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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.” 

Sony Takes $1.3B Quarterly Loss on PC Expenses

May 14, 2014 9:28 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai and some 40 other senior executives are returning their entire bonuses, reducing their annual pay by 40 to 50 percent. Sony executives have taken some pay cuts in recent years to take responsibility for the company's poor performance.

Moto E Promises A Smartphone for All at $129

May 13, 2014 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The 3G-capable Moto E comes running Android KitKat 4.4.2 and features a dual-core Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of Ram, a 4.3-inch display and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone also features interchangeable backs, which the company is calling "Motorola Shells." The shells add durability to the phone and come in 20 color and design combinations. 

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Report: iPhone 6 Coming in August

May 9, 2014 10:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a report from the Economic Daily News, launch of the larger 5.5-inch iPhone 6 is lagging behind its smaller sibling because of delays in Sapphire display production and battery availability. The August timeframe would be a month earlier than earlier reports had suggested. 

FCC Fines Company $2.9M for Robocalls to Cell Phones

May 8, 2014 1:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Back in March, the Bureau warned Dialing Services that if the company continued to make unlawful robocalls in the future, it could be held liable for penalties up to $16,000 per call. The Commission has now found that Dialing Services apparently continued to engage in the same practice, making at least 184 additional robocalls to consumers’ mobile phones.  

SmartWatch, Episode 9: T-Mobile's Righteous 1Q, and Tim Cook on Apple's WWDC!

May 8, 2014 10:41 am | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we look at T-Mobile’s impressive first quarter, which managed to outshine even Tier One behemoths Verizon and AT&T. T-Mobile added a whopping 1.3 million branded postpaid customers. While adjusted EBITDA was down a little over 12 percent sequentially to $1.1 billion...

Review: Pregnancy Apps Track Baby, Mom's Progress

May 8, 2014 10:02 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

If you're the kind of new mom who frets when you haven't felt the baby move for a while, the answer might be yes. Personally, I not a big fan of these things. Just like the one at the doctor's office, they involve smearing that sticky ultrasonic-gel on your belly, which I've come to hate. The gel is included with the device.

AT&T: ETF Payoffs Had Very Little Impact

May 8, 2014 9:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Stephens said that given the slight incremental churn rise in the first quarter and roughly 625,000 net postpaid additions the carrier recorded, everything appeared to be pretty much business as usual.  That said, the company’s device financing program may be fundamentally changing the way AT&T customers view device costs. 

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Huawei Bringing New Ascend P7 to U.S.

May 7, 2014 10:53 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Huawei Wednesday unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Android-based Ascend P7. The new device continues the Chinese company's efforts to enter the higher end of the smartphone market. The P7 features a 5-inch HD display, 8-megapixel front-facing and 13-megapixel rear-facing cameras, and the latest Emotion UI 2.3. 

Google Chromebooks on the Rise as Windows Support Wanes

May 7, 2014 10:29 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The latest line of Chromebooks unveiled Tuesday run on a new generation of faster Intel microprocessors that don't devour as much battery power. The machines will be shipped by major personal computer makers such as Lenovo Group, Acer, Dell, ASUS and Toshiba. They will sell for $300 to $400.

Report: Smartphones Continue Generating More Retail Revenue

May 5, 2014 11:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumers continue to use smarpthones to make online purchases at an increaring rate. In April 2014, revenue generated from smartphones was up 115 percent over the same month last year, with a 84 percent jump in orders annually. Smartphones visits accounted to 29 percent...

Jury Awards Apple $119M in Samsung Patent Row

May 5, 2014 10:06 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California jury awarded Apple $119 million — far less than it demanded — in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents.

T-Mo 1Q Wows with 1.3M Net Postpaid Adds, Shares Up 8%

May 1, 2014 10:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Quarterly earnings don't get much better for a wireless carrier than those reported by T-Mobile Thursday morning. The company added a whopping 1.3 million branded postpaid customers. Wall Street took notice, as shares of T-Mobile soared over 8 percent in early trading to just under $32 per share. 

