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Report: More youth Use Smartphones as Route to Web

March 13, 2013 9:03 am | by Martha Irvine, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Keep computers in a common area so you can monitor what your kids are doing. It's a longstanding directive for online safety — but one that's quickly becoming moot as more young people have mobile devices, often with Internet access. A new report from the Pew Internet & American Life Project...

Adobe: Tablets Beat Smartphones in Global Website Traffic

March 7, 2013 10:09 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Websites around the world are now getting more visits from tablets than from smartphones. The Adobe Digital Index, after analyzing more than 100 billion visits to more than 1,000 websites worldwide, estimates that 8 percent of that traffic originates from tablets while 7 percent comes from smartphones. The rest is attributed to laptops and PCs.

Review: Despite Flaws, Voice Search Has Potential

March 7, 2013 9:16 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

I never thought I'd be telling my phone what to do. But I often find myself talking to various digital assistants — Siri on the iPhone and Google Now on Android devices — to request driving directions, restaurant recommendations and answers...

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Report: iOS Growth Beats Android in 4Q

March 6, 2013 2:39 pm | by By Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As much as Apple has been taking it on the chin from Wall Street, the iPhone maker still takes the top OEM spot in U.S. smartphone market share for the three-month period ending in January, according to the latest numbers from ComScore...

Report: Samsung Galaxy S IV Will Include Eye-Tracking Feature

March 5, 2013 11:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Samsung has officially sent out invites for a Samsung Unpacked event on Thursday, March 14th at Radio City Music Hall, where the company is expected to unveil the Galaxy S IV smartphone. Multiple reports have surfaced that the new Android-based smartphone will have eye-tracking...

BlackBerry Developer Support Still Shaky as Netflix Bows Out

March 5, 2013 10:21 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

It's all about the apps for any mobile platform hopeful and it seems BlackBerry 10 just continues to prove that it can't attract the heavy hitters. In the wake of Yahoo! reporting yesterday that it will kill support for its dedicated BlackBerry app, Netflix says it too is steering clear of the platform...

Yahoo! Kills BlackBerry App, Other Services

March 4, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As part of CEO Marissa Mayer's extensive revamp of Yahoo!, the company says it will be streamline its mobile offerings, eliminating apps, including its Blackberry offering. Jay Rossiter, executive vice president of Platforms for Yahoo!, said in a blog post...

Samsung's $1B Bill in Apple Case Reduced by $450M

March 4, 2013 9:25 am | by Paul Elias, Associated Press | News | Comments

The two biggest — and bitterest — rivals in the smartphone market will have to endure another bruising trial after a federal judge ruled that jurors miscalculated nearly half the $1 billion in damages it found Samsung Electronics owed Apple Inc. for patent infringement.

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Report: Smartphone Shipments to Overtake Feature Phones in 2013

March 4, 2013 9:12 am | News | Comments

Global shipments of smartphones will exceed feature phone shipments for the first time in 2013, according to an annual report from IDC.  OEMs will ship 918.6 million smartphones this year, or 50.1 percent of the total mobile phone shipments worldwide...

Momentum Grows for Alternative Phone System Tizen

February 27, 2013 9:30 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The junior league of smartphone operating systems is getting more competitive. Phones from yet another contender — Tizen — will go on sale this year with a view to eventually competing with the industry leaders, Apple's iOS and Google's Android...

Firefox OS is Not the Third OS U.S. Operators Are Looking For

February 26, 2013 1:29 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

The idea that Mozilla's Firefox OS will compete for significant market share on the same court as iOS and Android is laughable but that's exactly what much of the mainstream media seems determined to report. I have read a number of articles desperate to make the case that Firefox OS...

Huawei Reveals 'Fastest Smartphone in the World'

February 25, 2013 10:14 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Huawei, a Chinese company that recently became the world's third-largest maker of smartphones, calls its new flagship product "the fastest smartphone in the world" and wants to use it to expand global awareness of its brand. Parts of the presentation of the phone at a press conference Sunday...

