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Samsung Still Facing Challenges Recovering Galaxy Note 7 Phones

December 9, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Still Facing Challenges Recovering Galaxy Note 7 Phones

Samsung’s recall of Galaxy Note7 smartphones because of exploding batteries remains a challenging task, and some users, for example, in Canada, are still not exchanging their devices for a refund or a different phone. The South Korean company has decided to cut these phones from the network, adopting similar measures to those taken last month in New Zealand and earlier this month in Australia. The company said Wednesday that starting Dec. 12, functional limitations on Note7 phones, including curbs... 

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Turner Broadcasting To Create Shows Exclusively For Snapchat

December 9, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Turner Broadcasting To Create Shows Exclusively For Snapchat

Turner Broadcasting System Inc will develop additional video content for mobile app Snapchat and team up with the social media company on advertising, Turner announced, as they expand a partnership to broaden their reach among millennials. TV networks of the Time Warner Inc unit, including TBS and Adult Swim, will create original series exclusively for the unit of Snap, Inc, the broadcaster said in a statement. The companies also renewed their March agreement for Snapchat to create Live Stories,... 

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Sony Plans To Release Six Smartphone Games Next Year

December 8, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Sony Plans To Release Six Smartphone Games Next Year

Japan’s Sony Corp  will release as many as six mobile phone games in the next year, looking to build on its own gaming franchises success off of console rival Nintendo Co’s Pokemon GO. The upcoming titles will free up some of Sony’s popular gaming franchises, such as Everybody’s Golf, from PlayStation consoles to make them available on Apple Inc’s  iOS and Google’s Android mobile platforms. An aggressive push into the rapidly growing segment is seen as a necessity... 

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Smartphone-based Bank Number26 Expanding

December 7, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Smartphone-based Bank Number26 Expanding

Mobile phone only bank Number26 is now offering its services in 17 countries in the euro zone, expanding from a smaller core of European markets it entered a year ago, it said on Tuesday. The Berlin-based company is backed by Li Ka-shing, one of Asia’s richest men and Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and an early investor in Facebook, along with other investors including Berlin’s Earlybird Ventures and Zurich-based Red Alpine. The company, which received its own banking license from... 

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Are Smartphone Makers Conspiring Against Apple?

December 6, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Are Smartphone Makers Conspiring Against Apple?

Chinese smartphone vendors are so worried that Apple is strong arming AMOLED suppliers to suck supply that they have formed their own consortium to fight it. According to Digitimes, Huawei, Oppo, Vivo and BBK are worried that Apple may monopolise supplies of smartphone-use AMOLED panels from Samsung Display and other Japan-based makers in the future. To fight against this, they are to work with the China-based flexible panel maker Royole to form a consortium for joint investment in local flexible... 

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Researcher Prove iOS Activation Lock Can Be Bypassed

December 5, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Researcher Prove iOS Activation Lock Can Be Bypassed

Two researchers report that they have discovered a way to bypass the activation lock feature in iOS that’s supposed to prevent anyone from using an iPhone or iPad marked as lost by its owner. The first report came Sunday from an Indian security researcher named Hemanth Joseph, who started investigating possible bypasses after being confronted with a locked iPad he acquired from eBay. The activation lock gets enabled automatically when users turn on the Find My iPhone feature via iCloud. It... 

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Gooligan Malware Gains Access To Over 1M Google Accounts

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Gooligan Malware Gains Access To Over 1M Google Accounts

A new Android malware has succeeded in gaining access to more than 1 million Google accounts, and it continues to infect new devices, according to security firm Checkpoint. “We believe that it is the largest Google account breach to date,” the security firm said in blog post. The malware, called Gooligan, has been preying on devices running older versions of Android, from 4.1 to 5.1, which are still used widely, especially in Asia. Gooligan masquerades as legitimate-looking Android apps. Checkpoint... 

