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Verizon Bringing 5G To 11 U.S. Cities

February 24, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Bringing 5G To 11 U.S. Cities

Verizon Communications Inc has announced that it would begin offering its high-speed wireless 5G network to certain customers in 11 U.S. cities in the first half of 2017. Verizon will begin pilot testing 5G “pre-commercial services” in cities, including Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Miami, Seattle and Washington, D.C. The company had said last July that it laid out plans to conduct trials for its 5G network this year. New 5G networks are expected to provide speeds at least 10 times... 

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New Qualcomm, Intel Modems Boasts LTE Speeds Greater Than 1Gbps

February 23, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
New Qualcomm, Intel Modems Boasts LTE Speeds Greater Than 1Gbps

With every new generation of smartphone, LTE connections gain more speed. That’s because the devices have faster modems that can transfer data at previously unheard of download speeds. The top modem providers are Intel and Qualcomm, whose cellular chips are used in the iPhone. Both have announced modems that will push LTE connections to speeds well over those of regular home internet connections. Qualcomm unveiled the X20 LTE chipset, which can transfer data at speeds of up to 1.2Gbps. Intel... 

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Apple Finally Overtakes Samsung In Smartphones Sales

February 16, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Apple Finally Overtakes Samsung In Smartphones Sales

Apple has outpaced Samsung Electronics in smartphone sales for the first time in two years, but that victory might just be short-lived. Samsung sold 76.8 million smartphones in the fourth quarter, giving it a market share of 17.8 percent, but it was just beaten by Apple, which sold 77 million iPhones for a 17.9 percent share, according to figures from market research firm Gartner. The fourth quarter is usually a strong one for Apple, boosted by holiday sales of the new generation of iPhones it... 

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AT&T Has Plans For IoT Network Later This Year

February 16, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Has Plans For IoT Network Later This Year

AT&T is accelerating its planned debuted of LTE-M, an IoT network that’s already being used to track shipping containers and pallets, monitor water use and connect fleets to the internet. The carrier said Tuesday it will have nationwide LTE-M coverage in the U.S. by the middle of this year, six months ahead of schedule. Previously, AT&T had said LTE-M would cover the U.S. by year’s end. That means everywhere in the country that AT&T has an LTE network, it will also offer LTE-M. By... 

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T-Mobile Riding High, Adds Customers And Beats Revenue Forecast

February 15, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Riding High, Adds Customers And Beats Revenue Forecast

T-Mobile US Inc, the No.3 U.S. wireless carrier, has reported higher-than-expected quarterly revenue and profit as its promotional offers aided in adding new customers. T-Mobile had a number of promotional offers in the fourth quarter, including a free iPhone 7 offer with eligible trade-in around Black Friday. Riding on the success of these offers, the company gained market share from rivals Verizon Communications Inc, AT&T Inc and Sprint Corp in an oversaturated U.S. wireless market. T-Mobile... 

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Apple Joins Wireless Power Consortium

February 15, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Apple Joins Wireless Power Consortium

Apple has joined the consortium responsible for the Qi wireless charging system, heating up rumors that owners of future  iPhones could live tangle-free. Last week, a financial analyst claimed Apple will release three new iPhones with wireless charging capabilities this year, reviving an on-again, off-again rumor about the next-generation iPhone’s capabilities. The appearance of Apple’s name on the membership list of the Wireless Power Consortium, Qi’s creator, over the last week... 

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Is The iPhone 8 Going Qi?

February 15, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Is The iPhone 8 Going Qi?

Long-standing rumors surrounding the possibility of wireless charging being a hot feature in Apple’s upcoming iPhone 8 this year are now receiving some confirmation, thanks to the company’s recent decision to join the 213-member Wireless Power Consortium group. Based on the wireless industry group’s website last week, Apple has been officially listed as one of the latest members to take part in and promote the widespread adoption of the Qi wireless interface standard, which has been used for... 

