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Mobile Phone Growth In U.S. Continues To Slow Down

October 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile Phone Growth In U.S. Continues To Slow Down

The overall mobile phone market in the U.S. will fall off this year by 1% even as many emerging countries around the world see robust growth. After several years of accelerated growth, the U.S. market is feeling the effects of market saturation and smartphone ownership that’s lasting longer than once expected, Ramon Llamas, an analyst IDC, said in an updated forecast. IDC’s five-year forecast issued for October significantly undercuts its April forecast, dropping expectations for U.S.... 

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Sprint Cuts Jobs At Its Headquarters, More To Follow

October 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Cuts Jobs At Its Headquarters, More To Follow

Sprint recently eliminated more than 400 jobs from its headquarters in Overland Park, Kan., an amount that equals about 6% of the 7,500 workers there. The company is expected to make more job cuts this month, including from other locations in the U.S., further lowering the ranks of its 33,000-person work force. Since January, the company has cut its ranks by about 5,000, from 38,000. The latest headquarters cuts were in IT and portfolio management and Sprint’s network, technology and product areas,... 

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Google’s Nexus 6 Unlocked Device To Cost Significantly More

October 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google’s Nexus 6 Unlocked Device To Cost Significantly More

Google’s new Nexus 6 smartphone will be offered at $649, unlocked, when pre-orders begin on Oct. 29. The price is almost twice the $349 starting price charged for the Nexus 5 a year ago. Google didn’t elaborate on the price increase after announcing the Nexus 6, but several analysts said Google may be intending to push the Nexus as a premium brand that can compete with the iPhone 6 and other high-end phones. Google originally developed Android to be inclusive and global, and indeed,... 

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FCC To Explore Next-Generation Wireless Networks

October 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
FCC To Explore Next-Generation Wireless Networks

U.S. Federal Communications Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel, on Friday, stated that U.S. regulators will look “to infinity and beyond” to harness new technology that can help build a new generation of mobile wireless connections. The FCC on Friday voted unanimously to open a so-called “notice of inquiry” into what it and the industry can do to turn a new swath of very high-frequency airwaves, previously deemed unusable for mobile networks, into mobile-friendly frequencies. The... 

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Verizon To Offer Sony’s Xperia Z3V Smartphone

October 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon To Offer Sony’s Xperia Z3V Smartphone

Sony and Verizon Wireless have designed a new smartphone, the Xperia Z3V, which will go on sale in the U.S. starting later this month. The smartphone is a variant of the Xperia Z3, which was announced at the IFA trade show in Berlin last month. The smartphone will be sold for US$199 through Verizon with a two-year mobile contract, the companies said. The Z3V smartphone has a 5.2-inch screen and looks and feels just like the Z3, but there are subtle differences. The Z3V has wireless charging and offers... 

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Sprint Confirms Shut Down Of WiMax Network In November

October 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Confirms Shut Down Of WiMax Network In November

Sprint’s WiMax network, rolled out in 2008 as the first commercial 4G system in the U.S., will finally cease operations in November 2015. The country’s third-largest carrier has confirmed that it will end its WiMax service on Nov. 6, 2015. It had disclosed in a Securities and Exchange Commission filing last year that WiMax would shut down by the end of 2015. Sprint deployed what was then a newly emerging technology in 2008, attempting to jump past its competitors with a mobile data network... 

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Cyber criminals Remotely Erasing Smartphone Data

October 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Cyber criminals Remotely Erasing Smartphone Data

Smartphones taken as evidence by police in the UK are being wiped remotely by crooks in order to remove potentially incriminating data, an investigation has uncovered. Dorset police told the BBC that six devices were wiped within the space of a year while they were being kept in police custody, and Cambridgeshire, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Durham police also confirmed similar incidents. The technology being used was originally designed to allow device owners to remove sensitive data from phones... 

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Nearly 45% Of Android Devices Have Browser With Security Holes

October 10, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nearly 45% Of Android Devices Have Browser With Security Holes

Around 45 percent of Android mobile devices have a browser that is vulnerable to two serious security issues, but some countries have a considerably larger percentage of affected users than others, according to data from mobile security firm Lookout. The two security issues were uncovered over the past month by a security researcher named Rafay Baloch and were described as a privacy disaster by other researchers. They allow an attacker to bypass a core security boundary, called the same-origin... 

