HTC, ZTE, Sharp Join NFC Forum
Handset makers HTC, ZTE, and Sharp have joined the NFC Forum at various levels of membership, announced The NFC Forum today. In addition to the hardware vendors, Barclaycard and Isis also joined the forum. Isis' membership is notable, as it is the joint venture created by AT&T, T-Mobile USA, and Verizon Wireless to launch mobile payments in the U.S. The NFC Forum a non-profit industry association that advances the use of near field communication (NFC) technology. Isis and others hope to offer tap-and-go mobile payments on cell phones by tying bank accounts to the NFC chips in devices.
Sprint, T-Mobile Agree to Halt Sharing Location with Some Apps
Following moves made earlier in the day by Verizon and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have now said they also will cease sharing customer location data with certain third-party apps and services. Sprint said it is "beginning the process of terminating its current contracts with data aggregators to whom we provide location data." T-Mobile CEO John Legere tweeted, "I've personally evaluated this issue & have pledged that @tmobile will not sell customer location data to shady middlemen." The matter rose to attention after some third-party location brokers left the real-time data of millions of customers unprotected.
3GPP Approves Spec for Standalone 5G New Radio
The 3GPP today ratified another piece of the 5G specification, termed the Standalone 5G New Radio, or SA 5G NR. This spec is for 5G networks that are developed on their own, apart from legacy or pre-existing networks.
Verizon to Cease Sharing Phone Location with Other Companies
Verizon Communications today said it will stop making customer location data available to third-party apps and services. The decision follows last month's revelation that third-party companies didn't always properly protect this data.
Blu Pure View Boasts an 18:9 Screen and Dual Selfie Cams
Blu Products today announced the Pure View, a premium handset that adopts modern design aesthetics and features. The Pure View has a metal frame and ultraviolet battery cover on the rear in midnight black.