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Yahoo Unveils Livetext Mobile Messaging App

July 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Yahoo Unveils Livetext Mobile Messaging App

Yahoo unveiled a mobile messaging app that combines texting with live one-on-one video. The app, named Livetext, is video calling with a twist: there’s no audio. To communicate, users type texts and emojis that are overlaid onto the screen during the call. The app’s format might sound restricting, but Yahoo says Livetext will help users to communicate more freely. The lack of audio, the company says, removes inhibitions that people might feel when they otherwise receive video calls in... 

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Samsung Plans Price Cut For Galaxy S6 Phones

July 31, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Plans Price Cut For Galaxy S6 Phones

Lukewarm demand for its flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone and higher marketing costs led Samsung Electronics to another quarter of declining sales and profits in the April to June period. In the key smartphone market, an area led by Samsung until recently, the popularity of Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus handsets and the rise of lower-cost phones from Chinese vendors squeezed Samsung at both the high and low end of the market. The company said Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge sales were lower than expected. It... 

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Facebook Invites More Mobile Operators To Internet.org

July 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook Invites More Mobile Operators To Internet.org

Facebook is inviting additional mobile operators to join Internet.org, its project to bring Internet access to poorly connected parts of the world. Internet.org turns one year old this week, and Facebook says it’s ready to scale the project to reach more people. The company is making it easier for more mobile operators to join the project by launching an online portal where they’ll find technical tools and best practices to help them get started. So far, Facebook has been working with... 

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Car And Pedestrian Collision App Coming Soon

July 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Car And Pedestrian Collision App Coming Soon

A safety system that links vehicles and smartphones to stop those heart-stopping near misses between cars and pedestrians could be standardized by the end of this year. The technology involves smartphones broadcasting data over a short-range radio channel to nearby cars, so the cars can determine if a collision is likely. Unlike today’s radar-based systems, this has the ability to warn around blind corners and can alert both the driver and pedestrian. It’s being developed by engineers... 

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Massive iPhone Counterfeiting Operation Shut Down In China

July 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Massive iPhone Counterfeiting Operation Shut Down In China

Police in Beijing have raided a factory that made more than 41,000 fake iPhones worth as much as 120 million yuan ($19 million), including some that reached the United States, and have arrested nine suspects in the counterfeiting operation. Apple is one of the most popular brands in China, where authorities have stepped up efforts in recent years to dispel the country’s reputation for turning out counterfeit goods. Officials have taken stiffer action to enforce intellectual property (IP)... 

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Unpatched Vulnerabilities Uncovered In Mobile IE

July 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Unpatched Vulnerabilities Uncovered In Mobile IE

Security researchers have provided details about four unpatched vulnerabilities in Internet Explorer for Windows Phone because Microsoft has not moved quickly enough to fix them. The flaws could potentially be exploited to execute malicious code on computers when users visit compromised websites or open specially crafted documents. They were reported through Hewlett-Packard’s Zero Day Initiative (ZDI) program. HP’s TippingPoint division, which sells network security products, pays researchers... 

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Microsoft Unveils ‘Send’ Mobile App

July 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Unveils ‘Send’ Mobile App

Microsoft unveiled a mobile-minded alternative to email that’s focused primarily on short, quick messages. Named Send, the new tool aims to deliver a simple experience much like that offered by text messaging or instant messaging software but without the need to know a co-worker’s mobile number or username. Instead, Send lets users quickly fire off a message to any co-worker using just their email address; no subject line, salutations or signatures are required. “On my way,”... 

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Court Says ‘Pocket-dialed’ Calls Are Not Private

July 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Court Says ‘Pocket-dialed’ Calls Are Not Private

A federal appeals court in Ohio has ruled that a person who accidentally “pocket dials” someone shouldn’t expect any part of that conversation to be private. The case involves the chairman of the Airport Board in Kenton, Kentucky, which oversees the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. The chairman, James Huff, was on a business trip in Italy with his wife and a colleague when he accidentally pocket-dialed the secretary of the airport’s CEO back in the U.S. The... 

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ZTE To Offer High-end Axon Smartphone In U.S.

July 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
ZTE To Offer High-end Axon Smartphone In U.S.

Chinese mobile brands don’t normally stir much interest in the U.S., so when ZTE teased its newest smartphone, the Axon, it initially didn’t mention the company at all. The company’s online promotions in advance of the launch featured a mysterious high-end Android device. The marketing scheme paid off, according to Adam Zeng, CEO of ZTE’s mobile devices business, sparking media interest. It even caused some to wonder if the product was Korean-made, since Chinese brands have... 

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BlackBerry Snaps Up AtHoc

July 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Snaps Up AtHoc

BlackBerry Ltd announced that it will acquire privately-held AtHoc, a provider of secure, networked crisis communications, as it moves to broaden its software offering and generate revenue from its BBM messaging service. San Mateo, California-based AtHoc’s services are used by a number of top clients including the U.S. Department of Defense, Homeland Security and a host of blue-chip companies, to provide software that seamlessly allows them to reach staff via their smartphones, or via digital... 

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Verizon Wireless Enjoying Success With Subscriber Growth

July 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Wireless Enjoying Success With Subscriber Growth

Verizon Communications Inc reported a suprise rise in quarterly profit as more new customers signed up for its postpaid wireless services and subscriber defections fell to a three-year low. The biggest U.S. wireless service provider added 1.1 million wireless retail postpaid subscribers – those who pay each billing cycle based on usage – on a net basis in the second quarter, in line with estimates from analysts polled by market research firm FactSet StreetAccount. Customer defections,... 

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T-Mobile Fined $17.5M For 911 Outages

July 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Fined $17.5M For 911 Outages

T-Mobile USA will pay a $17.5 million fine in a settlement with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission for two 911 emergency dialing outages on the company’s cellular network last year. The separate but related outages left T-Mobile customers without the ability to dial in to emergency response centers for about three hours. In the settlement, T-Mobile agreed to strengthen its 911 service procedures and adopt compliance measures ensuring it adheres to the FCC’s 911 service reliability... 

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EU Hits Qualcomm With Double Anti-trust Investigations

July 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
EU Hits Qualcomm With Double Anti-trust Investigations

Qualcomm is being probed by the European Union’s antitrust authority, which suspects the company of abusing its dominant position in the market for 3G and 4G chipsets used in smartphones and tablets. The European Commission has initiated proceedings against Qualcomm in two investigations, it said Thursday. The first concerns whether Qualcomm breached EU antitrust rules by offering financial incentives to phone manufacturers on condition that they buy chipsets exclusively, or mostly, from the... 

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Microsoft’s Windows Phone Given One More Chance

July 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft’s Windows Phone Given One More Chance

Microsoft will continue making smartphones for its Windows 10 Mobile operating system, but the company has squashed the device strategy pursued by its former CEO and will probably give up entirely unless Windows 10 reverses years of missteps in mobile, analysts said. After Microsoft wrote down $7.6 billion of its investment in Nokia and again reorganized, it will turn to a revamped, two-part strategy, one piece older, the other relatively new, the experts argued. Microsoft’s smartphones will... 

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Apple Pay Launch In Britain Not Without Problems

July 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Pay Launch In Britain Not Without Problems

Apple rolled out mobile payments in Britain on Tuesday, hoping to make a splash with consumers familiar with using cards for tap-and-go purchases, as resistance from hold-out banks and stores appeared to evaporate. Starting Tuesday, Apple Pay became available in 250,000 sites, from Tube stations to coffee shops, supermarkets and travel services, making it more widely available than when it was first introduced in the United States nine months ago. Users first load their credit and debit card details... 

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