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iPhone 6 Plus Sales Account For Nearly 20% Of New iPhones

October 8, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
iPhone 6 Plus Sales Account For Nearly 20% Of New iPhones

Although Apple’s iPhone 6 Plus remains mostly out of stock, its portion of total iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sales has increased over the last two weeks, according to analysis of usage-tracking data. Mobile metrics firms Mixpanel and Fiksu, which monitor the activity of iPhone owners via the analytics embedded in clients’ apps, have both noted an improvement in the ratio of the iPhone 6 Plus to iPhone 6 smartphones. As of Sunday, for example, Mixpanel pegged the iPhone 6 at 6.02% of all iPhones,... 

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Verizon Changes Mind, Won’t Throttle Unlimited LTE Users After All

October 3, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Changes Mind, Won’t Throttle Unlimited LTE Users After All

Verizon Wireless backed away from a widely criticized plan to slow down the connections of heavy data users with unlimited LTE plans. The carrier had announced in July it would extend a practice it calls network optimization to unlimited LTE subscribers starting in October. Network optimization targets the top 5 percent of data users on the network when a cell site is under the heaviest demand, and slows down those users’ network performance. Verizon had already applied the practice to the... 

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Mobile Carriers, Dish Plan To Enter FCC’s Airwave Auction

October 3, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile Carriers, Dish Plan To Enter FCC’s Airwave Auction

Three of the four largest U.S. mobile operators and satellite provider Dish Network Corp plan to bid in the Federal Communications Commission’s November auction of airwaves, according to initial applications released on Wednesday. As expected, the largest U.S. wireless carrier Verizon Communications Inc, No. 2 AT&T Inc, No. 4 T-Mobile US Inc and Dish appeared to be the largest companies to indicate an interest in bidding in the upcoming auction of frequencies known as AWS-3. Applications... 

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Humana Integrates Health App With Apple’s HealthKit

October 1, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Humana Integrates Health App With Apple’s HealthKit

Humana Inc, which manages private Medicare and individual Obamacare insurance plans, has announced that it has integrated its consumer health application with Apple Inc’s HealthKit. The move, the first announced by a major insurer, allows Humana customers to more easily manage fitness data and other personal health goals, the company said in a statement. Humana’s wellness program, called HumanaVitality, rewards members for hitting these goals, which include being more active, eating better... 

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BlackBerry’s Passport Smartphone Sold Out, Says CEO

September 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry’s Passport Smartphone Sold Out, Says CEO

BlackBerry’s new qwerty Passport smartphone quickly sold out just hours after going on sale online last Wednesday, with another 200,000 back orders waiting in line, BlackBerry CEO John Chen proudly announced. Chen didn’t indicate how many units were sold online, but said ShopBlackBerry.com sold out the Passport in six hours, with Amazon.com selling iout in 10 hours before customers began leaving online orders that had reached 200,000 as the day it debuted. The device has a price tag... 

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Mobile Devices OK’d For In-flight Use In Europe

September 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mobile Devices OK’d For In-flight Use In Europe

Airline passengers traveling on European airline flights will be able to leave their cell phones and other mobile gadgets on throughout the entire flight, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) said on Friday. European airlines can allow any kind of electronic devices such as tablets, laptops and smartphones to remain switched on for the entire trip without having to use the airplane mode. Switching to airplane mode was mandatory until now. “This is the latest regulatory step towards enabling... 

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BlackBerry Shrink Loss, Sees Rising Sales

September 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry Shrink Loss, Sees Rising Sales

BlackBerry Ltd reported a smaller quarterly loss on Friday and is showing encouraging signals about its endangered smartphone business as well as its software and services sales, spurring a more than 4 percent jump in its shares. The Canadian company, a smartphone pioneer pushed to the margins by Apple’s iPhone and devices running Google’s Android software, is now focusing more on software and services than on hardware as it works through a long turnaround. On the services front, the... 

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