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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. 

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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. 

'Candy' Crush Saga' App Maker King Digital Plans IPO

February 18, 2014 9:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of the blockbuster mobile game "Candy Crush Saga" will attempt to raise as much as $500 million in an initial public offering. King Digital Entertainment PLC, which also makes the game "Pet Rescue Saga," did not disclose how many shares are expected to be in the IPO or the projected price range.

Lenovo Profits Rise 30% on Smartphone Growth

February 13, 2014 10:48 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Computer maker Lenovo Group reported Thursday that quarterly profit rose 30 percent to a record high on strong smartphone sales and said its acquisition of the Motorola Mobility smartphone business will accelerate its global expansion. Profit for the three months ended Dec. 31 was $265 million...

2014 Connected Device Production to Hit 6 Billion

February 13, 2014 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

More and more devices in production will include internet connectivity, according to a new report from IHS iSuppli. The research firm forecasts the connected device market to surpass 6 billion in 2014. IHS estimates worldwide production of connected equipment will amount to 6.18 billion units this year, up 6 percent from 5.82 billion in 2013.

SanDisk Rolls out Dual USB Drive for Smartphone Storage, Backup

February 11, 2014 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

SanDisk on Tuesday annoucned a new dual-USB drive that it says is designed to transfer and backup content between mobile devices and computers. According to a press release, the SanDisk Ultra Dual USB Drive is designed for Android smartphones and tablets and allows users to move content such as photos and videos from their mobile devices.

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Bye Bye Birdie: Flappy Bird Creator Pulls App from App Store

February 11, 2014 9:20 am | by Tran Van Minh, Associated Press | News | Comments

The young Vietnamese creator of hit mobile game Flappy Bird has removed it from the App Store and Google Play saying it ruined his life. The game which was uploaded in 2013 but only surged to the top in downloads earlier this year was removed early Monday.

Review: NBC Successful in Bringing Games to Mobile

February 7, 2014 11:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Although NBC has scaled back on a few fronts compared with previous years —and still refuses to show the opening ceremonies live — things have improved considerably since 2000, when online "video" meant still images grabbed from NBC's video feeds.

Alcatel-Lucent Inks Deal with China Huaxin

February 7, 2014 10:45 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

French-U.S. telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent SA says it is in talks to sell its business that deals with corporate clients to China Huaxin for around 268 million euros ($362 million). The business, known as Enterprise, has nearly 3,000 employees.

Sony Lowers Forecast to Loss, Trying to Sell Vaio

February 6, 2014 11:01 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Sony said it's cutting its global workforce by about 3 percent or 5,000 people by the end of March 2015 as it restructures its PC, television and other businesses. Some 3,500 of the job losses will be overseas and 1,500 in Japan. That comes on top of the 10,000 jobs cuts Sony announced over the previous year.

Report: HTC Exec Says Things are Looking Up

February 6, 2014 10:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Chang Chialin, chief financial officer for HTC, told Bloomberg Thursday that the coming year is looking much more promising than the dismal 2013 HTC recorded. Just how bad was it? HTC's sales dropped 30 percent in 2013 and the company's shares fell a whopping 53 percent, reporting its first annual net loss ever. 

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Friday Flick: Lenovo the Smartphone Maker

January 31, 2014 11:18 am | Videos | Comments

Here's a quick look at the Lenovo's first smarpthone, the Vibe Z. With this weeks annoucement that the company has agreend to acquire Motorola's handset business from Google for $3 billion, it's easy to wonder where things will go from here. Check it out.  

Lenovo Third-Largest Smartphone Vendor with $3B Motorola Buy

January 30, 2014 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google Wednesday announced that Lenovo has agreed to acquire Mototola's handset division for $2.91 billion, a fraction of the $12.4 billion Google paid for the business back in 2011. According to a press release the purchase price includes $1.41 billion paid at close, comprised of $660 million in cash and $750 million in Lenovo ordinary shares.

Verizon, Sequans Demo Broadcast LTE Prior to Super Bowl

January 29, 2014 1:04 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon is hoping to use the upcoming Super Bowl to showcase the power of LTE. The carrier is demoing LTE Broadcast technology that can make more efficient use of available bandwidth at large events. Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Services (eMBMS) is the technical specification that the 3GPP included Release 9 of LTE.

Pressure Mounts for Apple to Expand Its Horizons

January 29, 2014 9:14 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple reshaped technology and society when Steve Jobs unveiled the iPhone seven years ago. Now, the trend-setting company is losing ground to rivals that offer what Apple has stubbornly refused to make: smartphones with lower prices and larger screens than the iPhone.

Report: Nearly One Billion Smartphones Shipped in 2013

January 28, 2014 10:19 am | by Ben Munson | News | Comments

Smartphone manufacturers shipped 990 million units worldwide in 2013, up 41 percent from the 700 million smartphones shipped in 2012. Strategy Analytics most recent numbers showed Huawei, Lenovo and LG all growing rapidly and combining for 14 percent of the global market.

Google Hopes Designer Frames Will Sharpen Glass

January 28, 2014 10:05 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is adding prescription frames and new styles of detachable sunglasses to its computerized, Internet-connected goggles known as Glass. The move comes as Google Inc. prepares to make Glass available to the general population later this year.

After Loss, LG Sees Lower Profit, Currency Risks

January 27, 2014 9:44 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

 LG Electronics Inc. is forecasting lower earnings from its mobile business this quarter and risks from swings in Latin American currencies after posting an unexpected loss in the final three months of 2013. The latest results from LG Electronics, the world's second-largest TV maker and a major device supplier...

Report: Apple Working on Pair of Larger iPhones for 2014

January 23, 2014 1:12 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple will offer a pair of a larger iPhone in the second half of 2014 according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. The new devices will run 4.5 and 5 inches on the diagonal, according to the report which cited people familiar with the matter.

AT&T Could Muve Subscriber Base for Beats

January 16, 2014 5:07 pm | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

While Beats appears to have done a good job with its new streaming music service (see below for hands-on impressions), it’s the company's tie-up with AT&T that could make it a contender out of the gate. That's saying something considering wireless operators' poor track record when it comes to content.   

Sprint will Offer Curved G Flex Beginning Jan. 31

January 16, 2014 1:00 pm | News | Comments

Sprint Thursday announced that it will be the first operator in the U.S. to carry G Flex, the new smartphone from LG, which comes replete with a curved form factor. According to a press release, the G Flex will take advantage of Sprint's enhanced Spark LTE service, which promises peak speeds of up to 60 Mbps.

Apple's iBeacon Continues Expansion into American Eagle Stores

January 16, 2014 10:16 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

American Eagle Outfitters and Shopkick today announced plans to launch shopBeacon in 100 of American Eagle Outfitters' top-performing stores across the country. According to a press release, Shopkick's shop Beacon is the first Apple iBeacon-based presence signal for retailers.

Sony Xperia, LG G Flex Smarpthones Manage Niche Appeal

January 13, 2014 3:58 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

One of the reasons Android phones have become popular is the choice they offer: Want a big screen? There's a phone for you. Want cheap? There's one for you, too. New phones from Sony and LG continue that trend. Although I personally find their distinctive features unnecessary, consumers looking for those specific attributes will welcome them.

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