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  • Samsung's Quick Fix for Galaxy Note 7 Is No Full Recharge

    09/13/2016 1:16:22 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 28 replies
    CIO Magazin ^ | Posted September 13, 2016 | By Youkyung Lee.
    Samsung plans to issue a software update for its recalled Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that will prevent them from overheating by limiting battery recharges to 60 percent. The front page of the Seoul Shinmun, a South Korean newspaper, carried a Samsung advertisement on Tuesday announcing the software update for any users of the Note 7 who may be disregarding its recall notice and continuing to use the smartphone. "It is a measure to put consumer safety first but we apologize for causing inconvenience," the advertisement by Samsung Electronics said. The update for South Korean users will start Sept. 20, it...
  • Samsung beat Apple in smartphone shipments amid positive results

    07/28/2016 4:42:17 PM PDT · by Shanghai Dan · 50 replies
    The Hindu ^ | July 28, 2016
    Riding on the strong sales of its Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge smartphones, Samsung Electronics on Thursday declared 8.14 trillion won ($7billion) year on-year operating profit - 18 per cent- in the second quarter results. .... Samsung’s second-quarter smartphone shipments are estimated at about 72 million units, almost doubling Apple’s iPhone shipments of 40.4 million units during the same period.
  • Day After ‘Clinton Cash’ Film’s Ericsson Revelations Go Worldwide, CEO Steps Down

    07/25/2016 1:16:46 PM PDT · by Rockitz · 26 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | 25 Jul 2016 | Jerome Hudson
    Just one day after the global premiere of Clinton Cash, Hans Westberg, the embattled CEO and president of telecoms company Ericsson, stepped down as the head of the Swedish wireless equipment maker. Though the telecom giant’s announcement to remove Westberg is not confirmed as a direct result of the film’s online popularity, the company’s timing is an odd coincidence. The New York Times best-selling book Clinton Cash, authored by Government Accountability Institute President and Breitbart Senior Editor-at-Large Peter Schweizer, highlighted that Ericsson — on Westberg’s watch — had come under heavy fire for selling telecom equipment to countries that were...
  • Army SOF to Trade in Its Androids for iPhones

    07/19/2016 11:01:08 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 36 replies
    DOD Buzz ^ | JULY 15, 2016 | BY: MATTHEW COX
    Army Special Operations Command is dumping the Android tactical smartphone for an iPhone for better situational awareness. Photo: Vesper Case UK. U.S. Army Special Operations Command is dumping its Android tactical smartphone for an iPhone model. The iPhone 6S will become the end-user device for the iPhone Tactical Assault Kit – special-operations-forces version Army’s Nett Warrior battlefield situational awareness tool, according to an Army source, who is not authorized to speak to the media. The iTAC will replace the Android Tactical Assault Kit. The iPhone is “faster; smoother. Android freezes up” and has to be restarted too often, the source...
  • Qualcomm Files 17 New Complaints In China Courts Against Smartphone Maker Meizu

    06/30/2016 8:42:07 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 3 replies
    OAN ^ | June 30, 2016
    Qualcomm Inc has filed 17 fresh complaints in China against Meizu Technology Co, stepping up its battle with the Chinese smartphone maker after the two were unable to reach a licensing accord in the U.S. tech giant’s biggest market. The patent infringement complaints by Qualcomm, submitted to intellectual property courts in Beijing and Shanghai on Thursday, mark the second time in a week it has taken legal action against Meizu, one of China’s top 10 handset suppliers. It filed its first complaint in Beijing last Friday. Qualcomm is seeking to uphold terms of its landmark 2015 anti-trust settlement with China’s...
  • Apple, Google, Microsoft, and others express ‘deep concerns’ over controversial encryption bill

    04/20/2016 10:14:22 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    The Verge ^ | April 20, 2016 04:37 am | By Amar Toor
    Coalitions representing major tech companies warn of 'unintended consequences' in letter to US senators Four coalitions representing Apple, Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and other major tech companies have published an open letter expressing their concerns over a controversial US bill that would require smartphone makers to decrypt data on demand. The letter, published this week, is addressed to the bill's sponsors, Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), and signed by four industry groups: Reform Government Surveillance, the Computer and Communications Industry Association, the Internet Infrastructure Coalition, and the Entertainment Software Association. In addition to Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon,...
  • Verizon is offshoring jobs, records say [moving call center and IT work overseas]

