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Mozilla Announces New $33 Firefox Smartphone for India

August 26, 2014 9:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Intex Cloud FX comes running Firefox OS, and packs a modest 1 GHz processor and expandable memory of up to 4GB. It also boasts dual-SIM capabilities, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for easy connectivity, and built-in functionality for users to monitor data usage. 

Jawbone Proves Power of Wearable Data with Quake Insights

August 25, 2014 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to information from Jawbone, about 90 percent of its users were asleep when the quake hit and the closer users were to Napa the more likely they were to wake up. Around half of the users in San Francisco woke up, but almost no one did 100 miles away from the epicenter in Modesto. 

Fitbit Denies Claims It Sells Personal Data

August 25, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The San Francisco-based fitness wearables company spelled out its privacy policy on its website after Schumer warned of a potential "privacy nightmare" relating to concerns that the makers of fitness monitoring devices could sell users' data to advertisers.

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Thermal Imaging Coming to iPhone

August 25, 2014 9:36 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple stores started selling the $349 FLIR One this week. It puts thermal imaging within reach of people who probably have never considered it before, and it opens up a whole new way of looking at the world. Warm things show up bright on the iPhone screen, while cold things are dark. It's like everything glows with its own light.

Report: iPhone 6 Display Woes Could Limit Availability

August 22, 2014 11:06 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Production for the iPhone 6 display disrupted as Apple is redesigning a “key component,” according to Reuters. The report points to a display backlight needing to be reworked because it was not bright enough. Reuters sources couldn’t say if the redesign would delay the device’s launch or limit the availability of the new iPhones during the initial release.

Analyst: China Mobile Could Help Band 41 Support Make it Into New iPhone

August 21, 2014 11:42 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

China Mobile might be able to help convince Apple to put Band 41 support in the new iPhone, according to BTIG analyst Walter Piecyk. The move would be a boost to Sprint, whose massive holdings in the 2.5 GHz Band didn’t factor into the LTE support in the current iPhone models. Sprint took possession of that swath of spectrum after last year acquiring Clearwire.

HTC Makes Windows Version of Flagship One Phone

August 19, 2014 11:16 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — HTC will start making a version of its flagship HTC One phone with Microsoft's Windows software inside. HTC says it developed the new model at the request of Microsoft, which has been trying to boost its Windows Phone system. The company will continue to make an Android version of the One, as well as other Android phones.

Report: Mobile Devices Moving to 4K Displays

August 15, 2014 10:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Senior ABI analyst Michael Inouye commented said in a statement that while some content owners and broadcasters have or are preparing to launch 4K programming, video resolution delivered to mobile devices will continue to lag behind screen pixel densities.  

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IDC: Over 300 Million Smartphones Shipped in 2Q

August 14, 2014 11:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Android and iOS together accounted for 96.4 percent of the shipments, meaning bad news for competitors, particularly BlackBerry. The Canadian OEM shipped 1.5 million smartphones to grab 0.5 percent share. That number is down from 2.8 percent share in the year-ago quarter and paltry enough to mark a -78 percent annual growth rate for the company’s smartphone shipments.

Smartphones Boost Lenovo Profits by 23%

August 14, 2014 8:56 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lenovo Group, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 23 percent on strong growth in sales of smartphones and other mobile devices. The company said it earned $214 million, or $2.06 per share, in the three months ended June 30. Global revenue rose 18 percent to $10.4 billion.

Apple Nixes Toxic Chemicals from iPhone

August 14, 2014 8:53 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A four-month investigation at 22 factories found no evidence that benzene and n-hexane endangered the roughly 500,000 people who work at the plants, according to Apple. No traces of the chemicals were detected at 18 of the factories and the amounts found at the other four factories fell within acceptable safety levels, the Cupertino, California, company said.

Cook: Apple Employee Diversity Unsatisfactory

August 13, 2014 9:03 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A breakdown released Tuesday by Apple Inc. showed 54 percent of the company's technology jobs in the U.S. are filled by whites and another 23 percent by Asians. Men make up 80 percent of Apple's technology workforce throughout the world. The iPhone and iPad maker didn't provide racial statistics for its global workforce of 98,000 employees.

