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Jury Awards Apple $119M in Samsung Patent Row

May 5, 2014 10:06 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

A California jury awarded Apple $119 million — far less than it demanded — in a patent battle with Samsung over alleged copying of smart phone features, and the jury made the victory even smaller by finding that Apple illegally used one of Samsung's patents.

Closing Arguments Set in Apple-Samsung Trial

April 28, 2014 9:19 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The high-stakes battle between the world's largest smartphone makers is scheduled to wrap up this week after a monthlong trial that has pulled the curtain back on just how very cutthroat the competition is between Apple and Samsung. Closing arguments in the patent-infringement case are scheduled to begin Monday...

Study: Samsung Phone Durable, but iPhone Has Edge

April 25, 2014 2:23 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SquareTrade evaluated the phones based on such criteria as size, weight, grip and the quality of the front and back panels. The company measured how far the phones slide when pushed across a table on their backs and how well they withstand drops from 4 feet and being dunked in water for 10 seconds.

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SmartWatch, Episode 7: Wireless What-Ifs, Ands and Buts, from Apple to Softbank

April 24, 2014 11:15 am | Videos | Comments

With a relatively quiet news week having passed, this week's SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, takes a look at what might be on the horizon. From a Softbank bid for T-Mobile to a new iPhone, we'll offer up the probability of the next big story in the wireless. 

China Mobile 1Q Profits Take Hit on iPhone Subsidies

April 22, 2014 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

China Mobile saw profits drop for a third straight quarter on the impact of iPhone subsidies and cthe continued expansion of its TD-LTE network. The world's largest carrier saw first quarter net income fall to approximately $4 billion, on $25 billion in total revenue. 

SmartWatch, Episode 6: The Next iPhone, Amazon’s 3D Dreams, and Pessimism

April 17, 2014 11:20 am | Videos | Comments

In this edition of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we contemplate whether a lack of headline-grabbing smartphones in 2014 will allow Apple to jack up the price of its next iPhone (iPhones?) as much as $100. And before the show is over, Ben will address his pessimism regarding Amazon’s rumored 3D smartphone before coming face to face with his more optimistic self, who thinks the feature sounds kind of neat.

Analyst: Dearth of Hero Phones Could Net $50-$100 “iPhone 6” Price Hike

April 15, 2014 10:59 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple might be able to leverage a $50 to $100 price hike for its upcoming “iPhone 6” given the lack of headline-grabbing smartphones hitting the market in 2015. Jeffries analyst Peter Misek said that the current state of smartphone saturation and low differentiation could mean the next iPhone, rumored to be significantly bigger, could be a big enough blockbuster that Apple can force carriers to bow to raised prices.

DropBox Launches Android, Desktop Versions of Mailbox

April 9, 2014 3:09 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After acquiring Mailbox back in March of 2013, Dropbox today announced an Android and desktop version of the Mailbox app. Mailbox, which made headlines with its long wait while in Beta as an iOS app, is aimed at more easily sorting through and organizing mail through various swipe gestures. 

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BlackBerry Wins Ruling Against iPhone Keyboard

March 31, 2014 3:51 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Troubled smartphone maker BlackBerry has won an early round in its legal battle against an iPhone keyboard made by a startup co-founded by "American Idol" host Ryan Seacrest. A court order bans Seacrest's company, Typo Products LLC, from selling its iPhone keyboard in the U.S. while BlackBerry Ltd. proceeds with a patent infringement case against the product. 

Apkudo, CCA Partner on Device Hub for Rural Carriers

March 27, 2014 5:30 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) is making it easier for smaller rural and regional carriers to get the devices they need with the launch of the Device Hub. Apkudo is powering the platform that will provide better management of device portfolios for smaller carriers and create common device specifications...

Microsoft Unveils Office for iPad

March 27, 2014 4:31 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft on Thursday unveiled Office for the iPad, a software suite that includes programs such as Word, Excel and PowerPoint, and works on rival Apple Inc.'s hugely popular tablet computer. The app was to be made available for download on Thursday in the App Store at 11 a.m. Pacific time.

Could New HTC One Tempt iPhone Users?