    04/19/2016 3:02:41 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    IT World ^ | 04/19/2016 | Patrick Thibodeau
    A key issue raised by labor unions in their weeklong strike against Verizon is the offshoring of work. The unions say Verizon has plans to send more jobs overseas. Verizon isn't saying what it is doing in this respect, but there is a paper trail of documents filed by its employees that point to offshoring. The union contends that Verizon wants, in a labor contract, to shift more jobs to contractors. Nearly 40,000 Verizon workers are on strike. "They want the ability to contract work -- as much as 50% -- the great majority of that is offshore," said Marilyn...
  • FBI Scores a Hollow Victory in Apple iPhone Unlocking Fight

    04/11/2016 4:27:57 PM PDT · by Coronal · 13 replies
    The Mac Observer ^ | April 11, 2016 | Jeff Gamet
    The FBI won what amounts to a hollow victory in its fight to force Apple to break its own iPhone encryption. A Federal Judge in Boston an order compelling Apple to help recover data from an iPhone, but stopped short of forcing the company to break its own encryption or hack the lockscreen passcode, effectively telling the company to do exactly what it already does to help out law enforcement agencies. Federal Magistrate Judge Marianne Bowler's order stated, "To the extent that data on the device is encrypted, Apple may provide a copy of the encrypted data to law enforcement...
  • Samsung Pay's knocks Apple Pay into a cocked hat

    02/27/2016 2:13:10 PM PST · by CodeToad · 16 replies
    Trusted Reviews ^ | 23 November 2015 | Max Parker
    Apple Pay vs Samsung Pay – Technology This is where the two standards really differ. Apple's implementation of Apple Pay is really quite traditional, in the sense that it follows the NFC standard that had been established in previous mobile payment systems. You can only make Apple Pay payments in NFC reader-equipped retailers – those that still carry traditional card readers are entirely out of the loop until they upgrade. And that's where Samsung Pay could really trump Apple Pay. Thanks to Samsung's acquisition of LoopPay, it has implemented Magnetic Secure Transmission technology into its payment system. This essentially fools...
  • Decrypting a Government Agenda

    02/21/2016 8:22:28 AM PST · by Kaslin · 53 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | February 21, 2016 | Paul Jacob
    The Apple-FBI squabble over encryption signals a new age dawning. One of the dead San Bernardino mass murderers, a terrorist committed to Islamic jihad, possessed a password-locked Apple iPhone. The FBI claims that it has not been able to crack it. A judge has ordered Apple to do the job. Apple CEO Tim Cook resisted, in an open letter, directed mainly at his company's clientele. "The United States government has demanded that Apple take an unprecedented step which threatens the security of our customers. We oppose this order, which has implications far beyond the legal case at hand." Some folks...
  • When Government Makes Your Choices for You – You End Up with No Choices

    02/10/2016 6:00:18 AM PST · by walford · 5 replies
    Red State ^ | February 8th, 2016 | Seton Motley
    The old politician saw is: “The most dangerous place for you in Washington – is between (fill in name of pol) and a camera.” We’ll coin a government saw: “The most dangerous place for you anywhere on the planet – is government between you and the free market.”Any and every tax, law and regulation – is government placing itself between you and the free market. And, conversely, between the free market and you. And, of course, it makes the market less free. It’s inherent. The bigger the tax – the less money you have for the market, and the less...
  • T-Mobile Now Lets You Stream Video Without It Counting Toward Your Data

    11/10/2015 6:40:19 PM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    Gizmodo ^ | 11/10/15 | Darren Orf
    T-Mobile’s whole “uncarrier” thing, an occasional series of events where CEO John Legere gets on a stage and puts down his cellular competition, has been going on for a few years now. But for its tenth event, T-Mo went big. Say goodbye to video streaming nomming away your data.We had a feeling this was coming, and Legere just confirmed things during an event in LA, describing the move as “disrupting the scam” that is cellular data. It works a lot like Music Freedom, which T-Mobile introduced in June last year. It works with 24 different services including Netflix, HBO, Hulu,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing'