Verizon Bets on Video, VoLTE and Tablets for Growth

August 12, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

In a talk at the annual Oppenheimer Investor Conference that was broadcast online, Shammo said Verizon is looking to new technologies like LTE Multicast and Voice over LTE as potential growth areas. He also said tablets pose an opportunity.

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Report: Tango Receives $1.5B Valuation

August 8, 2014 10:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While the amount is nowhere near the $19 billion Facebook paid for WhatsApp, it is quite a bit more than Tango has seen in the past. According to a report from Reuters, the new valuation is one-third more than the valuation Tango recieved just five months ago. 

Microsoft Offers Nokia Workers Free Handset to Leave Jobs

August 7, 2014 10:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft is preparing to cut approximately 4,700 jobs at its Nokia handset factory in Beijing, leaving only 300 workers. The plan was met with protests by Nokia workers there. The news comes as Microsoft has already announced that it plans to slash 18,000 jobs over the next year, many of which will come from the recently acquired Nokia handset business. 

China Clamps Down on Messaging Services

August 7, 2014 9:20 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government announced that only established media companies will be allowed to release political and social news. That would curtail a growing trend in use of instant messaging services by journalists and scholars to distribute independent news reports and commentary.

Samsung, Apple Easing Off Legal Fight

August 6, 2014 9:48 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

"Samsung and Apple have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States," the South Korean company said in a statement. "This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts."

Philips, Accenture Push Wearables Concept to Healthcare Space

August 5, 2014 11:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

When a wearable display and the Emotiv Insight Brainware, which scans EEG brainwaves, are connected to a tablet, users can issue brain commands to control Philips products, which include Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service, a Smart TV and the Philips Hue lighting system. The tablet also allows control of these products using eye and voice commands. 

Report: Xiaomi Rises to Top Smartphone Maker in China

August 5, 2014 10:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to new numbers from research firm Canalys, Xiaomi has risen from being a niche player to become the leading smart phone vendor in the world’s largest market, overtaking Samsung in volume terms in second quarter. Canalys reports that Xiaomi grabbed a 14 percent share of the Chinese market, on the back of 240 percent annual growth.

Alternatives to Passwords Gain Traction on Mobile

August 5, 2014 9:41 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

They're a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more. Fortunately, phone makers have started to come up with alternatives to passcodes.

Microsoft Suing Samsung Over Android Royalties

August 4, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After initially refusing to pay royalties in the second year of the deal, Samsung made a late payment in November but did not add on interest, according to a redacted copy of the complaint filed in federal court in New York and provided by Microsoft.

SmartWatch Episode 16: The Rise and Fall of the Tablet in Carrier 2Q Earnings

July 31, 2014 3:09 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we take a look at the rise and possible fall of the tablet. As net phone additions lagged in the second quarter, the major carriers leaned on tablet additions to prop up their numbers. Big Red added 1.4 million postpaid subscribers, reporting that it had added 304,000 postpaid phone net additions and whopping 1.15 million postpaid tablets.

Sony Posts $261M Profit Amid Restructuring

July 31, 2014 10:11 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate, which has been trying to reshape its business after years of losses, did well in its video games, movie and camera businesses, offsetting restructuring costs. Under an overhaul announced earlier this year, Sony has sold its Vaio computer business and is splitting off its TV division to run as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Samsung Shares Plummet on 2Q Profit Drop

July 31, 2014 10:04 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung has stumbled in its efforts to make even a small move away from Android. Earlier this week, it delayed the release of the first smartphone powered by Tizen, its own mobile operating system, just two months after announcing a launch date. It did not give a future schedule.

Virgin Mobile Launches Customizable Prepaid Plans

July 30, 2014 9:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The plans can be adjusted at any time during the month, even daily, directly from each person’s device, or controlled by the primary user, allowing the plans to add or subtract the amount of voice, text or data  and other services they use at any time within their monthly billing cycle. 

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