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All posts tagged "smartphones"

  • Edward Snowden working on spy-proof smartphone case for cyber-sleuths

    Notorious public whistleblower Edward Snowden and famous hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang are co-developing a smartphone case that aims to protect users from wireless device snooping. According to the duo's paper "Against the Law: Countering Lawful Abuses of Digital Surveillance", the device will prevent journalists falling foul to their "own tools". "Front-line journalists are high-value targets, and their enemies will spare no expense to silence them. Unfortunately, journalists can be betrayed by their own tools. Their smartphones are also the perfect tracking device," they add. The device, called the introspection engine, will clip onto a device, and checks if a phone is transmitting radio signals....

  • Telkom reveals FreeMe: 6 rather attractive mobile data plans

    Telkom Mobile has announced the launch of its FreeMe mobile plan, offering six tiers of pricing. The pricing itself seems reasonable, but there are a number of surprising perks as well. All plans include free SMS messages (limited to 50 per day), zero-rated WhatsApp/Viber/BBM calls (2GB fair usage policy) and free access to over 6000 WiFi hotspots. The two most expensive plans (20GB and unlimited data) also include free calls to any network - albeit limited to only 1500 and 3000 minutes respectively. The other plans feature free on-network calls only, with a fair usage policy of 3000 minutes. Interestingly enough, the plans...

  • 10 examples of Pokemon Go going way too far on Twitter

    We're starting to get a little Drowzee tired of Pokemon Go news in the office this week, as people go to ridiculous lengths to play the game and make non-stop posts. Just how ridiculous can it get though? Well, Twitter users have done a good job capturing the world's obsession with the mobile title. So this Just happened... #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/PWZRxXHtcv — Ismail Amen (@bigish41) July 14, 2016 The world in 2016 #PokemonGO pic.twitter.com/vEYMx0gpTA — Geoff D. ⭐ (@Geoffdx) July 13, 2016 Pokémon Go user playing while driving successfully catches a tree https://t.co/iFnyuzeGhN pic.twitter.com/TbjhubdCWy — Jalopnik (@Jalopnik) July 13, 2016 Ha! Just saw this over I-43 in Milwaukee. #PokemonGO...

  • Microsoft cuts 1850 jobs in mobile unit, takes $950m hit

    Microsoft's mobile division has endured a torrid time in recent years, seeing lay-offs, mergers and spin-offs. Unfortunately, the company has announced another round of job cuts. The Redmond company plans to "streamline" its smartphone hardware division, affecting up to 1850 jobs in the process, it announced in a press statement. "As a result, the company will record an impairment and restructuring charge of approximately $950-million, of which approximately $200-million will relate to severance payments," the company explained. Read more: Microsoft sells its feature phone unit for $350m, Nokia devices coming "We are focusing our phone efforts where we have differentiation - with enterprises that value security,...

  • Microsoft sells its feature phone unit for $350m, Nokia devices coming

    Microsoft's mobile divisions are no stranger to upheaval. After all, the US company added Nokia's mobile unit to the stable several years ago and mobile saw plenty of layoffs last year. Now, there's more big news as the Redmond company is spinning off the feature phone unit. The US company has announced plans to sell the feature phone business to FIH Mobile, a subsidiary of manufacturing colossus Foxconn, and HMD Global for US$350-million. The deal will also see Microsoft selling its Vietnamese manufacturing facility to Foxconn. "Upon close of this deal, approximately 4500 employees will transfer to, or have the opportunity to join, FIH Mobile Ltd. or HMD Global,...

  • Survey: new technology ‘too complicated’ for most South Africans

    According to a new report from Accenture, a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company, titled Engaging the Digital Consumer in the New Connected World, most consumers experience challenges using several new types of smart high-tech devices. The survey was conducted online in October and November 2014, with 24 000 consumers in 24 countries: Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Czech Republic, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States. The sample size in each country was representative of the online...

  • Is Africa ready for the $50 smartphone? [T4ALagos]

    There are around 750-million SIM cards in Africa (versus 220-million desktops), which means that the US$50 smartphone presents a massive opportunity for the continent. But are African tech entrepreneurs ready for the coming explosion? When US$50 smartphones become the norm, only those who are able to build for them will survive. “Do we want the Germans coming to our shores and eating our lunch?” Gareth Knight asks the audience at Tech4Africa in Lagos, Nigeria. “When the US$50 smartphone hits the continent, where will they get the apps and who is building those apps for them?” Knight, who has been running...