    08/14/2015 1:04:48 AM PDT · by Cincinatus' Wife · 35 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | August 13, 2015 | Daniel Bates
    EXCLUSIVE: Tech company which maintained Hillary's secret server was sued for 'illegally accessing' database and 'stealing White House military advisers' phone numbers' The Internet company used by Hillary Clinton to maintain her private server was sued for stealing dozens of phone lines including some which were used by the White House. Platte River Networks is said to have illegally accessed the master database for all US phone numbers. It also seized 390 lines in a move that created chaos across the US government. Among the phone numbers which the company took - which all suddenly stopped working - were lines...
  • NSA cited as hurdle against AT&T merger

    03/05/2015 11:26:12 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 4 replies
    The Hill ^ | 03/05/2015 | Julian Hattem
    A coalition of dozens of former AT&T business partners are raising alarms about the telecom giant's past cooperation with the National Security Agency (NSA), which could pose problems for its $48.5 billion merger with DirecTV.AT&T violated privacy laws by voluntarily handing over to the spy agency data about Americans' phone and Internet communications in the years after Sept. 11, 2001, critics told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a letter late on Wednesday.In light of that cooperation, they urged the FCC to think carefully about approving the merger with DirecTV. If it does, they want the agency to require AT&T to enact...
  • Samsung unveils sleek new Galaxy phones to battle Apple

    03/01/2015 10:56:24 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 62 replies
    reuters.com ^ | March 2, 2015 | Se Young Lee and Harro Ten Wolde
    South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones, featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim the throne of undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc. Designed from scratch in an operation dubbed "Project Zero", the Galaxy S6 and its curved-edges variant are critical for Samsung's plans to reverse plunging smartphone revenues that led to its first annual earnings fall in three years in 2014. A warm initial reception sent Samsung shares rising as much as 3.9 percent on Monday to their highest in nearly nine months. Some technology publications described...
  • Ubuntu smartphone offers alternative to apps

    02/08/2015 1:39:22 AM PST · by moose07 · 6 replies
    BBC ^ | 6 February 2015 | Leo Kelion
    An Ubuntu-powered smartphone is coming to the market a year and a half after a previous attempt to launch a model via crowdfunding failed.The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu edition relies on a card-like user interface that is not focused on apps. Unlike the original proposal, the handset does not become a desktop PC when plugged into a monitor. It is initially being targeted at "early adopters", who developers hope will become advocates for the platform. The British company Canonical, which developed the Linux-based operating system, said it hoped to emulate the success of Chinese companies including Xiaomi with its launch...
  • Apple Inc's thermonuclear assault on Samsung vaporizes Android's remaining profit pillar

    01/30/2015 5:30:07 PM PST · by SamAdams76 · 25 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | January 29, 2015 | Daniel Eran Dilger
    After years of failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung Electronics in legal battles over patent infringement, Apple has rapidly obliterated Samsung's mobile division profitability, rendering it as barrenly unprofitable as every other Android or Windows licensee with razor thin margins in the phone, PC and tablet market. Samsung's collapse in profits caused by Apple, not Xiaomi While Apple's critics might prefer to credit Xiaomi for Samsung's decline, the South Korean giant's plummeting profitability is not due to a major drop in its low priced, high volume phones and tablets but rather an implosion of Samsung's profitable, high end...
  • Eight years ago, Steve Jobs unveiled iPhone and changed the world again — Video at Link

    01/10/2015 6:52:10 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    MacDailyNews ^ | January 9, 2015
    “Eight years ago, on January 9, 2007 to be exact, the late Apple CEO Steve Jobs took the stage at the Moscone Center in San Francisco to introduce the first iPhone. “Today, Apple is going to reinvent the phone,” Jobs proclaimed. Jobs wasn’t overstating the impact of his announcement. The iPhone, like the Mac and iPod, redefined the category. It was the world’s first modern smartphone and it became the template for wannabes the world over. The smartphone revolution started by the iPhone has put a powerful computer into the hands of billions of people worldwide. Steve Jobs’ iPhone unveiling...
  • Telecom sector up big today

