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Will Samsung Recall The Galaxy Note 5

August 27, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Will Samsung Recall The Galaxy Note 5

Days after Apple finally decided to replace faulty cameras on a batch of their premium phones, we find out that there’s a serious design flaw in Samsung’s newest flagship phablet with a pen. You know how Apple invests a lot of effort into filming gorgeous-looking promotional videos for their overpriced products? And then, sometimes, they don’t really think the products all the way through, so you may end up having to return it for repairs within weeks from splurging on them? We... 

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Intelligent Energy Tests Hydrogen Powered iPhone 6

August 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Intelligent Energy Tests Hydrogen Powered iPhone 6

A British company rumored to be working closely with Apple has created a hydrogen fuel cell for an iPhone 6 that allows the smartphone to last a week without recharging. According to reports, Intelligent Energy has created a working iPhone 6 prototype that looks no different from any other iPhone 6 except for tiny vents in the rear that allow  imperceptible amounts of water vapor to escape. The prototype contains both a rechargeable battery and its own hydrogen fuel cell, according to a report... 

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Samsung Offering iPhone Owners A Test Drive Of New Galaxy Smartphones

August 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Offering iPhone Owners A Test Drive Of New Galaxy Smartphones

Samsung Electronics is offering current iPhone owners the chance to test its latest Galaxy smartphones for 30 days for $1, as aims to make a dent in Apple’s dominance of the high end of the market. The promotion lets iPhone owners choose between the Galaxy Note 5, Galaxy S6 edge or the Galaxy S6 edge+ without any obligations with their existing carrier. After the month is up, they can simply return it. Or, if the phone feels right, go ahead and upgrade, Samsung said. In general, Android has... 

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Mozilla Unveils App For Creating Web Pages On Smartphones

August 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mozilla Unveils App For Creating Web Pages On Smartphones

The Mozilla Foundation intends on insuring that the Web remains a platform where anyone can create content, rather than just a place to consume information and services created by others. The non-profit organization has unveiled an easy-to-use app for Android devices, called Webmaker, that allows users to create Web pages and simple apps from their smartphones, which are quickly becoming the predominant technology used to use the Internet, especially in less wealthy countries. “We want the... 

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Google Pushes Modular Smartphone Project To 2016

August 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Pushes Modular Smartphone Project To 2016

Google is pushing back the start of testing for its modular smartphone, known as Project Ara, to 2016. The company plans to test the device in the U.S., according to several messages posted on Twitter by the Project Ara team. Neither the exact location nor precise timing of the tests was given. “We are looking at a few locations in the U.S.,” one tweet said. The Project Ara smartphone is designed to let users easily swap out its components. The idea is that users purchase the hardware... 

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Can Mobile Phone Calls Be Hacked?

August 19, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile

Billions of mobile phone users are at risk from a signalling flaw that allows hackers to intercept all voice calls and track locations. Australian TV program 60 minutes is claiming the scoop, showing in a special report how hackers were able to record the mobile phone conversations of a prominent politician and track his movements from a base thousands of miles away in Germany. This is because of a flaw in the architecture of the signalling system, known as SS7, which is used to enable mobile... 

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Microsoft Tests News Reading App

August 18, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Tests News Reading App

Microsoft is quietly working on an app thats geared toward people who want help keeping up with today’s barrage of news. The app, called NewsCast, hasn’t been formally announced, but it was first spotted by Neowin’s Brad Sams. It takes in articles from around the Web and starts reading summaries of them to users in an ongoing playlist. Users can save articles for reading later and view the full text of any article NewsCast pulls in using a built-in browser or a distraction-free... 

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Lenovo-backed ZUK Brand Enters Mobile Phone Market

August 13, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Lenovo-backed ZUK Brand Enters Mobile Phone Market

Lenovo’s latest smartphone strategy downplays the company name, instead spotlighting a new brand, ZUK. The newly created brand debuted its first Android phone, the Z1, which will arrive in China later this month, offering strong specs and an affordable price. International launches are expected later this year. Any mention of Lenovo was absent at the product launch. That strategy may seem strange, given that Lenovo is already a well-known brand in China, its home market. Lenovo has long been... 

