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Former Nokia Boss Joins Telstra

Published on: 17th Mar 2016 Stephen Elop, the former Microsoft to Nokia to Microsoft executive has taken up a role with Australia’s Telstra. Elop, 52, will join Telstra next month, and split time between the USA and Australia. He has been hired as the telco’s new head of technology, innovation and strategy, reporting to Telstra’s CEO Andy Penn Canada born Elop ... Read More »

Two-Thirds of U.S. Smartphone Owners Listen to Streaming Music Daily

Published on: 17th Mar 2016 Smartphone owners spend more time per day listening to music on their device compared to other major entertainment activities, says Parks Associate. Their research notes 68% of smartphone owners listen to streaming music daily, while 71% watch short video clips, but video viewers spend only 24 minutes on average watching short clips, while streaming music ... Read More »

China Mobile Starts Shutting Down 3G Base Stations

Published on: 16th Mar 2016 A number of China Mobile’s regional divisions have started shutting down their 3G only base stations, as the Chinese developed 3G standard struggles to maintain a customer base. Citing local publications, the semi-official People’s Daily reported that the decision wasn’t taken by China Mobile’s head office, but by local offices on a per-needs basis. However, ... Read More »

Samsung Galaxy S7 Teardown Reveals Ho-Hum Refresh

A preliminary estimate by IHS shows that the Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone costs about $255 to build. The U.S. version of the Galaxy S7 with 32 gigabytes (GB) of NAND memory carries a bill of materials (BOM) of $249.55, which rises to $255.05 when the manufacturing cost is added, according to results from the IHS teardown of a phone purchased ... Read More »

iOS Growth Slows in China as Buyers Await New Year Deals

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech for the three months ending January 2016 shows that Apple’s iOS continued to grow share in urban China, though the rate of that growth was the slowest since late 2014. Apple also remained the most popular brand, capturing 25% of smartphone sales. “Looking at the three months individually, January was the ... Read More »

Smartphones could improve skin cancer detection in developing countries

Everyone knows smartphones can be used as calendars, calculators, radios and cameras. But, did you know they can also be used as microscopes that have the potential to save lives They are called smartphone microscopes and dermatologists at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) think these devices could improve the detection of skin cancer in developing ... Read More »

Ransomware was the largest threat to UK Android devices in 2015

Published on: 11th Mar 2016 Ransomware was the largest malware risk to Android users by a significant margin in the second half of 2015, according to Bitdefender. Predominantly distributed through malicious apps, Android.Trojan.Slocker accounted for 22 per cent of Android malware threats in the UK in the latter half of the year. In total, Android ransomware accounted for 28 per ... Read More »

Most Citizens Say Law-Enforcement Agencies Should Have a Right to Access Online Communications

At a time when the balance between protecting national security and the privacy rights of individuals online dominates headlines around the world, a new poll undertaken by the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) and conducted by Ipsos across 24 countries has found that most global citizens favour enabling law enforcement to access private online conversations if they have valid ... Read More »

Etisalat's CEO Resigns with Immediate Effect

Published on: 10th Mar 2016 Etisalat Group’s CEO, Ahmad Julfar has resigned from the company with immediate effect. No reason was given by the company, which simply said that he had left for “personal reasons”. However he had been thought to be ill for some time, after pulling out of a speech at the Mobile World Congress last month at ... Read More »