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EE, Orange and T-Mobile phone bills set to rise on May 28th

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If you missed the postman this morning, then we hate to be the bearer of bad news, but you might be returning home to a letter detailing an imminent increase to your monthly mobile phone bill. As of May 28th, customers on EE’s 4G network or the 3G sub-brands Orange and T-Mobile will be expected to fork out another 2.7 percent on top of what they’re already paying each month — the charges for anything beyond your allowance will go up slightly, too. We’ll leave you to crunch the numbers, but basically the price hike is in line with inflation, meaning you kind of agreed you’d be cool with it when signing those T&Cs you read so thoroughly. If you want to cancel your contract, then, we’re afraid you’ll be paying early termination fees. If you signed a new contract or upgraded after January 23rd this year, however, then nothing’s going to change for you. Under Ofcom’s rules — the ones O2 ain’t following — anyone in that situation could exit their contract scot-free, and EE’d likely prefer the business. If only our data caps rose with inflation, too.

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Gartner: device shipments to hit nearly 2 billion in 2014

Gartner has released a new study today, and they’re forecasting big mobile phone and tablet shipments for 2014. They believe that at the end of 2014, OEMs around the globe will have shipped 1.895 billion devices, a 4.6% increase over 2013. According to them, lower-end and mid-range devices are the reason for the bump, as well as expanding emerging markets. Oddly enough, these are similar gains as to those they noted in 2013.


The biggest benefactor will be android, too. According to Gartner, Android will see a bump to 1.17 billion shipments in 2014, up from 879 million last year. Similar gains are seen elsewhere, with iOS jumping to 286 million from 241 million, and Windows seeing a bump to 339 million from 325 million in 2013. Interestingly, while the study takes into acount “mobile phones”, the “other” category for operating systems will see a decline, according to Gartner. It will drop nearly 200 million devices, sending out around 683 million.

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Tablets will also continue to ship massively, with Gartner noting they expect to see 270 million tablets shipped in 2014. That’s a drastic increase from the 195 million tablets sent in 2013, and puts the tablet sector nearly on par with PCs. Gartner expects PCs to drop from 296 million shipments in 2013 to 276 in 2014. The reason? You guessed it; good tablets cheap, and available in markets outside the US.

Though shipments can’t always be equated to sales, it’s a strong indicator. With devices like the Moto G being widely available, it’s no wonder shipments are expected to increase. As emerging markets like South America become more connected, OEMs will lock to make their devices available there. Come December, we hope to have a good idea of the accuracy of this study. We wouldn’t be surprised if it were conservative.

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Mobile phone retailer Wirefly reportedly shuts down after bankruptcy

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It’s a sad day, folks. Longtime mobile phone deal-providing retailer Wirefly and parent company Simplexity have reportedly filed for chapter 7 bankruptcy, resulting in an immediate shut down of the business. That’s why when you go to their website you won’t be met with anything but 404 pages (surely there was enough money left over to keep up a “we’re gone” page, no?).

It’s an odd situation for sure, because if you head to their Facebook page you’ll see Wirefly was advertising their trade-in promotions as late as yesterday, the day this closure apparently occurred. It’s possible that Facebook post could have been scheduled, of course, so there’s no telling if that was just an unfortunate oversight of whoever decided to clear the offices.

Such a sudden move doesn’t bode well for employees either, with some taking to social media to express their discontent with their new employment status. Some customers have called Wirefly to inquire about their order status and haven’t been able to reach anyone, suggesting that the customer service department is now non-existent. And reports of users receiving refunds on recent orders that they were waiting for seem to suggest Wirefly isn’t comfortable filling out their remaining obligations.

All of this alone isn’t confirmation that Wirefly is gone, but without an official statement from the company and several independent reports suggesting as much, we’ll have to go with it for the time being. It’s sad, though the company wasn’t exactly the most ideal place to buy a smartphone. They came through with great deals on phones more often than not, but not without early exit clauses that made it almost impossible (or otherwise very expensive) to ditch before the standard return window.

Wirefly isn’t the only third-party retailer in the business with such practices. Buying a phone through Amazon, Best Buy or those mall kiosks also come with similar hooks in the fine print, though those hooks are usually not an issue for people who plan to stick with their phone for at least six months or the full length of the contract.

It sounds like Wirefly just wasn’t able to compete in an area where big businesses have started to match and exceed their service, and as such have been forced to call it quits. It’s just a shame that it all had to happen so abruptly. We’ll be seeking further comment from Wirefly and Simplexity to see if we can find out any specifics.

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Samsung patent approved for phone with 21:9 aspect ratio

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We have some news from the US Patent and Trademark Office: Samsung was recently granted a patent for a unique-looking device. It’s a mobile phone, but is much longer than what we’re used to seeing.

The device appears to have a 21:9 aspect ratio display, a ratio commonly seen on some widescreen televisions. We won’t really be able to tell whether this is a good idea or not until the details of the project are released in full, but it certainly seems interesting.

We don’t know when (or whether) we’ll see this phone, but stay tuned for more.

Source: US Patent and Trademark Office

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Skype rival Viber purchased by Japanese e-commerce giant for $900 million

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Japan’s answer to Amazon, Rakuten, has just got into the mobile communications business by purchasing internet calling app-maker Viber for $900 million. Viber was one of the first to introduce 3G VoIP on the iPhone, and now lets you call any land-line or mobile phone, send messages and even push-to-talk. The app is available on all major mobile and desktop platforms, and is one of Skype’s biggest rivals with over 300 million users worldwide. According to the WSJ, Viber’s global userbase helped draw Rakuten, which is trying to expand its business interests beyond Japan’s shores. It also recently purchased a huge stake in Pinterest and bought e-reader maker Kobo. Rakuten’s CEO confirmed that Viber “perfectly compliments” its goals and said the acquisition “will enable it to penetrate new markets with multiple digital content offerings.”

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Expensive and long-running UK research concludes mobile phones not a health risk

After 11 years and 13.6 million GBP, the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research (MTHR) program has finally reached the end of its study. In its final report, the researchers have indicated that there was no scientific evidence linking mobile phone use with an increased risk in cancer.

The history of mobile phones was punctuated by a period of fear that the emissions from both mobile phones and base stations would have adverse effects on health. In particular, there were theories that prolonged exposure to this kind of radiation could induce cancer in the user as well as unborn children of pregnant mobile phone users. Those who have been keeping tabs on the industry long enough might remember the proliferation of some devices or even stickers in the market that claim the ability to reduce such emissions.

