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MetroPCS shares down 7% after merger with T-mobile starts

MetroPCS shares are down 7% on Tuesday after their merger with T-mobile has started. The week before its shares spiked as it was rumored Sprint would counteroffer MetroPCS for a merger. However, Sprint has not counter offered so their shares have begun to fall. The focus on Sprint’s part in this merger has undervalued MetroPCS’s stocks.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/12/05/metropcs-valuation-idUSL1E8N57JM20121205

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iPhone mobile news

iPhone 5 to sell in South Korea and 50 additional countries

The iPhone 5 is scheduled to launch in South Korea on December 7th along with over 50 additional countries being added in December as well. Including Brazil, Russia, and Taiwan. This will boost iPhones sales vastly. This will further increase the iOS presence as a major mobile leader.

http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2012/12/04/035900.html

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iPhone mobile news

iPhone 5s will soon be in China

China will soon be getting the iPhone 5 as the iPhone 5 has received approval for a network access license in China. The iPhone 5 is also compatible with network standards supported by China’s third-largest mobile carrier China Telecom Corporation. The introduction of the iPhone 5 to China will boost Apples standing in the mobile industry.

http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2012/11/29/iphone-5-gets-china-network-access-license/

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mobile news

RIM loses patent dispute with Nokia

RIM, the makers of BlackBerry has lost a dispute over the use of Nokia patents. The patent involved using WLAN technology to hookup to WiFi networks. This patent dispute could be a serious blow to RIM as all of their phones use WLAN technology and they are already failing as a company. If the BlackBerry 10 doesn’t bail RIM out, this could be the final blow to their company.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/nokia-says-wins-tribunal-ruling-083323708.html

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mobile news

DISH vs. FCC

DISH has declared its intent to launch a wireless business that the company expects to invest billions and trigger tens of thousands of jobs to create a wireless broadband network that would power a variety of mobile and fixed devices, including smartphones, tablets and computers. However, the Federal Communications Commission has circulated a proposed order related to rules that would, once approved by the full Commission, govern 40 MHz of broadband-ready AWS-4 wireless spectrum controlled by DISH Network Corporation. DISH executive vice president states, “While the FCC would grant full terrestrial rights, its proposal to lower our power and emissions levels could cripple our ability to enter the business.”

This proposed order is not final and has a chance of being repealed. The outcome of this battle will be big in the mobile world.

http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2012/11/21/155944.html

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mobile news

T-Mobile seeks further acquisitions or combinations to continue growth

T-Mobile is currently already completing a merger with Metro PCS. However, they are still looking for more deals to help them catch up with rivals. Even with the merger to Metro PCS, they still trail to Verizon Wireless, AT&T Inc. and Sprint in customer numbers. T-Mobile is pursuing more agreements with virtual mobile operators, which offer services on other operators’ networks.

If T-Mobile continues to merge with more and more companies, this could drive down competition rate in the mobile industry. This could have a huge effect on the mobile world as we know it.

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-11-16/t-mobile-usa-sees-three-national-networks-over-long-term.html?cmpid=yhoo

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Microsoft hosts app labs to help Windows 8 app store

Microsoft is hosting a series of free Windows 8 app labs across the globe in various cities including New York, London, Paris, and Shanghai. The goal of these labs is to help developers whether a developer needs help bringing their ideas together to form the beginnings of an app or simply wants to test their app on a range of Windows 8 equipment. These labs are designed to provide a boost to the development process of building a Windows app. It is Microsoft’s hope that these labs will also provide a healthy boost to the Windows App Store as a whole. They want to be able to compete with the already healthy Android and iOS app stores.

http://www.slashgear.com/microsoft-set-to-expand-app-labs-to-help-windows-8-devs-15257296/

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mobile news

Alaska gets 4G LTE Wireless Network

Alaska Communications has introduced 4G LTE wireless service to customers throughout various parts of Alaska including Anchorage, Fairbanks, Juneau, Homer, Kenai, Palmer, Seward, Soldotna, Wasilla and Whittier. Alaska has seen the demand for mobile broadband grow dramatically. This service will be up to 10 times faster than their previous wireless services. This shows a demand for better mobile technology even in the low populated areas.

http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2012/11/12/015219.html

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AT&T makes huge investment to expand broadband network

AT&T recently announced plans to invest $14 billion over the next three years to significantly expand its wireless broadband network to support its customers high demand for high speed internet access and cloud services. This might translate to a large increase in AT&T subscribers in the future as they will have great and reliable internet service all over the country.

http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2012/11/08/121620.html

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BlackBerry 10 passes critical milestone

BlackBerry has passed a critical milestone in the last week by achieving lab entry with more than 50 carriers for BlackBerry 10. This is big for BlackBerry’s future launch of BlackBerry 10. This means that many carriers around the world are planning to work with BlackBerry. This is big news for the survival of RIM and BlackBerry in the mobile world.

http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2012/11/02/022221.html

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Android

Samsung Galaxy S III Sales hit 30 million

Samsung has announced that they have sold over 30 million Galaxy S III’s. This is a huge milestone as their Galaxy S II sold 20 million and they have now tripled the sells of their 1st gen galaxy which sold 10 million. This means that Samsung and Android are still growing strong even though their competition Apple is also have great success with their new iPhone 5.

