Mobile & Wireless

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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25 January 2014

South Korea rules pre-installed phone bloatware must be deletable ZDNet

Smartphone users in South Korea will soon be able to have the option of deleting unnecessary pre-installed bloatware, thanks to new industry guidelines commencing in April.

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14 January 2014

App Usage Exploded in 2013, Except for News and Magazine Apps The Atlantic

If mobile is eating the world, as analyst Benedict Evans contends, then journalism should be worried.

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13 January 2014

OMG! Number of UK text messages falls for first time The Guardian

It's been GR8, 1DRFUL and often LOL, but OMG, the text message appears to have finally passed its prime. :(

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28 December 2013

U.S. Mobile Internet Traffic Nearly Doubled This Year New York Times

Two big shifts happened in the American cellphone industry over the past year: Cellular networks got faster, and smartphone screens got bigger. As a result, people's consumption of mobile data nearly doubled.

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20 December 2013

Europe reaches deal on common mobile phone battery charger Reuters

Mobile phone makers will have to provide a standard battery charger that can fit any device, including smart phones, under a provisional deal on a new EU law reached on Thursday.

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17 December 2013

EFF warns of Android 'Stygian hole' as update kills access to privacy settings The Guardian

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has criticised Google for removing code from the newest version of Android that gave users detailed control of privacy settings in apps.

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13 December 2013

US FCC reconsiders ban on mobile phones on planes BBC News

The US communications agency has taken the first step toward lifting a ban on mobile phone calls during flights.

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12 December 2013

Europeans Pay Less for Mobile Use, but at a Cost New York Times

Europeans are paying almost two-thirds less for their cellphone contracts than their counterparts in the United States, according to a report to be published Thursday by the British telecommunications regulator.

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11 December 2013

Worker Deaths Raise Questions at an Apple Contractor in China New York Times

Last September, a young Chinese laborer named Shi Zhaokun began working long hours at a huge manufacturing plant that produces Apple's new iPhone 5C.

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10 December 2013

PRODUCT REVIEW: Nokia Wireless Charger Proves Surprisingly Handy

Recent high end Nokia mobile phones come with the possibility for wireless charging, so when I was asked to review Nokia's Wireless Charging Stand I thought why not, but did also think it would only be of limited benefit.

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05 December 2013

Facebook dominates mobile apps, survey says CNET

Almost half of mobile phone users polled by CIRP singled out Facebook as one of their three most used apps.

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Seattle Restaurant Boots Google Glass-Wearing Patron PC Mag

Well, it happened. Someone wore Google Glass into a restaurant and that restaurant ended up ejecting the patron over his headgear.

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02 December 2013

WhatsApp leapfrogs Facebook as the most popular mobile messaging service The Drum

Messenger service WhatsApp has leapfrogged Facebook to become the leading mobile social messaging service.

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27 November 2013

Global 4G Connections to Pass 1 Billion Mark by 2017 Computerworld

The number of 4G-LTE mobile connections worldwide is forecast to pass one billion by 2017, according to a new study by GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of GSMA, the international trade body for mobile operators.

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