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Nvidia Promoting New Smartphone Chip

January 6, 2014 9:33 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A 310-foot "crop circle" in a California barley field that mystified locals this week was explained Sunday: it was a publicity stunt by Nvidia Corp., a maker of chips for PCs and smartphones. The crop circle near Chualar, Calif., contained a stylized image of a computer chip and the number "192" in Braille

Friday Flick: Who Remembers Pocketnet?

January 3, 2014 10:44 am | Videos | Comments

Oh how far we've come. This 1997 AT&T commerical seemed a good way to end a cold and snowy week. Amazing what some software and a little bit more screen real estate has done for today's multi-tasking end user. Enjoy and for those of you on the East Coast, stay warm and safe! Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow.  

Is the $99 Moto G a Canary in the Postpaid Market?

January 3, 2014 9:49 am | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

Motorola Mobility may have fallen off over the past year, but the company's recent low-end smartphone play may be a game changer. Consider that Verizon is now offering the Moto G off contract for $99. If that's not rattling executives over at Kyocera and Pantech, it's a price point that carrier executives are hearing loud and clear. 

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Snapchat Says to Make App More Secure

January 3, 2014 8:43 am | by Barbara Ortutay, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Snapchat says it plans to put out a more secure version of its application following a breach that allowed hackers to collect the usernames and phone numbers of some 4.6 million of its users. The disappearing-message service popular with young people said in a blog post late Thursday...

Apple's iOS Pummels Android in Mobile Shopping Report

January 2, 2014 9:42 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

People using Apple iPhones and iPads purchased more using those devices than did shoppers using devices running Google's Android operating system. As a percentage of total online sales, iOS was more than five times higher than Android, driving 23 percent of purchases versus 4.6 percent for Android, according to a report from IBM.

Camera Phones, Other Tech Get Big Improvements in 2013

January 2, 2014 9:13 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

As I look back at the more than 100 tech products we reviewed in 2013, a handful of gadgets and services deserve a second look. It's become clear that one brand rarely stands out any more in whatever product category you look at. Competition is more intense than ever, which means consumers have more choices than ever. 

Texting, Dialing While Driving Raises Crash Risk

January 2, 2014 9:05 am | by Marilynne Marchione, AP Chief Medical Writer | News | Comments

A sophisticated, real-world study confirms that dialing, texting or reaching for a cellphone while driving raises the risk of a crash or near-miss, especially for younger drivers. But the research also produced a surprise: Simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies.

Eric Schmidt's Prognostications for 2014

December 30, 2013 10:28 am | Videos | Comments

Ex Google CEO Eric Schmidt shares some pointed expectations for the coming year in this video from Bloomberg and key to his message is that "mobile has won." Check out just exactly how Schmidt thinks mobile will change industry and society in the coming year. 

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NSN Chairman Ovesen to Step Down After Microsoft Deal Closes

December 30, 2013 10:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia today said that the head of its Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) business will step down immediately following Micrsoft's acquistion of the company's devices and services divisions. Jesper Ovesen, currently executive chairman of NSN,  will leave upon the closing of the Microsoft transaction, which is expected to take place during the first quarter of 2014. 

Report: NSA Intercepting Hardware, Faking Base Station Signals

December 30, 2013 9:37 am | by Raphael Satter, Associated Press | News | Comments

A German magazine lifted the lid on the operations of the National Security Agency's hacking unit Sunday, reporting that American spies intercept computer deliveries, exploit hardware vulnerabilities, and even hijack Microsoft's internal reporting system to spy on their targets.

Tracking Santa: Follow the Bearded Man on Your Smartphone

December 24, 2013 8:51 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

For kids who can't wait for Santa to arrive, the North American Aerospace Defense Command has a Christmas treat. Visions of sugar plums can be augmented by a check on the fat man's progress around the globe on Christmas Eve. Here are five things to know about the holiday tradition called NORAD Tracks Santa. 

T-Mobile CES Event Promises Uncarrier 4.0

December 23, 2013 9:28 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

T-Mobile on Friday sent invites for a special press event at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) where the company will unveil its fourth Uncarrier initiative, dubbed Uncarrier 4.0. The event will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 8. The invite features the tagline: “This one you aren’t going to believe.” 

