News by tag: Mobile

20.06.2017

US group asks ban on sale of smartphones to under 13

To bar kids from being addicted to the smartphones, a group in the US state of Colorado has sought ban on sale of the device to those below the age of 13.  Tim Farnum, founder of the non-profit group Parents Against Underage Smartphones, or PAUS, is leading the charge on a proposed ballot initiative in Colorado that would be the first of its kind in the country, the USA Today reported on Monday. With around 80 percent of Americans now owning a device, the number of under 13s that have their own handset is also on the rise. 

 
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16.06.2017

EU closed roaming costs era, except in Switzerland

Mobile phone users in Europe will soon be free to use their regular call, text and internet allowances anywhere within the EU at no extra cost under new rules which abolish data roaming charges across the union. As of Thursday June 15, all mobile network operators in Europe will be prohibited from charging additional fees for overseas use within the EU as part of continued efforts by the EU to forge a Digital Single Market across EU member states. It is free to use your phone in European countries as if you were at home. You will still pay your normal monthly or pay as you go bill, but you won't be charged extra for using your minutes, texts and data when you're on holiday.

 
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06.06.2017

Apple helps to drive safe with Do Not Disturb feature

Apple unveiled a host of new products, updates and software features at its annual Worldwide Developer's Conference (WWDC) on Monday, and one of them could potentially save lives. The upcoming iOS will include a feature called 'Do Not Disturb While Driving" that will make it easier to avoid texting while driving. By all indications, it's rather simple tool from a technological standpoint — but if it works as advertised, iPhone's 'Do Not Disturb' feature could prevent car accidents and traffic fatalities, which is more than enough to make it a worthwhile update.

 
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18.05.2017

EU sent a (€110 mln-fine) message to Facebook over WhatsApp takeover

Facebook has been fined €110m by the EU for providing misleading information about its 2014 takeover of WhatsApp. The Commission previously expressed concern that the social media giant had not correctly communicated planned changes to its privacy policy. The European commission said it had imposed a “proportionate” fine on the technology company to send a clear signal that all firms must comply with EU competition rules.

 
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17.05.2017

Apple Pay lands in Italy

Apple Pay is now available in Italy, and iPhone users in the country are able to add eligible credit and debit cards to the Wallet app for use with Apple's payments service in stores and online.  In Italy, Apple Pay is launching with support for Carrefour bank and UniCredit, as well as Boon prepay. The site says support for additional banks will be added later this year.  Rumors of Apple Pay's expansion to Italy have been circulating for several weeks as Apple worked to add support for its payments service in the country, and the service has been listed as "Coming Soon" on the Apple Pay Italy site since March. 

 
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04.05.2017

PitPat: the smartest gadgets dedicated to pets.

Even when the economy seems to slow down, there are two fields in which people keep spending: kids and pets.

 
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04.05.2017

MUSIC TECH STARTUPS: Moodelizer aims to transform music into a new dynamic media

Carl-Michael Herlöfsson, founder and CTO of Moodelizer, explains in this interview the new technology his company developed and how it can be applied to more products. Here is a tutorial to understand how the app works.  At the moment you have two products, a studio version directed to professionals besides the app? «There is a free version of the studio with limited themes, but besides that it’s a subscription service. If you work with Final Cut or other products you export your edits and then get a customized soundtrack that you can insert into the timeline of your editing software. It’s a deceivingly simple interface that allows to do very powerful things.

 
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02.05.2017

Swiss researchers working on new materials to replace lithium in batteries

Scientists supported by the Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) have produced novel electrolytes for rechargeable sodium and magnesium batteries. The research group's objective was to develop alternatives to lithium-ion technology. The recent research, led by Arndt Remhof of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology, Empa, is said to have demonstrated the potential of sodium and magnesium and his team has produced experimental battery components based on these metals.

 
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21.04.2017

Mobile can cause cancer, Italian court sentenced

In a potentially landmark case, an Italian court has ruled that excessive, work-related use of a mobile phone caused an executive to develop a benign brain tumour. In a ruling handed down on April 11 but only made public on Thursday, the court in the northern town of Ivrea awarded the plaintiff a state-funded pension. The ruling is subject to a possible appeal. The worker, 57-year-old Roberto Romeo, used the company  mobile phone for three hours a day for a long time without protection, bringing about the non-cancerous tumor and the consequent loss of hearing in one ear, Phys.org cited."The standards say severe use is one hour a day," Romeo told Sky TG24. "I went well past the limit." Romeo sued the social security agency, not Telecom Italia, where he still works. And he added "but I believe we have to be more aware about how to use them".

 
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13.04.2017

Facebook Messenger without rival: plus 1.2 mln users per month

Facebook Messenger now has over 1.2 billion monthly active users, with the platform adding 200 million users in just eight months.  The milestone, announced ahead of Facebook's annual conference for software developers next week by head of Messenger David Marcus, is key to Facebook's push to own more of people's time and wallets on mobile devices as the arms race with Google and other competitors escalates.

 
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