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RadioShack 1Q Hurt By Falling Mobile Sales

June 10, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company is trying to update its image and compete with the rise of online and discount retailers. Long known as a destination for batteries and obscure electronic parts, RadioShack has sought to remake itself as a specialist in wireless devices and accessories. But growth in the wireless business is slowing, as more people have smartphones and see fewer reasons to upgrade.

SmartWatch, Episode 13: Apple’s Buttery Scrolling Vs. Amazon’s Third Dimension

June 6, 2014 1:04 pm | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch we dive into Apple's WWDC announcement. From iOS 8 to OS X Yosemite, Apple has laid the foundation for its next generation of devices. Even without any new hardware releases, Apple appears to have appeased both consumer and developers with the promise of new features and even more integration between devices. 

The Tyranny of Apple’s New Headphone Scheme

June 6, 2014 11:03 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

If the leak about the Lightning Connector headphones is true, and you're an iPhone user, get ready to eventually buy more expensive adaptors along with the additional Lightning Connector cords you've bought since the spec was switched from the 30-pin we'd all come to know and...well, know. 

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Gadget Watch: LG Lifeband Touch Needs a Purpose

June 6, 2014 9:06 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The Lifeband marks the entry of LG Electronics Inc. into the fledgling market of wearable gadgets and follows smartwatches from Samsung Electronics Co., Sony Corp. and others. LG started selling the Lifeband in the U.S. last month for $150. It will be available in parts of Asia and Europe in coming weeks.

iOS’s Walled Garden is Cracking, for Better or for Worse

June 5, 2014 10:23 am | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

My developer friend said if Apple keeps this up, he was hopeful that by iOS 9, he won’t even have to jailbreak. If that feeling even partially resonates through the developer and jailbreaker community, then Apple’s made a huge step toward opening its doors to the outside world. But the inverse effect must be considered. If the hurdles for developers are shrinking, the learning curve for the common end-user might be getting steeper.

Samsung, B&N Partner on Nook Tablets

June 5, 2014 10:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The companies said they expect to introduce the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook in a 7-inch version in the U.S. in early August. The co-branded tablets will be prominently displayed along with NOOK eReaders and sold at B&N's brick-and-mortar stores and online. 

Microsoft Slashing Prices on Windows Tablets, Smartphones

June 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to report from the Wall Street Journal's Digits, Microsoft hopes to bring prices for mobile devices running its software below the $200 mark. The report cites comments made by Microsoft's vice president of OEM partners Nick Parker during a keynote at the annual Computex conference. 

Ups and Downs of Mobile Cloud Services

June 4, 2014 10:15 am | by Pavel Andreev, Quality Assurance Team Lead, A1QA | Articles | Comments

The issue of acceptable application functioning is becoming more and more essential within the mobile testing industry. Various platforms, operating systems, screen sizes and mobile devices complicate the process of app adaptation and cause new issues. As a result, mobile cloud services are becoming a more popular option for mobile device testing.

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Apple Continues Work to Meld iOS and OS X

June 2, 2014 3:44 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A number of enhancements to the company's desktop platform make it not only look more like iOS, but also make it behave more like an iPhone. For instance, OS X "Yosemite" will allow end users to place and receive phone calls directly from their Mac laptops and desktops through a connection with their iPhones. Macs will also be able to field actual text messages from Android phones. 

Apple’s iOS 8 Shows Up with UI Tweaks, HealthKit, HomeKit

June 2, 2014 3:08 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Cook praised developers for helping to drive 75 billion downloads from the App Store before promising that developers will now have the ability to bundle apps together for purchase and add video previews. Additionally, Apple announced a beta-test service called TestFlight that allows developers to invite beta-users to try out their applications.

Apple Hopes to Impress with WWDC Keynote

June 2, 2014 11:18 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Monday's keynote is expected to focus on the software that runs Apple's mobile devices and Mac computers. Apple typically rolls out its latest gadgets at separate gatherings timed to the holiday shopping season. The developers conference is where the Cupertino, California, company provides the first glimpse of software updates coming to those gadgets.

Apple's Beats Buy Is Two-Sided for Music Streaming

May 30, 2014 10:26 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

Streaming-music companies like Beats Music, which charge users up to $10 a month, can sometimes pay as much as 70 percent of their revenue in artist royalty fees. That leaves little left for advertising and promotional campaigns to explain to consumers the benefits of paying for a music service.