That atmosphere of fear and uncertainty led to the establishment of the MTHR program. The independent research program was funded by both the UK government and telecommunications companies, so some might question the impartiality of the research. However, the MTHR was also overseen by an independent committee to ensure no bias comes from those financial sources.

The conclusion of the study echoes what most have already heard time and time again. They could not find any evidence of increased health risks from exposure to those suspected radio waves. However, Professor David Coggon, who chairs the MTHR, does have a disclaimer. The research does not discount that there might still be some negative effects on health that are caused the use of mobile devices, but they might have been too subtle to detect or will require longer than 11 years to surface. That might still be a scary possibility for some, given how much society has practically accepted these devices as part of modern life.

SOURCE: Telegraph

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According to the IDC: More than a billion smartphones shipped in 2013

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The IDC announced this morning that over a billion smartphones were shipped in 2013. For the first time ever, vendors reached the billion smartphones in a single year milestone. Selling 1,004.2 million smartphones worldwide, vendors were up from 725.3 million in 2012. That’s a 38.4% jump. The fourth quarter alone saw 284.4 million smartphones shipped.

According to the market research firm, the top trends were big screens and low costs. IDC data shows that low priced phones are what’s driving volume. Chinese and Indian markets are moving rapidly towards phones that cost less than $150 and that most of the shipments were in that range. Leaders in market share were as expected.

While Samsung remains the leader in smartphone shipments, their numbers were down compared to the previous quarter. Apple came in second but saw record growth with its iPhone 5s and 5C variants in emerging markets. Although, their year-to-year increase was lower than other companies. Huawei and Lenovo were third and fourth respectively. Even as such Huawei faces stiff competition and if Lenovo breaches North American and Western European markets it could take the number three spot.

LG came in fifth, barely beating out ZTE. But with a revived portfolio the company saw significant growth that rivaled that of Huawei and Lenovo.

All in all, the mobile phone market, that also includes feature phones, saw an increase of 4.8% with 1.82 billion devices sold. For those of you wanting the technical details, we have the presser for you below.

Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Top One Billion Units for the First Time, According to IDC

January 27, 2014 07:12 PM Eastern Standard Time

FRAMINGHAM, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The worldwide smartphone market reached yet another milestone, having shipped one billion units in a single year for the first time. According to the International Data Corporation (IDCWorldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, vendors shipped a total of 1,004.2 million smartphones worldwide, up 38.4% from the 725.3 million units in 2012. This aligns with IDC’s most recent forecast of 1,010.4 million units, making for a difference of less than 1%. Smartphones accounted for 55.1% of all mobile phone shipments in 2013, up from the 41.7% of all mobile phone shipments in 2012. In the fourth quarter of 2013 (4Q13), vendors shipped a total of 284.4 million smartphones worldwide, up 24.2% from the 229.0 million units shipped in 4Q12.

“Among the top trends driving smartphone growth are large screen devices and low cost”

In the worldwide mobile phone market (inclusive of smartphones), vendors shipped 1,821.8 million units, up 4.8% from the 1,738.1 million units shipped 2012. In 4Q13 alone, vendors shipped a total of 488.4 million units worldwide, up 0.9% from the 484.0 million units shipped in 4Q12. This is 2.8% lower than the 502.4 million units that IDC had recently forecast.

“The sheer volume and strong growth attest to the smartphone’s continued popularity in 2013,” says Ramon Llamas, Research Manager with IDC’s Mobile Phone team. “Total smartphone shipments reached 494.4 million units worldwide in 2011, and doubling that volume in just two years demonstrates strong end-user demand and vendor strategies to highlight smartphones.”

“Among the top trends driving smartphone growth are large screen devices and low cost,” said Ryan Reith, Program Director with IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. “Of the two, I have to say that low cost is the key difference maker. Cheap devices are not the attractive segment that normally grabs headlines, but IDC data shows this is the portion of the market that is driving volume. Markets like China and India are quickly moving toward a point where sub-$150 smartphones are the majority of shipments, bringing a solid computing experience to the hands of many.”

Smartphone Vendor Highlights:

Samsung ended the quarter the same way it began the year: as the clear leader in worldwide smartphone shipments. But even with sustained demand for its Galaxy S III, S4, and Note models, as well as its deep selection of mid-range and entry-level models, the company realized a decline compared to the previous quarter. Nevertheless, the company maintained a sizable double-digit lead over the next vendor.

Apple posted record shipment volume during 4Q13, driven primarily by the addition of multiple countries offering the iPhone 5S and 5C, and sustained demand from its initial markets that saw these models launch at the end of 3Q13. Still, Apple had the lowest year-on-year increase of all the leading vendors. Now that Apple has finally arrived at China Mobile, it remains to be seen how much Apple will close the gap against Samsung in 2014.

Huawei maintained its number three position worldwide, attained the highest year-on-year increase among the leading vendors, and raised its brand profile with a higher proportion of self-branded units compared to the ODM work it had done for other companies. Still, even with its success, Huawei faces a crowded group of potential competitors within striking distance.

Lenovo, despite having no presence in North America nor Western Europe, finished the quarter in the number four position. The company’s strength lies in its strong presence within key emerging markets and a well-segmented product portfolio spanning from simple, affordable smartphones to full-featured 5″ screen models. Should the company become successful at branching into more developed markets in 2014, it could challenge Huawei for the number three spot.

LG finished just behind Lenovo and edged out ZTE for the number five position, with just five million units separating the two companies. At the same time, its year-on-year improvement put the company on par with Huawei and Lenovo with market beating growth. LG’s success can be directly attributed to its revived portfolio from a year ago, which featured more large-screen and high-end models, including the Nexus 5 and its Optimus G series.

Top Five Smartphone Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, 2013 (Units in Millions)

Vendor 2013
Shipment
Volumes
2013 Market
Share
2012
Shipment
Volumes
2012 Market
Share
Year over
Year Change
Samsung 313.9 31.3% 219.7 30.3% 42.9%
Apple 153.4 15.3% 135.9 18.7% 12.9%
Huawei 48.8 4.9% 29.1 4.0% 67.5%
LG 47.7 4.8% 26.3 3.6% 81.1%
Lenovo 45.5 4.5% 23.7 3.3% 91.7%
Others 394.9 39.3% 290.5 40.1% 35.9%
Total 1,004.2 100.0% 725.3 100.0% 38.4%
Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, January 27, 2014

Top Five Smartphone Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, 2013 Q4 (Units in Millions)

Vendor 4Q13
Shipment
Volumes
4Q13 Market
Share
4Q12
Shipment
Volumes
4Q12 Market
Share
Year over
Year Change
Samsung 82.0 28.8% 66.7 29.1% 22.9%
Apple 51.0 17.9% 47.8 20.9% 6.7%
Huawei 16.4 5.8% 10.5 4.6% 56.5%
Lenovo 13.9 4.9% 9.4 4.1% 47.3%
LG 13.2 4.6% 8.6 3.8% 53.2%
Others 107.9 37.9% 85.9 37.5% 25.6%
Total 284.4 100.0% 229.0 100.0% 24.2%
Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, January 27, 2014

In addition to the table above, an interactive graphic showing worldwide smartphone market share for the top 5 vendors over the previous five quarters is available here. The chart is intended for public use in online news articles and social media. Instructions on how to embed this graphic can be found by viewing this press release on IDC.com.

Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, 2013 (Units in Millions)

Vendor 2013
Shipment
Volumes
2013 Market
Share
2012
Shipment
Volumes
2012 Market
Share
Year over
Year Change
Samsung 446.7 24.5% 409.4 23.6% 9.1%
Nokia 251.0 13.8% 335.6 19.3% -25.2%
Apple 153.4 8.4% 135.9 7.8% 12.9%
LG 70.0 3.8% 56.6 3.3% 23.6%
Huawei 55.5 3.0% 47.5 2.7% 16.7%
Others 845.2 46.4% 753.1 43.3% 12.2%
Total 1,821.8 100.0% 1,738.1 100.0% 4.8%
Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, January 27, 2014

Top Five Mobile Phone Vendors, Shipments, and Market Share, 2013 Q3 (Units in Millions)

Vendor 4Q13
Shipment
Volumes
4Q13 Market
Share
4Q12
Shipment
Volumes
4Q12 Market
Share
Year over
Year Change
Samsung 112.0 22.9% 113.6 23.5% -1.4%
Nokia 63.4 13.0% 86.3 17.8% -26.5%
Apple 51.0 10.4% 47.8 9.9% 6.7%
LG 18.5 3.8% 15.4 3.2% 20.2%
Huawei 17.9 3.7% 15.9 3.3% 12.6%
Others 225.6 46.2% 205.1 42.4% 10.0%
Total 488.4 100.0% 484.0 100.0% 0.9%
Source: IDC Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker, January 27, 2014

Note: Data are preliminary and subject to change. Vendor shipments are branded shipments and exclude OEM sales for all vendors.

About IDC Trackers

IDC Tracker products provide accurate and timely market size, vendor share, and forecasts for hundreds of technology markets from more than 100 countries around the globe. Using proprietary tools and research processes, IDC’s Trackers are updated on a semiannual, quarterly, and monthly basis. Tracker results are delivered to clients in user-friendly excel deliverables and on-line query tools. The IDC Tracker Charts app allows users to view data charts from the most recent IDC Tracker products on their iPhone and iPad.

For more information about IDC’s Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, please contact Kathy Nagamine at 650-350-6423 orknagamine@idc.com.

About IDC

International Data Corporation (IDC) is the premier global provider of market intelligence, advisory services, and events for the information technology, telecommunications, and consumer technology markets. IDC helps IT professionals, business executives, and the investment community to make fact-based decisions on technology purchases and business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global, regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities and trends in over 110 countries worldwide. For more than 50 years, IDC has provided strategic insights to help our clients achieve their key business objectives. IDC is a subsidiary of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research, and events company. You can learn more about IDC by visiting www.idc.com.

All product and company names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

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Ryan Reith, 650-950-6242
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FCC and U.S. Carriers reach a deal to allow consumers to unlock their mobile phones and tablets

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It was back in January when it became illegal to unlock your mobile phone or tablet, which ticked a lot of people off. In most situations, the carrier would unlock it for you, but they didn’t have to. Well fast forward nearly 11 months, and things have changed. The FCC and CTIA have reached an agreement allowing you to unlock your mobile phone or tablet. This deal was reached with AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular, and Verizon Wireless.

Each carrier will need to post their policy for unlocking on their respective websites. The way the rule works is that carriers will have to unlock devices requested by customers if their contract has been fully satisfied by either the term or termination fee is paid. If you own a prepaid phone, your carrier has to unlock it within a year of the original activation.

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LG infographic suggests we use our phones in public restrooms, on dates

LG has released a neat infographic which shows how they feel we use our smartphones. Rather than tell us what apps they think we use, they concentrated on the where and when of using a smartphone. We hate to say it, but they’re probably dead on.

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According to LG, 77% of us use our smartphones while lying in bed with another, and 33% of us have used our devices to look busy when alone in a restaurant or bar. Only 36% of us take “selfies”, while around 60% use their device when spending time with friends and/or family. A probably inaccurate 41% of us use our mobile devices to look something up to avoid feeling dumb about a topic of discussion.

A (once gain, probably inaccurate) slim 28% of people admit to using their mobile phone on a date, while 35% of us have used a mobile device to avoid talking to someone. About half of us admit that we’d feel fine using our mobile devices in a place of worship, too. I guess sometimes, that email or Facebook post really can’t wait.

In what could be the weirdest number of the day, 75% of people say they “wouldn’t be ashamed” to use their mobile device in a public restroom. I guess all those studies about your mobile phone being the dirtiest thing you could touch may be accurate after all. The survey is a sampling of 1152 adults in the US, all 18 or over (of course).

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Gartner sees 4.5 percent rise in PC, tablet, mobile phone shipment in 2013

There year isn’t over yet, but Gartner is already feeling and sending good vibes about the state of shipments of tablets and mobile phones for 2013, at least compared to last year. The same, however, cannot be said for the PC market, which is continually experiencing a period of decline.

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Overall, the outlook is quite good. In its third quarter report, Gartner projects that the total number shipments encompassing PCs, tablets, and mobile phones to climb up by 4.5% from 2.22 billion units in 2012 to 2.32 billion this year. Driving the spurt will be tablet shipments, which it forecasts to grow by 53.4 percent with shipments of 184 million units worldwide. Curiously, it believes that these tablets will mostly be of the mid- to low-range variety, particularly those sporting sizes of 8 inches or lower, which seems to be a favorite among consumers in Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK, and the US. Even smartphones, the long-time darling of the geek world, might have trouble finding warm hands this coming holiday season, according to the firm.

Needless to say, Android will, of course, be behind majority of those figures. Windows, both its desktop and mobile incarnations, still come at second against Apple’s iOS and Mac OS combo, but Gartner expects that to decline by 4.3 percent this year, mostly due to decline in PC shipments. Neither the demise of Windows XP next year nor the acquisition of Nokia by Microsoft affected Gartner’s forecast.

