Mobile & Wireless

30 April 2014

EU moves to end smartphone patent wars in landmark ruling The Guardian

The European commission moved on Tuesday to stem aggressive patent lawsuits by smartphone and tablet makers against rivals, ruling that Motorola Mobility had broken EU law by taking such action against Apple.

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23 April 2014

Focus Turns to Samsung's Patents at Trial New York Times

Before Monday, the focus of the latest Apple and Samsung patent trial was whether Samsung copied Apple. But on Monday, Samsung said Apple has done some copying of its own -- including a method for transmitting video over wireless devices.

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21 April 2014

Your cellphone is killing you: What people don't want you to know about electromagnetic fields Salon

You may not realize it, but you are participating in an unauthorized experiment -- "the largest biological experiment ever," in the words of Swedish neuro-oncologist Leif Salford. For the first time, many of us are holding high-powered microwave transmitters -- in the form of cell phones -- directly against our heads on a daily basis.

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02 April 2014

Apple and Samsung Reprise Patent Fight (With Google a Shadow Presence) New York Times

As lawyers for Apple and Samsung made their opening statements in their patent trial in a federal courthouse here, they could not even agree on what the fight was about.

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30 March 2014

Which phones do world leaders use? The Guardian

For years, the well-connected world leader would use nothing but a BlackBerry to get their email on the move - and it is still Barack Obama's phone of choice. He uses a model specially enhanced by the US National Security Agency. But the news earlier this month that the White House Communications Agency is testing other phones, including models by Samsung and LG, sent shivers through fans of the struggling Canadian smartphone company, which has just announced an annual loss of $5.8bn.

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15 March 2014

Europe backs call for universal smartphone charger BBC News

The maddening scramble to find the right charger for your smartphone could be coming to an end.

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12 March 2014

Google facing US lawsuit over $66 of in-app purchases The Guardian

Google faces a class action lawsuit claiming it is "unfairly profiting" from freemium games in the Play store that enable "unauthorised charges for in-app game currency without parents' knowledge".

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10 March 2014

UK Prime Minister announces plans for 5G internet to download a movie in 'one second' The Independent

Prime Minister David Cameron has announced plans for the UK to develop the next generation of wireless, 5G internet in collaboration with Germany.

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27 February 2014

Handset Makers Go Big on Smartphones New York Times

Smartphones are going against one of the long-held rules in portable electronics, that smaller is better.

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Mobile malware is growing and targeting Android users, warn Kaspersky The Independent

New data suggests that mobile malware is becoming more advanced in its capacity to target smartphone users, according to internet security firm Kaspersky.

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25 February 2014

What 5G can do for you Europa

By 2020 there will be more than 30 times as much mobile internet traffic as there was in 2010. But this will not be the same type of traffic as now - Internet usage will not only have grown thanks to the number of smartphones & tablets in use, but also because of the massive growth in machines and sensors using the Internet to communicate, and which require more efficient and ubiquitous technology to carry the data traffic.

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21 February 2014

Mobile internet speed in Australia the best in the world, when you can get it The Guardian

Australia has the world's fastest mobile internet but patchy coverage means it is accessible only 58% of the time.

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18 February 2014

European roaming: 300 million extra customers for telecoms companies when roaming charges end, survey shows Europa

94% of Europeans who travel outside their home country limit their use of services like Facebook, because of mobile roaming charges, according to a new survey of 28,000 EU citizens. The European Commission calculates that telecoms companies are missing out on a market of around 300 million phone users because of current pricing strategies, with negative effects for other businesses such as app makers.

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09 February 2014

Five Predictions for the Future of Wi-Fi and Mobile Cisco

New devices, changes in customer behaviors, and technological advances are rapidly changing the mobile market and consumers' expectations of mobility. A recent Cisco study of mobile consumers reveals how much, and how quickly the world of mobility is changing. The survey uncovers some startling revelations about what consumers are doing on their mobile devices, how and where they are using them, and how they are connecting them to the Internet. Highlights of the research are revealed in my recent blog Discover What Consumers Want from Wi-Fi and Mobile.

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03 February 2014

Building a Better Battery New York Times

The next breakthrough smartphone, or maybe the one after that, might not have a traditional battery as its sole source of power. Instead, it could pull energy from the air or power itself through television, cellular or Wi-Fi signals.

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28 January 2014

Global smartphone shipments top 1 billion for first time in 2013 - IDC Reuters

Global smartphone shipments topped 1 billion units for first time in 2013, climbing 38.4 percent from the previous year to 1.004 billion units, research firm IDC said.

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25 January 2014

South Korea rules pre-installed phone bloatware must be deletable ZDNet

Smartphone users in South Korea will soon be able to have the option of deleting unnecessary pre-installed bloatware, thanks to new industry guidelines commencing in April.

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14 January 2014

App Usage Exploded in 2013, Except for News and Magazine Apps The Atlantic

If mobile is eating the world, as analyst Benedict Evans contends, then journalism should be worried.

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13 January 2014

OMG! Number of UK text messages falls for first time The Guardian

It's been GR8, 1DRFUL and often LOL, but OMG, the text message appears to have finally passed its prime. :(

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28 December 2013

U.S. Mobile Internet Traffic Nearly Doubled This Year New York Times

Two big shifts happened in the American cellphone industry over the past year: Cellular networks got faster, and smartphone screens got bigger. As a result, people's consumption of mobile data nearly doubled.

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20 December 2013

Europe reaches deal on common mobile phone battery charger Reuters

Mobile phone makers will have to provide a standard battery charger that can fit any device, including smart phones, under a provisional deal on a new EU law reached on Thursday.

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17 December 2013

EFF warns of Android 'Stygian hole' as update kills access to privacy settings The Guardian

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has criticised Google for removing code from the newest version of Android that gave users detailed control of privacy settings in apps.

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13 December 2013

US FCC reconsiders ban on mobile phones on planes BBC News

The US communications agency has taken the first step toward lifting a ban on mobile phone calls during flights.

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12 December 2013

Europeans Pay Less for Mobile Use, but at a Cost New York Times

Europeans are paying almost two-thirds less for their cellphone contracts than their counterparts in the United States, according to a report to be published Thursday by the British telecommunications regulator.

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11 December 2013

Worker Deaths Raise Questions at an Apple Contractor in China New York Times

Last September, a young Chinese laborer named Shi Zhaokun began working long hours at a huge manufacturing plant that produces Apple's new iPhone 5C.

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