Mobile & Wireless

12 September 2018

'The next billion users': Google targets India's lucrative mobile market The Guardian

To check Instagram at home, Laveena must stand on the edge of her terrace, arm outstretched, hoping the signal is strong enough for her phone to blink to life.

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11 August 2018

Blue light from phone screens accelerates blindness, study finds The Guardian

Scientists say they have found how blue light from smartphones, laptops and other digital devices damages vision and can speed up blindness.

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05 August 2018

ITU launches ‘Network 2030’ initiative to support emerging technologies and innovation looking beyond 5G advances International Telecommunication Union

The International Telecommunication Union, the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technology (ICT), has launched a new research initiative to identify emerging and future ICT sector network demands, beyond 2030 and the advances expected of IMT-2020 (5G) systems. This work will be carried out by the newly established ITU Focus Group on Technologies for Network 2030, which is open to all interested parties.

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24 July 2018

Wowsers, mobile data usage doubled last year... OECD

If you live in an OECD country, it seems that your reliance on the internet never ceases to grow. Whether it's at home, at work, or on-the-go, you’ll be using the internet in all aspects of your day-to-day life.

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22 July 2018

Mobile phones and cancer - the full picture The Observer

Last week the Observer published an article by Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie on a disturbing topic – the idea that telecoms giants might collude to suppress evidence that wireless technology causes cancer. The feature was well written, ostensibly well researched, and deeply concerning. Its powerful narrative tapped into rich themes; our deep-seated fears about cancer, corporate greed, and technology’s potentially noxious influence on our health. It spread rapidly across social media – facilitated by the very object on which it cast doubt.

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20 July 2018

Project 'Fuchsia': Google Is Quietly Working on a Successor to Android Bloomberg

For more than two years, a small and stealthy group of engineers within Google has been working on software that they hope will eventually replace Android, the world’s dominant mobile operating system. As the team grows, it will have to overcome some fierce internal debate about how the software will work.

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17 July 2018

Communist-run Cuba starts rolling out internet on mobile phones Reuters

Communist-run Cuba has started providing internet on the mobile phones of select users as it aims to roll out the service nationwide by year-end, in a further step towards opening one of the Western Hemisphere’s least connected countries.

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16 July 2018

The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones The Observer

On 28 March this year, the scientific peer review of a landmark United States government study concluded that there is “clear evidence” that radiation from mobile phones causes cancer, specifically, a heart tissue cancer in rats that is too rare to be explained as random occurrence.

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28 June 2018

We Have Reached Peak Screen. Now Revolution Is in the Air. New York Times

Smartphones were once the best thing to happen to the tech industry — and for a while, it seemed, to all of us, too. In the 11 years since the iPhone made its debut, smartphones have subsumed just about every other gadget and altered every business, from news to retail to taxis to television, ultimately reordering everything about how we understand media, politics and reality itself.

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27 June 2018

Mobile is taking over the customer journey Marketing Land

With over 40 percent of online transactions and growing, mobile is eating the world day by day. When a customer sets out to learn and make a decision, the smartphone is the gateway to discovery.

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07 June 2018

5G: What is it good for? Washington Post

5G, or 5th generation mobile, is the next big leap in wireless communications. You’ve probably heard about it in commercials or seen it in headlines. But much of the discussion about the new technology has been focused on its engineering features, infrastructure requirements and public policy considerations. With technical buzzwords like “network slicing,” “beamforming,” and “multi-access edge computing,” it may be hard to really understand what 5G is all about and why we should care.

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16 May 2018

Australia looking into claim Google harvests data while consumers pay Reuters

Google is under investigation in Australia following claims that it collects data from millions of Android smartphone users, who unwittingly pay their telecom service providers for gigabytes consumed by the activity, regulators said on Tuesday.

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14 May 2018

Alexa and Siri Can Hear This Hidden Command. You Can't. New York Times

Researchers can now send secret audio instructions undetectable to the human ear to Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Assistant.

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01 March 2018

The road to 5G: The inevitable growth of infrastructure cost McKinsey

Network cost could double as operators strive to meet demand for increased capacity and deploy 5G. How can they maintain their profits?

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22 February 2018

Zimbabwe and Kenya lead the way in Africa's dash from cash The Guardian

The well-known mobile money platform may not choose to commandeer this observation as a marketing slogan, but it does capture some of the reasons why M-Pesa is starting to shift Kenyans away from using cash.

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12 February 2018

A national 5G wireless network is not such a stupid idea The Economist

For more than three decades, telecoms policy, at least in rich countries, has been a one-way street: more deregulation and more privatisation in order to foster more competition. This direction was set by America in 1984, when it broke up AT&T, its telephone monopoly. So there was much surprise at a recent memo, written for the White House by an official at the National Security Council, which argued that the next generation of mobile network, “5G” for short, should be built and run by the American government.

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06 February 2018

Global smartphone market drops 9% in biggest ever fall The Guardian

The global smartphone market fell 9% in a year this quarter, the biggest fall in smartphone history, with even Apple’s iPhone sales down 1% as users hang on to their phones longer.

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04 February 2018

Cellphones Are Still Safe for Humans, Researchers Say New York Times

Do cellphones cause cancer? Despite years of research, there is still no clear answer. But two government studies released on Friday, one in rats and one in mice, suggest that if there is any risk, it is small, health officials said.

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08 January 2018

Apple should address youth phone addiction, say two large investors Reuters

Apple Inc shareholders Jana Partners and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System are urging the smartphone maker to take steps to address what they say is a growing problem of young people getting addicted to Apple’s iPhones, Jana partner Charles Penner said.

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20 December 2017

Upgrade to 5G will costs billions a year and may not be worth it Bloomberg

In the wildest dreams of wireless engineers, the mobile network of the future controls our cars, lets our refrigerators talk to the grocery store to order more milk, and provides fast, reliable broadband connections to our homes so we can sever ties with cable companies.

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30 November 2017

Three quarters of Android apps track users with third party tools - study The Guardian

More than three in four Android apps contain at least one third-party “tracker”, according to a new analysis of hundreds of apps.

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24 November 2017

Australians are increasingly using their phone as a credit card: Deloitte Brisbane Times

The pressure is on Australian banks to keep up with customer's growing use of smartphone apps to pay for in-store and online purchases.

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Australian cities among world leaders in cashless transactions: Visa report Brisbane Times

Australian cities are among the most advanced in the world in dumping cash in favour of digital payments, helped by a surge in "tap-and-go" purchases, according to new research.

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Almost half of Australians regularly blow their data limits at a cost of $313m per year Deloitte

Deloitte’s Mobile Consumer Survey 2017 finds that our desire to be constantly connected and continuously consuming is leading to data plan blow outs, hidden costs and more people switching operators.

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17 November 2017

FCC approves TV technology that gives better pictures but less privacy Reuters

U.S. regulators on Thursday approved the use of new technology that will improve picture quality on mobile phones, tablets and television, but also raises significant privacy concerns by giving advertisers dramatically more data about viewing habits.

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