Mobile & Wireless

27 December 2015

In Sweden, a Cash-Free Future New York Times

In Sweden, a Cash-Free Future Nears Parishioners text tithes to their churches. Homeless street vendors carry mobile credit-card readers. Even the Abba Museum, despite being a shrine to the 1970s pop group that wrote “Money, Money, Money,” considers cash so last-century that it does not accept bills and coins. Few places are tilting toward a cashless future as quickly as Sweden, which has become hooked on the convenience of paying by app and plastic. This tech-forward country, home to the music streaming service Spotify and the maker of the Candy Crush mobile games, has been lured by the innovations that make digital payments easier. It is also a practical matter, as many of the country’s banks no longer accept or dispense cash.

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17 November 2015

New smartphone battery can charge to 48% in five minutes The Guardian

A smartphone battery that lasts longer than a day might be out of reach of most people for the moment, but a large one that charges to 48% in five minutes is on the way.

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28 October 2015

Europe finally abolishes mobile phone roaming charges The Guardian

Members of the European parliament have voted through new rules that will scrap mobile roaming charges and stop holidaymakers returning home to the nightmare of a massive phone bill racked up on their travels.

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20 October 2015

How Emojis Find Their Way to Phones New York Times

An obscure organization that standardizes the way punctuation marks and other text are represented by computer systems has in recent years found itself at the forefront of mobile pop culture, with its power to create new emojis.

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19 October 2015

Security is the loser in the holy war between Android and Apple The Observer

Where once we debated the merits of Mac and PC, now the struggle for dominance between smartphone operating systems leaves some users vulnerable

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29 September 2015

India's mobile phone dreams become nightmare of dropped calls Washington Post

In the past decade, nearly 1 billion people have been connected to wireless phone service as part of India's mobile communications revolution , making it the second-largest mobile phone market in the world. But a recent combination of rapidly rising growth and bad infrastructure has turned India's dreams of wireless phone expansion into something of a nightmare.

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25 September 2015

U.S. drops to 55th in 4G LTE speeds PC World

The U.S. has fallen to No. 55 in LTE performance as speeds rise rapidly in countries that have leapfrogged some early adopters of the popular cellular system.

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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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