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Unlocking Your Cell Phone is Now A Crime

January 28, 2013 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

An order issued Saturday by the U.S. Copyright Office of the Library of Congress will make unlocking a cell phone illegal under certain conditions. An amendment to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act will apply to all cell phones...

Samsung 4Q Profits Jump 76 Percent on Galaxy Sales

January 25, 2013 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A doubling of profits from Samsung's Galaxy line of smartphones boosted the company's overall fourth quarter profits by nearly 76 percent over the previous quarter. Samsung recorded net profits for the fourth quarter of $6.6 billion...

North Korea Loosens Restrictions on Foreign Cellphones

January 21, 2013 9:24 am | by Jean H. Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

North Korea is loosening some restrictions on foreign cellphones by allowing visitors to bring their own phones into the country. However, security regulations still prohibit mobile phone calls between foreigners and locals. For years, North Korea required...

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A Disturbance in the Force: The Smartphone Market is Changing

January 18, 2013 5:19 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Can you hear it? That's the sound of the device market changing. It sounds a little like the whispers that RIM just might have something with BlackBerry 10. It also sounds a little like rumors that Amazon has the right kind of content ecosystem...

Investors Cheer RadioShack Split with Target Mobile

January 15, 2013 10:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

RadioShack and Target have chosen to part ways, dissolving Radio Shack's hand in Target's mobile phone vending operation. According to statement from RadioShack today, the company is shutting down its Target Mobile stores, which are currenrly present in 1,500 Target stores...

Facebook Announcement Stirs More Handset Speculation

January 14, 2013 11:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Speculation is running rampant around the Facebook media event scheduled for tomorrow. The hubbub around a possible big announcement has even sent the company's struggling stock up above $30 per share. Perhaps the biggest surprise possible tomorrow would...

Microsoft May Have Exited Gadget Show Prematurely

January 14, 2013 10:58 am | by Michael Liedtke, Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Microsoft may have relinquished its starring role in America's gaudiest gadget show a year too early. After 13 straight years in the spotlight, Microsoft's decision to scale back its presence at this week's International CES deprived the software maker of a prime opportunity...

Samsung Sells 100 Million Galaxy S Smartphones

January 14, 2013 10:37 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. said Monday that global sales of its Galaxy S smartphones surpassed 100 million units since the first model in the series was released less than three years ago. Samsung said it has sold more than 25 million Galaxy S smartphones...

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Nokia Stock Soars on Revised Guidance, Lumia Sales

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

Shares of Nokia soared over 20 percent in premarket trading today on revised fourth quarter guidance that estimates the company's mobile devices business has exceeded expectations and achieved underlying profitability. According to a press release, Nokia's Devices...

Samsung Sees Record-High 4Q Profit

January 8, 2013 10:06 am | by Youkyung Lee,AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest technology company by revenue, expects record earnings for the fourth quarter of 2012 as shoppers continued to snap up its smartphones and tablets. The company said Tuesday its operating profit for the October-December quarter...

Yota Smartphone Aims to Differentiate in Useful Way

December 18, 2012 3:24 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It's not everyday an OEM decides it's a good idea to enter the high-end smartphone market. We've already seen the likes of Dell and HP bow out, and the well-established Microsoft and Nokia are no strangers to the challenging market. So why, exactly has the relatively small...

RIM Launches BB 10 Beta for Enterprise, Government

December 17, 2012 10:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Research In Motion (RIM) today announced the BlackBerry 10 Technical Preview program, an initiative designed to allow certain enterprise and government customers the opportunity to begin beta testing with BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10...

Huawei Will Open R&D Center in Finland

December 10, 2012 4:14 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Huawei Monday announced a move to set up shop on Nokia's home turf. The Chinese company says it will invest $90 million over a five-year period to establish a research and development (R&D) center in Helsinki, Finland. Huawei said the move will add to its existing R&D deployments, which include over 70,000 employees worldwide.

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Growth in Smart Connected Devices Expected to Continue

December 10, 2012 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The global connected device market continues to grow, according to the latest number from IDC reseach. According to the report, shipments of PCs, tablets, and smartphones as a collective grew 27 percent annualy in the third quarter of 2012, hitting a record 303.6 million shipments valued at $140.4 billion dollars. 

Amid Troubles, Nokia Gets Boost from China

December 6, 2012 11:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In the same week that Nokia sold the building that has been its main headquarters as part of cost-cutting measures, the Finnish handset maker also announced that China Mobile will begin carrying the Lumia 920T.  The Lumia 920T is the first TD-SCDMA Windows Phone in China and for Nokia represent ...

Mobile Devices Continue to Drive Social Media Usage

December 3, 2012 10:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A new report from Nielsen and NM Incite found that while the computer remains as the predominant device for social media access, consumers’ time spent with social media on mobile apps and the mobile web has increased 63 percent in 2012, compared to the same period last year. 

Study Shows Growth in Second Screen Users

December 3, 2012 9:55 am | by David Bauder, AP Television Writer | News | Comments

Television viewers were once called couch potatoes. Many are becoming more active while watching now, judging by the findings in a new report that illustrates the explosive growth in people who watch TV while connected to social media on smartphones and tablets.

Forum Wants to Breathe New, Certifiable Life into Phones

February 28, 2012 6:46 am | by Monica Alleven | News | Comments

A group of companies on Tuesday launched the Device Renewal Forum (DRF) dedicated to establishing a common certification for refurbished wireless phones around the world.

Report: Apple Snags Big Chunk of Q4 Smartphone Sales

February 7, 2012 6:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple emerged as the best-selling handset OEM in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to NPD Group.

Windows Phone: the OEM Challenge

February 5, 2012 7:04 pm | by Maisie Ramsay | Articles | Comments

Not too long ago, it would have taken quite the stretch of imagination to picture a Nokia smartphone as the belle of the ball at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last month.

VZW Day One at CES 2012

January 30, 2012 10:03 am | Videos | Comments

Review: Lumia 710 Good Return to U.S. for Nokia

January 4, 2012 9:16 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Launched today as an exclusive on T-Mobile USA's network, the Lumia 710 is available for $49.95 with a two-year contract. While that $49.95 price tag screams mediocrity, the 710 offers far more polish...

HP Goes Open Source with webOS

December 12, 2011 6:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After failing to find a buyer for its mobile operating system, HP on Friday announced that it will offer up webOS to the open source community of developers. The company says it plans to continue to be active in the

Hot, Not So Hot & Most Important Devices of 2011

December 3, 2011 2:30 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

Some players have hit it big in the mobile device market this year (Samsung Galaxy S II), while others have fallen flat (HP Touchpad). But even some of 2011’s misses (BlackBerry PlayBook) have been critical for their respective companies, proving that in the device market, a product doesn’t necessarily have to be successful to be important.

MetroPCS Gets First HTC Handset

November 21, 2011 7:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

MetroPCS today announced its first HTC handset, the HTC Wildfire S, an Android-powered smartphone.

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