 

http://www.slashgear.com/samsung-galaxy-s-iii-sales-hit-the-30-million-mark-02255505/

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I.B.M. reports nanochip breakthrough

For decades silicon based chips have been the norm. Engineers have found ways to double the number of transistors on chips but their performance has not been increasing as much as it has in the past. This is the reason the computer industry has changed its design and started to use parallel computers (duo-core/quad-core processors.) I.B.M. scientists have now started to make processor chips with carbon nanotube material. This new material will allow chip makers to build smaller transistors while also increasing the speed at which they can be turned on and off (processing speed.)

 

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/28/i-b-m-reports-nanotube-chip-breakthrough/

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Apple Q4 results

This quarter report announced yet again, increased growth of the company. They announced $36.0 billion and quarterly net profit of $8.2 billion, compared to last year’s $28.3 billion and net profit of $6.6 billion. Breaking it down, the company increased its iPhone sales by 58% and iPad sales by 26% (largely due to the recent release of the iOS6). This information can be translated into the continuous growth of Apple as a company. They seem to be dominating the mobile world at this time.

http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2012/10/26/110607.html

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Microsoft Surface delayed in the UK

Microsoft Surface has been delayed in the UK even though pre-orders were already made and expected to be delivered. Microsoft has stated that they have been delayed due to holdups with customs in the UK. The new shipping date is expected to be Nov. 2nd, a week off from the original Oct. 26th date. Though a week might not seem like it is that long, some customers who are early adopters were expecting to have the Surface already and are very upset as they wanted to get the Surface before Americans did.

http://www.t3.com/news/microsoft-surface-release-date-delayed-in-uk

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mobile news

No Sony Jelly Bean ’til 2013

Sony has admitted that none of their Android smartphones will be able to download the new Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) until at least early 2013 and will be months late. They have also stated that some of their older phones will not be able to download the new version of Android at all. This can be seen as a big blow in the war of Android vs iOS. The new Android patches are sent out at different times depending on carrier and phone type. Whereas, the iOS updates are all sent out at the same time no-matter the carrier. Many Android users are upset about this and are voicing their opinion all over the forums on the Sony website.

http://www.slashgear.com/no-sony-jelly-bean-until-2013-pre-2012-xperia-out-of-luck-19252866/

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mobile news usability

Samsung M400, a new phone designed specifically for seniors and people with disabilities

The new Samsung M400 is a cell phone that is designed specifically with seniors and disabled people as their target consumers. It has a large screen with settings that allow the font size to be adjusted to make it bigger for seniors and disabled people. An oversized keypad, making typing easy. A dedicated 911 key, so users can quickly dial 911 with just a press of a button. And a text-to-speech client that reads menus, submenus, text messages, dialed numbers, caller ID and missed calls to the users for the hard-of-hearing. This is a new and innovative way to make a cell-phone. This is great and expands accessibility of mobile technology to many users who couldn’t use it before.

http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2012/10/16/120830.html

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mobile news

HTC profits fall 79%

On Monday HTC posted its lowest quarterly profit since 2006 with a 79% drop from the previous year.  Their third-quarter net profit totaled $133 million. It was $638 million this time last year. What this means to the mobile world is that if these trends continue then HTC will be out of the smartphone industry fairly soon. Or HTC will be bought out by a bigger company.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10000872396390444897304578043782276831090.html

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Sprint Offers Personalized Names as Alternatives to Phone Numbers

Sprint will be the first mobile carrier in the U.S. to offer the innovative new service called StarStarMe. This service will allow customers to use a word of their choosing as their phone number instead of a number. This service will allow people to call others by tapping the star key twice on the phone’s keypad, followed by the name, nickname or unique word that the user chooses. For example, **SARAH (**72724) or **CHLOE (**24563).

This new service might change the way we now know the mobile world if enough people use it. With this service, if you’re trying to give someone your phone number, instead of giving someone 10-digits that are hard to memorize you can now give them a simple and easy word to remember.

http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2012/10/09/121020.html

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AT&T debuts Windows 8 Tablets

AT&T announced two Windows 8 tablets today that will come out before the holiday season. One of these new tablets is made by the computer company Asus. Asus is known to be a great company for gaming PCs. Now that there are more Windows 8 tablets in the market there will be more competition against the iPad sales. The Asus tablet might take buyers who are looking to play more video games away from the iPad.

http://www.mobiletechnews.com/info/2012/10/05/112750.html

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Smart phones can control “Smart Homes”

