Mobile & Wireless

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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19 November 2014

90 percent to have mobile phones by 2020, predicts Ericsson Mobility Report Ericsson

Nine out of ten people aged six and over will have mobile phones by 2020. That is one of the most surprising predictions from the latest Ericsson Mobility Report.

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Google to label 'mobile friendly' websites Computerworld

In the next few weeks, Google will start to label websites that render well on mobile devices and is considering giving that label weight as a search rank signal, the company said Tuesday.

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15 October 2014

Who Killed the Nokia Phone? Project Syndicate

It seems to be a law in the technology industry that leading companies eventually lose their positions - often quickly and brutally. Mobile-phone champion Nokia, one of Europe's biggest technology success stories, was no exception, losing its market share in the space of just a few years. Can the industry's new champions, Apple and Google - not to mention titans in other tech sectors - avoid Nokia's fate?

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26 September 2014

Driving while texting with Google Glass as distracting as phone - study Reuters

The first scientific study of driving while texting with Google Glass found that the hands-free eyewear is no safer to use on the road than a smartphone.

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25 September 2014

EU considers delaying end of mobile roaming charges - draft Reuters

The elimination of roaming fees for using mobile phones in other EU countries could be delayed in what would be a win for big European telecoms operators at the expense of consumers, according to a draft EU proposal.

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14 September 2014

Smartphones: The Corporate Personality Test New York Times

It was a big week for smartphones. Apple unveiled two new iPhones -- as well as a new smartwatch, which you can think of as a phone for your wrist. Amazon slashed the price of its new phone, and Microsoft, searching for new applications and content for its own struggling mobile platform, sought to acquire the company behind the blockbuster game Minecraft. What can we glean about these three companies -- and a fourth, Samsung -- from their smartphones?

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26 August 2014

Parents set bad example by staying glued to smartphones The Independent

Parents who worry about their children constantly staring at their smartphones should set an example by not using their own devices so often - and set ground rules for screen-free mealtimes, parenting groups have said.

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16 August 2014

World's first 'smartphone' celebrates 20 years BBC News

Never judge a phone by its cover. This chunky, black box was in fact the world's first 'smartphone'.

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28 July 2014

5G in London by 2020, pledges Mayor Johnson Daily Telegraph [UK]

Smartphone owners will be able to download films to their mobiles in less than a second by 2020 as part of a roll-out that will start in London, Boris Johnson will pledge this week.

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24 July 2014

Smartphone charging spews out megatons of greenhouse gases CNET

For the first time, smartphone shipments have reached 1 billion. That probably means a lot of calling, texting, and app use. It also means a lot of phones being plugged into the grid and charging.

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11 July 2014

Despite a Pledge by Samsung, Child Labor Proves Resilient New York Times

After work, the three teenage girls giggle and pull at one another's hair. But when questioned, they admit their common secret: They use false papers to work illegally here at the factory that makes mobile phone components for one of the world's biggest brands, Samsung.

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02 July 2014

Samsung finds labour violations at dozens of its Chinese suppliers The Guardian

Samsung says that an external audit found labour violations at dozens of its suppliers in China, including failure to provide safety gear and excessive working hours, but that none involved child workers.

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01 July 2014

Europe cuts roaming charges, plans to eliminate them by end of next year Network World

More European mobile operators should offer free international roaming, following the example set by U.S. operator T-Mobile, a European Commission vice president said Monday.

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28 June 2014

What Happened to the Facebook Phone? Not Very Much, It Seems New York Times

Facebook has long wanted to be a major part of how you use your smartphone. Now, it looks as if the company has all but abandoned one of its major strategies to do so.

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27 June 2014

UK app developers predicted to add £4bn to economy this year The Guardian

British companies building apps for smartphones and tablets are forecast to generate £4bn in revenues this year, with the UK benefiting more than any other European economy from the billions consumers spend on their phones.

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26 June 2014

Why It Matters That Google's Android Is Coming to All the Screens The Atlantic

There is a likely vision for computing in the next decade that looks like this: One smart device in your pocket acts as the brain for an ever-evolving constellation of screens in your car and living room and on your face and wrist.

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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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