Mozilla Touts Carrier, OEM Support for Firefox OS at MWC

February 25, 2013 9:45 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The mobile Firefox OS from non-profit browser-maker Mozilla might have seemed a longshot to even make it to market, much less garner the kind of carrier support the company has announced at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Spain. Mozilla has announced 18 carrier...

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Wozniak Says Post-Jobs Apple Must Continue to Innovate

February 20, 2013 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak says his old company must continue to lead the way in mobile technology or else lose its cool to competitors like Samsung and HTC. In an interview with Bloomberg, Wozniak said that Apple should consider opening...

Tango Focuses on Differentiation from the Rest of the OTT Pack

February 6, 2013 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Over-the-Top (OTT) messaging and calling space is crowded. Facebook, Google and Apple have all entered the market, as have many others, including names like Tango, which was one of the first to the video calling over 3G space and has grown...

New BlackBerry Devices Catching On After European Launch

February 5, 2013 10:49 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry, formerly Research In Motion, says that its new devices have been well-received in Europe. According to a report from TechCrunch, BlackBerry's UK marketing director, Stephen Bates, speaking at the company's European developer conference in Amsterdam...

Microsoft and Huawei Launch Phone for Africa

February 5, 2013 9:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese phone maker Huawei and Microsoft are combining forces to sell a new smartphone in Africa, which they say is the world's fastest growing mobile phone market. The two companies launched the Huawei 4Afrika Tuesday. The phone runs Windows Phone 8...

HTC Slides on Ugly 1Q Margins Guidance

February 4, 2013 11:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shares of Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC were down almost 4 percent in early trading following a fourth-quarter earnings call Monday during which the company warned its margins would continue to fall in the coming year. Net profit came in at $34.4 million...

Super Bowl ads: Pros and Cons of Crowdsourcing and Predictions for This Year’s Crowdsourced Campaigns

February 1, 2013 10:46 am | by Corey Christiansen, Social Media Strategist, Metia | Articles | Comments

Twenty percent of the 35 advertisers in this year’s Super Bowl have incorporated crowdsourcing into their ad campaigns. The Old G in Super Bowl crowdsourcing, Doritos, is back again, and the brand is joined by Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Pizza Hut, Lincoln, Audi, and newbie, Dunder Mifflin.

Dell Shares Rise on Report of Buyout Plans

February 1, 2013 10:05 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of Dell Inc. rose 7 percent in premarket trading on new reports that the computer company is nearing a deal to sell itself to a group including its CEO, a major private equity firm and Microsoft Corp. in a deal that could mark the largest leveraged buyout since the Great Recession...

Verizon Launches New 3G Prepaid Plans

February 1, 2013 9:55 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless today launched prepaid plans that provide unlimited talk, unlimited texts and 500 MB of data for $60 a month, or for $70 a month, a prepaid customer receives 2 GB of data in addition to unlimited talk and texts. According to a press release, the plans are...

Investors Give Cool Reception to New BlackBerrys

January 31, 2013 6:52 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The long-awaited debut of new BlackBerry smartphones flopped on Wall Street. The stock of BlackBerry maker Research in Motion Ltd. started to sink Wednesday soon after company CEO Thorsten Heins began to show off the redesigned smartphones, the Z10 and Q10...

Lenovo Profit Boosted by Smartphones, Tablets

January 30, 2013 10:35 am | by Joe McDonald,AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Personal computer maker Lenovo Group said Wednesday its quarterly profit rose 34 percent to a record high on strong sales of smartphones and tablet computers.The company, vying with Hewlett-Packard Co. to become the world's biggest PC maker...

Amazon Posts Lower 4Q Net Income but Stock Jumps

January 30, 2013 9:21 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Amazon's fourth-quarter net income fell 45 percent, as sharply higher revenue failed to keep pace with increased spending on order fulfillment and digital content, a trend that's become the norm for the world's largest online retailer...

Opinion: New Hardware Is Only Half RIM's Battle

January 29, 2013 5:35 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

If RIM's BlackBerry 10 devices fails to bring its maker back to life, it won't be the device's fault. Rather it will be how far RIM has fallen and the extent to which that decline has left a hole in its ecosystem much bigger than hardware. In case you've forgotten the height...

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