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Samsung Loses 7 Percent Share in 2Q

July 29, 2014 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

IDC estimates Samsung shipped 74.3 million smartphones in the second quarter, down 3.9 percent from the 77.3 million it moved in the same quarter last year. Samsung's overall market share came in at 25.2 percent in the second quarter, down from 32.3 percent during the same period last year. 

EU Regulators Approve Apple's $3B Beats Deal

July 28, 2014 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The 28-nation bloc's executive Commission said Monday the transaction does not threaten...

LG Doubles 2Q profit on Strong Smartphone Sales

July 24, 2014 9:46 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG executives said solid sales of handset devices will help its mobile division stay profitable...

Sprint Partners with Google for Enterprise Cloud Push

July 23, 2014 1:41 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sprint has signed on to offer Google Apps for Business and serve as enterprise support for the...

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Apple Sets 3Q iPhone Sales Record, Sees iPad Sales Slip

July 22, 2014 5:48 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple sold 35.2 million iPhones during its third quarter, just missing analyst estimates but handily beating the June quarter record of 31.2 million sold during the year-ago quarter. The 13.3 million iPads Apple sold during the quarter fell below estimates. The total was down annually from 14.6 million.

No Longer Competitors, Apple and IBM a Natural Fit

July 22, 2014 4:12 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

One of the world's largest providers of enterprise software applications and services on a "mobile-first" mission, and arguably the most well-known consumer mobile device manufacturer ever, are now collaborators. It was probably a more natural union than many imagined when Apple and IBM recently announced their partnership. 

Report: Apple Prepping for Biggest iPhone Launch Ever

July 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple is asking its manufacturers to make 70-80 million iPhones ahead of approaching launch of new 4.7- and 5.5-inch models of its smartphone, according to the Wall Street Journal. The initial order reports mark a huge increase of the 50-60 million units Apple ordered ahead of last year’s launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C.

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Apple Director Bill Campbell Steps Down

July 18, 2014 9:17 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

At the time, Apple was flirting with bankruptcy. Campbell frequently served as Jobs' sounding board during one of the most resounding corporate turnarounds in U.S. history as Apple first redesigned its Mac computer line and then rolled out the iPod, iPhone and iPad to emerge as the world most valuable company.

Apple Strengthens Enterprise Position with IBM Partnership

July 15, 2014 5:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The partnership centers around a new class of business apps that will run on iOS devices. The companies are boasting "a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad." 

Verizon Adds Tablets to Edge

July 15, 2014 11:37 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon over the weekend added the iPad and Android tablets to its Edge early upgrade program. “We’ve had other tablet payment plans in the past, but now we’re focused on Edge,” a Verizon spokesperson told Wireless Week when asked about why tablets are just coming to Edge.

Apple Echoes U.S. Tracking Explanation in China

July 14, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple said that its phones are constantly figuring location by pinging cell towers in order to determine location in a quick and reliable manner. But it said all of that is done at the device level and it is not tracking end users. It also said that tracking a phone's location using GPS takes too long and would not result in a satisfying user experience. 

Nickel in iPads, Other Devices Causing Allergic Reactions

July 14, 2014 9:08 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Nickel rashes aren't life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable, and they may require treatment with steroids and antibiotics if the skin eruptions become infected, said Dr. Sharon Jacob, a dermatologist at Rady Children's Hospital, where the boy was treated. Jacob, who co-wrote the report, said the young patient had to miss school because of the rash.

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FTC Sues Amazon Over In-App Purchases Made by Kids

July 10, 2014 2:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Federal Trade Commission is suing Amazon over unauthorized in-app purchases made by children. The FTC is seeking refunds for consumers and is looking to permanently stop Amazon from billing account holders for purchases made without their consent. According to the complaint, Amazon keeps 30 percent of all revenue from in-app purchases.

China's Call to Reduce Subsidies Could Hurt Apple

July 9, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The official statement from the governmental Commission has not yet been released yet, but if true it could mean yet another setback for Apple in what Cupertino had originally seen as a huge opportunity. If Chinese carriers were forced to reduce subsidies, devices like the iPhone could become even less attractive to consumers there.

Mobile Phone Sales Will Reach 1.9B in 2014

July 7, 2014 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sales of smartphones, which exceeded those of the rest of the market in 2013, will continue to do well, and Gartner estimates that smartphone sales will represent 88 percent of global mobile phone sales by 2018 — up from 66 percent in 2014.

Android Wear Compatibility Gap Leaves Open Door for Apple, Microsoft

June 30, 2014 4:41 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

If Android and the many OEM partners can find a way to close the fragmentation gap, then Android Wear could become as pervasive as its parent software. Of course, if someone releases a commercially viable smartwatch with its own cellular connection, then fragmentation ceases to be a phone-watch pairing issue and becomes a standalone smartwatch problem.