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Indeed, the PC market seems to be on a rapid and worrying decline. Worldwide desktop and notebook shipments are expected to drop by 11.2 percent this year compared to 2012. Adding ultramobiles to the group only reduces the decline to 8.4 percent. The latest Bay Trail and Haswell processors might not do much to curb the trend as consumers reach out for smaller and more affordable tablets even while keeping an eye out for interesting new ultramobile devices.

SOURCE: Gartner

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What To Do When Your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 Becomes Excessively Hot

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There were reports from Samsung Galaxy Note 2 users complaining about their phones becoming excessively hot. I had to talk to a friend of mine who is currently working as an engineer for a mobile phone manufacturer. According to him, it is normal for mobile phone to emit heat especially when used for hours. However, units that give off too much heat may have some hardware problems. Moreover, he said the possible causes of the problem are the following:

Possible Causes

  • Phone not getting good ventilation.
  • The battery may have physical damage.
  • Phone’s processor was overworked.
  • Device was exposed to high temperatures.
  • Excessive media streaming using mobile data.

Solutions

Based on these possible causes, the following are solutions you can take in case your Samsung Galaxy Note 2 becomes so hot.

Solution 1: If the problem started to manifest after you’ve put on a new accessory, like a jacket or a cover, on your Galaxy Note 2, there is a possibility it’s the one causing the problem. Phones like it needs proper ventilation and components inside were arranged in such a way that air would be allowed to circulate. The problem with third-party accessories is that their designers are more focused on producing products that look cool to the eyes but for the phone. The best course of action is to take it off and observe if the phone still heats up unnaturally after doing so.

Solution 2: One of the components that may cause overheating is the battery since it is the source of power. If the battery has been damaged for whatever reason, you may want to buy a new one and replace it for your own safety and that of your phone. Batteries have a tendency to explode if overcharged or exposed to extreme temperature. To check if the battery is damaged, take it out and physically inspect it. Look for leakages, swelling or cracks.

Solution 3: Another component that emits heat is the processor. One of the reasons you might have bought Galaxy Note 2 is because of its powerful CPU. But the thing is, the more powerful CPU is, the hotter it becomes when overworked. To prevent this, close apps that are running in the background. Applications that are heavy to load like games with high definition graphics often make the phone hotter.

Solution 4: When not in use, make sure you place your phone in the spot where it wouldn’t be exposed to sunlight or high temperatures. Or at least, lock the phone before you put it inside your bag or pocket.

Solution 5: If you’re used to streaming music or videos using mobile data, then you could expect your phone to become hotter the longer you use it. One of the good practices is that you turn mobile data off when not in used to stop the streaming and, of course, minimize the use of power. Remember, the phone becomes hotter when you’re using mobile data instead of WiFi.

Solution 6: Stop using your phone when you feel the heat it emits is not normal. Have a technician take a look at it so the problem would fixed, or at least, you’ll be advised accordingly what to do.

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U-Verse brings passive aggressive texts to your big screen with ‘TV Notes’

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Look out, your U-verse service is about to get naggy. With the newly launched TV Notes feature, you can send messages to any connected display in the house, either by set-top box or mobile phone if you’re out, and they’ll pop up in a hard-to-ignore spot on your screen. There’s also a scheduling option for setting messages to arrive at a specific time on a given channel or on a repeat basis. Oh, and blocking out the entire screen with one of these reminders is possible, too — perfect for telling the kids to dust the 65-inch plasma instead of just watching it.

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Top mobile phone manufacturers

Gartner has released the results of the worldwide smartphone sales to end users for the second quarter of 2013. The results provide a clear picture of which the top mobile phone manufacturers are in such period. To see which companies consistently make it to the list, we have gathered the data provided by Gartner starting from the first quarter of 2012 up to the present. The data involves mobile phones and smartphone sales separately.

Here are the results.

Top Mobile Phone Manufacturers

Top Mobile Phone Manufacturers

Top mobile phone manufacturers

Since the first quarter of last year, Samsung, Nokia, and Apple have consistently taken the top three spots. In fourth and fifth place are ZTE and LG, which have switched positions since the first quarter of this year. Meanwhile, the sixth place has been occupied by Huawei since the first quarter of 2012. Three different phone makers have occupied seventh place since the first quarter of 2012. The first is RIM, which has dropped to the tenth spot in the second quarter of the same year, and moved up to the eighth spot in the third quarter. Starting this year, however, RIM is nowhere to be found on the top ten list. TCL was at the seventh spot for four quarters, but slid down to eighth place in the second quarter of 2013. Lenovo, for its part, has been improving. From being absent on the list in the first quarter of 2012 up to the third quarter, the company finally found itself in eighth place, ninth place, and most recently, in seventh place. Motorola, HTC, and Sony are taking turns occupying the eighth to tenth spots and disappearing from the list. Out of the six quarters, both Motorola and Sony are present in the list for four times. HTC, for its part, only appears only thrice. Beginning the first quarter of the year, the China-based company Yulong joins the list of top mobile phone manufacturers.

Top smartphone manufacturers

Gartner names only the top five smartphone makers in its results. These are Samsung, Nokia, Apple, ZTE, and LG. Gartner’s data for smartphones are not included in their 2012 reports. Thus, the comparison only covers the first and second quarters of 2013. All five manufacturers have maintained their positions in the list.

These results are particularly significant because of the fact that smartphones overtook feature phone sales for the first time in the second quarter of 2013. To put things in perspective, smartphones comprised 49.3 percent of global mobile phone sales in the first quarter of this year. In the same quarter last year, the figure was only 34.8. During the second quarter of 2013, however, smartphones already accounted for 51.8 percent of worldwide mobile phone sales.

Is your smartphone from one of the top mobile phone manufacturers? Or would you consider such statistics irrelevant to your purchasing decisions?

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New study on mobile phone driving might give Google Glass a fighting chance

Google Glass may have found itself a new ally i future legal battles involving traffic regulations. Researchers from the UK have concluded, based on their study, that there is no cause-and-effect relation between the number of vehicular accidents and the number of mobile phone calls on the road.

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Even while Google Glass is still in development, it is already facing opposition from governments, especially in terms of traffic regulations. In the UK, the Department for Transportation is considering imposing the same regulations and sanctions on Glass drivers that are in effect for drivers using mobile phones on the road. All of these are based on studies showing that mobile phone driving is dangerous, which, while true, isn’t straightforward as we may think.

