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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....

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...

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...

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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.  

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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.

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. 

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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.

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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.

Samsung Shares Plummet on 2Q Profit Drop

July 31, 2014 10:04 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung has stumbled in its efforts to make even a small move away from Android. Earlier this week, it delayed the release of the first smartphone powered by Tizen, its own mobile operating system, just two months after announcing a launch date. It did not give a future schedule.

Virgin Mobile Launches Customizable Prepaid Plans

July 30, 2014 9:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

The plans can be adjusted at any time during the month, even daily, directly from each person’s device, or controlled by the primary user, allowing the plans to add or subtract the amount of voice, text or data  and other services they use at any time within their monthly billing cycle. 

Samsung Loses 7 Percent Share in 2Q

July 29, 2014 4:42 pm | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

IDC estimates Samsung shipped 74.3 million smartphones in the second quarter, down 3.9 percent from the 77.3 million it moved in the same quarter last year. Samsung's overall market share came in at 25.2 percent in the second quarter, down from 32.3 percent during the same period last year. 

Huawei Moves 34M Smartphones in 1H 2014

July 29, 2014 10:02 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Shao Yang, vice president of marketing in Huawei's consumer business group, said that his company had seen faster than expected growth in the Middle East, Africa and Latin America. He attributed the rapid growth to improved branding awareness and stronger sales channels in overseas market. 

Quick Look: AsusTek's PadFone, A Phone-Tablet Hybrid

July 29, 2014 9:09 am | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There's a case for the PadFone, though, if you're someone who uses a tablet only at home. You can carry the phone with you during the day and attach it to the tablet screen when you get home. You don't have to worry about what apps and data are on which device.

Samsung's Tizen Phone Delayed

July 28, 2014 9:33 am | by Youkyung Lee, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

In a brief statement, Samsung said the postponement is to further enhance the Tizen "ecosystem," which encompasses developers, consumers and devices using the mobile OS. The delay is a blow to Samsung's push to reduce reliance on Google's Android operating system, which powers Samsung's Galaxy smartphones and tablets.

Amazon Shares Continue Slide as Fire Phone Launches

July 25, 2014 10:40 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

In its second quarter earnings, Amazon reported a $126 million loss even as revenue jumped by 23 percent. Shares fell 10 percent on the report. Many believe that continued investment in big projects like the development of the Fire Phone and the a new grocery delivery serivce are weighing profits at the company. 

LoopPay Mobile Wallet Provider Secures Investment from Visa

July 24, 2014 10:37 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

LoopPay invented something called Magnetic Secure Transmission (MST) technology which leverages existing point-of-sale infrastructure to receive contactless payments from mobile devices of all kinds with no hardware changes required by merchants. 

Unloading of Handset Division Boosts Nokia's Forecast

July 24, 2014 10:22 am | by Andrew Berg | News | Comments

Nokia Networks said that its forecast has improved on operational efficiencies gained from the sale of its handset unit to Microsoft. The company expects underlying profitability for Networks to be at or slightly above its long term target range of 5 to 10 percent for the full-year 2014.

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