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Gold Rush-Era Discards Could Fuel Cellphones, TVs

July 22, 2013 8:46 am | by Tracie Cone, Associated Press | News | Comments

Across the West, early miners digging for gold, silver and copper had no idea that one day something else very valuable would be buried in the piles of dirt and rocks they tossed aside. There's a rush in the U.S. to find key components of cellphones, televisions, weapons systems...

Report: Smartphone Market Set to Double by 2017

July 17, 2013 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A spate of new flagship smartphone launches in the first half of 2013 from multiple OEMs will lead to an expected doubling in market shipments from 2012 to 2017, according to research firm IHS iSuppli. According to the report, worldwide smartphone shipments will reach 1.5 billion units...

Report: Nikon Eyes Smartphone Market

July 8, 2013 10:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Camera maker Nikon is looking to expand into smartphones and medical devices, as interest in point-and-shoot camreas wanes, according to a report from Bloomberg. Citing flagging sales of point-and-shoot cameras in April and May, Nikon President Makoto Kimura said the company wants to create...

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Samsung Forecasts Record Profit but Shares Tumble

July 8, 2013 9:30 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. reported record quarterly profit Friday but its shares tumbled on doubts its mainstay smartphone business can maintain rapid growth. Samsung Electronics Co. on Friday estimated its April-June operating profit at a record high...

Incentivized Device Trade-Ins a Win for Everyone

July 1, 2013 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While you may have the greatest handset ever in your hand today, another will arive tomorrow that will eclipse it. Consumers are hungry for the latest and greatest, and new products are phasing out old ones at a faster rate than ever. That's led to a lot of devices lying fallow in millions of junk drawers...

Qualcomm Enables Galaxy S4 with LTE-A Capabilities

June 27, 2013 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Qualcomm Incorporated on Wednesdauy announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Technologies, is providing the technology for a Samsung Galaxy S4 with LTE-Advanced capabilities. According to a press release, the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A will be...

Report: Microsoft Considered Buying Nokia

June 20, 2013 10:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia was mentioned as a potential target for a buyout. Microsoft was reportedly very close to an agreement to buy the Finnish OEM, according to a report published in the Wall Street Journal. Nokia and Microsoft are of course already close, as Nokia's flagship Lumia phones are built...

AT&T Goes Solar with Manhattan Charging Stations

June 18, 2013 10:24 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T is trialing some solar-powered charging stations in Manhattan with technology partners Pensa and Goal Zero. The public solar powered charging stations known as Street Charge will charge phones and hand-held devices using built-in USB ports and charging tips...

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BYOD Accounts for 30% of Enterprise Device Purchases

June 13, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Employees continue to drive the trend towards Bring-Your-Own Device (BYOD). The number of employee-purchased devices was more than double the volume purchased as corporate assets by enterprises in first quarter of 2013, according to a new report by Strategy Analytics...

Samsung Points, Shoots with Galaxy Zoom

June 12, 2013 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung is hoping to further differentiate in the highly competitive smartphone market by blurring the line between camera and smartphone. The company today officially announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, essentially a 16 megapixel point-and-shoot camera with a Galaxy S4 Mini on the back...

Lenovo Says Quarterly Profit up 90 Percent

May 23, 2013 10:20 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Computer maker Lenovo Group said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 90 percent as sales of smartphones and mobile computing technology expanded.Lenovo said it earned $127 million, or 1.22 cents per share, in the three months ending March 31. Revenue rose 4 percent over a year earlier to $7.8 billion...

Google's Products Dig Deeper into People's Lives

May 17, 2013 9:11 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For Google CEO Larry Page, happiness is a warm computer. "Technology should do the hard work so people can get on doing the things that make them happiest in life," Page told a crowd of 6,000 software developers and entrepreneurs who flocked to San Francisco Wednesday for...  

Report: Amazon Preparing 3D Smartphone, Other Hardware

May 10, 2013 9:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As one of the major players in the tablet market, Amazon is again generating rumors that it's ready to take the next step and offer its customers a branded smartphone. Amazon is reportedly developing a range of new hardware, including a glasses-free...

