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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. 

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...

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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.

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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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Uncarrier T-Mobile Will Offer iPads for Zero Down with Free Data

October 23, 2013 12:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile today released details about its plans for Apple's new iPads. The uncarrier said it will offer up the iPad Air and iPad mini with no money down, and will throw in a monthly stipend of LTE data (200MB) for free. Beginning November 1, T-Mobile will offer iPad Air and iPad mini (iPad mini with retina display with Wi-Fi + Cellular will arrive later in November). 

Carriers Announce Data Plans for New iPads, T-Mo Offers 200 MB Free

October 22, 2013 3:31 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The four major U.S. carriers have rolled out the individual data plans for Apple’s new iPad Air and iPad mini with Retina display and T-Mobile is already putting an “un-carrier” move on the competition by offering 200 MB of data free. AT&T’s, Verizon’s and Sprint’s lowest tiered offerings don’t match T-Mobile’s free deal but up from there, things start to level off.

Apple Rolls Out New iPad Air, iPad Mini

October 22, 2013 2:55 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The iPad Air wears a 9.7-inch Retina display with a 43-percent smaller bezel than the previous iPad. Inside the Air, the 64-bit A7 chip is running things and MIMO antenna tech should speed up the Wi-Fi. The Air begins shipping Nov. 1 and starts at $499. A Retina display, A7 chip and MIMO antenna also found their way onto the new 7.9-inch iPad mini, which is priced at $399 and due out in late November.

New iPads Likely to Star in Apple's Latest Show

October 21, 2013 2:24 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expected to round out its line-up of gadgets for the holiday shopping season with the Tuesday unveiling of its latest iPads. The San Francisco showcase is likely to feature remodeled versions of Apple's standard-sized iPad with a 10-inch (25-centimeter) display screen and the iPad Mini with a nearly 8-inch (20-centimeter) screen.

New iPads Expected at Apple's Oct. 22 Event

October 16, 2013 9:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple has confirmed an Oct. 22 media event by sending out invites for the occasion Wednesday. The event, which will take place at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Theater in San Francisco, is expected to focus on new iPads and the latest iteration of the company's desktop operating system.

Apple Taps Burberry CEO to Oversee Stores

October 15, 2013 9:06 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple said Tuesday that Burberry CEO Angela Ahrendts, who used technology to drive a remarkable turnaround at her luxury fashion house, will take charge of the company's expansion plans and retail operation. Ahrendts, who will become a senior vice president at Apple next spring...

Report: Apple Cutting iPhone 5c Production in Half

October 11, 2013 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple is reportedly cutting daily production for the iPhone 5c from 300,000 to 150,000. MacRumors found a report from Chinese site C Tech that learned from “insiders” the cut in production was due to “dismal sales.” The iPhone 5c, which was largely thought to be Apple’s phone for emerging markets, somewhat confounded when it came in priced only $100 less than the flagship iPhone 5s.

Report: Apple Holding iPad Event Oct. 22

October 9, 2013 9:47 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple will reportedly hold an invite-only event Oct. 22 to show off its refreshed iPad and iPad mini. All Things D has the scoop again after accurately predicting the dates for this year’s iPhone launch and last year’s iPad Mini event. The event will also reportedly devote some time to the new Mac Pro and the company’s desktop operating system refresh, OSX Mavericks.

Ahead of the Bell: Apple

October 7, 2013 10:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's stock climbed in premarket trading on Monday as an analyst lifted the company's rating and price target, saying improving gross margins should help the business until the launch of the iPhone 6. Peter Misek of Jefferies LLC said in a client note that it appears Apple's suppliers...

Apple Looking into iOS 7 iMessage Bug

October 2, 2013 10:43 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple acknowledged a problem within iOS 7 affecting iMessage and has said it’s looking into fixing it. The Wall Street Journal pointed to a statement from Apple where the company noted the issue with messages not being sent through iMessage and indicated a fix would be coming in a future iOS 7 update.

Icahn Wants Apple to Spend $150B Buying Its Stock

October 1, 2013 2:18 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn is pressuring Apple to spend $150 billion buying back its own stock, a target that would more than double the amount that the company's board authorized in a previous attempt to placate frustrated shareholders.

Report: T-Mo Gets Boost from iPhone Sales

September 30, 2013 9:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile's uncarrier strategy appears to be getting a little help from sales of Apple devices. According to recent numbers from Kantar Worldpanel, T-Mobile grew to 13.2 percent of smartphone sales in the U.S. market in the 3 month period ending August 2013, marking its highest share of sales over the past year. 

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