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Pfizer drops BlackBerry as new BB CEO hints at “BYOD” transformation

Pfizer drops BlackBerry as new BB CEO hints at “BYOD” transformation

Pfizer this week told its 92,000 employees to let their BlackBerry contracts expire and move over to iOS and Android devices. The drug manufacturer cited BlackBerry's declining market share and the floundering mobile company's recent attempt to sell itself as grounds for planning for a sudden unexpected service interruption. This news emerged just a few days after the US Department of Defense announced a contingency plan to replace its 470,000 BlackBerry devices with other brands in case BlackBerry eventually collapses.

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Firefox OS smartphones aren’t coming to the US anytime soon

Firefox OS smartphones aren’t coming to the US anytime soon

Last month, a handset running Firefox OS was launched in Brazil, the LG Fireweb. If you've been holding out hope that one would be hitting shelves in the US sometime soon, you're out of luck -- at least for the foreseeable future. Mozilla has a strong focus on emerging markets with its mobile development, and while developers handsets are excluded from the statement, smartphones running Firefox OS won't be launched in the United States.

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Pentagon begins preparing for Blackberry’s demise

Pentagon begins preparing for Blackberry’s demise

Blackberry, despite some noble efforts, has found itself unable to pull out of its tailspin, and has been undergoing a long process of deciding what to do with the company, reportedly rejecting offers to sell its assets last month and recently the expected Fairfax buyout falling through. In light of all this, the Department of Defense is now setting up what amounts to contingency plans in the event that Blackberry fizzles away.

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Smartphone spec war wanes as IDC shows average pricing fall

Smartphone spec war wanes as IDC shows average pricing fall

This week the folks at IDC have released their quarterly tracking numbers for shipments of smartphones as listed by operating system. Alongside these numbers, IDC shows an smartphone average selling price (ASP) chart which shows a relatively clear trend: downward. Though many publishers today have chosen to follow the "Phablet" headline opportunity in this most recent report, this pricing trend is set to have one whole heck of a lot bigger an impact on the market in coming years.

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Apple to near 50% market share in Japan in 2014

Apple to near 50% market share in Japan in 2014

Apple has seen a large boost in adoption in Japan over the last couple years, and as the trend holds, it is expected the company will near 50-percent market share in the nation some time next year. Current estimates have iPhone sales more than doubling over 2012's sales, and growth for the company has officially eclipsed that of Greater China and other areas, both domestic and abroad.

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Ericsson report: Smartphone traffic to grow 10 times by 2019

Ericsson report: Smartphone traffic to grow 10 times by 2019

It took five years for smartphone subscriptions to reach 1 billion customers worldwide between 2007 and 2012, but it will only take two years to reach 2 billion by 2014--and it will only take five more years to reach 5.6 billion by 2019, this quarter's Ericsson Mobility Report states. That will be 60% of all mobile subscriptions--the rest of which being non-smartphone mobile devices like feature phones, tablets and other devices--of the 9.3 billion mobile subscriptions projected to be activated in 2019. Smartphone traffic will reach 10 exabytes that year.

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Gogo introduces tech for in-flight talk and text

Gogo introduces tech for in-flight talk and text

Gogo is perhaps best known for providing fliers with wireless Internet access when above the clouds, making long flights a tad less tedious. Soon it will be known for a bit more amongst fliers -- as the service that allows passengers to chat on their phones as if they have regular cellular service, which could be a blessing or a curse depending on the person. Texting will also be made available.

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Nexus 5 16GB back in stock at Google Play Store

Nexus 5 16GB back in stock at Google Play Store

The newly launched Nexus 5 was only up on the Google Play Store for a short time before the 16GB version was flagged as out of inventory, with first the black version being depleted followed shortly by the white version. Fortunately, those who wanted to get the cheaper of the two models have only had to a wait a single day, with both varieties again being available from the Play Store.

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