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BlackBerry Plans To Release Patch For ‘Heartbleed’ Vulnerability

April 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Plans To Release Patch For ‘Heartbleed’ Vulnerability

BlackBerry Ltd said it will release security updates for messaging software for Android and iOS devices by Friday to address vulnerabilities in programs related to the “Heartbleed” security threat. Researchers last week warned they uncovered Heartbleed, a bug that targets the OpenSSL software commonly used to keep data secure, potentially allowing hackers to steal massive troves of information without leaving a trace. Security experts initially told companies to focus on securing vulnerable... 

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Amazon Rumored To Launch Smartphone In Time For Christmas Season

April 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Amazon Rumored To Launch Smartphone In Time For Christmas Season

Amazon.com Inc is making plans to unveil its long-rumored smartphone in the second half of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Friday, citing people briefed on the company’s plans. The Internet retailer would jump into a crowded market dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The company has recently been demonstrating versions of the handset to developers in San Francisco and Seattle. It intends to announce the device in June and ship to stores around the end of September,... 

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BlackBerry May Consider Leaving Handset Market

April 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry May Consider Leaving Handset Market

BlackBerry Ltd would think about abandoning its handset business if it remains unprofitable, its chief executive officer said on Wednesday, as the technology company looks to expand its corporate reach with investments, acquisitions and partnerships. “If I cannot make money on handsets, I will not be in the handset business,” John Chen said in an interview, adding that the time frame for such a decision was short. He would not be more specific, but said it should be possible to make... 

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New App Aids in Making You Look Slimmer in ‘Selfies’

April 9, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
New App Aids in Making You Look Slimmer in ‘Selfies’

A new app that allows its users to shed virtual weight so their faces appear slimmer on “selfie” photos is raising concerns about health and body-image issues. SkinneePix, for iPhone and Android devices, can trim from five to 15 pounds (2-6 kg) of virtual fat for a slimmer selfie look. “Cameras add additional weight to photos and when you’re taking a selfie you’re also dealing with bad lighting, angles, close-ups and a lot of other factors that make people complain that... 

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HTC First Quarter Losses Steeper Than Anticipated

April 8, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
HTC First Quarter Losses Steeper Than Anticipated

Taiwan based mobile phone maker HTC Corp posted a first-quarter loss that was bigger than analyst estimates, after ineffective marketing resulted in weak sales of its former flagship model. The HTC One spent its year at the top of the product line receiving rave reviews but was undermined by advertising widely criticized as confusing, sending the company’s market share into freefall. HTC was once a firm third to Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, selling 10 percent of smartphones globally... 

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BlackBerry To Sever Ties With T-Mobile, Not Renewing Licensing Deal

April 3, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry To Sever Ties With T-Mobile, Not Renewing Licensing Deal

BlackBerry Ltd said that it will not renew its licensing deal with T-Mobile U.S. Inc to sell BlackBerry products after the current contract expires on April 25. The Canadian company said it will continue to provide service and support to existing customers on T-Mobile’s network or those who will buy products from the carrier’s inventory. “Regretfully, at this time, our strategies are not complementary and we must act in the best interest of our BlackBerry customers,” BlackBerry... 

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Federal Judge Blocks Typo Keyboard Sales As Fight Continues With BlackBerry

April 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Federal Judge Blocks Typo Keyboard Sales As Fight Continues With BlackBerry

A California judge has granted BlackBerry’s wish to temporarily stop sales of an iPhone keyboard made by start-up Typo Products while the two firms spar over copyright infringement allegations. BlackBerry had petitioned the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California in late January to block sales of the Typo keyboard because it was an “obvious knock-off” of the keyboards on its phones. In a ruling issued late Friday, Judge William Orrick said “BlackBerry has... 

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Smartphone Kill-switch Could Save Consumers Billions Annually

April 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Smartphone Kill-switch Could Save Consumers Billions Annually

Technology that remotely makes a stolen mobile phone useless could save American consumers up to $2.6 billion per year if it is implemented widely and leads to a reduction in theft of phones, according to a new report. Law enforcement officials and politicians are pressuring cellular providers to make such technology standard on all phones shipped in the U.S. in response to the increasing number of smartphone thefts. They believe the so-called “kill switch” would reduce the number of... 

