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Identity Thieves Hijack Cellphone Accounts to Go After Virtual Currency

Hackers have discovered that one of the most central elements of online security — the mobile phone number — is also one of the easiest to steal. In a growing number of online attacks, hackers have been calling up Verizon, T-Mobile U.S., Sprint and AT&T and asking them to transfer control of a victim’s phone number to a device under the…

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Xiaomi Tops the Q2 Chart for Best-Selling Smartphones in India, but Vivo and Oppo Rising Fast

In the second quarter of 2017, Xiaomi again captured the top spot on the list of best-selling smartphones in India. This time, the fast-growing Chinese company also captured the no.3 and no.6 spots, making for a very strong presence in the top-10.  In Q1, however, Xiaomi had one device more on the top-10 list, and one device was also different from the Q2…

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Global smartphone sales growth 6.7% thanks to emerging markets – Gartner

Worldwide smartphone sales climbed to 366.2 million units in the second quarter of 2017, a 6.7 percent year on year rise driven in part by the growing demand in emerging markets for 4G smartphones, according to the latest data from Gartner. The Greater China and emerging Asia/Pacific markets accounted for global shares of 27.7 percent and 21.4 percent respectively in…

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As smartphones become larger, operators and device manufacturers could benefit from this trend

Consumer preferences and behaviour are changing as content and connectivity have become enablers for larger screens. Mobile subscribers are streaming entertainment and using wireless data at an accelerating pace. Content is virtually unlimited and data bundles keep growing. These are the perfect ingredients to alter demand. None of this can be uninvented — large devices are here to stay. If…

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50.4% of Consumers Use Their Device for Business Purposes

A research study from Strategy Analytics’ AppOptix practice (AO) found that “50.4% of Consumers Use Their Personal Smartphone for Business Purposes,” offering tremendous business opportunities for B2B players. With a growing mobile workforce, employees are using their personal smartphones to conduct business and installing public domain and company-sponsored apps for file sharing, data security, time sheets, expense reporting, and collaboration….

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Only 11% of consumers willing to pay $1,000 or more for a new iPhone, Barclay’s said

Most consumers want to spend $582 on a new phone Barclays has bad news for Apple if it decides to price the its upcoming high-end iPhone at more than $1,000. In an investor note, Barclays said that just 11 percent of its survey respondents would spend more than $1,000 on an iPhone. Most folks only want to spend $582, or $48.50 per…

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U.S. smartphone market jumped 14% in Q2, Counterpoint

The strong growth comes following the weak 2nd quarter of 2016, the slowest quarter of last year. Operators such as Verizon, T-Mobile, Tracfone and OEMs such as Samsung, ZTE drove most of the smartphone shipment growth during the quarter. According to the latest research from Counterpoint’s Market Monitor program, the US overall smartphone market saw a 14% YoY increase in smartphone shipments. The uptick was helped…

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Xiaomi Soars as Global Smartphone Shipments Hit 360 Million in Q2 2017

According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics Wireless Smartphone Strategies (WSS) service, global smartphone shipments grew 6 percent annually to reach 360 million units in Q2 2017. Samsung maintained first position with 22 percent global smartphone market share, while Apple dipped to 11 percent share. Xiaomi surged 58 percent annually and rejoined the top five rankings for the first time in…

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Global Smartphone Demand Peaks Alongside a Leap in Average Sales Price in 2Q17, Says GfK Survey

Smartphone demand of 347 million units makes 2Q17 the best second quarter on record Emerging markets are driving the growth Average sales price (ASP) grew five percent year-on-year in the quarter Global smartphone demand totaled 347 million units in 2Q17, up four percent year-on-year. This makes it the strongest second quarter on record. Emerging Asia led the demand growth with a 13…

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Media Markt Cologne Is Threatening Lawsuit Against Smartphone Security Gaps

Lawsuit for smartphone security gaps – The consumer center North Rhine-Westphalia prepares a complaint against a media market in Cologne. The market had sold smartphones with 15 security holes and its customers were not pointed to the risk. Complaint against Media Markt As the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported, the Consumer Center North Rhine Westphalia is preparing a lawsuit, in which it…

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