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Apple nabs crown as current top US mobile phone vendor

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For the first time since Apple entered the mobile phone market in 2007, it has been ranked the top mobile phone vendor in the US. For the latter quarter of 2012, sales of its iPhone accounted for 34 percent of all mobile phone sales—including feature phones—in the US according...
Apple nabs crown as current top US mobile phone vendor
$50 Android Smartphones Are Disrupting Africa Much Faster Than You Think, Says Wikipedia's Jimmy Wales

US allows export of communication devices, software and services to Iran

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The U.S. government has lifted sanctions on the export of a variety of consumer communications devices, software and services including mobile phones to Iran ahead of elections in that country....
US allows export of communication devices, software and services to Iran

BII REPORT: Here's Why We Are Primed For Massive International Smartphone Growth

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Most of the six billion mobile phones in the world are not smartphones. Over the next several years, most of these handsets will be replaced by smartphones. The United States is one of the more mature smartphone markets. Most smartphone device growth, therefore, will likely  come from other countries --...
BII REPORT: Here's Why We Are Primed For Massive International Smartphone Growth

Nokia banks on social integration to help boost mobile phone sales

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Nokia's latest advanced feature phone, the Asha 210, comes with a physical key to access WhatsApp messaging, as well as software clients for Twitter and Facebook.The launch of the new member of the Asha family follows Nokia's announcement last week that sales of its mobile phones in the first...
Nokia banks on social integration to help boost mobile phone sales

Rocket Internet launches its Nigerian Amazon clone, Kasuwa

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Nigeria’s Amazon clone has launched with an offer of 1,500 naira (US$9.20) gift for new subscribers. For new orders, Kasuwa will offer free shipping for goods bought as a part of its launch promotion. Currently, the site’s wares include books, electronics, mobile phones, computing and hardware. Kasuwa will also offer its customer pay-on-delivery...
Rocket Internet launches its Nigerian Amazon clone, Kasuwa

Flash Valet’s mobile app accelerates your car’s return

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Folks that like valet parking may like it even more thanks to Flash Valet, a new mobile app and platform that speeds both your car’s return as well as your valet payment. The product, from Klever Logic, was born from a realistic use case: “Daniela, wife of one of the...
Flash Valet’s mobile app accelerates your car’s return

Orange unveils Nivo, San Remo and Lumo Android smartphones to be launched in Europe later this year

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Mobile network operator Orange has unveiled three new Android smartphones today called the Orange Nivo, Orange San Remo and Orange Lumo, which will be launched in Romania, Slovakia and Spain during the first half of this year. It follows a 62 percent increase in the sales of Orange-branded smartphones across...
Orange unveils Nivo, San Remo and Lumo Android smartphones to be launched in Europe later this year

Erasing your digital footprint: burner phones, Bitcoins and metal wallets

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From mobile phones to CCTV, not to mention social media and the internet, becoming digitally invisible takes some doingOh, the naivety ... On Tuesday night, I thought the first step to going off-grid, erasing my digital fingerprint, becoming undetectable to a government agency or anyone else, was to take the...
Erasing your digital footprint: burner phones, Bitcoins and metal wallets
Jim Balsillie, Mike Lazaridis, and the giant with no legs

VIDEO: Why messaging could be murder in Jamaica

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The BBC's Nick Davis explains why police in Jamaica are warning drivers not to use mobile phones to tip-off other motorists about roadblocks....
VIDEO: Why messaging could be murder in Jamaica
'Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 Plus' coming to PlayStation Vita in early 2013
Microsoft licenses file system patents to BlackBerry maker RIM
Doxo Uses QR Codes To Bridge The Gap Between Paper Bills And Mobile Payments

Samsung plans a big non-phone Galaxy announcement for August 15th

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We just got an invite from Samsung Electronics America to Save the Date for a major Galaxy announcement.  That business division is not to be confused with Samsung Telecommunications America (STA) which handles mobile phones. What could it be? We’re hoping the Samsung Galaxy Camera lands but it will likely be...
Samsung plans a big non-phone Galaxy announcement for August 15th

Another year, another doubling of data traffic (Blame video!)

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In its most recent Mobility Report, Ericsson estimates that mobile data traffic doubled from the third quarter of last year. There’s no end in sight for data demand either: Ericsson estimates that between 2012 and 2018, demand for mobile data will increase twelve-fold. The two key drivers of such growth?...
Another year, another doubling of data traffic (Blame video!)

