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Samsung Profits Fall 60 Percent on Mobile Business Decline

October 7, 2014 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung today issued pre-earnings guidance for its upcoming third quarter and projected an operating profit of $3.8 billion off of nearly $43.9 billion in sales. As Reuters points out, Samsung’s profit guidance represents a 60-percent drop year-over-year and falls well short of analysts’ estimates of $5.2 billion.

HP Separating Consumer Devices and Enterprise Businesses

October 6, 2014 9:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The planned breakup follows other big companies that have spun off business units in order to drive growth. EBay Inc. this month said it would spin off its fastest growing segment, payment service PayPal, into a separate and publicly traded company.

Review: iPhone 6 Prompts New Batch of Nifty Accessories

October 3, 2014 2:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

With the launch of every new iPhone comes an onslaught of cases and accessories. The iPhone 6 is no exception. Here's a few of the standouts we've seen hit the market over the past couple weeks.                                                                  

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EU Gives Facebook Go Ahead for $19B WhatsApp Buy

October 3, 2014 9:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The 28-nation bloc's executive Commission said Friday the deal may go ahead because consumers will continue to have...                                                                                          

SmartWatch, Episode 21: #Bendgate – Apple Haters Take It All Out on iPhone 6

October 2, 2014 12:11 pm | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we take a look at the recent controversy that calls into question the durability of Apple’s new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. You might be surprised at what Consumer Reports had to say about all the hubbub. While the iPhone 6 might not be the strongest phone on the market it could possibly be the most loved and hated device in history. All this and more in this our 21st episode of SmartWatch.

Review: Is Paying by Phone Really Easier than Plastic?

October 2, 2014 9:40 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

In theory, mobile-payment services such as Google Wallet are easy to use. You simply download an app and enter your card information. With Apple Pay, you can even snap a picture of the card or use the one you already use with Apple's iTunes.

Path App Facilitates Direct Texts to Businesses

September 30, 2014 4:30 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A product of its acquistion of TalkTo, Path has inserted the ability for users of its messaging app to text businesses with questions about everything from dinner reservations to their operating hours.                                     

Microsoft Unveils Windows 10 for All Devices

September 30, 2014 2:58 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

With this iteration of Windows, Microsoft addressed the dearly missed Start menu. With Windows 10, the company brings back the Start menu, but with a twist. The OS will apparently be able to...                                                                  

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Apple's iPhone 6 Gets Approval for Sales in China

September 30, 2014 10:47 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Approval for use of the iPhone 6 on Chinese networks was granted after Apple "promised 'it never constructed a so-called ...                                                                                      

Report: Worries of iPhone 6 Plus Durability Overblown

September 29, 2014 10:28 am | News | Comments

News tests from Consumer Reports show that complaints about the bendability of the iPhone 6 Plus were overblown a bit. In fact, the results might surprise those who have been following "Bendgate."                                                               

Amid Passport Launch, BlackBerry Posts $207 Million Loss

September 26, 2014 9:35 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2015 was $916 million, which broken out included approximately 46 percent for hardware, 46 percent for services and 8 percent for software and other revenue. Analyst consensus was more in line with $940 million in revenue for the quarter. 

Analysis: Apple's Response to Problems Critical

September 26, 2014 9:07 am | by Brandon Bailey, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

As the giant tech company scrambled to fix a software glitch that left some of its new iPhones unable to make calls, some analysts said Thursday that Apple is doing the right thing by...                                                              

Samsung, BlackBerry Poke Apple Over Bending iPhone 6 Plus

September 25, 2014 11:13 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung Thursday fired off a tweet capitalizing on Apple’s bendable iPhone 6 Plus troubles while touting its own Galaxy Note Edge. “Curved. Not bent” the tweet reads above an image of Samsung’s upcoming Note 4 iteration with a screen that curves around the side bezel and shows notifications.

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SmartWatch, Episode 20: Everything Wrong with the iPhone 6 and More!

