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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
When the company Monday announces its fiscal first quarter numbers, analyst estimates put it safely ahead of the same quarter last year in at least a few categories. iPhone estimates range around 54 million for the quarter, trouncing the record 47.8 million the company sold in the first quarter of 2013.
Apple will offer a pair of a larger iPhone in the second half of 2014 according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The new devices will run 4.5 and 5 inches on the diagonal, according to the report which cited people familiar with the matter.
Apple will refund at least $32.5 million to consumers to settle a federal case involving purchases that kids made without their parents' permission while playing on mobile apps, the government announced Wednesday. The Federal Trade Commission said Apple will make full refunds for any such in-app purchases made by kids while playing on mobile phones and other devices...
If you love your iPhone but would prefer a physical keyboard, Typo could be for you. But you might want to order soon. BlackBerry, the company that made physical typing on mobile devices an addictive craze, is suing Typo Products LLC, accusing it of copying its world-famous keyboard.
Research firm Gartner expects worldwide shipments of computers and mobile devices to reach 2.5 billion units this year, up nearly 8 percent from 2013. The growth comes amid a steady decline in PC shipments, which is more than made up for by an increase in tablet and mobile phone shipments.
Apple today announced that customers dropped more than $10 billion at its App Store in 2013. The company revealed that more than $1 billion of those sales alone came during December. Apple revealed in a press release that iOS developers have now made more than $15 billion on the App Store.