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Global smartphone growth flat for 2016 as mature markets see declines, according to IDC

Global smartphone growth flat for 2016 as mature markets see declines, according to IDC. Worldwide smartphone shipments are expected to reach 1.46 billion units with a year-over-year growth rate of 1.6% in 2016 according to the latest forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker.

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Newertech wireless numeric aluminum keypad wins TechnologyX Gold Seal of Approval award

TechnologyX calls NewerTech’s numeric Keypad “Functionality at its Finest.” The numeric keypad is manufactured for bluetooth enabled Macs, Tablets & Smartphones serves as an ultimate companion to Apple wireless keyboard. It attaches with an included bracket, doesn’t require any tools and easily pairs through Bluetooth connectivity.

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Israel’s YouPhone selects CALLUP’s system enabling remote files & applet management

The SIM OTA module can update any file on the SIM’s file system, provided it is allowed to be modified over the air. Examples of such files include the number used to identify the mobile phone number (MSISDN), the service provider name (SPN), SMS parameters, network selection etc.

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Burg and Walmart launch 1st smartwatch that’s a phone

The $199 “Dick Tracy”-LIKE Burg 12 smartwarch works as a standalone phone and pairs with all iPhones & Android smartphones. The smartwatch was created by Hermen van den Burg, world-renowned lifestyle designer to Ikea and Target. The Burg 12 also features interchangeable bezels & straps, cutting-edge design & function. It also includes free SIM card with $25 worth of Free Calls and is available in black and purple.

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ding* hoping to leverage Android One to connect 100% of India to the Internet.

ding hoping to leverage Android One to connect 100% of India to the Internet. In a country where the majority of data plans are pre-paid, top-up is going to play a vital role in maximising the potential of the Android One in India. The Indian Diaspora, who send approximately $70 billion back home through traditional money remittance channels every year, are in a strong position to help fuel this technological advancement by helping to keep the smartphones of their friends and families topped-up.

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ASUS, Lenovo and Amazon race for tablet 3rd place

ASUS, Lenovo and Amazon race for tablet 3rd place as Apple and Samsung loosening grip int he market. Apple and Samsung have led the market substantially since the inception of media tablets. However, the race for third is up for grabs and competition is heating up between Lenovo, Amazon, ASUS, and other emerging vendors. The aggressive nature of the market and substantial increase in emerging vendors has created a stall for leaders in the market giving PC OEMs the opportunity to close the gap between leaders and followers. According to market intelligence firm ABI Research, emerging vendors are forecasted to experience a CAGR of 22.8% between 2014 and 2019. With third place up for grabs, Lenovo is working to gain ground in the market, and in 2019 is expected to ship 21 million tablets, attaining 7.3% of the overall market. This forecasted momentum and growth would land it solidly in third place.

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Mobile device management (MDM) market worth $3.94 billion by 2019

The solution vendors in the Mobile Device Management (MDM) market space are continuously designing and innovating on the existing products; so as to build a sophisticated IT infrastructure for the mobile environment where employees have a secured access to corporate data. The MDM market is consolidated with big players such as Airwatch, Mobileiron, Citrix Solutions, SAP, Good Technology, IBM, Symantec, Microsoft, Sophos, and Soti.

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The Human Chain’s new mobile service ties disparate platforms via universal mobile ids

Mobile business and technology consultancy firm The Human Chain is set to launch a new mobile service realization framework at the GMSA’s Mobile World Congress 2014, in Barcelona between 24th and 27th February 2014.

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Paick’s ultra slim smartphone battery charger is shaped like mobile devices

Sleek was designed around the concept of a providing a slim portable charger with the same design aesthetics as a smartphone. Available in white gloss, Sleek achieves this goal with cellphone-like dimensions of 5.7” x 2.9” x ½” (147 x 76 x 13mm) and a light weight of just 5 ounces (150g), with a UV processed surface featuring advanced anti-scratch technology.

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Mobile device management company AirWatch acquired by VMware

Mobile device management company AirWatch acquired by VMware. Shares of BlackBerry, which competes with AirWatch in mobile device management, jump 8% after VMware announces deal.