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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.

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...

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...

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...

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Apple-Samsung Trial Judge Annoyed by Phones in Court

April 9, 2014 9:18 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — So far one of the biggest problems for a federal judge overseeing a patent battle between the world's largest smartphone makers isn't about stolen ideas. It's getting the roomful of smartphone devotees to turn off their devices.

Samsung Using Google as Shield in Patent Fight

April 2, 2014 10:53 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

"Not one of the accused features on this phone was designed, much less copied, by anyone at Samsung," Samsung attorney Peter Quinn said. "The accused features on this phone were developed independently by some of the software engineers at Google, up the road in Mountain View."

Choosing Jury in Apple-Samsung Case May Be Hard

April 1, 2014 9:47 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Jury selection promised to be a challenge for the world's leading smartphone makers as they continued their patent fight in federal court on Tuesday. The trial in Silicon Valley marks the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits between Apple Inc. and Samsung, with the companies accusing each other of stealing ideas and features.

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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.

Another Apple-Samsung Skirmish Heads to Court

March 31, 2014 9:06 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits...

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.

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...

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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.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook Teases New Product Categories

February 28, 2014 5:04 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook struck a familiar refrain during Apple's annual shareholder meeting at the company's Cupertino, Calif. headquarters. Cook promised that Apple Inc. is working on new gadgets that will expand the company's product line-up beyond smartphones, tablets, music players and personal computers without divulging any details.

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.

Pressure Mounts for Apple to Expand Its Horizons

January 29, 2014 9:14 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple reshaped technology and society when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone seven years ago. Now, the trend-setting company is losing ground to rivals that offer what Apple has stubbornly refused to make: smartphones with lower prices and larger screens than the iPhone.

Report: Nearly One Billion Smartphones Shipped in 2013

January 28, 2014 10:19 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Smartphone manufacturers shipped 990 million units worldwide in 2013, up 41 percent from the 700 million smartphones shipped in 2012. Strategy Analytics most recent numbers showed Huawei, Lenovo and LG all growing rapidly and combining for 14 percent of the global market.

Apple Sells 51M iPhones in 1Q as Profits Hold Steady

January 27, 2014 5:47 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

As expected, Apple broke records during its holiday quarter, selling 51 million iPhones and posting $57.6 billion in quarterly revenue. On those sales figures, Apple saw $13.1 billion in net profit, matching what it posted in the year-ago quarter despite gross margins shrinking annually to 37.9 percent from 38.6 percent.

Apple Poised for Record Quarter as Market Share Slides

January 27, 2014 10:11 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

When the company Monday announces its fiscal first quarter numbers, analyst estimates put it safely ahead of the same quarter last year in at least a few categories. iPhone estimates range around 54 million for the quarter, trouncing the record 47.8 million the company sold in the first quarter of 2013.

Government Lobbies Court to Keep Apple Monitor in Place

January 27, 2014 9:41 am | by Larry Neumesiter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Government lawyers filed papers with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, saying Apple Inc.'s arguments are without merit as the company tries to stop the monitoring it complains is "a roving investigation." The monitor, Washington lawyer Michael Bromwich, was appointed for two years in October by a judge...

Report: Apple Working on Pair of Larger iPhones for 2014

January 23, 2014 1:12 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple will offer a pair of a larger iPhone in the second half of 2014 according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The new devices will run 4.5 and 5 inches on the diagonal, according to the report which cited people familiar with the matter.

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