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  • TRAI issues draft rules for full mobile number portability 17 hours 53 minutes ago

    New Delhi: Telecom regulator TRAI has issued draft regulations to facilitate full mobile number portability which is set to start from May 3. The full or nationwide mobile number portability (MNP) will allow consumers to change service provider in any part of the country while retaining their existing number. At present, mobile...
  • Google planning to sell wireless Internet plans directly to consumers: Reports 3 days ago

    San Francisco: Google is planning to sell wireless phone service directly to consumers using the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile, according to reports published Wednesday. If everything falls into place, Google could offer discounted wireless data plans that would pressure other major carriers to offer better deals and services or risk...
  • LG to launch curved G Flex 2 smartphone on January 30 3 days ago

    Seoul: LG Electronics said it will start selling a new curved smartphone next week in its latest effort to bring the curve to a mass market. The South Korean company said Thursday that the G Flex 2 will be launched locally on January 30 and overseas in coming months. Curved screens are...
  • Xiaomi to launch Mi 4 smartphone in India on January 28 4 days ago

    New Delhi: Chinese handset maker Xiaomi is expected to launch its latest 4G device Mi 4 in India later this month as it looks to strengthen its position in the booming Indian smartphone market. The company, which entered the Indian market last year, has launched three devices here so far -...
  • Lumia 435, Lumia 532: Microsoft unveils two new low-cost smartphones January 15, 2015

    Washington: Microsoft unveiled two new low-cost smartphones - Lumia 435 and Lumia 532 - aimed at pushing its Windows Phone operating system to users in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. The two Lumia handsets - made by the unit of Finnish-based Nokia which Microsoft acquired last year - will...
  • Separation from iPhone can lead to anxiety: Study January 10, 2015

    Washington: Separation from cell phone can have serious psychological and physiological effects on iPhone users, including poor performance on cognitive tests, a new study has found. Researchers from the University of Missouri suggest that iPhone users should avoid parting with their phones during daily situations that involve a great deal of...
  • Phones vulnerable to hacking even when the Internet is off January 10, 2015

    Washington: Hackers may be able to sneak into your laptop or smartphone just by analysing the low-power electronic signals your device emits even when it is not connected to the Internet, researchers say. Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are now investigating where these information "leaks" originate so they can...
  • Separation from iPhone can lead to anxiety January 9, 2015

    Washington: Researchers from the University of Missouri (MU) have found that separation from cell phone can have serious psychological and physiological effects on iPhone users, including poor performance on cognitive tests. "Our findings suggest that iPhone separation can negatively impact performance on mental tasks," said Russell Clayton, doctoral candidate at the...
  • Hike acquires US voice-calling firm Zip Phone January 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Home-grown chat application, Hike Messenger, said it has acquired US-based voice-calling company Zip Phone for an undisclosed amount. This is Hike's first acquisition and is aimed at expanding its product range in the Internet-based communication, the company said in a statement. Zip Phone, a one-man startup founded by Anuj Jain...
  • Nokia 215: Microsoft's cheapest 'Internet-ready' phone launched at $29 January 6, 2015

    New Delhi: Microsoft announced the Nokia 215, its most affordable Internet-ready phone. The Nokia 215 is designed to connect and introduce first-time mobile phone buyers to the Internet and new digital experiences. Available in both single-SIM and dual-SIM variants, the Nokia 215 is priced at $29 (around Rs 1,850). The...
  • Alcatel unveils OneTouch Pixi 3 OS-agnostic smartphones that can run Android, Windows or Firefox January 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Alcatel will be showcasing a new series of smartphones at the upcoming CES 2015, that begins in Las Vegas on January 6. Alcatel's Pixi 3 series includes four 'affordable' smartphones in four different screen sizes. The USP of the Pixi 3 phones is that they are compatible with...
  • Affordability, user experience to rule smartphone market in 2015 December 31, 2014

    New Delhi: When it comes to a big market forcing a crash in the priceline, India showed its might in the smartphones arena during 2014 with companies launching a plethora of affordable devices, but it also embraced the pricey new models of iconic iPhone with equal enthusiasm. In the new year,...
  • 'Mobile phone exports from India may drop to nil in 2015' December 24, 2014

    New Delhi: While government is pushing to make India hub for electronics manufacturing with 'Make in India' programme, a report has said that exports of mobile phones are estimated to crash to zero in 2015. "Mobile market grows by 32 per cent or to $12 billion in 2014 but imports take...
  • Tech in 2014: The first-of-its-kind products launched this year December 24, 2014

    Though the year 2014, in consumer technology, has not been the year of anything that we can remember it by, it, however, witnessed the arrival of a few first-of-its-kind products and ideas that might have laid the foundation for coming trends. For instance, Apple that had redefined the smartphone market...
  • Tech in 2014: The year of nothing December 22, 2014

    2014 has been a happening year. In politics, in sports, in cinema and elsewhere. But not in consumer technology. The year has almost passed by, and we are still waiting for something that we can remember the year by. Though we saw a lot of new products coming, new categories emerging...
  • Security flaws allow global cellular eavesdropping December 21, 2014

