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BlackBerry’s Passport Smartphone Sold Out, Says CEO

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry’s Passport Smartphone Sold Out, Says CEO

BlackBerry’s new qwerty Passport smartphone quickly sold out just hours after going on sale online last Wednesday, with another 200,000 back orders waiting in line, BlackBerry CEO John Chen proudly announced. Chen didn’t indicate how many units were sold online, but said ShopBlackBerry.com sold out the Passport in six hours, with Amazon.com selling iout in 10 hours before customers began leaving online orders that had reached 200,000 as the day it debuted. The device has a price tag... 

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Mobile Devices OK’d For In-flight Use In Europe

September 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile Devices OK’d For In-flight Use In Europe

Airline passengers traveling on European airline flights will be able to leave their cell phones and other mobile gadgets on throughout the entire flight, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said on Friday. European airlines can allow any kind of electronic devices such as tablets, laptops and smartphones to remain switched on for the entire trip without having to use the airplane mode. Switching to airplane mode was mandatory until now. “This is the latest regulatory step towards enabling... 

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BlackBerry Shrink Loss, Sees Rising Sales

September 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Shrink Loss, Sees Rising Sales

BlackBerry Ltd reported a smaller quarterly loss on Friday and is showing encouraging signals about its endangered smartphone business as well as its software and services sales, spurring a more than 4 percent jump in its shares. The Canadian company, a smartphone pioneer pushed to the margins by Apple’s iPhone and devices running Google’s Android software, is now focusing more on software and services than on hardware as it works through a long turnaround. On the services front, the... 

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Every Three Minutes A Mobile Device Is Wiped, Says Fiberlink

September 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Every Three Minutes A Mobile Device Is Wiped, Says Fiberlink

One mobile device is wiped every three minutes as part of a corporate security compliance, according to a study of 130,000 devices managed by MaaS360, the Fiberlink mobile device management platform. Fiberlink, an IBM company, manages millions of mobile devices for businesses worldwide through the MaaS360 platform. The company said today that a study of data from 2013 revealed that, on average, businesses wipe 10% to 20% of their entire device population every year. Everyone wipes. Fiberlink’s... 

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BlackBerry Launches New Passport Smartphone

September 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Launches New Passport Smartphone

BlackBerry launched an unconventional new smartphone dubbed the Passport on Wednesday, as it undertakes one of the most critical phases of its long turnaround. The one-time smartphone industry pioneer recently concluded a three-year long restructuring process and has largely halted the bleed, but it is now up to Chief Executive John Chen to prove that the company’s new devices and services are capable of generating sustainable new streams of revenue and returning it to profitability. “BlackBerry... 

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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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