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Microsoft to cut another 1,850 jobs at Nokia unit, takes $950M impairment charge

Microsoft said Wednesday that it plans to cut another 1,850 jobs at its troubled Nokia phone making unit and take an impairment and restructuring charge of $950 million.

Aftermarket mobile accessories revenue to top $110B in 2021, says ABI

The aftermarket mobile accessories market is forecast by ABI Research to top $110 billion in revenue by 2021, with Bluetooth headsets for smartphones growing the fastest.

Standalone app processor shipments aimed at mobile devices to surpass 1B by 2020

Standalone application processor shipments targeting smartphones and tablets will grow from 462 million units currently to surpass 1 billion by 2020, forecasts ABI Research.

More smartphones to include wireless charging capability this year, says IHS

More smartphones are expected to include wireless charging capability, reaching 10 percent of all smartphones shipped this year, predicted IHS Technology.

Wireless is bright spot in an otherwise gloomy semiconductor market

Wireless was a bright spot in an otherwise gloomy semiconductor market last year, growing almost 4 percent to more than $56 billion, while total semiconductor revenue fell 2 percent to $347 billion, according to the latest stats from market research firm IHS Technology.

Who you calling dumb? Feature phones make a comeback

Stop the presses. Feature phones are making a comeback, at least in emerging markets. That is one conclusion of market research firm ABI Research, which recently looked at the stats on mobile phones, both feature phones and smartphones.

BlackBerry kills off BB10, plans 2 mid-range Android devices this year

BlackBerry has decided not to make any more smartphones running the BlackBerry 10 operating system, but focus instead on Android, company CEO John Chen told the National recently. Instead, BlackBerry plans to launch two mid-range Android-based handsets this year.

Basic tablet sales will continue to take a hit, says Gartner

Demand for ultramobiles (basic and utility tablets) – a category that includes the iPad, iPad mini, Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, Nexus 7 and Acer Iconia Tab 8 – is forecast by Gartner to decline 3.4 percent in 2016.

Here's how to recycle smartphones into IoT devices

Stop letting perfectly good smartphones rot away in a drawer just because they're not this year's model, and instead use those phones as Internet of Things devices, said a Japan-based nonprofit organization called Phonvert.

Spotlight: The end is near – when it comes to double-digit smartphone growth

Last year was likely the last year of double-digit smartphone growth, according to market research firm IDC.