    07/29/2014 8:01:15 AM PDT · by Starboard · 3 replies
    Benzinga ^ | July 29, 2014 | Luke Jacobi, Benzinga Staff Writer
    Telecom Sector Shoots Higher On Unprecedented Windstream Announcement
  • The Supreme Court Just Struck a Huge Blow Against the Government's Invasion of Your Privacy

    06/26/2014 8:14:09 AM PDT · by Marie · 19 replies
    Policy Mic ^ | 6/25/2014 | Jenna Kagel
    (Regarding Cellphones) The Supreme Court has handed down a unanimous decision in Riley v. California, and it's good news for digital privacy advocates. The Court decided that once someone is arrested, the police may not search the person's phone without a warrant. The ruling stated that "the term 'cell phone' is often misleading in shorthand; many of these devices are in fact miniature computers that also happen to have the capacity to be used as a telephone. They could just as easily be called cameras, video players, rolodexes, calendars, tape recorders, libraries, diaries, albums, televisions, maps, or newspapers." Before just...
  • Chesapeake contractor gets prison for scheme [Navy sealift command contractor -- bribery]

    06/24/2014 2:46:07 AM PDT · by markomalley · 7 replies
    Norfolk Virginian Pilot ^ | 6/24/2014 | Tim McGlone
    As head of a Chesapeake defense contracting firm, Roderic Smith thought he had to "pay to play." He thought bribery was all part of the government contracting game. "The pattern and amounts of payments were very formulaic and routine," his lawyers said in a court filing. The scheme "was a scheduled system to provide continuous access to compete and win contracts." Smith would learn that this was not routine, but when he tried to get out, he was extorted by a co-defendant to stay in. It went on for more than eight years before federal authorities stopped it. Smith, 50,...
  • T-Mobile’s CEO: AT&T and Verizon Are ‘Raping You’

    06/19/2014 10:59:13 AM PDT · by Corporate Democrat · 55 replies
    Time ^ | June 19, 2014 | Laura Stampler
    Just the latest in John Legere's history of madcap soundbites T-Mobile CEO John Legere is hardly known for speaking delicately, but his most recent outburst, at a Wednesday press event, might take the proverbial profanity cake. Business Insider reports that Legere had harsh words for competitors AT&T and Verizon. “These high and mighty duopolists that are raping you for every penny you have,” he said. “The f—ers hate you.”
  • Hundreds of Cities Are Wired With Fiber—But Telecom Lobbying Keeps It Unused

    06/04/2014 4:05:55 PM PDT · by Renfield · 19 replies
    motherboard.vice.com ^ | 6-4-2014 | Jason Koebler
    In light of the ongoing net neutrality battle, many people have begun looking to Google and its promise of high-speed fiber as a potential saving grace from companies that want to create an "internet fast lane." Well, the fact is, even without Google, many communities and cities throughout the country are already wired with fiber—they just don't let their residents use it. The reasons vary by city, but in many cases, the reason you can't get gigabit internet speeds—without the threat of that service being provided by a company that wants to discriminate against certain types of traffic—is because of the giant...
  • iPhone users are disappointed with the iOS 7.1 software update...

    03/15/2014 10:19:49 PM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 53 replies
    Mail Online ^ | March 15th 2014 | Alexandra Klausner
    Full Title: iPhone users are disappointed with the iOS 7.1 software update that's draining their batteries, erasing their contacts, and flipping their keyboards With every new I-phone software update comes the potential for problems and the iOS 7.1 released on Monday is no exception. Customer's say it's killing their phone batteries among other pesky glitches. The iOS7.1 is the first major update to Apple's newest operating systems for iPhones and iPads and the apple community is lamenting poor battery charges, disappearing contacts, bad Bluetooth connections, keyboards oriented the wrong way, and the list goes on, reports the Huffington Post.
  • Behind the Preplanned Oscar Selfie: Samsung's Ad Strategy

    03/04/2014 12:30:20 PM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 1 replies
    WSJ.com ^ | 3/3/14 | Suzanne Vranica
    [Samsung] spent an estimated $20 million on ads to run during breaks in the Academy Awards broadcast on Sunday night. But Samsung may have got more promotional mileage from Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres during the show itself. Ms. DeGeneres toyed with a white Samsung phone during the broadcast, including when she handed a Galaxy Note 3 to actor Bradley Cooper so he could take a "selfie" photo of himself and other stars including Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Lawrence surrounding the host. While the stunt felt spontaneous, it wasn't entirely unplanned. As part of its sponsorship and...
  • TV Is Dying, And Here Are The Stats That Prove It

