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How to grab a better iPhone deal

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Apple's new iPhone 5 handset may be in the spotlight, but older smartphones and special tariffs can signal great valueIf you don't want to pay the price demanded for the new iPhone 5, but still want to get your hands on an all-singing, all-dancing smartphone, you may be wondering how...
How to grab a better iPhone deal

Data Suggests Mobile TV Viewing Figures Still Very Low

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Mobile TV may be the next big thing for web-based TV, but it's not happening much yet. A new survey by marketers Thinkbox in the U.K. suggests that that average TV viewer was consuming four hours and four minutes of television per day in 2012, but that just three...
Data Suggests Mobile TV Viewing Figures Still Very Low

Bomb-Proof, LCD-Equipped Trash Bins to Hit London's Streets

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The humble receptacle gets an upgrade. A trash bin has got to be just about the simplest creation around: a box with a hole in it. But could it be more? Is this a prime opportunity for innovation? A London-based company called Renew thinks so, and they have just won...
Bomb-Proof, LCD-Equipped Trash Bins to Hit London's Streets
BII MOBILE INSIGHTS: How Facebook Could Dominate The Mobile Phone
The Laws That Make It Easy For The Government to Spy On Americans
Twilio's new SIP service links developers to enterprise phone networks

Outages Highlight Worries on Phone Networks

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Local officials and first responders in storm-battered coastal New Jersey last week faced a daunting task: communicating with stricken residents whose cellphones and cable-company landline phone service didn't work....
Outages Highlight Worries on Phone Networks

Blue and black boxes and whistles, oh my. The history of phone phreaks

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In "Exploding the Phone," Phil Lapsley writes an entertaining and educational history of the people who hacked the original phone networks. Lapsley talked to CNET about his book. [Read more]...
Blue and black boxes and whistles, oh my. The history of phone phreaks

Follow Up: Cell Networks Fight To Be More Than Mere Data Pipelines

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As the AP notes, at last week's Mobile World Congress there was a good deal of attention delivered to a company called Pinger. This was partly due to the company stall's fortuitous location at the trade show, partly because it's a leading example of new-generation companies that offer their free...
Follow Up: Cell Networks Fight To Be More Than Mere Data Pipelines

Blanket Surveillance. Total Secrecy. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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Imagine that one day you came home to find a shiny little bubble of one-way glass in an upper corner of every single room, and a notice left on your kitchen table: “As required by the Safe Society Act, we have installed remotely controlled cameras throughout your home. (Also your...
Blanket Surveillance. Total Secrecy. What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

U.S. Collects Vast Data Trove

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The National Security Agency’s monitoring of Americans includes customer records from the three major phone networks as well as emails and Web searches, and the agency also has cataloged credit-card transactions, said people familiar with the agency’s activities. The disclosure this week of an order by a secret U.S. court...
U.S. Collects Vast Data Trove

Ofcom to consider allowing 4G services on existing spectrum

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United Kingdom telecommunications regulator Ofcom is considering the prospect of allowing carriers to reuse existing spectrum for LTE-based services, such as those offered by EE. Such a proposal from Ofcom would potentially offer more spectrum for the faster network services than its current 4G spectrum auction could provide, with little...
Ofcom to consider allowing 4G services on existing spectrum

The perfect murder: How Facebook will kill the phone as we know it

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As the founder of a startup, I am probably the last person you’d expect to tell you that scale matters. And to be sure, there’s plenty of innovation coming from small, nimble companies that nonetheless are able to disrupt huge markets. However, with Facebook’s recent addition of voice calling to its...
The perfect murder: How Facebook will kill the phone as we know it

Nokia negotiating WP8 exclusivity with European carriers

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Nokia is reportedly considering offering an exclusive Windows Phone 8 smartphone launch to European carriers in exchange for a revenue split. The offer, if accepted by phone networks, would see Nokia offering not only Windows Phone 8 handsets but also a support service, in a move mirroring Apple's exclusivity deals...
Nokia negotiating WP8 exclusivity with European carriers

Some Tips to Stay in Touch During Hurricane Sandy

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As Hurricane Sandy has started to wallop on New York, New Jersey, Delaware and much of the East Coast, we’ve reached that moment when people start reporting difficulties in communication. Power is flickering on and off in some parts of New York City, where, as of late afternoon local time,...
Some Tips to Stay in Touch During Hurricane Sandy

