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Sony Unveils Second Android Watch with Apps, NFC

June 25, 2013 9:09 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sony today introduced the Android-based Smartwatch 2, which connects to smartphones via NFC connectivity and is also water resistant. Sony made the announcement at Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai. This is the second Android-based wrist watch that Sony has released and brings

Report: Microsoft Considered Buying Nokia

June 20, 2013 10:05 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia was mentioned as a potential target for a buyout. Microsoft was reportedly very close to an agreement to buy the Finnish OEM, according to a report published in the Wall Street Journal. Nokia and Microsoft are of course already close, as Nokia's flagship Lumia phones are built...

AT&T Goes Solar with Manhattan Charging Stations

June 18, 2013 10:24 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T is trialing some solar-powered charging stations in Manhattan with technology partners Pensa and Goal Zero. The public solar powered charging stations known as Street Charge will charge phones and hand-held devices using built-in USB ports and charging tips...

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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...

BYOD Accounts for 30% of Enterprise Device Purchases

June 13, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Employees continue to drive the trend towards Bring-Your-Own Device (BYOD). The number of employee-purchased devices was more than double the volume purchased as corporate assets by enterprises in first quarter of 2013, according to a new report by Strategy Analytics...

Samsung Points, Shoots with Galaxy Zoom

June 12, 2013 10:14 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung is hoping to further differentiate in the highly competitive smartphone market by blurring the line between camera and smartphone. The company today officially announced the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom, essentially a 16 megapixel point-and-shoot camera with a Galaxy S4 Mini on the back...

Report: Google Offers $1.1 Billion to Acquire Mapping Service Waze

June 10, 2013 10:18 am | News | Comments

Google is offering $1.1 billion to acquire the crowd-sourced maps company Waze, according to a Bloomberg report. The news comes after earlier reports that Apple had been interested in Waze. Waze's mobile app for iOS and Android gathers map information from its 40 million users...

New BlackBerry with Keyboard to Hit US Stores

June 5, 2013 8:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The first keyboard-equipped BlackBerry sporting the company's radically new operating system is hitting U.S. stores this week. T-Mobile USA will start selling the BlackBerry Q10 on Wednesday. Verizon Wireless started taking pre-orders last week and says it will ship by Thursday...

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Report: Apple Readies Mobile Ad Business for New Music Service

June 4, 2013 9:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple is gearing up for the unveiling of a new streaming music service next week by shifting some of its iAd personnel over to the new service. The move is part of an effort to change the way Apple sells mobile advertising to cater to customers that might be looking to engage an listening audience, according to a report...

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...

Google to Sell HTC One with Unmodified Android

May 31, 2013 9:35 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is adding the recently released HTC One to its lineup of smartphones running on an unmodified version of its latest Android software. An HTC One model relying on the same version of Android as Google's Nexus brand will go on sale on June 26 for $599...

Report: Apple Taps Pegatron to Make Low-Cost iPhone

May 30, 2013 9:34 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple is moving to a new manufacturer to produce a low-cost iPhone, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. As it seeks to lessen its dependence on Taiwanese manufacturer Foxconn in an effort to diversify its supply chain, Apple has reportedly tasked a company called Pegatron with producing a forthcoming version of the iPhone...

Cook: Apple Focused on Quality, Not Quantity

May 29, 2013 10:23 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Tim Cook, Apple's CEO, doesn't have his head stuck in the sand. He's aware of the company's stock slide. He's aware of Android's popularity, but he's not particularly worried about anything more than creating great products. That was the word yesterday from Cook's talk at the Wall Street Journal's D: All Things Digital conference, which was posted online...

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Report: Hon Hai to Produce Firefox OS Phone

May 28, 2013 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Taiwanese OEM Hon Hai is partnering with Mozilla on a new mobile device, according to a Reuter's report released this morning. The new device will run Mozilla's Firefox operating system, and is an attempt by Hon Hai to diversify away from its current dependence on Apple products. The report, which cites a Taipei-based...

Galaxy S4 to Top 10M in Sales by Next Week

May 17, 2013 10:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung says it expects sales of its flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S4, to surpass 10 million units by next week. The company began selling the S4 in Korea on April 26 and has since begun selling the device in 60 other countries. According to a report in the Korean Times...

Windows Phone Ousts BB for Third Place in Market Share

May 16, 2013 8:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Windows Phone posted the largest year-over-year gain in market share among the leading mobile operating systems, more than doubling its size from a year ago, according to numbers released today from International Data Corporation (IDC)...

Samsung Generates More Profit from Android than Google Does

May 16, 2013 8:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung may be generating more revenue and profit from the Android platform than Google does, according to a new report from Strategy Analytics. According to the report, Samsung took 95 percent of $5 billion in first quarter profits generated from overall global Android shipments...

BlackBerry Focuses on Cool Factor as It Returns to Orlando for Annual Event

May 13, 2013 9:00 am | by David Friend, The Canadian Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry will pull out all the stops this week as the company welcomes thousands of industry players for BlackBerry Live, it's annual three-day conference which promises to offer some perspective into its future. Chief executive Thorsten Heins will take the stage on Tuesday and...  

Report: Amazon Preparing 3D Smartphone, Other Hardware

May 10, 2013 9:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As one of the major players in the tablet market, Amazon is again generating rumors that it's ready to take the next step and offer its customers a branded smartphone. Amazon is reportedly developing a range of new hardware, including a glasses-free...

New Boingo iOS App Leverages iTunes Account for Payment

May 8, 2013 9:50 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Wi-Fi provider Boingo Wireless has announced that iOS users can now use their iTunes account to purchase a Boingo subscription. According to a press release, the latest version of Boingo’s iOS app links directly to a customer’s iTunes account, streamlining subscription sign-up and monthly billing...

Nokia Remains Focused on Windows Phone

May 7, 2013 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia will continue to focus on Windows Phone, according to a report from Reuters today, which cited comments from Nokia CEO Stephen Elop prior to the company's annual general meeting. Elop said that while the company continues to make adjustments as it goes...

How Siri, Google Now Respond to 5 Questions

April 30, 2013 9:29 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

With Google's voice assistant now available on iPhones and iPads, The Associated Press used an iPad Mini to throw five test questions at Google Now and Siri on Monday afternoon in New York. Here's what the two digital assistants had to say for themselves...

Sprint, T-Mo Delay S4 Launch on Inventory Problems

April 24, 2013 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Sprint and T-Mobile, which had previously announced their customers would get first dibs on the Samsung Galaxy S4, have now said the device will be delayed. In a statement, Sprint said that while it had planned to launch the phone on Saturday, April 27, Sprint was dealing with...

AT&T Grows Margins Despite Record 1Q Smarpthone Sales

April 23, 2013 5:52 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

AT&T Mobility managed to grow its margins even as it reported a first-quarter record of 6 million smartphone sales. On $16.6 billion in total wireless revenues, $5.1 billion of which was from mobile data, AT&T Mobility managed wireless operating income margins of 28 percent...

Ahead of the Bell: Analysts See iPhone Sales Down

April 23, 2013 9:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple Inc. is set to report fiscal second-quarter results after the market close Tuesday, and analysts expect to see the first quarter ever in which iPhone sales declined. The launch of the first iPhone in 2007 set off a boom in smartphone sales...

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