Global News Round-up – Week 1st July


Each week the MEF team curates mobile stories from around the world. Essential news, the latest market insight & data nuggets, the Global News Round-up offers an instant international mobile content & commerce snapshot.

 Global News Stories

Mobile Data Traffic To Grow 300% Globally By 2017 Led By Video, Web Use, Says Strategy Analytics

Tech Crunch


With smartphones and tablets replacing PCs as the default computing device for many consumers, so, too, is data traffic shifting from fixed to wireless networks. The analysts at Strategy Analytics believe that this movement, combined with the wider trend for increasing time spent online, is going to translate to a huge increase in wireless data traffic

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Jay-Z’s ‘Magna Carta’ App Raises Privacy Issues, Turns Off Some Users (Including Killer Mike)


Jay-Z's 'Magna Carta' App Raises Privacy Issues, Turns Off Some Users (Including Killer Mike) - Billboard

Jay-Z and Samsung’s “Magna Carta” app may have been downloaded by more than half a million people since it launched on June 24, but rapper Killer Mike, a.k.a. Michael Render, isn’t one of them. Why not? Render on Tuesday Tweeted a photo of his screen as he tried to download the app…

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Developers turning to enterprise apps to boost revenues

Fierce Mobile Content

developerThe ranks of mobile software developers turning their focus to enterprise applications continues to grow, according to a recent survey conducted by mobile development platform Appcelerator and market research firm IDC.

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EU Slashes Roaming Prices From July 1, Promises Even Bigger Cutsflag


The European Union’s Roaming Regulation has lowered the prices for mobile roaming within the EU, effective July 1, 2013.

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Regulator’s global roaming crackdown ‘will not solve the underlying problem’: consumer group


The Age

Consumer action group ACANN welcomes changes to notification rules on international roaming charges but calls for more transparency from carriers on fees.

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What Data Motorola Has Been Collecting About Some Of Its Users

Business Insider

motorolaMotorola is collecting email addresses, usernames, passwords, GPS coordinates from pictures taken, and more from at least one of its smartphone models, according to an analysis by engineering expert Ben Lincoln.

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Android flaw allows hackers to surreptitiously modify apps



Researchers said they’ve uncovered a security vulnerability that could allow attackers to take full control of smartphones running Google’s Android mobile operating system.

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Thailand’s internet users to double

Bangkok Post

The number of internet users in Thailand could reach 52 million this year thanks to the proliferation of smartphones and increasing availability of broadband.

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Microsoft and Telefónica close agreement for direct billing

Mobile Time


Microsoft and Telefónica have struck a deal to allow the so-called “direct billing” in the app store mobile operating system Windows Phone.

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Apple Trademarks iWatch Name In Japan — Keep Calm And Carry On

Tech Crunch

iwatch_def11Let the speculation merry-go-round continue. According to a report by Bloomberg, Apple has trademarked the name iWatch — again. This time Japan is the territory, while the trademark covering “products including a handheld computer or watch device” was actually filed with the Japan Patent Office on the 3rd of June but was only made public last week.

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Global News Round-up – These articles are not written by MEF and do not represent any views of individuals, members or the organisation.

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