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Device Financing Plan Weighs On AT&T’s Revenue

July 25, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Device Financing Plan Weighs On AT&T’s Revenue

AT&T Inc’s quarterly revenue rose a weaker than expected 1.6 percent as cheaper service plans offered to customers who forgo subsidized cellular phones made a dent in profit margins. Faced with mounting pressure from competitors, AT&T has unbundled service and device charges, and cut its family data plan and shared value plan prices as it tries to attract customers in a nearly saturated market. “What we saw happen throughout the second quarter were very aggressive promotions... 

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Several Countries Now Have More Wireless Devices Than People

July 24, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Several Countries Now Have More Wireless Devices Than People

Wireless broadband subscriptions now outnumber people in seven countries as consumers continue to add smartphone and tablet devices to their personal electronics arsenal, according to a new report. Finland, Australia, Japan, Sweden, Denmark, South Korea and the U.S. had wireless broadband penetration of more than 100 percent as of December 2013, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development said Tuesday. That means there was more than one wireless broadband subscription per person, usually... 

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Google May Have A Plan To Bring Wi-Fi To NYC Pay Phones

July 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google May Have A Plan To Bring Wi-Fi To NYC Pay Phones

Google may be amongst a list of hopefuls looking to transform the New York City phone booths of the past into “communication points” of the future with free Wi-Fi and cellphone charging. The dominant search company was among 60 entities that attended a meeting on May 12 to discuss a project to replace or supplement as many as 10,000 pay phones around the city. The list came to light in a Bloomberg News article. Other participants included Samsung, IBM, Cisco Systems, Verizon Wireless,... 

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Xiaomi Sets Sights On Premium Smartphone Market With Mi 4 Device

July 23, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Xiaomi Sets Sights On Premium Smartphone Market With Mi 4 Device

China’s Xiaomi introduced on Tuesday its new flagship Mi 4 smartphone, aimed primarily at the premium handset market dominated by Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd. The Mi 4 has a 5 inch, 1080p screen and a Qualcomm Inc Snapdragon 801 2.5 Ghz processor, said Chief Executive Lei Jun at a launch event in Beijing. But sheathed in iPhone-like metal sides, the Mi 4′s similarities to Apple’s smartphone drew murmurs from the crowd of ‘iPhone’ when showcased by Lei. Founded... 

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Nearly 1M Fake Apps Are Targeting Your Mobile Devices

July 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nearly 1M Fake Apps Are Targeting Your Mobile Devices

Fake apps purposely masked to look like official ones but actually designed to steal user data are increasingly targeting Android phone users, according to a study by Trend Micro. The company looked at the top 50 free apps in Google’s Play Store and then searched Google’s app store and others to see if fake versions existed. It found fake versions existed for 77 percent of the apps. The fake apps are often made to look like the real ones and have the same functions, but carry a dangerous... 

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Is Super-AMOLED Technology Taking Off?

July 14, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is Super-AMOLED Technology Taking Off?

Samsung is finding that only it is interested in its Super AMOLED display technology. Although the technology has been improving with every new flagship since the original Galaxy S, the outfit is finding that no one is really interested. Samsung Display CEO Park Dong-geun told CNET, Samsung has nowhere else to sell our products besides Samsung Electronics’ mobile division. In the case of China’s smartphone market, we are only just beginning to expand there. Other major manufacturers have expressed... 

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Verizon Wins Top Honors For Mobile Network Performance In U.S. Cities

July 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Wins Top Honors For Mobile Network Performance In U.S. Cities

RootMetrics awarded Verizon Wireless its seal of approval in its latest biannual ranking of wireless network performance in cities across the U.S. Verizon ranked first or was tied for first in 115 of 125 cities for overall network performance during the first half of 2014, leading all three other national carriers — AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Sprint didn’t finish first in any of the cities, while Verizon tied with either AT&T or T-Mobile, or both, in 56. That meant that AT&T... 

