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Ossia Partners With Spigen To Bring Phone Cases With Wireless Charging | Digital Trends

The idea of sending power wirelessly over a distance dates back to Nikola Tesla, who proved the concept more than a century ago, but it has been slow to develop. That could be about to change thanks to recent developments from Ossia. We wrote about Ossia’s forever battery at CES last year and we saw them at MWC, but at CES 2019 the company announced a partnership with case manufacturer Spigen to bring the technology to your phone case.

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Verizon’s new plan: Consumers win, investors lose | CNN Money

Verizon has brought back its unlimited data plan. That’s great if you’re a Verizon customer. But it is terrible news for its investors.

Verizon (VZ, Tech30) stock fell nearly 1.5% in early trading Monday. It’s now down about 10% so far this year, making it the Dow’s worst performer of 2017.

Verizon’s move is a clear sign the company has to pull out all the stops to remain competitive with wireless rivals AT&T (T, Tech30), Sprint (S) and T-Mobile (TMUS).

“In recent months, both T-Mobile and Sprint had some success taking additional share from Verizon by virtue of their unlimited offerings,” wrote Morgan Stanley analysts in a report Monday morning.

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Sprint is trying to fix its biggest problem | Money CNN

Marcelo Claure took over as Sprint’s CEO and president in August of 2014.

At the time, Sprint had the slowest 4G network compared to the other major carriers, was losing customers, and had just been rated the worst carrier in the country.

To turn Sprint around, Claure said he would make the company more “cost efficient” and “aggressive in the marketplace.”

But even after thousands of layoffs, significant investments to improve its network, and deep price discounts to woo new customers, the carrier still hasn’t addressed its biggest problem — its lack of identity.

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Selling your Android phone? Don’t. It keeps your data. | Money CNN

If you recently sold your old Android phone, chances are your text messages, emails, pictures and Facebook key are still in there, even if you wiped its memory clean.

A new study by computer researchers at the University of Cambridge shows that “factory reset” — at least on Android devices — doesn’t actually erase everything.

Sometimes it doesn’t even come close.

The used smartphone market is huge and about 630 million phones out there are susceptible to this problem, according to the study. Wall Street analysts expect the market will keep blowing up in size until at least 2018.

Researchers tested 21 phones made by Google (GOOGL, Tech30), HTC, LG, Motorola (MSI) and Samsung (SSNLF). In every case, they were able to recover text messages, Google account credentials and conversations on messaging apps. A few emails remained on the device 80% of the time.

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Best Smartphones for Business: 2014 Edition | Businessnewsdaily.com

Your smartphone is an indispensable business tool. It lets you stay in contact with employees, colleagues and collaborators. It helps you plan your workday and schedule meetings, and it enables you to stay productive all day long, even when you’re away from the office. That’s why it’s important to pick a good phone — but to do that, you’ll have to navigate through a minefield of mediocre devices, as well as stay up-to-date on all the new devices hitting the market.

Whether you want the biggest screen, the longest battery life or simply the best selection of productivity apps, there’s a solid smartphone for you. Read on for a list of the best business phones money can buy.

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Here’s What Brick-And-Mortar Stores See When They Track You | Fast Company

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So, is the tracking most stores are doing creepy? Decide for yourself. This article collects sample dashboards that show what information stores see about consumer when they use these services.

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iNflation: Americans Spend Less On Food, Movies To Pay For Soaring Cell Phone Obsession | ZeroHedge

That trend is evident in the home of 40-year-old Scott Boedy, a neighborhood service representative for a cable company.

Mr. Boedy said he and his wife now pay $200 a month for cellphone service, up by about $50 from early last year, even as they have managed to cut spending on groceries by shopping at discount chain Aldi and on “fun stuff” by going out to dinner and movies less often.

Looking over the family budget on Sunday night, Mr. Boedy said, his wife marveled at how much of it was going to the phone company.

“It stinks,” Mr. Boedy said. “I guess it’s the cost of modern-day America now.”

No Scott, it isn’t. It’s the consequence of your choices. But as long as one has the ability to do what every other borderline insolvent entity in the world does, namely to “charge it”, sweep it under the rug.

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BBC News – Pakistani derision at ‘obscene text’ ban

As expected, the #PTABannedList has made its way all over Pakistan, & kids are swearing more elaborately & frequently than ever. Well done.”

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The future of mobile: 5 trends that matter most | USFST.com

Several noteworthy developments have impacted the mobile ecosystem over the last few years, such as the growth in advertising and applications. Let’s look at the top mobile trends that will continue to shape the industry.

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E-mails Show How Google Uses Android to Make Phone Companies ‘Do Things We Want’ | Daily Intel

On the one hand, Google has to maintain quality control and consistency to make sure Android can sync up with hardware and software made by other companies. On the other hand, getting other players to “do what we want” sounds like a monopoly in the making.

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