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Review: Motorola Phone Notable for Customization

August 5, 2013 9:35 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In the four decades since Motorola first showed off a prototype of the world's first cellphone, the company has watched Apple, Samsung and other innovators surpass it in sales. With Google as its new owner, Motorola is introducing the Moto X, a phone notable for innovations in manufacturing, as part of an attempt to regain its stature...

Obama Administration Overrules Apple Import Ban

August 5, 2013 9:30 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

President Obama's trade representative on Saturday vetoed a ban on imports of some Apple iPads and older iPhones, dealing a setback to rival South Korean electronics company Samsung. U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman overruled a June decision by the U.S. International Trade Commission, which had banned imports...

AT&T Gets Exclusivity on Customizable Model of Moto's New Flagship

August 1, 2013 3:33 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While Verizon offered a sneak peak of Motorola's new flagship smarpthone during a presentation last week, it's AT&T that will be the exclusive carrier of the customizable version of the Moto X. AT&T today announced plans to offer both the customizable Moto X from Motorola, as well as the standard Moto X, which will be offered by other carriers...

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Review: Chromecast Streams Media at a Nice Price

August 1, 2013 1:38 pm | by Ron Harris, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new device from Google makes it easy to stream video from several popular services to a high-definition TV. Chromecast is tiny enough to dangle from a keychain when not in use, but it packs a big punch for a low price. At merely $35, Chromecast is irresistible. Using your home Wi-Fi network...

Sony Returns to Quarterly Profit on Cheap Yen

August 1, 2013 11:47 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As a slew of big-name Japanese companies report improved quarterly earnings, one theme is taking the sheen off their rosy numbers: mainstay businesses are still struggling despite the perk from a weaker yen. The latest example came Thursday from Sony Corp... 

Sony Returns to Quarterly Profit on Cheap Yen

August 1, 2013 8:57 am | by Yuri Kageyama, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

As a slew of big-name Japanese companies report improved quarterly earnings, one theme is taking the sheen off their rosy numbers: mainstay businesses are still struggling despite the perk from a weaker yen. The latest example came Thursday from Sony Corp...

Smartphone Cradle, App Detect Toxins, Bacteria

August 1, 2013 8:52 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Afraid there may be peanuts or other allergens hiding in that cookie? Thanks to a cradle and app that turn your smartphone into a handheld biosensor, you may soon be able to run on-the-spot tests for food safety, environmental toxins, medical diagnostics and more...

Corning 2Q Net Up 35 Percent

July 30, 2013 10:34 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Corning Inc. said Tuesday that its second-quarter net income rose 35 percent as it benefited from cost-cutting in its telecom unit and revenue gains from its "Gorilla Glass" smartphone screens. Corning earned $638 million, or 43 cents per share...

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Group Accuses Apple Supplier of Labor Abuses

July 29, 2013 9:16 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor rights group Monday accused a Chinese company that makes iPhones for Apple Inc. of abuses including withholding employees' pay and excessive working hours. China Labor Watch said it found violations of the law and of...

Samsung Emphasizes Components as Smartphones Peak

July 26, 2013 9:34 am | by Youkyung Lee, | News | Comments

Samsung plans to plow a record pile of cash into its semiconductor and display panel businesses, hoping to reduce reliance on sales of high-end Galaxy smartphones that are poised to peak after two years of blistering growth. Samsung Electronics Co., the world's largest smartphone maker...

Apple's Smartphone Market Share Slips

July 26, 2013 9:24 am | by Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Apple's share of the global smartphone market fell during the second quarter to its lowest level in four years, according to data released Friday. Apple took 13.1 percent of the worldwide market, according to ABI Research, down from 16.6 percent a year ago...

LG's Profit Falls on Weak TV Demand, Handset Costs

July 24, 2013 9:33 am | by Youkyung Lee,AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics' latest quarterly report underlined challenges facing global electronics makers as weak TV demand and stiffer competition in smartphones undermine profit. The results Wednesday showed an 8 percent decline in April-June net profit to 155.5 billion won...

