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Is Samsung Going To Starting A Rental Phone Service?

February 2, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is Samsung Going To Starting A Rental Phone Service?

Samsung  is rolling out a rental phone service which will replace a phone that is been used for a year with the latest model. The system is similar to the rental model which was introduced by Apple in September of last year. Samsung will bring the service out in March in South Korea but it is also in talks with  Bright Star, which is a business that specializes in distribution of mobile in the US so it is pretty likely to be tried over the pond too.  We have not heard about it talking to any EU... 

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LG Release Patch For Android Devices Data Theft Bug

February 1, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
LG Release Patch For Android Devices Data Theft Bug

LG has issued a fix for a security flaw in an application preinstalled on millions of its Android G3 smartphones that researchers found could be used to steal a variety of data. The application, called Smart Notice, is a kind of multifunctional widget, managing contacts, notifications, and weather and traffic alerts. Researchers from BugSec and Cynet, two computer security companies, found that they could attack a person’s phone by sending them a contact with malicious JavaScript contained... 

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Wireless Charging Finally Coming To iPhones

February 1, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Wireless Charging Finally Coming To iPhones

As wireless charging adoption rate continues to grow by double-digits annually, industry analysts have openly wondered when Apple’s iPhone would finally take the plunge. This month, market research firm IHS predicted that Apple would introduce some form of wireless charging on the iPhone 7 expected to arrive in September; that move seems more likely given that Apple introduced an inductive, proprietary charging solution in 2015 on the Apple Watch. Adding fuel to the wireless charging fire, Bloomberg... 

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Samsung Profits Hit By Weak Demand For Smartphones

January 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Profits Hit By Weak Demand For Smartphones

Weak demand for smartphones and display panels weighed down Samsung’s profits last quarter, and the company doesn’t expect much improvement this year. Revenue for the fourth quarter was 53.3 trillion won (US$45.5 billion), up just 1 percent from a year earlier, Samsung announced Thursday in Seoul. Net profit plummeted 40 percent to 3.2 trillion won. A day earlier, Samsung’s biggest rival, Apple, said it too was seeing weaker than expected demand for handsets. The Cupertino company... 

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Movidius Chip To Bring Deep Learning To Android Phones

January 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Movidius Chip To Bring Deep Learning To Android Phones

Android mobile devices could get a whole lot smarter soon, thanks to a new partnership between Google and chip maker Movidius that promises to bring machine intelligence directly into smarphones. Movidius specializes in machine vision, and it has already worked with Google on the Project Tango computer-vision platform. Now, through the new collaboration, Google will use Movidius’ flagship MA2450 chip to bring deep learning to Android handsets. Deep learning is a branch of machine learning... 

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Verizon, Samsung Partner Up On Indoor Wireless Technology

January 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon, Samsung Partner Up On Indoor Wireless Technology

Verizon and Samsung jointly announced 4G small-cell LTE technology to improve in-building wireless coverage for business customers. Verizon’s 4G LTE Network Extender for Enterprise relies on Samsung’s small-cell technology to provide voice over LTE and data service. These small-cell units would be installed in weak coverage areas to help workers keep their wireless connections via smartphone and tablets. The companies said in a joint statement that the technology is ideal for mid-sized offices... 

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Is Apple’s Alleged 4″ iPhone Headed For Disaster

January 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is Apple’s Alleged 4″ iPhone Headed For Disaster

An analyst has cut his estimate of projected sales of the rumored new 4-inch iPhone, reportedly called the “iPhone 5se,” in half, from 18-20 million down to 10-12 million units. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo  said that the new 4-inch iPhone, as little new to offer, despite getting a lot of media attention. “We don’t regard the product as innovative, either in terms of form factor … or hardware specs.” Kuo said that Apple will ship 43 million units, a decline... 

