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BlackBerry To Lay Off Staff In Smartphone Unit

May 28, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry To Lay Off Staff In Smartphone Unit

BlackBerry is planning to reduce an unspecified number of positions in its devices unit, as it attempts to make that business profitable, while expanding in other areas. The smartphone company in Waterloo, Ontario, said in a statement over the weekend that it had decided to consolidate its device software, hardware and applications business, “impacting a number of employees around the world.” The company said that as it moves into the next stage of its turnaround, it aims to reallocate... 

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Is The Mobile Space Drying Up?

May 22, 2015 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is The Mobile Space Drying Up?

According to Digitimes, heading into the second quarter of 2015, Taiwan touch panel makers have sudden got conservative outlooks and some are even predicting that their revenues will drop another 15-20 per cent. he reason is that consumers don’t want game changing tablets and despite the claim that they are moving over to phablets instead the smartphone market is still pretty pants. While Taiwan’s overall shipments are expected to grow in the second quarter, with makers expected to ship... 

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Dropbox Releases ‘Universal App’ For Windows Phones, Tablets

May 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Dropbox Releases ‘Universal App’ For Windows Phones, Tablets

Dropbox previously released its cloud storage service on Windows phones and tablets, and on Tuesday the company followed up with a universal app that expands the feature sets for both types of devices. The update automatically adapts to the user’s screen size and delivers a number of new features, including the ability for Windows Phone users to upload videos directly from their devices. In the interests of multitasking, Windows Phone users can also now upload multiple files at once. And they... 

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Asus To Offer The Zenfone 2 For $199

May 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Asus To Offer The Zenfone 2 For $199

Asus isn’t exactly known for smartphones in the U.S., but the company is trying to make a strong statement with the Zenfone 2, which packs more storage than similarly priced competitors. The Zenfone 2, which has a 5.5-inch display with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, starts at $199. It will began shipping on Tuesday with Google’s Android 5.0 mobile operating system. A model with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage goes for $299, while the $199 model has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage.... 

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Apple Bolsters Mapping Technology With Coherent Acquisition

May 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Bolsters Mapping Technology With Coherent Acquisition

Apple, which has been focusing efforts on beefing up its mapping technology since ditching Google Maps in 2012, has acquired Coherent Navigation, a startup offering a high-accuracy GPS navigation service. Coherent’s navigation system is used in the Iridium satellite network, according to the LinkedIn profile of Paul Lego, who was CEO of the company before going to work for Apple. Coherent, which was founded in 2008 and is based in the San Francisco area, counts the U.S. government as a customer... 

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Bing Follows Google In Favoring Mobile-Friendly Sites

May 19, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Bing Follows Google In Favoring Mobile-Friendly Sites

Microsoft is changing how it ranks Bing search results for mobile users, prioritizing sites that display better on smaller screens to accommodate the increased use of mobile search. The changes, announced Thursday, come less than a month after Google started prioritizing mobile-optimized sites in its search results. Both companies are looking to attract more users by providing a better search experience on smartphones and tablets. Microsoft said it expects to roll out the changes in the coming months.... 

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Google To Ad ‘Buy’ Button To Mobile Search Results

May 18, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google To Ad ‘Buy’ Button To Mobile Search Results

Google will add a “buy” button in its search results on mobile devices in the coming weeks, according to a report last Friday in the Wall Street Journal, a move that could give online shoppers an easier way to buy products on small screens. The change might also give consumers an alternative to mobile apps from companies like Amazon and eBay, though it might jeopardize retailers’ ability to directly market to their customers. The buy button will appear on Google’s search results... 

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Verizon And Sprint Ordered To Issue Refunds For Cramming

May 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon And Sprint Ordered To Issue Refunds For Cramming

If you are a current or former Verizon or Sprint customer, then you should review your bill to see if you ever received questionable charges from third-parties that you did not authorize or for services you did not receive. It’s a practice known as mobile “cramming” and all the big wireless carriers have been found guilty of billing customers for unauthorized third-party premium text message services. Ringtones are but one example of Premium Short Messaging Services (PSMS) which customers did... 

