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CellPhoneChief.com http://cellphonechief.com Thu, 17 Sep 2015 19:28:34 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.0.3 For transit riders, a smartphone will be the ticket — some day http://cellphonechief.com/for-transit-riders-a-smartphone-will-be-the-ticket-%e2%80%94-some-day/ http://cellphonechief.com/for-transit-riders-a-smartphone-will-be-the-ticket-%e2%80%94-some-day/#comments Thu, 17 Sep 2015 19:28:34 +0000 administrator http://cellphonechief.com/for-transit-riders-a-smartphone-will-be-the-ticket-%e2%80%94-some-day/ For transit riders, a smartphone will be the ticket — some day
News from Chicago Tribune:

Paperless ticketing is finally expected to debut on Metra as early as this fall, enabling riders to buy and display virtual tickets on their smartphones and pay with a Ventra account or a credit or debit card.

But transit officials are backing away from earlier promises that CTA and Pace riders will be using the new Ventra mobile application to pay their fares by early next year. Those riders will have to settle for being able to add money to their Ventra accounts via smartphones and other mobile devices.

The rollout of the free app — which will be available for iOS and Android devices — has been fraught with delays. The public launch is more than five months behind schedule, according to a contract with the developer who has not been paid yet, and the transit agencies still haven’t set an actual release date.

Meanwhile, hundreds of volunteers and agency employees have been testing a beta version of the app for months to work out glitches.

“We promised that we would test, test, and test the app some more until it met our high standards and was an excellent product for our customers,” a CTA spokeswoman said.

The Tribune also tested the app this week. Overall, the app appears to offer many appealing features, albeit amid some annoyances.

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Apple wins ruling to end Samsung’s smartphone infringement
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Samsung should have been forced to stop using three of Apple’s smartphone patents when they were found to be infringing, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit ruled Thursday. 

The decision Thursday is a major victory for Apple over its largest manufacturing rival — and could have broader implications for the use of smartphone patents. 

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In a 2-1 decision, the three-judge panel ruled Apple was entitled to injunctive relief against Samsung, in addition to the nearly $ 120 million that a lower court already awarded the iPhone maker in the case. 

“The right to exclude competitors from using one’s property rights is important,” the court ruled. “And the right to maintain exclusivity — a hallmark and crucial guarantee of patent rights deriving from the Constitution itself — is likewise important.”

Judge Kimberly Moore wrote the decision, and Judge Jimmie Reyna concurred. Chief Judge Sharon Prost dissented. 

The case dates back to Apple’s lawsuit in 2012 alleging Samsung infringed on multiple patents for new touchscreen smartphones, including slide lock, autocorrect and the process in wh…………… continues on The Hill

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UCLA’s Ishmael Adams arrested for robbing Uber driver of cell phone http://cellphonechief.com/uclas-ishmael-adams-arrested-for-robbing-uber-driver-of-cell-phone/ http://cellphonechief.com/uclas-ishmael-adams-arrested-for-robbing-uber-driver-of-cell-phone/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 22:12:45 +0000 administrator http://cellphonechief.com/uclas-ishmael-adams-arrested-for-robbing-uber-driver-of-cell-phone/ UCLA’s Ishmael Adams arrested for robbing Uber driver of cell phone
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Now we know a little bit more of the rest of the story. And, in the process, have what’s likely a first here at CFT.

While very few details were available at the time, it was reported late Monday afternoon that star UCLA cornerback Ishmael Adams had been arrested on a robbery charge and was sitting in jail in lieu of a $ 100,000 bond. Subsequently it was reported that Adams allegedly “used force” to take the cell phone of an Uber driver early Sunday morning, triggering what is right now a felony charge.

Adams was taken into custody a short time after the alleged incident, and has an initial court appearance scheduled for later this morning.

“We are aware of the situation and continuing to gather information,” a UCLA spokesperson said in a statement. “As this is a pending legal matter, we will have no further comment at this time.”

