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'Candy' Crush Saga' App Maker King Digital Plans IPO

February 18, 2014 9:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the blockbuster mobile game "Candy Crush Saga" will attempt to raise as much as $500 million in an initial public offering. King Digital Entertainment PLC, which also makes the game "Pet Rescue Saga," did not disclose how many shares are expected to be in the IPO or the projected price range.

Lenovo Profits Rise 30% on Smartphone Growth

February 13, 2014 10:48 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Computer maker Lenovo Group reported Thursday that quarterly profit rose 30 percent to a record high on strong smartphone sales and said its acquisition of the Motorola Mobility smartphone business will accelerate its global expansion. Profit for the three months ended Dec. 31 was $265 million...

2014 Connected Device Production to Hit 6 Billion

February 13, 2014 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

More and more devices in production will include internet connectivity, according to a new report from IHS iSuppli. The research firm forecasts the connected device market to surpass 6 billion in 2014. IHS estimates worldwide production of connected equipment will amount to 6.18 billion units this year, up 6 percent from 5.82 billion in 2013.

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PMA, A4WP Join Forces on Wireless Charging Standard

February 11, 2014 10:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The wireless charging space is undergoing some consolidation today with an announcement that The Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) and Power Matters Alliance (PMA) have signed an agreement aimed at establishing global interoperability of the two standards. 

SanDisk Rolls out Dual USB Drive for Smartphone Storage, Backup

February 11, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

SanDisk on Tuesday annoucned a new dual-USB drive that it says is designed to transfer and backup content between mobile devices and computers. According to a press release, the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is designed for Android smartphones and tablets and allows users to move content such as photos and videos from their mobile devices.

Bye Bye Birdie: Flappy Bird Creator Pulls App from App Store

February 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Tran Van Minh, Associated Press | News | Comments

The young Vietnamese creator of hit mobile game Flappy Bird has removed it from the App Store and Google Play saying it ruined his life. The game which was uploaded in 2013 but only surged to the top in downloads earlier this year was removed early Monday.

Review: NBC Successful in Bringing Games to Mobile

February 7, 2014 11:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Although NBC has scaled back on a few fronts compared with previous years —and still refuses to show the opening ceremonies live — things have improved considerably since 2000, when online "video" meant still images grabbed from NBC's video feeds.

Alcatel-Lucent Inks Deal with China Huaxin

February 7, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

French-U.S. telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent SA says it is in talks to sell its business that deals with corporate clients to China Huaxin for around 268 million euros ($362 million). The business, known as Enterprise, has nearly 3,000 employees.

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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.  

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.

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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.

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.

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...

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