Mobile & Wireless

10 July 2015

Reinventing Google for a Mobile World New York Times

Amit Singhal, Google's search chief, oversees the 200 or so factors that determine where websites rank in the company's search engine, which means he decides if your website lives or dies. His current challenge: figuring out how to spread that same fear and influence to mobile phones.

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01 July 2015

Europe agrees to scrap roaming charges while paving way for 'internet fast lane' The Guardian

Holidaymakers travelling within the EU will pay the same price to use their mobile phone as they would at home from June 2017, after a deal was reached by European authorities.

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Data roaming charges to end in EU within two years BBC News

Data roaming charges are set to be abolished within the European Union by June 2017, it has been announced.

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13 June 2015

LTE Subscriber Base to Grow to 1.4 Billion Globally by Year-end 2015 ABI Research

​ABI Research estimates that there will be nearly 1.37 billion 4G LTE subscribers worldwide by year-end 2015, up from nearly 650 million in 2014. ABI Research forecasts that the LTE subscriber base will exceed 3.5 billion by 2020, demonstrating a 5 year CAGR of 20.8%. The exponential rise in LTE points-of-presence covered justifies the need for sustained investment in LTE infrastructure, which is expected to grow nearly 10% year-on-year.

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04 June 2015

Global smartphone subscriptions to double by 2020 - Ericsson Reuters

Global subscriptions for smartphones will more than double by 2020, helping mobile data traffic to ninefold, the world's largest telecoms network gear maker Ericsson predicted on Wednesday.

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29 May 2015

Google lays out its ambitions for your phone, your home, your car and your wallet Washington Post

Google made clear Thursday that it's still fighting a multifront war against its old rival, Apple -- and that the battles are as heated as ever.

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28 May 2015

A Murky Road Ahead for Android, Despite Market Dominance New York Times

In 2005, Google bought a tiny mobile software company named Android, and almost nobody in the technology industry saw its potential -- not even Eric Schmidt, Google's chairman and then chief executive. "One day Larry and Sergey bought Android, and I didn't even notice," Mr. Schmidt told reporters in 2009, referring to Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google's founders.

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25 May 2015

Behind the Downfall at BlackBerry New York Times

Ever since Jim Balsillie and Mike Lazaridis stepped down as co-chairmen and co-chief executives of BlackBerry, neither has spoken much in public about the once-dominant smartphone maker's fall into near market obscurity. The two and many others have opened up, however, to two reporters from The Globe and Mail in Toronto: Jacquie McNish, a senior business writer and author of several books and Sean Silcoff, who reports about the company.

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07 May 2015

Free Android apps connect to thousands of tracking and ad URLs, research shows The Guardian

The average free Android app silently connects to more than 100 different web addresses to serve adverts and track users, according to a paper from French research institute Eurecom.

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23 April 2015

Telstra hits 590Mbps mobile data speeds using LTE-A Computerworld

Telstra managed yesterday to hit speeds of up to 590 megabits per second using LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation on its network, the telco's group managing director for networks, Mike Wright, said today.

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02 April 2015

Smartphone use rises in US - but many owners struggle with cost, says study The Guardian

In the last three years the number of Americans owning a smartphone has jumped from 35% to almost two-thirds but affordability has meant many have had difficulties paying for them, according to the latest Pew study.

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31 March 2015

Study Suggests Wi-Fi Exposure More Dangerous To Kids Than Previously Thought Forbes

Most parents would be concerned if their children had significant exposure to lead, chloroform, gasoline fumes, or the pesticide DDT. The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IRIC), part of the United Nations' World Health Organization (WHO), classifies these and more than 250 other agents as Class 2B Carcinogens - possibly carcinogenic to humans. Another entry on that same list is radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF/EMF). The main sources of RF/EMF are radios, televisions, microwave ovens, cell phones, and Wi-Fi devices.

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30 March 2015

When apps are driven by the market, there's only one winner. It's not you... by Evgeny Morozov The Observer

They govern more and more of our lives and the information they accumulate is supposed to empower us. But it's the market that is the ultimate beneficiary

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11 March 2015

Surge in Smartphones Sets Off New Wave of Corporate Self-Reinvention New York Times

When Francisco González started working as a software engineer for IBM in the 1960s, the worlds of technology and consumer banking were miles apart.

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05 March 2015

Smartphones are addictive and should carry health warning, say academics The Guardian

Smartphones are psychologically addictive, encourage narcissistic tendencies and should come with a health warning, researchers have said.

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04 March 2015

European group wants 5G to be 100x faster than 4G Computerworld

5G should go 100 times faster than 4G, connect 1,000 times as many devices and carry 1,000 times as much traffic in a given area, a European Commission group says.

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03 March 2015

Google to launch own 'virtual' mobile phone network The Guardian

Google is planning to launch its own mobile phone network, the software and search firm has confirmed, as it plots a major business shift that will see the company move into supplying broadband connections across the planet

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26 February 2015

5G researchers manage record connection speed BBC News

Record-breaking speeds have been achieved during tests of 5G data connections, scientists have said.

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22 January 2015

Smartphones Don't Make Us Dumb New York Times

As much as we love our digital devices, many of us have an uneasy sense that they are destroying our attention spans. We skitter from app to app, seldom alighting for long. Our ability to concentrate is shot, right?

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19 January 2015

EU considers domestic-rate data roaming allowance for travellers Reuters

European Union consumers could pay domestic rates to access mobile internet data across the 28-nation single market under EU Council proposals to grant travellers an allowance capped at their home tariffs.

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14 January 2015

Uh oh: Wi-Fi exposure may be worse for kids than we thought Salon

The International Agency for Research on Cancer's (IRIC) website is, for many hypochondriacs, a bit of a nightmare. The agency actually catalogs carcinogenic items, substances and sources that we encounter in everyday life. The freakiest cancer-causing forces are radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF/EMF) that come from radios, televisions, microwaves, cell phones and, most alarmingly, devices that use Wi-Fi.

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04 January 2015

Your phone says: "Cheer up!" - Software that senses how you are feeling is being pitched to gadget-makers The Economist

On January 6th hordes will converge on a vast conference centre in Las Vegas for the start of the International Consumer Electronics Show. At the annual shindig, tech firms will show off their latest and greatest gizmos, from smart cars to smartphones and fancy TVs. The gadgets will provoke plenty of emotions among the 160,000 or so visitors. But the devices themselves won't be able to tell what those people are feeling.

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29 December 2014

A Wi-Fi Problem for US Hotels? Industry Group Seeks Guidance From FCC on Blocking Other Wireless Networks Set Up on Hotel Properties Wall Street Journal

Modern technology has made it possible for people to set up their own personal Wi-Fi networks anywhere they want. Except in the occasional Marriott.

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03 December 2014

Australian mobile services decline for first time: ACMA Computerworld

The Australian mobile market has reached saturation, but Australians are downloading greater amounts of data, according to the Australian Communications and Media Authority.

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22 November 2014

New private companies spark mobile phone revolution in once-isolated Burma Washington Post

Incense swirls through the air on a darkening evening, as a Buddhist monk sits cross-legged before an ancient temple, his eyes closed in meditation. His cellphone rings. The monk fumbles in his traditional crimson robes, speaks for a while, then puts it aside and continues meditating.

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