D10: Oracle's Ellison on cloud computing, sailing and more

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RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. _ Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison's appearance at the All Things D conference opened, appropriately, with a video ad depicting Oracle catamarans charging through rough water off San Francisco. After chatting about Ellison's ongoing quest to win the America's Cup, host Kara Swisher asked about his...
D10: Oracle's Ellison on cloud computing, sailing and more

4G marketing war breaks out among phone networks

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Vodafone and O2 aim to retain customers by offering savings on the cost of switching to new super-fast service in 2013A marketing war has erupted among mobile phone operators ahead of EE's launch of the UK's first 4G network on 30 October 2012.With EE the sole provider of the super-fast...
4G marketing war breaks out among phone networks

Apple fined $2.29 million over '4G iPad' claims in Australia

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Australia's federal court has fined Apple for "deliberately" misleading customers on local 4G capabilities of its latest iPad. The Cupertino-based company recently agreed to the terms, which included AU$2.29 million fine and a cool AU$300,000 in costs. Despite its 4G claims, Apple's new iPad can't connect with existing Antipodean...
Apple fined $2.29 million over '4G iPad' claims in Australia

BlueJeans Network, Switzerland of Video Conference Streams, Raises $25 Million

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Yesterday I had an interesting video four way video conference. I was at home in my apartment in Manhattan using Skype. The other parties were scattered around the country. Two guys were sitting together in an office in Mountain View, Calif. using Polycom video equipment. Two other guys were in...
BlueJeans Network, Switzerland of Video Conference Streams, Raises $25 Million

EU cutting roaming charges over next 2 years from July

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The European Commission has agreed on a new set of mobile roaming rules in an effort to lower phone bills. The new regulations, effective from July, will lower the maximum roaming charges to €0.29 ($0.36) per minute for outgoing calls, or €0.08 ($0.10) per minute to receive calls. The changes...
EU cutting roaming charges over next 2 years from July

U.S. Collects Vast Data Trove

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The National Security Agency's monitoring of Americans includes customer records from the three major phone networks as well as emails and Web searches, and the agency also has cataloged credit-card transactions...
U.S. Collects Vast Data Trove

Ofcom lists qualified bidders in UK 4G spectrum auction

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UK regulator of communications Ofcom has revealed the companies that can bid in its oncoming 4G spectrum auction. The list of seven companies that have qualified in order to take part includes all of the major phone networks in the UK, as well as two that do not currently operate...
Ofcom lists qualified bidders in UK 4G spectrum auction

Apple's iMessage: All Your IMs Are Belong To Us (And Phone Network SMS Revenues, Too)

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When Apple first released its Messages overhaul for the way iPhones handle test messages, and enabled it on iPads too, it was a sign that the company could see ways to innovate the pretty-much stagnant instant messaging market. It also let users of its iCloud service send short messages to...
Apple's iMessage: All Your IMs Are Belong To Us (And Phone Network SMS Revenues, Too)

European Commission clears Vodafone, Telefonica UK and Everything Everywhere's mobile wallet and advertising plans

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Everything Everywhere's been keeping itself plenty busy on the mobile wallet frontier and its involvement with the slow-burning alliance with Telefonica UK (O2) and Vodafone has finally been given a nod of approval from the European Commission. The joint venture aims to "remove a number of barriers" that are...
European Commission clears Vodafone, Telefonica UK and Everything Everywhere's mobile wallet and advertising plans

After Sandy, Wi-Fi Becomes Precious Commodity

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During an emergency one of the most precious commodities is information and the ability to communicate it without impediments. When the old reliable phone networks are creaky and central offices flooded and wireless phone networks are strained to the breaking point with demand for voice calls, one of the most...
After Sandy, Wi-Fi Becomes Precious Commodity

EE doubles 4G spectrum in UK, trials carrier aggregation

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British carrier EE is planning to double its spectrum allocation and increase its 4G speed in the country, before other phone networks are able to launch their own 4G LTE offerings. It plans to roll out its expanded spectrum service to 10 cities by June, and to trial carrier aggregation...
EE doubles 4G spectrum in UK, trials carrier aggregation

Obama cracks down on Iran and Syria's surveillance of dissidents

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President Obama may be quite cozy with tech -- what with his predilection for the iPad and those town hall meetings on Facebook -- but he's well aware of its dark side, too. Today he announced that the US will freeze assets and cancel the American visas of Iranian...
Obama cracks down on Iran and Syria's surveillance of dissidents
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