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Apple Products Still Dominant For Enterprise Users

May 14, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Products Still Dominant For Enterprise Users

Apple products are still the most popular mobile devices among enterprise users, but competitors are erasing the company’s lead, especially in the tablet market. Those are the findings from enterprise mobility management vendor Good Technology, which issued a report that measured mobile device activations among its business customers. Good says its technology serves more than 6,200 companies. In the first quarter of 2015, 72 percent of all smartphones activated globally ran iOS. Compared to... 

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Hallmark Launches First eCard App

May 12, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Hallmark Launches First eCard App

Hallmark, one of the world’s oldest and best-known greeting card companies, launched its first Hallmark eCard app for the iPhone and iPad last week. The new app, which will eventually make it to Android devices, isn’t just about ecards. It’s part of a broader mission within the Hallmark eCard division to help users connect more deeply through mobile devices and social networks than they do today, said Dan Kessler, general manager of Hallmark eCards. “We’re talking about... 

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Chinese Smartphone Vendors Pivot Towards High-end Devices

May 12, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Chinese Smartphone Vendors Pivot Towards High-end Devices

When ZTE unveiled its latest phone, the Z9, the Chinese company wasn’t embarrassed to reveal its high price. The cutting-edge device will retail in China starting at 3499 yuan (US$574), which is far more than the cost of low-end handsets that have flooded store shelves, and turned China into the world’s largest smartphone market. For years, Chinese handset vendors have been competing in the local market by offering cheap products that most people can afford. Prices have continually... 

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Google Says Most Searches Now Come From Mobile

May 8, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Says Most Searches Now Come From Mobile

Google now gets more search queries from mobile devices than it does from PCs. The company noted this milestone in mobile computing in a blog post. “Billions of times per day, consumers turn to Google for I want-to-know, I want-to-go, I want-to-do, and I want-to-buy moments,” wrote Jerry Dischler, Google’s vice president of product management. “And at these times, consumers are increasingly picking up their smartphones for answers. In fact, more Google searches take place... 

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Text-to-911 Still Has Very Low Adoption Rate, Research Finds

May 8, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Text-to-911 Still Has Very Low Adoption Rate, Research Finds

Only 5% of the nation’s 6,500 emergency dispatch centers are capable of receiving and responding to emergency text-to-911 messages. That’s not good enough for more than 41,000 signers of a Change.org petition. They want Congress to pass legislation requiring emergency centers to update their systems to accommodate texting. Text-to-911 would have provided much-needed help for Lisbeth (not her real name), a mother of two who said she was repeatedly battered by her boyfriend in her home... 

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Sprint Barely Beats T-Mobile In Carrier Race

May 7, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Barely Beats T-Mobile In Carrier Race

Sprint barely retained its spot as the nation’s third-largest carrier in the first quarter of 2015, with T-Mobile continuing in fourth place. Sprint announced it had 57.1 million total connections to its network, compared to 56.8 million for T-Mobile, as reported last week. T-Mobile had been expected to edge ahead of Sprint, given T-Mobile’s aggressive growth in the past year. Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure said in a conference call that T-Mobile CEO John Legere had spoken “prematurely”... 

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Motorola Must Pay Fujifilm $10M For Patent Infringement

May 6, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Motorola Must Pay Fujifilm $10M For Patent Infringement

Motorola Mobility announced that a U.S. jury ordered the company to pay $10.2 million in damages for using Fujifilm Corp’s patented technology in its phones without permission. Fujifilm Corp, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Fujifilm Holdings Corp, sued Motorola in 2012, accusing the company of infringing three of its patents on digital camera functions and a fourth patent relating to transmitting data over a wireless connection such as Bluetooth. The damages the jury ordered on Monday were lesser... 

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