  • Former Apple CEO John Sculley to take on Indian smartphone market

    He may be best known as the man who effectively forced Steve Jobs out of Apple, but John Sculley reckons he still has a role to play in the tech space. More specifically, he wants to go after the Indian smartphone market. According to BGR, the former Apple CEO is getting ready to launch a new smartphone brand in India alongside former Micromax smartphone head Ajay Sharma. The venture, which is reportedly being bankrolled by Singapore-based Inflexionpoint (a company that counts Sculley among its founding partners), reportedly already has a team on the ground consisting mainly of Sharma's former...

  • Smartphones and emerging markets: where we’re headed in 2014

    There are few emerging market countries that are particularly mature in terms of their cellphone and smartphone usage and buying patterns (China, in particular stands out); but there is a large contingent of emerging markets who are not as mature in this regard. What are some of the factors that have held back smartphone adoption in these markets and further to that; what is being done to accelerate the adoption rates? In 2008; smartphone sales accounted for just nine percent of all phone sales in China. In 2012; that number skyrocketed to 59% of all phones being sold in China...

  • When devices outnumber people: considering the consequences

    Four years from now, in 2017, the global human population is expected to reach 7.4-billion. By this same time, we expect the global installed base of connected video devices to surpass 8.1 billion. What can we expect from a world where, on average, every person on the face of the Earth possesses at least one connected smartphone, tablet, PC, game console, Smart TV, or set-top box? The economic consequences of connectivity extend far beyond the realm of media and technology. Commerce, education, healthcare, trade, banking, the structure of interpersonal relationships… none of these areas is likely to be left untouched...

  • Global device market on the up thanks to cheaper tablets, smartphones

    The global tech giants will be pleased to hear this. We're still buying devices in their billions, with little sign of a slowdown in sight. There's one big exception to that rule though: we're buying less PCs than ever. In fact, reports tech research house Gartner, worldwide combined shipments of devices (PCs, tablets and mobile phones) are projected to reach 2.32-billion units in 2013, a 4.5% increase from 2012. The vast majority of that growth however comes from tablets and smartphones, especially among those at the lower end of the pricing spectrum. Tablet shipments alone are expected to grow...

  • Samsung could soon slip from top smartphone spot in India

    This is interesting. Samsung's aggressive smartphone strategy, tied with a range that aims to please every pocket, has seen it leap to the top of the global smartphone standings. But in some markets it looks like the locals are fighting back in a big way. Take India for instance, where local brands such as Micromax and Karbonn, could soon usurp the South Korean giant. Micromaxx in particular is becoming an increasingly dominant player with the latest stats from research and tracking company IDC showing that it currently owns 22% of the Indian market, up from 18.8% in the previous...

  • Lenovo sells more phones and tablets than PCs for first time

    If you're in the hardware game, it might not be a bad idea to pay very close attention to Lenovo. The Chinese company is not only the world's top PC manufacturer, it's also now doing a roaring trade in smartphones and tablets. In its latest financial results, the hardware giant revealed that it actually sold more mobile smart devices than it did PCs in the last quarter. That's pretty impressive, considering that its managed to buck the worldwide decline in PC sales. Lenovo’s PC shipments for the first fiscal quarter were 12.6-million units, giving it 16.7% of global...

  • Are smartphones turning people into workaholics?

    Research in Britain has found that our all-encompassing magical devices are "doing us in" by adding an average of two hours work per day. Even though smartphones are supposed to make life easier, it also seems to turn us into workaholics. As reported by The Daily Mail, research by technology retailer Pixmania states that Britons are increasing their amount of work hours per year by as much as 460 hours, as mobile phones and devices enable them to respond to emails while not being at work. Smartphones and devices that have email enabled are owned by almost 90% of employees,...

  • The smartphone revolution may be unstoppable, but it’s only just begun

    Last month, we gave you the low-down on internet prophet Mary Meeker's 2012 Internet Trends. One of the things that Meeker pointed out is that mobile traffic is growing at a tremendous rate, accounting for nearly 10% of all internet traffic. Interestingly, 3G subscriptions only account for 18% of the world's total mobile subscriptions. The enormous number of 3G subscriptions that took place in emerging markets like India and Brazil suggest that mobile is exploding in a way that very few other technologies ever achieve in a year. The driving force for this is the smartphone. But analysts are...