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December 31, 2012
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  • ITC judge calls for import ban on some Samsung phones
    Samsung Electronics may face a ban on a number of its smartphones. A U.S. International Trade Commission judge recommended the sanctions Friday following his October ruling that the South Korean hardware firm had violated four of Apple's patents. The ruling, which does not cover Samsung's Galaxy models, would take effect after final ITC action and a 60-day presidential review period. Also on the patent front, Apple has dropped Samsung's Galaxy S III Mini from its legal claims against the company because Samsung has assured Apple that it will not sell the phone in the U.S. Computerworld/IDG News Service (12/29), Bloomberg Businessweek (12/28)
  Company News 
  • Maps may decide who rules mobile's future
    Advanced locations-based services linked to maps are at the forefront of mobile technology and could play a critical role in which corporate behemoth emerges on top, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis. The report, which points to Apple's disastrous release of its own mapping application, says Google enjoys a sizable lead in the arena because the company is preparing to release sophisticated location-based predictive tools that will provide wireless device users with information before they even request it. The Wall Street Journal (12/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Wireless Inspires 
  • Mobile apps seen as one of top medical trends for 2013
    Smartphones were included as one of the top six medical innovations that will help fight disease for 2013, according to a published account. The report points to an iPhone application recently receiving government approval that will provide doctors with a mobile electrocardiogram as well as software that helps patients monitor potential skin cancer threats. "I see the smartphone as one piece of how we're going to try to get health costs under control," says David Albert, who invented the $200 AliveCor electrocardiogram application. The Wall Street Journal (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Technology 
  • Security experts point to massive mobile malware threats in 2013
    Smartphones will be on the cutting edge of technology in at least one negative fashion next year: the spread of malware from cybercriminals, according to security experts who say Apple products will not be exempt from the threats even though hackers target Android devices in huge numbers. "Smart devices are the new frontier for consumer behavior and fraud," said Hilary Schneider, president of LifeLock, a fraud-detection company. The Wall Street Journal (12/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Trends & Research 
  • Shoppers went mobile for holiday-season purchases
    Smartphones played a bigger role than ever in consumers' holiday shopping this year, according to a GfK Roper poll. Some 80% of smartphone owners used their devices to research products, up 15 percentage points from last year, while almost three-quarters made mobile purchases. "As ever more consumers adopt smartphones, holiday shopping is likely to get only more mobile," eMarketer notes. eMarketer (12/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  CTIA News 
  • AccessWireless.org empowers wireless customers
     
    Award-winning AccessWireless.org is the initial website that consumers should visit for information about accessible wireless devices and services. The site features the innovative "Find a Phone" search tool from the Mobile Manufacturers Forum's Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative. For the first time in the U.S., consumers can search for and compare the accessibility features of a variety of wireless devices to fit their accessibility needs. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski recognized the site with the 2011 Chairman's Award for Advancement in Accessibility for its innovative efforts to help consumers with disabilities benefit from the country's communications technologies. Check out AccessWireless.org today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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