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In-Home Tech Support Companies HelloTech, Geekatoo Merging

May 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
In-Home Tech Support Companies HelloTech, Geekatoo Merging

Los Angeles-based startup HelloTech and rival in-home tech support company Geekatoo announced that they have merged, in a sign of consolidation in the hotly competitive on-demand sector. HelloTech will combine its network of about 150 college students who provide on-demand tech repair to Southern California consumers with Geekatoo’s U.S. network of about 5,000 technicians, the companies said in a joint statement. The merger connects HelloTech with Geekatoo’s national market and provides... 

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Nokia Slashes Another 1,000 Jobs

May 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Slashes Another 1,000 Jobs

Nokia is eliminating 1,032 jobs in Finland as part of a cost-cutting plan following its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, the telecom network equipment maker said in a statement last Friday. Finland’s biggest company has cut thousands of jobs in its home country over the past decade as its once-dominant phone business was eclipsed by the rise of smartphone rivals. Nokia started the latest cost cutting program in April and is targeting 900 million euros ($1 billion) of operating cost synergies... 

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Apple Goes Further With Intel

May 20, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Apple Goes Further With Intel

Intel has scored a more significant chunk of the upcoming iPhone 7 which is due to be released this year. Digitimes deep throats claim that Intel will  supply half the modem chips for use in the new iPhones slated for launch in September 2016. Intel will itself package the modem chips for the upcoming new iPhones, but have contracted Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC) and tester King Yuan Electronics (KYEC) to manufacture the chips, the sources said. Qualcomm is currently the supplier... 

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Microsoft Exiting Feature Phone Market, Sales Division

May 19, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Exiting Feature Phone Market, Sales Division

Microsoft Corp has announced that it is selling its entry-level feature phone assets to FIH Mobile Ltd and HMD Global Oy for $350 million. FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of Hon Hai/Foxconn Technology Co Ltd, would also acquire Microsoft Mobile Vietnam as a part of this deal, Microsoft said. The company said its 4,500 employees from Vietnam will transfer to or will have an opportunity to join FIH Mobile or HMD Global Oy. Microsoft will transfer all of its feature phone assets, including brands, software... 

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The Weather Channel To Launch New Mobile App

May 16, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
The Weather Channel To Launch New Mobile App

The Weather Channel is gearing up to roll out a mobile phone app for its recently launched online local news service Local Now in a bid to expand its viewership, Chief Executive Dave Shull told Reuters in an interview. The independent TV network, which brings weather coverage from blizzards to tornadoes to millions of American homes, rolled out in January an online service “Local Now” that offers local news, weather, traffic and sports updates. The service is currently only available... 

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Intel Look To Atomic Energy For Mobile Technology’s Future

May 13, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Intel Look To Atomic Energy For Mobile Technology’s Future

Shortly after cancelling two generations of Atom mobile chips, Intel putting its weight behind future low-power mobile technologies with a new research collaboration with a French atomic energy lab. Fundamental research leading towards faster wireless networks, secure low-power technologies for the Internet of Things, and even 3D displays will be the focus of Intel’s collaboration with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA). Intel and the CEA already work together... 

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Viking Horde Malware Invades Android Devices

May 13, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Viking Horde Malware Invades Android Devices

A new strain of malware dubbed ‘Viking Horde’ has potentially infected hundreds of thousands of Android devices by masquerading as popular apps in Google Play. Viking Horde was uncovered by the security team at Check Point and reported to Google on 5 May. The malware is viewed as particularly dangerous because it can target rooted and non-rooted devices. However, rooted devices are the most at risk, as this allows the malware to download additional components that make it almost impossible... 

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Do Smartphones Cause Cancer?

May 11, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Do Smartphones Cause Cancer?

It is looking incredibly unlikely that mobile phone use is giving anyone cancer.  A long term study into the incidence of brain cancer in the Australian population between 1982 to 2013 shows no marked increase. The study, summarized on the Conversation site looked at the prevalence of mobile phones among the population against brain cancer rates, using data from national cancer registration. The results showed a very slight increase in brain cancer rates among males, but a stable level among females.... 