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OnePlus 2 Smartphone Arrival in USA, Canada Pushed Back

August 12, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
OnePlus 2 Smartphone Arrival in USA, Canada Pushed Back

OnePlus said consumers wanting its new smartphone in the U.S. and Canada will have to wait longer than originally thought to get it. The new OnePlus 2 went on sale today, but there seem to be hiccups around the shipping of the device. The shipping of the smartphone in the U.S. and Canada is now scheduled to begin 2 to 3 weeks after shipments to Europe, OnePlus said in a forum post online. The company isn’t, however, providing a firm arrival date. In a second forum post, the company said processing... 

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Nokia Moving Forward With Its Return To Mobile Phones

August 11, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Moving Forward With Its Return To Mobile Phones

Nokia is seeking software experts, testing new products and looking for sales partners as it plots its return to the mobile phone and consumer tech arena it abandoned with the sale of its handset business. Once the world’s biggest maker of mobile phones, the Finnish firm was caught off guard by the rise of smartphones and eclipsed by Apple and Samsung. It sold its handset business to Microsoft  in late 2013 and has since focused squarely on making telecoms network equipment. Now Nokia boss... 

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Google, Samsung To Issue Monthly Security Updates

August 10, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google, Samsung To Issue Monthly Security Updates

Google Inc and Samsung Electronics Co will push out monthly security fixes for Android phones, a growing target for hackers, after the disclosure of a bug designed to attack the world’s most popular mobile operating system. The change came after security researcher Joshua Drake unveiled what he called Stagefright, hacking software that allows attackers to send a special multimedia message to an Android phone and access sensitive content even if the message is unopened. “We’ve realized... 

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Has The iPhone Peaked in The U.S.?

August 10, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Has The iPhone Peaked in The U.S.?

Apple’s vice like grip in the US smartphone market is falling off as sales of the overpriced gadgets slump. Research outfit Kantar Worldpanel ComTech said the 2.3 per cent drop in US sales had been covered by rises in China, Japan and Australia. But the fact that Apple’s home ground is the US and that it has become increasingly dependent on its iPhone, this statistic does not bode well, particularly as the company depends on continual growth to maintain its share price the whole lot... 

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HTC To Cut Devices, Focus On High-end Market

August 7, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
HTC To Cut Devices, Focus On High-end Market

Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC Corp said it will eliminate some jobs and discontinue models as part of its strategy to focus on high-end devices to better compete with the likes of AppleInc and Samsung Electronics. “The cuts will be across the board,” Chief Financial Officer Chialin Chang told reporters after HTC reported a second-quarter loss and forecast another for the third-quarter. “They will be significant.” Chang said the cost reductions would extend to the first quarter... 

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Sprint Drops To 4th Place Behind T-Mobile

August 6, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Drops To 4th Place Behind T-Mobile

Sprint announced its lowest rate of postpaid customer losses in its history, even as the company officially dropped a notch to fourth place, behind T-Mobile, among U.S. wireless carriers. Sprint recorded 57.688 million customers and connections in its earnings report for the first quarter that ended June 30, just behind T-Mobile’s 58.9 million. Sprint and analysts view the fourth-place ranking as irrelevant. They pointed to recent improvements in Sprint’s network connections and speeds,... 

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Xiaomi Beats Apple,Samsung As Top Chinese Smartphone Vendor

August 5, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Xiaomi Beats Apple,Samsung As Top Chinese Smartphone Vendor

Xiaomi took back its position as China’s leading smartphone vendor in the second quarter, while Apple fell to third place despite increased sales of its iPhones. Xiaomi took 15.9% of the Chinese market in the April-to-June quarter, according to research firm Canalys, followed by Huawei, which had 15.7% and was the fastest growing vendor. It’s an impressive feat for both Xiaomi and Huawei. China is the world’s biggest smartphone market and competition is more fierce than ever, with... 

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