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Companies Eye Google Glass for Surgeons

October 3, 2013 10:19 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Google Glass could be moving into the operating room, offering surgeons a heads-up display with patient vital signs and other information. Royal Philips and Accenture today announced the creation of a proof-of-concept demonstration that uses a Google Glass...

Cerberus Interested in BlackBerry

October 3, 2013 9:28 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Private equity firm Cerberus is interested in taking a look at BlackBerry's books as a prelude to a possible bid for the troubled smartphone company. Cerberus is looking to sign a confidentiality agreement with BlackBerry that would allow it to access the company's private information...

Rdio Launches Free Listening on Mobile Devices

October 3, 2013 9:23 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Digital music service Rdio (AR'-dee-oh) is launching its free Internet radio service in the U.S., Canada and Australia on Thursday. The move capitalizes on Rdio's tie-up with traditional radio station owner Cumulus Media and helps it compete with digital rivals Pandora and Spotify.

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Report: Regulators Won't Challenge Google's Waze Buy

October 2, 2013 10:31 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Regulators won't challenge Google's acquistion of crowd-sourced mapping company Waze. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) doesn't think the buy will hurt competition, according to a report from Bloomberg which cited people familiar with the matter. 

Bluetooth SIG, A4WP Partner on Smarter Wireless Charging

October 2, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The Bluetooth SIG and the Alliance for Wireless Power (A4WP) announced a partnership today that aims to produce smart wireless charging stations. As a first step, the Bluetooth SIG has issued what a Universally Unique Identifier (UUID) to the A4WP for adoption in its baseline system specification (BSS).

Now at Your Library: Streaming Movies, Music

October 2, 2013 9:39 am | by Manuel Valdes, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it's not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It's something more familiar, and might even be just down the street: the public library. Often thought of as stodgy brick-and-mortar havens...

Icahn Wants Apple to Spend $150B Buying Its Stock

October 1, 2013 2:18 pm | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Activist investor Carl Icahn is pressuring Apple to spend $150 billion buying back its own stock, a target that would more than double the amount that the company's board authorized in a previous attempt to placate frustrated shareholders.

Review: Gear Watch Has Potential, But Falls Short

October 1, 2013 11:04 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It didn't take long to see how a computerized wristwatch might help manage my digital life — or to see how Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch falls short. First, the potential: Smartwatches are supposed to offer quick access to many of the things you normally do on your phone...

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Strap On Your Computer, Wearable Tech Taking Off

October 1, 2013 9:28 am | by Martha Mendoza, AP National Writer | News | Comments

The digital domain is creeping off our desktops and onto our bodies, from music players that match your tunes to your heart beat, to mood sweaters that change color depending on your emotional state — blue for calm, red for angry. There are vacuum shoes that clean...

Fairfax Says It Won't Abandon BlackBerry Bid

September 26, 2013 8:59 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

The head of Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. said Wednesday he has every intention of completing the acquisition of BlackBerry, despite doubts that the $4.7 billion deal for the troubled smartphone maker will go through. BlackBerry announced earlier this week that Fairfax signed a letter of intent that "contemplates" buying BlackBerry for $9 a share.

Hackers Claim Bypass of iPhone Touch ID Lock

September 23, 2013 9:36 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The biometrics segment of the German hacking group the Chaos Computing Club (CCC) says it has successfully broken through Apple's Touch ID fingerprint security on the iPhone 5S. In a post on the CCC's website, the group says a fingerprint of the phone user, photographed from a glass surface...

Friday Flick: iPhone 5S

September 20, 2013 9:36 am | Videos | Comments

Apple's new flagship goes on sale today around the world. The new iPhone 5S comes replete with iOS 7, as well as a biometric fingerprint scanner. Analysts will be watching early sales numbers of both the 5S and the lower cost iPhone 5C.  

Review: Three Camera Phones Stand Out for Good Shots

September 20, 2013 9:05 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

I used to cringe when I'd see people capturing precious memories with their smartphones. Although most smartphones have megapixel counts similar to what stand-alone cameras offer, they have been inferior in lens quality and manual controls. Images have never been as good ... until now.

