Syrian refugees making their way onto the Greek island of Lesbos have turned to their smartphones to keep in touch with family and support groups, this report states, noting that this immigrant group has more middle-class immigrants than do others. Disaster Tech Lab, a nonprofit, offers Internet access to the refugees.
Smartphones played a major role on Black Friday, as more people shopped online than in physical stores over the shopping weekend, with mobile devices accounting for 33% of online sales, compared with 27% in 2014, Adobe Systems' tracking statistics indicate. Adobe said users on iOS devices nearly tripled the spending totals of those on Android devices.
Judge David Tatel will be one of three appellate judges to weigh in on the Net neutrality rules case, oral arguments for which start Friday. He has ruled against the Federal Communications Commission on the issue in two previous cases, but some of the agency's supporters are hopeful that Tatel will validate the FCC's latest decision.
GoTenna, which released a prototype a year ago, said it has begun marketing a product that -- along with a mobile application -- pairs with iOS and Android devices to allow users to send messages even when they lack a cellular connection.
AT&T has reportedly tapped small Australian vendor NetComm Wireless, which will work with Ericsson, to supply equipment to the carrier to provide fixed wireless local loop broadband service to rural areas. NetComm, which provides the same gear for Australia's NBN network, announced the deal last week but declined to name its client.
LG Display will develop organic light-emitting diode displays for Apple's iPhone by 2018, per a Japanese media report, which came atop LG's disclosure that it will spend nearly $9 billion to build a new factory devoted to expanding production for the OLED technology. Also, at sister company LG Electronics, a smartphone slump has helped spur a major shake-up in the South Korean company's leadership, with Juno Cho being named head of mobile communications.
The nation's top carriers and some smaller ones have disclosed their holiday weekend deals -- some of which include "Cyber Monday." They include deep discounts on new phones and tablets, strong incentives to switch carriers, free data buckets and giveaways of products apart from mobile devices.
Google has achieved its goal of keeping its Project Loon broadband balloon afloat high in the atmosphere for more than 100 days, the company said, a key step toward providing 4G data to underserved areas of the globe. "Our balloon manufacturing has evolved quite a bit from the beginning," Project Loon's Mahesh Krishnaswamy said.
Mobile banking has caught on globally faster than Juniper Research predicted, with 1 billion accounts expected to be reached by the end of the year, which would be six months earlier than the firm had predicted. Analysts contend that banks must target wearable devices if they want to reach younger consumers.
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