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Mobile Trends – What’s Hot This Week?

We know it’s exhilarating to follow mobile trends – It seems like they change every 10 seconds. That’s why we bring you the latest and the hottest topic of the week – Every Week! So, here we go: This Week In Mobile Trends!

Mobile Trends – What’s Hot This Week?

Stop Worrying About The NSA Listening In To Your Calls

Recently, the NSA has been making headlines for all the wrong reasons. The controversial phone surveillance program has had numerous outbursts from Americans across the political spectrum. Back in 2013, the hearing ended in the favor of the NSA. The judgment was based on the grounds that NSA operated in line with the US Government to secure the nation against terrorism. But now, in the second U.S Circuit Court Appeals, it’s evident that under the Federal law, the NSA’s possession of the millions of American citizens’ phone record is illegal. It’s not clear how the hearing will proceed, but for now there is still hope! Read the complete report here.

Banks May Probe On Your Call Records/Social Media Account For Your Background Check

We are dead against the NSA accessing our sensitive information, wonder why the banks need them? Apparently, our social behavior and call records let people know more about us (than we wish to reveal). The behavioral pattern apparently helps banks’ predict whether the prospective client will pay back their loan. Even though the method might seem a little invasive, many researchers feel that this might happen in the near future. Make sure you read the bank offer document very carefully, before you sign it!

Fingerprint Sensor For Smart Devices To Become A Multi-Billion Dollar Industry In 2019

Fingerprint sensors are slowly becoming a mandatory feature for Smart Devices. With mobile Pay and other intricate features on the rise, it seems that fingerprint sensors will become inevitable for a secured transaction. Apple was the first tech giant to push for the fingerprint access for mobile payment and other secured authentication purposes. Following suit, Samsung has started their own payment service powered by fingerprint access and very soon, the whole herd will follow leading to a massive demand for fingerprint sensors.

Verizon And Sprint Fined For Cramming Charges

Cramming charges are a minimal fee included in the monthly bill for fines and additional charges. The FCC and FTC have slammed a $90 million fine for Verizon and $68 million for Sprint. They are not the only two companies under speculation – T-Mobile and AT&T were also fined under the same charges recently. Hopefully, a more transparent, pro-consumer billing system will come to the market shortly.

Many Android Users In Europe Switch To iPhone 6

Kantar WorldPanel Q1 report shows a tremendous growth in Apple devices (coinciding with the launch of iPhone 6) in Europe. Plenty of consumers from Great Britain, Germany, France, Italy and Spain made the shift from Android to Apple. This is a huge success for Apple because the EU market has been, for some time, dominated by Android.

AT&T Grabs The Headline With The Launch Of A Self Branded Tablet

TREK HD 4G LTE is a powerful carrier first tablet powered by Android 5.0. AT&T is looking to reach more customers by providing desirable gadgets at an affordable price. The tab runs at 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and is backed with a decent camera and a respectable battery life. It’s priced at $50 per month for 2 year contract or $10 per month for 20 months under the AT&T installment plan. If you’re planning to pick one up, it is available online or in their stores starting May 15th.

Verizon To Takes Over AOL For $4.4 Billion

Verizon is taking over AOL’s video network, websites, and advertisement platforms along with their dial-up subscription business (that’s 2.1 million existing subscribers). With this acquisition, Verizon is looking to push their 4G LTE video plans and also expand their Internet of Things plan to the next phase. AOL chairman wrote that “This deal is aimed at the stars and we are going to pursue the joint vision of building the most significant media platform in the world.”

The announcement is just the start. The complete acquisition details must be passed through a panel of regulatory bodies before it makes the light. Verizon expects to take over AOL this summer.

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