    11/24/2013 1:13:05 PM PST · by JerseyanExile · 147 replies
    Business Insider ^ | NOV. 24, 2013 | Jim Edwards
    The TV business is having its worst year ever. Audience ratings have collapsed: Aside from a brief respite during the Olympics, there has been only negative ratings growth on broadcast and cable TV since September 2011, according to Citi Research. Media stock analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson recently noted, "The pay-TV industry has reported its worst 12-month stretch ever." All the major TV providers lost a collective 113,000 subscribers in Q3 2013. That doesn't sound like a huge deal — but it includes internet subscribers, too. Broadband internet was supposed to benefit from the end of cable TV, but...
  • A CEO who resisted NSA spying is out of prison. And he feels ‘vindicated’ by Snowden leaks.

    10/01/2013 7:02:23 AM PDT · by shego · 16 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 9/30/13 | Andrea Peterson
    Just one major telecommunications company refused to participate in a legally dubious NSA surveillance program in 2001. A few years later, its CEO was indicted by federal prosecutors. He was convicted, served four and a half years of his sentence and was released this month. Prosecutors claim Qwest CEO Joseph Nacchio was guilty of insider trading, and that his prosecution had nothing to do with his refusal to allow spying on his customers without the permission of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. But to this day, Nacchio insists that his prosecution was retaliation for refusing to break the law on...
  • APPLE CRUSHES EXPECTATIONS, SELLS 9 MILLION IPHONES OVER THE OPENING WEEKEND

    09/23/2013 8:03:28 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 56 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 09/23/2013 | Jay Yarow
    Apple announced that it sold over 9 million iPhones during the opening weekend of sales. This is much better than analysts expected. Analysts were forecasting 5 million at the low end, and 7.75 million at the high end. The stock is up ~6% on the news. Last year Apple sold 5 million iPhone 5s during the opening weekend, so this is a huge increase. The new iPhone drew huge, enthusiastic crowds and long lines when it was released last Friday, despite the fact that there were no external changes to the device. Part of the reason there were big lines...
  • FCC approves SoftBank's acquisition of Sprint

    07/08/2013 11:07:27 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 3 replies
    The Register ^ | 6th July 2013 | By Rik Myslewski in San Francisco,
    Sprint also now free to move forward on Clearwire share snap-up The $21.6bn acquisition of Sprint by Japan's SoftBank is now a go: as expected from rumors earlier this week, the FCC has ruled unanimously to approve it. "Today is a good day for all Americans who use mobile broadband services," acting FCC chairwoman Mignon Clyburn said in a statement accompanying the lengthy ruling. "After thorough review, the Commission has found that the proposed Softbank-Sprint-Clearwire transactions would serve the public interest." Clyburn expressed her opinion that the merger would be "likely" to speed mobile broadband roll-out, enhance competition and innovation,...
  • AT&T to force Obama alerts for iPhones with no way to opt out

    06/17/2013 8:17:56 AM PDT · by T.O.K. · 74 replies
    bizpacreview.com ^ | June 17, 2013 | Janeen Capizola
    Not only is Big Brother President Obama watching you, he’s going to start messaging you if you own an iPhone with AT&T service. AT&T subscribers with an iPhone 4S or 5 using iOS 6.1 or higher are going to start getting presidential alerts on matters of “national importance” whether you want them or not. As part of AT&T’s new Wireless Emergency Alerts, once a user updates their operating system, AMBER and Emergency alerts are automatically sent to the phone. However . . .
  • VERIZON'S PRIVACY POLICY

    06/11/2013 12:10:40 PM PDT · by ealgeone · 14 replies
    Verizon Wireless ^ | 06/11/2013 | ealgeone
    FYI....Verizon's Privacy Policy regarding information shared outside of the Verizon Family of Companies.
  • Verizon’s Top Secret Deal With Pentagon Was Made Public in Regular, Annual Filing With SEC.

