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Kaspersky bares alleged Arabic cyber espionage ring

March 4, 2015 | 8:59 am | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

A new cyber-espionage group is now reportedly preying on high-profile organizations and individuals from the Middle East according to security provider Kaspersky Lab.

Facebook founder Zuckerberg would ‘love’ to work with Google

March 4, 2015 | 8:49 am | Xinhua

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg used his appearance at the Mobile World Congress to say he would “love” to work alongside Google to help bring Internet access to the developing World.

EU bets on 5G to catch up in mobile technology race

March 4, 2015 | 8:42 am | Julia Fioretti, Leila Abboud, Reuters

The European Union is looking to sign agreements with China, Japan, and the United States to cooperate on developing the next generation of mobile broadband as it seeks to help its companies catch up in the race to develop such technologies.

Smart-Landbank mobile loan facility hits P1-billion

March 3, 2015 | 2:42 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

The electronic mobile facility developed by Smart Communications, Inc. in partnership with state lender Land Bank of the Philippines has hit P1-billion in loans to government employees six months after it was launched.

Huawei plans big push to sell its phones, wearable devices

March 3, 2015 | 2:29 pm | Edwin Chan, Gerry Shih, Reuters

Two years after U.S. legislators branded it a national security threat, China’s Huawei Technologies Co Ltd is planning a campaign to win over U.S. consumers, rolling out new mobile phones and wearable devices backed by a marketing effort.

MWC 2015 | Emerging world drives cheap smartphone boom

March 3, 2015 | 2:15 pm | Laure Fillon, Agence France-Presse

Phone and Internet firms are rolling out cheaper handsets and may turn to hot-air balloons to boost network coverage in developing countries, where sales of smartphones are booming.

IS FACEBOOK A FREELOADER? | Mark Zuckerberg fends off telecom firms’ complaints

March 3, 2015 | 10:25 am | Agence France-Presse

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Monday fended off complaints that the hugely popular social network was getting a free ride out of telecom operators who host its service on smartphones.

New media, New China: Xinhua News Agency relaunch on barred networks

March 3, 2015 | 9:59 am | Agence France-Presse

China’s official news agency Xinhua has re-launched its English-language presence on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, it announced — all of which are blocked in China.

NOT FOR SALE | Sony Mobile head says division is not being sold

March 3, 2015 | 9:08 am | James Regan, Reuters

The head of Sony Mobile told French daily newspaper Le Figaro that the division is not being sold, only two weeks after Sony Corp Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai said he would not rule out considering an exit strategy.

MWC 2015 | Ericsson joins with Intel to help telecoms firms get in the cloud

March 3, 2015 | 8:42 am | Eric Auchard, Reuters

Ericsson, the world’s leading maker of mobile network equipment, said it will help its global base of major telecoms companies to shift to cloud computing using Intel datacenter designs to compete more actively with Web rivals.

IKEA to launch furnitures with wireless charging capability

March 2, 2015 | 5:06 pm | Jose Bimbo F. Santos,

Swedish manufacturer Ikea is set to roll out a new line of home furnitures that can charge an array of electronic devices without electrical cords.

MWC 2015 | Mobile industry tiptoes towards 5G

March 2, 2015 | 4:26 pm | Eric Auchard, Reuters

Running short of dramatically new phone designs, leaders of the world’s wireless industry agree their next big idea is 5G, shorthand for the fifth generation of networks they expect to have up and running by 2020.

MWC 2015 | Wrist action: phone firms bet on ‘year of smartwatch’

March 2, 2015 | 4:09 pm | Roland Lloyd Parry, Agence France-Presse

Defying scepticism and geek-stigma, mobile phone firms are determined this year to sell you a wristwatch wirelessly connected to your mobile phone.

MWC 2015 | Asian firms challenge Apple with snazzy new smartphones

March 2, 2015 | 3:03 pm | Agence France-Presse

Several big Asian phone companies launched new high-end smartphones and other wireless gizmos on Sunday, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets.

VIDEO | Could a $34 smartphone device improve HIV diagnosis in Africa?

March 2, 2015 | 2:52 pm | Reuters video,

A dongle that plugs into a Smartphone mimics a lab-based blood test for HIV and syphilis and can detect the diseases in 15 minutes, say researchers.