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Ahead of the Bell: Low Expectations for Apple's 3Q

July 23, 2013 9:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's latest quarterly report is expected to show the company has been growing at its slowest pace since the debut of the iPhone six years ago. The numbers, due out Tuesday after the stock market closes, are likely to reinforce investor...

AT&T Offers Pair of New Mobile Share Plans

July 22, 2013 11:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ahead of its second-quarter earnings call scheduled for Tuesday, AT&T is offering users a $200 discount of the unsubsidized price of an iPhone 5. The sale brings the price of Apple's flagship smarrtphone down to $450 for the 16GB model...

Apple Uses Acquisitions to Fix Mapping Problems

July 22, 2013 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple is seeking to refine its maps with a little help from the outside. The company last week acquired Locationary and HopStop, both of which could help fill some of the glaring holes in the company's much maligned Apple Maps product...

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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...

BlackBerry Launches MDM Product for Android, iOS

June 25, 2013 9:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry today launched Secure Work Space for iOS and Android, which extends BES10 capabilities to separate work and personal apps and data on iOS and Android devices. The BES10 server software is free to download, with annual client access licenses for Secure Work Space running $99 per year per device. BlackBerry said BES10 is also available as 

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...

Review: Office for iPhone Helpful for Subscribers

June 17, 2013 10:06 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

With the free app, users can quickly and easily edit, save and share documents on the go. But there's a catch: You have to be an Office 365 subscriber to use it. And the mobile version is so bare bones, it may not do much to attract new subscribers.

Friday Flick: Office Mobile for iPhone

June 14, 2013 9:58 am | Videos | Comments

Microsoft today released a version of its popular Office suite for the iPhone. Office Mobile is available now for free on the App Store but only subscribers to Microsoft's premium cloud-based Office 365 service can use the new app. After signing in to an Office 365 account, users can access...

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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...

Report: Apple Considering 5.7-inch iPhone, $99 model

June 13, 2013 9:38 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters is citing four people with knowledge of the matter in a report saying Apple is considering next year rolling out 4.7- and 5.7-inch models of its iPhone. The sources claim that suppliers have been approached with plans for the larger phones.

Music Service, Mobile Software Expected from Apple

June 10, 2013 9:34 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple is expected to reveal a digital radio service and changes to the software behind iPhones and iPads on Monday as the company opens its annual conference for software developers. Apple hasn't said what it will unveil at the Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco...

ITC Rules for Samsung, Bans iPhone 4 Imports

June 5, 2013 9:25 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A U.S. trade agency on Tuesday issued a ban on imports of Apple's iPhone 4 and a variant of the iPad 2 after finding the devices violate a patent held by South Korean rival Samsung Electronics. Because the devices are assembled in China...

Report: Apple Readies Mobile Ad Business for New Music Service

June 4, 2013 9:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple is gearing up for the unveiling of a new streaming music service next week by shifting some of its iAd personnel over to the new service. The move is part of an effort to change the way Apple sells mobile advertising to cater to customers that might be looking to engage an listening audience, according to a report...

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Verizon Smartphone Sales Grow on Windows Popularity

June 3, 2013 10:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon took the lion's share of smarpthone sales in the United States, due in part to the growth of Windows Phone, according to new numbers from Kantar Worldpanel Comtech. Of the carriers, Verizon grabbed 36.3 percent of smartphones sold, an annual increase of 1.8 percent. Sprint Nextel accounted for 13.1 percent of smartphones sold...

Report: Apple Taps Pegatron to Make Low-Cost iPhone

May 30, 2013 9:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple is moving to a new manufacturer to produce a low-cost iPhone, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. As it seeks to lessen its dependence on Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn in an effort to diversify its supply chain, Apple has reportedly tasked a company called Pegatron with producing a forthcoming version of the iPhone...

Cook: Apple Focused on Quality, Not Quantity

May 29, 2013 10:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, doesn't have his head stuck in the sand. He's aware of the company's stock slide. He's aware of Android's popularity, but he's not particularly worried about anything more than creating great products. That was the word yesterday from Cook's talk at the Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference, which was posted online...

Windows Phone Ousts BB for Third Place in Market Share

May 16, 2013 8:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year gain in market share among the leading mobile operating systems, more than doubling its size from a year ago, according to numbers released today from International Data Corporation (IDC)...

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...

New Boingo iOS App Leverages iTunes Account for Payment

May 8, 2013 9:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless has announced that iOS users can now use their iTunes account to purchase a Boingo subscription. According to a press release, the latest version of Boingo’s iOS app links directly to a customer’s iTunes account, streamlining subscription sign-up and monthly billing...

Microsoft Touching Up Windows 8 to Address Gripes

May 7, 2013 8:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft is retooling the latest version of its Windows operating system to address complaints and confusion that have been blamed for deepening a slump in personal computer sales. The tune up announced Tuesday won't be released to consumers...

US Cellular Embraces iPhone After Rejecting It

May 3, 2013 3:26 pm | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

U.S. Cellular, the fifth largest cellphone company and the only major one to resist the iPhone, says it's going to start selling it this year. CEO Mary Dillon announced the reversal Friday on a call with investors and analysts. She didn't specify exactly when the company would start...

How Siri, Google Now Respond to 5 Questions

April 30, 2013 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With Google's voice assistant now available on iPhones and iPads, The Associated Press used an iPad Mini to throw five test questions at Google Now and Siri on Monday afternoon in New York. Here's what the two digital assistants had to say for themselves...

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...

AT&T Grows Margins Despite Record 1Q Smarpthone Sales

April 23, 2013 5:52 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Mobility managed to grow its margins even as it reported a first-quarter record of 6 million smartphone sales. On $16.6 billion in total wireless revenues, $5.1 billion of which was from mobile data, AT&T Mobility managed wireless operating income margins of 28 percent...

Ahead of the Bell: Analysts See iPhone Sales Down

April 23, 2013 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. is set to report fiscal second-quarter results after the market close Tuesday, and analysts expect to see the first quarter ever in which iPhone sales declined. The launch of the first iPhone in 2007 set off a boom in smartphone sales...

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