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Studies Show That High Cell Phone Use Is Associated With Decreased Academic …
News from The Inquisitr:

Everyone has a cell phone these days, right?

Cell phones used to be just for communication, but times have changed. We now use our cell phones for literally everything we do during the day: games, calendars, workout apps, research, sports updates, reading, photography, finance, etc.

Studies show that 90 percent of college students own a cell phone. How do cell phones affect a students academic performance, or does it affect it at all?

PLoS One did a study on college students comparing the time a student typically spent on his cell phone compared to how fit he/she was. The study found that students spent about 300 minutes every day on their cell phones (that equals out to five hours per day). The students that use their phones continually were less fit than the ones that used their phones frequently.

Television and computer games also provide distractions for college aged students. The difference between other electronic devices and cell phones is that cell phones are highly accessible (usually in our pockets) when a student has free time so the cell phone is an eas…………… continues on The Inquisitr

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Burglar smashes through front door of Pembroke Pines cellphone store http://cellphonechief.com/burglar-smashes-through-front-door-of-pembroke-pines-cellphone-store/ http://cellphonechief.com/burglar-smashes-through-front-door-of-pembroke-pines-cellphone-store/#comments Tue, 01 Sep 2015 01:24:41 +0000 administrator http://cellphonechief.com/burglar-smashes-through-front-door-of-pembroke-pines-cellphone-store/ Burglar smashes through front door of Pembroke Pines cellphone store
News from Local 10:

Victor: NOW AT 5:30 IT SURVEILLANCE VIDEO YOU FIRST SAW HERE ON LAMONT. A BURGLAR SMASHING HIS WRAY INTO A BUSINESS USING A SLEDGEHAMMER, AND THAT CROOK WORKED QUICKLY. Janine: THE OWNER SAYS HE STOLE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF ELECTRONICS AND HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW HE’S GOING TO REPLACE THAT MERCHANDISE. LOCAL10 NEWS REPORTER NEKI MOHAN DRIVE IN PEMBROKE PINES WITH MORE. Neki: THIS BUSINESS OWNER, FAMILY MAN FEELS LIKE HE’S A TARGET, A SITTING DUCK. HE’S BEEN HIT TWICE IN SIX MONTHS AND THIS MORNING THE THIEF GOT RIGHT THROUGH THE FRONT DOOR ASK TOOK HIS STASH. IN THE WEE HOURS OF MONDAY MORNING THE DETERMINE BURGLAR WITH A CROWBAR SMASHES HIS WAY INTO THE STORE AT 6253 PINES BOULEVARD. THE ALARM CALL ME. I ALREADY KNOW SOMETHING IS COMING. I SEE THE PEOPLE INSIDE, AND I AM LIKE CRAZY BECAUSE IT’S MY WORK, IT’S MY BUSINESS, AND I NOT FEELING RIGHT. Neki: IT IS THE YOU SECOND TIME IN SIX MONTHS HE HAS BEEN HIT, AND IT MAKES HIM SICK TO WATCH THIS MAN DESTROY ALL THAT HE HAS WORKED FOR. HE’S TAKING AROUND TEN GRAND AND HE TAKING SOME COMPUTERS, LAPTOPS, SOME PHONES. Neki: ACCORDING TO BELTRAN’S SURVEILLANCE VIDEO, THE SUSPECT .30 MINUTES IN THE STORE HELPING HIMSELF TO PHONES, AC REST CYST AND EVEN SOME OF HIS PERSONAL COMPUTERS. THIS GUYS WAS DETERMINED. AFTER TRYING FOR SEVERAL MINUTES TO GET IN THROUGH THE BACK DOOR, HE MADE IT IN, BUT HE DIDN’T ANTICIPATE THERE WOUL…………… continues on Local 10

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Risks of switching to your work cell phone
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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (CNN) – Considering personal information has become more readily available, mixing personal communication with business communication on your work cell phone to save money may not be worth the savings. If an employer issues a cell phone the information on the cell could be fair game.

