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Huawei’s Smartphones Gaining Ground, Sees 62% Rise In Devices Shipped

July 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Huawei’s Smartphones Gaining Ground, Sees 62% Rise In Devices Shipped

Huawei Technologies shipped 62% more smartphones in the first half of 2014 than the same period last year, with sales to some countries outside its home turf doubling or even tripling. It shipped smartphone 34.3 million units, boosted by sales of flagship phones the Ascend Mate 2 and the Ascend P7, it said on Tuesday. In the second quarter alone it shipped 20.6 million units, an 85% year-over-year increase. Much of that growth is coming from emerging markets in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America,... 

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Facebook To Mandate Messenger App For Mobile Chat

July 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Facebook To Mandate Messenger App For Mobile Chat

If you like to send messages via Facebook when you’re on the move, be prepared to download a new app. Facebook has confirmed that it will be deleting the messaging feature from its mobile app over the next few days, and requiring people to use its standalone Messenger app instead. The change follows through on a plan announced in April and for now affects Facebook’s mobile app on iOS and Android. You’ll be able to send and receive messages on the desktop as before. “In the... 

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The Pirate Bay Goes To Smartphones?

July 30, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
The Pirate Bay Goes To Smartphones?

The Pirate Bay, the self-styled “world’s most resilient torrent site”, has released a mobile version of its website for the first time. The Mobile Bay taps into the increasing storage capacity of mobile devices and the growing number of uncapped 4G data plans. Offering millions of uploaded torrents from blockbuster movies and TV shows, cracked software packages and pornography, the vast majority of its content is considered illegal in almost every country of the world, leading to... 

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Phone-unlocking Bill Moves One Step Closer To Law

July 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Phone-unlocking Bill Moves One Step Closer To Law

A bill that allows consumers to unlock their mobile phones for use on other carriers passed its last hurdle in Congress last week, opening the way for it to become law once it is signed by President Barack Obama. Senate Bill 517 overturns a January 2013 decision by the Library of Congress that ruled the unlocking of phones by consumers fell afoul of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA). It had previously been permitted under an exception to the anti-circumvention provisions of the DMCA, which... 

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goTenna Debuts Personal Antenna In Case Of Disasters

July 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
goTenna Debuts Personal Antenna In Case Of Disasters

A Brooklyn-based startup called goTenna has developed a portable antenna that will come to the rescue when cellular service is unavailable. The portable antenna connects to a smartphone via a Bluetooth Low Energy link. Once connected, users with either an iOS or Android app can then send text messages through the antenna. (The recipient must also have a goTenna, and consequently the product is sold in pairs.) The device uses the 151MHz-154MHz frequencies, with range depending on location. In a densely... 

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Verizon To Begin Slowing Down Data Speeds For Unlimited Subscribers

July 28, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon To Begin Slowing Down Data Speeds For Unlimited Subscribers

Verizon Communication Inc’s high speed wireless customers who have the company’s legacy unlimited data plans may begin experiencing slower speeds starting Oct. 1, the company said on Friday. The announcement comes as wireless carriers attempt to shift data-hungry subscribers onto tiered plans, which charge customers for individual data packages. Verizon will slow services for the top 5 percent of data users who are on unlimited plans in places where the network is experiencing high demand,... 

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Device Financing Plan Weighs On AT&T’s Revenue

July 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Device Financing Plan Weighs On AT&T’s Revenue

AT&T Inc’s quarterly revenue rose a weaker than expected 1.6 percent as cheaper service plans offered to customers who forgo subsidized cellular phones made a dent in profit margins. Faced with mounting pressure from competitors, AT&T has unbundled service and device charges, and cut its family data plan and shared value plan prices as it tries to attract customers in a nearly saturated market. “What we saw happen throughout the second quarter were very aggressive promotions... 

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Several Countries Now Have More Wireless Devices Than People

July 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Several Countries Now Have More Wireless Devices Than People

Wireless broadband subscriptions now outnumber people in seven countries as consumers continue to add smartphone and tablet devices to their personal electronics arsenal, according to a new report. Finland, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea and the U.S. had wireless broadband penetration of more than 100 percent as of December 2013, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday. That means there was more than one wireless broadband subscription per person, usually... 

