Mobile & Wireless

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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24 September 2013

F.D.A. to Regulate Some Health Apps New York Times

The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that it would regulate only a small portion of the rapidly expanding universe of mobile health applications, software programs that run on smartphones and tablets and perform the same functions as medical devices.

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F.A.A. Nears New Rules on Devices New York Times

The rules on when to turn off electronic devices on airplanes have long been a sour, and sometimes contentious, point for travelers. But faced with a surge of electronics on airplanes and under pressure from a growing number of tech-savvy -- and increasingly tech-dependent -- passengers, the Federal Aviation Administration recognized that change was inevitable.

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23 September 2013

Mobile broadband fastest growing technology in history Computerworld

Mobile broadband uptake is growing at 30 per cent per year, according to the 2013 State of the Broadband report, and will be the fastest growing technology in history.

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Apple iPhone fingerprint sensor hacked by Germany's Chaos Computer Club The Guardian

Germany's Chaos Computer Club says it has cracked the protection around Apple's fingerprint sensor on its new iPhone 5S, just two days after the device went on sale worldwide.

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17 September 2013

Study: U.S. mobile Web use has doubled since 2009 CNN

When your smartphone makes it so easy to connect to the Internet, why bother firing up a clunky desktop or laptop computer?

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11 September 2013

End Roaming Charges Across Europe, E.U. Chief Says New York Times

European Commission President José Manuel Barroso called on Wednesday for an end to the high charges for using mobile phones across national borders throughout Europe.

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Telstra trials super-fast mobile technology Australian Financial Review

Telstra has begun trials of a new mobile technology that can reach download speeds up to nine times faster than what the Coalition's national broadband network will deliver to most homes and businesses.

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06 September 2013

Workers' rights 'flouted' at Apple iPhone factory in China The Guardian

The new cheaper iPhone that Apple will unveil to a global audience on Tuesday is being produced under illegal and abusive conditions in Chinese factories owned by one of America's largest manufacturing businesses, investigators have claimed.

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Europe drafts law to ban mobile roaming charges The Guardian

Europe will ban mobile phone networks from charging customers more to use their phones abroad, according a leaked draft of legislation which the European commission will publish next week.

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05 September 2013

Smartphone sales to hit 1b this year The Australian

Global smartphone sales are expected to top one billion this year, driven by low-cost handsets and gains in emerging markets.

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22 August 2013

Android games now out-selling games for Sony and Nintendo handhelds The Guardian

One of the regular criticisms of Android in general (and its Google Play app store in particular) is that people don't spend money on apps there.

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21 August 2013

Samsung may 'rule the Android kingdom' claims Flurry study The Guardian

Should Apple be more scared of Samsung than it is of Google? That's the question posed by new research on the Android market by mobile analytics firm Flurry. Its conclusion: yes, perhaps it should.

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16 August 2013

Concern mounts as Google confirms Android cryptographic vulnerability The Guardian

Google has confirmed reports of a weakness in Android's Java Cryptography Architecture that has left bitcoin wallets generated on Android devices vulnerable to theft.

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15 August 2013

Smartphones outsell basic mobile handsets for first time The Guardian

Smartphones have outsold more basic handsets worldwide for the first time, with demand for the high-tech devices surging in the Asia-Pacific region, Latin America and eastern Europe.

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14 August 2013

North Korea 'makes home-grown' Arirang smartphone BBC News

North Korea says it has produced its first home-grown smartphone, but experts have disputed its origins.

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Samsung Brazil violated labour laws, prosecutors allege BBC News

Public prosecutors in Brazil have begun legal action against South Korean electronics giant Samsung, alleging that it has been violating labour laws at its factory in the Amazon region.

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13 August 2013

Once Dominant, BlackBerry Seeks to Avoid Oblivion New York Times

It is an unforgiving law of modern business: adapt or die. Make that: adapt fast -- or die even faster.

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12 August 2013

Apple won the battle over headphone jacks. But Samsung is winning the smartphone design war. Washington Post

The war between Apple and Samsung spans so many fronts, in so many different countries, that it's sometimes hard to tell who's on top.

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10 August 2013

Mobile phone drivers 'not linked' to accident figures BBC News

Researchers have found no link between the number of US drivers making phone calls while on the road and the number of accidents recorded.

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08 August 2013

Smartphones don't make smart babies The Australian

Parents are being duped into downloading apps for their children in the belief they are educational, despite expert advice discouraging screen time for children under two.

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