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Huawei Bringing New Ascend P7 to U.S.

May 7, 2014 10:53 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Huawei Wednesday unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Android-based Ascend P7. The new device continues the Chinese company's efforts to enter the higher end of the smartphone market. The P7 features a 5-inch HD display, 8-megapixel front-facing and 13-megapixel rear-facing cameras, and the latest Emotion UI 2.3. 

Jury Awards Apple $119M in Samsung Patent Row

May 5, 2014 10:06 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California jury awarded Apple $119 million — far less than it demanded — in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents.

Apple, Samsung Continue Dominance as Lenovo, Huawei Gain Share

April 30, 2014 11:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Huawei, Lenovo and LG have all managed to sell more smartphones than they did last year in the first quarter. According to new numbers from IDC, Huawei kept its third place position worldwide, beating out Lenovo by fewer than a million units. Huawei  hopes to sell 80 million smartphones globally in 2014. 

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SmartWatch, Episode 8: Rumble in the Postpaid Jungle - AT&T Vs. Verizon; Apple Stock Split

April 29, 2014 1:53 pm | Videos | Comments

In this week's edition of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at some surprising first-quarter results from the nation's two largest wireless carriers. Until now, Verizon has managed to stay above the fray, as AT&T and T-Mobile engaged in a price war. However, given 1Q earnings, it appear Verizon will have to join the fight going forward...

SmartWatch, Episode 7: Wireless What-Ifs, Ands and Buts, from Apple to Softbank

April 24, 2014 11:15 am | Videos | Comments

With a relatively quiet news week having passed, this week's SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, takes a look at what might be on the horizon. From a Softbank bid for T-Mobile to a new iPhone, we'll offer up the probability of the next big story in the wireless. 

Apple Shares Halted Ahead of 7:1 Stock Split Announcement

April 23, 2014 5:20 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple shares halted briefly Wednesday as the company announced a 7:1 stock split and raised its buyback authorization from $30 billion to $90 billion. Apple declared a dividend of $3.29 per common share, which it will pay out May 15 to shareholders of record as of May 12.

Apple Takes Subtle Shot at Samsung in Full-Page Newspaper Ad

April 22, 2014 10:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

As the Apple-Samsung patent trial surges on, Apple took the time to politely troll Samsung in a full-page newspaper ad running Tuesday. On Earth Day, Apple’s ad focuses on the company’s greenest efforts while the headline, “There are some ideas we want every company to copy,” gets in a subtle jab at Samsung and the OEM’s alleged infringement on Apple patents.

SmartWatch, Episode 6: The Next iPhone, Amazon’s 3D Dreams, and Pessimism

April 17, 2014 11:20 am | Videos | Comments

In this edition of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we contemplate whether a lack of headline-grabbing smartphones in 2014 will allow Apple to jack up the price of its next iPhone (iPhones?) as much as $100. And before the show is over, Ben will address his pessimism regarding Amazon’s rumored 3D smartphone before coming face to face with his more optimistic self, who thinks the feature sounds kind of neat.

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Analyst: Dearth of Hero Phones Could Net $50-$100 “iPhone 6” Price Hike

April 15, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple might be able to leverage a $50 to $100 price hike for its upcoming “iPhone 6” given the lack of headline-grabbing smartphones hitting the market in 2015. Jeffries analyst Peter Misek said that the current state of smartphone saturation and low differentiation could mean the next iPhone, rumored to be significantly bigger, could be a big enough blockbuster that Apple can force carriers to bow to raised prices.

Analyst: Apple Seeking Health Insurer Subsidies for “iWatch”

April 14, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cowen & Co analyst Timothy Arcuri predicts the company’s smartwatch could have enough built-in fitness tracking features that health insurance companies might be willing to absorb some of the cost similar to how wireless providers subsidize devices for customers.

Apple’s Ive Taking Control of Software, VP Greg Christie Out

April 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Greg Christie, a veteran software designer for Apple, is leaving the company and Apple Senior Vice President Jony Ive will assume his duties as a vice president in Apple’s design department. The team that was working under Christie and reporting directly to Senior Vice President Craig Federighi will now report to Ive.

