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UT Dallas discovery could lead to x-ray phones

UT Dallas discovery could lead to x-ray phones

A pair of researchers at the University of Texas in Dallas have designed a new imaging chip that could turn mobile phones into x-ray devices capable of seeing through walls. According to the researchers, the sensor would be able to see through walls, wood, plastic, paper, and other objects. I don't think I want my daughter going to a school where kids had access to cell phones that can see through walls.

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Nokia investor outlook downgraded but Finns defiant

Nokia investor outlook downgraded but Finns defiant

Nokia has been downgraded by Moody's, with the financial ratings agency deeming the ailing phone manufacturer as almost non-investable, and with little improvement expected in the coming months. Moody's cites Nokia's dwindling mobile phones segment and the struggles Windows Phone is having to take on the established iOS and Android market as key reasons for its negativity, with Nokia now ranked only one step up from non-investment status, at Baa3. Nonetheless, Nokia insists that its future remains strong, primarily thanks to its savings.

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Q1 2012 mobile phone sales were very weak

Q1 2012 mobile phone sales were very weak

It continues to be rather amazing to me that the mobile phone market depends so heavily on the iPhone to generate sales and growth. A new report was published recently showing that the number of postpaid customers declined in Q1 2012. That is likely the first time ever that postpaid subscribers have declined according to analysts.

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Bad luck Nokia: Your Next Billion is saying No Thanks

Bad luck Nokia: Your Next Billion is saying No Thanks

You can't make an omelet without breaking eggs, but Nokia's looking more scrambled than anything else today. Some number crunching after Nokia's warning of worse-than-predicted financials for Q1 2012 reveals quite how badly the Finnish company's legacy business is crumbling: the same business that Nokia was relying on to keep it afloat during the Windows Phone transition. The headline figure: a mere 83 million handset sales, down from 108.5m a year ago.

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US stolen phone block system incoming

US stolen phone block system incoming

US carriers have joined the FCC and law enforcement in establishing a central database to track and block stolen phones, in addition to pushing for tougher legislation for those that modify handsets' unique identifiers. The system, due to be announced later today according to the NYTimes, has the backing ofAT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile USA and others, with a target of cross-network identification and disabling in place within 18 months.

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Firms focus on smartphone-naive at Mobile World Congress

Firms focus on smartphone-naive at Mobile World Congress

Mobile World Congress - like many trade shows - is usually punctuated by high-end devices competing for deep Western pockets, but it's devices and services for developing markets that have distinguished the big announcements in 2012. We've seen our fair share of uberphones, certainly. HTC had a trio of relatively high-end handsets, topping out with the quadcore HTC One X, and Panasonic's ELUGA range is definitely targeting more affluent, style-influenced consumers. Yet for every one HTC One Series device sold, several more handsets phones to perhaps first-time smartphone buyers are likely to pass through the cash register, and it's this market that manufacturers have targeted at MWC 2012.

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Nokia Asha 202, 203 and 302 official

Nokia Asha 202, 203 and 302 official

Nokia has expanded its entry-level Asha range, with three S40 new models at MWC 2012. The Nokia Asha 202, 203 and 302 are all targeted at developing markets or basic users, with the Asha 202 having dual-SIMs and the 203 a single SIM; both have a touchscreen. The Asha 302, meanwhile, has a full QWERTY keyboard.

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Nokia axes 4,000 jobs, begins smartphone customization strategy

Nokia axes 4,000 jobs, begins smartphone customization strategy

Nokia has announced a further round of job losses, shifting more cellphone production to Asia and turning existing factories elsewhere to "smartphone product customization" to satisfy niche demand. Around 4,000 employees are expected to lose their jobs at Nokia's Komarom, Hungary, Reynosa, Mexico and Salo, Finland facilities by the end of 2012, with the three factories moving to create boutique customized devices for the American and European markets.

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Facebook mobile ads incoming: Video and coupons tipped [Update: Denied]

Facebook mobile ads incoming: Video and coupons tipped [Update: Denied]

Facebook's mobile advertising push is incoming, marketing agencies suggest, as the social network attempts to close off one of its weak spots ahead of the much-anticipated IPO. The dramatic rise in mobile users who, currently, don't see any adverts whatsoever was cited in Facebook's IPO documentation as one of the company's key weaknesses, meaning paradoxically that even as membership increased, revenues could dip. Not for much longer, though, with agency Razorfish confirming to Digiday that it was involved in Facebook ad pilots for mobile.

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