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Testimony to Begin in Apple-Samsung Patent Trial

November 13, 2013 9:19 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The billion dollar patent fight between the world's two biggest smartphone makers is resuming in a Silicon Valley courtroom. Lawyers for rivals Apple Inc. and South Korea-based Samsung Electronics Co. were scheduled to deliver opening statements Wednesday in a San Jose courtroom in a trial to determine how much Samsung owes Apple for copying vital iPhone and iPad features.

Many Millions at Stake at Second Apple-Samsung Trial

November 12, 2013 9:08 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The latest round in Apple and Samsung's bitter global battle for supremacy in the more than $300 billion smartphone market begins Tuesday in a courtroom a few miles from Apple's Silicon Valley headquarters. In courts, government tribunals and regulatory agencies around world...

First News Briefs: Sprint, Delphi, Cloudberry, Samsung

November 11, 2013 11:03 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Sprint Cloud Optimizer is now available with Microsoft’s cloud productivity solution Office 365 offered by Sprint. It features caching technology that lets users access the collaboration functionality of Office 365 and SharePoint Online as well as read access to customer-selected public websites from virtually anywhere, even if they have limited or no Internet access.

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Samsung Aims to Topple Apple as No. 1 in Tablets

November 6, 2013 9:14 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has a new goal after overtaking Apple in smartphones: it wants to be world No. 1 in tablet computers too. A top executive, Shin Jong-kyun, told analysts on Wednesday that Samsung's tablet business is growing rapidly and the company will become the biggest maker of tablet computers.

Samsung Signs Five-Year Patent License Agreement with Nokia

November 4, 2013 10:03 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung has extended by five years a patent license agreement with Nokia. Nokia announced the extension of the agreement that was scheduled to conclude at the end of 2013. Samsung will begin with additional compensation at the beginning of 2014 and the full amount of compensation will enter arbitration to be decided before the end 2015.

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.

First News Briefs: Sprint, Samsung, UPS, Ruckus, SanDisk, Magisto, Viddi

October 31, 2013 9:53 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Sprint has selected Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC to support the deployment of a next-generation network in the 2.5 GHz spectrum (3GPP Band 41) with Long Term Evolution Time Division Duplex (LTE-TDD) equipment.

Smartwatches Abound. But Who Really Wants One?

October 30, 2013 9:46 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Computerized wristwatches that display message alerts and weather updates are abound this holiday season: Consumer electronics companies are trying to persuade you to add these smartwatches to your shopping lists. Samsung and Sony have devices out, and Qualcomm has one coming before the holidays. Apple is believed to be making one, and a new report says Google is developing one, too.

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Report: Samsung Grabs 29 Percent of 3Q Global Phone Market

October 29, 2013 10:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Global phone shipments for the third quarter hit 418 million units, growing seven percent annually and marking the highest growth rate for the market since 2011. The numbers compiled in Strategy Analytic’s latest research indicate that Samsung accounted for nearly 29 percent of the total worldwide cell phone shipments, almost doubling the market share of its closest competitor Nokia, that claimed 15.5 percent.

Review: Curved Phone Falls Flat, Literally

October 29, 2013 9:13 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Galaxy Round created some buzz in tech circles when Samsung announced it earlier this month, but no one in the downtown Seoul cafe where I played with the curved screen smartphone asked me about it or even gave a curious glance. That is likely because the curve is so subtle it is not apparent without a close look.

Samsung to Expand Devices That Work with Gear

October 28, 2013 3:54 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — Samsung says its new Galaxy Gear computerized watch will be compatible with several older phones through a software update. One big flaw with the $300 Gear is that in the U.S., it's compatible only with the new Galaxy Note 3 phone, which costs another $300 with a two-year service agreement. Last week, Samsung Electronics Co. said the Gear will also work with the Galaxy S4 Mini when that comes out next month.

First News Briefs: Samsung, NBA, ZigBee Alliance, ARM, Alcatel-Lucent

October 28, 2013 10:17 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Samsung Telecommunications America, LLC (Samsung) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced a comprehensive multiyear marketing and technology partnership. Samsung is now the official handset, tablet, and television provider of the NBA, Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA), and NBA Development League (NBA D-League).

LG Jabs at Samsung With Intro of “Real” Curved Smartphone

October 28, 2013 9:44 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

LG today officially announced the G Flex, a 6-inch Android smartphone that curves to “follow the contour of the face” and features a “self-healing” back cover. Besides accommodating round heads and apparently fitting better into back pockets, the curved design enables some new UX tricks, too. QTheater allows users to draw back a curtain, cinema-style, to launch photos, videos and the YouTube app.