    06/10/2013 1:13:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 12 replies
    NY Sun ^ | 6/10/13 | Ira Stoll
    Verizon, the phone company whose disclosure of customer data to the federal government is at the center of the furor over cooperation by technology companies with top-secret national security programs, has offered a precise, clear, but little-noticed public explanation of why it did what it did. The Verizon explanation is not in the vague and cryptic memo the company issued last week after the Guardian exposed its program. It came, instead, in the company’s annual filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, included in Verizon’s annual report to shareholders.
  • Samsung loses $12 billion in market value as analysts slash Galaxy S4 sales forecasts

    06/09/2013 4:54:37 PM PDT · by rickmichaels · 40 replies
    National Post ^ | JUNE 7, 2013
    Samsung Electronics Co lost $12 billion in market value on Friday, hit by brokerage downgrades that have underscored concerns about slowing sales of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. The shares fell 6.2%, the most in more than nine months in Seoul after analysts at JPMorgan Chase & Co. cut profit estimates. Orders for the S4 smartphone, which went on sale last month, are slowing on weak demand in Europe that may impact profit margins, analysts led by JJ Park said in a report dated yesterday, citing supply chain checks. JPMorgan cut its share- price estimate for Samsung by 9.5% to...
  • Motorola announces Texas facility making first US-assembled smartphones, creating 2,000 jobs

    05/30/2013 9:41:03 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 37 replies
    AUSTIN, Texas — Cellphone pioneer Motorola announced Wednesday that it’s opening a Texas manufacturing facility that will create 2,000 jobs and produce its new flagship device, Moto X, the first smartphone ever assembled in the U.S. The company has already begun hiring for the Fort Worth plant. The site was most recently unoccupied but was once used by fellow phone manufacturer Nokia, meaning it was designed to produce mobile devices, said Will Moss, a spokesman for Motorola Mobility, which is owned by Google. “It was a great facility in an ideal location,” said Moss, who said it will be an...
  • Mexican Senate commissions approve telecoms reform bill

    04/22/2013 10:44:43 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 18, 2013
    Four Senate commissions on Thursday approved a major overhaul of Mexico's telecommunications sector that aims to loosen tycoon Carlos Slim's hold on the phone market and end broadcaster Televisa's dominance of the airwaves. The bill aims to stir up competition in the industry by allowing more foreign investment, and by giving regulators the power to force dominant players in the market to sell assets. The full Senate is due to vote on the bill Friday. The reform defines dominant players as those controlling more than half of their respective markets. If declared dominant, companies will not automatically be forced to...
  • Boston Marathon explosions force officials to shut down cell phone service

    04/15/2013 2:19:34 PM PDT · by Jean S · 39 replies
    AP ^ | 4/15/13
    A law enforcement official says cellphone service has been shut down in the Boston area to prevent any potential remote detonations of explosives.
  • Happy Birthday: The Mobile Phone Turns 40

    04/03/2013 12:47:22 PM PDT · by ThinkingBuddha · 14 replies
    Dailytech.com ^ | 4/3/2013 | Jason Mick
    Much has changed, but cell phone inventor Motorola's legacy lives on at new parent Google It was a spring day much like this one when Martin Cooper used his Motorola DynaTAC cell phone prototype to place a call in downtown Manhattan. The year was 1973 and it was the third day of April. The call lasted about 20 minutes and much like today's users, Mr. Cooper suffered a familiar problem -- a drained battery. I. The First Phone Call -- 40 Years Ago Today Mr. Cooper recalls, "The first cell phone model weighed over one kilo and you could only...
  • T-Mobile Eliminates Contracts

    03/26/2013 7:22:36 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 65 replies
    Newser ^ | 03/26/2013 | By Matt Cantor
    T-Mobile is ditching a once-inescapable part of wireless life: the contract. The company had been offering contract-free plans as an option alongside two-year contracts, CNET reports; now, according to the T-Mobile website, contract plans are a thing of the past. An example of a new plan: For $50 a month, you get unlimited talk, texting, and web, plus 500MB of high-speed data. Unlimited high-speed data will run you $70 a month. But that's not the full picture: You've also got to pay for your phone without the subsidies normally associated with contract plans, which knock pricey phones (new models can...
  • Smartphone hacking comes of age, hitting US victims