Researchers from Carnegie Mellon University and the London School of Economics analyzed more than 8 million vehicular accidents in the US and compared them with data of mobile phone usage before and after 9 pm from 2002 to 2005, a period when US carriers offered free calls after 9 pm. The results surprised the researchers so much that they tried to check them again. The results remained the same: while there was an increase in mobile phone calls after 9pm, there was no corresponding increase in car accidents.

However, the study shouldn’t be taken wholesale as the researchers themselves explained the limits of their work. The study didn’t differentiate driver demographics and didn’t analyze data for heavy traffic hours. It also only took into account phone calls and not messaging or Internet browsing, two very distracting activities. Though further research is still needed, it could be used as an argument favoring Google Glass’ hands-free approach and minimalistic design of user interaction.

SOURCE: BBC

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How to Prevent Your Smartphone Battery from Exploding

The past few years have seen an increase in a number of smartphones exploding and unexpectedly catching fire. Some such cases just to mention a few include the Dubai incident where a Samsung smartphone owner reported their phone exploding, the incidents in Switzerland and Abu Dhabi where smartphone owners reported their phones catching fire and most recently the incident in Hong Kong where a Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone user reported his phone catching fire and subsequently burning down his whole apartment.

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While similar stories continue to mount globally and Samsung vigorously persist in their investigations this article takes a quick look in to the reasons why phone batteries may flame or explode and offers insightful tips on to how to avoid such an incident occurring with your mobile phone device.

To begin with, it is important for Smartphone users to keep in mind that the chances of any electronic device exploding or catching fire, be it a smartphone, clock radio or tablet are very slim and typically only occur in events where there are serious flaws in product assembly or in the even more unlikely scenario that there is a product design flaw.  As a matter of fact, even in the unusual incidents where phones do explode or unexpectedly flame up, it is often not a product assembly or product design issue that causes the event but rather a combination of factors that cumulate (for instance the use of unoriginal product support devices or accessories) to triggering the incident.

Mobile phone batteries which are commonly made from lithium typically suffer from a little problem referred to as thermal runaway whereby extra heat generates even more surplus heat and so on. It is such reactions that sometimes lead to incidents like those discussed above particularly in case where batteries are not well equipped with systems that prevent the perilous reactions of chemicals enclosed within and systems that offers protection against overcharging.

It is a widely believed misconception that even inexpensive batteries manufactured by unknown companies are just as reliable as those produced by original leading market brands. However this is not true. As mobile phone batteries progressively become thinner to accommodate the ever changing slim design needs of smartphones, the space in the battery available to keep the negative and positive plate’s apart similarly simultaneously decreases. What this means is that, if batteries are not made up to standard and something happens to come between the two plates which are typically separated by an increasingly thin separator, then chances of battery explosions or flame ups basically increase when such batteries are put under high levels of stress via overcharging.

Manufactures that follow all the right guidelines and procedures in their battery production process generally produce safe long lasting products; however some manufactures opt to cut corners with the aim of cutting costs, undercutting completion and making higher profits – an action that obviously leads to dangerous outcomes.

The best way to avoid unexpected incidents of battery combustion is by:

1. Always going for original manufacturer battery brands and phone accessories or in case where unavailable, well know replacement brands

2. Not leaving your Android device in a hot place particularly when it is charging since doing so only contributes to making overheating issues worse; and

3. Ensuring you charge and use your device in a well-ventilated area if using while it charges.

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Android 2.3 powered Alcatel One Touch T’POP now on Virgin, for £59

Virgin Mobile has rolled back the years (and our expectations) to offer the new Alcatel One Touch T’POP mobile phone on its network, offering the super-budget Android model for just £59.99 on PAYG contracts. For the money you get a chunky little phone with a 3.5″ display running Android 2.3 at 320 x 480 resolution, with 150MB of internal memory and 256MB of RAM.

It runs on a 1GHz single-core MediaTek MT6575M processor, plus there’s a 2megapixel camera around the back. It’s a bit 2009 to say the least.

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It comes in black, white and red. We’ll stop typing now. It’s not getting any better the more we read of the announcement.

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LG Files Files For Trademark Of G Watch, G Glass, G Band, G PAD, G Hub In South Korea

South Korean company LG is expected to jump into the wearable smart devices business with their trademark application of several devices. Reports indicate that the company has filed for trademark at the Korean Intellectual Property Office for the names G Watch, G Glass, G Band, G PAD, and G Hub.

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LG previously announced that the G branding will be their premium line, stripping away the Optimus name. This means that the recent filings are for upcoming premium devices. As for the description of the devices they are listed below.

  • G Glass was filled in category of glasses and mobile phone
  • G Watch was filled in a category of watch and mobile phone
  • G Pad was filled in category of Tablets

Last March when news that Apple was reportedly working on the iWatch LG announced that they too were working on a smartwatch and a device similar to Google Glass.

While little information is known regarding these devices we can already picture out what they are. G Glass which is being filed under the glasses and mobile phone category will compete against Google Glass. G Watch which is filed under watch and mobile phone will be the company’s smartwatch product. As for the G Pad, it looks like it is going to be a premium tablet offering of the company. The G Hub could be an entertainment hub similar to the Samsung Hub while the G Band could be a fitness device.

It is possible that the company will be revealing more information regarding these devices at IFA 2013 which will be held in Berlin.

As the Android market becomes crowded with various industry players LG must diversify its products so as to compete effectively and regain market share. Their plans to introduce new devices might spark consumer’s interest in their products.

The filing of a trademark does not necessarily mean that a company will be coming up with a device of that name; lots of companies file trademarks all the time but don’t use them. It would be great though if LG pushes with these devices.

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Tizen will be Among the Top 3 Mobile OS According to Analyst

[Photo Source: BGR]

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Currently, the smartphone industry is dominated by the iOS and Android platforms, which are owned respectively by Apple and Google. The two are followed by Windows Phone 8, the BlackBerry 10, Ubuntu, Firefox and some others. But with the high popularity of the Samsung brand in the mobile phone market, a report from Bloomberg said that it is already poised to release its first operating system for its mobile devices known as the Tizen.

The Unveiling Date

According to the article from Bloomberg, the Intel-backed Samsung OS is set to be released later this year. There is no exact date yet for the unveiling because there is no official statement from the company at this time.

Tizen’s Edge

Tizen-based devices are expected to be cheaper than the popular models like the iPhone, said the report. So, they will certainly appeal more to consumers especially in developing markets such as the Asia-Pacific region, added the source.

