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Microsoft Attempting To Attract More Mobile Users With Freebies

January 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Attempting To Attract More Mobile Users With Freebies

Microsoft Corp made its popular Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications available,free of charge, on Android tablets, further signifying its drive to attract as many mobile customers as possible using its software. It also released an app for its popular Outlook email program to run on Apple Inc’s iPhone and iPad, hoping to attract the millions of users familiar with Outlook from their work desktops. The new releases are the latest gambits in Chief Executive Officer Satya Nadella’s attempt... 

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DoS Bug Found In Android

January 29, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
DoS Bug Found In Android

Security researchers have discovered a bug in the Android WiFi Direct feature that could allow hackers to launch denial-of-service (DoS) attacks on Android devices. WiFi Direct allows Android devices to connect to one another directly without needing a third-party device like a wireless router. The feature runs as standard in most Android smartphones today. The guys at Core Security found the vulnerability, dubbed CVE-2014-0997, and said that a number of Android smartphones are vulnerable and can... 

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Facebook Testing New Stripped Down Version Of Its Mobile App

January 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook Testing New Stripped Down Version Of Its Mobile App

Facebook is testing a scaled down version of its mobile app that requires far less data, which could boost usage of the social networking service among people with weaker Internet service or older phones. Facebook “Lite” is available for devices running Android 2.2 and up. The size of the free app is 252 kilobytes, and it’s meant for 2G networks in areas with limited connectivity. Users can perform a bunch of basic functions like post status updates with photos, comment on people’s... 

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Cablevision To Launch Wi-Fi Phone Service

January 27, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Cablevision To Launch Wi-Fi Phone Service

Cablevision System Corp said that it would launch in February a wireless Internet phone service to give customers an alternative to more expensive data plans from cellular companies such as AT&T and Verizon. The “Freewheel” phone service, which runs on any WiFi connection, is an attempt by Cablevision to retain and potentially add subscribers at a time when cable companies are losing out to lower-priced, bundled TV and Internet services from telecom firms. Cablevision said the phone... 

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LG Refutes Claims Of Overheating Qualcomm Phone Processors

January 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
LG Refutes Claims Of Overheating Qualcomm Phone Processors

South Korean smartphone maker LG Electronics Inc said on Thursday that it has not experienced any overheating problems with Qualcomm Inc’s new Snapdragon processor that is powering a curved-screen device going on sale later this month. “I am very much aware of the various concerns in the market about the (Snapdragon) 810, but the chip’s performance is quite satisfactory,” Woo Ram-chan, LG vice president for mobile product planning, told reporters at a press event for the company’s... 

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Rumors Say Samsung Is Quietly Seeking To Buy Blackberry

January 23, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Rumors Say Samsung Is Quietly Seeking To Buy Blackberry

For a while, the rumor mill has manufactured hell on earth yarns claiming that Samsung is set to buy the Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry. The deal always seems to fall through, and in any event has never happened. However the Financial Post has found evidence that this time Samsung is actively pursuing a plan to take over or buy a significant stake in BlackBerry. The story is still a rumour because both companies have denied such a plan may be in the works, but a document obtained by the Financial... 

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Google, The Wireless Carrier?

January 23, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google, The Wireless Carrier?

Google has put in place the framework for its own cellular service by acquiring capacity on the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile USA, according to news reports. The sprawling search company would sell the service directly to consumers, according to The Wall Street Journal, which cited unnamed sources. Tech news site The Information reported on the deals earlier this week. Google is heavily involved in mobile through its Android operating system, the world’s most widely used mobile OS, as well... 

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Samsung Dumped Qualcomm Processors In Next Galaxy S Phone

January 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Dumped Qualcomm Processors In Next Galaxy S Phone

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd will not use Qualcomm Inc’s  processors for the next version of the South Korean technology giant’s flagship Galaxy S smartphone, according to Bloomberg. Such an outcome would be a blow for Qualcomm’s prospects for 2015, with the company already having guided for weaker-than-usual annual revenue growth in a five-year outlook issued in November. Samsung, the world’s No.1 smartphone maker, has been one of the U.S. company’s top customers. Qualcomm’s... 

