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Report: Smartphones Continue Generating More Retail Revenue

May 5, 2014 11:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumers continue to use smarpthones to make online purchases at an increaring rate. In April 2014, revenue generated from smartphones was up 115 percent over the same month last year, with a 84 percent jump in orders annually. Smartphones visits accounted to 29 percent...

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.

Facebook Continues Mobile Focus with New 'Audience' Mobile Ad Network

April 30, 2014 4:01 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook today unveiled a mobile ad network, as well as a number of other new features that it hopes will appeal to mobile developers. The ad network, which is called Facebook Audience, was announced Wednesday at the social network's F8 developer conference. 

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Twitter Stock Down Amid User Growth Concerns in 1Q

April 30, 2014 9:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Twitter Inc. said Tuesday that it had a loss of $132.4 million, or 23 cents per share, in the January-March quarter. That compares with a loss of $27 million, or 21 cents per share, a year ago when Twitter was still privately held. Adjusted earnings were $183,000, or roughly breakeven on a per share basis.

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.

Baidu Profit Up 24% on Strong Ad Revenue, Mobile Growth

April 25, 2014 10:41 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Baidu Inc., operator of China's most popular Internet search engine, said Friday its quarterly profit jumped 24.1 percent over a year earlier as its mobile business grew. Profit rose to 2.5 billion yuan ($407.8 million) in the three months ending March 31, according to the Beijing-based company. Revenue rose 59.1 percent to 9.5 billion yuan ($1.5 billio

Facebook Buys Fitness Tracking App Moves

April 25, 2014 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook is adding a fitness tracking app to the company's store of acquired companies. Moves, a self-desribed "all-day activity diary for smartphones", announced yesterday that Facebook had agreed to acquire the company and app. 

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. 

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Report: Huawei Will Spend $300M on Marketing Blitz

April 23, 2014 9:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Huawei is looking to get the word out that it's no longer a minor vendor of low-end smarpthones. The company will spend up to $300 million in marketing its mid-rang and premium tier smarpthones, according to a report from Reuters. Shao Yang, vice president of marketing for Huawei's consumer business...

Report: Facebook to Unveil Mobile Ad Network

April 22, 2014 10:39 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Facebook will unveil its plans for a mobile ad network, according to a report from re/code citing people familiar with the matter. Facebook will make the announcement at its F8 developer conference at the end of the month. The news comes after Facebook in January said it would begin testing advertisements in some third-party mobile applicati

Samsung Launching First Tizen Smartphone in 2Q

April 16, 2014 10:31 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A Samsung executive told Reuters that the company will release a high-end smartphone running the Tizen operating system near the end of the second quarter. Shortly after Samsung will launch a second mid-range Tizen device to drive volume, Yoon Han-kil, senior vice president of Samsung's product strategy team, told Reuters.

Review: Siri-like Cortana Fills Windows Phone Gap

April 15, 2014 9:28 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

With the new Cortana virtual assistant, Windows catches up with Apple's iOS and Google's Android in a major way. Microsoft takes some of the best parts of Apple's and Google's virtual assistants and adds a few useful tools of its own. The result is Cortana, named after an artificial-intelligence character in Microsoft's "Halo" video games.

Court Reverses Conviction of Man in iPad Data Case

April 14, 2014 9:12 am | by Kathy Matheson, Associated Press | News | Comments

A federal appeals court reversed the conviction of man imprisoned for illegally gaining access to AT&T's servers and stealing the email addresses of more than 100,000 of iPad users, ruling Friday that prosecutors tried him in the wrong state. Andrew Auernheimer, who was living in Arkansas at the time...

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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. 

Crittercism Lands $30M in New Funding, Hits 1B Active Users

April 9, 2014 9:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Crittercism today announced another $30 million in funding to expand its quickly growing business. Crittercism provides a Mobile App Performance Management (mAPM) platform for businesses to monitor how their apps are performing in the wild. 

China Approves Microsoft's Nokia Buy with Caveat on Patent Pricing

April 8, 2014 9:20 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

China has finally approved Microsoft's acquistion of Nokia's devices and services business. On China's Ministry of Commerce website, the Ministry said it would go along with the deal but tacked on a few conditions regarding pricing around the use of Nokia's significant patent portfolio. 

Mozilla's Eich to Step Down Amid Same-Sex Marriage Row

April 3, 2014 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Newly appointed Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich has chosen to step down from his post amid controversy over his stance on same-sex marriage. In a blog post on the company's website, Mithcell Baker, chairperson of the Mozilla Foundation and former CEO of the Mozilla Corporation, admitted the company had not lived up to its core values.

Samsung Using Google as Shield in Patent Fight

April 2, 2014 10:53 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

"Not one of the accused features on this phone was designed, much less copied, by anyone at Samsung," Samsung attorney Peter Quinn said. "The accused features on this phone were developed independently by some of the software engineers at Google, up the road in Mountain View."

Samsung Launches Smart Home Service

April 2, 2014 10:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung is advancing its master plan to connect all of its devices with today's launch of Samsung Smart Home in the United States and Korea. In a statement, Samsung said the service features a single app that allows users to connect and control home appliances, TVs and mobile devices. 

Review: Office for iPad Is Pretty and Functional

March 31, 2014 9:15 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Microsoft Office fans who've spent the last nine months using the software's suite of apps on their tiny smartphone screens are probably thrilled that they can finally create and update documents on the iPad's significantly bigger display surface.

Another Apple-Samsung Skirmish Heads to Court

March 31, 2014 9:06 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The fiercest rivalry in the world of smartphones is heading back to court this week in the heart of the Silicon Valley, with Apple and Samsung accusing each other, once again, of ripping off designs and features. The trial will mark the latest round in a long-running series of lawsuits...

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.

Review: Windows Phone Innovations Show Promise

March 27, 2014 9:34 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

In the market for smartphones, Microsoft's Windows Phone 8 system is barely there. It's dwarfed by Apple's iOS and Google's Android systems in both attention and sales. But over the past few months, I have come to appreciate many of the software's innovations...

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. 

Facebook Buying Virtual-Reality Company for $2B

March 26, 2014 9:11 am | by Barbara Ortutay, Ryan Nakashima, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

Facebook is buying virtual reality company Oculus, betting $2 billion that its technology will become a new way for people to communicate, learn or be entertained. "This is a long-term bet on the future of computing," said Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg Tuesday on a call with analysts.

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