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StoreDot Says It Can Recharge Mobile Phone In 30 Seconds

November 26, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
StoreDot Says It Can Recharge Mobile Phone In 30 Seconds

An Israeli firm claims it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world’s most dynamic consumer industries. Using nano-technology to synthesize artificial molecules, Tel Aviv-based StoreDot says it has developed a battery that can store a much higher charge more quickly, in effect acting like a super-dense sponge to soak up power and retain it. While the prototype is currently far too bulky... 

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Apple Pay Enjoys Success As More Retailers Jump Onboard

November 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Pay Enjoys Success As More Retailers Jump Onboard

U.S. consumers have been leery of in-store mobile payments for years, but Apple Pay is making gains in that area just a month after the service launched Oct. 20. Apple’s latest success with Apple Pay includes the addition of support from hundreds of grocery stores within six major chains in the past week: BiLo Holding, 830 stores; Harvey’s and Winn-Dixie, 530; Albertson’s and Jewel-Osco, 180; Shaws and Star Markets, 150; United Food Stores, 60; and Associated Food Stores, 135. Wegmans... 

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Apple To Bundle Beats Music Into iOS

November 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple To Bundle Beats Music Into iOS

Apple Inc will bundle the subscription music service it acquired from Beats into its iOS operating system early next year, according to an article by the Financial Times. The inclusion of the paid-for Beats service in an iOS software update, which would instantly make it available on millions of iPhones and iPads, could happen as early as March, the daily reported, citing people familiar with the situation. The move will mark the company’s first big push into subscription music, at a time... 

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Snapchat To Offer Mobile Payments Service

November 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Snapchat To Offer Mobile Payments Service

Mobile messaging company Snapchat is rolling out a new service that wil allow users to send money to each other, in a partnership with online payments company Square. The service, dubbed Snapcash, allows Snapchat users to link their debit cards to their account and quickly send money to a contact by starting a chat on a smartphone, typing in a dollar sign and an amount and hitting a green button, Snapchat explained in a post on its official blog. The move marks the latest sign of expansion plans... 

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Better 911 Call Location Finding Coming To Mobile Phones

November 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Better 911 Call Location Finding Coming To Mobile Phones

Emergency responders will be able to better locate callers who dial 911 on their cellphones from indoors as the U.S. wireless industry improves caller-location for the majority of such calls in the next few years. Historically, satellite and other technologies have helped emergency responders find people who called from outdoors, while landlines commonly automatically provided dispatchers with an address. Cellphone calls from indoors, however, have been tougher to locate because walls weaken signals. Verizon... 

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Apple Finally Offers A Way Out From iMessage

November 13, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Finally Offers A Way Out From iMessage

Apple has finally published a tool that lets iPhone owners sever the link to iMessage, iOS’s texting service, when they leave the company’s circle of devices for Android, BlackBerry or Windows Phone. The tool, which allows former owners to disable iMessage even after they’ve disposed of their iPhones, was the first self-service option Apple has offered. Because iMessage is enabled by default — and is the standard texting service for iOS-to-iOS communication — iPhone... 

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A Mobile Phone That Can Spot Counterfeit Goods?

November 13, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
A Mobile Phone That Can Spot Counterfeit Goods?

Spotting counterfeited goods could become a question of simply taking close-up photos with a smartphone, according to a new NEC technology. The electronics maker has developed an authentication system that compares images snapped with a phone with those in a cloud-based database. Images of the authentic product from the manufacturer would need to be registered beforehand. The “object fingerprint authentication technology” is the first such system that can identify individual objects,... 

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AT&T Decides Against Hi-speed In-flight Internet Service

November 12, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Decides Against Hi-speed In-flight Internet Service

AT&T Inc has dropped its plans to roll out high-speed Internet service on commercial flights in order to focus on international expansion and video offerings, the company said in a statement on Monday. Last Friday, the carrier announced a $1.7 billion acquisition of Mexican operator Iusacell, AT&T’s second major acquisition this year following a $48.5 billion bid for satellite operator DirecTV. “After a thorough review of our investment portfolio, the company decided to no longer... 

