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SmartWatch Episode 16: The Rise and Fall of the Tablet in Carrier 2Q Earnings

July 31, 2014 3:09 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we take a look at the rise and possible fall of the tablet. As net phone additions lagged in the second quarter, the major carriers leaned on tablet additions to prop up their numbers. Big Red added 1.4 million postpaid subscribers, reporting that it had added 304,000 postpaid phone net additions and whopping 1.15 million postpaid tablets.

Sony Posts $261M Profit Amid Restructuring

July 31, 2014 10:11 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate, which has been trying to reshape its business after years of losses, did well in its video games, movie and camera businesses, offsetting restructuring costs. Under an overhaul announced earlier this year, Sony has sold its Vaio computer business and is splitting off its TV division to run as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

Samsung Shares Plummet on 2Q Profit Drop

July 31, 2014 10:04 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung has stumbled in its efforts to make even a small move away from Android. Earlier this week, it delayed the release of the first smartphone powered by Tizen, its own mobile operating system, just two months after announcing a launch date. It did not give a future schedule.

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Virgin Mobile Launches Customizable Prepaid Plans

July 30, 2014 9:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The plans can be adjusted at any time during the month, even daily, directly from each person’s device, or controlled by the primary user, allowing the plans to add or subtract the amount of voice, text or data  and other services they use at any time within their monthly billing cycle. 

Samsung Loses 7 Percent Share in 2Q

July 29, 2014 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

IDC estimates Samsung shipped 74.3 million smartphones in the second quarter, down 3.9 percent from the 77.3 million it moved in the same quarter last year. Samsung's overall market share came in at 25.2 percent in the second quarter, down from 32.3 percent during the same period last year. 

Huawei Moves 34M Smartphones in 1H 2014

July 29, 2014 10:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shao Yang, vice president of marketing in Huawei's consumer business group, said that his company had seen faster than expected growth in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He attributed the rapid growth to improved branding awareness and stronger sales channels in overseas market. 

Quick Look: AsusTek's PadFone, A Phone-Tablet Hybrid

July 29, 2014 9:09 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There's a case for the PadFone, though, if you're someone who uses a tablet only at home. You can carry the phone with you during the day and attach it to the tablet screen when you get home. You don't have to worry about what apps and data are on which device.

EU Regulators Approve Apple's $3B Beats Deal

July 28, 2014 9:36 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The 28-nation bloc's executive Commission said Monday the transaction does not threaten competition because the firms' combined European market share in both fields will be low while facing strong competitors. The takeover of Beats Electronics and Beats Music announced in May for $2.6 billion in cash and $400 million in stock is the most expensive acquisition in Apple's 38-year history.

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Samsung's Tizen Phone Delayed

July 28, 2014 9:33 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In a brief statement, Samsung said the postponement is to further enhance the Tizen "ecosystem," which encompasses developers, consumers and devices using the mobile OS. The delay is a blow to Samsung's push to reduce reliance on Google's Android operating system, which powers Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Amazon Shares Continue Slide as Fire Phone Launches

July 25, 2014 10:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In its second quarter earnings, Amazon reported a $126 million loss even as revenue jumped by 23 percent. Shares fell 10 percent on the report. Many believe that continued investment in big projects like the development of the Fire Phone and the a new grocery delivery serivce are weighing profits at the company. 

LoopPay Mobile Wallet Provider Secures Investment from Visa

July 24, 2014 10:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

LoopPay invented something called Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology which leverages existing point-of-sale infrastructure to receive contactless payments from mobile devices of all kinds with no hardware changes required by merchants. 

Unloading of Handset Division Boosts Nokia's Forecast

July 24, 2014 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia Networks said that its forecast has improved on operational efficiencies gained from the sale of its handset unit to Microsoft. The company expects underlying profitability for Networks to be at or slightly above its long term target range of 5 to 10 percent for the full-year 2014.

No Longer Competitors, Apple and IBM a Natural Fit

July 22, 2014 4:12 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

One of the world's largest providers of enterprise software applications and services on a "mobile-first" mission, and arguably the most well-known consumer mobile device manufacturer ever, are now collaborators. It was probably a more natural union than many imagined when Apple and IBM recently announced their partnership. 

