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Apple ‘Batterygate’ case settled in USA

Apple ‘Batterygate’ case settled in USA

Apple has agreed to pay $113 million in the USA to settle allegations that it deliberately slowed down older iPhones.
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Xiaomi moves past Apple with Q3 2020 smartphone shipments

Xiaomi moves past Apple with Q3 2020 smartphone shipments

Samsung still ahead

Xiaomi was one of the world's top three smartphone producers in the third quarter of this year; the first time it's ever reached that position. The figures come from technology analyst company Canalys, which puts Huawei in second place and Samsung in the lead.
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Ofcom bans locked handsets from December 2021

Ofcom bans locked handsets from December 2021

New customer-friendly rules from UK telecoms regulator

Telecoms regulator Ofcom is to ban UK mobile network operators from selling handsets that are 'locked' to their networks.
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Apple introduces new iPhone 12 family

Apple introduces new iPhone 12 family

Four 5G smartphones from Mini to Pro Max

Apple has introduced its iPhone 12 smartphone range this week, offering 5G connectivity on all four models.
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LG launches swivelling dual-screen smartphone

LG launches swivelling dual-screen smartphone

LG Wing opens into a T-shape

LG Electronics has launched an innovative dual-screen smartphone as the first device in its new 'Explorer Project' range. The LG WING looks like a conventional smartphone but the screen can rotate into landscape format, revealing a smaller display underneath.
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Predictions for 2016: Network Function Virtualisation, 4G throttling and video calling

Mark Windle, head of marketing at OpenCloud, predicts that this year’s reduction in the number of traditional telecoms operators in some countries will provide an opportunity for other operators to innovate and capture market share in 2016.

He says next year will be a year of rapid change for telecoms… whether it’s MVNO disruption, competitive tariff pricing or simply defence from the ‘dark art’ of hacking.

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Kapture review: the audio-recording wristband

Kapture review: the audio-recording wristband

A 'recording watch' that links to your smartphone

Mark Bridge writes:

The most memorable moments in life often go unrecorded. You don't have your camera in your hands. Your finger is still hovering over the 'pause' button on your audio recorder. Or you were simply too busy experiencing whatever was happening. It's all about the one that got away.

That's where Kapture can help.

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Making mobile websites work better

Making mobile websites work better

Device detection and responsive design explained

Mark Bridge writes:

James Rosewell shows me a colourful roll of paper that's the width of an iPhone but well over three metres long. When I look closer, I can see it's a printed copy of the Wall Street Journal's mobile website. That's a lot of scrolling to do... and a pretty unfriendly user experience for anyone reading the news online. Why does it work so badly?

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Podcast transcript: O2 counts on 3, Microsoft counts to 10 and Apple counts its profits

Here’s an edited transcript of our new monthly podcast, broadcast on 30th January 2015.

[Iain Graham]: Hello, it's Friday 30th January 2015. Welcome to this month's edition of The Fonecast. That’s right, you heard correctly: we’ve temporarily moved to a monthly format. If you’d like to join 51Degrees in sponsoring the podcast and returning us to weekly programmes, please get in touch via our website. Now, on with the show.

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The secret of Apple's success

Mark Bridge writes:

What’s the secret of Apple’s success? That’s the question I was asked earlier this week by LBC radio during a report on Apple’s impressive iPhone sales and its record quarterly results.

So here are six reasons I think Apple is doing so well at the moment.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Johan Lodenius of MediaTek talks about wearable devices, smartphone evolution and the importance of driving costs down

Podcast - 13th March 2014

This year's Mobile World Congress was notable for the number of product launches by handset manufacturers. To get a better understanding of recent announcements and potential developments in smartphone manufacturing, we spoke to a company responsible for processors that power millions of devices around the world.

Johan Lodenius of semiconductor company MediaTek gave us a simple overview of how 'fabless' manufacturing works, discussed developments in smartphones and wearable devices, contemplated the end of the PC era and talked about the importance of driving costs down.

"We think one of the coolest things is to make things accessible to people. We don't want to design technology for technology's own sake. We want to design it for it to be used by as many people as possible. It's very important that we integrate very hard and make things cost-effective so that the mass market can use it. To me, that's the biggest thing you can do. You can do anything if you have enough resources, enough money and do it very expensively, but it's very difficult to do this inexpensively for the masses. That's the key thing for me, personally, it drives me."

You can listen to this interview (and all our other podcasts) on our website audio player, via iTunes, by using our RSS feed, on the Stitcher.com app or by downloading the mp3 file directly.

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