    03/21/2013 8:21:21 AM PDT · by EXCH54FE · 8 replies
    Nbc News ^ | Mar. 21, 2013 | Bob Sullivan
    Devastating cellphone hacks that hijack your most personal gadget and rob you of privacy and money have long been forecast. But even as smartphone users in Asia are beginning to suffer exploding bills and emptied bank accounts at the hands of hackers, U.S. users largely remain safe and blissfully unaware of the gathering threat. Criminals have been probing the systems that protect U.S. smartphone users for years, searching for the right combination of programming tricks and social engineering that would allow them to sneak onto users' phones. They took a year-old mobile virus named NotCompatible, which allows hackers to take...
  • Conservative geeks want a wired GOP

    03/12/2013 11:49:47 AM PDT · by JerseyanExile · 5 replies
    Politico ^ | February 28, 2013 | Steve Friess
    Silicon Valley and the GOP — together at last? That may seem like a peculiar proposition given all the public soul-searching and dirge-singing since Election Day over the digital failure of Republicans in modern campaigning. But a blast of cheerful California sunshine may be starting to light the way in the form of an underground gang of young, conservative hackers in the Valley assembling via a communal Google Document to brainstorm about what they can do to save the party from the clutches of tech-phobic leaders. “There’s this myth that there aren’t any Republicans out here who are willing to...
  • 911 calls are still coming from cellphone of Katie Couric's late husband

    02/15/2013 6:15:58 PM PST · by Brandonmark · 25 replies
    San Francisco Examiner ^ | February 15, 2013 | Katy St. Clair
    Someone notify Shirley MacLaine, because Katie Couric’s dead husband appears to be making 911 calls from his old phone. According to the New York Daily News, every Tuesday at 2 a.m. the late Jay Monahan’s phone line dials 911, then Couric gets an emergency call back saying help is on the way. She has notified the police and they are looking into it. Apparently there is a prank called “spoofing,” where someone uses a device to hack into a phone remotely. Or, Monahan’s disembodied spirit is trying to order a pizza, but is too drunk to hit the right speed-dial...
  • BlackBerry 10 arrives Feb 5th in Canada, tomorrow in the UK, US carriers revealed (New OS)

    01/30/2013 10:06:01 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 22 replies
    engadget ^ | Jan 30th, 2013 at 11:23 AM | James Trew
    If you like what you've seen so far from RIM BlackBerry's big launch event today, then you might want to know when you can get it? Those in the US might have hoped the rumors weren't true, but indeed, you will have to wait until March before you can get your hands on BlackBerry 10. Though when it does land, customers of AT&T, Verizon, Sprint (only Q10 confirmed) and T-Mobile (Z10 confirmed) will all be able to get onboard. BlackBerry's giving its home turf a little bit of a head start with a February 5th release date and Bell,...
  • 'Unlocking' your cellphone will be illegal starting Saturday

    01/25/2013 8:16:08 AM PST · by EXCH54FE · 27 replies
    NSN NEWS ^ | Jan 25, 2013 | MSN Staff
    Users will not be able to alter their cellphones to access different networks starting Saturday. But advocacy groups are questioning the law. Starting Jan. 26, buying and unlocking a phone will no longer be legal in the United States. The term "unlocking" a phone means to remove the security feature that prevents the phone being used on a different network. Once a phone is unlocked, it can work on more than one carrier's network. Unlocking phones is useful for those traveling internationally because it allows phones to work on different networks.
  • BlackBerry parent Research in Motion loses subscribers for first time

    12/20/2012 7:10:44 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 13 replies
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | Thursday, December 20, 2012 | Andrea Chang
    For the first time, struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion saw a decline in its subscriber base, reporting that the number of customers declined to 79 million in its fiscal third quarter. Three months ago, the Canadian company had 80 million subscribers. Revenue for the third quarter was $2.7 billion, down 47% from $5.2 billion in the same quarter a year earlier. The company posted a loss of $9 million, or 2 cents a share, compared with a profit of $265 million, or 51 cents a share, a year earlier.
  • Nextel to cut 20% of jobs at Virginia headquarters

