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Samsung Unveils First Of Its Kind Smartwatch, Mobile Phone Not Required

August 29, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Unveils First Of Its Kind Smartwatch, Mobile Phone Not Required

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Thursday debuted what it said was the first smartwatch capable of making and receiving calls without a mobile phone nearby, in the South Korean firm’s latest effort to find a new growth driver. The world’s biggest smartphone maker has been pushing hard to develop the wearable devices market as it looks to counter slowing earnings in its mobile division, which led to weaker-than-expected second-quarter earnings. Samsung is hardly alone in pushing wearables,... 

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Apple Replacing Some iPhone 5 Batteries Free Of Charge

August 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Replacing Some iPhone 5 Batteries Free Of Charge

Apple has agreed to replace some iPhone 5 batteries free of charge, claiming that “a very small percentage” of the smartphones needed to be charged more often and that those charges were quickly exhausted. The program, which was announced last week, only in a support document published on Apple’s website, offered free battery replacements for iPhone 5 devices that “suddenly experience shorter battery life or need to be charged more frequently.” According to Apple, the... 

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Qantas, Virgin To Allow Smartphone Usage Throughout Flights

August 27, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Qantas, Virgin To Allow Smartphone Usage Throughout Flights

Australian airlines Qantas Airways Ltd and Virgin Australia Holdings Ltd said passengers may use mobile phones and tablets during their flights, after a regulator relaxed a ban on electronic devices on planes. The airlines said they would begin allowing passengers to use personal electronic devices for the duration of their flight after Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority followed a similar ruling from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in 2013. The Australian airlines will... 

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Opera Mini Browser To Become Standard On Windows Phones

August 22, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Opera Mini Browser To Become Standard On Windows Phones

Norwegian software maker Opera inked a deal to take over the browser building unit of Microsoft’s Nokia cellular phone unit and reported second-quarter earnings above expectations on Thursday, sending it shares sharply higher. “We have signed a strategic licensing deal with Microsoft. We are basically taking over the browser building department in Nokia,” Opera Chief Executive Lars Boilsesen said. “This means that Opera Mini will become the default browser for Microsoft’s... 

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Snapchat Looking For Expansion Opportunities

August 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Snapchat Looking For Expansion Opportunities

Snapchat Inc, creator of a mobile app that allows users to send messages that disappear within seconds, may be looking to expand its service to videos, news articles and advertisements, the Wall Street Journal is reporting. The California-based company is currently in talks with advertisers and media companies about a service called Snapchat Discovery, the Journal reported, citing sources. Snapchat Discovery, rumored to debut in November, will show content and ads to Snapchat users, the Journal quoted... 

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Cox Communications Shoots Down Rumors Of T-Mobile Merger

August 21, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Cox Communications Shoots Down Rumors Of T-Mobile Merger

Cox Communications Inc. is not interested in merging with wireless carrier T-Mobile US Inc or rival cable providers, according to Cox President Pat Esser, dispelling rumors recently swirling about the private company. “We’re not in any discussions to buy T-Mobile,” Esser told Reuters. “I don’t see a movement inside of our company that we feel like we have to pony up or match up with a wireless company.” Asked whether Cox, the third-largest U.S. cable and broadband... 

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Sprint Slashes Rates, Introduces New Pricing Plans

August 20, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Slashes Rates, Introduces New Pricing Plans

Sprint Corp unveiled a new pricing plan that gives customers 20 gigabytes of data and up to 10 lines for $100, doubling its data offerings, the latest in a series of cuts and promotions that is re-shaping the wireless industry. Sprint’s chairman, business tycoon Masayoshi Son, is betting new prices will revive a carrier hampered by an expensive network overhaul and rising competition. “The message is simple: We are back in the game. We are going to offer most competitive value for American... 

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Sprint Is Planning Price Cuts And Layoffs

August 18, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Is Planning Price Cuts And Layoffs

Sprint’s new CEO Marcelo Claure addressed employees for the first time and promised price reductions are coming very soon, according to a report. Sprint didn’t deny the report of Marcelo’s comments. A spokesman also confirmed Friday that Sprint is “focusing on providing the best value in the market.” According to the account of Claure’s comments, he told workers, “We’re going to change our plans to make sure every customer in America thinks twice about... 

