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Sony Lowers Forecast to Loss, Trying to Sell Vaio

February 6, 2014 11:01 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony said it's cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television and other businesses. Some 3,500 of the job losses will be overseas and 1,500 in Japan. That comes on top of the 10,000 jobs cuts Sony announced over the previous year.

Report: HTC Exec Says Things are Looking Up

February 6, 2014 10:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Chang Chialin, chief financial officer for HTC, told Bloomberg Thursday that the coming year is looking much more promising than the dismal 2013 HTC recorded. Just how bad was it? HTC's sales dropped 30 percent in 2013 and the company's shares fell a whopping 53 percent, reporting its first annual net loss ever. 

Friday Flick: Lenovo the Smartphone Maker

January 31, 2014 11:18 am | Videos | Comments

Here's a quick look at the Lenovo's first smarpthone, the Vibe Z. With this weeks annoucement that the company has agreend to acquire Motorola's handset business from Google for $3 billion, it's easy to wonder where things will go from here. Check it out.  

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Inq Mobile Shutters After 6 Years in Business

January 31, 2014 9:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Inq Mobile Friday announced it will shutter its business permanantly on January 31, 2014, according to a post on the company's website. Credited with making the affordable feature phone cool again, INQ came to market with the Inq1 in 2008, which featured deep integration of Facebook.

Lenovo Third-Largest Smartphone Vendor with $3B Motorola Buy

January 30, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google Wednesday announced that Lenovo has agreed to acquire Mototola's handset division for $2.91 billion, a fraction of the $12.4 billion Google paid for the business back in 2011. According to a press release the purchase price includes $1.41 billion paid at close, comprised of $660 million in cash and $750 million in Lenovo ordinary shares.

Verizon, Sequans Demo Broadcast LTE Prior to Super Bowl

January 29, 2014 1:04 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon is hoping to use the upcoming Super Bowl to showcase the power of LTE. The carrier is demoing LTE Broadcast technology that can make more efficient use of available bandwidth at large events. Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS) is the technical specification that the 3GPP included Release 9 of LTE.

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.

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Google Hopes Designer Frames Will Sharpen Glass

January 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is adding prescription frames and new styles of detachable sunglasses to its computerized, Internet-connected goggles known as Glass. The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass available to the general population later this year.

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.

After Loss, LG Sees Lower Profit, Currency Risks

January 27, 2014 9:44 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

 LG Electronics Inc. is forecasting lower earnings from its mobile business this quarter and risks from swings in Latin American currencies after posting an unexpected loss in the final three months of 2013. The latest results from LG Electronics, the world's second-largest TV maker and a major device supplier...

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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AT&T Could Muve Subscriber Base for Beats

January 16, 2014 5:07 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

While Beats appears to have done a good job with its new streaming music service (see below for hands-on impressions), it’s the company's tie-up with AT&T that could make it a contender out of the gate. That's saying something considering wireless operators' poor track record when it comes to content.   

Sprint will Offer Curved G Flex Beginning Jan. 31

January 16, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

Sprint Thursday announced that it will be the first operator in the U.S. to carry G Flex, the new smartphone from LG, which comes replete with a curved form factor. According to a press release, the G Flex will take advantage of Sprint's enhanced Spark LTE service, which promises peak speeds of up to 60 Mbps.

Apple's iBeacon Continues Expansion into American Eagle Stores

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

American Eagle Outfitters and Shopkick today announced plans to launch shopBeacon in 100 of American Eagle Outfitters' top-performing stores across the country. According to a press release, Shopkick's shop Beacon is the first Apple iBeacon-based presence signal for retailers.

Apple Will Refund at Least $32.5M in App Case

January 15, 2014 2:07 pm | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple will refund at least $32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that kids made without their parents' permission while playing on mobile apps, the government announced Wednesday. The Federal Trade Commission said Apple will make full refunds for any such in-app purchases made by kids while playing on mobile phones and other devices...

Sony Xperia, LG G Flex Smarpthones Manage Niche Appeal

January 13, 2014 3:58 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

One of the reasons Android phones have become popular is the choice they offer: Want a big screen? There's a phone for you. Want cheap? There's one for you, too. New phones from Sony and LG continue that trend. Although I personally find their distinctive features unnecessary, consumers looking for those specific attributes will welcome them.

Ericsson: Toll-Free Data Will See Traction

January 10, 2014 9:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Putting aside the net neutrality concerns of AT&T's recently announced Sponsored Data solution, Lejla Maric, director of TV and media engagement practice at Ericsson, said she believes the idea is here to stay. "We believe [this will catch on], because obviously it's a new way for operators to engage with the content providers," Maric said.

CES: Case Makes iPhone a BlackBerry Clone

January 9, 2014 10:04 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

If you love your iPhone but would prefer a physical keyboard, Typo could be for you. But you might want to order soon. BlackBerry, the company that made physical typing on mobile devices an addictive craze, is suing Typo Products LLC, accusing it of copying its world-famous keyboard.

Yahoo's Mayer Stresses Mobile, Acquisitions in CES Keynote

January 8, 2014 10:15 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Yahoo is leaning more heavily on its recent acquisitions of technology and talent as CEO Marissa Mayer tries to attract more traffic and advertising to the Internet company's services. Mayer unveiled the latest steps in her effort to accelerate Yahoo's lackluster revenue growth during an hour-long presentation at the International CES...

CES: Smartphone Saturation Impacting Overall CE Market

January 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A smartphone in every pocket may mean good things for carriers, but it spells trouble for the overall consumer electronics market. While the consumer electronics market has seen a huge boost from sales of mobile devices over the past few years, now a saturated smartphone market...

Gartner: PC, Mobile Shipments to Hit 2.5B in 2014

January 7, 2014 1:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Research firm Gartner expects worldwide shipments of computers and mobile devices to reach 2.5 billion units this year, up nearly 8 percent from 2013. The growth comes amid a steady decline in PC shipments, which is more than made up for by an increase in tablet and mobile phone shipments.

CES: Qualcomm Brings AllPlay to the Masses

January 7, 2014 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Qualcomm Monday announced commercial availablity of its AllPlay technology, which it hopes will help enable wireless media streaming on more devices throughout the home. The AllPlay media platform was developed by the Qualcomm Connected Experiences division and features Atheros wireless technologies.

Apple’s 2013 App Store Sales Top $10 Billion

January 7, 2014 9:58 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple today announced that customers dropped more than $10 billion at its App Store in 2013. The company revealed that more than $1 billion of those sales alone came during December. Apple revealed in a press release that iOS developers have now made more than $15 billion on the App Store.

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