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The Wait For Intel-based Windows Smartphone May Be Over

January 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
The Wait For Intel-based Windows Smartphone May Be Over

After years, the wait for Intel-based Windows smartphones could be over soon. The Windows 10 Mobile OS — popularly known as Windows Phone — can now run on x86 chips, according to a Microsoft Web page. It’s the first version of Windows Phone to be compatible with x86. The information on the website was confirmed by a Microsoft spokeswoman as accurate. Until now, Windows smartphones have only run on ARM-based chips from Qualcomm. Intel and Microsoft last year joined forces in an... 

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AT&T Facing Pressure, Offers Aggressive Smartphone Discounts

January 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Facing Pressure, Offers Aggressive Smartphone Discounts

AT&T has announced aggressive discounts on new smartphones and devices, including a 2-for-1 smartphone offer for business customers. A big focus of the AT&T discounts is special deals on Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and Gear S2 smartwatches. Analysts interpreted that focus on Samsung devices as a way to clear out inventory prior to expected upgrade announcements coming in late February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. AT&T is also facing pressure to add more subscribers, as... 

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Verizon Announces Sponsored Data Program

January 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Announces Sponsored Data Program

Verizon has announced a sponsored data service named FreeBee Data, which offers mobile users toll-free data either via gigabytes or on a per-click basis. One of the models, called FreeBee Data 360, is available in beta starting Tuesday. Under the plan, content providers can give some or all their mobile content to consumers via an app or mobile website on a per gigabyte basis without using up a consumer’s data plan. The other model of FreeBee Data, which goes into beta on Jan. 25, allows a content... 

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U.S. Court Bans Sales Of Some Samsung Phones

January 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
U.S. Court Bans Sales Of Some Samsung Phones

A federal court in California has banned the sale in the U.S. of Samsung mobile phones that have features that infringe three patents owned by Apple. On Monday, Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the permanent injunction would come into effect 30 days after the entry of the order. The ban covers the implementation of features like the “slide-to-unlock” and auto word correction capabilities in some of Samsung’s earlier phones. The... 

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NSA Says New Phone Spying Program Meets Privacy Standards

January 19, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
NSA Says New Phone Spying Program Meets Privacy Standards

A new program for collecting domestic telephone records meets several privacy and civil liberties benchmarks, the U.S. National Security Agency says. The program, which some Republican presidential hopefuls have criticized because they say it puts Americans at greater risk of attack by Islamic State and other violent groups, has satisfactorily complied with eight privacy safeguards that include transparency, oversight, data minimization and use limitation since its implementation in November, according... 

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Xiaomi Misses Smartphone Shipment Goals

January 18, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Xiaomi Misses Smartphone Shipment Goals

Xiaomi announced Friday it shipped over 70 million smartphones in 2015, short of an ambitious target it had announced last year, amid growing competition and high dependence on the Chinese market. The Chinese company had forecast last year that it would sell at least 80 million phones during the year. It had sold 34.7 million handsets during the first half of the year. Growth in smartphone sales is slowing down in China because of saturation of the market, said Anshul Gupta, research director at... 

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Microsoft Rolls Out New Updates For iOS, Android Outlook Apps

January 15, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Rolls Out New Updates For iOS, Android Outlook Apps

Outlook users who need to initiate a videoconference will have an easier time with new updates Microsoft announced for the app on iOS and Android. The updates will allow users to tap a Skype call toggle inside the app’s event creation screen, which will automatically generate a link to a video conference for invitees. When the conference time comes, people who are supposed to participate just need to tap on the Skype link, and the video chat app will open up on their devices. For those people... 

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Lenovo To Introduce Project Tango Mobile Phone This Summer

January 11, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Lenovo To Introduce Project Tango Mobile Phone This Summer

Lenovo will start selling a sub-$500 mobile phone that uses Google’s Project Tango 3D mapping technology starting this summer, the company announced at CES. Project Tango is an ongoing effort by Google to allow a mobile device like a smartphone to measure spaces and provide information to a user that can be useful for navigating indoor locations. Lenovo also envisions adding augmented reality apps that can be used in games or in shopping for furniture and sizing up how the furniture fits in... 

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