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App Watch: New Instagram Tools Make Pics Pop

June 11, 2014 9:39 am | by Mae Anderson, Associated Press | Articles | Comments

When Instagram gave its app 10 new editing tools last week, I was apprehensive. Sure, these tools give me more controls, the types available with more sophisticated editing apps. But I don't want to see the simplicity of Instagram go away.

Low-Cost, High-End Smartphone the Logical Next Step for Amazon

June 10, 2014 10:51 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Amazon is built for a smartphone. Consider its assets: a HUGE customer base; extensive billing system; walled content ecosystem; a line of tablets and eReaders; set-top box that will likely place nice with the new phone. What does that all mean? It means instagrow for Amazon smartphone share.  

Report: Non-PC Devices Will Account for 57% of IP Traffic by 2018

June 10, 2014 9:29 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Mobile devices on Wi-Fi, not cellular, will generate 61 percent of IP traffic by 2018. Wi-Fi will be 49 percent and cellular will be 12 percent. Fixed traffic will be only 39 percent of total IP traffic by 2018. In comparison, Wi-Fi was 41 percent; cellular was 3 percent; and fixed was 56 percent in 2013.

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RadioShack 1Q Hurt By Falling Mobile Sales

June 10, 2014 9:13 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The company is trying to update its image and compete with the rise of online and discount retailers. Long known as a destination for batteries and obscure electronic parts, RadioShack has sought to remake itself as a specialist in wireless devices and accessories. But growth in the wireless business is slowing, as more people have smartphones and see fewer reasons to upgrade.

SmartWatch, Episode 13: Apple’s Buttery Scrolling Vs. Amazon’s Third Dimension

June 6, 2014 1:04 pm | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of SmartWatch we dive into Apple's WWDC announcement. From iOS 8 to OS X Yosemite, Apple has laid the foundation for its next generation of devices. Even without any new hardware releases, Apple appears to have appeased both consumer and developers with the promise of new features and even more integration between devices. 

Microsoft Slashing Prices on Windows Tablets, Smartphones

June 5, 2014 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

According to report from the Wall Street Journal's Digits, Microsoft hopes to bring prices for mobile devices running its software below the $200 mark. The report cites comments made by Microsoft's vice president of OEM partners Nick Parker during a keynote at the annual Computex conference. 

Apple Continues Work to Meld iOS and OS X

June 2, 2014 3:44 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A number of enhancements to the company's desktop platform make it not only look more like iOS, but also make it behave more like an iPhone. For instance, OS X "Yosemite" will allow end users to place and receive phone calls directly from their Mac laptops and desktops through a connection with their iPhones. Macs will also be able to field actual text messages from Android phones. 

Apple Hopes to Impress with WWDC Keynote

June 2, 2014 11:18 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Monday's keynote is expected to focus on the software that runs Apple's mobile devices and Mac computers. Apple typically rolls out its latest gadgets at separate gatherings timed to the holiday shopping season. The developers conference is where the Cupertino, California, company provides the first glimpse of software updates coming to those gadgets.

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Apple's Beats Buy Is Two-Sided for Music Streaming

May 30, 2014 10:26 am | by Ryan Nakashima, AP Business Writer | Articles | Comments

Streaming-music companies like Beats Music, which charge users up to $10 a month, can sometimes pay as much as 70 percent of their revenue in artist royalty fees. That leaves little left for advertising and promotional campaigns to explain to consumers the benefits of paying for a music service.

SmartWatch, Episode 12: Telling Times for Apple, Samsung Wearables

May 29, 2014 12:16 pm | Videos | Comments

In this episode of SmartWatch, sponsored by SanDisk, we’re talking about Samsung’s “Voice of the Body,” which ended up being a wearable called Simband that will monitor just about all the information your body can possibly put out. As part of that effort, Samsung wants to bury the hatchet and collaborate with competitors to make the space more open and advance health monitoring.

Code Conference: BlackBerry Not Dead Yet

May 29, 2014 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"I'll be able to create a lot of value for our shareholders without the handset business," Chen said in a video of talk posted to ReCode's website. "But I think there's a chance to create even more." That said, Chen admitted it will be the market that would decide the fate of BlackBerry's handset business. 

Samsung Envisions Open Platform for Wearables

May 28, 2014 4:27 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Devices based on the platform, which includes sensors and other technology, would enable users to collect biodata and store it in the cloud, where it could be analyzed by a doctor or other wmedical professional. Samsung envisions a future where wearable devices could also alert users to potential health problems before they reach a critical stage. 

