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Alibaba Investment Gives Tango Reason to Dance

March 20, 2014 11:05 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Tango is joining the conga line of mobile messaging services that have turned into hot commodities as more people use them to communicate and share photos, music and other content. China's Alibaba Group is making the latest big bet on the trend with a $215 million...

Report: 63% of Non-Desktop U.S. Web Traffic from iOS

March 20, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Even as Android pulls away with the majority of global smarpthone market share, Apple's iOS continues to drive more Web traffic in some countries around the globe. The findings revealed in dotMobi’s Global Device Traffic Index, show that Apple’s iOS-based devices...

March Madness and BYOD Are Double Bonus at Work

March 20, 2014 9:18 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Every year, the NCAA college basketball tournament gives employees a reason to goof off at their desks and root for their alma maters. But there's a growing source of potential headaches for bosses. Media companies like hosts CBS Corp. and Time Warner Inc.'s Turner are doing all they can to promote...

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Review: Uneasy First Steps with Google Glass

March 17, 2014 10:54 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Shaped like a lopsided headband, Google Glass is an unassuming piece of technology when you're holding it in your hands. You feel as if you can almost break it, testing its flexibility. Putting it on, though, is another story. Once you do, this Internet-connected eyewear takes on a life of its own. 

Huawei, Others Causing Trouble for Apple Brand

March 17, 2014 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple's brand preference rating fell by 5.1 points between the second and fourth quarter 2013, which the research firm said was "one of the weakest performances of 21 major technology brands" in its latest survey. The survey also suggests Apple may be failing to impress its demographic sweet spot.

T-Mobile CFO Comments on Unlimited Sound Familiar

March 11, 2014 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile CFO Braxton Carter sounded a lot like AT&T and Verizon executives prior to doing away with their unlimited plans, claiming that a disprioportionately small number of users consumes a very larger percentage of the data. 

Verizon's Shammo Outlines Risks of EDGE Program

March 10, 2014 11:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Device financing programs are all the rage these days, but they aren't with out their risks. Verizon CFO Fran expects to see more device upgrades this year, especially as users take advantage of the company's new EDGE program, which allows users to upgrade as often as every 30 days. 

Google Exec Promises Wearables SDK for Developers

March 10, 2014 10:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google is hoping a new Software Development Kit (SDK) will help facilitate the development of wearable hardware and applications that can run on that hardware. Sundar Pichai, senior vice president of Android, Chrome & apps for Google, made the announcement during a talk Saturday at South by Southwest in Austin, Texas.

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Verizon 'AllSet' with New 3G Prepaid Plans

March 3, 2014 1:03 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Monday rolled out new 3G prepaid plans, starting at $35 for basic phones and $45 for smartphones. The new "AllSet" plans start at $45 for 500 MB  and unlimited talk and texts. For a limited time, smartphone customers can double their monthly data to 1 GB by enrolling in Auto Pay.

New York Gets Behind 'Kill Switch' Bill

March 3, 2014 10:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

New York officials are set Monday to support a bill that would require smartphone and tablet OEMs to include technology in their products that would let owners delete data from stolen devices and render them useless to thieves. New York Representative Jose Serrano is set Monday...

Apple Takes Siri to Automobiles with CarPlay

March 3, 2014 9:30 am | News | Comments

CarPlay leverage's Apple's virtual assistant Siri to give iPhone users a hands-free way to make calls, view maps, listen to music and access message. Users can control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri.

MWC Wrap: Connecting Everything

March 3, 2014 9:10 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

We're in the beginning of a world in which everything is connected to the Internet and with one another, while powerful yet relatively cheap computers analyze all that data for ways to improve lives. Toothbrushes tell your mirror to remind you to floss. Basketball jerseys detect impending heart failure and call the ambulance for you.

Apple CEO Tim Cook Teases New Product Categories

February 28, 2014 5:04 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple CEO Tim Cook struck a familiar refrain during Apple's annual shareholder meeting at the company's Cupertino, Calif. headquarters. Cook promised that Apple Inc. is working on new gadgets that will expand the company's product line-up beyond smartphones, tablets, music players and personal computers without divulging any details.

