Matt Hamblen

Senior Editor

Matt Hamblen is a multi-media journalist covering mobile, networking and smart city tech. He previously was a senior editor at Computerworld.

MWC protest asks about the fate of 4 million recalled Note7 batteries

MWC protest asks about the fate of 4 million recalled Note7 batteries

The environmental group more broadly is raising questions about the enormous amount of energy used to make smartphones since 2007 and the significant contribution batteries make to electronic waste.

Classic smartphone brands get a spring in their step at MWC (+video)

Classic smartphone brands get a spring in their step at MWC (+video)

Venerable smartphone brands Motorola, Nokia and BlackBerry got new life at Mobile World Congress 2017, but that was primarily due to the influence of Chinese and Finnish manufacturers that have licensed the names.

Moscow’s smart tech includes 160,000 cameras to detect traffic violators

Moscow’s smart tech includes 160,000 cameras to detect traffic violators

Moscow now has one of the largest municipal camera installations in Europe, a system that is already generating revenue from increased fines for traffic violations.

A new way to prevent cyberattacks on home devices

A new way to prevent cyberattacks on home devices

Homeowners worried about cybersecurity attacks on IP-connected devices like lights, baby monitors, home security systems and cameras, will soon be able to take advantage of a $200 network monitoring device called Dojo.

Visa, Mastercard beef up mobile payment tech at Mobile World Congress

Visa, Mastercard beef up mobile payment tech at Mobile World Congress

Visa on Monday announced one of the most unusual approaches, one that relies primarily on older QR code technology through its mVisa payment service.

LG launches G6 phone with 5.7-inch display in narrow body

LG launches G6 phone with 5.7-inch display in narrow body

LG on Sunday introduced the G6 smartphone with a 5.7-in. display in a new 18:9 aspect ratio designed to enhance videos and game play.

BlackBerry KEYone launches with physical keyboard

BlackBerry KEYone launches with physical keyboard

Under a licensing deal with BlackBerry, TCL Communication of China announced another physical keyboard smartphone model called the BlackBerry KEYone.

Battery safety still top of mind for Samsung and other phone makers

Battery safety still top of mind for Samsung and other phone makers

A special battery advisory group has been created with staff that includes academic expertise.

Smart cities at the center of Mobile World Congress

Smart cities at the center of Mobile World Congress

The city of San Diego has a project to equip 3,200 streetlights with LED lighting and sensors, expected to bring a $2.4 million reduction in energy usage annually.

Verizon ranks tops in wireless coverage and reliability by RootMetrics

Verizon ranks tops in wireless coverage and reliability by RootMetrics

Verizon benefited from its LTE-Advanced service started in summer of 2016, which provided a significant boost to Verizon's download speeds, RootMetrics said in its report.

A trove of new Android smartphones to debut at MWC

A trove of new Android smartphones to debut at MWC

Several new high-profile Android smartphones are expected to launch this weekend in advance of Mobile World Congress, which opens Monday in Barcelona.

Experts warn businesses not to over-buy on unlimited data plans

Experts warn businesses not to over-buy on unlimited data plans

Smaller businesses that think they could benefit from an unlimited plan from wireless carriers need to calculate their costs carefully.

'Fileless malware' attacks, used on banks, have been around for years

'Fileless malware' attacks, used on banks, have been around for years

Fileless malware attacks, which were recently discovered in the networks of at least 140 banks, telecoms and governments, account for about 15% of known attacks today and have been around for years.

IT and C-level leaders point fingers at each other over cyber defense

IT and C-level leaders point fingers at each other over cyber defense

C-level execs need to bring themselves up to speed on cyber threats, some analysts say.

Kansas City rolls out online map using traffic, parking data from sensors

Kansas City rolls out online map using traffic, parking data from sensors

One of the trickiest parts of proving the value of emerging smart city technology is showing how city residents could benefit from data being picked up by sensors located on light poles and along streets.

BlackBerry offers secure mobile communications platform for developers

BlackBerry offers secure mobile communications platform for developers

BlackBerry announced a new line of business to provide developers with a secure, cloud-based, mobile communications platform for texting, voice, video and file sharing.

Montreal sees its future in smart sensors, artificial intelligence (with video)

Montreal sees its future in smart sensors, artificial intelligence (with video)

Partnerships with a vibrant startup community help Montreal retain its top “intelligent” ranking.

AT&T to launch 5G wireless this year in Indy and Austin

AT&T to launch 5G wireless this year in Indy and Austin

AT&T said it will launch its first 5G wireless service in Indianapolis and Austin later this year, offering theoretical top speeds of 400Mbps or higher.

Apple and Samsung see smartphone declines in full year 2016

Apple and Samsung see smartphone declines in full year 2016

Apple iPhones beat out Samsung smartphones both globally and in the U.S. in the final quarter of 2016, even though both vendors saw declines in shipments for the entire 2016 calendar year, research firm IDC said.

Privacy worries are on the rise, new poll of U.S. consumers shows

Privacy worries are on the rise, new poll of U.S. consumers shows

A majority said they'd switch providers in the event of a security breach, the IDC survey says.

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