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Report: Apple Prepping for Biggest iPhone Launch Ever

July 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple is asking its manufacturers to make 70-80 million iPhones ahead of approaching launch of new 4.7- and 5.5-inch models of its smartphone, according to the Wall Street Journal. The initial order reports mark a huge increase of the 50-60 million units Apple ordered ahead of last year’s launch of the iPhone 5S and 5C.

VZW Posts Solid 2Q with Postpaid Tablets Leading Way

July 22, 2014 8:10 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Tablets ruled the quarter. The company added 304,000 postpaid phone net additions and 1.15 million postpaid tablets. At the end of the quarter, smartphones accounted for nearly 75 percent of retail postpaid customer phone base, up from 72 percent in first-quarter 2014. 

Microsoft Refines Design Philosophy for New Devices

July 21, 2014 4:56 pm | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

With minimal market share in both tablets and phones, Microsoft has its work cut out for it. Yet a focus on design over compatibility under new CEO Satya Nadella means Microsoft can make products and services for non-Windows platforms, such as Apple's iOS and Google's Android, and still retain the look, feel and functionality of the Microsoft brand.

Apple Strengthens Enterprise Position with IBM Partnership

July 15, 2014 5:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The partnership centers around a new class of business apps that will run on iOS devices. The companies are boasting "a new class of more than 100 industry-specific enterprise solutions including native apps, developed exclusively from the ground up, for iPhone and iPad." 

Verizon Adds Tablets to Edge

July 15, 2014 11:37 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Verizon over the weekend added the iPad and Android tablets to its Edge early upgrade program. “We’ve had other tablet payment plans in the past, but now we’re focused on Edge,” a Verizon spokesperson told Wireless Week when asked about why tablets are just coming to Edge.

HTC Shuffles Management Ranks

July 15, 2014 11:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The news comes as HTC tries to capitalize on the favorable reception to its flagship smarpthone, the HTC One M8. Reviewers consistently give HTC's high-end smartphones high marks for design and quality. Still, the company has been unable to message their products here in the United States in the same way Samsung has done. 

BlackBerry Subsidiary QNX Releases OS for Medical Devices

July 15, 2014 9:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to a press release, QNX OS for Medical 1.1 complies with standards for medical software life cycle processes and is designed to help manufacturers reduce the cost of developing robotic surgical instruments, patient monitoring systems, infusion pumps, blood analysis systems, and other safety-critical products that must pass stringent regulatory approval.

Apple Echoes U.S. Tracking Explanation in China

July 14, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple said that its phones are constantly figuring location by pinging cell towers in order to determine location in a quick and reliable manner. But it said all of that is done at the device level and it is not tracking end users. It also said that tracking a phone's location using GPS takes too long and would not result in a satisfying user experience. 

Nickel in iPads, Other Devices Causing Allergic Reactions

July 14, 2014 9:08 am | by Lindsey Tanner, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

Nickel rashes aren't life-threatening but they can be very uncomfortable, and they may require treatment with steroids and antibiotics if the skin eruptions become infected, said Dr. Sharon Jacob, a dermatologist at Rady Children's Hospital, where the boy was treated. Jacob, who co-wrote the report, said the young patient had to miss school because of the rash.

LG Shows Off 18-Inch Flexible Display

July 11, 2014 9:08 am | by Youyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

South Korean display makers are striving to gain an edge in flexible display technology as they see it as a way to set their products apart from their rivals in China, Taiwan and Japan. They also hope that the novel form would give consumers a reason to buy a new gadget.

Teen Dies in Pursuit of iPhone Thief

July 10, 2014 11:07 am | by Krysta Fauria, Associated Press | News | Comments

Marisol Hernandez recently gave her daughter a new iPhone 5S on condition she get good grades during her sophomore year of high school. Rubi Rubio already had broken two phones, so Hernandez told her daughter if she broke this one it would be her last.

Carriers Failing Miserably at Location Data for Wireless E911 Calls

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

According to new data obtained from the FCC through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) filed by the Find Me 911 Coalition, only 10 percent of wireless 911 calls made in Washington D.C. in the first half of 2013 were delivered with accurate location information needed to find callers who are lost, confused, unconscious or otherwise unable to share their location. 

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