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Google Releases Digital Wallet App for iPhones

September 20, 2013 9:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is bringing its digital wallet to the iPhone in its latest attempt to upstage Apple on its own popular device. Thursday's release of the Google Wallet app represents a challenge to the Passbook program that Apple has built into the iPhone's operating system.

Editor's Take: First Impressions of iOS 7

September 19, 2013 3:28 pm | by Andrew Berg & Ben Munson | News | Comments

After fits and starts, error messages and shaky office Wi-Fi, Wireless Week got through the iOS 7 update and came out on the other side of the rainbow unscathed. With Apple’s biggest overhaul to its mobile operating system yet running on both an iPhone 5 and a 4S, we settled in to actually play with it.

Apple's iOS 7 Grabs Attention for New Security Feature

September 19, 2013 10:12 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple's new iOS 7 operating system has seen favorable reviews and now policy makers are praising it for its security features. In a press release Thursday, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman released this joint statement...

The Reviews Are In: iPhone 5S

September 18, 2013 2:27 pm | by Wireless Week Staff | Articles | Comments

The early reviews of Apple's iPhone 5S are generally positive. While many say the company's new iOS 7 operating system might be enough to satiate some consumers, others say the 5S' new fingerprint scanner is reason enough to make the jump. See below for excerpts from some of the early reviews around the Web. 

Review: iPhone Fingerprint Sensor Worth Extra Cost

September 18, 2013 10:02 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Passcodes are such a pain that I've relaxed the security settings on my Android phone. I'm willing to forgo the extra safety, just so I'm asked to punch in the code less often. When I got my hands on Apple's new iPhone 5S, one of the first things I tried was a feature that allows you to bypass the passcode using a fingerprint.

Report: Tablet Shipments to Exceed PCs in 4Q

September 12, 2013 10:01 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Tablet use continues to grow as more globally people choose slates over desktop computers. According to IDC's most recent numbers, worldwide shipments of tablets are expected to surpass PCs in the fourth quarter of 2013. While PCs shipments are still expected to be greater than tablet shipments for the full year, IDC forecasts tablet shipments...

Review: Slick iOS 7 Shines on Apple's New iPhones

September 11, 2013 9:42 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

One of the best things about Apple's latest iPhones is the slick new iOS 7 software that runs the devices. But that souped-up operating system could end up hurting sales because the free software upgrade will also work on iPhones released since 2010, giving owners of the older models less incentive to buy Apple's newest products.

Apple's Next Big Thing May Be Lower-Priced iPhone

September 10, 2013 10:46 am | by Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's much-anticipated update to its line-up of iPhones may leave the impression that the technology pioneer's focus has shifted to making more affordable products than engineering innovative breakthroughs. In keeping with its tight-lipped ways, Apple Inc. hasn't disclosed what's on the agenda...

Wal-Mart to Launch Smartphone Trade-In Program

September 10, 2013 9:26 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. is launching a smartphone trade-in program later this month that will help consumers trade up to the newest phones available. The world's biggest retailer said Tuesday that consumers will receive a credit from $50 to $300 when they trade in their working, undamaged phone.

Report: Ex-BlackBerry Director Watsa Gathering Funds to Take Company Private

September 9, 2013 10:15 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shares of BlackBerry were up nearly 5 percent in early trading Monday on new of a possible buyout. According to a report from the U.K.'s Sunday Times former BlackBerry director Prem Watsa has managed to pull together billions of dollars in backing from Canada Pension Plan Investment Board...

Amazon Denies Reports It Will Launch a Smartphone This Year

September 9, 2013 9:44 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Amazon says it has no plans to offer a phone this year and refuted the idea that if it did it would offer said phone for free. A Sept. 6 blog post on www.Jessicalessin.com that cited people familiar with the matter reported that Amazon was set to launch a smartphone.

Report: Apple Snags 3 of 4 Top Devices for Ad Impressions

September 6, 2013 9:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple held three of the top four device spots for ad impressions served in Millennial Media's second quarter Mobile Mix report. According to the report, Apple was the leading manufacturer on Millennial's platform with the iPhone serving up the most ad impressions...

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