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China Mobile Nearing Deal with Apple

August 15, 2013 9:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

China Mobile’s 740 million subscribers make it the biggest carrier in the world and an obvious target for Apple to extend its brand in China. China Telecom and China Unicom, the second and third biggest carriers in China, both carry the iPhone and have seen boosts in data consumption because of it.

Icahn Tells Apple CEO to Buy Back More Stock

August 13, 2013 4:17 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Icahn said on Twitter Tuesday that he spoke with Apple Inc. CEO Tim Cook and told him the computer company's stock buyback needs to be boosted immediately. Icahn characterized the talk as a "nice conversation" and said he and Cook plan to speak again soon.

Report: Apple Will Launch Next iPhone on Sept. 10

August 12, 2013 9:55 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

On Saturday, AllThingsD reported that Apple has picked Sept. 10 as the date for its next big iPhone event. AllThingsD has been reliable in alerting us to upcoming Apple events. The publication correctly pointed to October for the iPad Mini release, which was the last time Apple launched a new product.

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Report: Sub-$200 Smartphone Shipments to Top 750M by 2018

August 9, 2013 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The global demand for cheaper smartphones could be in line for some massive growth over the next few years. ABI Research is predicting low-cost smartphone shipments of 238 million in 2013 and more than triple that in 2018. The report sees the devices filling out OEM portfolios for emerging and developed markets alike, which could push shipments to 758 million by 2018.

Obama Administration Overrules Apple Import Ban

August 5, 2013 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama's trade representative on Saturday vetoed a ban on imports of some Apple iPads and older iPhones, dealing a setback to rival South Korean electronics company Samsung. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman overruled a June decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which had banned imports...

Friday Flick: Gorilla Glass is How Tough?

August 1, 2013 11:53 am | Videos | Comments

While many were disappointed in the iPhone's Gorilla Glass covering, the easily shattered glass doesn't get babied in the lab. Take an inside look at what Corning R&D puts smarpthones through to test the durability of Corning's Gorilla Glass.  

Report: Next iPad Mini Will Have “Retina” Display

August 1, 2013 10:00 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple’s upcoming boost to its tablet sales, the iPad Mini 2, could be coming with a high-resolution “retina” display. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple will be using displays from LG, Sharp and Samsung—its often bitter smartphone rival—in the new iPad Mini, which is expected to arrive in the fourth quarter.

Lawsuit Alleges Apple Shortchanges Store Workers

July 31, 2013 10:35 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is facing accusations of shortchanging thousands of employees who haven't been getting paid while being forced to wait in line to show they aren't trying to steal an iPhone, iPad or other merchandise from the company's bustling stores...

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Apple VP Mansfield Moves to “Special Projects” Team

July 29, 2013 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Bob Mansfield, Apple’s senior vice president of technologies, has left the company’s executive team and taken up work on “special projects” at Apple. After Mac Rumors initially spotted that Mansfield’s bio had been removed from the executive team section on Apple’s website, All Things D confirmed that Mansfield had made the switch within the company and in his new position would be directly reporting to CEO Tim Cook.

Android Grabs 67% Share of Global Tablet Market

July 29, 2013 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Android continues growing its tablet share as Google's operating system snagged 67 percent of the globl market in the second quarter of 2013. Apple's iPad slid to 28 percent, while Windows managed to scrape together a 4.5 percent share of the market...

T-Mobile Offers Zero Down on Flagship Phones

July 29, 2013 9:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

All carriers offer zero-down phones for new subscribers and new contracts, but that low price is traditionally reserved for entry-level devices.  As of July 27, T-Mobile customers can snag devices like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Note 2, Sony Xperia Z, Nokia Lumia 925, HTC One, BlackBerry Q10 and iPhone 5 (8 GB model only) for nothing up front in exchange for paying higher monthly fees in some cases.

Group Accuses Apple Supplier of Labor Abuses

July 29, 2013 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor rights group Monday accused a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. of abuses including withholding employees' pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of...

First News Briefs: Strategy Analytics, Verizon, Dallas Cowboys, Duracell

July 26, 2013 10:03 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

According to the latest research from Strategy AnalyticsSamsung became the world's most profitable handset vendor in Q2 2013. Apple slipped into second position, as margins have been hit by lower iPhone 5 volumes and tougher competition in China.