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Google May Have A Plan To Bring Wi-Fi To NYC Pay Phones

July 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google May Have A Plan To Bring Wi-Fi To NYC Pay Phones

Google may be amongst a list of hopefuls looking to transform the New York City phone booths of the past into “communication points” of the future with free Wi-Fi and cellphone charging. The dominant search company was among 60 entities that attended a meeting on May 12 to discuss a project to replace or supplement as many as 10,000 pay phones around the city. The list came to light in a Bloomberg News article. Other participants included Samsung, IBM, Cisco Systems, Verizon Wireless,... 

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Xiaomi Sets Sights On Premium Smartphone Market With Mi 4 Device

July 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Xiaomi Sets Sights On Premium Smartphone Market With Mi 4 Device

China’s Xiaomi introduced on Tuesday its new flagship Mi 4 smartphone, aimed primarily at the premium handset market dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The Mi 4 has a 5 inch, 1080p screen and a Qualcomm Inc Snapdragon 801 2.5 Ghz processor, said Chief Executive Lei Jun at a launch event in Beijing. But sheathed in iPhone-like metal sides, the Mi 4′s similarities to Apple’s smartphone drew murmurs from the crowd of ‘iPhone’ when showcased by Lei. Founded... 

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Nearly 1M Fake Apps Are Targeting Your Mobile Devices

July 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nearly 1M Fake Apps Are Targeting Your Mobile Devices

Fake apps purposely masked to look like official ones but actually designed to steal user data are increasingly targeting Android phone users, according to a study by Trend Micro. The company looked at the top 50 free apps in Google’s Play Store and then searched Google’s app store and others to see if fake versions existed. It found fake versions existed for 77 percent of the apps. The fake apps are often made to look like the real ones and have the same functions, but carry a dangerous... 

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Is Super-AMOLED Technology Taking Off?

July 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is Super-AMOLED Technology Taking Off?

Samsung is finding that only it is interested in its Super AMOLED display technology. Although the technology has been improving with every new flagship since the original Galaxy S, the outfit is finding that no one is really interested. Samsung Display CEO Park Dong-geun told CNET, Samsung has nowhere else to sell our products besides Samsung Electronics’ mobile division. In the case of China’s smartphone market, we are only just beginning to expand there. Other major manufacturers have expressed... 

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Verizon Wins Top Honors For Mobile Network Performance In U.S. Cities

July 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Wins Top Honors For Mobile Network Performance In U.S. Cities

RootMetrics awarded Verizon Wireless its seal of approval in its latest biannual ranking of wireless network performance in cities across the U.S. Verizon ranked first or was tied for first in 115 of 125 cities for overall network performance during the first half of 2014, leading all three other national carriers — AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Sprint didn’t finish first in any of the cities, while Verizon tied with either AT&T or T-Mobile, or both, in 56. That meant that AT&T... 

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eBay’s Braintree Wants To Boost Mobile Shopping

July 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
eBay’s Braintree Wants To Boost Mobile Shopping

Braintree, the payments gateway owned by eBay Inc, is working on removing a hurdle for e-commerce companies by making it easier for customers to directly pay for products on their smart phones. The company rolled out a set of tools for software developers on Wednesday that allows businesses to deduct payments directly from a customer’s PayPal account. The developer kit is the first big push from Braintree since it was bought by eBay for $800 million last year to help PayPal, eBay’s payments... 

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Verizon Says U.S. Government Made 150,000 Requests For Customer Data

July 10, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Says U.S. Government Made 150,000 Requests For Customer Data

The U.S. government made approximately 150,000 requests for customer information from Verizon Communications in the first half of 2014, most of them subpoenas, the country’s largest wireless carrier has reported. The report is the second summary of government requests Verizon has publicly issued since shareholders pressured the company to divulge information it shared with the government in December. The government issued 72,342 subpoenas, half of which request subscriber information on a given... 

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