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Microsoft’s First Lumia Phone Without Nokia To Arrive Tuesday

November 10, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft’s First Lumia Phone Without Nokia To Arrive Tuesday

Microsoft’s first Windows smartphone since it axed the Nokia brand will arrive on Tuesday, and a teaser from the company hints that it will be a new low-end model. The teaser promises a smartphone for everyone, the most popular way to position a budget device. The teaser doesn’t offer many details beyond the Nov. 11 launch and an image of what looks like an orange smartphone with a front-facing camera, a feature missing from other low-cost Lumias. Rumored specifications include a 5-in.... 

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Sprint Clings To 3rd Place, Wards Off T-Mobile Advance In Latest Quarter

November 5, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Clings To 3rd Place, Wards Off T-Mobile Advance In Latest Quarter

Sprint had 55 million wireless “connections” at the end of the third quarter, allowing it to barely retain the title of third largest U.S. carrier, just ahead of T-Mobile. Some analysts had predicted Sprint would fall to fourth place behind T-Mobile, which has 53 million wireless customers, due to Sprint’s losses of postpaid phone subscribers. Those customers pay monthly bills after using a wireless service, as opposed to paying in advance. In the company’s earnings call late... 

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Voice Over LTE Expected For AT&T, Verizon Wireless In 2015

November 5, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Voice Over LTE Expected For AT&T, Verizon Wireless In 2015

Verizon Communications and AT&T Inc plan on being able to transmit wireless voice calls between the two carriers over high-speed data networks by 2015, both companies announced. The technology is expected to improve the quality of calls and allow for video calling and voicemail. The calls would be transmitted using a technology known as Voice over LTE, which repackages voice calls as data and transmits them over carriers’ high-speed data networks. Carriers currently transmit most voice... 

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Is Blackberry Messenger Trying to Emulate SnapChat?

November 4, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is Blackberry Messenger Trying to Emulate SnapChat?

Blackberry has added a Snapchat-style self-destructing message feature to BlackBerry Messenger (BBM), which it boldly claims makes it “unlike any other chat app out there today”. Despite having pulled the feature straight out of Snapchat, BlackBerry is claiming that BBM’s new Timed Messages feature, allowing people to choose when messages expire, makes the service like no other. BlackBerry said in a blog post: “With today’s BBM update we’re incredibly excited... 

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Banks Planning On Launching Own Mobile Payments Apps

November 4, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Banks Planning On Launching Own Mobile Payments Apps

Several large financial institutions are planning to launch their own mobile payments apps next year. The banks would be major competitors to handset makers Apple and Google because unlike others pushing mobile wallet technology, such as mobile phone carriers and retailers, they already have an intimate relationship with consumers and know their spending habits. “Banks all around the world are working on this right now,” said James Anderson, senior vice president for mobile and emerging... 

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Starbucks Says 1 in 6 Of Its Payments Are Mobile

November 3, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Starbucks Says 1 in 6 Of Its Payments Are Mobile

Starbucks says mobile payments is growing in a big way and it’s already handling almost 7 million a week at its U.S. stores. That accounts for 16 percent of all transactions at its coffee shops and, the company says, meant it transacted 90 percent of all of mobile payments in the entire U.S. in 2013. The company’s slice of the national mobile payments market is sure to dip in the years ahead as other retailers start catching up to Starbucks, in part thanks to the recent launch of Apple... 

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Xiaomi Becomes World’s Third-Largest Smartphone Vendor

October 31, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Xiaomi Becomes World’s Third-Largest Smartphone Vendor

China’s Xiaomi Inc has nudged it’s way into being the world’s third-largest smartphone vendor just three years after first hitting the market, trailing only Samsung Electronics Co Ltd and Apple Inc, according to a new industry study. Strategy Analytics said Xiaomi accounted for 6 percent of all 320 million smartphones shipped during July-September. Samsung made up 25 percent, down from 35 percent a year earlier due to rising competition from several directions. Apple’s share... 

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