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Analysts predict J.K. Shin will lose his job this week as Samsung's smartphone chief

Every year, the South Korean owners of the Samsung conglomerate conduct a corporate shuffling that moves out poorly performing managers and gives newer executives a chance to shine. And many analysts in the region expect J.K. Shin-- the executive who has been in charge of Samsung's smartphone operations since 2011-- to get the boot this week.

Rumor mill: Apple to drop 3.5mm headphone jack, will move to OLED iPhone screens

Apple is reportedly planning to remove the 3.5mm headphone port from its upcoming iPhone and will instead connect headphones through Bluetooth or the company's Lightning charging port. Separately, the company is also rumored to be considering moving to OLED screens on its future iPhones, reportedly prompting South Korea's LG Display to invest $8.71 billion to build an OLED panel manufacturing plant.

Swatch, Visa plan NFC-enabled smart watch for 2016

Swiss watch maker Swatch teamed with Visa and its Visa Europe subsidiary to enable NFC-based contactless payments on its forthcoming Bellamy smart watch.

GfK: Growth in MEA region helped drive global smartphone sales in Q3

A new report from Germany-based research firm GfK found that smartphone sales growth in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) contributed to the strongest global smartphone sales on record for a third-quarter period, although sales stagnated at best in European markets.

Here prepares to demonstrate C-ITS in the Netherlands in H1 2016

Nokia announced its Here mapping and navigation unit is evaluating the rollout of a cellular network in the Netherlands as part of the businesses' Cooperative Intelligent Transportation System (C-ITS) for connected vehicles.

FirstNet starts to develop BYOD policy for devices on public safety network

FirstNet said it is taking steps to develop and implement an effective bring-your-own device (BYOD) policy for the nationwide public safety broadband network it is building.

A very fond Fierce farewell

FierceWireless Editor Phil Goldstein bids goodbye in his final column for the publication and reflects on how the wireless industry has changed during the seven years of his tenure.

The rise and fall and rise of operator mobile voice

For a long time, it was all about data, but now mobile voice is firmly back in operators' sights as they seek to retrieve control of what was their former sole domain. Our recent special report on Wi-Fi calling, for example, explored some of the approaches, from dialler-integrated Wi-Fi calling through to downloadable apps such as Three InTouch and Telefonica's TU Go service.

TeliaSonera gears up to launch cloud-based connected car service in 2016

TeliaSonera said it will become the world's first operator to launch a cloud-based connected car service with a new smartphone-centred function that is due to launch in Sweden in 2016.

Report: Insurer reveals overall mobile device theft is dropping in UK

A new report from specialist insurer Protect Your Bubble said the overall number of thefts of gadgets such as mobile phones and tablets fell in the UK in the six months to end-September compared with the previous six-month period.