New Broadcom Chip Supports All Wireless Charging Standards

May 28, 2014 10:18 am | News | Comments

The new chip enables OEMs to select between specifications from all three leading standards organizations, including the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP), Power Matters Alliance (PMA) and Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). The SoC also features Broadcom's WICED...

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China Cracks Down on OTT Messaging Apps

May 28, 2014 9:53 am | by Louise Watt, Associated Press | News | Comments

Such services incorporate social media functions that allow users to post photos and updates to their friends, or follow the feeds of companies, social groups or celebrities, and — more worryingly for the government — intellectuals, journalists and activists who comment on politics, law and society. They also post news reports shunned by mainstream media.

LG Emphasizes Simplicity in New G3 Smartphone

May 27, 2014 4:16 pm | News | Comments

The new G3 phone stands out in having a high-resolution display that has 538 pixels per inch. Other leading phones are in the 300-pixel range, with a handful reaching the 400s. The G3's display measures 5.5 inches diagonally. The G3 also promises...

AT&T Launches New $30 Multi-Device Protection Plan

May 27, 2014 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The new Multi-Device Protection Pack will run $30 per month and will allow customers to add two additional eligible devices, connected or non-connect, to a primary device. The plan covers replacement or maintenance of lost, stolen or damaged devices and includes some support services. 

PCIA: We Have a Long Way to Grow

May 20, 2014 10:47 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

“Our entire investment is based on, ‘We have a long way to go,’” commented Ben Moreland, president and CEO of Crown Castle International, during an executive roundtable that included representation from the three major tower companies in the United States. 

Google Resumes Glass Sales in the U.S.

May 15, 2014 10:17 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Glass, which comes in five different colors, looks like a pair of spectacles except the Explorer edition doesn't contain any actual glass in the frame. Instead, the device has a thumbnail-sized screen attached above the right eye so a user can check email, see Twitter posts or get directions without having to grope for a phone.

Sony Takes $1.3B Quarterly Loss on PC Expenses

May 14, 2014 9:28 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai and some 40 other senior executives are returning their entire bonuses, reducing their annual pay by 40 to 50 percent. Sony executives have taken some pay cuts in recent years to take responsibility for the company's poor performance.

Moto E Promises A Smartphone for All at $129

May 13, 2014 9:43 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The 3G-capable Moto E comes running Android KitKat 4.4.2 and features a dual-core Snapdragon 200 CPU, 1GB of Ram, a 4.3-inch display and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone also features interchangeable backs, which the company is calling "Motorola Shells." The shells add durability to the phone and come in 20 color and design combinations. 

FCC Fines Company $2.9M for Robocalls to Cell Phones

May 8, 2014 1:13 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Back in March, the Bureau warned Dialing Services that if the company continued to make unlawful robocalls in the future, it could be held liable for penalties up to $16,000 per call. The Commission has now found that Dialing Services apparently continued to engage in the same practice, making at least 184 additional robocalls to consumers’ mobile phones.  

Review: Pregnancy Apps Track Baby, Mom's Progress

May 8, 2014 10:02 am | by Bree Fowler, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

If you're the kind of new mom who frets when you haven't felt the baby move for a while, the answer might be yes. Personally, I not a big fan of these things. Just like the one at the doctor's office, they involve smearing that sticky ultrasonic-gel on your belly, which I've come to hate. The gel is included with the device.

AT&T: ETF Payoffs Had Very Little Impact

May 8, 2014 9:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Stephens said that given the slight incremental churn rise in the first quarter and roughly 625,000 net postpaid additions the carrier recorded, everything appeared to be pretty much business as usual.  That said, the company’s device financing program may be fundamentally changing the way AT&T customers view device costs. 

Huawei Bringing New Ascend P7 to U.S.

May 7, 2014 10:53 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Huawei Wednesday unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Android-based Ascend P7. The new device continues the Chinese company's efforts to enter the higher end of the smartphone market. The P7 features a 5-inch HD display, 8-megapixel front-facing and 13-megapixel rear-facing cameras, and the latest Emotion UI 2.3. 

Report: Smartphones Continue Generating More Retail Revenue

May 5, 2014 11:17 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Consumers continue to use smarpthones to make online purchases at an increaring rate. In April 2014, revenue generated from smartphones was up 115 percent over the same month last year, with a 84 percent jump in orders annually. Smartphones visits accounted to 29 percent...

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