At a tech fair in Japan the concept of a “Smart Home” was shown off. A Smart Home is a home in which many of its appliances and other electronics are synced up to a mobile device that can then be controlled from the mobile device. From ovens to washing machines to cars, they will all be able to be synced up to mobile devices such as a smart phone or an iPad for more control. This innovation will change the mobile world drastically. For example, if you’re on your way home from work you can turn your air conditioner on in the house before you reach home, so that the house will be cool when you get home. You could also keep an iPad at home to basically serve as a remote control for your entire house. Imagine turning on your fireplace and then turning down the heat and turning on a movie all with the same remote.

http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5iWlgRAsIC138wKv2l5DV4ohpiDWQ?docId=CNG.82702a7119cc2e564051307b01350c42.131

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BlackBerry numbers continue to drop; All hope rests on BlackBerry 10

Research in Motion, the manufacturer of BlackBerry smartphones, reported another sizable quarterly loss on Thursday, September 27th. It was a smaller drop than the previous quarter, however it was still a huge loss of $235 million. RIM has already delayed the release of the new BlackBerry 10 twice now and it is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2013. What this means to the mobile world is that basically the future of the RIM company lies on the release of the BlackBerry 10. Analysts predict that if the BlackBerry 10 isn’t a big success then RIM will only stay alive for a year or two after its release before they eventually sell the company and BlackBerry might cease to exist.

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iPhone mobile development mobile news

Riot in China may slow iPhone 5 production

There was a riot in China involving 2,000 workers at the Foxconn production plant. This riot involved angry workers rioting over personal disputes. What this means to the mobile world is that iPhone 5 production might be slowed as this is a plant that helps in the manufacturing of iPhones among other tech products. This is not the only plant producing the new iPhone 5, but its production will be slowed until the plant reopens in about two to three days.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2012/09/24/161673038/amazing-scene-as-riot-shuts-foxconn-plant-in-china

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Intels plan to remove the need for passwords

Intel plans to remove the need for typing in passwords for banking, social networks, e-mail and more. Intel plans to create new biometrics software that will work for mobile devices. This biometric software will work by recognizing patterns of veins on a users palm. The software will log into desired websites/bank accounts only if your palm is read correctly insuring the correct user. The software will also automatically log you out of your websites/bank accounts if you put your phone down and the software no-longer senses your palm pattern. This type of technology being implemented could evolve the way in which we currently use our mobile devices.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/09/13/us-intel-passwords-idUSBRE88C1A120120913

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iPhone mobile news

T-Mobile to offer nano-SIM cards for iPhone 5 users

T-Mobile will start carrying nano-SIM cards in mid October to allow owners of unlocked iPhone 5’s to jump carriers and join T-Mobile. They will be carrying unlocked iPhone 5’s in their stores and state that they plan to launch a few iPhone apps of their own. T-Mobile is hoping that with their more competitive priced rate plans this will lure more customers to their service. This also means that the iPhone 5 will now be available to more users. There is, however, a catch that customers should be aware of. The iPhone does not support T-Mobile’s 3G service. This means that if you don’t live in New York, Seattle, Washington, D.C., or Las Vegas, where T-Mobile’s iPhone-friendly 4G HSPA+ service is up and running; then you will only be receiving 2G speeds on your new iPhone 5.

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57513691-37/t-mobile-to-offer-nano-sim-cards-for-unlocked-iphone-5s-report/

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Siri and more now on the iPod touch

http://www.insidemobileapps.com/2012/09/12/ipod-touchsept-12-2012/

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Bluetooth speaker also wirelessly charges phone

The TDK Bluetooth wireless speaker is much more than your average speaker. Aside from having great sound quality, the speaker dubs as a mobile charger for your phone and many other devices. It can charge your mobile devices by simply resting them on top of the speaker. It uses an induction method to charge the mobile devices. This method of charging works with any Qi-compatible device. For those that don’t like change and like to stick to the classic, the speaker offers a usb port for charging your mobile device as well. The device is not yet for sale but the suggested retail price is currently $399.99 which will hopefully drop before it comes out.

http://www.gizmag.com/tdk-wireless-charging-speaker/24035/

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“Hi-Call” The Bluetooth enabled…. gloves?

Everyone knows the global “Call me” hand gesture. You know, the one where you position your thumb on your ear and pinky near your mouth. Yeah, that one. What if you could actually talk to someone on the phone by doing that? With the “Hi-Call” glove you can do just that. The Hi-Call glove is a Bluetooth accessory that has a speaker in the thumb and a microphone in the pinky. With this glove, it is Bluetooth up to 39 feet. So you can leave your phone in the living room and use the glove to make a call while in the kitchen preparing a family dinner. The gloves have a few buttons that allow them to accept, deny, or end calls. It is also possible to make phone calls while using the gloves if you already have the person you are trying to call on voice dial. There is also a button on the glove for a “call last number” function.

http://www.gizmag.com/hi-call-bluetooth-gloves/24047/