March 27, 2014 2:09 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It looks like there could be some iPhone users considering a switch over to the dark side, namely Android. New numbers from CompareMyMobile.com, a UK shop that offers money for used phones, found that iPhone valuations were way up after HTC announced its new HTC One M8. 

Report: NFC-Enabled Smartphone Shipments to Top 1.2B by 2018

March 27, 2014 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Smartphone makers will continue to include Near Field Communications (NFC) in their devices, whether or not consumers actually use the technology. According to IHS Technology, global shipments of cellphones equipped with NFC are set to surge by a factor of four from 2013 to 2018, reaching 1.2 billion units. 

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NYT Bringing Paid Subscription to New Mobile App

March 26, 2014 9:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Times said in a statement that NYT Now is a new subscription plan created for an audience seeking more content than is currently available for free but at a lower price than the full news report. The company also rolled out Times Premier, which is a higher-tier plan that brings more content to readers. 

Apple Launches 8GB iPhone 5C in Europe

March 18, 2014 10:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple isn't letting up on its push into the lower end of the market. The company Tuesday launched an 8GB version of its colorful iPhone 5C for European markets. According to 9to5 Mac, the new phone sells in the United Kingdom for $712 unsubsidized...

Apple Takes Siri to Automobiles with CarPlay

March 3, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

CarPlay leverage's Apple's virtual assistant Siri to give iPhone users a hands-free way to make calls, view maps, listen to music and access message. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Teases New Product Categories

February 28, 2014 5:04 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook struck a familiar refrain during Apple's annual shareholder meeting at the company's Cupertino, Calif. headquarters. Cook promised that Apple Inc. is working on new gadgets that will expand the company's product line-up beyond smartphones, tablets, music players and personal computers without divulging any details.

MWC: Phone Makers Look to Emerging Markets for Growth

February 25, 2014 9:22 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Companies from Facebook to Firefox are looking to emerging markets for the next few billion people. They are not only targeting the obvious high-population countries such as India and China, but also see potential in Latin America, Africa and just about everywhere beyond the U.S., Canada, western Europe and a few Asian nations.

MWC: U.S. Wireless Landscape Changes as Carriers Forego Subsidies

February 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

How's this for gall? Take away hundreds of dollars in subsidies that cellphone customers have enjoyed for years. Then pass it off as an improvement. The major U.S. wireless companies are doing just that. And many of their customers seem to like it.

WhatsApp Deal Highlights Suite of Similar Apps

February 20, 2014 9:48 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook's announcement it is paying $19 billion in cash and stock to acquire WhatsApp is a milestone in the short history of mobile messaging apps. Hundreds of millions of people have downloaded such apps to their smartphones and tablets to chat and share photos and videos for free, making them potent rivals to Facebook.

Stores Can See Where You Go by Tracking Your Phone

February 20, 2014 9:44 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores. The companies collecting the information say it's anonymous, can't be traced to a specific person and no one should worry about invasion of privacy. But consumer advocates aren't convinced. 

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. 

'Candy' Crush Saga' App Maker King Digital Plans IPO

February 18, 2014 9:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the blockbuster mobile game "Candy Crush Saga" will attempt to raise as much as $500 million in an initial public offering. King Digital Entertainment PLC, which also makes the game "Pet Rescue Saga," did not disclose how many shares are expected to be in the IPO or the projected price range.

Bye Bye Birdie: Flappy Bird Creator Pulls App from App Store

February 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Tran Van Minh, Associated Press | News | Comments

The young Vietnamese creator of hit mobile game Flappy Bird has removed it from the App Store and Google Play saying it ruined his life. The game which was uploaded in 2013 but only surged to the top in downloads earlier this year was removed early Monday.

Apple Sells 51M iPhones in 1Q as Profits Hold Steady

January 27, 2014 5:47 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

As expected, Apple broke records during its holiday quarter, selling 51 million iPhones and posting $57.6 billion in quarterly revenue. On those sales figures, Apple saw $13.1 billion in net profit, matching what it posted in the year-ago quarter despite gross margins shrinking annually to 37.9 percent from 38.6 percent.

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