Mobile & Wireless

19 July 2017

70% of world's population connected by mobile by 2022 CIO

Forrester forecasts global mobile device usage will reach more than 5.5 billion users by 2022.

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13 July 2017

When You Should (and Shouldn't) Share Your Location Using a Smartphone New York Times

Last week after my motorcycle malfunctioned and crashed on the freeway, I wanted only two simple things from technology: to call 911 and to tell loved ones where I could be found.

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19 June 2017

Life and death in Apple's forbidden city The Observer

In an extract from his new book, Brian Merchant reveals how he gained access to Longhua, the vast complex where iPhones are made and where, in 2010, unhappy workers started killing themselves

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23 April 2017

Makeover for mobile phones: Ready or not, 5G wireless is preparing for its big day The Economist

After years of hot air and hyperbole, the fifth generation (5G) of mobile-phone technology has entered its final phase of testing, in preparation for its debut around the world. The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), an industry group for mobile phones, has still to sign off on a 5G reference design that satisfies all its members. But that has not stopped manufacturers from introducing 5G chip-sets and modems for wireless carriers to test. The hope is to get 5G mobile networks up and running in time, at least, for the winter Olympics in South Korea in February 2018. Japan has its own plans for the technology when it hosts the summer Olympics in July 2020. Expect wireless carriers to start rolling out their 5G networks in earnest shortly thereafter.

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21 April 2017

Italian court rules mobile phone use caused brain tumour The Guardian

An Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumour.

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11 April 2017

The FCC is reversing its proposal to allow mobile phone use on planes Washington Post

Federal regulators are withdrawing a proposal that would have allowed air travelers to use their cellphones at high altitude.

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02 February 2017

Goodbye roaming: EU clears final hurdle for end of roaming charges Reuters

The European Union clinched a preliminary deal early on Wednesday to cap wholesale charges telecom operators pay each other when their customers use their mobile phones abroad, paving the way for the abolition of roaming fees in June.

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31 January 2017

EU's digital chief underlines public demand to end mobile roaming charges Reuters

The European Union's digital chief has said that failure to solve the last remaining barrier to abolishing mobile roaming charges across the bloc in June would lead people to question its ability to deliver on promises.

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14 December 2016

UK government 'must take action' on 5G BBC News

The rollout of the UK's future 5G mobile network must be handled better than 4G was, according to a new report.

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13 December 2016

EU Commission to adopt rules on free mobile roaming Reuters

The European Commission will in the coming days adopt rules on how much EU citizens can use their phones while traveling abroad in Europe without paying extra after June 2017, when roaming charges are set to be abolished.

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16 November 2016

Secret Back Door in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say New York Times

For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors, a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours.

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10 November 2016

Android's dominant alliance shows signs of weakness Stuff

The Android operating system for smartphones is one of the most successful technologies ever created.

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06 November 2016

Report: Nearly 90 percent of smartphones worldwide run Android PC World

Android just reached a new milestone in its worldwide dominance over iOS.

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30 October 2016

Malware Has Gone Mobile. Stop.Think.Connect. to keep cybercriminals out of your mobile device Europol

Mobile devices such as smartphones or tablets have become ingrained in our daily lives. Technology which was once only found on desktop computers can now be carried in the palm of one's hands. Yet as the popularity of these devices explodes, the appetite of cybercriminals targeting these devices has grown too. The risk of mobile malware is real: hackers can steal money and sensitive information, use these devices as bots and even spy on your activities. Unfortunately, most people have not realised the importance of protecting their mobile devices from such attacks.

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30 September 2016

The secret smartphone war over the struggle for control of the user The Guardian

There's a war going on behind closed doors for control of your smartphone. It's between the phone makers and the operators, but it's not over privacy or data or cost - it's over you.

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28 September 2016

Phone Makers Could Cut Off Drivers. So Why Don't They? New York Times

... The product liability case has brought to light a piece of evidence that legal and safety experts say puts Apple in a quandary -- one it shares with other wireless companies. In Apple's case, the evidence shows, the company has a patent for technology designed to prevent texting while driving, but it has not deployed it.

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27 September 2016

Germany seeking comprehensive 5G mobile network: report Reuters

Germany wants to become the first country to set up a comprehensive 5G mobile network, the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung quoted digital infrastructure minister Alexander Dobrindt as saying in Tuesday's editions.

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22 September 2016

EU plan swaps roaming fees for roaming fudge PC World

The European Commission has reworked its plan to end mobile phone roaming fees in the face of widespread criticism of its 90-day annual limit.

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31 August 2016

Fastest mobile 4G network speed record 'broken' BBC News

A new record has been set for the world's fastest 4G mobile internet speed, according to a network operator.

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23 June 2016

Smartphone users temporarily blinded after looking at screen in bed The Guardian

Warning: Looking at your smartphone while lying in bed at night could wreak havoc on your vision.

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18 June 2016

Apple wants to kill a US bill that could make it easier for you to fix your iPhone Washington Post

When Jessa Jones found out her kids had submerged her iPhone in her toilet, causing a clog, she thought her phone was a lost cause. It powered on but didn't seem to be taking a charge anymore. The Apple store warns against water damage, which is not covered by the warranty.

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30 April 2016

Mobile phone roaming charges cut within EU BBC News

UK consumers using their mobile phones in Europe will see reductions in their bills from Saturday. Further caps are coming into effect on roaming - or connection - charges within all 28 countries of the European Union.

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27 April 2016

All Indian mobile phones 'must have panic button' BBC News

India's telecommunications ministry has said all mobile phones sold in the country from 2017 must include a panic button.

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20 April 2016

US congressman calls for investigation into vulnerability that lets hackers spy on every phone The Guardian

A US congressman hacked as part of a demonstration showing that all you need is someone's phone number to record their calls, texts and location, has called for an oversight committee investigation into the "significant vulnerability".

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19 April 2016

EU competition chief set to charge Google with Android abuse: sources Reuters

The European competition commission is gearing up to charge Google with giving unfair prominence to its own apps like search and maps in supplementary software licensing deals it strikes with mobile phone makers running its Android operating system, four sources familiar with the process said on Monday.

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