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Samsung To Launch For Tizen OS Phones This Year

June 30, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Launch For Tizen OS Phones This Year

Behemoth smartphone maker Samsung Electronics Co Ltd plans to roll out more handsets running on its own Tizen operating system later this year, a person with knowledge of the matter told Reuters on Monday. Samsung will launch several Tizen smartphones at varying prices, the person said without disclosing other specifications. The person declined to be identified due to the sensitivity of the matter. A spokeswoman for the South Korean firm declined to comment. Samsung aims to build its own ecosystem... 

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Yahoo Beefs Up Mobile Search

June 29, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Yahoo Beefs Up Mobile Search

Yahoo is beefing up its search service on mobile devices, following Google’s lead by highlighting content such as images, videos and reviews ahead of regular search results The changes will apply to Yahoo search on the mobile web in the U.S., in browsers such as Safari and Chrome. Yahoo’s mobile app and desktop site already provide some additional content within results. A search on the mobile web for Barack Obama, for instance, displays information about him from Wikipedia, such as his... 

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Microsoft Officially Releases Office Apps For Android

June 26, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Officially Releases Office Apps For Android

Microsoft officially released its Office apps for Android, publishing the final versions of Excel, PowerPoint and Word to Google Play. The three apps are free for consumers, who may use them only for non-commercial purposes; in other words, not for work- or business-related tasks. Microsoft kicked off previews last month, wrapping up the release of the suite’s apps for the OSes maintained by rivals Google (Android) and Apple (iOS). The gradual rollout began in March 2014 with the surprise... 

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Samsung To Fix Swiftkey Smartphone Security Flaw

June 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Fix Swiftkey Smartphone Security Flaw

Samsung agreed to update the security software on its Galaxy smartphones to fix a flaw that researchers warned could let attackers access people’s devices. Last week, researchers at NowSecure, a mobile security company, identified the flaw in SwiftKey, a keyboard application that comes preloaded on Galaxy smartphones. The flaw could be exploited even when SwiftKey was not used as the default keyboard, NowSecure said. On Thursday, Samsung said it would issue a fix that wouldroll out over the... 

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Is An Asus Bid For HTC In The Works?

June 16, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Is An Asus Bid For HTC In The Works?

Asustek Computer is possibly putting together a bid for HTC, but HTC said it wants nothing do with it. Last week, Asus Chairman Jonney Shih said he wouldn’t dismiss the possibility of buying HTC. Such a move could help both companies: Asus has been trying to move beyond its traditional PC business into sales of Android smartphones, and acquiring smartphone maker HTC would boost its market presence. It could also provide support for HTC, which has seen its market share dwindle in the face of... 

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Apple To Release ‘Android-to-iOS-App’ This Fall

June 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple To Release ‘Android-to-iOS-App’ This Fall

Apple did not highlight it during the keynote address kicking off its Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) last week, but the company will release an Android-to-iOS migration app alongside iOS 9 this fall. The app, given the prosaic name “Move to iOS,” will help switchers defect Android for Apple’s iPhone or iPad. “It securely transfers your contacts, message history, camera photos and videos, [browser] bookmarks, mail accounts, calendars, wallpaper, and DRM-free songs... 

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BlackBerry’s Embracing Of Android Has Hidden Potential

June 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry’s Embracing Of Android Has Hidden Potential

BlackBerry Ltd’s move to embrace Android, although geared towards lifting revenue from its software and device management segment, could inadvertently give its device arm a new lease on life. “From the standpoint of marketing, this is a great way for BlackBerry to get visibility. It really doesn’t hurt them much, and the upside is high,” said Rob Enderle, who runs technology consulting firm Enderle Group. Enderle and other financial and tech analysts agree that the move by... 

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Line Enters The Music Streaming

June 12, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Line Enters The Music Streaming

Messaging app maker Line Corp rolled out its music streaming service in Japan on Thursday, getting a head start in the virtually untapped business for mobile music subscriptions in the world’s second-biggest music market. Line’s move marks the most ambitious attempt yet to reverse the declining market for digital music in Japan, where compact discs still account for more than 80 percent of total music sales. Hobbled by rights issues, foreign companies have yet to break into Japan’s... 

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Apple Pay To Launch In The UK In July

June 10, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Pay To Launch In The UK In July

Apple Pay will debut in the U.K. in July, where it will initially work at 250,000 retail locations and the London transit system — with credit card support from eight major banks, according to an Apple announcement. Some observers had expected Apple Pay to launch in Canada as well, but company executives didn’t discuss plans for Canada during the keynote address at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference (WWDC). Apple Pay first launched in the U.S. last October with more than 225,000... 

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PayPal Re-considering Robocalls, Unsoliticed Text Messages

June 9, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
PayPal Re-considering Robocalls, Unsoliticed Text Messages

After much criticism, PayPal seems to be re-thinking a plan to give itself unilateral permission to ping its users with robocalls and text messages. The controversy started when PayPal recently indicated in proposed amendments to its user agreement and privacy policy its intention to engage in this type of communication with its customers. There, it also stated that the only opt-out recourse for those in disagreement with its plan would be to close their accounts. The plan drew attention from critics... 

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A Dish Network, T-Mobile Deal In The Works?

June 5, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
A Dish Network, T-Mobile Deal In The Works?

Dish Network Corp is holding discussions to merge with T-Mobile US Inc, in a deal that would combine the second-largest satellite TV operator in the United States with the fourth-largest wireless carrier, the Wall Street Journal reported. The two sides have agreed that T-Mobile Chief Executive John Legere would serve as the CEO and Dish CEO Charlie Ergen would become the combined company’s chairman, the Journal said. However, a purchase price and the structure of the deal are still undecided,... 

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BlackBerry, Typo Innovations Reach Settlement Over Keyboard Lawsuit

June 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
BlackBerry, Typo Innovations Reach Settlement Over Keyboard Lawsuit

BlackBerry has reached a settlement with Typo Innovations, which manufacturers an accessory keyboard for iPhones that the mobile device maker said infringed its patents. Under the settlement announced Monday, Typo, which was co-founded by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, is barred from selling keyboards for devices with screen sizes smaller than 7.9 inches. BlackBerry sued Typo in 2014 after the company released a keyboard that fit the iPhone 5 or 5S like a protective case; BlackBerry claimed... 

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Nokia Wants In On Data Centers For Mobile Operators

June 3, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Wants In On Data Centers For Mobile Operators

Nokia wants to assist mobile network operators roll out new services and reduce their expenses with a new range of servers, switches and storage they can use to virtualize their networks. Enterprises have already adopted virtualization and cloud-based IT infrastructures, and now telecommunications operators are looking at doing the same thing. Meanwhile equipment vendors like Nokia are increasingly offering operators the hardware and software to provide telephony, messaging and mobile broadband as... 

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Ericsson Is Testing 5G Speeds In U.S., Sweden

June 1, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Ericsson Is Testing 5G Speeds In U.S., Sweden

Telecom giant Ericsson announced that has begun testing out 5G networks in the U.S. and Sweden, and has already exceeded 2Gbps throughput using multiple radio streams at the same time. Ericsson made the announcement by releasing a photo of a van and asking “What seats 8 comfortably, gets 20 miles per gallon and more than 2 gigabits per second?” “Today, it takes up the luggage space in a mini-van but, by 2020, it’ll fit nicely in your smartphone, watch or other wearable,”... 

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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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