Joshua Flood, an analyst at ABI Research, said in his interview that Asian mobile operators are becoming very unhappy with the constantly rising costs of smartphones. Customers want handsets to be as cheap as possible so the lower-priced OS could mean pushing the handset prices down to a point wherein it will be very affordable even to low and middle-ranged buyers.

Forecast

Due to the advantages that the OS is expected to bring to customers, the analyst said that Tizen is set to become the sixth largest mobile operating system in the world upon its introduction. It will put it just below the popular Android, iOS, Symbian, BlackBerry and Windows operating systems, he explained.

Then, Flood pointed out that by next five years, it might catapult itself in the top five, giving it at least 3.3 percent share in the smartphone shipments from its initial. If the momentum of the OS will be stable, it may eventually overtake the other operating systems to become the third in the overall rankings worldwide (just behind the Android and iOS), a related report from BGR mentioned.

Source: Bloomberg and BGR

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Meet The Micro-Phone, A Tiny Mobile Device With A Big Idea

Over at Indiegogo a new crowd funding campaign has been launched that’s quite interesting. It’s called the Micro-Phone and though you may think that it’s a microphone it isn’t. It’s actually a GSM phone that’s the size of a credit card. This makes it convenient to bring with you and can even fit inside your wallet, which is impossible to do with most phones.

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The description of the device reads as follows

“As designers, we strive to create beautiful, functional objects to complement your busy lifestyle. Micro-Phone is just that. It’s simple, clever and easy-to-use design transforms the idea that a mobile phone has to be a smartphone to be smart.”

“A compelling combination of beauty and brains, the Micro-Phone is not only the smartest looking micro phone available it’s also a sleek, discrete and affordable take anywhere, use anytime mobile phone.”

There’s going to be two models available. One is the basic model which can do calls and texts. The other model adds a locator so you can easily track down the user of the device. The locator technology uses mobile tower triangulation. This is useful when you want to locate your child, partner or friend carrying the device.

There’s currently 31 days left in the campaign with $14,309 raised out of the $50,000 goal. You can contribute right now for as low as $39. This amount will help in the production of the device and once it is available you will be getting a limited edition Micro-Phone basic unit. This includes a silicone cover and a mini USB cable. The estimate price of the basic device when released in the market is $89 while the one with the locator will cost $ 129.

Micro-Phone Technical Specifications

  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 1.8″ LCD Screen
  • 85 mm long by 55 mm wide, 5.5 mm depth
  • Full sized key pad
  • Phone Book
  • Messaging
  • Call Centre
  • Alarm
  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Tasks
  • Locator (on some models)
  • Lithium-ion Battery (with up to 21 days standby)

The team behind Micro-Phone is a collaboration of Australian and Chinese companies whose offices are located in Melbourne, Hong Kong, Shenzhen and Guangzhou.

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Gartner: Android and Samsung Dominate Smartphone Sales in Q1 2013, Apple’s Market Share Dips

Android and Samsung’s control over today’s global smartphone market should no longer surprise anyone, but it appears the two leading forces of the mobile industry just can’t be contained. Their already impressive numbers keep on growing and growing, fiscal quarter after quarter, at the expense of basically everyone else in the business, from Apple to Nokia to BlackBerry.

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Remember ComScore’s report from a couple of weeks back, according to which Android powered over half of the smartphones used in the States? Well, globally, things look even better for Google’s mobile OS.

The Androids are everywhere, accounting for a staggering 74.4% of total smartphone sales worldwide during Q1 2013, meaning over 156 million devices. That’s almost double last year’s unit sales (83.68 millions), or a boost of close to 25% in terms of market share, from a “modest” 56.9% 12 months ago.

Meanwhile, iOS is caught in a bit of good news/bad news scenario, boosting its actual smartphone sales from 33 to 38 million units, but seeing its market share slip from 22.5 to just 18.2%. Headache-inducing numbers for Cupertino? On the whole, I think so.

Surprisingly, Research In Motion (RIM, or BlackBerry, as they like to call themselves nowadays) made the podium once again, albeit barely, with 6.2 million smartphones sold, or a 3% market share. Microsoft keeps its number four in the ranks, despite seeing a somewhat encouraging spike in sales – 5.9 million units vs 2.7 mil, or 2.9% share vs. 1.9.

Moving on, the vendor challenge has once again easily gone Samsung’s way, both in smartphone and mobile phone (including “dumb” devices) sales. Sammy has seen year-over-year boosts across the board, with its smartphone share growing from 27.6 to 30.8%, smartphone unit sales from 40.6 to 64.7 mil, mobile phone share from 21.1 to 23.6% and finally mobile phone unit sales from 89.2 to 100.6 million.

Apple is naturally the silver medal recipient in the smartphone competition, whereas the number two in mobile phone sales is Nokia, despite a significant year-on-year decrease (14.8 vs 19.7% share, or 63.2 vs 83.1 million units sold).

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LG is worthy of an honorable mention following Gartner’s latest report, though the Koreans still remain a mere blip on Samsung’s radar. The Optimus and Nexus 4 makers have boosted their smartphone market share from a tiny 3.4 to 4.8%, managing to overcome Huawei, which has seen a more modest increase – 4.4%, from 3.6 a year ago.

ZTE is itself on the rise in the smartphone world (3.8 vs 3.1%), while in the larger mobile phone universe TCL and Lenovo have seen fairly modest boosts, with Sony incapable of making real headway.

All things considered, how about giving the mobile phone world rulers a nice, warm round of applause? After all, they do deserve all our praises, right?

Via [Gartner]

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Samsung quietly working on the EK-GN120, a Galaxy Camera that’s also identified as a mobile phone

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Samsung’s Galaxy Camera certainly made a splash when it was released last year and the Korean giant has plans on introducing some sort of a follow-up to the unique device. A mysterious EK-GN120 device surfaced on the Bluetooth website and obtained the coveted Bluetooth 4.0 certification. While there are no particular details that indicate what the new camera will bring– there is some speculation that the newest edition of the Galaxy Camera will be well… more than just a camera, thanks to the device being listed as a “mobile phone” under the Product Type. So it’s possible that the new device will feature some sort of calling functionality or something of that nature.

So now that the cat is out of the bag, we’ll be on the lookout for any new leaks regarding this intriguing new device— so stay tuned.

source:  Bluetooth SIG
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Samsung quietly working on the EK-GN120, a Galaxy Camera that’s also identified as a mobile phone

EK_GN120_2_Bluetooth

 

Samsung’s Galaxy Camera certainly made a splash when it was released last year and the Korean giant has plans on introducing some sort of a follow-up to the unique device. A mysterious EK-GN120 device surfaced on the Bluetooth website and obtained the coveted Bluetooth 4.0 certification. While there are no particular details that indicate what the new camera will bring– there is some speculation that the newest edition of the Galaxy Camera will be well… more than just a camera, thanks to the device being listed as a “mobile phone” under the Product Type. So it’s possible that the new device will feature some sort of calling functionality or something of that nature.