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Huawei Has Ambitious Goal Of Doubling Last Year’s Revenue

April 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Huawei Has Ambitious Goal Of Doubling Last Year’s Revenue

China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd has targeted 2018 revenue almost double the record made last year when the company amassed an impressive 34 percent profit growth and became the world’s third-biggest smartphone manufacturer. Huawei has been flooding emerging markets with low-priced smartphones and tapping advanced economies with high-end offerings to make up for slowing growth in its primary business of building mobile telephone networks. Smartphones last year contributed the most to... 

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ZTE Debuts 6.4 Inch Smartphone With 13 Megapixel Camera

March 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
ZTE Debuts 6.4 Inch Smartphone With 13 Megapixel Camera

Those who really enjoy taking selfies might be interested in the latest handset from ZTE, a smartphone that the Chinese company claims is the world’s first with a 13-megapixel front-facing camera. Called the Nubia X6, the 6.4-inch smartphone has the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor, and a massive 4250 mAh battery. In addition, it has two 13-megapixel cameras, one in the front, the other in the back. The X6 joins thegrowing number of 6-in. smartphones starting to appear on... 

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Can A Newly Discovered Security Flaw Brick Android Tablets And Smartphones?

March 26, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Can A Newly Discovered Security Flaw Brick Android Tablets And Smartphones?

A security flaw in Google’s Android mobile operating system (OS) could be exploited by hackers looking to brick smartphones and tablets, security researchers have uncovered. The security hole was found by independent researcher Ibrahim Balic, who revealed his Android bricking discovery in a blog post earlier this month. However, Taiwanese security company Trend Micro has since confirmed that Balic’s discovery of the memory corruption bug is authentic and that the flaw is exploitable. “We... 

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Can MediaTek Bring $80 Dollar LTE Smartphones To Market?

March 24, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Can MediaTek Bring $80 Dollar LTE Smartphones To Market?

MediaTek is trying to shake the notion that it is just another ARM partner churning out cheap chips for unimpressive devices, and it appears to be doing well. This has more to do with the company’s strong portfolio and impressive roadmaps than a concerted PR effort. MediaTek is the second biggest SoC maker on the planet and although it is not competing in the high-end, it has quite a few things going for it. Besides, the high-end SoC market is overcrowded, with Qualcomm, Samsung, Apple and... 

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iOS Tops Android For Web browsing

March 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
iOS Tops Android For Web browsing

Android based mobile phones from all manufacturers make up nearly 80% of all smartphones recently sold worldwide, but Apple’s iPhone and iPad still dominate when it comes to Web browsing in the U.S. and other highly developed countries. In the U.S., about 62% of all mobile Web browsing in the last year came from iOS smartphones and tablets, according to dotMobi, a Web consulting and Web data measurement firm. The company measured billions of Web sites visited by smartphones and tablets in 101... 

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Lenovo Snaps Up $100M In Mobile-related Patents

March 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Lenovo Snaps Up $100M In Mobile-related Patents

China’s Lenovo is acquiring patents related to 3G and 4G technologies from U.S.-based Unwired Planet for $100 million, as the company sets about expanding with its proposed Motorola Mobility acquisition. The 21 patent families that Lenovo is purchasing from Unwired Planet will help the Chinese company grow its smartphone and mobile business in new markets, it said Thursday. In addition, Unwired Planet is licensing its patent portfolio to Lenovo for an unspecified number of years. The Nevada-based... 

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Fashion Apps Using Image Recognition Technology To Aid Shoppers

March 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Fashion Apps Using Image Recognition Technology To Aid Shoppers

Shoppers envious of clothing, shoes and accessories worn by strangers or seen on websites can turn to new apps for hassle-free buying to locate similar items. Like the music app Shazam, which identifies songs based on sound clips, new fashion apps use photos and image recognition technology to find similar clothing. “People see items they like on the street but can’t really go up to the person wearing them and ask where they got them,” said Daniela Cecilio, the chief executive... 

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