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Apple Acquires 3D Sensor Company PrimeSense

November 25, 2013 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple has acquired 3D sensor company PrimeSense. An Apple representative confirmed the deal to AllThingsD. The report values the deal at around $360 million. Apple stayed mum on its plans for PrimeSense, a company it had reportedly been in talks to buy since July.

Jury Orders Samsung to Pay Apple $290 Million

November 22, 2013 9:10 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury on Thursday added $290 million more to the damages Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features, bringing the total amount the South Korean technology titan is on the hook for to $930 million.

Jury Ends Day 2 of Samsung-Apple Deliberations

November 21, 2013 9:12 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

Silicon Valley jurors failed to reach a decision Wednesday and will return for a third day of deliberations to determine how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad. A previous jury found Samsung guilty of infringing several Apple patents in making and marketing 26 devices...

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Jury Set to Decide how Much Samsung Owes Apple

November 19, 2013 7:34 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury is set Tuesday to begin deciding behind closed doors how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad. Apple is demanding $380 million. Samsung counters that it only owes $52 million for using features such as "pinch-to-zoom" in 13 older-generation products.

Report: Apple Deploying iBeacons in Its Retail Stores

November 18, 2013 10:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple’s iBeacons could be setting up shop in the company’s retail stores soon. 9to5Mac cited multiple sources saying that Apple will begin placing the Bluetooth-leveraging transmitters throughout its stores, coinciding with an update to the Apple Store mobile application.

Samsung Says It Owes Apple $52 million

November 14, 2013 9:18 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — How much does Samsung Electronics owe Apple for copying vital features of the iPhone and iPad? Apple says $380 million. Samsung counters with $52 million. It's possible a jury presiding over a patent trial in a San Jose courtroom will find somewhere in between.

IDC: Android Claims 81 Percent World Smartphone Market Share

November 13, 2013 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Android grabbed an 81 percent share of the world smartphone market during the third quarter. According to IDC’s latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker, Google’s mobile OS hit a new high, jumping up from 74.9 percent share a year ago, and saw its shipments rise 51.3 percent annually, to 211.6 million from 139.9 million.

Review: Pricey iPad Mini Keeps Apple Premier Brand

November 13, 2013 9:29 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is probably one of the few companies that can pull off a price increase. The new iPad Mini starts at $399, or $70 more than last year's model. For that price, you get a leap forward in power, speed and display. There are plenty of cheaper choices out there, including tablets for just $229 from Google and Amazon. None of them match Apple's iPads in app selection, design and cachet.

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Testimony to Begin in Apple-Samsung Patent Trial

November 13, 2013 9:19 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The billion dollar patent fight between the world's two biggest smartphone makers is resuming in a Silicon Valley courtroom. Lawyers for rivals Apple Inc. and South Korea-based Samsung Electronics Co. were scheduled to deliver opening statements Wednesday in a San Jose courtroom in a trial to determine how much Samsung owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features.

Many Millions at Stake at Second Apple-Samsung Trial

November 12, 2013 9:08 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest round in Apple and Samsung's bitter global battle for supremacy in the more than $300 billion smartphone market begins Tuesday in a courtroom a few miles from Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters. In courts, government tribunals and regulatory agencies around world...

Review: New Kindle Is Strong Challenge to iPad Air

November 7, 2013 9:11 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

On the heels of Apple's new, lighter iPad, Amazon has come out with a full-size tablet that weighs even less yet sports a sharper display and a lower price tag. Although Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 hasn't received as much attention as the iPad Air, it is emerging as the strongest challenger yet to Apple's device.

Samsung Aims to Topple Apple as No. 1 in Tablets

November 6, 2013 9:14 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has a new goal after overtaking Apple in smartphones: it wants to be world No. 1 in tablet computers too. A top executive, Shin Jong-kyun, told analysts on Wednesday that Samsung's tablet business is growing rapidly and the company will become the biggest maker of tablet computers.

Report: Apple Cuts Cost to Make iPad Air by 13%

November 6, 2013 9:10 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple seems to have trimmed the bill for making its latest iPad along with the tablet computer's width and weight. The iPad Air that sells for $499 costs Apple $274 to make, based on an analysis released Tuesday by the research firm IHS Inc. 