So now that the cat is out of the bag, we’ll be on the lookout for any new leaks regarding this intriguing new device— so stay tuned.

source:  Bluetooth SIG
via: SamMobile

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ARM sees 44 percent profit increase in Q1 2013 and ships 2.6 billion chips

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ARM the world leader in microprocessor intellectual property has just had brilliant fiscal quarter, again. This time the company has seen pre-tax profits shoot up by 44 percent, while revenues rise by 26 percent to an astonishing $209.4 million (£170.3m) since this time last year. The company owes this large chunk of change to the continued use of low power consumption design in the mobile sector, the adoption of this design has been brilliant news for ARM, their microprocessors can be found in smartphones, mobile computing, digital TV’s and even wearable tech.

The technology in the company’s ARMv8, Mali and big.LITTLE ranges is so advanced that they command a large royalty per chip, the companies profit increase reflects how well those microprocessors are doing in the mobile sector. The total amount of ARM-based chips that have found their way into your gadgets this quarter is a stagering 2.6 billion, an increase of 35 percent year-on- year, even embedded hardware is up by 50 percent since the first fiscal of 2012.

ARM has seen even better performance from its Mali graphics processor shipments, which are up five times since the same time last fiscal year. CEO of ARM Warren East says ” Even low cost smart devices can contain multiple ARM-based chips and be based on ARM’s advanced Cortex-A series technology and Mali graphics processors.”  ARM’s main competitor is fellow semiconductor makers Intel, these figure will surely worry intel if not make the friendly competition more interesting and result in better products for the consumer.

The embedded processing business grew 25 percent last year and ARM got more than half of its sales from other than mobile phones such as tablets for the first time in the third quarter last year. Prediction of global shipments of personal computers, tablets and mobile phones will increase by 9 percent to 2.4 billion units in 2013. Analysts say that wireless devices will account for the growth as some consumers change from primarily using a PC to using a lower-priced tablet and mobile phone.

Source – Engadget

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BlackBerry’s Q10 Opens for Pre-orders in UK, Canada

Now that BlackBerry is back with zeal after its one million successful sales of its Z10 last month, the UK based mobile phone company is back with one more smartphone to be available by the end of April 2013 with the carriers in UK and Canada. Though no words had been spoken about a US release however reliable sources say that AT&T, Verizon Wireless, and Sprint are getting ready for the sell though no shipment date has yet been decided.

bb2But this will be an interesting scenario to watch as BlackBerry had earlier challenged to take up the toe-in-toe competition with Apple and Samsung. Available in two colors black and white, the new BlackBerry Q10 is a QWERTY keyboard targeted mainly “for users who still prefer the physical push of a button when using their devices” as claimed by Graham Stapleton, the chief operating officer of the Carphone Warehouse Group PLC; a mobile phone and services retailer chain. Besides the 4G enabled Q10 will be BlackBerry’s second handset using the BB10 operating system after Z10. The sleek old-school smartphone with its AMOLED 3.1 inch touch enabled display and comfortable curvy corners make it easy to slide into your pocket. The external “glass weave” coat too makes the phone easy to grip. The Q10 also features a wonderful 8 MP camera with “Time Shift” mode helping you to select the best photo out of a selection of rapid-fire shots.

So after knowing everything about Q10, pricing will be an issue. In UK it has been announced that the phone will be available for two years on a contract of £36 per month or for £579.95 without a SIM. On the other hand in Canada the pre-orders were called from two retailers: Best Buy and FutureShop, and two wireless carriers: Rogers and Telus; with Rogers expected to make the phone available by April 30, 2013 for a three year contract in exchange of $199.99.

SOURCE: telegraph

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Basic Phone Security: What to do to Secure your Android Phone

There was a time when losing your mobile phone meant losing all your contacts, messages, personal pictures and documents.  Today though, with smartphones storing personal items on the cloud, losing contacts is not as damaging as it used to be.  At times the phone can be damaged but one of the biggest loses your phone could suffer is getting stolen.  Whether you forget it at the coffee shop or someone pinched it from your pocket, when someone has your phone, it can be one of the saddest times ever.  I have a few ideas though that you will find beneficial in securing your phone and protect your data in case you lose it or it gets stolen.  Safety first.

Security starts with the basics

Your Android phones come with a number of security tools that help you secure your phone from unauthorized access.  You cannot go for ‘advanced’ security if you haven’t enabled these basic security measures yet.  They include:

 

SIM lock

SIM lock is basically a layer of protection that keeps your messages and contacts safely behind a PIN.  When you enable SIM PIN protection, your phone will ask you to enter your PIN code every time your phone starts.  This protection is one of the most effective ways to safeguard your personal data and to prevent anyone from using up your air time, data or message credits.

SIM PIN Lock

To enable SIM PIN, navigate to Settings> Security > SIM Card Lock and then Set Up SIM Card Lock.  Check the ‘Lock SIM Card’ option and the phone will ask you for the default SIM PIN.  This is often provided by the carrier or network operator.  Note that you only have 3 chances to get the PIN right – three wrongs and the SIM will lock and you will need to unlock with a PUK (Pin Unlock Code).

Screen Lock

A screen lock is a security feature that will prevent someone from gaining access into the phone.  Android offers a number of screen security options including the most popular ‘Pattern Lock’ and ‘Password Lock’.

Android Pattern Lock

To enable Screen Lock, navigate to Settings> Security > Screen Lock.  If you have a custom OEM, the path may be different but the options are pretty much the same.  You will see options including None (disabled), Slide, Pattern, Face Unlock, Pattern, PIN, and Password

 

Encrypt your data

Fortify your phone further by encrypting the data on your removable memory card.  This feature is however dependent on the OEM installed on your phone.  When setting up encryption, you will need to set a password to decrypt it every time you power your device on.  Note that encrypting the data on your card is not reversible.  To undo the encryption, you may need to factory reset your phone.

Encrypt Phone

To encrypt your phone’s data, go to Settings > Security > Encrypt Phone.

 

Protect yourself, protect your data.  Stay safe, enable these basic security features on your Android phone.