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Facebook Continues Mobile Focus with New 'Audience' Mobile Ad Network

April 30, 2014 4:01 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook today unveiled a mobile ad network, as well as a number of other new features that it hopes will appeal to mobile developers. The ad network, which is called Facebook Audience, was announced Wednesday at the social network's F8 developer conference. 

Apple, Samsung Continue Dominance as Lenovo, Huawei Gain Share

April 30, 2014 11:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Huawei, Lenovo and LG have all managed to sell more smartphones than they did last year in the first quarter. According to new numbers from IDC, Huawei kept its third place position worldwide, beating out Lenovo by fewer than a million units. Huawei  hopes to sell 80 million smartphones globally in 2014. 

Justices Wary of Unlimited Cellphone Searches

April 30, 2014 9:01 am | by Mark Sherman, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Supreme Court seemed wary Tuesday of allowing police unbridled freedom to search through cellphones of people they arrest, taking on a new issue of privacy in the face of rapidly changing technology. The justices appeared ready to reject the Obama administration's argument that police should be able to make such searches without first getting warrants.

Sprint Offers Free Spotify, Harman-Branded HTC One M8

April 29, 2014 11:57 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint is hoping it can attract enough audiophiles to its new Framily plans to help boost subscriber additions. Specifically, Sprint Tuesday announced the launch of a Harmon Kardon branded version of the HTC One (M8), as well as 6 months worth of free Spotify for all Framily plan subscribers. 

Nokia Eyes Turnaround with New CEO, Dividend

April 29, 2014 9:36 am | by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia Corp. reported Tuesday another drop in sales in the troubled devices unit it sold to Microsoft, but its shares rallied as it named a new CEO, promised a special dividend, and prepared to focus on its remaining businesses. Reporting its last quarter to include cellphones, Nokia said Tuesday that net loss in the period was 239 million euros compared with a loss of 272 million a year earlier.

Europe Warns Google, Samsung on Phone Patent Abuse

April 29, 2014 9:25 am | by Toby Sterling, Associated Press | News | Comments

The European Commission said Monday that Google's Motorola Mobility abused its market position in Europe by refusing to grant crucial technology licenses to rival Apple, then suing Apple for patent infringement when the company used them anyway.

Closing Arguments Set in Apple-Samsung Trial

April 28, 2014 9:19 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The high-stakes battle between the world's largest smartphone makers is scheduled to wrap up this week after a monthlong trial that has pulled the curtain back on just how very cutthroat the competition is between Apple and Samsung. Closing arguments in the patent-infringement case are scheduled to begin Monday...

Study: Samsung Phone Durable, but iPhone Has Edge

April 25, 2014 2:23 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SquareTrade evaluated the phones based on such criteria as size, weight, grip and the quality of the front and back panels. The company measured how far the phones slide when pushed across a table on their backs and how well they withstand drops from 4 feet and being dunked in water for 10 seconds.

Microsoft 1Q Proves Company's Future Is in the Cloud

April 25, 2014 9:16 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Results from Microsoft's first quarterly earnings release under new CEO Satya Nadella offered fresh justification for his focus on cloud computing. Microsoft Corp. on Thursday posted net income and revenue that beat Wall Street expectations.

SmartWatch, Episode 7: Wireless What-Ifs, Ands and Buts, from Apple to Softbank

April 24, 2014 11:15 am | Videos | Comments

With a relatively quiet news week having passed, this week's SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, takes a look at what might be on the horizon. From a Softbank bid for T-Mobile to a new iPhone, we'll offer up the probability of the next big story in the wireless. 

Report: Huawei Will Spend $300M on Marketing Blitz

April 23, 2014 9:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Huawei is looking to get the word out that it's no longer a minor vendor of low-end smarpthones. The company will spend up to $300 million in marketing its mid-rang and premium tier smarpthones, according to a report from Reuters. Shao Yang, vice president of marketing for Huawei's consumer business...

Adoption of AT&T's Next, Mobile Share Offerings Impacts 1Q Earnings

April 22, 2014 5:26 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In an afternoon first-quarter earnings call, AT&T Chief Financial Officer John Stephens stressed an increase in customers moving to Mobile Share plans and adoption of the company's Next upgrade program as major shifts for the wireless business

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