September 25, 2014 10:44 am | by Wireless Week | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch,sponsored by SanDisk, we look at everything that’s wrong with the iPhone 6. No, really, there’s some serious gripes with Apple’s new flagship, as well as the company’s new iOS 8 operating system. But at least Andrew hasn't bent his yet. We’ll also check in with BlackBerry’s John Chen...

Apple Issues iOS 8 Workaround, Says 8.0.2 Coming in Few Days

September 25, 2014 10:10 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple released a workaround for iPhone 6 and 6 Plus owners who lost cellular connectivity or Touch ID functionality due to the 8.0.1 update. The company posted instructions on how those affected can revert their devices back to iOS 8 and said that 8.0.2 will be released in the “next few days.”

Apple Pulls Back iOS 8.0.1 Update

September 24, 2014 3:55 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple has already pulled back the iOS 8.0.1 update after complaints surfaced about the software tweak causing issues with cellular service and Touch ID. The update was sent out to address a number of early bugs with iOS 8, primarily critical flaws in HealthKit, the company’s new fitness-tracking application.

Note 4 Beats iPhone 6 to China

September 24, 2014 10:00 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's early move in China comes as the South Korean company faces challenges on multiple fronts. Its profit from the crucial mobile business has flagged and local brands in India and China have dented its sales of cheap phones.

Review: Why I Chose the iPhone 6 over the S5 and Lumia 1020

September 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

After having been an iPhone user since the launch of the 3Gs, I wanted to test the other operating systems on the market. I had no problem leaving the Android-based S5 behind, but I have to admit that when iPhone launch day came around, I was a little hesitant to give up the Lumia 1020.

Report: iPhone 6 Plus Garners Huge Margins for Apple

September 23, 2014 4:32 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a new report from IHS iSuppli, the bill of materials (BOM) for the iPhone 6 equipped with 16GB of memory amounts to $200.10 with manufacturing costs, while the BOM on the iPhone 6 Plus amounts to...                                                                                  

Rural Carriers, MVNOs Gearing Up for iPhone 6 Launches

September 23, 2014 11:04 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A second wave of iPhone 6 and 6 Plus launches is coming Sept. 26 to rural and Tier 2 carriers along with MVNOs. NTelos announced it will begin selling Apple’s two new phones Friday and will start pricing out at $150 for the 16GB iPhone 6 and $250 for the 16GB iPhone 6 Plus, $50 less than where most major carriers start their on-contract pricing for the devices.

AT&T, Mojio Seek to Connect Even 'Dumb' Cars

September 23, 2014 9:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Mojio solution is a cellular device that plugs into any car’s onboard diagnostic port, which then connects to AT&T's network. The device will allow car owners to locate their vehicle, or monitor and diagnose their car from their iOS or Android smartphone.

Samsung May Launch First Tizen Phone in India

September 22, 2014 9:58 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., which faces a slowdown in emerging market smartphone sales, will release its long-delayed Tizen-powered handset in India before the end of this year, a report said Monday. Samsung's first Tizen-based device will be launched in November in India, said Tarun Malik, director of Samsung's Media Solutions Center in Southwest Asia, in an interview with Economic Times.

Super Mobility Week: A Show of Contrasts

September 22, 2014 6:00 am | by Elliott Drucker | Articles | Comments

Analyst Elliott Drucker went to CTIA's Super Mobility Week in search of the kinds of "deep tech" he hopes will save the wireless networks. Instead, he found contrasting themes that he says illustrate the problems that the industry is likely to face over the next few years.

AT&T Sees the Body Becoming the Hub for Wearables

September 19, 2014 1:49 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Aside from doubts about smartphones being able to continue supporting wearables as new use cases and form factors keep emerging, Garver saw limited value in a smartwatch simply tethering to smartphone and recreating its functions on the wrist.

Launch Day: iPhone Fans Queue Up for new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus

September 19, 2014 11:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

I had time to hold both phones, and while tempting, the iPhone 6 Plus is probably not going to appeal to as wide an audience as the iPhone 6. An informal survey of most of the people that I was standing in line with indicated that they would be opting for the smaller model. 

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