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Amnesty spotlights North Korea crackdown on mobile phones

Seoul - North Korea is cracking down on the private use of mobile phones to make international calls, as the authorities seek to bolster its citizens' isolation from the outside world, Amnesty International said Wednesday.

China hits out at US restrictions on telecom giant ZTE

Bejing - China on Tuesday criticised a move by Washington to slap restrictions on one of the country's biggest telecommunications equipment companies, ZTE, for violating US trade sanctions on Iran.The US Commerce Department said ZTE Corp.

Afghan Taliban flex muscles with new telecom 'tax'

Kandahar - The Taliban have demanded a hefty new "protection tax" from Afghan mobile phone companies, industry and militant sources told AFP, as the resurgent group tightens its stranglehold on a rare successful business in a slumping war economy.

Mobile information superhighway super expensive in U.S. compared to Europe

Paris - Perhaps everything's bigger in America, as the old saw goes, but when it comes to mobile phone calls and data usage, US consumers are certainly paying big, sometimes nearly 20 times as much as Europeans.

T-Mobile fury as hackers steal customer data from credit agency

Washington - T-Mobile's chief executive has expressed outrage over a breach at a credit monitoring service that exposed private data from 15 million customers of the mobile carrier.

Leaked NSA documents show AT&T helped spy agency: Report

Washington - The US National Security Agency has used a unique, decades-old partnership with AT&T to snoop on Internet usage, according to newly disclosed documents leaked by Edward Snowden.

Net neutraility status threatened in India Special

After the U.S., it's time for Indian citizens to fight for net neutrality status. This time netizens of the world’s second-largest telecom users nation are gearing up to prevent attempts by cellular operators to end India’s net neutrality.

Review: A silent takeover of U.S Telecom industry by the Libyan Post?

Cyber security continues to proliferate at a time where new technologies are increasingly more pervasive and protecting data from potential breaches a new uphill battle.

Many U.S. cities wired for fast Internet, but can't use it

A new report from VICE says that while many U.S. cities have a fiber optic cable network that could provide much faster Internet, large Telecom companies are actively lobbying to make sure average citizens can't access them.

U.S. Supreme Court takes up police searches of cellphones

Washington - The U.S. Supreme Court takes up two cases Tuesday about whether police need warrants to search detainees' mobile phones, which have become vast repositories of personal data.

Samsung looks to life beyond the smartphone

Seoul - After years of record profit growth, tech giant Samsung Electronics looks to be at a commercial crossroads as it searches for a new growth driver to counter slowing sales of its phenomenally successful smartphones.

Amazon 'to release smartphone later this year'

Washington - Amazon is preparing to release a smartphone in the second half of 2014, thrusting itself into a market already crowded with Apple and Samsung models, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Samsung flagship smartphone goes on sale worldwide

Seoul - The latest version of Samsung's flagship Galaxy smartphone series went on sale worldwide Friday, days after the electronics giant announced it was facing a second consecutive quarter of profit decline.

US warns Facebook on privacy in WhatsApp mega deal

Washington - US regulators warned Facebook Thursday about making changes to the privacy policy of WhatsApp, the smartphone messaging service set to be acquired by the social network for a whopping $19 billion.

Taiwan's HTC posts $60 mn losses as sales hit 5-year low

Taipei - Taiwan's struggling smartphone maker HTC posted a net loss of Tw$1.88 billion ($62.3 million) in the first quarter, a figure far worse than the Tw$1.59 billion analysts forecast.Sales in the three months to March fell to a five-year low of Tw$33.

Vodafone says to create 1,400 jobs in Britain

London - Mobile phone giant Vodafone on Thursday announced plans to open 150 shops in Britain over the next year, creating 1,400 jobs in the process.The plan forms part of a £1.0 billion ($1.7 billion, 1.

EU reform to scrap mobile roaming fees

Brussels - The European Parliament on Thursday endorsed a sweeping package of EU telecommunications reforms, including a much-awaited measure to end roaming charges for cross-border mobile phone use.

Carlos Slim, TV rivals slam Mexico's telecom reform

Mexico - The telephone empire of billionaire Carlos Slim and Mexico's dominant broadcaster never see eye to eye, but they now have a common enemy: the government's telecommunications reform plan.

BlackBerry posts fresh losses, but sees upside

Montreal - BlackBerry reported fresh losses Friday but offered some reasons for optimism as the smartphone maker struggles to escape from a death spiral.

BlackBerry posts fresh losses, but sees upside

Montreal - BlackBerry reported fresh losses Friday but offered some reasons for optimism as the smartphone maker struggles to escape from a death spiral.

BlackBerry posts fresh losses

Montreal - The struggling smartphone maker BlackBerry on Friday reported a loss of $423 million in the fourth quarter of its 2014 fiscal year, with revenues plummeting.The company said revenues fell to $976 million in the fourth quarter -- down from $2.

PCs to lose more ground to tablets, survey shows

Washington - Sales of traditional computers will lose more ground in 2014 to tablets and other mobile devices, a market tracker said Thursday.A report by the research firm Gartner said the overall market for connected devices -- PCs, smartphones and tablets -- is l...

Samsung irked by early Galaxy S5 release in South Korea

Seoul - Samsung voiced annoyance Thursday after South Korean telecoms operators released its latest smartphone ahead of schedule in order to dodge sales restrictions imposed by regulators.

Nokia says handset sale to Microsoft delayed to April

Helsinki - Finnish telecom company Nokia on Monday said the sale of its handset business to US technology giant Microsoft would be delayed by a few weeks until April 2014.Nokia said that it continued to make progress with Microsoft in the closing conditions and t...

China Mobile net profit down 6%, first time in over a decade

Hong Kong - China Mobile, the world's biggest mobile operator by subscribers, said Thursday that 2013 net profit fell almost six percent, its first decline for more than a decade.Net profit was 121.7 billion yuan ($19.54 billion), down 5.9 percent compared to 2012...

Deutsche Telekom to cut 4,900 jobs from troubled IT unit

Frankfurt - German telecom giant Deutsche Telekom will cut 4,900 jobs over the next two years from its IT and consultancy unit T-Systems, the company said on Tuesday."We will cut 2,700 jobs this year and 2,200 jobs next year in Germany," a spokesman told AFP, conf...

French minister weighs in over telecom bidding war

Paris - France's industrial renewal minister Friday threw a spanner in cable operator Numericable's multi-billion-euro bid for telecoms group SFR, as he challenged the company and its billionaire chairman over their holdings in tax havens.Numericable through i...

AT&T wins clearance to buy Leap Wireless

Washington - US regulators conditionally cleared AT&T's $4 billion deal for Leap Wireless on Thursday which gives the telecom giant more spectrum and the Cricket prepaid phone franchise.The Federal Communications Commission said that it agreed to the takeover a...

Move over '123456': Passwords to go high-tech

Hanover - Internet users may soon have a secure solution to the modern plague of passwords, in which they can use visual patterns or even their own body parts to identify themselves.Developers at the world's biggest high-tech fair, CeBIT, say that one of the big...

Fine against telecom giant suspended by Ecuador court

Quito - An Ecuador court on Tuesday suspended a $138.5 million fine levied against the Claro telecom firm owned by Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, one of the world's richest men.The fine had been issued by a regulatory authority in February which accused Claro, wh...
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