Mobile & Wireless

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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10 December 2013

PRODUCT REVIEW: Nokia Wireless Charger Proves Surprisingly Handy

Recent high end Nokia mobile phones come with the possibility for wireless charging, so when I was asked to review Nokia's Wireless Charging Stand I thought why not, but did also think it would only be of limited benefit.

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05 December 2013

Facebook dominates mobile apps, survey says CNET

Almost half of mobile phone users polled by CIRP singled out Facebook as one of their three most used apps.

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Seattle Restaurant Boots Google Glass-Wearing Patron PC Mag

Well, it happened. Someone wore Google Glass into a restaurant and that restaurant ended up ejecting the patron over his headgear.

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02 December 2013

WhatsApp leapfrogs Facebook as the most popular mobile messaging service The Drum

Messenger service WhatsApp has leapfrogged Facebook to become the leading mobile social messaging service.

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27 November 2013

Global 4G Connections to Pass 1 Billion Mark by 2017 Computerworld

The number of 4G-LTE mobile connections worldwide is forecast to pass one billion by 2017, according to a new study by GSMA Intelligence, the research arm of GSMA, the international trade body for mobile operators.

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22 November 2013

Only half of large companies have strong mobile strategies Computerworld

More than six years after the first iPhones hit the streets and more than three years after the iPad emerged, less than half of IT operations have implemented comprehensive mobile strategies.

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21 November 2013

Wireless Carriers Block Simple Solution To Phone Theft To Protect Profits, Prosecutor Says Huffington Post

As cell phone robberies have soared nationwide, phone companies have found a lucrative side business offering insurance to customers who are anxious their devices may be lost or stolen.

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15 November 2013

Europe allows gadgets to be used from take-off BBC News

Europe is relaxing rules about the use of electronics during flights, paving the way for devices to be used during take-off and landing.

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02 November 2013

Europe looking to follow US to approve in-flight electronics The Guardian

The UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) is scrutinising the use of electronic devices during take-off and landing following the American Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) approval on 31 October.

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01 November 2013

Swedish children complain their parents spend too long on phones The Guardian

More than a third of children in Sweden's cities complain that their parents spend too much time staring at phones and tablet computers, leading doctors in the country to warn that children may be suffering emotional and cognitive damage.

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F.A.A. Moves to Ease Electronics Ban, Opening the Runways to Angry Birds New York Times

The days of airline passengers being hounded to turn off their tablets or e-readers for takeoff and landing are coming to an end.

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31 October 2013

New coating could lead to waterproof mobile phones Daily Telegraph [UK]

A new waterproof coating to protect the delicate electronics in mobile phones could mean getting your phone wet will no longer be a disaster

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20 October 2013

European decision supports move to universal mobile charger - ITU calls for global standard to be referenced International Telecommunication Union

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have embraced an opportunity to mandate the use of universal charging solutions for mobile phones.

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11 October 2013

Colombia senator proposes state management of mobile network Reuters

A Colombian senator is proposing that a state-run telecoms company be set up to manage the country's network of cellphone towers and lease capacity to operators, a model he said would improve coverage and boost competition.

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07 October 2013

How the F.A.A., Finally, Caught Up to an Always-On Society New York Times

... Paul Misener, vice president for global public policy at Amazon and chairman of the technical subcommittee of the F.A.A. working group, said we could actually thank old television sets for this history of gadget regulation on planes.

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26 September 2013

France Probes Apple's Contracts With Mobile Operators - Investigation Raises European Pressure Wall Street Journal

French authorities are probing Apple Inc.'s contracts with mobile operators in France, according to a person familiar with the matter, the latest move by European governments to ramp up pressure on largely U.S.-based tech firms.

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