Mobile payments made using Near Field Communications (NFC) will only take off if consumers get used to using it for other value-added services, and telcos make it work before the likes of Apple find a better way, says Miles Quitmann, managing director at NFC vendor Proxama.
What is slowing the market down, says Quitmann, is that there are too many organisations trying to do m-payments.
The association behind Linux-based independent open source mobile operating system Tizen has announced 36 new partners in the hope of accelerating its development and commercialisation.
The new partners, which include eBay, Konami, McAfee, Nokia HERE, Sharp, TrendMicro, Open Mobile, AppCarousel and Mobica, show that the Tizen Foundation is looking to speed up the development and commercial launch of Tizen-based devices.
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The European Commission has adopted new rules that will allow passengers on-board airplanes flying over the European Union to use 3G and 4G broadband services.
Previously, only 2G GSM communications were allowed on-board aircraft flying in the EU, but now 3G UMTS on the 2100 MHz spectrum band and 4G-LTE on 1800 MHz spectrum will be allowed above the altitude of 3,000 metres.
UK operator EE has launched what it claims to be the world’s largest mobile data plan, offering a petabyte (PB) of data.
The PB plan, according to the operator, is aimed at media, film, entertainment and CCTV security industries that transfer large amounts of data over 4G while on the move.
Smartphone manufacturers must optimise both hardware and software configurations to improve battery life, according to new research.
The report, compiled by research firm Yankee Group, analysed correlating features of more than 850 smartphones introduced between 2009 and 2013 with measured battery life.
“Many consumers and smartphone salespeople obsess about the size of smartphone screens, the speed of their processors, and the technology behind their radios,” said Carl Howe, Vice President of Yankee Group and author of the report.