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  • Facebook’s Profit Propelled by Mobile

    24 July 2014, 5:29 am by: emily

    Mobile devices accounted for nearly two-thirds of the social networking company’s revenue, which rose 61 percent over the same quarter last year. [via The New York Times]…
  • Smartphones Surpass Computers for Internet Use in China

    22 July 2014, 3:27 am by: emily

    For the first time, more Chinese people are gaining access to the Internet with mobile phones than with personal computers, reports The New York Times.…
  • Will city-dwellers actually use a no-cellphones lane on the sidewalk?

    19 July 2014, 4:16 am by: emily

    Sidewalk collisions involving pedestrians engrossed in their electronic devices have become an irritating (and sometimes dangerous) fact of city life. To prevent them, what about just creating a “no cellphones” lane on the sidewalk? Would people follow the…
  • 99% of African digital music consumption will happen via mobile

    16 July 2014, 5:15 am by: emily

    Music distribution via ringtones and ringback tones is an unstoppable trend in Africa despite other emerging avenues such as online streaming, says an expert. ITWeb Africa reports.…
  • Israeli army tardy in providing SMS rocket alert system

    12 July 2014, 3:52 am by: emily

    Nearly two years after the Israel Defense Forces promised otherwise, its Personal Message system for alerting civilians about incoming rockets is still not operational. [via Haaretz]…
  • Japanese City Urges ‘Smartphone Curfew’ on Teens

    8 July 2014, 5:51 am by: emily

    The education board of a Japanese city has said junior high school pupils should stop using their phones after 10pm, the Wall Street Journal reports. [via TIME]…
  • Airport security: you won't fly to the US if your mobile phone battery is dead

    8 July 2014, 4:47 am by: emily

    According to The Telegraph, British Airways will turn away passengers booked on US-bound flights if their electrical devices will not switch on.…
  • The 'Eye-Phone' That Helps Prevent Blindness

    3 July 2014, 12:18 pm by: emily

    According to Dr. Bastawrous at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine there are 39 million sufferers of blindness around the world. 80% are from low-income countries, and the majority are blind from diseases that are either curable or preventable.…
  • Muscovites are voting with an app on whether to demolish a beloved modernist landmark

    26 June 2014, 5:24 pm by: emily

    The Moscow city government is asking citizens to weigh in on the fate of the Shukhov radio tower, a rusted icon of Soviet constructivist architecture that’s threatened with demolition. Designed by Vladimir Shukhov, the 92-year-old steel-lattice structure has…
  • Europe's next roaming charge cut comes into force on July 1st

    25 June 2014, 8:34 am by: emily

    From July, anyone travelling in any of the EU member countries with their smartphone will enjoy a few less numbers on their bill. As part of new roaming caps coming into effect next week, the European Commission has cut the price of data downloads by 55…
  • Forget Bitcoin: There’s A Better Model For Mobile Money. It's called M-Pesa

    25 June 2014, 4:09 am by: emily

    Bitcoin has all the buzz right now. But there's another financial innovation that could have a far more meaningful impact on the lives of billion of people without bank accounts across the world. ReadWriteWeb reports.…
  • Iraqis use 'off grid' messaging app

    25 June 2014, 3:47 am by: emily

    Iraqis have been turning to an app which allows group messages to be sent between phones, without the need for an internet connection, in an effort to circumnavigate government restrictions. The BBC reports.…
  • WeChat gets the option to recall sent messages

    23 June 2014, 2:15 pm by: emily

    WeChat is the latest messaging app to take a leaf out of Snapchat's 'ephemeral' book, introducing a new feature on its iOS app that lets you recall the last message you sent within two minutes. [via TNW]…
  • Glastonbury festival to provide free Wi-Fi from cows

    23 June 2014, 7:54 am by: emily

    Glastonbury festival-goers will benefit from super fast Wi-Fi for free this year - thanks to a herd of cows decorated by festival artist Hank Kruger. [via The Telegraph]…
  • Is the end near for text messages in mainland China?

    23 June 2014, 7:14 am by: emily

    The mobile phone text message may soon become a thing of past on the mainland, government figures suggest, reports South China Morning Post.…

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