Mobiles

  • Cabinet nod for mobile towers in Naxal belts, to cost Rs 3,216 cr Yesterday

    New Delhi: The Cabinet on Wednesday approved the long-pending proposal to install mobile towers in nine Naxal-affected states by BSNL at cost Rs 3,216 crore that will be borne by the government. "The Cabinet has approved setting up of 1,836 new base transmission towers (BTS) in Left Wing Extremist affected districts....
  • Snapchat Discovery: Snapchat's new service will let users read publications, watch video clips; may come in November 2 days ago

    Bangalore: Snapchat Inc, developer of a mobile app that lets users send messages that disappear within seconds, might expand its service to videos, news articles and advertisements, the Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday. The California-based company is in talks with advertisers and media companies about a service called Snapchat Discovery,...
  • Terrorists in Kolkata jail get mobile phones, Internet access for just Rs 1,000 per month: Report 2 days ago

    Kolkata: In a shocking revelation, glaring lapses in security have been reported from Kolkata's Alipore prison (earlier Presidency jail), sending the city's police force into a tizzy. In a report submitted before a Delhi court, the Special Cell said that top Lashkar-e-Toiba operatives lodged in the jail were in direct...
  • IBM Simon: The world's first smartphone turns 20 6 days ago

    London: The first ever smartphone - a $900 clunky IBM Simon mobile phone - has turned 20 on Saturday. The phone with a battery life of one hour was developed by IBM and the American cellular company BelSelf and went on sale in 1994. At around 23 cm long and weighing half...
  • Mobile phones could now be charged using traffic noise, music, and even your own voice August 13, 2014

    London: Soon you can use traffic noise, music, chants from a football ground and even your own voice to charge your cell phone! Scientists from Queen Mary University of London and Nokia have created an energy-harvesting prototype (a nanogenerator) that could be used to charge a cell phone using everyday background...
  • A new service that lets you transfer money over Facebook, WhatsApp, Twitter August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Payment solutions provider Oxigen today launched its mobile wallet (mWallet) service, Oxigen Wallet, through which users can transfer money, purchase gifts for their friends and family on social networking platforms. Besides, users would also be able to use their wallet to recharge their mobile phones, pay bills and shop...
  • A closer look at mobile devices that let you multi-task on a single screen August 12, 2014

    New York: Smartphones and tablets would be much more useful if they allowed us to multitask the way desktop and laptop computers do. When I'm watching video, for instance, I have to pause it to read an email or text that comes in. When I'm composing a message to make plans,...
  • Girls have the right to wear jeans, use mobiles: Khap chief August 12, 2014

    Jind: To use mobile phones and wear jeans is the fundamental right of a girl and no panchayat should put a ban on it, chief of a Khap Panchayat in Haryana has said. Kandela Khap Panchayat chief Tekaram Kandela said to use mobile phones and wear jeans is the fundamental right...
  • SOS mobile app launched for women's safety August 10, 2014

    Kanpur: Women and girls in the city will soon be able to alert police control room and their family in hours of distress, thanks to a new mobile SOS app, which was launched here today. SSP Kanpur, K S Emanuel said that the motive behind designing the app is to bring...
  • Muzaffarnagar: Khap Panchayat bans jeans, mobiles for girls August 10, 2014

    Muzaffarnagar: In yet another bizzare dikat of the Khap Panchayat in Uttar Pradesh's Muzzafarnagar district, it has banned unmarried girls from wearing jeans and using mobile phones. The panchayat claimed that these have a bad influence and were responsible for girls being harassed. The panchayat of Gujjar community was held...
  • SOS mobile app launched for women safety August 10, 2014

    Women and girls in the city will soon be able to alert police control room and their family in hours of distress, thanks to a new mobile SOS app, which was launched here on Saturday. SSP Kanpur, K S Emanuel said that the motive behind designing the app is to bring...
  • Samsung still the leader in the US mobile phone market: Counterpoint Research August 8, 2014

    New York: Samsung still retains a 36 per cent share of the US smartphone market, latest data from Counterpoint Research shows. It also led the overall US mobile phone market with a 37 per cent share. This is good news for Samsung which has lost the top spot this quarter in both...
  • Micromax becomes the No.1 mobile phone seller in India, but Samsung still tops the Indian smartphone market August 6, 2014

    Mumbai: Indian budget smartphone maker Micromax has ousted Samsung Electronics Co Ltd as the leading brand in all types of mobile phones in the April-June quarter, grabbing a 16.6 percent market share, a recent research report showed. Samsung had 14.4 percent market share, down from 16.3 percent in the first quarter,...
  • Passcodes are outdated. A closer look at the alternatives to secure your phone August 5, 2014

    New York: Passcodes are outdated. They're a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps...
  • Cabinet may soon take up issue of mobile towers in naxal areas August 4, 2014

    New Delhi: The crucial issue of installing mobile towers in nine naxal-affected states, which has been pending for long now, and strengthening of telecom connectivity in North Eastern states will be the next key matters of the Telecom Ministry before the Cabinet. "The Department of Telecom...
  • CM directs officials to strengthen mobile connectivity in state August 2, 2014