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Opinion: Carriers Missed Boat on Cloud Storage but There’s Still Time

November 5, 2013 4:23 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Cloud storage provider Funambol offers a white label cloud storage solution to some of the largest operators on the planet, but the company admits that only "a fraction" of wireless subscribers are using their operator’s personal cloud service. 

Pandora Listening up in Face of iTunes Radio

November 5, 2013 8:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

People listened to Pandora's Internet radio service for a collective 1.47 billion hours in October, up 18 percent from a year ago, in the face of the launch iTunes Radio. The figure, released by Pandora Media Inc.'s Chief Financial Officer Michael Herring at an investor conference Monday...

First News Briefs: BlackBerry, Samsung, Movius Interactive, Boost, iPhone

November 1, 2013 10:19 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

BlackBerry today announced that Australia’s national transport safety investigator, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), has migrated to BlackBerry’s leading Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) solution, BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10.

Apple, Microsoft Sue Samsung, Google Over Nortel Patents

November 1, 2013 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters reports that Rockstar, the group that in 2011 successfully bid $4.5 billion in a bankruptcy auction for Nortel’s patents, has filed suit for patent infringement against Samsung, Google, HTC, Huawei and four other companies.  Rockstar is co-owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony and Ericsson.

Review: Lighter iPad Air Narrows Gap with Mini

October 30, 2013 10:19 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — When Apple came out with a smaller iPad last year, the original version suddenly seemed heavy and bulky. The iPad Mini fit more easily in pockets and bags, and it felt more comfortable in my hands. It was also cheaper than the full-size version.

Smartwatches Abound. But Who Really Wants One?

October 30, 2013 9:46 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Computerized wristwatches that display message alerts and weather updates are abound this holiday season: Consumer electronics companies are trying to persuade you to add these smartwatches to your shopping lists. Samsung and Sony have devices out, and Qualcomm has one coming before the holidays. Apple is believed to be making one, and a new report says Google is developing one, too.

Report: Samsung Grabs 29 Percent of 3Q Global Phone Market

October 29, 2013 10:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Global phone shipments for the third quarter hit 418 million units, growing seven percent annually and marking the highest growth rate for the market since 2011. The numbers compiled in Strategy Analytic’s latest research indicate that Samsung accounted for nearly 29 percent of the total worldwide cell phone shipments, almost doubling the market share of its closest competitor Nokia, that claimed 15.5 percent.

Apple Sells Almost 34M iPhones, 4Q Beats Street

October 28, 2013 5:39 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Shares of Apple fell slightly in after hours trading following news that the company’s fourth-quarter EPS of $8.26 and revenue of $37.5 billion had beaten estimates. Bloomberg estimated Apple would move 33 million iPhones this quarter and the company pushed past that mark with 33.8 million total iPhones shipped, well ahead of the 26.9 million iPhones it sold in the same quarter last year.

Ahead of the Bell: Apple's Fiscal 4Q Review Coming

October 28, 2013 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple's latest quarterly report is expected to show the company's earnings are still falling as rival products siphon sales away from the iPhone and iPad. The fiscal fourth-quarter results, due out after the stock market closes Monday, are likely to serve as the latest reminder about the stiffening competition facing Apple Inc. at a time when the company's well of innovation has apparently run dry.

Icahn: $150B Buyback Would Take Apple to $1250 Per Share

October 24, 2013 12:06 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Notable activist investor Carl Icahn, chairman of Icahn Enterprises, today published on his new website a letter he wrote to Apple CEO Tim Cook. The letter, which was not immediately available due to a technical glitch on the new website...

LinkedIn Tool Shares User Info on iPhone Email

October 24, 2013 9:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LinkedIn just gave its users another reason to ensure their resumes are up to date. The online professional network has introduced a mobile feature that shows information about people's careers in emails being read on iPhones. The tool, called Intro, pulls details from the profiles of LinkedIn's more than 238 million users so the recipient of an email can learn more about the sender.

AT&T Reports Record 3Q Smarpthone Sales, Postpaid Adds Drop

October 23, 2013 5:25 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Wednesday reported best-ever third-quarter smartphone sales of 6.7 million. Total smartphone base increased by 1.2 million in the quarter, with smarpthones accounting for a record 89 percent of postpaid phone sales. Interestingly, AT&T did not break out iPhone sales but did say that it had seen record Android sales.

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