Nine out of 10 smartphone owners plan to stick with their phone during the holiday season, according to a Puls survey. However, 33% of participants reported being unhappy with their smartphone's battery life, said Puls, which noted phone batteries tend to start to deteriorate after 18 to 24 months. Phone Arena (11/21)
T-Mobile is primed to report major fourth-quarter subscriber gains, said Chief Financial Officer Braxton Carter, who referred to "significant" gains in the carrier's porting ratio -- subscribers gained from rivals versus those lost. Braxton predicted that the new iPhone X would further improve T-Mobile's quarter.
Officials in California have yet to make a final decision on FirstNet but last week issued a request for proposals and set a Dec. 6 deadline for responses from vendors interested in building a first responder network. North Carolina and Georgia have decided to "opt-in" to the FirstNet-AT&T partnership, bringing the total number of opt-in states to 31.
Smartphone repair firm iSmash will launch three new locations inside Maplin stores in the UK, says Julian Shovlin, founder and managing director of iSmash. The company also plans to open seven standalone stores before the end of 2017.
Liquipel has debuted an invisible liquid screen protector at US Walmart stores. The screen protector, which bonds with the smartphone's glass, is backed by a product guarantee that will pay up to $100 if a customer's screen breaks.
Retailers must be aware that consumers are using their smartphones to research products before buying, write Arun Tom, Leslie Ament and Ram Sangadi. This holiday season, three out of five smartphone users will buy products using their mobile devices, according to Deloitte's 2017 Holiday Survey: Retail in Transition.
Mesh networking can centralize internet of things devices in smart homes and make them easier to manage, per Qualcomm's Connectivity Business unit lead, Rahul Patel. Carrier-class mesh networking could resolve connection issues, and Patel urges internet service providers to consider mesh networking, saying, "If you don't move fast, you lose out on the home becoming a cloud providers' and have no control over what happens in the home."
The occurrence of a cyberattack is "no longer a matter of if, but when," Adam Moseley of Charles Schwab said at the Schwab IMPACT conference. Advisors need to educate their employees to use caution when opening links and attachments in emails, and the use of lengthy, unique passwords along with two-factor authentication is crucial, Moseley said.
Some users have found that Apple's iPhone X becomes unresponsive when the device experiences a rapid change to low temperatures. Users say, however, that locking and unlocking the screen fixes the problem.
Apple is working on standalone smart glasses that will use rOS, an operating system derived from iOS, Mike Elgan writes. Although smart glasses by DAQRI, Olympus and other companies are already available, none are yet ready for widespread adoption, he adds.
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