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Broadcom Expands Wearable Devices Platform with Wi-Fi Direct

August 27, 2013 9:56 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Broadcom today announced an expansion to its wearable devices platform that will include Wi-Fi direct technology. According to the company, integrating Wi-Fi Direct into its Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) platform, Broadcom is helping OEMs develop wearable products that...

Report: Nokia Set to Launch Multiple Devices Next Month

August 21, 2013 3:21 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The race to get devices launched in September continues today, as Reuters reports Nokia will join Apple, Samsung and Sony in introducing more mobile gadgetry to the market. According to Reuters, Nokia is set to unveil multiple Windows Phone-based Lumia devices at an event in New York City late next month...

Small Run of ZTE Firefox Devices Sells Out Quickly in US, UK

August 21, 2013 9:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

ZTE reportedly sold through just under 2000 of its new Firefox OS handsets in a matter of days here in the U.S. and in the U.K. According to a report from ZDNET, ZTE had burned through its inventory by the end of the weekend, selling 990 smartphones in the U.K. and 985 units in the U.S...

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Samsung, Sony Ready Product Unveilings Ahead of Apple

August 19, 2013 10:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The device market is ratcheting up for a busy September, as OEMs seek to take advantage of the upcoming holiday shopping season. Sony and Samsung will apparently be looking to beat Apple to the punch, with Sept. 4 product announcements. According to multiple reports, Apple is scheduled to take...

Report: In-Home Mobile Use, iPad Drive Ad Conversions

August 14, 2013 10:24 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A new survey from AOL, in conjunction with the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science, says mobile advertising is very effective, with iPads leading in-home conversions. According to the survey, fully 65 percent of mobile conversions were on tablets...

UK Bars Trash Cans from Tracking People with Wi-Fi

August 13, 2013 10:18 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

Officials demanded Monday that an advertising firm stop using a network of high-tech trash cans to track people walking through London's financial district. The Renew ad firm has been using technology embedded in the hulking receptacles to measure the Wi-Fi signals emitted...

Corning 2Q Net Up 35 Percent

July 30, 2013 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Corning Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter net income rose 35 percent as it benefited from cost-cutting in its telecom unit and revenue gains from its "Gorilla Glass" smartphone screens. Corning earned $638 million, or 43 cents per share...

Samsung Emphasizes Components as Smartphones Peak

July 26, 2013 9:34 am | by Youkyung Lee, | News | Comments

Samsung plans to plow a record pile of cash into its semiconductor and display panel businesses, hoping to reduce reliance on sales of high-end Galaxy smartphones that are poised to peak after two years of blistering growth. Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest smartphone maker...

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LG's Profit Falls on Weak TV Demand, Handset Costs

July 24, 2013 9:33 am | by Youkyung Lee,AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics' latest quarterly report underlined challenges facing global electronics makers as weak TV demand and stiffer competition in smartphones undermine profit. The results Wednesday showed an 8 percent decline in April-June net profit to 155.5 billion won...

Google Invests in Glass Chipmaker Himax

July 22, 2013 8:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. is investing in a Taiwanese microchip maker that makes chips used in its Google Glass, the eyeglass-enabled devices it is testing that can shoot photos and video and access the Internet. The deal with Tainan, Taiwan-based Himax Technologies Inc. gives Google a 6.3 percent stake...

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...

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...

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...

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