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LG’s New G5 Smartphone To Debut ‘Always On’ Display

February 12, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
LG’s New G5 Smartphone To Debut ‘Always On’ Display

LG’s next flagship Android smartphone, the G5, will come with an “always on” screen, according to a teaser posted  the LG Facebook page. The full reveal of the G5 is expected on Feb. 21, just prior to the start of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. LG hasn’t given many other hints about the G5, although it tagged an animation on the Facebook page with the line, “Never go asleep while others do.” The G5 is also rumored to have a removable battery that is pulled... 

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Another Security Flaw Discovered In iPhones and iPads

February 10, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Another Security Flaw Discovered In iPhones and iPads

Researchers have found an authentication bypass-sized hole in iPhones and iPads running iOS 8 and iOS 9. This threat is real people, there is a video of it and documentation available online. It’s all pretty technical but the upshot is the vulnerability lets an attacker bypass the lockscreen on handsets running iOS 8 and iOS 9. “An application update loop that results in a pass code bypass vulnerability has been discovered in the official Apple iOS (iPhone5&6 / iPad2) v8.x, v9.0,... 

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Seeed Studios Debuts $59 Do-it-yourself Mobile Phone Kit

February 9, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Seeed Studios Debuts $59 Do-it-yourself Mobile Phone Kit

You can put together a basic 2G cellphone at home with the RePhone Kit Create, which can also be used to make wearables and IoT devices. The kit from Seeed Studios ships with separate modules that can be pieced together to create a 2G phone with a 1.54-in. LCD screen. Icons on the display can be used to make phone calls or send text messages. There’s more to RePhone than being a fun device. The kit also is a small development board to make wearable and IoT devices with cellular communication... 

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Mozilla Announces End Date For Firefox Mobile OS

February 8, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mozilla Announces End Date For Firefox Mobile OS

Mozilla has announced when it plans to shut down the Firefox mobile operating system. Firefox OS for smartphones will be retired once Mozilla wraps up version 2.6, George Roter, who leads Mozilla’s Participation Lab, said in a long message posted to the company’s website. Firefox OS 2.6 is currently slated for a May 30 release. Nearly two months ago, Mozilla confirmed that it wascalling it quits on Firefox OS in its current incarnation, ending more than four years of work building... 

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Is Samsung Going To Starting A Rental Phone Service?

February 2, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is Samsung Going To Starting A Rental Phone Service?

Samsung  is rolling out a rental phone service which will replace a phone that is been used for a year with the latest model. The system is similar to the rental model which was introduced by Apple in September of last year. Samsung will bring the service out in March in South Korea but it is also in talks with  Bright Star, which is a business that specializes in distribution of mobile in the US so it is pretty likely to be tried over the pond too.  We have not heard about it talking to any EU... 

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LG Release Patch For Android Devices Data Theft Bug

February 1, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
LG Release Patch For Android Devices Data Theft Bug

LG has issued a fix for a security flaw in an application preinstalled on millions of its Android G3 smartphones that researchers found could be used to steal a variety of data. The application, called Smart Notice, is a kind of multifunctional widget, managing contacts, notifications, and weather and traffic alerts. Researchers from BugSec and Cynet, two computer security companies, found that they could attack a person’s phone by sending them a contact with malicious JavaScript contained... 

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Wireless Charging Finally Coming To iPhones

February 1, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Wireless Charging Finally Coming To iPhones

As wireless charging adoption rate continues to grow by double-digits annually, industry analysts have openly wondered when Apple’s iPhone would finally take the plunge. This month, market research firm IHS predicted that Apple would introduce some form of wireless charging on the iPhone 7 expected to arrive in September; that move seems more likely given that Apple introduced an inductive, proprietary charging solution in 2015 on the Apple Watch. Adding fuel to the wireless charging fire, Bloomberg... 

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Samsung Profits Hit By Weak Demand For Smartphones

January 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Profits Hit By Weak Demand For Smartphones

Weak demand for smartphones and display panels weighed down Samsung’s profits last quarter, and the company doesn’t expect much improvement this year. Revenue for the fourth quarter was 53.3 trillion won (US$45.5 billion), up just 1 percent from a year earlier, Samsung announced Thursday in Seoul. Net profit plummeted 40 percent to 3.2 trillion won. A day earlier, Samsung’s biggest rival, Apple, said it too was seeing weaker than expected demand for handsets. The Cupertino company... 