SmartWatch, Episode 12: Telling Times for Apple, Samsung Wearables

May 29, 2014 12:16 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we’re talking about Samsung’s “Voice of the Body,” which ended up being a wearable called Simband that will monitor just about all the information your body can possibly put out. As part of that effort, Samsung wants to bury the hatchet and collaborate with competitors to make the space more open and advance health monitoring.

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Code Conference: BlackBerry Not Dead Yet

May 29, 2014 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"I'll be able to create a lot of value for our shareholders without the handset business," Chen said in a video of talk posted to ReCode's website. "But I think there's a chance to create even more." That said, Chen admitted it will be the market that would decide the fate of BlackBerry's handset business. 

Samsung Envisions Open Platform for Wearables

May 28, 2014 4:27 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Devices based on the platform, which includes sensors and other technology, would enable users to collect biodata and store it in the cloud, where it could be analyzed by a doctor or other wmedical professional. Samsung envisions a future where wearable devices could also alert users to potential health problems before they reach a critical stage. 

Report: Apple Targets July to Begin 'iWatch' Production

May 28, 2014 10:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According a report from Business Insider that cites research notes from Brian Blair of Rosenblatt Securities, the new watch will feature a round face similar to Motorola's recently unveiled Moto 360. Apple is apparently confident it's going to cell a lot of the devices. 

New Broadcom Chip Supports All Wireless Charging Standards

May 28, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

The new chip enables OEMs to select between specifications from all three leading standards organizations, including the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). The SoC also features Broadcom's WICED...

China Cracks Down on OTT Messaging Apps

May 28, 2014 9:53 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Such services incorporate social media functions that allow users to post photos and updates to their friends, or follow the feeds of companies, social groups or celebrities, and — more worryingly for the government — intellectuals, journalists and activists who comment on politics, law and society. They also post news reports shunned by mainstream media.

LG Emphasizes Simplicity in New G3 Smartphone

May 27, 2014 4:16 pm | News | Comments

The new G3 phone stands out in having a high-resolution display that has 538 pixels per inch. Other leading phones are in the 300-pixel range, with a handful reaching the 400s. The G3's display measures 5.5 inches diagonally. The G3 also promises...

AT&T Launches New $30 Multi-Device Protection Plan

May 27, 2014 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The new Multi-Device Protection Pack will run $30 per month and will allow customers to add two additional eligible devices, connected or non-connect, to a primary device. The plan covers replacement or maintenance of lost, stolen or damaged devices and includes some support services. 

Report: Samsung Prepping Actual Watch Phone

May 23, 2014 11:17 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Wall Street Journal spoke with people familiar with Samsung’s device plans, who said the device will actually place and receive phone calls without needing to be tethered to a smartphone. The report outfits the device with a camera, GPS, Bluetooth, a heart-rate monitor and email functionality.

Review: Apple's CarPlay Headed in Right Direction

May 22, 2014 2:42 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is getting ready to hitch the iPhone to cars in a mobile marriage of convenience. The ambitious project, called CarPlay, implants some of the iPhone's main applications in automobiles so drivers can control them with voice commands, a touch on the steering wheel or a swipe on a display screen in the dashboard.

PCIA: We Have a Long Way to Grow

May 20, 2014 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“Our entire investment is based on, ‘We have a long way to go,’” commented Ben Moreland, president and CEO of Crown Castle International, during an executive roundtable that included representation from the three major tower companies in the United States. 

Google Resumes Glass Sales in the U.S.

May 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Glass, which comes in five different colors, looks like a pair of spectacles except the Explorer edition doesn't contain any actual glass in the frame. Instead, the device has a thumbnail-sized screen attached above the right eye so a user can check email, see Twitter posts or get directions without having to grope for a phone.

Rebtel Spins Out Sinch for In-App Communications

May 14, 2014 1:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“We plan to democratize in-app communications with Sinch," Sinch CEO Andreas Bernström said in a statement. "Rebtel was a pioneer in offering free and super-cheap voice services to consumers, and now Sinch is giving developers the best way to add a free communication layer to their apps.” 

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