    11/08/2012 12:58:39 PM PST · by Arthurio · 18 replies
    telecompaper ^ | 11-7-12
    Nextel to cut 20% of jobs at Virginia headquarters Wednesday 7 November 2012 | 11:09 CET | News NII Holdings, which operates mobile services under the Nextel brand in Latin America, announced that it is taking actions to realign certain resources and roles between its headquarters and market units in order to create a stronger and more agile organization, and to facilitate future growth. As part of this strategy, the company is reassigning select positions located at its headquarters to its operations in Latin America and eliminating certain positions at its corporate headquarters in Virginia (US). In total, the company...
  • Softbank in $20B deal to buy almost 3/4 of Sprint (Sprint to become foreign owned)

    10/15/2012 3:42:05 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 12 replies
    CBS ^ | 10/15/2012 | ap
    Softbank reaches $20B deal to buy Sprint Nextel Japanese mobile carrier would get 70 percent of Sprint if agreement goes through; Sprint would be tougher rival of Verizon, AT&T Updated 5:10 a.m. ET TOKYO Tokyo-based mobile phone company Softbank Corp. has reached a deal to acquire 70 percent of U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Nextel for $20.1 billion in the largest-ever foreign acquisition by a Japanese company. The deal, announced Monday at a joint news conference in Tokyo by Softbank President Masayoshi Son and Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse, was given a green light by the boards of both companies. It...
  • Carlos Slim, world’s richest man, gets richer supplying ‘Obamaphones’ to poor

    10/11/2012 3:53:19 PM PDT · by Snuph · 3 replies
    My Fox DC ^ | Oct 11, 2012
    Mexican telecom mogul who holds the title of world's richest man, and one of President Obama's top donors are both getting even richer from the U.S. government program that supplies so-called "Obamaphones" to the poor. Carlos Slim, who has an estimated net worth of $70 billion, owns a controlling stake in TracFone, which makes $10 per phone for each device it provides to poor Americans. The company, whose president and CEO is Frederick "F.J." Pollak, also makes money from extra minutes and data plans it sells to subscribers who get phones and service through the government's Lifeline program. The program,...
  • iPhone assembler Foxconn closes factory after brawl involving 2,000

    09/24/2012 5:32:54 AM PDT · by Squawk 8888 · 28 replies
    Financial Post ^ | September 24, 2012 | Clare Jim
    TAIPEI — Taiwan’s Foxconn Technology Group, which assembles Apple’s iPhones and makes components for top global electronics companies, closed a plant in China on Monday after about 2,000 workers were involved in a brawl at a company dormitory. It was not clear how long the shutdown would last at the plant, which employs about 79,000 people in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan, while police and company officials investigate the cause of the disturbance. Foxconn said the trouble started with a personal row that blew up into a brawl. But some people posting messages on a Twitter-like site said factory...
  • Whites falling behind in smartphone usage, Nielsen study shows

    09/23/2012 5:48:51 PM PDT · by spodefly · 102 replies
    The New York Post ^ | September 23, 2012 | By CHRISTINE PARKER
    After all the hoopla, the Apple’s iPhone debut on Friday more than lived up to expectations, with analysts estimating as many as 10 million sales by tomorrow and more than 130 million by the end of the year.. But there is a surprising quirk in the numbers. More than half of American mobile subscribers — 55.5 percent — are now owners of smartphones of all types, but for white people, the numbers make up just 45 percent, the lowest of any ethnic group, new findings from Nielsen show. Sixty-six percent of Asians, 56 percent of Hispanics and 55 percent of...
  • T-Mobile to Contribute $25,000 to Same-Sex Marriage Referendum Campaign

    08/20/2012 4:30:43 PM PDT · by scottjewell · 24 replies
    Bellvue Patch ^ | Aug 20 2012 | Venice Buhain
    Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA will support Washington's Referendum 74, which would affirm the legislatively backed same sex marriage law. Bellevue-based T-Mobile USA will support Washington's Referendum 74, the company announced Monday. The referendum, which would affirm the legislatively backed law that legalizes same-sex marriage, will be on the ballot in November. The company will contribute $25,000 to Washington United for Marriage, the group campaigning to pass the referendum, according to company officials.