    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat has asked officials to think about ways to strengthen communication system in the calamity-prone districts of the state including Chamoli, Pithoragarh, Bageshwar, Rudraprayag, and Uttarkashi which were among the worst hit in last year's deluge. Underlining the need to increase mobile density in these districts, he...
  • Hyderabad: Schools install CCTV, parents can access it via mobile application August 2, 2014

    Hyderabad: In the aftermath of the gangrape of a six-year-old student in a Bangalore school, some schools in Hyderabad have taken high-tech measures to ensure safety of their students. Schools have installed closed-circuit television (CCTV) system and parents have been given access through a mobile application. Krishna Chaitanya, parent of a...
  • German teen floods club toilet in futile hunt for lost mobile phone August 1, 2014

    Berlin: A German teen who lost his mobile phone in a pond tried to get it back by draining the water and pumping it into a nearby toilet but caused major damage when the water flooded the tank and sent the waste spewing, a local newspaper reported. "I thought two pumps...
  • App downloads in India likely to cross 9 billion by 2015: Study July 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Riding on the back of spiralling usage of mobile devices, the number of app downloads in India is expected to surpass the 9 billion mark by 2015, according to an Assocham-Deloitte joint study. In 2012, the number of app downloads in India stood at 1.56 billion. The study, which was...
  • To make mobile communications more secure, BlackBerry buys German anti-eavesdropping firm Secusmart July 30, 2014

    Ottawa: Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry announced the purchase of German voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping firm Secusmart, whose customers include NATO and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government. Financial details of the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, were not disclosed. The two companies had already partnered to offer...
  • Mobile services market in India to be $19.2 billion in 2014: Report July 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The number of mobile connections in India is expected to grow by 8 per cent to touch 815 million this year, even as the market is expected to remain at almost the same level as last year - at $19.2 billion, research firm Gartner said. The mobile user base...
  • Pirate Bay launches a mobile site, makes it easier for users to browse torrents on the go July 26, 2014

    New Delhi: File-sharing website Pirate Bay has launched a mobile site to make it easier for users to torrent on the go, reports Torrent Freak. Named The Mobile Bay, the new mobile-optimised site has an updated interface which is easier to navigate. Earlier mobile users were presented with a smaller version...
  • There is life after mobile phones for Nokia July 26, 2014

    Helsinki: Shares in the Finnish wireless equipment maker surged after it reported higher profits and an improved earnings outlook in the wake of the sale to Microsoft of its troubled handset division. The Finnish company said its second-quarter profit rose 20 per cent to 213 million euros ($285 million) on the...
  • Idea offers '2,00,000 hours of free Internet' for Opera Mini users July 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Idea Cellular is giving away 2,00,000 hours of free Internet access, over the next 20 days, to its users through the web pass service on Opera Mini. Idea Web Pass is a Opera solution that allows consumers to buy customised data packs within the Opera Mini browser itself....
  • Yahoo buying app and analytics startup Flurry to bolster mobile ad business July 22, 2014

    New York: Yahoo is buying Flurry Inc., a startup that helps other programmers build better mobile applications and craft marketing campaigns for smartphones and tablets. The deal announced Monday is the latest in a wave of mostly small acquisitions that Yahoo Inc. has made during the two-year reign of CEO Marissa...
  • Mobile networks in naxal-affected areas in 15 months, says Government July 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Mobile networks, under the Universal Service Obligation Fund scheme, in naxal-affected areas are likely to be set up in 15 months, the government said on Monday. Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad informed the Lok Sabha that the government was concerned about the coverage and quality of...
  • Greater mobile access to women to boost global productivity July 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Giving women greater access to mobile phones and services can push up global productivity by USD 29 billion annually from 2020 onwards, says a report by Vodafone Foundation. "The Vodafone Connected Women report 2014 has found that providing women with greater access to mobile phones and services could...
  • Maxx to launch 9 smartphones, 8 feature phones in July; to be priced between Rs 2,000 and Rs 6,000 July 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Focussed on the affordable devices category, homegrown handset maker Maxx is expanding its portfolio with the launch of nine smartphones and eight feature phones over the next few weeks as it aims to garner revenues to the tune of Rs 3,600 crore. The company's revenues in the...
  • Octopus S520: Ex-Apple CEO John Sculley's Obi Mobiles launches octa-core smartphone in India at Rs 11,990 July 17, 2014

    New Delhi: Obi Mobiles, a company co-founded by former Apple CEO John Sculley, today launched its flagship handset for Rs 11,990 in the fiercely competitive Indian smartphone market. The 'Octopus S520', which will be sold exclusively through online marketplace Snapdeal in the country, sports a five-inch display, 1.7 GHz octa-core processor...
  • Karnataka Assembly panel blames mobiles for rise in rape and molestation cases July 12, 2014

    In a bizarre recommendation, a Karnataka Assembly panel said that the State Government ban mobile phones in schools and colleges. "Cell phones are the root cause of rise in rape and molestation cases," the panel said. ...