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Tech Giants Call for Controls on Gov't Snooping

December 9, 2013 9:57 am | by Danica Kirka, Associated Press | News | Comments

LONDON (AP) — Eight major technology companies have joined forces to call for tighter controls on government surveillance, issuing an open letter Monday to President Barack Obama arguing for reforms in the way the U.S. snoops on people.

Wireless Week Top 25 Headlines of 2013: Episode 2 (20-16)

December 3, 2013 9:53 am | Videos | Comments

In this five part video series, Wireless Week editors Andrew Berg and Ben Munson will count down the top headlines of 2013. Be sure to catch each installment, as we make our way through all the biggest news events from the past year!

Justice Department Gives Thumbs Up to Microsoft-Nokia Deal

December 2, 2013 4:22 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The Department of Justice has granted its blessing to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia. A Federal Trade Commission filing released today confirmed the DOJ’s approval of Microsoft’s proposed $7.2 billion bid to buy Nokia’s devices and services division as well license Nokia’s patents.


Apple Acquires 3D Sensor Company PrimeSense

November 25, 2013 10:33 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple has acquired 3D sensor company PrimeSense. An Apple representative confirmed the deal to AllThingsD. The report values the deal at around $360 million. Apple stayed mum on its plans for PrimeSense, a company it had reportedly been in talks to buy since July.

Microsoft to Take Over Nokia HQ in 2014 After Deal

November 21, 2013 3:46 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Nokia says its headquarters near the Finnish capital will be taken over by Microsoft on completion of the sale of its cellphone and services division to the U.S. software company, expected in early 2014. The majority of the 1,900 workers, in the devices and services, unit will remain in the building in Espoo as employees of Microsoft Corp.

Nokia Shareholders Approve Microsoft Deal

November 19, 2013 9:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Nokia shareholders have given the OK to sell the company’s mobile phone business and license its patents to Microsoft. The Financial Times said an overwhelming 99.7 percent of Nokia investors were in favor of the $7.2 billion deal. In September, Nokia shares soared on news of Microsoft’s proposed deal.

Apple, Microsoft Sue Samsung, Google Over Nortel Patents

November 1, 2013 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Reuters reports that Rockstar, the group that in 2011 successfully bid $4.5 billion in a bankruptcy auction for Nortel’s patents, has filed suit for patent infringement against Samsung, Google, HTC, Huawei and four other companies.  Rockstar is co-owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Sony and Ericsson.

Nokia Sells 8.8M Lumia Phones as Net Sales Hold Steady

October 29, 2013 10:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Nokia sold 8.8 million Lumia devices during its fiscal third quarter, breaking by 19 percent the record of 7.4 million set in the previous quarter. The Finnish phone gave a lot of the credit for the boost in sales to the low-cost Lumia 520.


Windows Phone Growing Fast in Key European Markets

October 2, 2013 10:15 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

New numbers from Kantar found Microsoft’s mobile operating system gaining a lot of traction in Great Britain, Germany and France. As of August, Windows Phone controlled 12 percent of the UK market, nearly three times the 4.5 percent it held a year ago. Similarly big annual gains for Windows Phone came in France, up to 10.8 percent from 5.6, and Germany, up to 8.8 percent from 3.8.

Nokia to Pay Outgoing CEO Elop $25 Million

September 19, 2013 4:02 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

HELSINKI (AP) — Nokia Corp. says it will pay outgoing CEO Stephen Elop a compensation package of some $25 million (19 million euros) when he leaves the company to move over to Microsoft. In proxy statements to shareholders published Thursday, the Finnish company says the amount includes Elop's base salary and equity awards of about 14.6 million euros.

Report: Mulally, Lawrie Top Choices to Turn Around Microsoft

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

Microsoft may be in enough of fix that it needs a so-called "turnaround expert" to succeed outgoing CEO Steve Ballmer. According to a Reuters report, at least three of Microsoft's top 20 investors are pushing to hire a CEO that can help the company move forward as a devices and services company. 

Sold: Nokia Soars Nearly 40% on $7.2B Microsoft Buy

September 3, 2013 10:30 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft has officially agreed to acquire Nokia Corporation's devices and services business today, sending shares of Nokia up nearly 37 percent in early trading. The deal comes with Nokia's license and patents, as well as the company's significant mapping business in tow...

At a Glance: Microsoft CEO Ballmer's Ups and Downs

August 26, 2013 10:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer announced on Friday that he plans to retire from the world's biggest software company after more than 13 years at its helm. Here's a look at the ups and downs of his tenure: 1980: Ballmer joins the company co-founded by Bill Gates and Paul Allen in 1975...


Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer to Retire

August 23, 2013 10:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. CEO Steve Ballmer today announced his plans to retire within the next 12 months once his successor has been chosen. Microsoft issued a press release confirming Ballmer would remain on as CEO while the company continues its transition into a “devices and services company.” “We need a CEO who will be here longer term for this new direction,” Ballmer said in the press release.

Microsoft 4Q Profit Misses; Books Surface Charge

July 18, 2013 4:37 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft booked a $900 million write-down for slashing the price of its Surface RT tablet and its revenue and earnings came up short of Wall Street forecasts in the fourth quarter. The company blamed the disappointing results Thursday on a decline in the PC market...

Nokia Takes 2Q Hit on Weak Device Sales

July 18, 2013 9:37 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Sliding device sales resulted in a fairly flat second quarter for Nokia. The Finnish phone maker reported sales of $7.4 billion, down three percent quarterly and 24 percent annually. Contributing to the lackluster revenue was a reported $3.5 billion in device sales, down six percent quarterly and a whopping 32 percent annually.

Report: Microsoft Working on LTE-Powered Surface Smartwatch

July 15, 2013 11:05 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The race to put out a smartwatch consumers may or may not want has a new contender in Microsoft. The Verge, citing sources familiar with the Microsoft’s plans, said the company’s Surface team is now prototyping devices. The report also cites details from AmongTech that claim the wearable device could feature 6 GB of storage and LTE support.

Microsoft Reshuffles Company Structure

July 11, 2013 10:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is reshuffling its business in a move that it says will allow it to innovate faster and focus on devices and services. The move by the world's largest software maker comes amid a steady decline in PC demand as people turn to tablets and other mobile devices.

Friday Flick: Windows 8.1 Preview

June 28, 2013 9:33 am | Videos | Comments

Microsoft has released the next iteration of Windows 8. The company's new touch-based operating system seeks to merge dekstop and mobile, but some customers miss the familiarty of longstanding feature like Windows' classic Start button...

Microsoft Wants to Disclose Data on FISA Orders

June 28, 2013 8:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft has asked a court to let it disclose data on national security orders the company has received under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act. Microsoft made the request in a motion filed June 19 with the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court and unsealed this week...

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...

Microsoft Launches Office Mobile for iPhone

June 14, 2013 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | 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...

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...

Microsoft’s 3Q Beats Street, Company Announces Smaller Tablets

April 19, 2013 10:02 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

The fervor over the PC market going down in flames and how that will affect PC giant Microsoft can settle a bit after the company’s third quarter 2013 beat analyst estimates. The company posted revenue of $20.5 billion on $0.72 EPS, marking an 18 and 20 percent increase annually, respectively. That’s compared to analyst expectations of $20.1 billion on $0.68 EPS.

PC Shipments Drop 14 Percent Annually as Consumers Prefer Tablets, Smartphones

April 11, 2013 9:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumer preference for tablets and smartphones sent first quarter global PC shipments down 14 percent to 76.3 million units, according to new numbers from IDC. IDC said the extent of the annual contraction marked the worst quarter since IDC began tracking the PC market quarterly in 1994...

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