Mobile & Wireless

14 May 2018

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can't. New York Times

Researchers can now send secret audio instructions undetectable to the human ear to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant.

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01 March 2018

The road to 5G: The inevitable growth of infrastructure cost McKinsey

Network cost could double as operators strive to meet demand for increased capacity and deploy 5G. How can they maintain their profits?

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22 February 2018

Zimbabwe and Kenya lead the way in Africa's dash from cash The Guardian

The well-known mobile money platform may not choose to commandeer this observation as a marketing slogan, but it does capture some of the reasons why M-Pesa is starting to shift Kenyans away from using cash.

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12 February 2018

A national 5G wireless network is not such a stupid idea The Economist

For more than three decades, telecoms policy, at least in rich countries, has been a one-way street: more deregulation and more privatisation in order to foster more competition. This direction was set by America in 1984, when it broke up AT&T, its telephone monopoly. So there was much surprise at a recent memo, written for the White House by an official at the National Security Council, which argued that the next generation of mobile network, “5G” for short, should be built and run by the American government.

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06 February 2018

Global smartphone market drops 9% in biggest ever fall The Guardian

The global smartphone market fell 9% in a year this quarter, the biggest fall in smartphone history, with even Apple’s iPhone sales down 1% as users hang on to their phones longer.

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04 February 2018

Cellphones Are Still Safe for Humans, Researchers Say New York Times

Do cellphones cause cancer? Despite years of research, there is still no clear answer. But two government studies released on Friday, one in rats and one in mice, suggest that if there is any risk, it is small, health officials said.

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08 January 2018

Apple should address youth phone addiction, say two large investors Reuters

Apple Inc shareholders Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System are urging the smartphone maker to take steps to address what they say is a growing problem of young people getting addicted to Apple’s iPhones, Jana partner Charles Penner said.

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20 December 2017

Upgrade to 5G will costs billions a year and may not be worth it Bloomberg

In the wildest dreams of wireless engineers, the mobile network of the future controls our cars, lets our refrigerators talk to the grocery store to order more milk, and provides fast, reliable broadband connections to our homes so we can sever ties with cable companies.

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30 November 2017

Three quarters of Android apps track users with third party tools - study The Guardian

More than three in four Android apps contain at least one third-party “tracker”, according to a new analysis of hundreds of apps.

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24 November 2017

Australians are increasingly using their phone as a credit card: Deloitte Brisbane Times

The pressure is on Australian banks to keep up with customer's growing use of smartphone apps to pay for in-store and online purchases.

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Australian cities among world leaders in cashless transactions: Visa report Brisbane Times

Australian cities are among the most advanced in the world in dumping cash in favour of digital payments, helped by a surge in "tap-and-go" purchases, according to new research.

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Almost half of Australians regularly blow their data limits at a cost of $313m per year Deloitte

Deloitte’s Mobile Consumer Survey 2017 finds that our desire to be constantly connected and continuously consuming is leading to data plan blow outs, hidden costs and more people switching operators.

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17 November 2017

FCC approves TV technology that gives better pictures but less privacy Reuters

U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the use of new technology that will improve picture quality on mobile phones, tablets and television, but also raises significant privacy concerns by giving advertisers dramatically more data about viewing habits.

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07 November 2017

Africa set to top 1 billion mobile internet connections in five years: study Reuters

Africa’s mobile internet connections are set to double in the next five years, a study showed on Monday, thanks to affordable smartphones and the roll-out of high-speed networks.

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24 October 2017

Battery drain: You're charging your smartphone wrong New Zealand Herald

Many of us are left frustrated at the sight of our smartphones about to die.

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19 October 2017

'First 5G mobile net connection' claimed by Qualcomm BBC News

Qualcomm has demonstrated mobile internet speeds of 1Gbps using a 5G smartphone chip.

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31 August 2017

The Smartphone's Future: It's All About the Camera New York Times

We all know the drill. For the last decade, smartphones have gotten thinner and faster and thinner and faster and, well, you get the picture.

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19 July 2017

70% of world's population connected by mobile by 2022 CIO

Forrester forecasts global mobile device usage will reach more than 5.5 billion users by 2022.

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13 July 2017

When You Should (and Shouldn't) Share Your Location Using a Smartphone New York Times

Last week after my motorcycle malfunctioned and crashed on the freeway, I wanted only two simple things from technology: to call 911 and to tell loved ones where I could be found.

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19 June 2017

Life and death in Apple's forbidden city The Observer

In an extract from his new book, Brian Merchant reveals how he gained access to Longhua, the vast complex where iPhones are made and where, in 2010, unhappy workers started killing themselves

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23 April 2017

Makeover for mobile phones: Ready or not, 5G wireless is preparing for its big day The Economist

After years of hot air and hyperbole, the fifth generation (5G) of mobile-phone technology has entered its final phase of testing, in preparation for its debut around the world. The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), an industry group for mobile phones, has still to sign off on a 5G reference design that satisfies all its members. But that has not stopped manufacturers from introducing 5G chip-sets and modems for wireless carriers to test. The hope is to get 5G mobile networks up and running in time, at least, for the winter Olympics in South Korea in February 2018. Japan has its own plans for the technology when it hosts the summer Olympics in July 2020. Expect wireless carriers to start rolling out their 5G networks in earnest shortly thereafter.

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21 April 2017

Italian court rules mobile phone use caused brain tumour The Guardian

An Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumour.

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11 April 2017

The FCC is reversing its proposal to allow mobile phone use on planes Washington Post

Federal regulators are withdrawing a proposal that would have allowed air travelers to use their cellphones at high altitude.

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02 February 2017

Goodbye roaming: EU clears final hurdle for end of roaming charges Reuters

The European Union clinched a preliminary deal early on Wednesday to cap wholesale charges telecom operators pay each other when their customers use their mobile phones abroad, paving the way for the abolition of roaming fees in June.

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31 January 2017

EU's digital chief underlines public demand to end mobile roaming charges Reuters

The European Union's digital chief has said that failure to solve the last remaining barrier to abolishing mobile roaming charges across the bloc in June would lead people to question its ability to deliver on promises.

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