HOBI News of the Week 10/3-10/7

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 10/3-10/7 Global Green Data Center market anticipated to reach $91 million in 5 years A new report published by Research and Markets anticipates the Global Green Data Center market will reach or exceed $91 billion within the next five years. Survey indicates teachers…

Experts anticipate new smartphones, VR and smart-home developments at Google’s October event

Google has been hinting big developments will be revealed at their annual event tomorrow. Google fans are expecting new mobile devices and both VR and Google Home developments. Many experts are speculating about the release of a new HTC manufactured Pixel device. The rumors include a 5-inch display for the Pixel and a 5.5-inch display…

HOBI International News of the Week 9/26-9/30

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 9/26-9/30 Amazon issued complaint for importing refurbished phones to India The Indian Express reports Amazon India and 20 other ecommerce platforms, including eBay, Snapdeal, Olx and Quikr, were issued a showcause complaint by the India’s environment ministry for selling imported refurbished devices. Blackberry…

Amazon issued complaint for importing refurbished phones to India

The Indian Express reports Amazon India and 20 other ecommerce platforms, including eBay, Snapdeal, Olx and Quikr, were issued a showcause complaint by the India’s environment ministry for selling imported refurbished devices.   The notice, filed September 23, orders Amazon “to stop the import/shipment of used/refurbished electrical and electronic equipment (EEE) immediately.” The notice also…

Blackberry will no longer manufacture cellphones

Earlier today, Blackberry confirmed plans of focusing on software development. In order to streamline these efforts, Blackberry will no longer manufacture cellphones in-house, instead opting to outsource manufacturing to partners. Blackberry announced the new developments in their second-quarter earnings report. CEO John Chen indicated the company’s $352 million revenue will be a strong foundation for…

Mobile market update: Smartphone sales see slight growth, while tablet sales fall

International Data Corporation (IDC) reports smartphone sales are continuing to grow, while PC and tablet shipments are falling. Overall, smartphone shipments have seen a 1.6 percent increase since this time in 2015. While this amount of growth may not be seen as substantial, carriers and manufacturers are implementing new programs to encourage device trade-ins. Along…

Samsung issuing update in response to malfunctioning batteries

Samsung’s latest mobile device, the Galaxy Note 7, has been in the headlines for an apparent manufacturing defect. There are multiple reports of the smartphone’s battery overheating and exploding, these explosions have resulted in the recall of more than 2 million devices. Samsung and U.S. authorities alike have recommended customers return their potentially defective devices…

Apple reveals iPhone 7, Watch Series 2, iOS 10 and other updates

Apple concluded their annual September event earlier this afternoon and put an end to all iPhone 7 speculation. Along with revealing the newest version of their flagship mobile device, Apple showed off new Watch updates, iOS 10, revamped Apple Music platform, App store exclusives, a new education platform called ConnectED and iWork improvements. Apple kicked…