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Phone Makers Race to Refine the Selfie

September 5, 2014 9:49 am | by Frank Jordans, Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

Pop stars such as Rihanna and Justin Bieber have helped popularize the trend, too, by posting stylized selfies to their leagues of followers. Even politicians are taking selfies with ordinary folks these days as a way of showing how close they are to voters.

Microsoft Rolls out New Lumia Flagship, Windows Update

September 4, 2014 10:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to IDC's most recent numbers, Microsoft shipped 7.4 million Windows phones in the second quarter, accounting for 2.5 percent of the global smartphone market. That was down from 8.2 million in the same quarter last year, when Windows accounted for 3.4 percent of the global smartphone market. 

Annual IFA Show Showcases Lots of Mobile Phones, Watches

September 4, 2014 10:01 am | by Frank Jordans, Anick Jesdanun, Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung and other electronics companies, including Asustek, Sony and other, used the IFA trade show in Berlin to showcase their holiday lineups. New smartphones, computerized wristwatches and a virtual-reality headset were among the gadgets announced Wednesday.

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Apple Working with Banks, Retailers on NFC-Capable Mobile Wallet

September 2, 2014 9:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Citing people familiar with the matter, Bloomberg reports that when paired with Apple's Touch ID fingerprint reader, users will be able to pay securely for items by simply placing their finger on the home button. While rumors of NFC capability have preceded the launch of the last three iPhone models, Apple has yet to include the functionality in its smarpthones. 

Confirmed: Apple Event Set for September 9

August 28, 2014 1:56 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Re/code's John Paczkowski was first to report that Apple would launch its next iPhone on September 9. Just yesterday, Paczkowski reported that the event may produce a wearable, possibly an 'iWatch.'Most reports now have Apple eventually releasing two versions of its iPhone—one with a 4.7-inch display and one with a 5.5-inch display. The latter is expected later in the year. 

CTIA Preps Super Mobility Week Keynote Stage for iPhone Launch

August 27, 2014 3:45 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"When you think about it, the forty thousand people in the industry who will be affected most by this announcement will not be in Silicon Valley, they're going to be in Las Vegas at the Sands Expo," Mesirow said, referring to the throngs of mobile executives in attendance at Super Moblity.

Tablets Vs. eReaders: Do We Need Both?

August 26, 2014 10:20 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

Of course, you can simply install Nook and Kindle reading apps on an iPad or a non-Nook Galaxy. The iPad even comes with iBooks installed. Are reading-centric tablets really a better way to experience the printed word? Let's take a closer look.

Mozilla Announces New $33 Firefox Smartphone for India

August 26, 2014 9:13 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Intex Cloud FX comes running Firefox OS, and packs a modest 1 GHz processor and expandable memory of up to 4GB. It also boasts dual-SIM capabilities, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi for easy connectivity, and built-in functionality for users to monitor data usage. 

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Jawbone Proves Power of Wearable Data with Quake Insights

August 25, 2014 10:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to information from Jawbone, about 90 percent of its users were asleep when the quake hit and the closer users were to Napa the more likely they were to wake up. Around half of the users in San Francisco woke up, but almost no one did 100 miles away from the epicenter in Modesto. 

Fitbit Denies Claims It Sells Personal Data

August 25, 2014 9:39 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The San Francisco-based fitness wearables company spelled out its privacy policy on its website after Schumer warned of a potential "privacy nightmare" relating to concerns that the makers of fitness monitoring devices could sell users' data to advertisers.

Thermal Imaging Coming to iPhone

August 25, 2014 9:36 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple stores started selling the $349 FLIR One this week. It puts thermal imaging within reach of people who probably have never considered it before, and it opens up a whole new way of looking at the world. Warm things show up bright on the iPhone screen, while cold things are dark. It's like everything glows with its own light.

Report: Mobile Devices Moving to 4K Displays

August 15, 2014 10:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Senior ABI analyst Michael Inouye commented said in a statement that while some content owners and broadcasters have or are preparing to launch 4K programming, video resolution delivered to mobile devices will continue to lag behind screen pixel densities.  

Smartphones Boost Lenovo Profits by 23%

August 14, 2014 8:56 am | by Joe McDonald, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Lenovo Group, the world's biggest personal computer maker, said Thursday its latest quarterly profit rose 23 percent on strong growth in sales of smartphones and other mobile devices. The company said it earned $214 million, or $2.06 per share, in the three months ended June 30. Global revenue rose 18 percent to $10.4 billion.

