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Sony to launch a Firefox OS device in 2014

Sony to launch a Firefox OS device in 2014

Sony has announced that it will be launching its own Firefox OS mobile device in 2014. It’s joining the ranks of LG, Huawei, Alcatel, and ZTE in launching devices on the HTML5 platform. Bob Ishida, Deputy CEO at Sony, stated that Sony’s engineers are working alongside Mozilla’s in order to bring a Sony-branded Firefox device or devices to the world next year. The openness of the Firefox OS is attractive to Sony, who wants to create devices on a platform with little to no restrictions on usage.

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Nexon invests in game developer Robotoki

Nexon invests in game developer Robotoki

Nexon, popular for its free-to-play games like MapleStory, Dragon Nest, and Dungeon Fighter Online, has just made a “strategic investment” in the independent game studio, Robotoki. Robotoki was founded by the former Creative Strategist for the Call of Duty gaming franchise, as well as the former lead of Infinity Ward, Robert Bowling. Robotoki plans to launch its first major project, Human Element, by the end of 2015 with the help of Nexon.

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Samsung and Visa sign agreement to accelerate NFC payments

Samsung and Visa sign agreement to accelerate NFC payments

Samsung and Visa are looking to take the phenomenon of NFC mobile payments global. Both companies have signed a global alliance agreement that will significantly accelerate the use of NFC mobile payments throughout the world. This agreement will allow any business that enables or is planning on enabling mobile payment programs to be able to use the Visa Mobile Provisioning Service with their programs.

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Samsung to transfer Bada OS aspects to Tizen

Samsung to transfer Bada OS aspects to Tizen

Samsung is finally going to put the dying Bada OS to rest. It has been officially announced that the development for Bada OS will cease as Samsung puts all of its efforts into making Tizen OS a success. Some features from Bada OS will live on as Samsung plans on merging the best features in the OS into Tizen. Tizen will also have backwards compatibility with Bada OS apps on its platform, giving Tizen a bigger catalog to work with.

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Firefox OS launching globally with 18 operators

Firefox OS launching globally with 18 operators

Firefox OS devices will launch on 18 operators all across the globe and they will be the World's first "Open Web Devices". The first markets that will launch the devices include: Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Sebria, Spain, and Venezuela, with more market places coming shortly after that. Mozilla is working with handset makers Alcatel, Huawei, LG, and ZTE to develop their Firefox OS smartphones, and all of the smartphones will utilize Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors.

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Qualcomm unveils its Snapdragon 400 and 200 processors

Qualcomm unveils its Snapdragon 400 and 200 processors

Qualcomm has just unveiled the full details of its Snapdragon 400 and Snapdragon 200 processors. The Snapdragon 400 processors are aimed towards the entry-level to mid-tier market while the Snapdragon 200 processors are aimed soley at the entry-level smartphone market. Qualcomm is hoping to take the smartphone market by storm by getting its products into as many mobile devices as possible, and while these processors are aimed at the lower-end of the market, they'll still offer great mobile processing performance.

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FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations

FTC releases long list of mobile privacy recommendations

As smartphones and the apps we run on them become more and more popular, concerns over privacy are growing as well. The FTC has taken a pretty strong stance on privacy issues throughout the years, and today it delivered a list of recommendations to pretty much everyone involved in the smartphone business. These recommendations give platform holders, app developers, and advertisers suggestions on what they can do improve mobile privacy, and we have to say that there are some pretty good ideas in the report.

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Hands-free texting while driving is still dangerous, according to studies

Hands-free texting while driving is still dangerous, according to studies

Texting while driving is obviously really dangerous, and many states have already banned the use of mobile phones altogether while driving, with more and more states moving closer to that goal. However, with voice controls in smartphones becoming more prevalent, drivers are resorting to hands-free texting in the car, but recent studies show that hands-free texting is just as dangerous as hands-on texting.

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