Mobile Phone

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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NEC to chop 10,000 workers from payroll

NEC to chop 10,000 workers from payroll

The axe is set to fall over at NEC Corp in Japan with just about one in 10 of its workers to be cut. NEC has announced that is set to lay off 10,000 workers as it attempts to claw its way out of the red and back into the black. One reason cited for the job losses is stiff competition posed from rivals from foreign countries such as Apple. NEC blames the poor performance and the job cuts on soft demand for its mobile phones.

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Office Depot starts test of PayPal POS system

Office Depot starts test of PayPal POS system

Office Depot is in testing with a new system that will use the PayPal point-of-sell system. The roll out of the PayPal system will be done in a limited number of locations as part of a test. Apparently, the rollout is starting small due to some "rough spots" in the experience with the system. Those rough spots have to do with limitations on who can use the system and the carriers who support the new payment method.

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Samsung to overtake Nokia in 2012 mobile phone shipments

Samsung to overtake Nokia in 2012 mobile phone shipments

Samsung has already beat Nokia in terms of revenue, but now the South Korean company believes it will overtake the Finnish group in total shipments as well. Speaking to reporters in Las Vegas, Samsung CEO Choi Gee Sung revealed that the company had surpassed Nokia in revenue in the latest reported quarter and is confident it will be able to top Nokia in shipments, becoming the world's largest cellphone maker in 2012.

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Nokia buy Smarterphone already looks better than Symbian

Nokia buy Smarterphone already looks better than Symbian

All Nokia will say of its Smarterphone acquisition is that it's all part of the company's Next Billion plan, but videos of the smartphone-features-at-dumbphone-prices platform suggest the OS could well outshine S40 and Symbian. Clips of Smarterphone's wares running on the Kyocera C4700 show Facebook contacts integration, multimedia playback and web browsing, all running at impressively smooth speed on the super-budget device.

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All mobiles phones sold in Chile to be unlocked

All mobiles phones sold in Chile to be unlocked

Mobile phone fans in Chile received some good news this week when the Department of Telecommunications of Chile, Subtel announced that all mobile phones in the country had to be sold unlocked. The rule went into effect right away and will mean that any phone can be taken to any carrier the user wants.

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Text message use declining in some countries

Text message use declining in some countries

Everywhere you go in most parts of the US, you will run across hoards of people that are texting no matter where they are. According to an analyst from M.I.G. Research, Tero Kuittinen, the number of text messages being sent is actually in decline on some parts of the world. Kuittinen cites Finnish Mobile network Sonera and the number of text messages sent on Christmas Eve as proof.

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GSM standard has flaw that allows crooks to take over phones

GSM standard has flaw that allows crooks to take over phones

The GSM standard is widely used on mobile phones of all kinds depending on the carrier you are on. A security researcher is claiming that a flaw in the GSM standard has been discovered that could be exploited by criminals and hackers to give them control of the device. Once that control was going that hacker could force the phone to make calls or send text messages.

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Republic Wireless goes true unlimited

Republic Wireless goes true unlimited

I think we all know that there are few truly unlimited plans left out there for smartphone users. They may say unlimited, but those little asterisks tell us that they actually limit most of the time. It may be a fair-use policy that charges you more after a small amount of free data, or it could be that they just slow your connection to the point that you can't even use your device for data.

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