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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.

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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.

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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.

Friday Flick: Tick, Toq, A Galaxy Gear Contender?

September 6, 2013 10:08 am | Videos | Comments

While Samsung grabbed most of the attention with its splashy Galaxy Gear unveiling this week, Qualcomm quietly took wraps off a wearable of its own at its annual Uplinq developer conference. Take a quick look at the Toq, which boasts 8 days of battery life. Is it possible Qualcomm could be a contender in the space? 

Qualcomm Suddenly Big Smartwatch Contender

September 5, 2013 5:07 pm | by Ben Munson | Blogs | Comments

Save for a few hints derived from FCC patents, there were few clues about Qualcomm’s smartwatch ambitions. So it surprised the crowd at Qualcomm’s Uplinq developer conference in San Diego when CEO Paul Jacobs rather casually unveiled Toq at the end of his keynote address, at almost precisely the same time Samsung was introducing Galaxy Gear.

Review: Stylish Makeover for Samsung Note Phone

September 5, 2013 10:35 am | by Joseph Pisani, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

 Samsung is giving its latest Galaxy Note smartphone a stylish makeover. The Galaxy Note 3, unveiled Wednesday, has a soft, leather-like back. It feels like you're holding a fancy leather-bound journal. Grooves on the side of the big-screen phone make it easier to grip...

Samsung Enters Wearables Market with Galaxy Gear Smartwatch

September 4, 2013 2:12 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After a long wait and many rumors, Samsung Wednesday unveiled its new Galaxy Gear smartwatch, as well as the Note 3, and the tablet-sized Note 10.1. In a dramatic webcast of a presentation at the IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin which was broadcast online...

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Review: 'Mega' Phone is Huge, with Limited Appeal

September 4, 2013 9:46 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Please turn off all electronic devices, the flight crew instructs as we approach Los Angeles. With a small phone, I might have gotten away with ignoring safety regulations. Samsung's new Galaxy Mega phone was too conspicuous for that...

Samsung Unveiling Smartwatch Sept. 4, Actually Calling it Galaxy Gear

August 27, 2013 9:40 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Samsung has confirmed it will introduce its smartwatch, dubbed “Galaxy Gear,” at a Sept. 4 event in Berlin. Speaking with The Korea Times, Lee Young-hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, said the device will not have a flexible display as some rumors have suggested.

Group Aims to Bring Internet to 5B More People

August 21, 2013 10:18 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A consortium of technology companies that includes Ericsson, Facebook, Nokia, Samsung, and others, today announced an initiative to bring Internet access to more of the world. The project, called internet.org, was announced today by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg who noted...

New 6.3-inch Samsung Phone Approaches Tablet Size

August 19, 2013 10:43 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphones are getting bigger as people use them more to watch movies and play games. A new one from Samsung is beyond big. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch tablet computer... 

Apple Patent Application Suggests New iPhone Could Feature NFC

August 15, 2013 3:24 pm | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

iPhones and Near Field Communication (NFC) have gone together like oil and water but a new patent application from Apple suggests the technology could find its way into upcoming iOS devices. As Apple Insider points out, Apple filed a patent application regarding gifting content purchased from iTunes.

ITC Issues Import Ban on Some Samsung Products

August 12, 2013 9:20 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple won a partial victory in its long-running patent dispute with Samsung on Friday when a federal administrative panel found Samsung in violation of two Apple patents and blocked imports of some Samsung devices. Even as the U.S. International Trade Commission found Samsung in violation of the two patents...

Samsung Seeks Smart Watch Trademarks in US, SKorea

August 7, 2013 9:03 am | by Youkyung Lee,AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. has applied for U.S. and South Korean trademarks for a watch that connects to the Internet in the latest sign that consumer technology companies see wearable devices as the future of their business. Samsung described "Samsung Galaxy Gear" as a wearable digital electronic device...

Obama Administration Overrules Apple Import Ban

August 5, 2013 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama's trade representative on Saturday vetoed a ban on imports of some Apple iPads and older iPhones, dealing a setback to rival South Korean electronics company Samsung. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman overruled a June decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which had banned imports...

First News Briefs: Strategy Analytics, Verizon, Dallas Cowboys, Duracell

July 26, 2013 10:03 am | by Wireless Week Staff | News | Comments

According to the latest research from Strategy AnalyticsSamsung became the world's most profitable handset vendor in Q2 2013. Apple slipped into second position, as margins have been hit by lower iPhone 5 volumes and tougher competition in China.

Samsung Emphasizes Components as Smartphones Peak

July 26, 2013 9:34 am | by Youkyung Lee, | News | Comments

Samsung plans to plow a record pile of cash into its semiconductor and display panel businesses, hoping to reduce reliance on sales of high-end Galaxy smartphones that are poised to peak after two years of blistering growth. Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest smartphone maker...

Report: Samsung Accounts for Nearly Half of All Android Web Traffic in U.S.

July 17, 2013 10:56 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

A new study from mobile marketing company Chitika looked at Android-based web traffic in the U.S. and Canada and found the Korean phone giant thoroughly trouncing all other Android OEMs. HTC was the next closest with 9.7 percent, followed by Motorola with 9.5 percent, Amazon with 8.8 percent and LG with 8.3 percent.

Apple Seeks Stay of U.S. Ban on iPhone 4, iPad 2

July 10, 2013 9:52 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Apple is looking to put off an upcoming U.S. ban on the GSM versions of the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) put the ban—which takes effect August 5—after finding the devices in violation of Samsung patents.

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