Mobile Phones

Verizon restores 97% of mobile network in Sandy-affected areas

Verizon restores 97% of mobile network in Sandy-affected areas

If the area you're in was hit hard hard by Hurricane Sandy, then we've got some good news to share today. Verizon has announced that its mobile network is almost back to full strength in the areas that have been ravaged by Hurricane Sandy, so it should be a bit easier to get in contact with loved ones and friends. As of this morning, Verizon says that 97.2% of its cell sites in the northeastern United States are functional, with the rest hopefully coming back soon.

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Facebook stock rises after Zuckerberg’s comments on mobile

Facebook stock rises after Zuckerberg’s comments on mobile

It's common knowledge by now that Facebook's stock could be doing a whole lot better. Its stock price has been consistently falling ever since Facebook's IPO in May, partly over investor concerns that the company wasn't doing enough to make money from mobile users. Yesterday, Mark Zuckerberg got up on stage at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, making his first appearance since Facebook went public. His discussion was filled with admissions of failure, but Zuckerberg also looked toward the future, talking about what Facebook is going to do to turn its fortunes in the mobile arena around.

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Facebook’s Zuckerberg talks mobile shortcomings, plans for the future

Facebook’s Zuckerberg talks mobile shortcomings, plans for the future

It isn't exactly a secret that Facebook is struggling in the mobile realm, something that the company's shareholders aren't too crazy about. Facebook's stock has dropped quite a bit since its IPO thanks largely to shareholder concerns about mobile users, and today, Mark Zuckerberg is tackling these issues at the the TechCrunch Disrupt SF conference. This is the first appearance by Zuckerberg since Facebook went public, and he's using the opportunity to be honest with himself about the shortcomings of Facebook on mobile, and what the company plans to do to change that.

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MediaTek partners with Twitter on feature phone integration

MediaTek partners with Twitter on feature phone integration

MediaTek made headlines not too long ago when it promised to bring dual-core processors to phones costing $199 and under. Now the company has announced a partnership with Twitter that will see the social network integrated with devices featuring MediaTek chips so that users in emerging markets can get in on the tweeting action. MediaTek will bundle Twitter into its reference design for phones as a result of the partnership.

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Researchers develop system to block phone use while driving

Researchers develop system to block phone use while driving

We all know about the dangers of talking on the phone or texting while driving, and researchers from India’s Anna University of Technology in Tamilnadu have now developed a new system that actually blocks mobile phone signals while an individual is driving. The trickier part has to do with taking away the driver’s ability to use a phone while still allowing mobile phone signals to be used by other passengers in the vehicle.

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Virgin Atlantic to offer in-flight cell service

Virgin Atlantic to offer in-flight cell service

Usually, whenever there's a story about more mobile phone service being added, it's a good thing. Bringing reception to rural America, third-world countries, and underground subway stations are all fantastic. In fact, we can only think of one situation where making it possible to place cell phone calls would be a bad thing - on an airplane. Nevertheless, Virgin Atlantic is forging ahead with plans to do exactly that on a number of its flights by the end of 2012.

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