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Lenovo Selling More Mobile Phones Than PCs

August 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Lenovo Selling More Mobile Phones Than PCs

Lenovo’s growing presence in PCs and smartphones boosted the company’s net profit by 23% in the second quarter. The company reported Thursday that its net profit reached $214 million, while quarterly revenue increased 18 percent year-over-year to $10.4 billion. Although better known as a PC maker, Lenovo has been making major gains selling mobile handsets in its home market of China. It is now the country’s largest smartphone vendor with a 12.5% share of the market, according to... 

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Intel Explores Wearable Devices For Disease Research

August 15, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Intel Explores Wearable Devices For Disease Research

Intel Corp plans to utilize wearable gadgets such as smart watches to monitor patients suffering from Parkinson’s disease and collect data that can be shared with researchers. The chip maker said it is partnering with the Michael J. Fox Foundation, established by the actor and Parkinson’s sufferer in 2000, to conduct a multi-phase research study of the neurodegenerative brain disease. An estimated five million people globally have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, the second-most-common... 

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Fad Game ‘Candy Crush’ Continues To Fade

August 14, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Fad Game ‘Candy Crush’ Continues To Fade

Social and mobile game company King Digital Entertainment Plc lowered its 2014 forecast after reporting lower-than-expected second-quarter revenue on Tuesday, as gamers continued to abandon its “Candy Crush Saga” game. King also announced a $150 million special dividend, or 46.9 cents per share, payable to shareholders of record on Sept. 30. Its shares, however, slipped 22 percent in after-hours trading after closing at $18.20 on the New York Stock Exchange. The company, which went public... 

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Is Motorola Making A Comeback?

August 13, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Is Motorola Making A Comeback?

Motorola Mobility has made a surprising comeback thanks to its popular Moto G and Moto E smartphones, but increased competition and its looming acquisition by Lenovo make the future far from certain. What a difference a year makes. Motorola sold 8.6 million smartphones in the second quarter, up from 6.5 million in the first three months of the year, and more than double what it sold in the same quarter a year earlier, according to ABI Research. The figures pale in comparison with those of Apple and... 

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FCC Mandates Text-To-911 For Mobile Carriers, Apps

August 11, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
FCC Mandates Text-To-911 For Mobile Carriers, Apps

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission voted last week to require U.S. mobile carriers and many text-messaging apps to support functionality that allows texting emergency dispatch centers, even after questions about whether the centers will be ready by the deadline. The commission’s vote requires U.S. mobile carriers and some texting apps to put emergency text-to-911 functionality in place by the end of the year. Even though the nation’s four largest mobile carriers have all added... 

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Brits Sleeping Less, Spending More Time On Mobile Gadgets

August 8, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Brits Sleeping Less, Spending More Time On Mobile Gadgets

It appears British people are now spending more time using smartphones, browsing the Internet on tablets and watching television than they do sleeping, thanks to the availability of broadband in the home and on the move, regulator Ofcom said on Thursday. Consuming media and communicating takes 11 hours and 7 minutes out of an average Briton’s day, a jump of more than two hours since 2010, from 8 hours and 48 minutes, it said. Smartphones, which are now used by 61 percent of people, and tablet computers... 

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Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Appears To Be Dead

August 7, 2014 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint, T-Mobile Merger Appears To Be Dead

Sprint Corp has canceled its bid to purchase No. 4 U.S. carrier T-Mobile U.S. Inc after regulatory resistance showed no signs of softening despite months of lobbying, people familiar with the matter told Reuters. The move is a rare setback for Sprint’s Japanese parent SoftBank Corp, whose billionaire founder Masayoshi Son had seen the acquisition as key to taking on U.S. market leaders AT&T Inc and Verizon Communications Inc. Sprint, the No. 3 U.S. carrier, and T-Mobile have not ruled... 

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