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Mobile World Congress Coming To USA In 2017

June 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile World Congress Coming To USA In 2017

Mobile World Congress, considered by many experts as the most important tech trade show in the world, is coming to the U.S. Trade groups GSMA and CTIA are joining forces to bring a smaller version of the event to the U.S. in 2017. GSMA Mobile World Congress Americas will debut Sept. 12 to 14, 2017, in San Francisco and will replace U.S. trade group CTIA’s Super Mobility conference. Super Mobility will continue this year in Las Vegas from Sept. 7 to 9. The new conference will be the “first... 

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BlackBerry Says Device Business Is Top Priority

June 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Says Device Business Is Top Priority

BlackBerry Ltd’s top priority this year is to make its devices business turn a profit, its chief executive said, even as it weighs the future of its hardware operation. “The device business must be profitable, because we don’t want to run a business that drags onto the bottom line,” Chief Executive John Chen told investors at the company’s annual meeting. “We’ve got to get there this year.” Chen has previously said a decision would be made by September... 

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New ‘Godless’ Malware Infecting Android Phones

June 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
New ‘Godless’ Malware Infecting Android Phones

Android phone owners take note: a new type of malware has been found in legitimate-looking apps that can “root” your phone and secretly install unwanted programs. The malware, dubbed Godless, has been found lurking on app stores including Google Play, and it targets devices running Android 5.1 (Lollipop) and earlier, which accounts for more than 90 percent of Android devices, Trend Micro said Tuesday in a blog post. Godless hides inside an app and uses exploits to try to root the OS on your... 

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Samsung Pivoting Towards 5G Mobile Technology

June 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Pivoting Towards 5G Mobile Technology

Trailing its competitors after past mistakes on wireless technology standards, Samsung Electronics Co Ltd aims to become a global top-three player in 5G mobile networks by moving quickly in markets like the United States, an executive said. The world’s top smartphone maker ranks well behind peers such as Nokia Corp, Huawei Technologies Co Ltd  and Ericsson in the networks business, after backing CDMA and WiMax wireless technologies that never caught on globally. The South Korean giant now... 

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Patent Dispute May Hamper Apple’s iPhone 6 Sales In China

June 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Patent Dispute May Hamper Apple’s iPhone 6 Sales In China

Apple’s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus face a looming sales ban in China over a patent dispute with a little-known local company. The phones infringe a design patent held by Chinese device maker Shenzhen Baili, a Beijing intellectual property office ruled, according to a notice posted Thursday. The office ordered Apple and its partners to halt sales of both products, though Apple has appealed and the phones are currently still on sale there. “We appealed an administrative order from a regional... 

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AT&T Expands Wi-Fi Calling To LG G4

June 17, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Expands Wi-Fi Calling To LG G4

AT&T revealed that it will support calling over a Wi-Fi network from the LG G4 phone, with other Android devices to follow. Wi-Fi calls recently became available to customers usingiPhones and other iOS 9.3 devices on all four major U.S. carriers, which includes AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile. That iOS update first became available March 21. Wi-Fi calling is ideal for places were there is limited or no cell coverage. Many indoor spaces don’t provide good cellular connections, so... 

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Apple Pay Being Updated To Allow Online Purchases

June 15, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Pay Being Updated To Allow Online Purchases

Consumers will soon be able to make purchses with Apple Pay over the web from a Mac desktop or laptop, with the transaction being authenticated via a buyer’s fingerprint scan on their iPhone or a touch on their Apple Watch. The new Apple Pay capability will be released as part of the free, rebranded (from OS X) macOS Sierra upgrade coming sometime this fall, Craig Federighi, Apple senior vice president of software engineering, announced at the Worldwide Developer Conference held in San Francisco... 

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Apple’s Next iPhone Will Use Intel Modem Chips

June 13, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple’s Next iPhone Will Use Intel Modem Chips

Apple Inc’s next iPhone will use modems chips from Intel Corp, taking the place of those made by Qualcomm Inc in some versions of the new smartphone, Bloomberg reported, citing people familiar with the matter. Intel’s modem chips will be in iPhones used on AT&T Inc’s U.S. network and some other versions of the smartphone for overseas markets, Bloomberg reported on Friday. However, iPhones sold in China will use Qualcomm chips, and iPhones on Verizon Communications Inc’s... 

