Mobile & Wireless

14 September 2014

Smartphones: The Corporate Personality Test New York Times

It was a big week for smartphones. Apple unveiled two new iPhones -- as well as a new smartwatch, which you can think of as a phone for your wrist. Amazon slashed the price of its new phone, and Microsoft, searching for new applications and content for its own struggling mobile platform, sought to acquire the company behind the blockbuster game Minecraft. What can we glean about these three companies -- and a fourth, Samsung -- from their smartphones?

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26 August 2014

Parents set bad example by staying glued to smartphones The Independent

Parents who worry about their children constantly staring at their smartphones should set an example by not using their own devices so often - and set ground rules for screen-free mealtimes, parenting groups have said.

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16 August 2014

World's first 'smartphone' celebrates 20 years BBC News

Never judge a phone by its cover. This chunky, black box was in fact the world's first 'smartphone'.

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28 July 2014

5G in London by 2020, pledges Mayor Johnson Daily Telegraph [UK]

Smartphone owners will be able to download films to their mobiles in less than a second by 2020 as part of a roll-out that will start in London, Boris Johnson will pledge this week.

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24 July 2014

Smartphone charging spews out megatons of greenhouse gases CNET

For the first time, smartphone shipments have reached 1 billion. That probably means a lot of calling, texting, and app use. It also means a lot of phones being plugged into the grid and charging.

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11 July 2014

Despite a Pledge by Samsung, Child Labor Proves Resilient New York Times

After work, the three teenage girls giggle and pull at one another's hair. But when questioned, they admit their common secret: They use false papers to work illegally here at the factory that makes mobile phone components for one of the world's biggest brands, Samsung.

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02 July 2014

Samsung finds labour violations at dozens of its Chinese suppliers The Guardian

Samsung says that an external audit found labour violations at dozens of its suppliers in China, including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours, but that none involved child workers.

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01 July 2014

Europe cuts roaming charges, plans to eliminate them by end of next year Network World

More European mobile operators should offer free international roaming, following the example set by U.S. operator T-Mobile, a European Commission vice president said Monday.

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28 June 2014

What Happened to the Facebook Phone? Not Very Much, It Seems New York Times

Facebook has long wanted to be a major part of how you use your smartphone. Now, it looks as if the company has all but abandoned one of its major strategies to do so.

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27 June 2014

UK app developers predicted to add £4bn to economy this year The Guardian

British companies building apps for smartphones and tablets are forecast to generate £4bn in revenues this year, with the UK benefiting more than any other European economy from the billions consumers spend on their phones.

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26 June 2014

Why It Matters That Google's Android Is Coming to All the Screens The Atlantic

There is a likely vision for computing in the next decade that looks like this: One smart device in your pocket acts as the brain for an ever-evolving constellation of screens in your car and living room and on your face and wrist.

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Android has 1bn active users and grand ambitions for cars, wearables and TV The Guardian

Google's Android now has more than 1bn active users, nearly double the 530m it had a year ago.

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20 June 2014

Android and Windows to get 'kill switch' BBC News

Google and Microsoft will add a "kill-switch" feature to their Android and Windows phone operating systems.

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17 June 2014

Landmark agreement between the European Commission and South Korea on 5G Europa

An agreement signed in Seoul today is a milestone in the global race to develop 5G mobile technologies. Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Digital Agenda, and Mr Mun-Kee CHOI, South Korea's Minister of Science, ICT and Future Planning (MSIP) have agreed to work towards a global definition of 5G and to cooperate in 5G research. They also agreed on the need for harmonized radio spectrum to ensure global interoperability and on the preparation of global standards for 5G.

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14 June 2014

Texting 'can boost children's spelling and grammar' BBC News

Children's unorthodox spelling and grammar while texting does not stop them learning the rules of formal English, suggests research.

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Sex apps increase risk of STIs, US researchers warn BBC News

Using smartphone apps to seek out partners for casual sex poses an increased risk of sexually transmitted infections, researchers warn.

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21 May 2014

Researchers to study whether mobile phones affect teenage brains Reuters

British researchers are launching the largest study in the world to investigate whether using mobile phones and other wireless gadgets might affect children's brain development.

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17 May 2014

Apple and Google's Motorola end their legal war over smartphones The Guardian

Apple and Google's Motorola Mobility subsidiary have agreed to settle all patent litigation between them over smartphones, ending one of the highest-profile lawsuits in technology.

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16 May 2014

World first from Telstra – 450Mbps achievable with LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation Telstra

This morning [15 May] Telstra achieved a world first on its mobile network by demonstrating live network speeds of 450Mbps using LTE Advanced Carrier Aggregation across a trial combination of 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands.

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03 May 2014

Mixed Verdict in Apple-Samsung Patent Fight New York Times

A federal jury said on Friday that Apple and Samsung had infringed on each other's patents in some mobile devices but awarded most of the damages to Apple, in the latest court fight between the two technology giants.

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30 April 2014

EU moves to end smartphone patent wars in landmark ruling The Guardian

The European commission moved on Tuesday to stem aggressive patent lawsuits by smartphone and tablet makers against rivals, ruling that Motorola Mobility had broken EU law by taking such action against Apple.

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23 April 2014

Focus Turns to Samsung's Patents at Trial New York Times

Before Monday, the focus of the latest Apple and Samsung patent trial was whether Samsung copied Apple. But on Monday, Samsung said Apple has done some copying of its own -- including a method for transmitting video over wireless devices.

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21 April 2014

Your cellphone is killing you: What people don't want you to know about electromagnetic fields Salon

You may not realize it, but you are participating in an unauthorized experiment -- "the largest biological experiment ever," in the words of Swedish neuro-oncologist Leif Salford. For the first time, many of us are holding high-powered microwave transmitters -- in the form of cell phones -- directly against our heads on a daily basis.

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02 April 2014

Apple and Samsung Reprise Patent Fight (With Google a Shadow Presence) New York Times

As lawyers for Apple and Samsung made their opening statements in their patent trial in a federal courthouse here, they could not even agree on what the fight was about.

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30 March 2014

Which phones do world leaders use? The Guardian

For years, the well-connected world leader would use nothing but a BlackBerry to get their email on the move - and it is still Barack Obama's phone of choice. He uses a model specially enhanced by the US National Security Agency. But the news earlier this month that the White House Communications Agency is testing other phones, including models by Samsung and LG, sent shivers through fans of the struggling Canadian smartphone company, which has just announced an annual loss of $5.8bn.

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