BlackBerry Forges Foxconn Partnership Amid Dismal 3Q Earnings Report

December 20, 2013 9:58 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

BlackBerry continues its slide as the company slowly but surely implements measures to right its sinking ship. The company today reported a loss of $4.4 billion on  $1.2 billion of revenue for its fiscal third quarter. That compares to last quarter when BlackBerry posted a $965 million loss, on $1.6 billion.

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Can Smartphones Snap Out of Technological Stupor?

December 16, 2013 9:25 am | by Michael Liedtke & 
Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writers | News | Comments

This may be remembered as the year smartphones became boring. Although high-definition displays on smartphones have gotten bigger and their cameras have gotten better, the pace of gee-whiz innovation has dawdled. martphone and software makers are working on ways to snap out of this technological lull...

DOT Seeking Ban on In-Flight Cell Phone Use

December 13, 2013 2:53 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The U.S. Department of Transportation is weighing in on the possiblity that cell phones could be allowed on planes. In a statement, U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx acknowledged the FCC's recent Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM), which suggests the issue isn't a technological one. 

FCC Moves to Put Airlines in Pilot Seat on In-Flight Device Use

December 12, 2013 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

"Let me say up front that, I get it. I don’t want the person in the seat next to me yapping at 35,000 feet any more than anyone else," wrote FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a statement discussing today's Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for new policies governing in-flight cell phone use. 

Labor Group Sees Progress at Major Apple Supplier

December 12, 2013 10:03 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

Kyocera Showcases Durability, While High-End Players Remain All Wet

December 11, 2013 10:11 am | by Andrew Berg | Articles | Comments

As a manufacturer of mid-range Android smartphones, Kyocera has had to get creative with how it differentiates its products. That creativity is realized in the November U.S. launch of the Kyocera Elite (Verizon). On the phone side of things, this is vanilla Android with run-of-the-mill specs thrown in for good measure. 

Gift Guide: Navigating Maze of Phone, Plan Choices

December 11, 2013 9:35 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) — So you're ready to buy a new smartphone for your loved one. Which do you choose? Before you do anything, you have to decide whether to buy the phone outright or go the traditional route of buying a carrier-subsidized one with a two-year service contract.

ACLU: Law Enforcement Getting Unfettered Access to Mobile Devices

December 9, 2013 11:06 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

As major tech companies petition the White House for data collection reform, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Monday released a press release that highlights the rising number of law enforcements requests for cell phone subscriber data in 2012. 

Verizon Agrees to Acquire EdgeCast

December 9, 2013 10:32 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Verizon has announced plans to acquire content delivery specialist EdgeCast. According to a press release, Verizon plans to integrate EdgeCast into existing content delivery systems. The Verizon and EdgeCast boards have both approved the deal, and Verizon hopes to finalize it in early 2014.

Review: Moto G Isn't the Best, but Decent for $179

December 4, 2013 10:36 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | Articles | Comments

You're not getting the best or the latest technology with Motorola's $179 Moto G smartphone. What you do get is a great price for something close. Motorola bills the Moto G as the phone for the rest of us — the ones who can't afford $500 to $700 for a high-end smartphone.

Report: Phablets May Gouge Small Tablet Sales

December 4, 2013 10:25 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The trend towards larger smartphones, or "phablets" could boost sales of larger tablets, according to IDC. IDC notes that the market has trended toward small tablets over the last 24 months, but the rise of large phones could well push consumers back toward larger tablets...

Wallet Failure at Register 9 and Other Empty Promises of NFC

December 3, 2013 4:37 pm | by Andrew Berg | Blogs | Comments

The mobile wallet: It's not there yet, it's not there yet, it's not there yet. Let me repeat: The mobile wallet is NOT THERE YET, and NFC is not going to save it. In fact, let me go a bit further and say that the mobile wallet may never arrive in any meaningful way, at least as it’s being conceived right now. 

HTC Takes Hit in U.K. Patent Ruling

December 3, 2013 10:59 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A London judge Tuesday ruled that HTC has infinged on Nokia patents, according to a report from Bloomberg. Judge Richard Arnold ruled that chips contiained in HTC's One smarpthone were also in violation of Nokia's proprietary technology. 

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