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Movidius Chip To Bring Deep Learning To Android Phones

January 29, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Movidius Chip To Bring Deep Learning To Android Phones

Android mobile devices could get a whole lot smarter soon, thanks to a new partnership between Google and chip maker Movidius that promises to bring machine intelligence directly into smarphones. Movidius specializes in machine vision, and it has already worked with Google on the Project Tango computer-vision platform. Now, through the new collaboration, Google will use Movidius’ flagship MA2450 chip to bring deep learning to Android handsets. Deep learning is a branch of machine learning... 

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Verizon, Samsung Partner Up On Indoor Wireless Technology

January 28, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon, Samsung Partner Up On Indoor Wireless Technology

Verizon and Samsung jointly announced 4G small-cell LTE technology to improve in-building wireless coverage for business customers. Verizon’s 4G LTE Network Extender for Enterprise relies on Samsung’s small-cell technology to provide voice over LTE and data service. These small-cell units would be installed in weak coverage areas to help workers keep their wireless connections via smartphone and tablets. The companies said in a joint statement that the technology is ideal for mid-sized offices... 

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Is Apple’s Alleged 4″ iPhone Headed For Disaster

January 27, 2016 by Michael   | Category: Mobile
Is Apple’s Alleged 4″ iPhone Headed For Disaster

An analyst has cut his estimate of projected sales of the rumored new 4-inch iPhone, reportedly called the “iPhone 5se,” in half, from 18-20 million down to 10-12 million units. KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo  said that the new 4-inch iPhone, as little new to offer, despite getting a lot of media attention. “We don’t regard the product as innovative, either in terms of form factor … or hardware specs.” Kuo said that Apple will ship 43 million units, a decline... 

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The Wait For Intel-based Windows Smartphone May Be Over

January 25, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
The Wait For Intel-based Windows Smartphone May Be Over

After years, the wait for Intel-based Windows smartphones could be over soon. The Windows 10 Mobile OS — popularly known as Windows Phone — can now run on x86 chips, according to a Microsoft Web page. It’s the first version of Windows Phone to be compatible with x86. The information on the website was confirmed by a Microsoft spokeswoman as accurate. Until now, Windows smartphones have only run on ARM-based chips from Qualcomm. Intel and Microsoft last year joined forces in an... 

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AT&T Facing Pressure, Offers Aggressive Smartphone Discounts

January 22, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
AT&T Facing Pressure, Offers Aggressive Smartphone Discounts

AT&T has announced aggressive discounts on new smartphones and devices, including a 2-for-1 smartphone offer for business customers. A big focus of the AT&T discounts is special deals on Samsung’s Galaxy smartphones and Gear S2 smartwatches. Analysts interpreted that focus on Samsung devices as a way to clear out inventory prior to expected upgrade announcements coming in late February at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. AT&T is also facing pressure to add more subscribers, as... 

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Verizon Announces Sponsored Data Program

January 21, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Verizon Announces Sponsored Data Program

Verizon has announced a sponsored data service named FreeBee Data, which offers mobile users toll-free data either via gigabytes or on a per-click basis. One of the models, called FreeBee Data 360, is available in beta starting Tuesday. Under the plan, content providers can give some or all their mobile content to consumers via an app or mobile website on a per gigabyte basis without using up a consumer’s data plan. The other model of FreeBee Data, which goes into beta on Jan. 25, allows a content... 

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U.S. Court Bans Sales Of Some Samsung Phones

January 20, 2016 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
U.S. Court Bans Sales Of Some Samsung Phones

A federal court in California has banned the sale in the U.S. of Samsung mobile phones that have features that infringe three patents owned by Apple. On Monday, Judge Lucy Koh of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the permanent injunction would come into effect 30 days after the entry of the order. The ban covers the implementation of features like the “slide-to-unlock” and auto word correction capabilities in some of Samsung’s earlier phones. The... 

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