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Report: DOD Writes Order for 600K iOS Devices

March 21, 2013 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In yet another blow to BlackBerry's core customer base, the Department of Defense (DOD) may be readying an order of 600,000 iOS devices. According to a report from Electronista, the DOD has finished extensive testing of BlackBerry's new...

Report: Smartphones Account for 93 Percent of Gross Handset Profits

March 20, 2013 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Smartphone margins are where it's at if you're a handset manufacturer these days. According to a new report from IHS iSuppli, smartphones accounted for 87 percent of handset industry revenue in 2012 and a staggering 93 percent of gross profits...

BlackBerry to Extend Security Software to Android, iOS

March 14, 2013 9:38 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry continues its efforts to insert itself in the middle of the smartphone today with news that it will bring security software to market for third-party platforms, including Android and iOS. Secure Work Space for iOS and Android will extend BlackBerry security capabilities...

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Samsung's $1B Bill in Apple Case Reduced by $450M

March 4, 2013 9:25 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two biggest — and bitterest — rivals in the smartphone market will have to endure another bruising trial after a federal judge ruled that jurors miscalculated nearly half the $1 billion in damages it found Samsung Electronics owed Apple Inc. for patent infringement.

Wozniak Says Post-Jobs Apple Must Continue to Innovate

February 20, 2013 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says his old company must continue to lead the way in mobile technology or else lose its cool to competitors like Samsung and HTC. In an interview with Bloomberg, Wozniak said that Apple should consider opening...

Mailbox App Review: Return to Sender

February 13, 2013 5:23 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

As much as it pains me to say it, the new iOS app, Mailbox from Orchestra, will not revolutionize email as we know it. In fact, it’s only a hair better than the Gmail experience it aims to improve. I've had about a week to play around with Mailbox, and I have to say...

Report: Apple Working on iOS-Based Wristwatch

February 11, 2013 10:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple may be working on an iOS-based wristwatch that could be used to make mobile payments, according to a report published in the New York Times on Sunday. An anonymous source told the Times that Apple is experimenting with "wristwatch-like devices" made...

Foxconn to Widen Scope of Union Elections

February 5, 2013 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Taiwan-owned Foxconn Technology Group, a leading maker of Apple's iPhones and gadgets for other global brands, is widening the scope of union elections at its sprawling facilities in China. The move, confirmed by the company Monday, follows a series of recommendations from an international panel requested by Apple...

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Turning Mobile Printing On Its Head with Fingerprint

January 28, 2013 3:55 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Printers are cheap these days and a lot of people are getting rid of perfectly good wired models in exchange for a wireless unit that allows them to print from their smartphone or tablet. Both Apple and Google have released platforms that allow...

Apple Moves iOS to 6.1 Version

January 28, 2013 3:26 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple on Monday updated iOS to version 6.1, adding LTE capabilities to 36 additional iPhone carriers and 23 additional iPad carriers globally. The firmware upgrade also includes integration of Fandango.com with Siri so that...

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...

Investors Shake Off AT&T’s $3.89 Billion 4Q Loss

January 24, 2013 5:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Even after reporting a loss in the fourth quarter, investors seemed relatively confident in AT&T's path going forward. Shares were up slightly in aftermarket trading to $33.90, a gain of .44 percent. AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson kicked off the company's earnings call Thursday...

LG Display Posts Profit but iPhone Dims Outlook

January 24, 2013 9:44 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Display reported a $299 million profit for the fourth quarter Thursday thanks to mobile product launches by key customers including Apple Inc. but warned that earnings will decrease in the current quarter as demand for iPhones wanes...

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Apple Earnings, Guidance Disappoint, Stock Plummets 10 Percent

January 23, 2013 6:03 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Investors weren't impressed with what Apple had to say in its fiscal first quarter earnings call Wednesday. Shares fell over 10 percent to $460 in aftermarket trading on lowball guidance and a rare dip in quarterly profits, as well as diminishing margins...

Can Apple Maintain Its Shine?

January 23, 2013 8:54 am | by 
Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For many investors, Apple's best days are behind it. Competitors are catching up, they believe, and the latest iPhone is stumbling. The company's doubters have backed their conviction with billions of dollars. Last week, the stock fell below $500...

VZW Hits Record $30B in 4Q Revenue, Losses Double on Charges

January 22, 2013 10:41 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Tuesday reported record fourth-quarter revenues of over $30 billion, up 5.7 percent annually, but still managed to swing to a quarterly loss that was double what it was in the same quarter last year. Losses that were largely due to charges related to the annuitization of $7.5 billion...

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...

AT&T Expands FaceTime Over Cellular to Tiered Data Plans, iPhone 4S

January 16, 2013 4:43 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T has opened up FaceTime over a cellular connection to nearly all iPhone users, including those on tiered data plans. Mark Collins, senior vice president of data and voice products for AT&T, said in a blog post that the move is the "result of ongoing testing," as to the effect...

Tip of the Thumb: Apps that Made the Homescreen

January 16, 2013 12:45 pm | Articles | Comments

In the past, I've finished the year with a look at my iPhone and the apps that have proven they have staying power. This year, I decided to look at what pieces of software have made their way to my homescreen. These apps earn their chunk of beachfront property...

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...

Report: Apple Cuts iPhone 5 Component Orders, Shares Slide

January 14, 2013 10:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shares of Apple were down 3.5 percent in early trading today after a report surfaced this weekend that the company had cut component orders for the iPhone 5 on weaker-than-expected demand for the device. Citing people familiar with the matter, the Wall Street Journal...

Apple CEO: China Will Be Biggest Market

January 11, 2013 9:05 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Apple expects China to overtake the United States as its biggest market, CEO Tim Cook told a Chinese government news agency. "China is currently our second largest market. I believe it will become our first. I believe strongly that it will," the Xinhua News Agency quoted Cook...

Reports of Cheaper iPhone Surface Again

January 9, 2013 1:47 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Rumors surfaced again Wednesday that Apple may be working on a cheaper iPhone. A report published by the Wall Street Journal citing people familiar with matter, suggest Apple may be looking to recapture market share with a lower-end iPhone...

Walmart and Straight Talk to Offer iPhone

January 9, 2013 10:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Walmart and Straight Talk Wireless, a Tracfone brand, which is a subsidiary of America Movil, today announced that it will offer the iPhone 5 and iPhone 4 starting on January 11, 2013. Straight Talk will offer Apple’s iconic devices in more than 2,000 Walmart stores...

AT&T Sold Over 10 Million Smartphones in Q4

January 8, 2013 4:23 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T said Tuesday that it had sold more than 10 million smartphones in the fourth quarter of 2012, topping its previous record quarter of 9.4 million, set in the fourth quarter of 2011. This included best-ever quarterly sales of Android and Apple smartphones...

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