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Friday Flick: A Blast from Our Mobile Past

September 27, 2013 9:19 am | Videos | Comments

While many may think outsized phablets mascarading as phones have gone too far, today's marquee smartphones of nothing compared to the devices that got the ball rolling. In this week's video, let's harken back to a time when the ability to make a simple voice call from your car was a luxury that 'only thousands' could enjoy.  

Review: Three Camera Phones Stand Out for Good Shots

September 20, 2013 9:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

I used to cringe when I'd see people capturing precious memories with their smartphones. Although most smartphones have megapixel counts similar to what stand-alone cameras offer, they have been inferior in lens quality and manual controls. Images have never been as good ... until now.

Report: Tablet Shipments to Exceed PCs in 4Q

September 12, 2013 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Tablet use continues to grow as more globally people choose slates over desktop computers. According to IDC's most recent numbers, worldwide shipments of tablets are expected to surpass PCs in the fourth quarter of 2013. While PCs shipments are still expected to be greater than tablet shipments for the full year, IDC forecasts tablet shipments...

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Report: Ex-BlackBerry Director Watsa Gathering Funds to Take Company Private

September 9, 2013 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shares of BlackBerry were up nearly 5 percent in early trading Monday on new of a possible buyout. According to a report from the U.K.'s Sunday Times former BlackBerry director Prem Watsa has managed to pull together billions of dollars in backing from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board...

Report: Apple Snags 3 of 4 Top Devices for Ad Impressions

September 6, 2013 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple held three of the top four device spots for ad impressions served in Millennial Media's second quarter Mobile Mix report. According to the report, Apple was the leading manufacturer on Millennial's platform with the iPhone serving up the most ad impressions...

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...

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...

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