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CurrentC Mobile Payment Pilot Ends, Future Uncertain

June 10, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
CurrentC Mobile Payment Pilot Ends, Future Uncertain

Merchant Customer Exchange (MCX) has ended a Columbus, Ohio, pilot of its CurrentC mobile payment service this week. The company said on its website that it has “not determined the future timing of CurrentC” although some analysts have said for a while they doubted the service would continue due to pressure from Apple Pay, Samsung Pay and others. In an emailed statement, an MCX spokesman said, “We removed CurrentC from the app stores to coincide with the scheduled end of our Columbus,... 

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Apple Rolls Out A Revamped App Store

June 10, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Rolls Out A Revamped App Store

Apple Inc announced a series of long anticipated enhancements to its App Store, but the new features may not ease concerns of developers and analysts who say that the App Store model – and the very idea of the single-purpose app – has seen its best days. The revamped App Store will let developers advertise their wares in search results and give developers a bigger cut of revenues on subscription apps, while Apple said it has already dramatically sped up its app-approval process. The goal... 

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Apple Pay Struggling To Gain Traction Outside U.S.

June 3, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Pay Struggling To Gain Traction Outside U.S.

Over a year ago after Apple Pay took the United States by storm, the smartphone giant has made only tiny ripple in the global payments market, hindered by technical challenges, low consumer take-up and resistance from banks. The service is available in six countries and among a limited range of banks, though in recent weeks Apple has added four banks to its sole Singapore partner American Express; Australia and New Zealand Banking Group in Australia; and Canada’s five big banks. Apple Pay... 

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Is The iPhone Losing Its Appeal?

June 3, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is The iPhone Losing Its Appeal?

The fruity cargo cult Apple appears to have admitted that its iPhone cash-cow is ready for the meat works and is slowing down its production cycle to once every three years. This means that Jobs’ Mob will only have to come up with something new for it is iPhone once every three years instead of every two years as it does now. It will also clear the field for Apple’s rivals. The news comes from the Japanese newspaper Nikkei which claims Apple is moving from a tick-tock cycle with a major iPhone... 

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In Partnership Deal, Microsoft Sells Patents To Xiaomi

June 2, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
In Partnership Deal, Microsoft Sells Patents To Xiaomi

Software giant Microsoft Corp is selling about 1,500 of its patents to Chinese device maker Xiaomi, a rare departure for the U.S. company and part of what the two companies say is the start of a long-term partnership. The deal will also include a patent cross-licensing arrangement and a commitment by Xiaomi to install copies of Microsoft software, including Office and Skype, on its phones and tablets. Both companies declined to discuss financial terms of the deal. “This is a very big collaboration... 

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In-Home Tech Support Companies HelloTech, Geekatoo Merging

May 24, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
In-Home Tech Support Companies HelloTech, Geekatoo Merging

Los Angeles-based startup HelloTech and rival in-home tech support company Geekatoo announced that they have merged, in a sign of consolidation in the hotly competitive on-demand sector. HelloTech will combine its network of about 150 college students who provide on-demand tech repair to Southern California consumers with Geekatoo’s U.S. network of about 5,000 technicians, the companies said in a joint statement. The merger connects HelloTech with Geekatoo’s national market and provides... 

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Nokia Slashes Another 1,000 Jobs

May 23, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Slashes Another 1,000 Jobs

Nokia is eliminating 1,032 jobs in Finland as part of a cost-cutting plan following its acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent, the telecom network equipment maker said in a statement last Friday. Finland’s biggest company has cut thousands of jobs in its home country over the past decade as its once-dominant phone business was eclipsed by the rise of smartphone rivals. Nokia started the latest cost cutting program in April and is targeting 900 million euros ($1 billion) of operating cost synergies... 

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