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eBay’s Braintree Wants To Boost Mobile Shopping

July 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
eBay’s Braintree Wants To Boost Mobile Shopping

Braintree, the payments gateway owned by eBay Inc, is working on removing a hurdle for e-commerce companies by making it easier for customers to directly pay for products on their smart phones. The company rolled out a set of tools for software developers on Wednesday that allows businesses to deduct payments directly from a customer’s PayPal account. The developer kit is the first big push from Braintree since it was bought by eBay for $800 million last year to help PayPal, eBay’s payments... 

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Verizon Says U.S. Government Made 150,000 Requests For Customer Data

July 10, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Says U.S. Government Made 150,000 Requests For Customer Data

The U.S. government made approximately 150,000 requests for customer information from Verizon Communications in the first half of 2014, most of them subpoenas, the country’s largest wireless carrier has reported. The report is the second summary of government requests Verizon has publicly issued since shareholders pressured the company to divulge information it shared with the government in December. The government issued 72,342 subpoenas, half of which request subscriber information on a given... 

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Qualcomm Believes Mobile Devices Will Drive 4K Adoption

July 10, 2014 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Qualcomm Believes Mobile Devices Will Drive 4K Adoption

QUALCOMM has stated that mobile devices will be the driving force behind the dominance of 4K content creation and consumption due to the general mass adoption of smartphones and the affordability of devices that support the resolution. Speaking at a Qualcomm and EE event in Westminster today, president of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies Europe Enrico Salvatori showed a slide entitled “Mobile is the driving force behind the rise of 4K: the biggest generator of 4K content could be in your pocket already”. “4K... 

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FTC Files Complaint Against T-Mobile Over Questionable Billing Practices

July 3, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
FTC Files Complaint Against T-Mobile Over Questionable Billing Practices

T-Mobile USA made hundreds of millions of dollars by charging customers for purported “premium” SMS subscriptions that, in many cases, they never subscribed to, the U.S. Federal Trade Commission says. The FTC, in a legal complaint filed Tuesday, says that T-Mobile pocketed 35 percent to 40 percent of the amount charged to customers for SMS-based services such as flirting tips, horoscope information and celebrity gossip, with the services typically costing US$9.99 per month. T-Mobile,... 

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Blackphone Begins Shipping To Early Adopters

July 2, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Blackphone Begins Shipping To Early Adopters

The wait is nearly over for early adopters of Blackphone, an Android-based smartphone that boasts of enhanced privacy and security. Geneva-based SGP Technologies, the phone’s manufacturer, announced that the Blackphone handsets began shipping Monday to customers who pre-ordered them. SGP is a joint venture between Silent Circle, a provider of encrypted communications services based in National Harbor, Maryland, and Geeksphone, a smartphone manufacturer based in Madrid. The two companies announced... 

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Self-propagating SMS Worm Targeting Android Devices

June 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Self-propagating SMS Worm Targeting Android Devices

A rare Android worm that propagates itself to other users by way of links in text messages has been discovered by security researchers. Once installed on a device, the malware, which was dubbed Selfmite, sends a text messages to 20 contacts from the device owner’s address book. Most malware programs for Android are Trojan apps with no self-propagation mechanisms that get distributed from non-official app stores. Android SMS worms are rare, but Selfmite is the second such threat discovered... 

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Walmart Slashes iPhone 5S And 5C Prices

June 30, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Walmart Slashes iPhone 5S And 5C Prices

Wal-Mart has slashed prices of Apple’s iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C to $99 and $29, respectively, with a two-year service contract. The cuts, which followed recent reductions to $149 and $49, put Wal-Mart’s prices 50% less than Apple’s for the iPhone 5S and 71% less than the iPhone 5C’s list. Both models are available only at Wal-Mart stores — not on the retailer’s website — and the prices are for the entry-tier devices that sport 16GB of storage. A two-year commitment... 

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Google Wants Closer Relationship Between Chromebooks, Android Devices

June 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Google Wants Closer Relationship Between Chromebooks, Android Devices

Chromebooks will soon be capable of receiving notifications and running applications from Android smartphones and tablets. Google is working on bridging the gap Chromebook laptops and Android mobile devices, making app and data exchange seamless, said Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome and Apps, during a speech at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. Users will be able to run Android applications such as Vine, Evernote and Flipboard on mobile devices or Chromebooks, Pichai... 

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