Mobile & Wireless

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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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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