A majority of all American adults own a smartphone, poll says

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For the first time, a majority of American adults are now smartphone owners, according to a study released Wednesday. The Pew Center for Internet and American Life found that 56 percent of all American adults now use mobile phones that run an operating system such as Apple's iOS, Google's Android...
A majority of all American adults own a smartphone, poll says

Harnessing the computing power of low-cost mobile phones

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The use of low-cost mobile phones in conjunction with the free EpiSurveyor software drastically cut costs for data collection and analysis in developing regions while enabling quicker times for quality control and improving implementation speed....
Harnessing the computing power of low-cost mobile phones

Nuance launches 'Voice Ads' platform to bring a Siri-like experience to mobile advertising

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If Nuance gets its way with the just announced ‘Voice Ads’ mobile advertising platform, soon every mobile ad could include Siri-like functionality that lets you communicate with and ask questions about the product being advertised. Nuance, the company behind the voice recognition module currently used in Apple’s Siri, today...
Nuance launches 'Voice Ads' platform to bring a Siri-like experience to mobile advertising
Clover picks up $3.3M to send payments out into the field

Voice Blogging Service Bubble Motion Raises $5M From JAFCO

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Bubble Motion, which offers a popular a Twitter-like voice blogging service in India, Japan, and Indonesia, has raised $5 million in new funding from Japan venture firm, JAFCO. Previous backers include SingTel Innov8, Infocomm Investments, Sequoia Capital, Palomar Ventures, and NGC. Bubble Motion’s Bubbly platform is a voice-blogging phone service...
Voice Blogging Service Bubble Motion Raises $5M From JAFCO

iPhone 5 weighs 3.95 ounces. The DynaTac was 2.5 pounds

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As we near the sale of the iPhone 5, a YouTube video reminds us how clunky, expensive and goofy-looking mobile phones once were. [Read more]...
iPhone 5 weighs 3.95 ounces. The DynaTac was 2.5 pounds

Who needs thumbs? Samsung Galaxy S IV may scroll using eye-tracking

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Samsung’s Galaxy S IV will feature software that uses eye tracking to scroll content on the screen, according to a report from the New York Times on Monday. When the phone senses that readers’ eyes have reached the bottom of the screen, it will page up the content on...
Who needs thumbs? Samsung Galaxy S IV may scroll using eye-tracking

Google Explains Why It Doesn't Have As Many Tablet Apps As Apple Does For The iPad (GOOG, AAPL)

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When Apple unveiled the iPad Mini two weeks ago, it spent a good deal of time trashing the competition: Google's Nexus 7 tablet. Most of the attention focused on Android's lack of tablet-optimized apps. (Many of the apps you use on Android tablets are blown up from the smartphone version.)...
Google Explains Why It Doesn't Have As Many Tablet Apps As Apple Does For The iPad (GOOG, AAPL)

Here's Something Novel: A Carrier that Thinks International Roaming Fees Are Too High

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It’s rare to hear a telecommunications provider admit that the industry has been charging too much, but that’s just what Telefonica Germany CEO Rene Schuster did on Wednesday. Photo Credit: Michael Wagner/(c) FocusOnWagner.de “Let me be one of the first industry executives to hold up my hand and say the...
Here's Something Novel: A Carrier that Thinks International Roaming Fees Are Too High

WonderVoice wants to be Siri for Facebook

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Voice control is rapidly becoming a popular way of controlling consumer electronics from mobile phones to TVs, whether we like it or not (how often do you actually use Siri?). Now a new app is bringing the same approach to Facebook. WonderVoice, which launches today at the Dublin Web Summit (although...
WonderVoice wants to be Siri for Facebook

US lifts Iran 'iPhone' sanctions

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The US eases restrictions on the sale of mobile phones and other communications devices and software - including popular Apple products - to Iranians....
US lifts Iran 'iPhone' sanctions

Mobile enterprise management tools are targeted by spyphones, researchers warn

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Enterprises that use mobile device management (MDM) systems to protect their corporate data on employees' mobile phones are not safe from attacks from spyphones, researchers warned at BlackHat Europe on Thursday....
Mobile enterprise management tools are targeted by spyphones, researchers warn

1000Memories Brings Its Photo-Scanning Shoebox App To Android, Revamps iPhone Version

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1000Memories, the startup that’s helping consumers get their old-fashioned printed photos online, is bringing its ShoeBox mobile application to the Android platform today, while also rolling out a completely revamped version of its iOS app. Both apps allow you to scan your old photographs simply by snapping a photo of them using...
1000Memories Brings Its Photo-Scanning Shoebox App To Android, Revamps iPhone Version

Facebook Releases ‘Camera’ Mobile Photo App

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Just a few weeks after agreeing to buy photo-sharing app Instagram for $1 billion, Facebook has moved ahead with the unveiling of a new app for sharing photos on mobile phones, dubbed “Camera.”...
Facebook Releases ‘Camera’ Mobile Photo App
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