Mobile Phones

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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Samsung knocks Nokia from global phone top-spot

Samsung knocks Nokia from global phone top-spot

Samsung has ousted Nokia from the cellphone top-spot, taking the number one position in handset sales worldwide, according to research firms. New figures from IHS iSuppli and Strategy Analytics confirm that Nokia has finally slipped from its perch at the top of the cellular tower, the company's dwindling sales over the past few quarters driving it down to 22.5-percent marketshare in Q1 2012; in contrast, Samsung took 25.4-percent of the worldwide mobile phone marketshare in the same period, while Apple's stellar iPhone sales recently have pushed the company to 9.5-percent of the global marketshare.

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Nokia Browser v2.0 coaxes Next Billion with the cloud

Nokia Browser v2.0 coaxes Next Billion with the cloud

Nokia has redoubled its efforts to win back the hearts and minds (and wallets) of the Next Billion, with the release of its new Nokia Browser for S40 complete with cloud-crunched data streamlining. The Nokia Browser 2.0 promises a cut in data transfers of up to 90-percent, thanks to a new cloud layer which compresses and caches sites so as to present as minor a footprint on your data bundle as possible.

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Lookout Mobile “scream tones” offer new way to find lost phones

Lookout Mobile “scream tones” offer new way to find lost phones

We can all relate to either losing a mobile phone or being worried about losing a mobile phone. There's no shortage of ways to help prevent that from happening, and to help track your phone down if it does get lost or stolen. But that doesn't mean there isn't room for new solutions. Enter Lookout Mobile, T-Mobile, and "Scream tones." Yep, guaranteed to be the most annoying way to find a lost phone.

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Starbucks mobile payments hit 42 million

Starbucks mobile payments hit 42 million

Anyone who has to question the viability of using a smartphone instead of a credit card to pay at the register need look no further than Starbucks, a company that has already been allowing customers to do just that for more than a year. And in those past 15 months, it has managed to process 42 million mobile payment transactions. Not bad for a little coffeehouse, right?

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Motorola GLEAM+ resurrects RAZR with low-key abilities

Motorola GLEAM+ resurrects RAZR with low-key abilities

Motorola has obviously decided the flip phone is due for a comeback, with the new Motorola GLEAM+ delivering some clamshell action with a bargain price tag. Eschewing Android in favor of featurephone simplicity, the GLEAM+ has a 2.8-inch 400 x 240 internal display and a sizable LED matrix display on the outside for the time and other pixelated status messages, and shaves half a millimeter off the original, iconic RAZR.

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Pizza ordering Bluetooth fridge magnet offers one click snackage

Pizza ordering Bluetooth fridge magnet offers one click snackage

The problem with living in a big state like Texas is that everything is very spread out. That means not only are there no pizza delivery places for my house, but you can't even order online. While other places get to order via the Internet or text message, I have to call and talk to the pizza making stooges at the local spot. I certainly don't have access to something as awesome as a refrigerator magnet that uses Bluetooth to order your pizza with one press.

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Freespace MotionEngine set to move smartphone users

Freespace MotionEngine set to move smartphone users

Hillcrest Labs has announced that its new Freespace MotionEngine is now available to smartphone manufacturers around the world. The most control system is available to manufacturers and component suppliers for smartphones and tablets. The system is embedded software that's able to manage and enhance sensors commonly found in smartphones and tablets today for motion based applications.

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Nokia shutters Money service in India

Nokia shutters Money service in India

Many mobile phone companies expected one of the big emerging businesses in developing countries to be mobile money services. Many citizens in these developing nations don't use banks and need the ability to send and receive money to pay for services and goods. Late last year Nokia launched its mobile money service called Nokia Money.

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