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RedHat Scoops Up FeedHenry To Bolster Mobile Space

September 22, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
RedHat Scoops Up FeedHenry To Bolster Mobile Space

Red Hat has acquired Feedhenry, a designer of mobile apps for the enterprise market. The company sees the acquisition as a key driver to offer cross-platform support for its existing software products, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux Openstack 7, which it released earlier this year. Feedhenry uses Node.js architecture to create mobile apps supporting both the client and server, running natively across Android, iOS, Windows Phone and Blackberry, as well as offering web apps in HTML5. It combines... 

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France’s Iliad To Decide On T-Mobile Bid In October

September 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
France’s Iliad To Decide On T-Mobile Bid In October

French budget-conscious telecom operator Iliad has set a mid-October deadline to decide whether to improve its bid for T-Mobile US or walk away as it faces resistance from seller Deutsche Telekom, several people familiar with the situation said. Deutsche Telekom, which owns 66 percent of the fourth-largest U.S. carrier, has doubts that Iliad will be able to improve the U.S. business since the French startup has no track record in the country, a source close to the German company’s management... 

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Apple iPhone 6 Pre-orders Sets Record With 4M On First Day

September 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple iPhone 6 Pre-orders Sets Record With 4M On First Day

Apple Inc said many customers will have to wait until October for their new iPhones after a record 4 million first-day pre-orders were logged, double the number for the iPhone 5 two years ago. The company said demand had outstripped supply of the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, which feature larger screens and longer battery life. Deliveries of pre-orders will begin on Friday and will continue through October. Bumper first-day pre-orders point to first-weekend sales of up to 10 million units, analysts... 

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Sharp To Manufacture Low-power Mobile Displays

September 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sharp To Manufacture Low-power Mobile Displays

Sharp has targeted 2017 for mass production of a new display it says will reduce power consumption in mobile phones and tablets. The MEMS-IGZO display, being developed under a 2012 tie-up with Qualcomm subsidiary Pixtronix, could be used in smartphones and tablets as well as larger displays. Compared to current LCDs, MEMS-IGZO technology can operate without blurring the image in temperatures as low as -30 C (-32 F), offers better color purity and gamut, and has ultra-low power consumption. Depending... 

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Google Launches Android One Program

September 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Launches Android One Program

Google Inc rolled out in India on Monday the first smartphones under its Android One project, pricing them at around 6,399 rupees ($105) to capture the low-cost segment of the world’s fastest growing smartphone market. The Mountain View-Based company tied up with Indian mobile players Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Mobiles to launch the affordable phones, which are powered by its operating system and aimed at emerging markets. After launching in India, Google said it plans to expand Android... 

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Ericsson Acquires Fabrix Systems For $95M

September 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Ericsson Acquires Fabrix Systems For $95M

The distinctions between TV and mobile services continues to merge and in many cases that occurs in the cloud. That’s the logic behind Ericsson’s planned $95 million acquisition of Fabrix Systems, which sells a cloud-based platform for delivering DVR (digital video recorder), video on demand and other services. The acquisition is intended to help service providers deliver what Ericsson calls TV Anywhere, for viewing on multiple devices with high-quality and relevant content for each user.... 

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iPhone 6 Plus Already Delayed Due To High Demand

September 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
iPhone 6 Plus Already Delayed Due To High Demand

Customers may have to wait three to four weeks to get their hands on Apple Inc’s  iPhone 6 Plus, after a record number of orders for the company’s latest smartphones put a huge dent in the available supply. The new iPhone 6 goes on sale on Sept. 19 in the United States but the company began taking online orders on Thursday. While the larger 5.5-inch “Plus” models now display a wait time of up to a month, the 4.7-inch version remains available for delivery on Sept. 19, Apple’s... 

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T-Mobile Introduces Wi-Fi Un-leashed

September 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Introduces Wi-Fi Un-leashed

T-Mobile USA is setting its sights on Wi-Fi, offering unlimited voice calls and text messaging over any Wi-Fi network on every new smartphone it sells, including on networks outside the U.S. The new offering, called Wi-Fi Un-leashed, is open to all subscribers to the carrier’s Simple Choice plans. It could vastly expand the places those customers can exchange calls and text messages. In addition to domestic use, it will allow calls into the U.S. from any Wi-Fi network outside the country, using... 

