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Review: LoopWallet Bests NFC Alternatives, at Least for Now

February 19, 2014 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

The introduction of any new technology is almost always fraught with quirks and rough edges. When VHS and BetaMax first came out, snarled tape and long rewind times were to be expected. When CDs were first released, skipping on the new players was par for the course. Such is the case with mobile payments. 

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.

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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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.

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.

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...

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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.

Sony Xperia, LG G Flex Smarpthones Manage Niche Appeal

January 13, 2014 3:58 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

One of the reasons Android phones have become popular is the choice they offer: Want a big screen? There's a phone for you. Want cheap? There's one for you, too. New phones from Sony and LG continue that trend. Although I personally find their distinctive features unnecessary, consumers looking for those specific attributes will welcome them.

CES: Smartphone Saturation Impacting Overall CE Market

January 8, 2014 10:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A smartphone in every pocket may mean good things for carriers, but it spells trouble for the overall consumer electronics market. While the consumer electronics market has seen a huge boost from sales of mobile devices over the past few years, now a saturated smartphone market...

Gartner: PC, Mobile Shipments to Hit 2.5B in 2014

January 7, 2014 1:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Research firm Gartner expects worldwide shipments of computers and mobile devices to reach 2.5 billion units this year, up nearly 8 percent from 2013. The growth comes amid a steady decline in PC shipments, which is more than made up for by an increase in tablet and mobile phone shipments.

CES: Qualcomm Brings AllPlay to the Masses

January 7, 2014 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Qualcomm Monday announced commercial availablity of its AllPlay technology, which it hopes will help enable wireless media streaming on more devices throughout the home. The AllPlay media platform was developed by the Qualcomm Connected Experiences division and features Atheros wireless technologies.

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Samsung's 4Q Profit Hit by Slowing Mobile Growth

January 7, 2014 9:37 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Quarterly earnings at Samsung Electronics Co. fell for the first time in two years as sales of smartphones and tablets slowed in developed countries. The South Korean company Tuesday estimated an operating profit of 8.3 trillion won ($7.8 billion) for the final three months of 2013, a 6 percent decline over a year earlier.

Nvidia Promoting New Smartphone Chip

January 6, 2014 9:33 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A 310-foot "crop circle" in a California barley field that mystified locals this week was explained Sunday: it was a publicity stunt by Nvidia Corp., a maker of chips for PCs and smartphones. The crop circle near Chualar, Calif., contained a stylized image of a computer chip and the number "192" in Braille

Friday Flick: Who Remembers Pocketnet?

January 3, 2014 10:44 am | Videos | Comments

Oh how far we've come. This 1997 AT&T commerical seemed a good way to end a cold and snowy week. Amazing what some software and a little bit more screen real estate has done for today's multi-tasking end user. Enjoy and for those of you on the East Coast, stay warm and safe! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.  

Camera Phones, Other Tech Get Big Improvements in 2013

January 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

As I look back at the more than 100 tech products we reviewed in 2013, a handful of gadgets and services deserve a second look. It's become clear that one brand rarely stands out any more in whatever product category you look at. Competition is more intense than ever, which means consumers have more choices than ever. 

Texting, Dialing While Driving Raises Crash Risk

January 2, 2014 9:05 am | by Marilynne Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

BlackBerry Forges Foxconn Partnership Amid Dismal 3Q Earnings Report

December 20, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry continues its slide as the company slowly but surely implements measures to right its sinking ship. The company today reported a loss of $4.4 billion on  $1.2 billion of revenue for its fiscal third quarter. That compares to last quarter when BlackBerry posted a $965 million loss, on $1.6 billion.

Can Smartphones Snap Out of Technological Stupor?

December 16, 2013 9:25 am | by Michael Liedtke & 
Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

This may be remembered as the year smartphones became boring. Although high-definition displays on smartphones have gotten bigger and their cameras have gotten better, the pace of gee-whiz innovation has dawdled. martphone and software makers are working on ways to snap out of this technological lull...

DOT Seeking Ban on In-Flight Cell Phone Use

December 13, 2013 2:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation is weighing in on the possiblity that cell phones could be allowed on planes. In a statement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx acknowledged the FCC's recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which suggests the issue isn't a technological one. 

FCC Moves to Put Airlines in Pilot Seat on In-Flight Device Use

December 12, 2013 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"Let me say up front that, I get it. I don’t want the person in the seat next to me yapping at 35,000 feet any more than anyone else," wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a statement discussing today's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for new policies governing in-flight cell phone use. 

Kyocera Showcases Durability, While High-End Players Remain All Wet

December 11, 2013 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

As a manufacturer of mid-range Android smartphones, Kyocera has had to get creative with how it differentiates its products. That creativity is realized in the November U.S. launch of the Kyocera Elite (Verizon). On the phone side of things, this is vanilla Android with run-of-the-mill specs thrown in for good measure. 

Wireless Week Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 2 (20-16)

December 3, 2013 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year!

Motorola, 3D Systems Partner on Device Customization Plan

November 22, 2013 9:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

3D Systems  and Google's Motorola Mobility unit have come to an agreement that could change the way mobile phones are manufactured. According to a press release, the two companies have entered into a multi-year development agreement to create a continuous high-speed 3D printing production platform and fulfilment system in support of Motorola’s Project Ara. 

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