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IDC: Smartphones drive mobile phone sales in MEA to 64M in Q2 2014

The Middle East and Africa (MEA) handset market grew to its largest size in 10 quarters in the second quarter of 2014, expanding 27 per cent year on year to total 64 million units.

AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile support new Apple SIM card that lets customers choose carriers

AT&T Mobility, Sprint, T-Mobile US and UK operator EE support a new SIM card for Apple's iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 3 that lets customers switch between carriers. Although Verizon Wireless will provide wireless service for Apple's new tablet, it is not listed as a supporter of the new Apple SIM card.

Apple to introduce new iPads amid challenges from all sides

Apple is hosting a media event at 1 p.m. Eastern Time today at its headquarters in Cupertino Calif., where it is expected to unveil new faster, thinner iPad tablets. A key question though is whether that will be enough to revive Apple's growth in the tablet market.

Study: Almost no one is buying Amazon's Fire phone

Most indications so far have been that Amazon's  Fire smartphone has been a dud in the market, but a new report from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners indicates that Amazon may have sold only a few thousand units of the phone thus far.

Analysts: Sprint's iPhone leasing plan to boost earnings, while Verizon's Edge changes will help against AT&T

Sprint's  "iPhone for Life" leasing program for new iPhones should boost the carrier's EBITDA and is actually more financially beneficial to the company in some respects than more conventional equipment installment programs, according to financial analysts. Meanwhile, Verizon Wireless'  recently confirmed changes to its own Edge handset upgrade program should help it close the gap financially and competitively with AT&T Mobility, according to analysts from Jefferies.

NTU-Singapore develops ultra-fast charging batteries

Scientists at Nangyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore have developed a new lithium-ion battery that can be recharged to 70 percent capacity in just two minutes. But that's not all: The battery also will have a lifespan of more than 20 years.

Incentive auction: Let the facts talk

Debate about licensed and unlicensed spectrum has been raging as long as I can remember--and it continues as the FCC faces questions about how to arrange the band plan for 600 MHz in a manner that allows the fastest and broadest possible use of spectrum.

Google unveils Android 5.0 Lollipop, Nexus 6 phablet and Nexus 9 tablet

Google officially unveiled Android 5.0  with the nickname "Lollipop," in keeping with its dessert-themed names for its Android releases, and also announced three new devices in its Nexus device program.

Apple wants to file objections to GT Advanced's bankruptcy plan in secret

Apple wants to secretly file its objections to a bankruptcy filing made by sapphire manufacturing partner GT Advanced Technologies. However, the state of New Hampshire, where GT Advanced field for bankruptcy protection, is challenging that proposal, arguing that the public deserves to know why GT Advanced fell into bankruptcy last week after reassuring investors just a few months ago of its sound financial position.

Gartner, CCS Insight: Smartphone growth in 2014 will be fueled by low-cost models

Research firms Gartner and CCS Insight think much of the mobile phone shipment growth that will occur in 2014 will be driven by low-cost smartphones, underlining a shift down market that vendors and platform companies have been keen to take advantage of in their search for growth.