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The U.S. International Trade Commission Investigating 7 Smartphone Makers

May 10, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
The U.S. International Trade Commission Investigating 7 Smartphone Makers

The U.S. International Trade Commission has launched an investigation into seven smartphone makers on charges of patent infringement, which could lead to a ban on the sale of certain phones imported and sold by these vendors in the country. The commission said it is looking into devices from a group of mainly Asian companies, including Lenovo and its Motorola subsidiary, Samsung Electronics, ZTE, Sony, LG Electronics, HTC and BlackBerry. The complaint was filed against these companies by Creative... 

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Qualcomm Flaw Exposes Millions Of Android Devices

May 9, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Qualcomm Flaw Exposes Millions Of Android Devices

A flaw in an Android component shipped with phones that use Qualcomm chips puts users’ text messages and call history at risk of theft. The vulnerability was detected by security researchers from FireEye and was patched by Qualcomm in March. However, because the vulnerability was introduced five years ago, many affected devices are unlikely to ever receive the fix because they’re no longer supported by their manufacturers. The vulnerability, which is tracked as CVE-2016-2060, is located... 

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India Says No To Apple’s Used iPhones

May 5, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
India Says No To Apple’s Used iPhones

India has squashed a plan by Apple Inc to import used iPhones, according to a government official, dealing a blow to the U.S. tech giant that has been seeking to revive waning sales of its flagship smartphones. Apple sells what it calls refurbished iPhones at a discount in some countries, including the United States. Extending this practice to India would have likely helped it increase its share in one of the world’s fastest growing smartphone markets against competitors with much cheaper offerings. But... 

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What Can We Expect From Smartphones In The Future?

May 4, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
What Can We Expect From Smartphones In The Future?

The smartphone market has hit a bit of a lull. Sure, they’ve got bigger and faster (that’s what she said) but it’s been hard to get really excited about new phones recently beyond the fact that, well, they’re new. The iPhone 7 may – or may not – change this, but it’s more likely to be a new design, a slightly faster processor and maybe a new iOS version. But what if we look further into the future, say 2020 or 2021, and devices like the iPhone 9 or Galaxy S9?... 

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Phishing Apps Continue To Play Google Play

May 3, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile

Google’s attempts to safeguard the Android app store — Google Play — are far from perfect, with malicious apps routinely slipping through its review process. Such was the case for multiple phishing applications this year that posed as client apps for popular online payment services. Researchers from security firm PhishLabs claim that they’ve found 11 such applications since the beginning of 2016 hosted on Google Play, most of them created by the same group of attackers. The... 

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Greedy Billionaire Investor Dumps Entire Apple Portfolio

May 3, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Greedy Billionaire Investor Dumps Entire Apple Portfolio

Billionaire activist investor and Apple cheerleader Carl Icahn has dumped his entire stake in Apple because he thinks the writing is on the wall for the tech company. Icahn has been a big fan of Apple since he started investing three years ago. He has also made a fortune out of his investment.  But he said that Apple’s glory days could be over because the company has become too dependent on the whims of the Chinese government. Icahn, who owned 45.8 million Apple shares at the end of last year,... 

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As TV Stations Offer Up Wireless Spectrum, 5G Will Be Easier

May 2, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
As TV Stations Offer Up Wireless Spectrum, 5G Will Be Easier

Television stations have agreed to sell off 126MHz of premium wireless spectrum to mobile carriers in an ongoing U.S. Federal Communications Commission auction, potentially bringing higher speeds and more reliable networks to customers. The 126MHz of spectrum was the highest amount anticipated by the FCC in the so-called incentive auction, agency officials said Friday. In most areas of the country, the agency will be able to auction 10 blocks of 10MHz to mobile carriers and other interested bidders. This... 

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