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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...

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....

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...

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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.

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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. 

Google Goes Altruistic with New Glass Initiative

July 9, 2014 10:41 am | by Brett Zognker, Associated Press | News | Comments

After receiving 1,300 proposals, Google is announcing five nonprofits Wednesday that'll get a free pair of the glasses, a $25,000 grant and support from developers. Classroom Champions of Jacksonville, Florida, will use the glasses to create first-person educational videos by Paralympic athletes for high-need schools.

Thieves in Brazil Target Samsung Factory

July 8, 2014 9:44 am | by Adriana Gomez Licon, Associated Press | News | Comments

The gang of heavily armed men captured eight plant employees as they neared the factory in a company bus just before midnight, said civil police in Sao Paulo state. They stole the workers' ID tags and took two of them with them as hostages as they entered the factory in the college town of Campinas. The remaining six employees were taken to an unknown location.

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BlackBerry Deals German Assets to Volkswagen

July 7, 2014 10:12 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The move comes as the Ontario-based company looks to become profitable by its 2016 financial year. BlackBerry has centralized most of its vehicle connectivity development at its QNX Software Systems division in Ottawa, Ontario. Volkswagen will assume BlackBerry's offices leases at the Bochum University Center and the Design Support Lab.

Mobile Phone Sales Will Reach 1.9B in 2014

July 7, 2014 10:00 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sales of smartphones, which exceeded those of the rest of the market in 2013, will continue to do well, and Gartner estimates that smartphone sales will represent 88 percent of global mobile phone sales by 2018 — up from 66 percent in 2014.

Google Seeks to Refine Music Strategy with Songza Buy

July 2, 2014 11:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google plans to blend Songza's technology into its own music-streaming service, which costs $10 per month. Songza's tools also might be used to recommend musical videos at Google's YouTube site, which is preparing to introduce a subscription option, too.

Report: Breaking Down World Cup on the Mobile

July 2, 2014 9:45 am | News | Comments

"If you were to add in the number of people who comment on the games via social media on their mobile devices, fans at the games taking smartphone photos and folks who use apps to gather and watch the games, what emerges is an astronomical number of ways mobile factors into the World Cup games," says Saurabh Bhatia of Vdopia. 

Frontier, Zipwhip Bring Texting to Landlines

July 1, 2014 10:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Regional telecom and broadband provider Frontier is adding texting fucntionality to its business landline numbers. Frontier has turned to Zipwhip for the technology that allows its business landline numbers to become text messaging channels.

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Android Wear Compatibility Gap Leaves Open Door for Apple, Microsoft

June 30, 2014 4:41 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

If Android and the many OEM partners can find a way to close the fragmentation gap, then Android Wear could become as pervasive as its parent software. Of course, if someone releases a commercially viable smartwatch with its own cellular connection, then fragmentation ceases to be a phone-watch pairing issue and becomes a standalone smartwatch problem.

Samsung Unveils New Line of Budget Galaxy Phones

June 30, 2014 1:27 pm | News | Comments

The high-end of the line is the Galaxy Core II, which features a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, a 4.5-inch display, 2,000mAh battery and a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash. The lower end, the Galaxy Star 2, comes packing a more modst single-core 1 GHz processor and a 3.5-inch HGVA display. 

Google Glass Could Offer Sports Fans First-Person Perspective

June 30, 2014 10:28 am | by Jay Cohen, AP Sports Writer | Articles | Comments

Your favorite team is playing for the title, and you are in the middle of the field. You have a ticket in the very top row for an NBA playoff game, and a courtside seat. The referees are reviewing a big play in the final seconds, and you are right there in front of them.

Erroneous Cell Phone Alerts Scare Californians

June 30, 2014 10:01 am | by Matt Hamilton, Associated Press | News | Comments

The chain of mistaken alerts began arousing confusion and fear when a siren that's part of the Diablo Canyon Power Plant's warning system began wailing Friday afternoon for no apparent reason, county emergency services manager Ron Alsop said.

Walmart Slashes iPhone Prices Ahead of Fall iPhone 6 Launch

June 27, 2014 10:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The reduced prices come as Apple and its partners might be trying to get rid of existing inventory before a fall launch of the iPhone 6. A recent report from the International Business Times claims that Apple has set a September 19 release day for the iPhone 6. 

T-Mobile Selling Prepaid iPhones Through Apple Retail Stores

June 26, 2014 4:10 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile today further aligned itself with Apple's products by offering its prepaid service on iPhones through Apple reail stores.  The Uncarrier Thursday said that customers can now purchase and activate an iPhone with T-Mobile service in more than 250 Apple stores. 

T-Mo's 'Test Drive' Perfect Showcase for Impressive Wideband Service

June 26, 2014 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

This is T-Mobile's way into major metropolitan markets, where it will continue to take subscribers from the likes of AT&T and Verizon. Yes, Verizon has its XLTE product, and Sprint has its "Spark" offering, but neither of those are offering the kinds of speeds T-Mobile is putting up right now. 

Police Ready to Follow Supreme Court Rules on Cell Phone Searches

June 26, 2014 9:09 am | by Tami Abdollah, Associated Press | News | Comments

From Los Angeles to New York, and in San Diego, Chicago and Houston, officials met to discuss Wednesday's unanimous ruling that could make it harder for officers to quickly find incriminating evidence. The ruling prohibits law enforcement from searching an arrestee's cellphone without a warrant unless a person's safety or life may be in danger.

Sprint Unveils Exclusive Galaxy S5 'Sport'

June 23, 2014 1:05 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint Monday announced that it is teaming up with Samsung for an exclusive version of the Samsung Galaxy S5. The new 'Sport' version of the S5 is part of a broader partnership with Under Armour and MapMyFitness to promote health tracking and fitness. 

Report: Apple's 'iWatch' Coming This Fall

June 23, 2014 11:20 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple has been under pressure to release new products, as investors question whether the company that popularized the smartphone and the tablet computer is still able to innovate following the death of co-founder Steve Jobs. CEO Tim Cook has hinted at new products coming this year, but the company hasn't provided details.

Globalstar Launches New Satellite-Based Wi-Fi Service

June 23, 2014 11:15 am | News | Comments

Globalstar calls the new solution Sat-Fi, essentially a satellite router that provides a Wi-Fi signal for mobile devices. Globalstar customers can use their current smartphones, tablets and laptops to send and receive communications when traveling beyond cellular. 

Crime Data Shows iPhone 'Kill Switch' Cuts Thefts

June 19, 2014 2:10 pm | by Michael Virtanen, Associated Press | News | Comments

The report by state attorneys general, prosecutors, police and other officials from a year-old initiative called "Secure Our Smartphones" said Google and Microsoft will incorporate a kill switch into the next version of their operating systems on smartphones. The three systems — Android, iOS and Windows Phone — are used in 97 percent of smartphones in the U.S.

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