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Apple Urges Shareholders to Vote Against Icahn’s Buyback Proposal

December 30, 2013 9:46 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Ahead of its annual shareholder meeting Feb. 28, Apple filed a preliminary proxy with the SEC detailing the agenda for the meeting. One of the items up for vote is Icahn’s proposed increase to Apple’s share repurchases during the company’s fiscal 2014. In the filing, Apple detailed its board’s opposition to the proposal and outlined the capital return programs already in place.

Breaking Down China: Why China Mobile is Big for Apple

December 24, 2013 8:40 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of Apple Inc.'s iPhone are growing in China but their share of the smartphone market has shrunk. Apple faces intense competition from Samsung and Chinese brands. The following list shows how Apple's market share has declined over the past year while those of most of its biggest rivals have grown.

iPhone Officially Coming to China Mobile

December 23, 2013 9:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The iPhone is officially heading to the world’s largest wireless operator. Apple yesterday announced a multi-year deal with China Mobile that will put the iPhone 5s and 5c in China Mobile’s retail stores as well as Apple retail stores across China starting Jan. 17 of next year. Pre-orders for the devices will begin Dec. 25 on China Mobile’s website.

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First News Briefs: AT&T, Broadsoft, Axiros, TESSCO, Samsung, RacoWireless

December 17, 2013 10:20 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

AT&T today announced the availability of  a new application programming interface (API) toolkit that can help businesses make mobile transactions safer and easier for AT&T mobile subscribers. The toolkit allows businesses to automate fraud avoidance queries and the completion of basic forms for subscribers during transactions.

Wireless Week's Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 4 (10-6)

December 17, 2013 9:43 am | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year! In case you missed them, check out the previous installments.

Can Smartphones Snap Out of Technological Stupor?

December 16, 2013 9:25 am | by Michael Liedtke & 
Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

This may be remembered as the year smartphones became boring. Although high-definition displays on smartphones have gotten bigger and their cameras have gotten better, the pace of gee-whiz innovation has dawdled. martphone and software makers are working on ways to snap out of this technological lull...

US Lawmakers Ask Trade Czar to Stem Data Threats

December 16, 2013 9:18 am | by Marcy Gordon, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress want the Obama administration to demand that U.S. allies back away from proposed restrictions on international data transmissions, saying those actions could hurt U.S. companies. Some nations are seeking to tighten the flow of data after reports this fall of the National Security Agency conducting massive information-gathering efforts abroad.

Labor Group Sees Progress at Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

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Gift Guide: Navigating Maze of Phone, Plan Choices

December 11, 2013 9:35 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — So you're ready to buy a new smartphone for your loved one. Which do you choose? Before you do anything, you have to decide whether to buy the phone outright or go the traditional route of buying a carrier-subsidized one with a two-year service contract.

Tech Giants Call for Controls on Gov't Snooping

December 9, 2013 9:57 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Eight major technology companies have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Barack Obama arguing for reforms in the way the U.S. snoops on people.

Apple Guides Shoppers Inside Stores with iBeacon

December 6, 2013 9:18 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

On Friday, Apple Inc. will begin using iBeacon technology at its 254 U.S. stores to send you messages about products, events and other information — tailored to where you are inside, provided you have downloaded the Apple Store app and have given Apple permission to track you.

Carl Icahn Ups Ante in Crusade for Apple Buyback

December 5, 2013 9:21 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Activist investor Carl Icahn is seeking the support of Apple shareholders as he tries to pressure the iPhone maker into spending more of its cash to buy back the company's stock. Icahn fired the latest volley in his two-month-old crusade with a Wednesday disclosure that he has submitted a proposal to Apple Inc. that would enable the company's shareholders to vote on his ideas early next year.

Apple Buys Topsy in Pursuit of More Twitter Tips

December 3, 2013 9:56 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Topsy pores through the stream of conversations occurring on Twitter to identify trends and people influencing public opinion. The San Francisco startup also runs a free search engine that boasts an index of every tweet posted since 2006, a resource that's not publicly available on Twitter's own online messaging service.

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Report: Tablets to Eat Up 50 Percent of PC Market in 2014

November 26, 2013 11:21 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sticking desktops, laptops and tablets together into the client PC market, Canalys sees tablets grabbing almost 50 percent of the total in 2014. Canalys is forecasting total tablet domination, with 285 million units to ship next year and that number hitting 396 million by 2017. Unsurprisingly, Apple and Samsung are expected to lead the charge.

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...

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.

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.

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