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Google to Open Tech “Wonderlabs” for Holidays

November 18, 2013 10:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In an effort to better compete with Apple’s retails shops this holiday season, Google has plans to launch showrooms in six major U.S. cities.  The showrooms will only be open for the holidays and will be called “Winter Wonderlabs”.

Friday Flick: Coin Aims to Ease Credit Card Clutter

November 15, 2013 9:59 am | Videos | Comments

The mobile wallet is an evolving thing. From NFC-based solutions to solutions like Apple's passbook, there's no clear frontrunner. Startup Coin takes a completely new approach to the digital wallet, combining a traditional credit card form factor and a mobile app to shring multiple cards into one, simple package. Check it out!  

Report: Tablets Pick Up Slack in LCD Market

November 14, 2013 10:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to IHS iSUppli, worldwide LCD shipments for tablet panels so far for the first three quarters of 2013 amounted to 186.6 million units, up 94 percent from 96.2 million during the same three-quarter period last year. While LCD panel shipments for the TV sector were up 4 percent...

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Motorola Unveils Budget Smartphone, Aimed at World

November 14, 2013 9:31 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Motorola wants to equip the world with the latest smartphone technology at less than a third the typical price. The new Moto G phone starts at $179 in the U.S. without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must pay for phones without traditional two-year service agreements.

Samsung Says It Owes Apple $52 million

November 14, 2013 9:18 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — How much does Samsung Electronics owe Apple for copying vital features of the iPhone and iPad? Apple says $380 million. Samsung counters with $52 million. It's possible a jury presiding over a patent trial in a San Jose courtroom will find somewhere in between.

Review: Pricey iPad Mini Keeps Apple Premier Brand

November 13, 2013 9:29 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Apple is probably one of the few companies that can pull off a price increase. The new iPad Mini starts at $399, or $70 more than last year's model. For that price, you get a leap forward in power, speed and display. There are plenty of cheaper choices out there, including tablets for just $229 from Google and Amazon. None of them match Apple's iPads in app selection, design and cachet.

Testimony to Begin in Apple-Samsung Patent Trial

November 13, 2013 9:19 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The billion dollar patent fight between the world's two biggest smartphone makers is resuming in a Silicon Valley courtroom. Lawyers for rivals Apple Inc. and South Korea-based Samsung Electronics Co. were scheduled to deliver opening statements Wednesday in a San Jose courtroom in a trial to determine how much Samsung owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features.

Review: New Kindle Is Strong Challenge to iPad Air

November 7, 2013 9:11 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

On the heels of Apple's new, lighter iPad, Amazon has come out with a full-size tablet that weighs even less yet sports a sharper display and a lower price tag. Although Amazon's Kindle Fire HDX 8.9 hasn't received as much attention as the iPad Air, it is emerging as the strongest challenger yet to Apple's device.

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Samsung Aims to Topple Apple as No. 1 in Tablets

November 6, 2013 9:14 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has a new goal after overtaking Apple in smartphones: it wants to be world No. 1 in tablet computers too. A top executive, Shin Jong-kyun, told analysts on Wednesday that Samsung's tablet business is growing rapidly and the company will become the biggest maker of tablet computers.

Report: Apple Cuts Cost to Make iPad Air by 13%

November 6, 2013 9:10 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple seems to have trimmed the bill for making its latest iPad along with the tablet computer's width and weight. The iPad Air that sells for $499 costs Apple $274 to make, based on an analysis released Tuesday by the research firm IHS Inc. 

Pandora Listening up in Face of iTunes Radio

November 5, 2013 8:58 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

People listened to Pandora's Internet radio service for a collective 1.47 billion hours in October, up 18 percent from a year ago, in the face of the launch iTunes Radio. The figure, released by Pandora Media Inc.'s Chief Financial Officer Michael Herring at an investor conference Monday...

Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel Talks Sexts and Growth

November 4, 2013 9:55 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Evan Spiegel dropped out of Stanford University in 2012, three classes shy of graduation, to move back to his father's house and work on Snapchat. Spiegel's fast-growing mobile app lets users send photos, videos and messages that disappear a few seconds after they are received. 

Ahead of the Bell: Apple's Fiscal 4Q Review Coming

October 28, 2013 9:15 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

CUPERTINO, Calif. (AP) — Apple's latest quarterly report is expected to show the company's earnings are still falling as rival products siphon sales away from the iPhone and iPad. The fiscal fourth-quarter results, due out after the stock market closes Monday, are likely to serve as the latest reminder about the stiffening competition facing Apple Inc. at a time when the company's well of innovation has apparently run dry.

