Mobile & Wireless

26 June 2014

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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15 March 2014

Europe backs call for universal smartphone charger BBC News

The maddening scramble to find the right charger for your smartphone could be coming to an end.

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12 March 2014

Google facing US lawsuit over $66 of in-app purchases The Guardian

Google faces a class action lawsuit claiming it is "unfairly profiting" from freemium games in the Play store that enable "unauthorised charges for in-app game currency without parents' knowledge".

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10 March 2014

UK Prime Minister announces plans for 5G internet to download a movie in 'one second' The Independent

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans for the UK to develop the next generation of wireless, 5G internet in collaboration with Germany.

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27 February 2014

Handset Makers Go Big on Smartphones New York Times

Smartphones are going against one of the long-held rules in portable electronics, that smaller is better.

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Mobile malware is growing and targeting Android users, warn Kaspersky The Independent

New data suggests that mobile malware is becoming more advanced in its capacity to target smartphone users, according to internet security firm Kaspersky.

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25 February 2014

What 5G can do for you Europa

By 2020 there will be more than 30 times as much mobile internet traffic as there was in 2010. But this will not be the same type of traffic as now - Internet usage will not only have grown thanks to the number of smartphones & tablets in use, but also because of the massive growth in machines and sensors using the Internet to communicate, and which require more efficient and ubiquitous technology to carry the data traffic.

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21 February 2014

Mobile internet speed in Australia the best in the world, when you can get it The Guardian

Australia has the world's fastest mobile internet but patchy coverage means it is accessible only 58% of the time.

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18 February 2014

European roaming: 300 million extra customers for telecoms companies when roaming charges end, survey shows Europa

94% of Europeans who travel outside their home country limit their use of services like Facebook, because of mobile roaming charges, according to a new survey of 28,000 EU citizens. The European Commission calculates that telecoms companies are missing out on a market of around 300 million phone users because of current pricing strategies, with negative effects for other businesses such as app makers.

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09 February 2014

Five Predictions for the Future of Wi-Fi and Mobile Cisco

New devices, changes in customer behaviors, and technological advances are rapidly changing the mobile market and consumers' expectations of mobility. A recent Cisco study of mobile consumers reveals how much, and how quickly the world of mobility is changing. The survey uncovers some startling revelations about what consumers are doing on their mobile devices, how and where they are using them, and how they are connecting them to the Internet. Highlights of the research are revealed in my recent blog Discover What Consumers Want from Wi-Fi and Mobile.

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03 February 2014

Building a Better Battery New York Times

The next breakthrough smartphone, or maybe the one after that, might not have a traditional battery as its sole source of power. Instead, it could pull energy from the air or power itself through television, cellular or Wi-Fi signals.

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28 January 2014

Global smartphone shipments top 1 billion for first time in 2013 - IDC Reuters

Global smartphone shipments topped 1 billion units for first time in 2013, climbing 38.4 percent from the previous year to 1.004 billion units, research firm IDC said.

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