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15:16 // 7 months ago
February 25, 2013
So yeah, Firefox comes on mobile phones now. But would you actually use it? Well, if you’re looking for something nice on the low end, you might, according to CNET. (photo by Stephen Shankland/CNET)

So yeah, Firefox comes on mobile phones now. But would you actually use it? Well, if you’re looking for something nice on the low end, you might, according to CNET. (photo by Stephen Shankland/CNET)

1:57 // 1 year ago
July 30, 2012
They’re more in a dictatorship mode where they say, ‘This is what you have to do or you don’t get the iPhone.’ Being arrogant with your partners in big markets doesn’t pay off.
Vasyl Latsanych, Vice President of Marketing at Russian mobile carrier OAO Mobile TeleSystems • Offering his employers’ explanation for the iPhone’s extremely high price — which have reportedly topped $1000 at times — compared to other smartphones available in Russia. As the author also notes, the majority Russian consumers do not sign long term contracts for mobile service, removing any incentive for carriers themselves to help subsidize the high cost of some devices. Think this is the sort of thing investor’s were worried about last week when asking Apple CEO Tim Cook about entry barriers in emerging marketssource (viafollow)
21:24 // 1 year ago
July 26, 2012

Malte Spitz’s presentation, ”Your Phone Company Is Watching”, explores just how much can be extrapolated from the information collected by his cell phone carrier as a result of the EU’s Data Retention Directive. Working with ZEIT Online, Spitz used 35,830 lines of data to create a downloadable, interactive map chronicling his daily life during a six month period. “If you have access to this information, you can see what society is doing,” says Spitz, adding, “If you have access to this information you can control your society.” source

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15:25 // 1 year ago
July 9, 2012

Government cell phone record requests hit all-time high in 2011

  • 1.3 million requests sent to the “Big Four” mobile carriers source

» And at least one congressman is angry: “We cannot allow privacy protections to be swept aside with the sweeping nature of these information requests, especially for innocent consumers,” said Rep. Edward Markey, who released the data Monday.

15:03 // 1 year ago
June 21, 2012
The new Mobile Mindset study, conducted by Harris Interactive, has revealed a great deal of new information about the habits of mobile phone users. Nearly 60% of those surveyed said they don’t go more than an hour without checking their phone, while 73% said they felt a sense of panic if/when their device is lost. The most surprising statistic though, at least to us, were the primary reasons people fear losing their phones — only six percent of those surveyed said they were worried that valuable account information could be stolen, while 38% cited the cost and hassle of replacing the phone.

The new Mobile Mindset study, conducted by Harris Interactive, has revealed a great deal of new information about the habits of mobile phone users. Nearly 60% of those surveyed said they don’t go more than an hour without checking their phone, while 73% said they felt a sense of panic if/when their device is lost. The most surprising statistic though, at least to us, were the primary reasons people fear losing their phones — only six percent of those surveyed said they were worried that valuable account information could be stolen, while 38% cited the cost and hassle of replacing the phone.

14:18 // 1 year ago
June 14, 2012

Life at Nokia: Massive layoffs, executive shuffling, lower Q2 profit forecasts

  • execs Nokia Chief Marketing Officer Jerri DeVard, Executive Vice President of Mobile Phones Mary McDowell, and EVP of Markets Niklas Savander will all be shown the door, effective June 30.
  • layoffs The company will layoff approximately 10,000 employees, primarily as a result of plant closures in Canada and Germany, as well as cutbacks to the company’s Devices & Services division.
  • profits Nokia also announced that the layoffs and executive shuffling would mean lower Q2 profits than anticipated. Expected restructuring costs of €1 billion for Q2 tripled to €3 billion. source

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14:16 // 1 year ago
June 6, 2012

A look at HTC’s terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

  • morning Taiwanese smartphone producers HTC were forced to lower Q2 profit forecasts by 13.3 percent on Wednesday morning. The reason? Lowered demand in Europe, and customs issues in the United States related to time-consuming Apple patent lawsuits.
  • afternoon Now rumors are circulating that a lack of faith in HTC’s ability to sell devices, as well as the company’s limited  track record when it comes to tablet development and sales, led to Microsoft’s decision to exclude HTC from the Windows 8 launch. Sorry guys. source

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18:26 // 1 year ago
April 5, 2012
CyanogenMod team begins rebranding campaign
Meet Cid, the new mascot for CyanogenMod, the mega-popular Android ROM. The team unveiled the new mascot as part of a rebranding campaign, of sorts, as the team rolls out some major changes with its upcoming distribution CyanogenMod 9. Based on the Android 4.0 kernel, CM9 will mark a departure from the team’s previous use of app-launcher ADW and the stock Music app in favor of internally developed replacements. The Verge also reports that there is talk of creating a Cyanogen App Store, which would offer apps not sellable on Google Play, as the team works towards creating a full-fledged OS of their own. (image via CyanogenMod) Source
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Meet Cid, the new mascot for CyanogenMod, the mega-popular Android ROM. The team unveiled the new mascot as part of a rebranding campaign, of sorts, as the team rolls out some major changes with its upcoming distribution CyanogenMod 9. Based on the Android 4.0 kernel, CM9 will mark a departure from the team’s previous use of app-launcher ADW and the stock Music app in favor of internally developed replacements. The Verge also reports that there is talk of creating a Cyanogen App Store, which would offer apps not sellable on Google Play, as the team works towards creating a full-fledged OS of their own. (image via CyanogenMod) Source

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16:07 // 2 years ago
March 26, 2012
Were Windows Phone fans hoaxed by Microsoft?
Did Microsoft rig their new promotion? Some are crying foul after reports surfaced over the weekend that Microsoft coached store employees prior to launching the nationwide competition. After Skatter Tech's Sahas Katta was disqualified for questionable reasons, many began to wonder if the “Smoked by Windows Phone” competition was rigged. Further investigation revealed that management warned staff about “power users”, phones that should not be allowed to compete in certain challenges, and a slew of other potential pitfalls in the Windows Phone platform that employees should learn to identify. (photo by clintonjeff) source
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Did Microsoft rig their new promotion? Some are crying foul after reports surfaced over the weekend that Microsoft coached store employees prior to launching the nationwide competition. After Skatter Tech's Sahas Katta was disqualified for questionable reasons, many began to wonder if the “Smoked by Windows Phone” competition was rigged. Further investigation revealed that management warned staff about “power users”, phones that should not be allowed to compete in certain challenges, and a slew of other potential pitfalls in the Windows Phone platform that employees should learn to identify. (photo by clintonjeffsource

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23:13 // 2 years ago