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ZTE Debuts Zmax Pro Smartphone For $99

July 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
ZTE Debuts Zmax Pro Smartphone For $99

ZTE’s $99 ZMax Pro includes some of the latest smartphone technologies, which is a pleasant surprise for a low-priced handset. The smartphone has a 6-in. screen and is available only through MetroPCS in the U.S. It weighs about 175 grams and is 8.9 millimeters thick. It has some top-line features found in the latest smartphones, like a USB Type-C port. It also runs on the latest Android OS 6.0 code-named Marshmallow. The Gorilla Glass 3 screen shows images at a full HD resolution. The handset... 

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U.S. National Science Foundation To Spend $400M On Wireless Research

July 19, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
U.S. National Science Foundation To Spend $400M On Wireless Research

The U.S. National Science Foundation will shell out than $400 million over the next seven years to pay for next-generation wireless research in an effort to bring super-fast mobile service to the country. U.S. officials hope the investments will speed up the county’s move to next-generation 5G mobile service, potentially offering speeds of 10Gbps, and allow for a rapid expansion of the internet of things. The next-generation mobile services will enable self-driving cars, an “always... 

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SoftBank To Acquire ARM For $32 Billion

July 19, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
SoftBank To Acquire ARM For $32 Billion

Japan’s SoftBank will acquire UK chip design company ARM Holdings to take advantage of growing demand for processors and other technologies for the internet of things and mobile markets. SoftBank is paying £24.3 billion ($32 billion) in cash for the chip company that licenses its designs to a large number of chip suppliers to smartphone makers and to the emerging IoT market. The Japanese company will retain ARM’s headquarters in Cambridge and plans to double the number of employees in the... 

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AT&T Using Drones For Cell Tower Inspections

July 18, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Using Drones For Cell Tower Inspections

AT&T is now deploying drones to inspect its cellular towers and foresees them as a way to complement its wireless LTE network. Down the road, the carrier said it might use a drone as a Flying Cell on Wings (COW) to enhance LTE coverage at a large concert or sporting event where thousands of fans can clog the network. Or a drone could be used in rapid disaster response, offering wireless coverage when a vehicle is unable to drive to an area hit by a storm or other catastrophe. Some of those ideas... 

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Nintendo Questioned Over Pokemon GO Data Collection, Privacy

July 14, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nintendo Questioned Over Pokemon GO Data Collection, Privacy

A Democratic U.S. senator requested the software developer behind Nintendo Co Ltd’s Pokemon GO to clarify the mobile game’s data privacy protections, amid concerns the augmented reality hit was unnecessarily collecting vast swaths of sensitive user data. Senator Al Franken of Minnesota sent a letter to Niantic Chief Executive John Hanke asking what user data Pokemon GO collects, how the data is used and with what third party service providers that data may be shared. The game, which marries... 

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Is Samsungs Galaxy S7 Active Really Waterproof?

July 13, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is Samsungs Galaxy S7 Active Really Waterproof?

If you look at adverts for Samsung’s new Galaxy you would be forgiven for thinking that the smartphone is waterproof. Unfortunately according to US consumer reports, it isn’t. The Samsung advert shown in Italy ends with the dramatic placing of a Galaxy into a glass of water. Which looks impressive. Consumer Reports performs an immersion test when a manufacturer claims that its product is water-resistant and the Galaxy S7 Active failed. While the phone performed extremely well in other tests.... 

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Will Android Nougat Really Thwart Ransomware?

July 11, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Will Android Nougat Really Thwart Ransomware?

Android 7.0 Nougat will have added security to prevent malware, especially ransomware, resetting passwords and locking owners out of their device. The long overdue security measure comes after the Android platform was invaded by a wave of ransomware, particularly Android.Lockdroid.E and its variants, in late 2015. Dinesh Venkatesan, a principal threat analysis engineer at Symantec, said in a Security Response blog post: “These variants scare victims with a system error GUI and then reset the... 

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Verizon Hikes Plan Rates, Boost Data Limits

July 8, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Hikes Plan Rates, Boost Data Limits

Verizon Communications Inc, the No. 1 U.S. wireless provider, announced that it would increase plan rates but will also boost data buckets by 30 percent for its customers, who increasingly stream content through mobile devices. As of July 7, the company rolled out a revamped version of its My Verizon mobile app to let customers control data overages and billing, as well as manage plans, it said. Moreover, emulating moves by some of its rivals such as AT&T Inc and T-Mobile US Inc, it will let... 

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Walmart Announces Mobile Payment Service Rollout Complete

July 8, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Walmart Announces Mobile Payment Service Rollout Complete

Walmart Stores Inc announced that it has completed the rollout of its Walmart Pay mobile payment service across the United States and that 88 percent of transactions on the payment app are from repeat users. Overall transactions on the app, which the world’s largest retailer launched in December, jumped 45 percent in the last week, Daniel Eckert, senior vice-president of services at Walmart US, said on a conference call with the media. Walmart declined to disclose the increase in transactions... 

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Can Licensing Save Blackberry?

June 29, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Can Licensing Save Blackberry?

Blackberry is hoping to pull its nadgers out of the fire by licencing its mobile software to other outfits. However BlackBerry CEO John Chen had to admit that there has been zero revenue from the endeavour, which he started off last month. Chen said he’s been in discussions with some phone manufacturers and set-top box operators who have expressed interest and “anything was possible.” He added he’s not opposed to licensing BlackBerry’s security software either if the... 

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Messaging App Line To Set IPO Price After Delay

June 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Messaging App Line To Set IPO Price After Delay

Japanese messaging app firm Line Corp has held off on setting a tentative price range for its initial public offering (IPO) by one day, until Tuesday, the company said in a regulatory filing, citing the “market environment”. The IPO price range was originally scheduled to be announced on Monday. Line still plans to list in New York on July 14 and in Tokyo the following day, the filing showed. On Friday, the S&P 500 fell 3.6 percent, its biggest one-day drop in 10 months, and Japan’s... 

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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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