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Verizon considers buying out Vodafone’s share of Verizon Wireless

Verizon considers buying out Vodafone’s share of Verizon Wireless

Verizon is juggling its options to see how it should proceed with its joint venture with Vodafone. The two companies formed Verizon Wireless around 13 years ago. Verizon Wireless is now one of the top mobile service providers in the United States, and its shares are currently at $47.69 and are still growing. Apparently, since December, Verizon has been considering the future of its company and it's debating whether or not to completely merge with Vodafone, or to buy out Vodafone's share in Verizon Wireless.

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China is apparently TOO dependent on Android

China is apparently TOO dependent on Android

According to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China is too dependent on Google and its mobile OS Android. The ministry released a white paper yesterday to voice its concerns. To support its argument, statistics say that Android was on 90% of all smartphones in China Q3 2012, and was on 70.1% of all its smartphones in Q4 2012. iOS only accounted for 21% of China's market share in Q4.

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How Facebook fixed its Gingerbread Dalvik problem

How Facebook fixed its Gingerbread Dalvik problem

Facebook developers had faced many challenges when developing their app for older platforms like Android 2.2 Froyo and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. When Facebook completely revamped its app last year to provide a better user experience, they discovered that the app did not play well with older Android devices. They discovered that the problem had to do with a program called "dexopt" which determines a fixed-size buffer called "LinearAlloc" of apps installed on a specific device. While the buffer size is 8 or 16 MB in size for newer Android versions like Ice Cream Sandwich and Jelly Bean, its only 5 MB in the older versions.

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BlackBerry 10 Netflix app: not any time soon

BlackBerry 10 Netflix app: not any time soon

Sad news for both Blackberry 10 users and Blackberry alike. It turns out that Netflix has no intentions of releasing its mobile app for Blackberry 10 devices any time soon. This is bad for Blackberry 10, who needs a great app base in order to covert customers from iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. It was already bad enough when Instagram stated it had no intentions of developing its app for Blackberry 10 either.

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White House combats ban on cell phone unlocking

White House combats ban on cell phone unlocking

It looks like the White House has heard the voices of the 114,000+ people who believe that unlocking their cell phone should be a legal process. It too believes that banning people from unlocking their cell phones isn't fair, especially since people paid good money for those devices. Not only that, but the White House wants to also legalize the unlocking of tablet devices as well, since tablets fall under the same category as cell phones.

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Verizon cracks down on fake employee discounts

Verizon cracks down on fake employee discounts

It's been a long time coming, but Verizon Wireless may be finally cracking down on fake employee discounts. These are the discounts used by people who no longer work at a job that qualifies for Verizon Wireless's discounts. Verizon's employee discounts offer up to 15%-25% off its mobile phone service and up to 25% off of accessories. Verizon isn't the first company to crack down on employee discounts. Companies like Sprint began a similar process last year.

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IDC: smartphones WILL outsell feature phones this year

IDC: smartphones WILL outsell feature phones this year

It looks like 2013 is the year when smartphones finally outsell feature phones. It's been a long time coming, and the shipments of smartphones are finally expected to beat that of feature phones by 0.2%. The IDC (International Data Corporation) states that shipments of smartphones in 2013 is forecasted to equal 50.1% of all mobile phone shipments globally. The reason being that emerging markets are finally adapting more to the smartphone craze.

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Google CFO discusses reports of Samsung/Google conflicts

Google CFO discusses reports of Samsung/Google conflicts

There has been various reports about Google and Samsung's relationship being on the rocks due to Samsung's increasing success. The reports say that Samsung's dominance in the Android market had Google concerned about the future between the two companies. There were even reports that Google was conspiring with other manufacturers, like HTC and HP, to keep Samsung and its products in check. But Google's CFO, Patrick Pichette, has his own opinion on the topic.

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LG sells 10 million LTE smartphones worldwide

LG sells 10 million LTE smartphones worldwide

LG Electronics has announced that it has just reached another milestone by selling over 10 million of its LTE smartphones. This comes about 6 months after the company reached its first milestone of 5 million LTE smartphones sold. LG says that by including 4G LTE technology in its handsets, they are appealing to the growing needs of consumers who want devices capable of the fastest network speeds.

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MetroPCS moves back shareholders meeting to April 12th

MetroPCS moves back shareholders meeting to April 12th

MetroPCS has moved the date of its shareholders meeting back to April 12th. The special meeting will allow MetroPCS stockholders to vote for the pending T-Mobile merger. Following the meeting and the votes, MetroPCS believes that its merger with T-Mobile will be completed shortly after. MetroPCS encourages all of its shareholders to vote in favor of the proposal using their GREEN proxy card.

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