News Scan: FCC, DoT battle over in-flight cell phone calls; Canadians cool about mobile shopping; more


FCC, DoT battle over in-flight cell phone calls

The Federal Communications Commission and the Department of Transportation could be at loggerheads over lifting restrictions on cell phone use during flights, CNN reports. On Thursday, the FCC proposed lifting restrictions on making in-flight cell phone calls. On the same day, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said he would consider banning in-flight calls as part of his power as an aviation consumer protection advocate. "Over the past few weeks, we have heard of concerns raised by airlines, travelers, flight attendants, members of Congress and others who are all troubled over the idea of passengers talking on cell phones in flight," Foxx was quoted by CNN as saying. Read more about regulatory row.

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>> Canadians reluctant to use mobile devices for online shopping

A majority of online shoppers in Canada don't plan to use their mobile devices for shopping this holiday season, according to an Accenture poll cited by eMarketer. Close to one-third of respondents said they would use their mobile devices to compare prices while in a store. Around 17 percent said they would use their mobile devices to shop in order to stay out of crowded stores. Most Canadians were not convinced that shopping on mobile devices was more convenient than traditional shopping methods. Read more about Canadians' mobile shopping views.

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>> Apple's iPhone 5s is top seller at US carriers

Apple's iPhone 5s is the top seller at four major U.S. carriers, according to stats from Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley cited in an AllThingsD article. "Our surveys indicated continued strong sales of the iPhone 5s, as it was by far the top selling smartphone at all four tier-1 U.S. carriers and at most channels where the smartphone launched globally. Our surveys also indicated steady iPhone 5c sales with the smartphone's color options and more affordable price point proving popular with its intended audience," Walkley writes in a note to clients. Read more on iPhone 5s' popularity.

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>> Mollenkopf to take reins at Qualcomm

Steve Mollenkopf, Qualcomm's chief operating officer who was cited in a Bloomberg report as a possible success to Steve Ballmer at Microsoft, has been named CEO of the mobile chip company, The Wall Street Journal reports. He replaces Paul Jacobs, who has led Qualcomm since 2005. Jacobs will serve as executive chairman of the company his father founded. Read more on Mollenkopf's appointment.

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>> Google to focus on mobile voice search next year

Google intends to focus on mobile voice searching next year, Krisztina Radosavljevic-Szilagyi, a Google spokeswoman, told Computerworld. Part of that effort will be to bring the voice search capability on its iOS app up to the level of its Android platform. "We're pretty close to par with Android. On Android, we're also improving search all the time. Ultimately, we want people to be able to use search on both platforms the same way," says Radosavljevic-Szilagyi. Read more on Google's mobile search plans.

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