Walmart Slashes iPhone Prices Ahead of Fall iPhone 6 Launch

June 27, 2014 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The reduced prices come as Apple and its partners might be trying to get rid of existing inventory before a fall launch of the iPhone 6. A recent report from the International Business Times claims that Apple has set a September 19 release day for the iPhone 6. 

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T-Mobile Selling Prepaid iPhones Through Apple Retail Stores

June 26, 2014 4:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile today further aligned itself with Apple's products by offering its prepaid service on iPhones through Apple reail stores.  The Uncarrier Thursday said that customers can now purchase and activate an iPhone with T-Mobile service in more than 250 Apple stores. 

Google I/O to Show Off Smart Home Gadgets, Wearables

June 25, 2014 9:12 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Android update, wearable gadgets and so-called smart home devices are just some of the innovations Google is likely to show off at its two-day developer conference, which begins Wednesday in San Francisco. In recent years, the conference has focused on smartphones and tablets, but this year Google's Android operating system is expected to stretch —into cars, homes and smartwatches.

San Francisco to App: Curb Parking Space Auctions

June 24, 2014 11:20 am | by Terry Collins and Martha Mendoza, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco's new crackdown on a mobile app that allows people to auction off their public parking spots marks yet another clash between innovative technologies and regulators trying to maintain law and order, public safety and a sense of social decorum.

Report: Apple's 'iWatch' Coming This Fall

June 23, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has been under pressure to release new products, as investors question whether the company that popularized the smartphone and the tablet computer is still able to innovate following the death of co-founder Steve Jobs. CEO Tim Cook has hinted at new products coming this year, but the company hasn't provided details.

Crime Data Shows iPhone 'Kill Switch' Cuts Thefts

June 19, 2014 2:10 pm | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The report by state attorneys general, prosecutors, police and other officials from a year-old initiative called "Secure Our Smartphones" said Google and Microsoft will incorporate a kill switch into the next version of their operating systems on smartphones. The three systems — Android, iOS and Windows Phone — are used in 97 percent of smartphones in the U.S.

EU Investigating Apple's Tax Dodge

June 11, 2014 9:58 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

EU antitrust commissioner Joaquin Almunia said Wednesday a preliminary probe by his office has found the arrangements are improper, though the companies as well as the countries involved — Ireland, the Netherlands and Luxembourg — must be given a chance to respond.

Low-Cost, High-End Smartphone the Logical Next Step for Amazon

June 10, 2014 10:51 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Amazon is built for a smartphone. Consider its assets: a HUGE customer base; extensive billing system; walled content ecosystem; a line of tablets and eReaders; set-top box that will likely place nice with the new phone. What does that all mean? It means instagrow for Amazon smartphone share.  

Report: Apple Teaming with AT&T, T-Mobile for Prepaid Push in Retail Stores

June 9, 2014 10:36 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

9to5Mac said Apple Stores will begin stocking AT&T GoPhone SIMs and activations kits and T-Mobile SIMs, allowing customers to buy full-price iPhones and walk out of the store with a connected device. The report says Apple Stores will begin the prepaid offering during the last week of June.

Apple's Stock Splits Today to $92 Per Share

June 9, 2014 9:56 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In late April, the iPhone and iPad maker announced plans to split its stock for the first time in nine years. Since then, Apple's stock has climbed 23 percent, creating more than $100 billion in shareholder wealth while the Standard & Poor's 500 edged up just 4 percent.

SmartWatch, Episode 13: Apple’s Buttery Scrolling Vs. Amazon’s Third Dimension

June 6, 2014 1:04 pm | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch we dive into Apple's WWDC announcement. From iOS 8 to OS X Yosemite, Apple has laid the foundation for its next generation of devices. Even without any new hardware releases, Apple appears to have appeased both consumer and developers with the promise of new features and even more integration between devices. 

The Tyranny of Apple’s New Headphone Scheme

June 6, 2014 11:03 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

If the leak about the Lightning Connector headphones is true, and you're an iPhone user, get ready to eventually buy more expensive adaptors along with the additional Lightning Connector cords you've bought since the spec was switched from the 30-pin we'd all come to know and...well, know. 

iOS’s Walled Garden is Cracking, for Better or for Worse

June 5, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

My developer friend said if Apple keeps this up, he was hopeful that by iOS 9, he won’t even have to jailbreak. If that feeling even partially resonates through the developer and jailbreaker community, then Apple’s made a huge step toward opening its doors to the outside world. But the inverse effect must be considered. If the hurdles for developers are shrinking, the learning curve for the common end-user might be getting steeper.

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