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BlackBerry Acquires Mobile Technology Start-up Movirtu

September 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Acquires Mobile Technology Start-up Movirtu

BlackBerry has purchased a U.K-based mobile technology start-up whose software allows multiple phone numbers on a single device, the Canadian tech firm said on Thursday. The acquisition of Movirtu helps BlackBerry ramp up its portfolio of services to cater to the needs of its core base of corporate and government clients. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. Movirtu’s virtual SIM technology allows an individual to have both a personal and business number on a single mobile device, with... 

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Verizon Has A Deal To Offer Free iPhone 6

September 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Has A Deal To Offer Free iPhone 6

Verizon Communications will give customers who trade in an old iPhone a free iPhone 6 in exchange for a two-year contract, the country’s largest wireless carrier announced hours after Apple Inc introduced the widely anticipated device. The announcement came as critics speculated that Apple’s newest phone, starting at $199 with a two-year contract, would not be competitive as more carriers eliminate contracts and unbundle service charges from the cost of devices. Analysts say that by... 

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Amazon Slashes Fire Phone Price To Less Than $1

September 10, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Amazon Slashes Fire Phone Price To Less Than $1

Amazon drastically reduced the price of its three-month-old Fire Phone to 99 cents, an obvious attempt to boost slow sales. The Fire Phone, which originally sold for $649 minus a contract commitment and for $199 with a two-year deal with AT&T, was marked down to $449 without a contract and 99 cents with one. Amazon spun the dramatic price cut in the best possible light. “Fire is another example of the value Amazon delivers to customers,” said Ian Freed, vice president of Amazon Devices,... 

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Insurers To Use Mobile Phones To Track Drivers Behavior

September 5, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Insurers To Use Mobile Phones To Track Drivers Behavior

A new usage-based insurance (UBI) software platform will enable insurers to track drivers’ behavior through smartphone sensors and geolocation services. Agero, one of the nation’s largest suppliers of roadside safety software and services to automakers and insurance companies, said its new UBI telematics suite will transmit to insurers the information needed to offer discounts to good drivers, penalize others, and send alerts to emergency assistance service providers. The UBI suite consists... 

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September 9th Confirmed As Apple Date iPhone 6 To Be Unveiled

September 3, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
September 9th Confirmed As Apple Date iPhone 6 To Be Unveiled

Apple has announced it will host an event on Sept. 9 in Cupertino, Calif. to unveil its newest iPhone. Invitations to the media and analysts went out a week ago for the long-expected event. Apple was even coyer than usual, declining to provide any hints, as it often does, of the event’s purpose. “Wish we could say more,” the invitation simply read. Analysts expect that it will be used to unveil new iPhones, as the same-timed presentations did in 2013 and 2012. The date, as Computerworld... 

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New Toshiba Sensor To Improve Mobile Device Photos

September 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
New Toshiba Sensor To Improve Mobile Device Photos

Toshiba has created a new image sensor for mobile phones and tablets that promises better image resolution for run-of-the-mill smartphones when it goes into mass production. The T4KA7 is a 1/2.4-inch, 20-megapixel backside illuminated sensor with a 1.12 micrometer pixel size, which provides for a smaller sensor size overall. The sensor allows for a lower module height of under 6 millimeters compared to the current 20-megapixel, 1.2-micrometer sensors, the company said. “T4KA7 is the first 1.12-micrometer,... 

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Samsung Unveils First Of Its Kind Smartwatch, Mobile Phone Not Required

August 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Unveils First Of Its Kind Smartwatch, Mobile Phone Not Required

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday debuted what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby, in the South Korean firm’s latest effort to find a new growth driver. The world’s biggest smartphone maker has been pushing hard to develop the wearable devices market as it looks to counter slowing earnings in its mobile division, which led to weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings. Samsung is hardly alone in pushing wearables,... 

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