Some people are cancelling their personal cell phone plans and hopping on their work issued cell phones to save more than $ 1,000 per year. They believe the switch will save them from the big bills and the hassle of having to carry two phones.

A company’s privacy and phone policy may allow the company to track information on the phone if it buys and pays for an employee’s work phone. Information they can track may include, financial transactions,.personal texts, social media posts and emails.

Usually companies that have the ability to wipe data on a work cell phone will do clear the information off the phone if an employee leaves the company or if the phone is lost.

Tech experts say, if someone is worried about having data cleared off their work phone, they should back it up.

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Smartphone Sales Fall In China For The First Time http://cellphonechief.com/smartphone-sales-fall-in-china-for-the-first-time/ http://cellphonechief.com/smartphone-sales-fall-in-china-for-the-first-time/#comments Sat, 22 Aug 2015 12:56:44 +0000 administrator http://cellphonechief.com/smartphone-sales-fall-in-china-for-the-first-time/ Smartphone Sales Fall In China For The First Time
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In China, the world’s largest smartphone market is getting smaller.

Smartphone sales fell 4 percent during the second quarter of 2015, according to new figures from Gartner, a market research firm. It’s the first time sales of the devices has fallen in China year over year, Gartner says.

“China has reached saturation—its phone market is essentially driven by replacement, with fewer first-time buyers,” said Anshul Gupta, research director at Gartner. Gupta says that smartphone makers will need to rely on premium appeal to drive upgrades and new purchases.

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How will China’s fast-growing smartphone brands ever make real money? http://cellphonechief.com/how-will-chinas-fast-growing-smartphone-brands-ever-make-real-money/ http://cellphonechief.com/how-will-chinas-fast-growing-smartphone-brands-ever-make-real-money/#comments Wed, 19 Aug 2015 14:54:34 +0000 administrator http://cellphonechief.com/how-will-chinas-fast-growing-smartphone-brands-ever-make-real-money/ How will China’s fast-growing smartphone brands ever make real money?
News from Quartz:

Two Chinese brands are emerging fast in the global smartphone game.

OnePlus, from Shenzhen, is just a year old, but recently launched its latest smartphone in the US and UK to great excitement among gadget lovers. China’s biggest homemade smartphone brand is Xiaomi—now the world’s third largest smartphone vendor behind Samsung and Apple. But amidst growing fandom for both companies lies a greater question—how will they actually make money?

OnePlus and Xiaomi are betting on an untested business model. They both aim to sell handsets for almost no profit, to gain market share and edge out competitors like Samsung. After that, they hope to earn the bulk of their profits off of other things they sell to these smartphone users.

On OnePlus’s online forum, co-founder Carl Pei outli…………… continues on Quartz

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BlackBerry ‘Venice’ Android Slider Smartphone Renders Leaked
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BlackBerry’s first Android smartphone, believed to be dubbed ‘Venice’, indeed exists, claims one of the most popular tipsters Evan Blass (or more popularly known as @evleaks).

Blass has leaked an image of the upcoming slider smartphone from BlackBerry which will not just be able to run Android apps but is based on Android OS. In the image tweeted by Blass, the alleged ‘Venice’ smartphone is seen sporting a large touchscreen while also houses the physical keyboard in the slider popup. The leaked image only shows Google suite of apps on the screen of the yet-to-be-announced ‘Venice’ smartphone. Some of the apps visible on the screen of the ‘Venice’ are Play Store, Google+, Hangouts, Google Maps, as well as include Android for Work app.