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Review: CashWrap Case No Replacement for iPhone's Lack of NFC

February 27, 2014 3:38 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

My son picked up the my phone the other day and commented that he liked the case I was using. It's not as bulky as some of the other ones, he told me. I agreed with him that the Incipio CashWrap on my iPhone 5 has a nice feel. But beyond being a nice case, it also allows...

MWC Highlights Innovation Beyond iOS and Android

February 27, 2014 10:27 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

A look at some little-known systems at the Mobile World Congress wireless show in Barcelona, Spain, this week -- Many of them aren't even available in the U.S.,  although they may not be replacing an Android or iOS phone, some of these alternative phones have impressive features.

Smartphone Fingerprint Security Convenient, but Not Flawless

February 26, 2014 8:56 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it's alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal. The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their phones. 

MWC: BlackBerry Launches 2 New Phones, Upgrades Services

February 25, 2014 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry Tuesday unveiled a pair of new handsets, one of which is in keeping with CEO John Chen's committment to addressing emerging markets. The Canadian OEM unveiled a successor to the Q10, the BlackBerry Q20, which features...

MWC: Phone Makers Look to Emerging Markets for Growth

February 25, 2014 9:22 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Companies from Facebook to Firefox are looking to emerging markets for the next few billion people. They are not only targeting the obvious high-population countries such as India and China, but also see potential in Latin America, Africa and just about everywhere beyond the U.S., Canada, western Europe and a few Asian nations.

MWC: U.S. Wireless Landscape Changes as Carriers Forego Subsidies

February 24, 2014 2:27 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

How's this for gall? Take away hundreds of dollars in subsidies that cellphone customers have enjoyed for years. Then pass it off as an improvement. The major U.S. wireless companies are doing just that. And many of their customers seem to like it.

MWC: HTC Looks to Crowd Source Android Phones, Solve Problems

February 24, 2014 1:06 pm | Videos | Comments

HTC is launching an inititive that aims to crowd source Android phones in an effort to solve various problems, ranging from the curing of diseases to facilitating the search for Extra Terrestrials.  Check out this video for more on just exactly how HTC would like to use your Android phone for the greater good. 

MWC: Sony Launches Xperia Phone with Ultra-HD Video Recording

February 24, 2014 10:16 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony is borrowing innovations from its audio and camcorder businesses and incorporating its new Xperia Z2 smartphone with noise-cancelling technology and ultra-high-definition video recording. Noise cancellation works with an in-ear headset sold separately for $82, while the Z2's built-in camera can capture...

MWC: Mozilla Courts Developers with New Firefox OS Tools and Devices

February 24, 2014 10:07 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Following on a busy Mobile World Congress last year, Mozilla is again showcasing the evolution of its Firefox OS in Barcelona.  The company has announced a 4.5-inch dual-core reference phone, as well as a number of new tools for developers to create and test their designs for the Web-based mobile platform.

WhatsApp Deal Highlights Suite of Similar Apps

February 20, 2014 9:48 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Facebook's announcement it is paying $19 billion in cash and stock to acquire WhatsApp is a milestone in the short history of mobile messaging apps. Hundreds of millions of people have downloaded such apps to their smartphones and tablets to chat and share photos and videos for free, making them potent rivals to Facebook.

Stores Can See Where You Go by Tracking Your Phone

February 20, 2014 9:44 am | by Jennifer C. Kerr, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Retailers are using mobile-based technology to track shoppers' movements at some malls and stores. The companies collecting the information say it's anonymous, can't be traced to a specific person and no one should worry about invasion of privacy. But consumer advocates aren't convinced. 

Review: LoopWallet Bests NFC Alternatives, at Least for Now

February 19, 2014 2:22 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

The introduction of any new technology is almost always fraught with quirks and rough edges. When VHS and BetaMax first came out, snarled tape and long rewind times were to be expected. When CDs were first released, skipping on the new players was par for the course. Such is the case with mobile payments. 

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