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Huawei Unveils P8 And P8 Max Smartphones

April 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Huawei Unveils P8 And P8 Max Smartphones

China’s Huawei unveiled its flagship P8 and P8 Max mobile phones, devices that stack up against the latest models from Samsung and Apple in technical specifications if not marketing budget. The P8, which runs Google’s Android operating system, has a 5.2 inch display screen — slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S6, unveiled last month, and the iPhone 6 — and an eight-core 64-bit processor. Made from a single piece of metal, the phone is thinner than its rivals, with a width... 

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Samsung Has A Team Devoted To Making Screens For Apple Devices

April 16, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Has A Team Devoted To Making Screens For Apple Devices

Samsung Electronics Co has put together a standalone team of about 200 employees to work exclusively on making screens for rival smartphone maker Apple Inc’s products, Bloomberg reported, citing people with direct knowledge of the matter. The team at Samsung Display Co, which provides screens for iPads and MacBooks, helps develop products and is only allowed to share information about Apple’s business within the group, Bloomberg said. The team, formed on April 1, also helps with sales... 

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Sprint Offering In Home Technology Set-up Service

April 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Offering In Home Technology Set-up Service

Dealing with a highly competitive market, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint is offering to deliver and set up phones, tablets and other connected devices for free at homes, offices and other locations chosen by the customer. The offer is limited to eligible upgrade customers, but starting in September, new customers in selected markets will be able to choose the new Direct 2 You option, when buying online or through call centers. Launching in the Kansas City metropolitan area on Monday, the program will... 

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Letv Plans To Bring Mobile Phones, Streaming TV To US

April 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Letv Plans To Bring Mobile Phones, Streaming TV To US

Chinese company Letv plans to offer its smartphones and smart TVs to the United States later this year and to launch a video streaming service for Chinese-speaking Americans, according to statements made by the company on Tuesday. Letv said it set up a U.S. headquarters in Redwood City, California, part of the Silicon Valley tech hub, and has opened an office in Los Angeles. The company plans to hire hundreds of staff for the two locations in the coming months, JD Howard, vice president and general... 

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Activist Investors Calls For Breakup of Qualcomm

April 14, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Activist Investors Calls For Breakup of Qualcomm

Activist investor Jana Partners is urging Qualcomm Inc to consider spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing business to boost the chipmaker’s sagging stock price, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a quarterly letter that will be sent to Jana investors on Monday. Jana, one of Qualcomm’s largest shareholders, is also calling on the company to cut costs, accelerate stock buybacks and make changes to its executive pay structure, financial reporting and board of directors,... 

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Nokia Maybe Looking To Exit The Map Business Next

April 13, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Maybe Looking To Exit The Map Business Next

Nokia is mulling over the idea of selling its maps business known as HERE, a source familiar with the matter said late last week, pushing up shares in the Finnish company as well as its network gear rival Alcatel-Lucent. After the exit from handsets, analysts have seen little synergies between the map unit and Nokia’s mainstay network gear business. Nokia has hired a financial adviser to explore a sale of the unit, the source added. Bloomberg first reported news of the sale on Friday. A Nokia spokeswoman... 

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Samsung Expecting Record Sales Of Galaxy S6, Edge Phones

April 10, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Expecting Record Sales Of Galaxy S6, Edge Phones

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is predicting record shipments for its new Galaxy S6 smartphones and said it will face challenges to meet demand for the curved-edged version due to production constraints, adding to hopes for a turnaround in mobile sales. The S6 models are widely expected to sell briskly following a string of positive reviews, boosting prospects for an earnings recovery in 2015. This week, the company estimated its January-March operating profit to be its highest in three quarters, which... 

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New Battery Can Charge Smartphone In One Minute

April 9, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
New Battery Can Charge Smartphone In One Minute

U.S. scientists said they have developed an inexpensive, long-lasting and flexible battery made of aluminum for use in smartphones that can be charged in as little as one minute. The researchers, who detailed their discovery in the journal Nature, said the new aluminum-ion battery has the potential to replace lithium-ion batteries, used in millions of laptops and mobile phones. Besides recharging much faster, the new aluminum battery is safer than existing lithium-ion batteries, which occasionally... 