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Samsung’s 3Q Profits Up 26 Percent

October 25, 2013 9:51 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung once again posted a record quarter with third quarter net profits climbing to around $7.8 billion, up 26 percent annually. Total sales of $55.5 billion represented a three percent quarterly jump and $34.4 billion in revenue from Samsung’s mobile division accounted for a huge chunk of the big sales number.

Taiwan Body Fines Samsung for Blasting Local Rival

October 24, 2013 10:19 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Taiwan's Fair Trade Commission on Thursday fined the local unit of South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. for undermining the reputation of Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corp. In a notice on its website, the consumer protection body said that Samsung had organized an Internet campaign in violation of fair trade rules to praise Samsung smartphones while slamming those of HTC.

Corning Shares Jump on LCD Glass Deal with Samsung

October 23, 2013 9:14 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Corning Inc. jumped Tuesday after it announced a new tie-up with a Samsung Electronics subsidiary that will boost the glass maker's earnings immediately and guarantees that it will supply Samsung with liquid crystal display glass through 2023.

First News Briefs: Bell, Samsung, Fitbit, Lookout, Rogers, BlackBerry, HolidayPhone

October 10, 2013 10:53 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Bell and Samsung Electronics Canada today announced global availability of Samsung KNOX. Samsung KNOX is a security solution that provides enterprise customers with security and protection when employees use their own mobile devices at work or use their work devices as part of their everyday life.

Samsung to Debut Smartphone With Curved Display

October 9, 2013 9:07 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics said it will release a smartphone with a curved display — and a $1,000 price tag. The Galaxy Round has a curved 5.7-inch (14.5 cm) screen using advanced display technology called organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, technology. The Korean company said such a curved screen smartphone is the first in the world.

LG Begins Mass Production of Flexible OLED Smartphone Display

October 7, 2013 10:18 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

“The flexible display market is expected to grow quickly as this technology is expected to expand further into diverse applications including automotive displays, tablets and wearable devices. Our goal is to take an early lead in the flexible display market by introducing new products with enhanced performance and differentiated designs next year,” Dr. Sang Deog Yeo, executive vice president of LG Display said in a statement.

Samsung Anticipating Record Third Quarter as Mobile Head Departs

October 4, 2013 9:57 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung is anticipating a third quarter operating profit between 9.9 trillion won and 10.3 trillion won ($9.2 and $9.6 billion) that would trounce the record of 9.5 trillion won set in the previous quarter. In earnings guidance issued today, the South Korean OEM estimated growth of approximately 25 percent over the 8.12 trillion won it posted in the same quarter last year.

First News Briefs: Orange, Samsung, Texas Instruments, ARM, Cricket

October 3, 2013 10:37 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Orange Business Services and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. have signed a strategic partnership agreement to develop the professional use of tablets and services to help companies leverage this device across the Orange footprint in Europe, with specific emphasis on Belgium, France, Poland and Spain.

Review: Gear Watch Has Potential, But Falls Short

October 1, 2013 11:04 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It didn't take long to see how a computerized wristwatch might help manage my digital life — or to see how Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch falls short. First, the potential: Smartwatches are supposed to offer quick access to many of the things you normally do on your phone...

First News Briefs: Broadcom, FCC, Radio Frequency Systems, Fandango, Samsung

October 1, 2013 10:30 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) has announced that its products will be used by Transit Wireless to support the architecture for Phase 2 of its extensive project to bring a distributed antenna system (DAS) to the New York City subway system. Phase 2, which is expected to be completed in mid-2014, includes 40 new stations.

Tests: New iPhones Less Durable Than iPhone 5

September 23, 2013 9:44 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — As Apple pitches its newest smartphones, users may find something lacking compared with last year's model: They could break more easily. SquareTrade, a provider of protection plans for gadgets, tested five smartphones, including Apple's new iPhones, to see if they could withstand drops, dunks and other common hazards. Its finding: The latest models aren't as durable as last year's iPhone 5.

T-Mobile, Sprint Selling iPhone 5C for Zero Down

September 13, 2013 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

T-Mobile is offering Apple’s new rainbow-friendly iPhone 5C for zero down and 24 monthly payments of $22. That comes out to $528, a good discount off the device’s $550 unsubsidized price tag. Sprint has also chosen to offer the 16 GB iPhone 5C for zero down and the 32 GB for $99, both with a two-year agreement.

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