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How About A Self-destructing BlackBerry?

December 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
How About A Self-destructing BlackBerry?

BlackBerry Ltd  is collaborating with Boeing Co on Boeing’s high-security Android-based smartphone, the Canadian mobile technology company’s chief executive said last Friday. The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with. The Boeing Black device encrypts calls and is aimed at government agencies and others that need to keep communications... 

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T-Mobile Rolls Out ‘Data Stash’ Plan

December 19, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
T-Mobile Rolls Out ‘Data Stash’ Plan

T-Mobile has announced a monthly data rollover plan for consumers and business customers called “Data Stash,” but the plan still will not allow workers to share their data with others in a work group. Data Stash works much the same way for users who have a Simple Choice plan (or Simple Choice for Business Value Plan) and have purchased 3GB or more of LTE data per month for smartphones and 1GB or more for tablets. T-Mobile will give those existing customers, as well as new customers, 10GB... 

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Manufacturer Coolpad Has Built Backdoor Into Android Devices

December 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Manufacturer Coolpad Has Built Backdoor Into Android Devices

Chinese smartphone maker Coolpad has created an extensive “backdoor” into its Android devices that can track users, serve them unwanted advertisements and install unauthorized apps, a U.S. security firm alleged today. In a research paper released today, Palo Alto Networks detailed its investigation of the backdoor, which it dubbed “CoolReaper.” “Coolpad has built a backdoor that goes beyond the usual data collection,” said Ryan Olson, director of intelligence at... 

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Suit Brought Against Sprint For Cramming

December 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Suit Brought Against Sprint For Cramming

The U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has filed a lawsuit against Sprint Corp over unauthorized charges on customers’ cellphone bills, a practice known as cramming, in the agency’s first foray into mobile payments. Marking the third cramming-related government enforcement action this year, the CFPB alleges that from 2004 through 2013, the wireless carrier allowed third parties to charge consumers tens of millions of dollars for services like ringtones or text-message horoscopes... 

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BlackBerry Launches ‘Classic’ Smartphone

December 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Launches ‘Classic’ Smartphone

BlackBerry Ltd rolled out its much anticipated Classic on Wednesday, a smartphone it hopes will help it win back market share and woo those still using older versions of its physical keyboard devices. The Canadian mobile technology company said the new device, which bears striking similarities to its once wildly popular Bold and Curve handsets, boasts a larger screen, longer battery life, an expanded app library with access to offerings from Amazon.com Inc’s Android App store, and a browser... 

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Study Finds Android Apps Frequently Using Permissions Granted

December 17, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Study Finds Android Apps Frequently Using Permissions Granted

Android apps really take advantage of those permissions they ask for to access users’ personal information: one online store records a phone’s location up to 10 times a minute, French researchers have found. The tools to manage such access are limited, and inadequate given how much information phones can gather. In a recent study, ten volunteers used Android phones that tracked app behavior using a monitoring app, Mobilitics, developed by the French National Institute for Informatics... 

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Patent Disputes Putting Xiaomi Smartphone Growth Plans In Jeopardy

December 16, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Patent Disputes Putting Xiaomi Smartphone Growth Plans In Jeopardy

Patent wars have become commonplace with smartphone vendors across the world, and now Xiaomi is no exception. The Chinese company announced it had halted its product sales in India, due to a patent dispute with Swedish network equipment vendor Ericsson. The legal troubles throw a wrench in Xiaomi’s international expansion, and could open the company to even more lawsuits from other patent holders, analysts warn. In Ericsson’s case, the company said it had spent more than three years... 

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Softbank Decides To Shrink Silicon Valley Presence

December 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Softbank Decides To Shrink Silicon Valley Presence

Japan’s SoftBank Corp  will soon scale back its Silicon Valley offices, sources with knowledge of the matter said, signaling the company won’t revive efforts to buy T-Mobile U.S. Inc . SoftBank subsidiary Sprint Corp dropped its bid to acquire the No. 4 U.S. carrier in August but the companies did not rule out future consolidation. The Japanese telecommunications company is now transferring “the bulk” of manpower out of its West Coast operations, including dispersing development... 

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Ericsson Goes After Xiaomi

December 12, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Ericsson Goes After Xiaomi

Ericsson has thrown a spanner into Chinese firm Xiaomi’s expansion plans, and has reportedly stopped it from selling handsets in India. According to reports, this is already happening. We have asked Ericsson to confirm its role and what it wants to say about it. It told us that the reports are true and that it is ready to defend itself. “It is unfair for Xiaomi to benefit from our substantial R&D investment without paying a reasonable licensee fee for our technology. After more than... 

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BlackBerry Teams With NanHealth To Launch Secure Browser

December 9, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Teams With NanHealth To Launch Secure Browser

BlackBerry Ltd and NantHealth, a healthcare-focused data provider,has rolled out a secure cancer genome browser, giving doctors the ability to access patients’ genetic data on the BlackBerry Passport smartphone. Earlier this year, BlackBerry bought a minority stake in privately held NantHealth. The mobile technology company sees healthcare as one of the niche sectors in which it has an advantage, due to the heightened focus on patient privacy and BlackBerry’s vast networks that can manage... 

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Americans Will Have To Wait For Fastest LTE Speeds

December 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Americans Will Have To Wait For Fastest LTE Speeds

LTE’s theoretical maximum download speed will increase to 450 Mbps next year — but most users won’t be able to take advantage of it, as many mobile operators simply don’t have enough radio spectrum. The broadband speed users get depends on a myriad of different factors, but in the network it all starts with the amount of spectrum their operator uses. Future increases will be fueled by a technology called carrier aggregation, which lets operators treat up to three radio channels... 

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Samsung To Decides To Launch Tizen Smartphone In India

December 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Decides To Launch Tizen Smartphone In India

South Korea’s Samsung Electronics Co Ltd had decided to launch a new sub-$100 smartphone running on its own Tizen operating system in India later this month, South Korea’s Maeil Business Newspaper is reporting. The paper, a local business daily, said Samsung will hold a press conference on Dec. 10 to launch its first Tizen smartphone, to be called the Z1. A Samsung Electronics spokeswoman declined to comment. Samsung had initially planned to launch a Tizen smartphone in Russia in... 

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Amazon Cuts Fire Phone Price Again

December 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Amazon Cuts Fire Phone Price Again

Amazon has dropped the price for its unlocked Fire smartphone by 69% just four months after the phone first went on sale. The company also just deleted thousands of negative online customer reviews of the smartphone on its website. The latest discount first appeared on Amazon.com last week, dropping the unlocked 32GB price from its original $649 to $199; the price still includes one year of Prime service, worth $99, and is good through Cyber Monday (Dec. 1). In addition to the price cut, Amazon... 

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Twitter To Track User’s Mobile Apps

December 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Twitter To Track User’s Mobile Apps

Twitter Inc has plans to start tracking what third-party apps are installed on users’ mobile devices so the social media company can deliver more tailored content, including ads, the company has revealed. The feature, called “app graph,” will allow the company to see what other applications users may have installed on phones or other devices. “To help build a more personal Twitter experience for you, we are collecting and occasionally updating the list of apps installed on... 

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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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