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Samsung Dismisses Claims Of Easily Bendable Galaxy S6

April 8, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Dismisses Claims Of Easily Bendable Galaxy S6

Samsung is not happy with recenlty published stress test that showed the Galaxy Edge S6′s frame bending and screen cracking under applied pressure, saying a smartphone wouldn’t experience such force in normal use. The Galaxy 6S Edge bent and its screen shattered after being exposed to 110 pounds of force, according to a test conducted by SquareTrade, which sells warranties for smartphones, tablets and other electronics. Even with a shattered screen, the phone still worked. SquareTrade posted... 

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U.S. Widens Lead In Worldwide Mobile Patents

April 7, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
U.S. Widens Lead In Worldwide Mobile Patents

The U.S. increased its lead in mobile patents last year and IBM took the top spot in new patents granted in that space, according to a report that reviewed data from both the U.S. and Europe. While the number of mobile patents granted by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) jumped by 17 percent between 2013 and 2014, the total fell by 4 percent at the European Patent Office (EPO), according to the report from Chetan Sharma Consulting release last week. The U.S. continued to gain on Europe... 

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Instagram Helps Out Apple Watch App Developers

April 6, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Instagram Helps Out Apple Watch App Developers

With the Apple Watch slated for release on April 24, third-party application developers are rushing to write extensions that can run on the device. Now Instagram is sharing some code it wrote for its own app to help others. The Facebook-owned company has posted a set of Objective C code that provides a way for an application to use complex data structures, which could facilitate feature-rich apps for the tiny device. “We’re really excited to be one of the first apps on the platform,... 

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Ossia Unveils Wireless Charging For Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Signals

April 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Ossia Unveils Wireless Charging For Wi-Fi, Bluetooth Signals

A wireless charging start-up announced that it has developed a chipset that easily integrates with mobile devices to allow them to charge from existing Wi-Fi and Bluetooth transmitters. Ossia originally announced its Cota wireless charging technology, in 2013, saying the antenna and chipset could receive power from wireless transmissions up to 30 feet away. The company announced that mobile device makers can now integrate its Cota chipset into mobile products without adding additional antennas;... 

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A Majority Of Apple Pay Users Complain Of Issues

April 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
A Majority Of Apple Pay Users Complain Of Issues

Apple Pay is not winning the hearts for many people who attempt to use the mobile payment service at the register. A survey from research firm Phoenix Marketing International found that 68 percent of respondents who have used Apple Pay had encountered an issue when making an in-store purchase. The leading compliant made by nearly half of respondents was that retailers’ sales terminals took too long to record a transaction. Other problems: employees who didn’t know how to process sales... 

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Verizon Finally Allows Customers To Opt Out Of ‘Super Cookies’

April 2, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Finally Allows Customers To Opt Out Of ‘Super Cookies’

Verizon customers have finally been given the ability toopt out of having a unique identifier loaded on their phones that critics have labelled a ‘supercookie’ because it’s almost impossible to remove. Verizon said in January that it would allow subscribers to opt out of the tracking mechanism, but it didn’t say when. On Tuesday, it said the identifier won’t be inserted for customers who opt out of its mobile advertising program. The move hasn’t satisfied privacy... 

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Sprint Picks Chicago To Roll Out Advanced LTE Network

April 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Picks Chicago To Roll Out Advanced LTE Network

Sprint plans to add more than 540 jobs and 115 retail locations in the Chicago area along with its first LTE-Advanced upgrade in the nation. LTE Advanced has the potential of delivering 100 Mbps wireless download speeds. The impact on the city of Chicago proper will be 300 new jobs by the end of 2015. Sprint will also install hundreds of new cellular sites in the city at an expected cost of $45 million by the end of 2016, Sprint said in a statement. LTE Advanced has become more common around the... 

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