Posts tagged as: Smartphone

Makers Of TikTok Look At Making Their Own Smartphone

The firm behind TikTok, fastest-growing social media, has announced it is branching out into making smartphones. TikTok developer ByteDance is making the move after acquiring patents and employees from device-maker Smartisan. ByteDance owns several other popular AI-based video and news apps, such as Slack alternative Lark, video-chat app Flipchat, and news aggregator Toutiao. The TikTok […]

HTC Phone Boss Quits

HTC today said Chialin Chang, President of Smartphone and Connected Devices Business, has resigned effective immediately. The only reason given for the departure pertains to Chang’s “personal career plan.” The company did not name a replacement. Chang joined HTC initially in 2012 as the company’s CFO, though he later transitioned to the smartphone business. Google completed […]

BMW Looking Into Replacing Car Keys with Smartphone App

BMW is exploring whether or not it will continue to offer car keys to those who own its cars. Ian Robertson, speaking to Reuters, explained that all BMW owners already carry smartphones, which have access to the BMW App. The BMW App makes it possible to unlock BMW cars without a key. “Honestly, how many people really […]

Microsoft to Cut 1,850 Workers in the Smartphone Business

Microsoft today said it plans to further streamline its smartphone business, an action that includes job cuts and restructuring charges. The company plans to cut 1,350 jobs from its facilities in Finland, as well as another 500 jobs globally. The company expects to take a charge of about $950 million, of which $200 million will […]

General Motors Is Bringing the Recall Notice to the Smartphone

GM is launching a smartphone app this summer that will allow its vehicle owners to check whether their vehicles are subject to any open recalls. It’s the latest move by automakers to redouble efforts to get owners to comply with vehicle callbacks, a task that has taken on greater importance amid the unfolding Takata airbag […]

Two-Factor System Authentication Could Come to Smartphones

Smartphone owners may soon be able to log into web sites using the background noise recorded by their handset. Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, Switzerland, propose a two-factor authentication method called Sound-Proof. When people try to log into a Sound-Proof protected web site, the browser and the nearby phone will […]

Google Recalculating Plans for Project Ara – Will Make Announcement this Week

The idea behind Project Ara is a modular smartphone that allows owners to configure them as desired by snapping in their own personal choice of modules. Want NFC? Snap in a module for it. Want a high-end camera? Buy one and insert it. Want to save money? Just go with the basics. Broken your screen? […]

Nokia Reaffirms Goal to Re-enter the Smartphone Business

Nokia has issued a statement on Monday reaffirming its intent to get back into the smartphone game, mostly reiterating statements made by the company’s CEO in June. However, the company’s plans revolve around finding the right licensing partner who will be responsible for manufacturing and distributing the phone — similar to how the Nokia N1 […]

CTIA Claims Smartphones Better Protected Against Theft

Now most smartphones sold in the U.S. will include anti-theft security tools. July 1 marks the day by which phone makers and network operators agreed to implement free theft deterrents on smartphones. According to the CTIA, most of the industry has responded by placing remote lock/wipe capabilities on consumer devices. The addition of an activation […]

Study Says Smartphone Apps More Accurate than Fitness Trackers

People looking to track their exercise may want to avoid spending money on fitness tracker and stick with smartphone apps, a study from the University of Pennsylvania claims. In tests, researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine and the Center for Health Incentives and Behavioral Economics found that smartphone apps counting steps were more accurate […]

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