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Twitter Acquires Marketing Start-up ZipDial

January 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Twitter Acquires Marketing Start-up ZipDial

Twitter Inc announced plans to acquire Indian mobile phone marketing start-up ZipDial, reportedly for $30 million to $40 million, as the U.S. microblogging service looks to expand in the world’s second-biggest mobile market. Bengaluru-based ZipDial gives clients phone numbers for use in marketing campaigns. Consumers call the numbers and hang up before connecting and incurring charges, and then receive promotion-related text messages. The start-up’s clients include International Business... 

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Alibaba Piloting Social Networking For Businesses

January 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Alibaba Piloting Social Networking For Businesses

China’s Alibaba Group Holding Ltd , the world’s biggest e-commerce company, is piloting a mobile messaging app geared toward merging social networking with business, an Alibaba spokeswoman said, as the company expands its enterprise services. The app, called DingTalk, was quietly made available in December and is still in beta testing, according to its website. Capable of carrying conference calls and group messaging, DingTalk targets small- and medium-sized enterprises, many of which... 

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Xiaomi Unveils The Mi Note, Challenger To iPhone 6 Plus

January 16, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Xiaomi Unveils The Mi Note, Challenger To iPhone 6 Plus

China’s Xiaomi Inc further challenged Apple Inc on Thursday as the world’s third-biggest smartphone maker and most valuable tech start-up unveiled the flagship Mi Note, its answer to Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus. Chief Executive Lei Jun introduced the Mi Note in Beijing with a breakdown of the large-screen phone’s technical features, with multiple comparisons to Apple’s equivalent. At 2299 yuan ($371) for a model with 16 gigabytes of memory, the Mi Note will retail for almost... 

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Facebook Launches New Mobile App Offering Free Internet

January 16, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook Launches New Mobile App Offering Free Internet

Facebook Inc has rolled out a new mobile phone application that gives Colombian users free access to a handful of online services, broadening Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg’s effort to boost Internet usage in developing markets. Colombia is the first nation in Latin America to receive the new Internet.org service, in partnership with local mobile phone provider Tigo, but the aim is to push the application across the region. The tools offered by the service provide a foundation Colombians... 

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Is Samsung In Pursuit of BlackBerry?

January 16, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Is Samsung In Pursuit of BlackBerry?

Samsung Electronics recently offered to purchase BlackBerry Ltd  for as much as $7.5 billion, hoping to acquire its valuable patents as it battles Apple in the corporate market, according to a person familiar with the matter and documents seen by Reuters. South Korea’s Samsung  proposed an initial price range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share, representing a premium of 38 percent to 60 percent over BlackBerry’s current trading price, the source said on Wednesday. Representatives from the... 

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Facebook, Xiaomi Discuss Potential Partnership

January 14, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook, Xiaomi Discuss Potential Partnership

Mark Zuckerberg and Xiaomi Inc CEO Lei Jun held talks about a potential investment by Facebook in China’s top smartphone maker ahead of its $1.1 billion fundraising last month, but a deal never materialized, several people with knowledge of the matter told Reuters. The discussions, at a private dinner when Zuckerberg visited Beijing in October, were never formalized, three of those people said, as the two CEOs weighed the political and commercial implications of Facebook - which has been... 

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LTE-Advanced Leading To Faster 4G Speeds

January 12, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
LTE-Advanced Leading To Faster 4G Speeds

Mobile device owners around the world are getting faster wireless broadband as LTE-Advanced and smartphones that can take advantage of the technology finally start to take off. A year ago, LTE-Advanced was only available in South Korea, but it’s now available in 31 countries (including Australia, France, Germany, U.K. and the U.S.) and more are on the way, according to industry organization GSA (Global mobile Suppliers Association). “There is a lot of activity at the moment,” said... 

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