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Nokia Smartphones Poised For A Comeback

December 2, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Smartphones Poised For A Comeback

Nokia smartphones are gearing up for a comeback after former managers at the Finnish company licensed the handset brand from Microsoft and struck up partnerships with Google and phone manufacturer Foxconn. Nokia was once the world’s dominant cellphone maker but missed the shift to smartphones and then chose Microsoft’s unpopular Windows operating system for its “Lumia” range. Nokia quit smartphones in 2014 by selling its handset activities to Microsoft to focus on mobile... 

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The NHTSA Wants To Block Mobile Apps From Drivers

December 1, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
The NHTSA Wants To Block Mobile Apps From Drivers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has proposed new guidelines that is requesting automakers to create a way to block applications on smartphones or tablets that can distract drivers. Currently no safety guidelines exist for mobile devices when they are used while driving, the NHTSA said. The new guidelines, which were published last week and are in a comment period, instruct automakers to create a “Driver Mode” similar to Apple’s Airplane Mode on iPhones,... 

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Researchers Working On App To Prevent Death During Dangerous Selfies

November 29, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Researchers Working On App To Prevent Death During Dangerous Selfies

Researchers are attempting to design an app that could prevent people from being killed while taking dangerous selfies. Carnegie Mellon University announced that researchers there are working with colleagues at Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology in Delhi, India to take on the issue of deadly selfies. People around the globe have been putting themselves in reckless situations – on railroad tracks, on cliff edges — to grab a memorable selfie. Researchers found that individuals... 

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Will Smartphone Production Rise In 2017?

November 29, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Will Smartphone Production Rise In 2017?

Next year, smartphone production volume is expected to grow by 4.5 percent to reach 1.4 billion units, according to the latest market forecast. Global market research firm TrendForce says the double-digit growth in smartphone shipments that once took place in previous years is not expected to happen in 2017, as smartphone manufacturers currently face innovation hurdles and a shortage of new useful applications. The report says that around 45 percent of all smartphones produced this year belong to... 

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Is HTC Jumping Out Of The Smartphone Business?

November 28, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Is HTC Jumping Out Of The Smartphone Business?

Troubled maker of smartphones HTC has denied rumours that it could be about to flog off its smartphone business. The rumours had been picked up  largely because HTC has not been doing very well, the company was not Apple and the Tame Apple Press does love to pretend that only Jobs’ Mob makes money from smartphones. Now according to the Taiwanese media HTC has denied those rumors and is refusing to ever speak of it again. So to make up for this lack of a quote the Tame Apple Press has continued... 

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In Spite Of The Note 7 Disaster Samsung Still Number 1

November 25, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
In Spite Of The Note 7 Disaster Samsung Still Number 1

Samsung Electronics is still the number one global seller of smartphones in spite of the Galaxy Note 7 fiasco. According to bean counters at the Gartner Group, Samsung sold over 71 million smartphones in the July-September period worldwide, accounting for 19.2 percent of the market. It did lose market share (23.6 percent) from a year before and sales dropped 14.2 percent year-on-year. It is the company’s worst performance since its 12.3 percent drop in smartphone sales in the fourth quarter of... 

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Will The iPhone 8 Go OLED?

November 22, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Will The iPhone 8 Go OLED?

Hopes that Apple might sex up its iPhone 8 with OLED technology could be dashed by the fact that its suppliers can’t make enough of the technology. After producing an iPhone 7 which was more or less the same as the last one, Apple had been expected to do something special with the iPhone 8. OLED screens were being touted as a way that the tax-dodging cargo cult might pull that off. However according to the IB Times  suppliers may not be able to meet the demand. This could force Apple to release... 

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Apple Offers Repairs For iPhone 6 Plus Phones With ‘Touch Disease’

November 21, 2016 by   | Category: Mobile
Apple Offers Repairs For iPhone 6 Plus Phones With ‘Touch Disease’

Apple is offering to fix at a reduced price iPhone 6 Plus smartphones with display flickering or multi-touch problems. The issue, described in August as “touch disease” by repair guide website iFixit, is characterized by a gray, flickering bar at the top of the display and an unresponsive touchscreen. The issue affects both the iPhone 6 and the iPhone 6 Plus, according to iFixit. Apple appears to consider it a problem with the way users handled the phone rather than a defect. It said Thursday... 

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