Mobile Minutes: Smartphones, Facebook drones, BlackBerry, Telus

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Smartphones, the disappointing miracle
A new report shows how much work it is to download apps, interact with the mobile Internet billions of times a day, and all feel frustration at slow loads and app crashes.
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Facebook eyes using drones to deliver Internet
Facebook is friending drones. The social networks founder Mark Zuckerberg revealed Thursday that the companys ambitious plan to bring Internet access to the parts of the world without it will use drones to do.
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BlackBerry goes green thanks to smaller than anticipated loss
Not long ago BlackBerry was all but left for dead. Shares shed 36.5% in value last year with many believing the best the former smartphone king could hope for was to be sold for parts. The companys financial situation still isnt pretty, but shares are up more than 18% so far in 2014.
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Teluss decision to shut Public Mobile angers consumers
Telus Corp. is preparing to shut down Public Mobiles wireless network, a move that forces the discount carriers roughly 280,000 customers to buy new cellphones in order to maintain service. Although Telus is planning to migrate Public Mobiles customers onto its faster 4G (fourth-generation) national network, its decision is sparking a firestorm of criticism from consumer advocates and is raising the eyebrows of federal officials, including Industry Minister James Moore.
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