Verizon Launches New Crop of Droid Phones

July 23, 2013 3:44 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Verizon Wireless is launching three new Droid smartphones made by Google's Motorola unit. The nation's No. 1 wireless carrier said Tuesday that the three phones will be the Droid Mini for $100, the Droid Ultra for $200 and the Droid Maxx for $300....

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Ahead of the Bell: Low Expectations for Apple's 3Q

July 23, 2013 9:02 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Apple's latest quarterly report is expected to show the company has been growing at its slowest pace since the debut of the iPhone six years ago. The numbers, due out Tuesday after the stock market closes, are likely to reinforce investor...

AT&T Offers Pair of New Mobile Share Plans

July 22, 2013 11:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Ahead of its second-quarter earnings call scheduled for Tuesday, AT&T is offering users a $200 discount of the unsubsidized price of an iPhone 5. The sale brings the price of Apple's flagship smarrtphone down to $450 for the 16GB model...

Apple Uses Acquisitions to Fix Mapping Problems

July 22, 2013 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Apple is seeking to refine its maps with a little help from the outside. The company last week acquired Locationary and HopStop, both of which could help fill some of the glaring holes in the company's much maligned Apple Maps product...

Google Invests in Glass Chipmaker Himax

July 22, 2013 8:55 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Google Inc. is investing in a Taiwanese microchip maker that makes chips used in its Google Glass, the eyeglass-enabled devices it is testing that can shoot photos and video and access the Internet. The deal with Tainan, Taiwan-based Himax Technologies Inc. gives Google a 6.3 percent stake...

Gold Rush-Era Discards Could Fuel Cellphones, TVs

July 22, 2013 8:46 am | by Tracie Cone, Associated Press | News | Comments

Across the West, early miners digging for gold, silver and copper had no idea that one day something else very valuable would be buried in the piles of dirt and rocks they tossed aside. There's a rush in the U.S. to find key components of cellphones, televisions, weapons systems...

Report: Smartphone Market Set to Double by 2017

July 17, 2013 10:38 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

A spate of new flagship smartphone launches in the first half of 2013 from multiple OEMs will lead to an expected doubling in market shipments from 2012 to 2017, according to research firm IHS iSuppli. According to the report, worldwide smartphone shipments will reach 1.5 billion units...

Disappointing Revenue Outlook Dings Zagg Shares

July 17, 2013 10:11 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Mobile device accessory maker Zagg Inc. disappointed investors with its announcement that sales will be less than Wall Street analysts had expected. Shares slid nearly 14 percent in premarket trading Wednesday, to $5.05. The stock had already dropped 20 percent this year...

Mayer Pitches Mobile-First Yahoo! as 2Q Earnings Jump 46%

July 17, 2013 9:46 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Just one day from her one-year anniversary as CEO of Yahoo!, Marissa Mayer delivered second-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations and proved she's increasing end user engagement with the company’s mobile products. Under Mayer, Yahoo has been aggressively streamlining its mobile efforts...

Report: U.S. Consumers Slow to Shop on Mobile

July 16, 2013 10:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

New research released today shows that shoppers in the United States are not adopting mobile shopping as fast as those in other countries. According to a report from Havas Worldwide, in partnership with Market Probe International, just 16 percent of US online consumers have used...

Report: Nikon Eyes Smartphone Market

July 8, 2013 10:51 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Camera maker Nikon is looking to expand into smartphones and medical devices, as interest in point-and-shoot camreas wanes, according to a report from Bloomberg. Citing flagging sales of point-and-shoot cameras in April and May, Nikon President Makoto Kimura said the company wants to create...

Samsung Forecasts Record Profit but Shares Tumble

July 8, 2013 9:30 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. reported record quarterly profit Friday but its shares tumbled on doubts its mainstay smartphone business can maintain rapid growth. Samsung Electronics Co. on Friday estimated its April-June operating profit at a record high...

Incentivized Device Trade-Ins a Win for Everyone

July 1, 2013 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

While you may have the greatest handset ever in your hand today, another will arive tomorrow that will eclipse it. Consumers are hungry for the latest and greatest, and new products are phasing out old ones at a faster rate than ever. That's led to a lot of devices lying fallow in millions of junk drawers...

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