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Apple Wows with Sept. 9 iPhone 6, Apple Watch Unveiling

September 15, 2014 4:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | Videos | Comments

On Sept. 9, Apple unveiled its hotly anticipated new iPhones, as well as the forthcoming Apple Watch. The company is now dealing long lines and short supply as consumers rush pre-order. In case you missed the live keynote, be sure to check it out here in its entirety.     

SMW: iPhone Event Bears Legacy of Disruption

September 15, 2014 3:57 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

When you think about the number of times you've looked at the screen of your smartphone in the past few hours, whether iPhone or Android or Windows Phone, it's hard not to resort to hyperbole when talking about the original iPhone.

Walkway in China Dedicated to Smartphone Addicts

September 15, 2014 11:06 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

"There are lots of elderly people and children in our street, and walking with your cellphone may cause unnecessary collisions here," said Nong Cheng, the marketing official with Meixin Group, which manages the area in the city's entertainment zone.

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Apple iPhone 6 Pre-Orders Exceed Supply

September 15, 2014 9:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Phones will be available on a walk-in basis beginning Friday at Apple retail stores. Both phones will also be available beginning Friday from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and other carriers and other authorized Apple resellers.

Microsoft Acquires Minecraft Maker Mojang for $2.5B

September 15, 2014 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The technology company said it will buy Stockholm-based game maker Mojang. Minecraft, which lets users build in and explore a virtual world, has been downloaded 100 million times on PC alone since its launch in 2009. It is the most popular online game on Xbox, and the top paid app for Apple's iOS and Google's Android operating system in the U.S. 

Sprint Pleased with iPhone 6 Band 41 Support

September 9, 2014 5:26 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Since then, though, China Mobile has started selling the iPhone and they are also deploying TDD-LTE in the 2.5 GHz Band. Being the largest mobile carrier in the world by the long shot, China Mobile greatly increased the odds Band 41 would make it into the iPhone 6.

iPhone 6 at Sprint Gets $50 Unlimited Everything

September 9, 2014 5:20 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Along with the special iPhone plan pricing, Sprint is introducing the “iPhone for Life” plan allowing customers to get the 16GB iPhone 6 for zero down and $20 a month. The cost represents a large discount over the installment-pricing carriers featured for the iPhone 5s—AT&T requires 24 monthly payments of $27.09 and T-Mobile requires 24 monthly payments of $25.

Apple Watch Steals Show at iPhone 6 Launch Event

September 9, 2014 3:08 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While the iPhone's new camera remains at 8 megapixels, Apple has always excelled at upgrading its sensor, which it has done again with these latest models. When shooting in burst mode, Apple has built in software that can detect smiles and blinks and the recommend the best shot. 

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Smartphones, Apps Lending Intelligence to Cars

September 9, 2014 10:55 am | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | News | Comments

Technology being honed by French auto parts maker Valeo uses a dozen ultrasonic sound-wave sensors, 360-degree cameras and a laser scanner to safely park within a few centimeters of other vehicles. Then, when you're done with dinner or a business meeting, the car will return to you after another swipe of the thumb.

Industry, Consumers Await Today's iPhone Announcement

September 9, 2014 10:52 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is likely to provide the first peek at its wearable device at an event set to begin at 10 a.m. PDT in the same Silicon Valley auditorium where Apple's late co-founder, Steve Jobs, unveiled the industry-shifting Mac computer 25 years ago.

Microsoft Refines MSN to Flow Across Devices

September 8, 2014 11:07 am | by Mae Anderson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The company says the revamped site fits in with Microsoft's overall strategy of making mobile phones and Internet-based services priorities as its traditional businesses — Windows and Office software installed on desktops — slow down or decline. The changes also come as people increasingly read news on smartphones and tablets rather than desktop computers.

Apple's Larger iPhone Poised to Drive Phablet Market

September 5, 2014 11:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Stephen Baker, vice president of industry analysis at NPD, noted that while interest among U.S. consumers in larger screen smartphones is growing, sales growth has been relatively disappointing over the past two years due to Apple’s dominance of the market with smaller phones. 

Phone Makers Race to Refine the Selfie

September 5, 2014 9:49 am | by Frank Jordans, Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Pop stars such as Rihanna and Justin Bieber have helped popularize the trend, too, by posting stylized selfies to their leagues of followers. Even politicians are taking selfies with ordinary folks these days as a way of showing how close they are to voters.

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Microsoft Rolls out New Lumia Flagship, Windows Update

September 4, 2014 10:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to IDC's most recent numbers, Microsoft shipped 7.4 million Windows phones in the second quarter, accounting for 2.5 percent of the global smartphone market. That was down from 8.2 million in the same quarter last year, when Windows accounted for 3.4 percent of the global smartphone market. 

Annual IFA Show Showcases Lots of Mobile Phones, Watches

September 4, 2014 10:01 am | by Frank Jordans, Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung and other electronics companies, including Asustek, Sony and other, used the IFA trade show in Berlin to showcase their holiday lineups. New smartphones, computerized wristwatches and a virtual-reality headset were among the gadgets announced Wednesday.

Apple Shares Take Hit as New Samsung Phones Launch

September 4, 2014 9:53 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note Edge phone, which has a side display for quicker access to the flashlight, Twitter, news and other apps. It also showed off a new Galaxy Note 4 phone and a virtual-reality headset for the phone called Gear VR to watch concerts or play games.

Apple Working with Banks, Retailers on NFC-Capable Mobile Wallet

September 2, 2014 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports that when paired with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint reader, users will be able to pay securely for items by simply placing their finger on the home button. While rumors of NFC capability have preceded the launch of the last three iPhone models, Apple has yet to include the functionality in its smarpthones. 

Confirmed: Apple Event Set for September 9

August 28, 2014 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Re/code's John Paczkowski was first to report that Apple would launch its next iPhone on September 9. Just yesterday, Paczkowski reported that the event may produce a wearable, possibly an 'iWatch.'Most reports now have Apple eventually releasing two versions of its iPhone—one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a 5.5-inch display. The latter is expected later in the year. 

CTIA Preps Super Mobility Week Keynote Stage for iPhone Launch

August 27, 2014 3:45 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"When you think about it, the forty thousand people in the industry who will be affected most by this announcement will not be in Silicon Valley, they're going to be in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo," Mesirow said, referring to the throngs of mobile executives in attendance at Super Moblity.

Best Buy CEO Doesn’t Expect “Huge Lift” From iPhone 6

August 27, 2014 12:07 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The struggling electronics retailer had earlier in the year displayed cautious excitement over what new Apple products could mean to its sales. But Joly said the impact from phones coming out this year will be minimized because many consumers already have them and Best Buy is unsure about how many devices it will receive.

Los Angeles Schools Halt iPad Deal Amid Criticism

August 27, 2014 11:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Faced with criticism about the planning and rollout of a $1 billion effort by the Los Angeles Unified School District to provide iPads to all students, Superintendent John Deasy on Tuesday suspended future use of a contract with Apple Inc.

Tablets Vs. eReaders: Do We Need Both?

August 26, 2014 10:20 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Of course, you can simply install Nook and Kindle reading apps on an iPad or a non-Nook Galaxy. The iPad even comes with iBooks installed. Are reading-centric tablets really a better way to experience the printed word? Let's take a closer look.

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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