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The Mobile Operating Systems that Dominate the Market today

So what does OS stand for? It is an acronym for operating system. This software helps application programs to run on mobile devices, for example Smartphones, tablets, PDAs and other handheld gadgets. A mobile OS combines the technology of a personal computer operating system, along with features such as touchscreen, WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth, video camera, speech recognition and many others.

mobi2As you may already know, most of mobile OS after being powered on, they present the user a wide screen on which icons can be found. Below these, there is a title or name of the app that offers information and access to the applications. Also, most of the mobile OS have their specific hardware, which give them little flexibility. This is why, depending on the type of mobile phone that you purchase, it will have a different operating system. Furthermore, we are going to present the most popular mobile operating systems today.

With 75% share, Google Android is the most powerful operating system at the moment. The basic operating system used by Android was founded on Linux, which has been further developed by Google along with software developers from HTC, Samsung, and Motorola.
Second on the list is iPhone iOS (14.9 percent share), developed and distributed by Apple Inc. It is licensed only on Apple hardware and from 2007 when it was released; it had been used on devices such as iPod, iPad and iPhone.

Thirdly, with 4.3 percent share, stands BlackBerry OS, developed by BlackBerry Ltd and used for its line of Smartphones and other handheld gadgets.

The last two most used are Symbian OS ( with 14.6 percent) , which runs on Nokia and Windows OS, which with the launch of Microsoft Windows 8 in 2013, its growth in the OS market has been fast-paced.

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Remembering DynaTAC and its history

dyn2Technology has evolved at a rapid pace since the invention of the first fully functional computer all those years ago. From mammoth storage systems to tiny memory chips the size of a fingernail, electronics has moved ahead by leaps and bounds. From the telegraph to the telephone, to the cordless telephone, followed by the mobile phone and then the touch era of smartphones with a zillion more capabilities that simply calling the other end, the advancement is breathtaking!

Startling news has been revealed that mobile phones are not as recent as the last ten or twelve years. In fact, according to the latest astonishing report, the first call from a cell phone was made as early as forty years ago! Former Motorola Vice President, Martin Cooper made the first call on the company’s DynaTAC phone to the head of Bell Labs research division, another company working towards the same goal- building the first mobile phone! Motorola has always been the fore runner of fantastic new technology and making the first cell phone, a device we cannot do without today, is a remarkable feat!

As a tribute to Martin Cooper and Motorola, Cisco put up a beautifully designed Info graphic to toast Motorola’s achievement and trace the path of the mobile phone, from the chunky DynaTAC to today’s iPhones and Galaxy Series. The display highlights the first call from a cell phone, the first commercial text message, followed by the first cell phone game by Tetris and the first Wi-Fi phone. A glorious collection of first’s, those proud moments that enabled technology to progress at a rapid pace and offer users advanced gadgets like Google Glass and the iWatch in addition to super smart phones!

A chain reaction triggered by that one phone call that changed the course of digital history!

SOURCE: CNET

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Remembering DynaTAC and its history

dyn2Technology has evolved at a rapid pace since the invention of the first fully functional computer all those years ago. From mammoth storage systems to tiny memory chips the size of a fingernail, electronics has moved ahead by leaps and bounds. From the telegraph to the telephone, to the cordless telephone, followed by the mobile phone and then the touch era of smartphones with a zillion more capabilities that simply calling the other end, the advancement is breathtaking!

Startling news has been revealed that mobile phones are not as recent as the last ten or twelve years. In fact, according to the latest astonishing report, the first call from a cell phone was made as early as forty years ago! Former Motorola Vice President, Martin Cooper made the first call on the company’s DynaTAC phone to the head of Bell Labs research division, another company working towards the same goal- building the first mobile phone! Motorola has always been the fore runner of fantastic new technology and making the first cell phone, a device we cannot do without today, is a remarkable feat!

As a tribute to Martin Cooper and Motorola, Cisco put up a beautifully designed Info graphic to toast Motorola’s achievement and trace the path of the mobile phone, from the chunky DynaTAC to today’s iPhones and Galaxy Series. The display highlights the first call from a cell phone, the first commercial text message, followed by the first cell phone game by Tetris and the first Wi-Fi phone. A glorious collection of first’s, those proud moments that enabled technology to progress at a rapid pace and offer users advanced gadgets like Google Glass and the iWatch in addition to super smart phones!

A chain reaction triggered by that one phone call that changed the course of digital history!

SOURCE: CNET

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It’s been 40 years since the world’s first mobile phone call

It's been 40 years since the world's first mobile phone call

On April 3rd 1973, Martin Cooper made the first mobile call on the nine-inch (and 28-ounce) Motorola DynaTAC. Dialing up a rival at AT&T, he apparently said that he was ringing “to see if my call sounds good at your end.” While briefcase-size models had come before it, it’s Motorola’s truly mobile phone that became the go-to power accessory for the likes of Gordon Gekko, Zack Morris and, er, American Psycho‘s Patrick Bateman. Since its heyday, however, the AMPS analog networks that the phone used to run on have now largely disappeared, replaced by digital ones that have added better call clarity, not to mention data connectivity at ever-improving speeds. We’ve come a long way.

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Lenovo In Talks To Purchase NEC Mobile Phone Unit

lenovo-necNEC hasn’t really made any notable smartphones making the company’s mobile phone unit struggle in a market dominated by popular brands. The company is currently in talks with several other vendors for a possible sale of their phone unit and one of the company’s interested in buying this is Lenovo.

Lenovo was previously rumored to be interested in buying BlackBerry but this time around has set its sights to NEC. Sources familiar with the discussion say have both companies have already started discussions of the sale. Two other Japanese companies are also interested in buying out NEC’s mobile phone unit.

If the deal of Lenovo pushes through then this will be the second deal made between both companies. Back in 2011 Lenovo invested US$175 million worth of company shares with NEC in a joint venture that formed NEC Lenovo Japan Group. This joint venture became the biggest PC supplier in Japan.

According to Kiitty Fok, the general manager at technology research firm IDC China, “Lenovo has been focusing increased attention on its smart mobile devices business, so taking this opportunity to build it through a strategic acquisition makes sense. Negotiating with NEC, which is its joint venture partner, makes it easier for Lenovo to accomplish that goal.”

The mobile phone unit of NEC has posted losses for two consecutive years now. In a statement released by the company they said that “Amid the rapidly changing market we are considering a number of ways to bolster the competitiveness of our mobile phone business, but nothing has been decided.”

Previously, NEC officials said that their mobile phone unit was an integral part of the company’s growth. The company however has decreased its expected smartphone sales from 5 million units to 4.3 million units for the fiscal year which ends this month.

Lenovo has yet to make an official statement regarding this report.

via eweek

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