Review: Office for iPad Is Pretty and Functional

March 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Microsoft Office fans who've spent the last nine months using the software's suite of apps on their tiny smartphone screens are probably thrilled that they can finally create and update documents on the iPad's significantly bigger display surface.

Microsoft Unveils Office for iPad

March 27, 2014 4:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple Inc.'s hugely popular tablet computer. The app was to be made available for download on Thursday in the App Store at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

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Report: 63% of Non-Desktop U.S. Web Traffic from iOS

March 20, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Even as Android pulls away with the majority of global smarpthone market share, Apple's iOS continues to drive more Web traffic in some countries around the globe. The findings revealed in dotMobi’s Global Device Traffic Index, show that Apple’s iOS-based devices...

Apple Launches 8GB iPhone 5C in Europe

March 18, 2014 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple isn't letting up on its push into the lower end of the market. The company Tuesday launched an 8GB version of its colorful iPhone 5C for European markets. According to 9to5 Mac, the new phone sells in the United Kingdom for $712 unsubsidized...

Apple Nixes iPad 2, Reduces Price of Fourth-Gen Model

March 18, 2014 10:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple Tuesday announced that it will do away with the iPad 2, while reducing the the fourth-generation to iPad 2 price points. The fourth-generation 9.7-inch iPad will now sell for $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the Wi-Fi + cellular model. 

Huawei, Others Causing Trouble for Apple Brand

March 17, 2014 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple's brand preference rating fell by 5.1 points between the second and fourth quarter 2013, which the research firm said was "one of the weakest performances of 21 major technology brands" in its latest survey. The survey also suggests Apple may be failing to impress its demographic sweet spot.

Groups Protest Chemicals Used in iPhone

March 12, 2014 4:35 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Green America and China Labor Watch launched their campaign Wednesday to protect the health of factory workers assembling the devices in China. The groups unveiled an online petition protesting the use of benzene and n-hexane in the production of iPhones. Benzene is a carcinogen that can cause leukemia if not handled properly and n-hexane has been linked to nerve damage.

Apple's iOS Concedes Majority Share of Tablet Market to Android

March 3, 2014 1:59 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple has lost its grip on tablet dominance, as Gartner today released numbers that show Android was the top tablet operating system in 2014. While sales of iOS tablets grew in the fourth quarter of 2013, iOS's share declined to 36 percent last year, while Android captured 62 percent of the market. 

Apple Takes Siri to Automobiles with CarPlay

March 3, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

CarPlay leverage's Apple's virtual assistant Siri to give iPhone users a hands-free way to make calls, view maps, listen to music and access message. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri.

Ahead of the Bell: Apple to Hold Annual Meeting

February 28, 2014 9:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple stockholders will get a chance to grill CEO Tim Cook about the company's product strategy, acquisition plans and money management at the iPhone maker's annual meeting. Friday's gathering, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. PST, isn't expected to be as dramatic as it was shaping up to be until recently.

Icahn Backpedals on Apple Buybacks

February 10, 2014 10:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Billionaire and activist investor Carl Icahn has rescinded his call for Apple to continue buying back shares. Icahn had previously urged Apple CEO Tim Cook to initiate a $150 billion buyback program.  In an open letter to shareholders Monday, Icahn cited a recommendation from proxy advisory firm ISS that Apple shareholders vote against the buyback plan...

Govt Closes Antitrust Probe of Samsung

February 7, 2014 3:58 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department says it has closed an investigation of Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. over alleged misuse of patents to exclude some Apple iPhone and iPad models from the U.S. market. Apple Inc. has said some Samsung wireless patents are being offered on unfair terms, hurting competition.

Apple Said to Take $14B Bite of Stock via Buyback

February 7, 2014 9:28 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has reportedly repurchased $14 billion of its stock in the two weeks after its first-quarter financial results and second-quarter revenue outlook disappointed investors. Its shares rose almost 2 percent in premarket trading Friday.

Google, Cisco Sign Patent Cross-Licensing Agreement

February 4, 2014 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Google and Cisco have signed a “long-term” patent cross-licensing agreement. The companies said the agreement will increase the value taken from their respective portfolios and, more importantly, diffuse some of the risk for future litigation. Google’s new agreement with Cisco comes shortly after the company entered similar agreements with Samsung and Ericsson related to GSM, UMTS, and LTE standards for both networks and handsets.

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