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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.

Samsung Launching First Tizen Smartphone in 2Q

April 16, 2014 10:31 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A Samsung executive told Reuters that the company will release a high-end smartphone...

CTIA Partners with Big Tech on Voluntary Anti-Theft Program

April 16, 2014 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Called the "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment," the program counts as signatories a...

Intel Revenue Climbs Amid Shift to Mobile Devices

April 16, 2014 9:35 am | by Barabara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Intel's earnings fell in the first three months of the year amid a continued slump in the...

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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.

Review: Siri-like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap

April 15, 2014 9:28 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own. The result is Cortana, named after an artificial-intelligence character in Microsoft's "Halo" video games.

Report: Amazon Smartphone Coming in September

April 14, 2014 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Amazon has been rumored for some time to have a smartphone in the works, such an offering now seems inevitable given the company's expanding line of hardware, which now include eReaders, tablets and the recently launched Fire TV product. 

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Court Reverses Conviction of Man in iPad Data Case

April 14, 2014 9:12 am | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court reversed the conviction of man imprisoned for illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing the email addresses of more than 100,000 of iPad users, ruling Friday that prosecutors tried him in the wrong state. Andrew Auernheimer, who was living in Arkansas at the time...

Google to Sell Glass to Bigger Pool of Consumers

April 11, 2014 9:52 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A lot more people are about to get a chance to buy Google Glass, the Internet-connected eyewear that has become the hottest accessory in geek fashion. Google will sell the "Explorer" version of Glass to any U.S. resident who places an online order for the device beginning at 9 a.m. PDT April 15. 

SmartWatch, Episode 5: Monitoring the Industry Shift, David Ortiz and the Galaxy S5

April 10, 2014 11:26 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we take a look at the seismic shift happening in the wireless industry as carriers begin paying bounties and move away from device subsidies. We also get a quick look at the Samsung Galaxy S5, and touch base with Boston Red Sox DH, David Ortiz. All this and more in this week’s edition of SmartWatch!

Continued Drop in PC Shipments Slows

April 10, 2014 10:02 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Worldwide shipments of PCs fell during the first three months of the year, but the latest numbers show that the global slump in PC demand may be easing. Although the numbers released Wednesday by market research firms Gartner and IDC mark the industry's eighth straight quarter of declines...

DropBox Launches Android, Desktop Versions of Mailbox

April 9, 2014 3:09 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After acquiring Mailbox back in March of 2013, Dropbox today announced an Android and desktop version of the Mailbox app. Mailbox, which made headlines with its long wait while in Beta as an iOS app, is aimed at more easily sorting through and organizing mail through various swipe gestures. 

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Report: Smartphone Apps Processor Revenue to Hit $30B by 2018

April 9, 2014 11:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to Sravan Kundojjala, senior analyst for Strategy Analytics, the smartphone applications processor market will be boosted by LTE-Advanced, 64-bit, multi-core and semiconductor process technologies. Strategy Analytics forecasts that stand-alone applications processor penetration in smartphones will drop to 28 percent in 2018...

China Approves Microsoft's Nokia Buy with Caveat on Patent Pricing

April 8, 2014 9:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

China has finally approved Microsoft's acquistion of Nokia's devices and services business. On China's Ministry of Commerce website, the Ministry said it would go along with the deal but tacked on a few conditions regarding pricing around the use of Nokia's significant patent portfolio. 

HTC Posts $62M 1Q Loss, Puts Hope in M8

April 7, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

HTC Corporation today released unaudited results for the first quarter of 2014, posting a net loss before tax of $62.17 million on $1.08 billion in total revenue. Net operating losses hit $67.7 milion. This latest quarter's losses come after HTC reported a new profits of $10 million in the fourth quarter of last year, which was largely attributed to the company's sale of headphone maker Beats.

Samsung Claims Major Breakthrough in Flexible Display Tech

April 4, 2014 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung believes it has found a way to make flexible displays and wearables using a substance called graphene. In a press release, Samsung Electronics said it has discovered a breakthrough synthesis method to speed the commercialization of graphene, which it said is ideally suited for electronic devices. 

Mozilla's Eich to Step Down Amid Same-Sex Marriage Row

April 3, 2014 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his post amid controversy over his stance on same-sex marriage. In a blog post on the company's website, Mithcell Baker, chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation and former CEO of the Mozilla Corporation, admitted the company had not lived up to its core values.

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Old Habits at Samsung, LG Embarrass Them Abroad

April 3, 2014 9:38 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

When Samsung unveiled a new smartphone at the storied Radio City Music Hall, the Broadway-style spectacle was memorable not for technology but for a cast of giggling female characters who fantasized about marrying a doctor, fretted about eating too much cake...

Samsung Hooks Unsuspecting Obama as Phone As Star

April 3, 2014 9:15 am | by 
Tali Arbel, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Boston Red Sox baseball player David Ortiz snapped a selfie with the president at a White House event using a Samsung phone and tweeted it to his followers Tuesday. It was resent by tens of thousands of Twitter users, and Samsung retweeted the photo as an ad. 

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."

Samsung Launches Smart Home Service

April 2, 2014 10:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung is advancing its master plan to connect all of its devices with today's launch of Samsung Smart Home in the United States and Korea. In a statement, Samsung said the service features a single app that allows users to connect and control home appliances, TVs and mobile devices. 

BlackBerry Wins Ruling Against iPhone Keyboard

March 31, 2014 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has won an early round in its legal battle against an iPhone keyboard made by a startup co-founded by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. A court order bans Seacrest's company, Typo Products LLC, from selling its iPhone keyboard in the U.S. while BlackBerry Ltd. proceeds with a patent infringement case against the product. 

Advancing Mobile Solutions With Low-Power DDR4

March 31, 2014 10:12 am | by Reynette Au, Micron Technology | Articles | Comments

The increasing complexity of mobile smartphones brings with it new design challenges.  While today’s mobile system-on-chip (SoC) devices integrate advanced functionality in an efficient way, they also increase bandwidth requirements to external memory resources. In addition, new features must be implemented without increasing power consumption...

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...

BlackBerry Outlook Brightens as Chen Cuts Expenses

March 28, 2014 8:59 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry reported a steep drop in profit and revenue Friday as it transitions from a smartphone company to a software business under its new chief executive. Shares jumped 7 percent in premarket trading as CEO John Chen cut expenses quicker than expected.

Apkudo, CCA Partner on Device Hub for Rural Carriers

March 27, 2014 5:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) is making it easier for smaller rural and regional carriers to get the devices they need with the launch of the Device Hub. Apkudo is powering the platform that will provide better management of device portfolios for smaller carriers and create common device specifications...

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.

Could New HTC One Tempt iPhone Users?

March 27, 2014 2:09 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It looks like there could be some iPhone users considering a switch over to the dark side, namely Android. New numbers from CompareMyMobile.com, a UK shop that offers money for used phones, found that iPhone valuations were way up after HTC announced its new HTC One M8. 

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