (bits per second). Though the companies didn’t mention the Olympic Games, and there’s no guarantee the technology will be part of the 5G standard, it’s no coincidence... 

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Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Aided In Quarterly Profit Bump

April 8, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung’s Galaxy S7 Aided In Quarterly Profit Bump

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd recorded a 10 percent jump in quarterly profit on Thursday – a sign of robust early sales for its new Galaxy S7 smartphones although doubts abound whether momentum can be maintained in the face of new rival offerings. The South Korean tech giant’s estimate for first-quarter operating profit handily beat market forecasts and has boosted hopes that its struggling mobile business will post its first annual profit gain in three years, also benefiting from an improved... 

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Did Intel Give Their Mobile Chip Boss The Boot?

April 6, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Did Intel Give Their Mobile Chip Boss The Boot?

The woman who was supposed to be behind Intel’s mobile chip boost has given up on the job after only a year. Aicha Evans had been working for Intel for a decade, but the last year as the head of the semiconductor maker’s struggling mobile phone division resulted in her handing in her notice. Intel has spent billions trying to get into phones and ended 2015 with a fairly sad one percent. However the exit happened when it seemed that Intel was going to get a deal supplying Apple with modems. While... 

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