    Berlin: Security flaws in a system used by cellphone carriers around the world could open the door to wide-ranging surveillance of mobile phone traffic, according to a German researcher who discovered the problem. The issue affects a telecommunications standard called Signaling System 7, or SS7, which is used by carriers to...
  • To prevent girls from 'straying', Bihar panchayat bans jeans, mobiles December 21, 2014

    Gopalganj: A village panchayat in Bihar has banned girls from wearing jeans and using mobile phones claiming that they increase the chances of girls "going astray". Confirming that such a diktat has been issued in Singha panchayat in Hathua block of the district, Hathua Block Development Officer Jitendra Kumar said the...
  • Lumia 638: Microsoft launches the most affordable 4G Windows Phone smartphone in India at Rs 8299 December 18, 2014

    New Delhi: Microsoft launched its most affordable smartphone 4G device in the country - Lumia 638 - powered by Windows Phone 8.1 operating system for Rs 8,299. The smartphone, sporting a 4.5-inch screen, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 5MP camera, 8GB memory (expandable upto 128GB)...
  • Vivo X5 Max: The world's slimmest phone comes to India at Rs 32,980 December 15, 2014

    New Delhi: Chinese smartphone maker has launched what is touted to be the world's slimmest phone in India. Named Vivo X5 Max, the phone carries a price tag of Rs 32,980. At 4.75mm, the Vivo X5 Max dethrones the recently launched Oppo R5 as the world's slimmest phone that measures...
  • Want someone to wake you up in the morning? Here's an app for you December 15, 2014

    New York: Wish to hear a stranger's voice instead of an alarm bell the first thing in the morning? Then the Wakie app is meant just for you. Already available for download on Android and Windows phone, the app is now also on iOS, a mobile operating system developed by Apple...
  • Vivo X5 Max: The world's slimmest phone coming to India today; could be priced around Rs 30,000 December 15, 2014

    Update: Vivo X5 Max: The world's slimmest phone comes to India at Rs 32,980 New Delhi: Chinese smartphone maker Vivo is all set to launch what is touted to be the world's slimmest phone in India on December 15, Monday. At 4.75mm, the Vivo X5 Max dethrones the recently launched Oppo...
  • Complaints about pesky calls, SMSs drop by over 80 per cent December 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Steps taken by authorities to rein in pesky calls and SMSs seem to be bearing fruit with the average number of complaints received per month regarding such unsolicited communications coming down by over 80 per cent in the ongoing financial year. According to data shared by the Department of...
  • Vivo X5 Max, the world's slimmest phone, launched; coming to India on December 15 December 10, 2014

    New Delhi: We have now the new world's slimmest phone. Chinese maker Vivo has announced the launch of what is now the thinnest phone in the world. At 4.75mm, the Vivo X5 Max dethrones the recently launched Oppo R5 as the world's slimmest phone that measures 4.85mm thick. The phone that...
  • Mobile phone a basic need for most unmarried Indians: Survey December 9, 2014

    New Delhi: If one goes by a survey, most single Indians can't do without their mobile phones. The survey, by online matrimony platform www.shaadi.com, was conducted on a total of 6,500 respondents in the age group of 23 to 35 years, to understand how crucial a mobile phone is for unmarried...
  • Beware, Android users! A new virus steals passwords, sends SMSs without your permission December 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Cyber security sleuths have alerted Android-based smartphone users against an infectious Trojan virus which steals vital information from the personal device and can even illegally send SMSes to those on the mobile contact list. The deadly virus has been identified as 'AndroidSmssend' and it can acquire as many as...
  • Truecaller, the phone directory app now has over 100 million users December 4, 2014

    New York: Helped by strong growth in number of users in India, phone directory app Truecaller said it has crossed the 100 million userbase milestone. Truecaller allows users to identify unknown numbers, block unwanted calls, and search contact information among people and businesses. The app has also doubled its daily new users...
  • Lava Iris Win1: Lava's first Windows Phone smartphone launched at Rs 4,999; to be available from December 4 December 2, 2014

    New Delhi: Lava International has launched its first Windows smartphone, Iris Win1, in India at a price of Rs 4,999. The phone will be available exclusively on e-commerce site Flipkart starting December 4. The 4-inch smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The...
  • 4 things to consider before buying a new smartphone December 2, 2014

    New York: Now is a good time to get a smartphone. The latest devices hit shelves in time for the holiday shopping season, and there's likely to be a lull in new releases until next spring. So why wait? Here are some things to consider before hitting stores. If you're upgrading...
  • Celkon Win 400: Celkon launches its first Windows Phone smartphone at Rs 4,979 December 2, 2014

    Hyderabad: Celkon Mobiles, a city-based mobile handset manufacturer and wireless solutions provider, today launched Celkon Win 400, one of the country's cheapest Windows smartphone, with a price tag of Rs 4,979. Murali Retineni, executive director of Celkon Mobiles, said 'Win 400', the first Windows phone from Celkon's stable, runs on Windows...