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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.

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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. 

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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.

Apple Continues Work to Meld iOS and OS X

June 2, 2014 3:44 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A number of enhancements to the company's desktop platform make it not only look more like iOS, but also make it behave more like an iPhone. For instance, OS X "Yosemite" will allow end users to place and receive phone calls directly from their Mac laptops and desktops through a connection with their iPhones. Macs will also be able to field actual text messages from Android phones. 

Apple’s iOS 8 Shows Up with UI Tweaks, HealthKit, HomeKit

June 2, 2014 3:08 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cook praised developers for helping to drive 75 billion downloads from the App Store before promising that developers will now have the ability to bundle apps together for purchase and add video previews. Additionally, Apple announced a beta-test service called TestFlight that allows developers to invite beta-users to try out their applications.

Apple's Beats Buy Is Two-Sided for Music Streaming

May 30, 2014 10:26 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

Streaming-music companies like Beats Music, which charge users up to $10 a month, can sometimes pay as much as 70 percent of their revenue in artist royalty fees. That leaves little left for advertising and promotional campaigns to explain to consumers the benefits of paying for a music service.

SmartWatch, Episode 12: Telling Times for Apple, Samsung Wearables

May 29, 2014 12:16 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we’re talking about Samsung’s “Voice of the Body,” which ended up being a wearable called Simband that will monitor just about all the information your body can possibly put out. As part of that effort, Samsung wants to bury the hatchet and collaborate with competitors to make the space more open and advance health monitoring.

Iovine: I've Always Known Beats Belonged with Apple

May 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“I’ve always known in my heart that Beats belonged with Apple,” Iovine said. “The idea when we started the company was inspired by Apple’s unmatched ability to marry culture and technology. Apple’s deep commitment to music fans, artists, songwriters and the music industry is something special.”

Report: Apple Targets July to Begin 'iWatch' Production

May 28, 2014 10:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According a report from Business Insider that cites research notes from Brian Blair of Rosenblatt Securities, the new watch will feature a round face similar to Motorola's recently unveiled Moto 360. Apple is apparently confident it's going to cell a lot of the devices. 

Report: Apple Unveiling Smart Home Platform at WWDC

May 27, 2014 11:08 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple next week will reportedly unveil a connected-home software platform at its annual developer conference, according to Financial Times. Apple’s “big play” in the smart home space would involve turning the iPhone and iPad into a controller for connected devices in the house. The Apple TV would be integrated with the platform as well, according to the report.

Foxconn Buying $390M Share of Taiwan Mobile Operator

May 27, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Foxconn announced plans to snap up a $390 million stake in Taiwanese mobile operator Asia Pacific Telecom. Foxconn, Apple’s primary manufacturing partner, will take on 582.9 million Asia Pacific shares before the two companies fully merge through a share swap, according to Reuters. The merger is scheduled to take place by June 20.

Review: Apple's CarPlay Headed in Right Direction

May 22, 2014 2:42 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is getting ready to hitch the iPhone to cars in a mobile marriage of convenience. The ambitious project, called CarPlay, implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard.

U.S. Cellular Takes on AT&T, Verizon with $140 10GB Shared Plan

May 20, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular today is pushing out a discount for its Shared Connect plans that comes out to $140 monthly for four lines with unlimited talk and text plus 10GB to share. The carrier’s new pricing trumps similar offers from AT&T and Verizon that charge $160.

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