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Review: Windows Phone Innovations Show Promise

March 27, 2014 9:34 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

In the market for smartphones, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 system is barely there. It's dwarfed by Apple's iOS and Google's Android systems in both attention and sales. But over the past few months, I have come to appreciate many of the software's innovations...

Samsung Galaxy S5 Upstaged by Early Carrier Launch

March 27, 2014 9:20 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The global launch of Samsung's latest smartphone has been upstaged by South Korean mobile network companies. SK Telecom, South Korea's largest mobile carrier, said it will start selling the Galaxy S5 on Thursday, two weeks before the scheduled sales launch on April 11.

BlackBerry Lands New Federal Security Certification

March 26, 2014 10:54 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a press release, the company's Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, a multi-platform containerization solution managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES10), is now Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS) 140-2 certified.

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NYT Bringing Paid Subscription to New Mobile App

March 26, 2014 9:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Times said in a statement that NYT Now is a new subscription plan created for an audience seeking more content than is currently available for free but at a lower price than the full news report. The company also rolled out Times Premier, which is a higher-tier plan that brings more content to readers. 

Facebook Buying Virtual-Reality Company for $2B

March 26, 2014 9:11 am | by Barbara Ortutay, Ryan Nakashima, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Facebook is buying virtual reality company Oculus, betting $2 billion that its technology will become a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. "This is a long-term bet on the future of computing," said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday on a call with analysts.

Luxottica Shares Rise Sharply on Google Glass Deal

March 25, 2014 9:27 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares in Italian eyewear maker Luxottica have risen sharply on the announcement that it will make frames for Google's new Internet-connected eyewear, the Google Glass. Luxottica shares were up 4.7 percent to 40.77 euros ($55.80) in Milan trading Tuesday.

Mozilla Appoints Brendan Eich to CEO Role

March 24, 2014 4:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mozilla today announced that its board has appointed its current Chief Technology Officer, Brendan Eich, to the role of CEO, effective immediately. Eich was a Mozilla co-founder and was heavily involved in every aspect of Mozilla’s development starting from the original idea in 1998. 

Turkey Blocks Twitter over Graft Recordings

March 21, 2014 10:27 am | by Suzan Fraser, Associated Press | News | Comments

Turkey blocked access to Twitter on Friday after Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened to "rip out the roots" of the social network where links have proliferated recordings that appear to incriminate him and other top officials in corruption. Turkey in the past blocked access to YouTube, but it is the first ban on Twitter...

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BlackBerry Will Sell Majority of Its Canadian Real Estate Holdings

March 21, 2014 9:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry Friday said that it has agreed to sell the majority of its property holdings in Canada. According to a press release, BlacKBerry is set to sell more than 3 million square feet of space and vacant land. The sale is part of the company's ongoing cost-cutting measures.

Alibaba Investment Gives Tango Reason to Dance

March 20, 2014 11:05 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Tango is joining the conga line of mobile messaging services that have turned into hot commodities as more people use them to communicate and share photos, music and other content. China's Alibaba Group is making the latest big bet on the trend with a $215 million...

Report: 63% of Non-Desktop U.S. Web Traffic from iOS

March 20, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Even as Android pulls away with the majority of global smarpthone market share, Apple's iOS continues to drive more Web traffic in some countries around the globe. The findings revealed in dotMobi’s Global Device Traffic Index, show that Apple’s iOS-based devices...

March Madness and BYOD Are Double Bonus at Work

March 20, 2014 9:18 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Every year, the NCAA college basketball tournament gives employees a reason to goof off at their desks and root for their alma maters. But there's a growing source of potential headaches for bosses. Media companies like hosts CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s Turner are doing all they can to promote...

Google Releases Android Wear Preview to Developers

March 18, 2014 1:27 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google Tuesday announced the launch of a new Android-based developer platform specifically geared towards the creation of apps for wearable connected device. According a blog post by Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android...

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Apple Launches 8GB iPhone 5C in Europe

March 18, 2014 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple isn't letting up on its push into the lower end of the market. The company Tuesday launched an 8GB version of its colorful iPhone 5C for European markets. According to 9to5 Mac, the new phone sells in the United Kingdom for $712 unsubsidized...

Apple Nixes iPad 2, Reduces Price of Fourth-Gen Model

March 18, 2014 10:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple Tuesday announced that it will do away with the iPad 2, while reducing the the fourth-generation to iPad 2 price points. The fourth-generation 9.7-inch iPad will now sell for $399 for the 16GB Wi-Fi model and $529 for the Wi-Fi + cellular model. 

Microsoft Takes on Evernote with Free OneNote Software for Mac

March 18, 2014 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. on Monday released a version of its OneNote note-taking software for Macs and added new features and a free tier for all of the software's users in moves clearly targeted at up-and-coming productivity software rival Evernote.

Video: WDD Highlights Creepy IOT with Surveillance Sphere

March 17, 2014 3:35 pm | Videos | Comments

A floating sphere comprised of a balloon, helium, and electronics has been created to determine how sonic objects mediate between people, technology, and places. The sphere responds sonically to people and its surroundings by means of a battery-powered Arduino...

Review: Uneasy First Steps with Google Glass

March 17, 2014 10:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Shaped like a lopsided headband, Google Glass is an unassuming piece of technology when you're holding it in your hands. You feel as if you can almost break it, testing its flexibility. Putting it on, though, is another story. Once you do, this Internet-connected eyewear takes on a life of its own. 

Huawei, Others Causing Trouble for Apple Brand

March 17, 2014 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple's brand preference rating fell by 5.1 points between the second and fourth quarter 2013, which the research firm said was "one of the weakest performances of 21 major technology brands" in its latest survey. The survey also suggests Apple may be failing to impress its demographic sweet spot.

T-Mobile CFO Comments on Unlimited Sound Familiar

March 11, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter sounded a lot like AT&T and Verizon executives prior to doing away with their unlimited plans, claiming that a disprioportionately small number of users consumes a very larger percentage of the data. 

Verizon's Shammo Outlines Risks of EDGE Program

March 10, 2014 11:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Device financing programs are all the rage these days, but they aren't with out their risks. Verizon CFO Fran expects to see more device upgrades this year, especially as users take advantage of the company's new EDGE program, which allows users to upgrade as often as every 30 days. 

Google Exec Promises Wearables SDK for Developers

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

Google is hoping a new Software Development Kit (SDK) will help facilitate the development of wearable hardware and applications that can run on that hardware. Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome & apps for Google, made the announcement during a talk Saturday at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

Friday Flick: MBT, Wireless Week Talk Watson at MWC

March 7, 2014 11:44 am | Videos | Comments

In this episode of MBT's Manufacturing Newswire, MBT discusses the latest on new manufacturing hubs, as well as a partnership for batteries. We'll also talk about the near-perfect supercar, IBM's Watson super computer moving to mobile, and a look at the AllSee gesture technology. 

Iceland Startup Finds Success with Trivia App

March 7, 2014 9:14 am | by Jenna Gottlieb, Associated Press | News | Comments

A small startup has taken the gaming world by storm, finding success with its QuizUp trivia app and spurning offers to abandon its remote Iceland headquarters in favor of California's Silicon Valley. The company, Plain Vanilla, on Thursday launches the Android version of QuizUp...

Apple's iOS Concedes Majority Share of Tablet Market to Android

March 3, 2014 1:59 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple has lost its grip on tablet dominance, as Gartner today released numbers that show Android was the top tablet operating system in 2014. While sales of iOS tablets grew in the fourth quarter of 2013, iOS's share declined to 36 percent last year, while Android captured 62 percent of the market. 

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