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Apple Nixes Toxic Chemicals from iPhone

August 14, 2014 8:53 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A four-month investigation at 22 factories found no evidence that benzene and n-hexane endangered the roughly 500,000 people who work at the plants, according to Apple. No traces of the chemicals were detected at 18 of the factories and the amounts found at the other four factories fell within acceptable safety levels, the Cupertino, California, company said.

Verizon Bets on Video, VoLTE and Tablets for Growth

August 12, 2014 10:09 am | News | Comments

In a talk at the annual Oppenheimer Investor Conference that was broadcast online, Shammo said Verizon is looking to new technologies like LTE Multicast and Voice over LTE as potential growth areas. He also said tablets pose an opportunity.

Report: Tango Receives $1.5B Valuation

August 8, 2014 10:08 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While the amount is nowhere near the $19 billion Facebook paid for WhatsApp, it is quite a bit more than Tango has seen in the past. According to a report from Reuters, the new valuation is one-third more than the valuation Tango recieved just five months ago. 

Microsoft Offers Nokia Workers Free Handset to Leave Jobs

August 7, 2014 10:26 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Microsoft is preparing to cut approximately 4,700 jobs at its Nokia handset factory in Beijing, leaving only 300 workers. The plan was met with protests by Nokia workers there. The news comes as Microsoft has already announced that it plans to slash 18,000 jobs over the next year, many of which will come from the recently acquired Nokia handset business. 

China Clamps Down on Messaging Services

August 7, 2014 9:20 am | by Didi Tang, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government announced that only established media companies will be allowed to release political and social news. That would curtail a growing trend in use of instant messaging services by journalists and scholars to distribute independent news reports and commentary.

Samsung, Apple Easing Off Legal Fight

August 6, 2014 9:48 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

"Samsung and Apple have agreed to drop all litigation between the two companies outside the United States," the South Korean company said in a statement. "This agreement does not involve any licensing arrangements, and the companies are continuing to pursue the existing cases in U.S. courts."

Philips, Accenture Push Wearables Concept to Healthcare Space

August 5, 2014 11:04 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

When a wearable display and the Emotiv Insight Brainware, which scans EEG brainwaves, are connected to a tablet, users can issue brain commands to control Philips products, which include Philips Lifeline Medical Alert Service, a Smart TV and the Philips Hue lighting system. The tablet also allows control of these products using eye and voice commands. 

Report: Xiaomi Rises to Top Smartphone Maker in China

August 5, 2014 10:03 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to new numbers from research firm Canalys, Xiaomi has risen from being a niche player to become the leading smart phone vendor in the world’s largest market, overtaking Samsung in volume terms in second quarter. Canalys reports that Xiaomi grabbed a 14 percent share of the Chinese market, on the back of 240 percent annual growth.

Alternatives to Passwords Gain Traction on Mobile

August 5, 2014 9:41 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

They're a pain to use, and they aren't secure when they are based on easy-to-guess digits, such as a birth date or street address. Many people don't bother using them on phones, even though that means any thief can get instant access to email, banking apps and more. Fortunately, phone makers have started to come up with alternatives to passcodes.

Microsoft Suing Samsung Over Android Royalties

August 4, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

After initially refusing to pay royalties in the second year of the deal, Samsung made a late payment in November but did not add on interest, according to a redacted copy of the complaint filed in federal court in New York and provided by Microsoft.

SmartWatch Episode 16: The Rise and Fall of the Tablet in Carrier 2Q Earnings

July 31, 2014 3:09 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, we take a look at the rise and possible fall of the tablet. As net phone additions lagged in the second quarter, the major carriers leaned on tablet additions to prop up their numbers. Big Red added 1.4 million postpaid subscribers, reporting that it had added 304,000 postpaid phone net additions and whopping 1.15 million postpaid tablets.

Sony Posts $261M Profit Amid Restructuring

July 31, 2014 10:11 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

The Japanese electronics and entertainment conglomerate, which has been trying to reshape its business after years of losses, did well in its video games, movie and camera businesses, offsetting restructuring costs. Under an overhaul announced earlier this year, Sony has sold its Vaio computer business and is splitting off its TV division to run as a wholly-owned subsidiary.

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