In a separate tweet, Blass has also claimed that the BlackBerry ‘Venice’ will be available via “all four national US carriers” – AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobiles, and Sprint starting November. Notably, the news somewhat contradicts Blass…………… continues on NDTV

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2 nearby cellphone stores burglarized in Orange County, deputies say http://cellphonechief.com/2-nearby-cellphone-stores-burglarized-in-orange-county-deputies-say/ http://cellphonechief.com/2-nearby-cellphone-stores-burglarized-in-orange-county-deputies-say/#comments Mon, 17 Aug 2015 11:11:24 +0000 administrator http://cellphonechief.com/2-nearby-cellphone-stores-burglarized-in-orange-county-deputies-say/ 2 nearby cellphone stores burglarized in Orange County, deputies say
News from WESH Orlando:

Two Orange County cellphone stores had their windows smashed and several items stolen in a series of overnight burglaries.

The Cricket store and Metro PCS store are approximately one mile apart on Goldenrod Road.

Shattered glass could be seen covering the sidewalk at both stores early Monday morning. Plywood has since been put up in place of the Cricket store window that was smashed.

Investigators said the burglars got away with phones from both stores, but it is unclear how many.

The Orlando Police Department is investigating the burglary at the Cricket store while the Orange County Sheriff’s Office investigates the crime at the Metro PCS store. It is unclear whether the two burglaries are connected.

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Top 5 Best Cell Phone Signal Boosters for Cars – Heavy.com
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While using your phone and driving is under plenty of scrutiny lately, many of us have jobs that require on-call availability. This can be stressful, especially if you often drive through dead zones, which is where a cell phone signal booster can come in handy. These personal cell signal repeaters are not cheap, but considering that they can be a lifesaver breakdown, are a worthwhile addition for regular commuters. The top mobile signal boosters are powerful enough to boost signal for a full RV, but are compact enough to fit into a regular sedan. If you have this same problem at home, you can also browse our best cell phone signal boosters for home.

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Cell Phone Contracts are Dead http://cellphonechief.com/cell-phone-contracts-are-dead/ http://cellphonechief.com/cell-phone-contracts-are-dead/#comments Fri, 14 Aug 2015 00:49:28 +0000 administrator http://cellphonechief.com/cell-phone-contracts-are-dead/ Cell Phone Contracts are Dead
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Underwear Blocks Wi-Fi and Cell Phone Radiation
News from Discovery News:

Well, here’s some news we can use. Half of us, anyway.

Following up on his Indiegogo campaign from a couple years back, British scientist and entrepreneur Joseph Perkins has finally delivered his Wireless Armour line of underwear, designed to protect men from the potentially harmful effects of electromagnetic wireless radiation.

Electric Underwear Warms Up Women Divers

Perkins’ invention is intended to address an anxiety increasingly familiar to the 21st century man: As we run around all day with cell phones in our pockets and sit with laptops on our laps — should we worry about all that wireless radiation in close proximity to, you know, the equipment?

Maybe so. While research on the matter is far from conclusive, studies have shown that the electromagnetic radiation emitted by computers and mobile devices may have an effect on sperm count and mo…………… continues on Discovery News

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Samsung ramps up smartphone strategy, touts larger curved screen device http://cellphonechief.com/samsung-ramps-up-smartphone-strategy-touts-larger-curved-screen-device/ http://cellphonechief.com/samsung-ramps-up-smartphone-strategy-touts-larger-curved-screen-device/#comments Thu, 13 Aug 2015 18:54:20 +0000 administrator http://cellphonechief.com/samsung-ramps-up-smartphone-strategy-touts-larger-curved-screen-device/ Samsung ramps up smartphone strategy, touts larger curved screen device
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A product expert holds a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ at the product’s launch event in New York Aug. 13, 2015. (REUTERS/Andrew Kelly)

Samsung ramped up its smartphone strategy Thursday, unveiling its new Galaxy S6 edge+ and Note5 devices at a glitzy event in New York’s Lincoln Center.

Like the Galaxy S6 edge, the edge+ has dual curved edges, but comes with a 5.7-inch display, larger than its predecessor’s 5.1-inch screen.

