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Ericsson Wins LTE Expansion Contract from T-Mobile
Ericsson says that it has won a contract to expand LTE services for T-Mobile USA. ...read more

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Russia Asks Facebook, Gmail, Twitter To Register As Information Distributors
Russia's mass media regulator, Roskomnadzor, has officially asked social network Facebook, e-mail service Gmail, and microblogging site Twitter to register in Russia as \"organizers of information distribution.\" ...read more

Reflected smartphone transmissions enable gesture control
What's coming next, say University of Washington researchers, is the ability to interact with our devices not just with touchscreens, but through gestures in the space around the phone. ...read more

Quick-change materials break the silicon speed limit for computers
These materials could eventually enable processing speeds between 500 and 1,000 times faster than the current average laptop computer, while using less energy. ...read more

Benefits of telecommuting greater for some workers, study finds
Even in a hyperconnected world where laptops, phones, tablets and now even wristwatches are tethered to the Internet 24/7, employers are still wary about the performance and social costs imposed by employees who work remotely. ...read more

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Flexenclosure Supplying Second Data Centre to MTN Ivory Coast
Prefabricated data centre specialist Flexenclosure says that it has received a second large order from MTN Cte d'Ivoire for a customised eCentre. ...read more

Iranians Arrested Over Khomeini-Insult SMS
Eleven people have reportedly been arrested in the southern Iranian province of Shiraz after allegedly sending insulting SMS text messages ...read more

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Half the world will be online by 2017
Over 50% of the global population will have Internet access within three years' time, with mobile broadband over smartphones and tablets now the fastest growing technology in human history, ...read more

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Ericsson Pulls out of the Modem Business, Around 1,000 Staff Affected
Ericsson has announced it will discontinue future development of modems and shift parts of resources in modems to radio network R&D. ...read more

PND shipments fell while users of navigation apps grew to 180 million
According to a new research report from the analyst firm Berg Insight, global shipments of Personal Navigation Devices (PNDs) declined from 28 million units in 2012 to 22 million units in 2013. ...read more

Mobile apps now most popular video game format
Driven by 25-44 year old women downloading free puzzle and trivia game apps, there are now more women playing video games than men, ...read more

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Telefonica Secures Deal to Buy Brazilian Operator
Spain's Telefonica has boosted its Brazilian presence, with the purchase of Global Village Telecom (GVT) from Vivendi. ...read more

A Typical Family Home Could Contain More Than 500 Smart Devices by 2022
The falling cost of adding sensing and communications to consumer products will mean that a typical family home, in a mature affluent market, could contain several hundred smart objects by 2022 ...read more

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Zamtel and NEC agree on microwave backbone and access project
Zamtel and NEC have agreed to build a new digital microwave radio transmission network to boost mobile coverage and capacity across Zambia. ...read more

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BlackBerry Acquires Movirtu to Boost Support for BYOD
BlackBerry has acquired Movirtu, a provider of virtual identity solutions for mobile operators that allows multiple numbers to be active on a single device. ...read more

Pakistan reduces militant access to SIM cards
The new biometric verification system is designed to improve the country's security, officials and analysts say. ...read more

Data Services and Mobile Money Solutions Driving Mobile Markets of the DRC and Ethiopia
While the population densities of both countries are among the highest in Sub-Saharan Africa, their active mobile penetration rates in 2013 were 36.4 percent and 24.1 percent respectively, well below Sub-Saharan Africa's average of 61 percent. ...read more

Traditional PC Vendors Catching Up in the MEA Tablet Market
The Middle East and Africa (MEA) tablet market recorded a 2% quarterly decline in shipments during the second quarter of 2014 to total 3.95 million units, ...read more

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Huawei wins five-year managed services contract with MTN Group
Huawei says it has been awarded a five-year managed services contract with MTN Group. ...read more

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Xiaomi continues as number one manufacturer in China
The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, for the three months to July 2014, shows Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has continued its reign over the Chinese market, ...read more

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