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Physical by Smartphone Becoming Real Possibility

May 2, 2013 8:34 am | by Lauran Neergaard, AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It's not a "Star Trek" tricorder, but by hooking a variety of gadgets onto a smartphone you could almost get a complete physical — without the paper gown or even a visit to the doctor's office. Blood pressure? Just plug the arm cuff into the phone for a quick reading...

Smartphones Overtake 'Dumb' Phones Worldwide

April 29, 2013 9:32 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Research firm IDC said more smartphones than "dumb" phones are being made this year, a milestone in a shift that's putting computing power and Internet access in millions of hands worldwide. Manufacturers shipped 216 million smartphones worldwide in the first three months of this year...

Report: Android Market Gains Tied to Sprint's Samsung Sales

April 4, 2013 11:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Android continues grabbing more market share, snagging 51.2 percent of smartphone sales in the United States during the three-month period that ended in February, according to a report from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Apple's iOS took second place...

Featurephone Upgrades Hold the Key to Smartphone Growth in the US in 2013

March 28, 2013 9:25 am | by Mary-Ann Parlato, Global Insight Director, Kantar Worldpanel ComTech | Articles | Comments

With many products sharing the same OS platform, and with OS loyalty high among existing smartphone users, marketers in the U.S. will need to focus on growth drivers other than OS affiliation if they hope to come out on top in 2013. Chief among these considerations...

Report: Smartphones Account for 93 Percent of Gross Handset Profits

March 20, 2013 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Smartphone margins are where it's at if you're a handset manufacturer these days. According to a new report from IHS iSuppli, smartphones accounted for 87 percent of handset industry revenue in 2012 and a staggering 93 percent of gross profits...

ZTE Taps Intrepidus for Smartphone Security

March 19, 2013 10:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Chinese smartphone manufacturer ZTE today said it is partnering with Intrepidus on providing security for its devices. ZTE said it seeks to become a "leader in smartphone security." As part of the agreement, Intrepidus will evaluate the security mechanisms of ZTE...

Report: Smartphone Shipments to Overtake Feature Phones in 2013

March 4, 2013 9:12 am | News | Comments

Global shipments of smartphones will exceed feature phone shipments for the first time in 2013, according to an annual report from IDC.  OEMs will ship 918.6 million smartphones this year, or 50.1 percent of the total mobile phone shipments worldwide...

Momentum Grows for Alternative Phone System Tizen

February 27, 2013 9:30 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The junior league of smartphone operating systems is getting more competitive. Phones from yet another contender — Tizen — will go on sale this year with a view to eventually competing with the industry leaders, Apple's iOS and Google's Android...

Firefox OS is Not the Third OS U.S. Operators Are Looking For

February 26, 2013 1:29 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

The idea that Mozilla's Firefox OS will compete for significant market share on the same court as iOS and Android is laughable but that's exactly what much of the mainstream media seems determined to report. I have read a number of articles desperate to make the case that Firefox OS...

Microsoft and Huawei Launch Phone for Africa

February 5, 2013 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese phone maker Huawei and Microsoft are combining forces to sell a new smartphone in Africa, which they say is the world's fastest growing mobile phone market. The two companies launched the Huawei 4Afrika Tuesday. The phone runs Windows Phone 8...

Dell Shares Rise on Report of Buyout Plans

February 1, 2013 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Dell Inc. rose 7 percent in premarket trading on new reports that the computer company is nearing a deal to sell itself to a group including its CEO, a major private equity firm and Microsoft Corp. in a deal that could mark the largest leveraged buyout since the Great Recession...

Lenovo Profit Boosted by Smartphones, Tablets

January 30, 2013 10:35 am | by Joe McDonald,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Personal computer maker Lenovo Group said Wednesday its quarterly profit rose 34 percent to a record high on strong sales of smartphones and tablet computers.The company, vying with Hewlett-Packard Co. to become the world's biggest PC maker...

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