“Today, the journey continues in the large screen category that Samsung created,” said JK Shin, CEO of Samsung Electronics’ IT and Mobile Division, during the launch. “We’re still betting big – the fact is that we’re all using our smartphones in two major ways – as multimedia consumers and as multitaskers.”  

Touted as ideal for multimedia users, the edge+’s dual edges offer users a shortcut from any screen to their contacts and apps.

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HTC, Lenovo both announce big layoffs as smartphone makers feel the squeeze
News from Ars Technica:

HTC and Lenovo have both announced that they’re making large-scale layoffs as they struggle to achieve smartphone profitability.

HTC, which last week announced a $ 250 million after tax loss for the quarter ending June 30, is cutting 2,250 people by the end of the year. The layoffs amount to some 15 percent of the company workforce, and the move is part of a plan to reduce operating expenses by 35 percent.

HTC has said that it is forming new business units to focus on premium smartphones and virtual reality. Once a major player in the market, the company has seen its global market share shrink to less than two percent amid intense competition from both established players like Samsung and new companies such as Xiaomi.

HTC has partnered with Valve to produce the HTC Vive virtual reality headset, which represents a new market for the company. Early hands-on experiences with the device have been promising, but the company’s core product remains smartphones—

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The FM radio hidden in your SMARTPHONE that few people can use – Daily Mail http://cellphonechief.com/the-fm-radio-hidden-in-your-smartphone-that-few-people-can-use-daily-mail/ http://cellphonechief.com/the-fm-radio-hidden-in-your-smartphone-that-few-people-can-use-daily-mail/#comments Mon, 27 Apr 2015 20:01:02 +0000 administrator http://cellphonechief.com/the-fm-radio-hidden-in-your-smartphone-that-few-people-can-use-daily-mail/ The FM radio hidden in your SMARTPHONE that few people can use – Daily Mail
News from The FM radio hidden in your SMARTPHONE that few people can use – Daily Mail:
  • Many smartphones – including Apple’s iPhone – come with an FM chip installed but many are not switched on by the manufacturers
  • BBC and other broadcasters are pushing to have radio capability turned on
  • They say it would allow users to listen to broadcasts without data charges 
  • It could also prove a vital way of getting information during emergencies 

It is a source of music, information and entertainment for millions of listeners around the world yet vast numbers of people are being denied the chance to enjoy FM radio.

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New UW app can detect sleep apnea events via smartphone
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ApneaApp turns a smartphone into an active sonar system that can detect sleep apnea events.U. of Washington

Determining whether your snoring is merely annoying, or crosses the threshold into a life-threatening problem, isn’t convenient or cheap.

The gold standard for diagnosing sleep apnea — a disease which affects roughly 1 in 13 Americans — requires an overnight hospital stay and costs thousands of dollars. The patient sleeps in a strange bed, gets hooked up to a tangle of wires and undergoes an intensive polysomnography test to count how many times a night he or she struggles to breathe.

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Cell Phones in Africa: Communication Lifeline http://cellphonechief.com/cell-phones-in-africa-communication-lifeline/ http://cellphonechief.com/cell-phones-in-africa-communication-lifeline/#comments Thu, 16 Apr 2015 15:35:11 +0000 administrator http://cellphonechief.com/cell-phones-in-africa-communication-lifeline/ Cell Phones in Africa: Communication Lifeline
News from Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project:

April 15, 2015

Texting Most Common Activity, but Mobile Money Popular in Several Countries

In a few short years, the proliferation of mobile phone networks has transformed communications in sub-Saharan Africa. It has also allowed Africans to skip the landline stage of development and jump right to the digital age.

Cell phones are pervasive in the region. In 2002, roughly one-in-ten owned a mobile phone in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Ghana. Since then, cell phone ownership has grown exponentially. Today, cell phones are as common in South Africa and Nigeria as they are in the United States. Smartphones (those that can access the internet and applications) are less widely used, though significant minorities own these devices in several nations, including 34% of South Africans.

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MSU researchers developing cellphone-based malaria test
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