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Patent Shows Samsung's Rival to Google Glass

October 25, 2013 9:37 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A patent filing shows Samsung Electronics Co. is working on a device it calls sports glasses in a possible response to Google's Internet-connected eyewear. A design patent filing at the Korean Intellectual Property Office shows a Samsung design for smartphone-connected glasses that can display information from the handset.

LinkedIn Tool Shares User Info on iPhone Email

October 24, 2013 9:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LinkedIn just gave its users another reason to ensure their resumes are up to date. The online professional network has introduced a mobile feature that shows information about people's careers in emails being read on iPhones. The tool, called Intro, pulls details from the profiles of LinkedIn's more than 238 million users so the recipient of an email can learn more about the sender.

AT&T Reports Record 3Q Smarpthone Sales, Postpaid Adds Drop

October 23, 2013 5:25 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Wednesday reported best-ever third-quarter smartphone sales of 6.7 million. Total smartphone base increased by 1.2 million in the quarter, with smarpthones accounting for a record 89 percent of postpaid phone sales. Interestingly, AT&T did not break out iPhone sales but did say that it had seen record Android sales.

Uncarrier T-Mobile Will Offer iPads for Zero Down with Free Data

October 23, 2013 12:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile today released details about its plans for Apple's new iPads. The uncarrier said it will offer up the iPad Air and iPad mini with no money down, and will throw in a monthly stipend of LTE data (200MB) for free. Beginning November 1, T-Mobile will offer iPad Air and iPad mini (iPad mini with retina display with Wi-Fi + Cellular will arrive later in November). 

Report: HTC Closes One of Four Prouduction Lines

October 23, 2013 10:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Things continue to deteriorate for the HTC. The Taiwanese OEM has reportedly halted production at one its four main manufacturing plants, according to a report from Reuters. The factory being closed accounts for at least a fifth of total capacity, and Reuters said that closing has put pressure on HTC's cash flow. 

Corning Shares Jump on LCD Glass Deal with Samsung

October 23, 2013 9:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Corning Inc. jumped Tuesday after it announced a new tie-up with a Samsung Electronics subsidiary that will boost the glass maker's earnings immediately and guarantees that it will supply Samsung with liquid crystal display glass through 2023.

New iPads Likely to Star in Apple's Latest Show

October 21, 2013 2:24 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expected to round out its line-up of gadgets for the holiday shopping season with the Tuesday unveiling of its latest iPads. The San Francisco showcase is likely to feature remodeled versions of Apple's standard-sized iPad with a 10-inch (25-centimeter) display screen and the iPad Mini with a nearly 8-inch (20-centimeter) screen.

U.S. Cellular Finally Gets the iPhone

October 21, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

Customers of regional carrier U.S. Cellular can finally get their hands on an iPhone. The carrier announced it will begin carrying the iPhone 4S, 5C and 5S beginning November 8. A spokeswoman for U.S. Cellular said that pricing information for the devices will be announced in the coming days. 

Review: Button Location Sets LG's G2 Apart

October 18, 2013 9:35 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

LG's flagship mobile gadgets — the G2 smartphone and the G Pad 8.3 tablet — are great mobile devices that have fantastic screens, top-end cameras and ample processing power. But making an impressive Android device is not enough to stand apart from the crowd in the ultra...

Friday Flick: Storage in the Future

October 18, 2013 9:06 am | Videos | Comments

The world of digital content grows exponentially every day. SanDisk helps companies and consumers capture, share, preserve and access that content from the data center all the way to the digital camera. That adds up to more than two million flash memory products produced at our world-class manufacturing facilities on a daily basis. Check out SanDisk's message for the future. 

Former CEO Concedes Mistakes in Nokia's Downturn

October 18, 2013 9:00 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Former Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila, who steered the Finnish company to become the world's biggest maker of cellphones, has conceded that several mistakes were made during his tenure, including a failure to predict changing customers' needs and developing new software.

AT&T Launches $5 Daily Data Pass

October 17, 2013 3:30 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Thursday announced a new one-day data pass for tablet users. According to a statement from the company, the new daily pass will cost $5. The carrier did not say how much data would be included with the pass. The announcement came as AT&T...

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