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Apple, Verizon Take Home Brand of the Year Awards

July 25, 2013 10:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Investors may be questioning Apple's operations, but consumers remain faithful to the brand. According to findings from the 2013 Harris Poll EquiTrend study, Apple took home repeat Brand of the Year distinctions in three categories - Computer, Tablet and Mobile Phone - in the annual study...

Apple Shares Jump 5% on 31.2 Million 3Q iPhone Sales

July 23, 2013 5:38 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shares of Apple jumped just over 5 percent in aftermarket trading immediately following the company's hotly-debated, highly-anticipated fiscal third-quarter earnings report. The picture that emerged wasn't all great but it did seem to soothe investors for the time being...

AT&T’s 2Q Beats Street on Revenue, Adds 551K Postpaid Subs

July 23, 2013 5:20 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Consolidated revenues of $32.1 billion (up 1.6 percent annually) on a diluted EPS of $0.71 (up 7.6 percent annually) were both good enough for AT&T’s second quarter to beat analysts’ estimates. Still, net income for the quarter was down slightly from second quarter of 2012, to $3.8 billion from $3.9 billion.

Apple Acknowledges Dev Site Breach, Promises Overhaul

July 23, 2013 11:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple today released a statement on the recently reported hacking of its developer website. Apple acknowledged that last Thursday, an intruder attempted to secure personal information of registered developers from the website...

Ahead of the Bell: Low Expectations for Apple's 3Q

July 23, 2013 9:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's latest quarterly report is expected to show the company has been growing at its slowest pace since the debut of the iPhone six years ago. The numbers, due out Tuesday after the stock market closes, are likely to reinforce investor...

Apple Seeks Stay of U.S. Ban on iPhone 4, iPad 2

July 10, 2013 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple is looking to put off an upcoming U.S. ban on the GSM versions of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) put the ban—which takes effect August 5—after finding the devices in violation of Samsung patents.

Report: Nikon Eyes Smartphone Market

July 8, 2013 10:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Camera maker Nikon is looking to expand into smartphones and medical devices, as interest in point-and-shoot camreas wanes, according to a report from Bloomberg. Citing flagging sales of point-and-shoot cameras in April and May, Nikon President Makoto Kimura said the company wants to create...

Samsung Forecasts Record Profit but Shares Tumble

July 8, 2013 9:30 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. reported record quarterly profit Friday but its shares tumbled on doubts its mainstay smartphone business can maintain rapid growth. Samsung Electronics Co. on Friday estimated its April-June operating profit at a record high...

Apple Hires Fashion House CEO for “Special Projects”

July 3, 2013 10:32 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

After the last month saw Apple seeking out “iWatch” trademarks around the globe, Cupertino has fueled some more wearable speculation with the curious hire of Paul Deneve, former CEO of Yves Saint Laurent. As Reuters points out, Cupertino confirmed the hire of Deneve as a vice president at Apple and added that he will be working on “special projects” and report directly to CEO Tim Cook.

Report: LTE-Advanced iPhone Coming to SK Telecom

July 2, 2013 10:28 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Hot on the heels of Samsung, Apple is planning to release an LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) iPhone on SK Telecom’s newly launched LTE-A network. The Korea Times, citing an unnamed SK Telecom exec, said Apple and the Korean carrier are in the middle of negotiations and hoping for a release in the next few months.

French Watchdog Raids Apple Stores

July 2, 2013 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

PARIS (AP) — French competition authorities have confirmed that investigators raided Apple stores across France last week as part of an ongoing probe. Autorite de la Concurrence spokesman Yannick Le Droze confirmed a report in French business daily Les Echos that first disclosed the investigation, but declined to answer questions about the reasons behind the probe.

Tokyo Court Backs Apple Against Samsung on Patent

June 21, 2013 9:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TOKYO (AP) — Apple Inc. has won a patent infringement lawsuit against Samsung Electronics Co. in a Japanese court, one of dozens of legal battles around the world between the technology giants. The Tokyo District Court issued a partial verdict Friday in favor of Apple. Damages were not announced.

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