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Verizon Resurrects Unlimited Data Plan

February 14, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Resurrects Unlimited Data Plan

Verizon Communications Inc reintroduced an unlimited data plan on Monday, its first in more than five years, in its latest effort to lure customers as competition rises between network carriers. The introductory plan, announced on Sunday, will give unlimited data to customers on smartphones and tablets on its 4G LTE network. It comes days after competitor Sprint Corp introduced a new unlimited data plan of its own. The unlimited option appears to be a change in direction for Verizon after one of... 

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Is Wireless Charging Finally Making It To The Next iPhone?

February 13, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Is Wireless Charging Finally Making It To The Next iPhone?

Apple’s next three models of the iPhone — the iPhone 8 and two updated versions of  iPhone 7 — will finally contain a long-awaited feature: wireless charging, according to an industry analyst with a track record of being right about the company’s plans. The new iPhone models, which are expected to come in 4.7-in, 5.5-in and 5.8-in form factors when released later this year, will also sport a new 3D Touch feature and an OLED display, according to Ming-Chi Kuo, a financial... 

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FCC Says Wireless Spectrum Bidding Less Than Anticipated

February 13, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
FCC Says Wireless Spectrum Bidding Less Than Anticipated

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced that bidding in the wireless spectrum auction has ended at $19.6 billion, significantly less than many analysts had initially forecast. The so-called broadcast incentive spectrum auction is one of the commission’s most complex and ambitious to date and should be complete by April. The FCC said last year that 62 bidders made upfront payments to take part, including AT&T Inc, Verizon Communications Inc, Dish Network Corp, T-Mobile US Inc... 

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iPhone 7 Plus Features Pays Off For Apple

February 10, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
iPhone 7 Plus Features Pays Off For Apple

Features exclusive to the iPhone 7 Plus aided sales of the larger smartphone, but they were not the only reasons why a higher percentage of customers went big last year, analysts said. “The nature of the market is also shifting,” said Ben Bajarin of Creative Strategies, in a recent interview. As consumers encounter large-screen smartphones with more frequency — especially ones owned by friends — there’s a bandwagon effect, he explained. Although the shift to bigger... 

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Do Mobile Games Need To Be Free?

February 10, 2017 by   | Category: Gaming, Mobile
Do Mobile Games Need To Be Free?

Ever since Nintendo’s shares rocketed after the launch of Pokémon Go –  and despite the worldwide phenomenon not being a Nintendo product – and the surprise announcement of Super Mario Run, all eyes have been on the platform holder’s mobile strategy need to be free. Analysts and even the mainstream media have been quick to comment on the potential for traditional games brands in the mobile space, but in all the excitement some people seem to have forgotten several publishers... 

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BlackBerry Announces New Line Of Business

February 9, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Announces New Line Of Business

BlackBerry unveiled a new line of business to provide developers with a secure, cloud-based, mobile communications platform for texting, voice, video and file sharing. Developers can insert these capabilities into their existing custom apps and services using the new BBM Enterprise SDK (software developer kit), BlackBerry said. The SDK will be sold as a per-user license on a subscription basis to developers, including those employed at enterprises, and to independent software vendors (ISVs). BlackBerry... 

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S. Korea To Tighten Battery Safety Regulations After Galaxy Note Fires

February 7, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
S. Korea To Tighten Battery Safety Regulations After Galaxy Note Fires

In the aftermath of the Note7 fiasco, South Korea is introducing new tests and regulations to ensure battery and smartphone safety, the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy (MOTIE) said. The new measures will include requiring manufacturers to certify the safety of lithium-ion batteries based on new technologies in the process of production. The announcement Monday by MOTIE also agrees with the analysis by Samsung Electronics and some experts on the cause of the overheating and even explosions... 

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Is Android’s Pattern Security Easy To Break?

January 26, 2017 by   | Category: Mobile
Is Android’s Pattern Security Easy To Break?

The Pattern Lock system which is used to provide security on millions of Android phones is a doddle to crack. Researchers apparently can manage it in five goes, and the more complicated patterns are the easiest to crack. For those who came in late, Pattern Lock is a replacement for PIN codes or text passwords. It is used by 40 per cent of Android device owners. Users must first draw a pattern on an on-screen grid of dots. If this matches the pattern set by the owner, then the device can be used. ... 

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