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  • US operators, device makers pledge 'kill switch' rollout Edit Post

    The five largest US operators, along with smartphone makers, have signed an agreement in which new models of smartphones manufactured for retail sale in the US after July 2015 will feature tools to protect users in the event of phone theft. The Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment programme is led by US mobile industry association CTIA, and ...
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    Google targeting January 2015 launch for Project Ara phone Edit Post

    The first phone from Google’s Project Ara modular smartphone project is expected to go on sale in January 2015 for around $50. The timeframe was revealed by Ara leader Paul Eremenko at the first Ara developer’s conference this week. “It’s called the Gray Phone because it’s meant to be drab gray to get people to customise it,” ...
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    Samsung touts S5 sales success but device hit by “astronomical” B... Edit Post

    Samsung claims its new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone is selling faster than its predecessor, a crucial development for the South Korean vendor in light of new research that shows the device is likely to generate lower margins for the company compared to other high-end devices on the market. “(The S5) is selling faster than the S4 ...
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    BlackBerry invests in health IT firm NantHealth Edit Post

    BlackBerry has taken an undisclosed stake in NantHealth, a US firm specialising in cloud and mobile-based health services, as part of its strategy to beef up its enterprise business. In addition, the two companies will jointly develop new services to which BlackBerry will contribute its QNX operating system and BBM Protected, its proposed secure messaging service. The ...
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    Micromax cool on Pantech speculation — report Edit Post

    Indian handset maker Micromax poured cold water on speculation that it is looking to acquire a stake in South Korean smartphone maker Pantech, according to The Economic Times. A Micromax executive told the publication that the company had been approached by Pantech but was not “enthused” by the prospect of such a deal, with the matter ...

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    First Tizen smartphones coming from Samsung by June Edit Post

    Samsung plans to launch smartphones running the Tizen open source operating system by the end of the second quarter, a senior executive from the South Korean company told Reuters. Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, said the first Tizen-based smartphone to be launched in this timeframe will be a high-end device, with the ...
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    Google buy to boost network coverage in emerging markets Edit Post

    Google agreed to acquire Titan Aerospace, a start-up developing solar-powered drones, in a move that could boost future efforts to spread internet access around the world, particularly in emerging markets. Google told Mobile World Live that Titan’s “lightweight solar atmospheric satellites” could help the company solve problems it has been focused on for some time, “including ...


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    Mozilla names interim CEO Edit Post

    Mozilla has named longtime employee Chris Beard (pictured) as its interim CEO, as the company continues its search for a permanent recruit following the scandal around Brendan Eich’s resignation earlier this month. “Chris has been a Mozillian longer than most,” chairwoman Mitchell Baker wrote in a blog. “I have relied on his judgement and advice for ...