Verizon must sell $23.5 billion worth of iPhones this year to satisfy the agreement it made with Apple in 2010, according to an analysis of SEC filings by former Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. analyst Craig Moffett. And at the rate it’s currently going, it has very little chance of doing that.
Over the past week, three of the four major U.S. wireless carriers have introduced new upgrade policies that will allow you to trade in your old phone for a shiny new one on a more frequent basis than every two years….No longer do you have to feel like a chump waiting around for your upgrade while everyone around you is rocking the latest gadget du jour. But how much are you really paying for this privilege?
Nokia sold 7.4 million Lumia devices in the second quarter — the highest quarterly total since Nokia began making Windows Phones. That figure is also more than the total number of BlackBerry devices sold in its most recently reported quarter (6.8 million BlackBerry devices for the three months ended June 1.)
Apple’s iPhone sales for the second calendar quarter of 2013 were pretty much evenly split between the iPhone 5 and its two precursors — the iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S. This according to new data from Consumer Intelligence Research Partners that shows lower-priced legacy iPhones gaining share across Apple’s smartphone portfolio.
Verizon Wireless, the biggest U.S. mobile service provider, on Tuesday announced three new phones under its Droid smartphone brand from Google's Motorola. The phones, the Droid Mini, Droid Ultra and Droid Maxx will go on sale for $99, $199 and $299 for customers who sign a two year contract and will be available in Verizon stores August 20, according to Verizon Wireless.
Facebook has noticed something that other companies would do well to heed: The biggest opportunity right now isn't in smartphones, where users are bombarded by the fruits of an ever-more-competitive market for apps and mobile services. Rather, the big play for some companies, especially any that wish to expand into emerging markets, is on the "dumbphones" — aka non-smartphones or, in industry parlance, feature phones — that most people in rich countries have now left behind.
Reporting third-quarter earningsTuesday after market close, Apple said it shipped 31.2 million iPhones during the period. And while that number was down from the 37.4 million the company shipped in the second quarter of this year, it was up significantly from the 26 million it shipped in the year-ago quarter.
Modern smartphones demand a regimented charging schedule. Like you, they need to replenish their batteries every night. Optimally, when you’re sleeping in your bed, your phone should be lying down beside you. O’Dea’s induction chargers are lovely wireless mattresses for you to rest your phone when it’s not in your pocket…Simply lay your inductive-charging-capable smartphone on top of one to start the refueling process.
Online ads can be annoying. Especially when the same advertiser shows you ads over and over again…So props to Facebook for giving its users an option to “hide all” ads from a given advertiser when you hover over an ad and click on the “X” that appears. Problem is, that feature doesn’t always work.
Facebook is a not-so-secret secret weapon for promoting your business. That being said, a lot of companies don't take full advantage of what this social media platform has to offer when it comes to making deep, lasting connections with their customers. Ads and pleas to "like this" simple don't quite cut it. That's why we asked eight entrepreneurs to weigh in on how to best use Facebook to your company's advantage. Here's what they said…
Sulia started out as a list service for Twitter. Then it turned into a filtering service built with Twitter in mind. Last year, it moved away from Twitter and positioned itself as a standalone “subject-based social network.”
The social giant posted its second-quarter earnings on Wednesday afternoon, reporting earnings per share of 13 cents on revenue of $1.81 billion. That beats analysts’ expectations of an EPS of 14 cents on revenue of $1.62 billion. But the biggest point of interest here is in the breakdown of Facebook’s revenue numbers. Mobile revenue, the most closely watched part of Facebook’s business, accounts for 41 percent of Facebook’s total revenue.
The aptly named Frontback app makes taking two photos — one of what you’re seeing, and one of you — as simple as humanly possible, using an ingenious camera interface that juxtaposes both images on one screen as you're taking them.
Aside from the most necessary apps, such as Facebook and Twitter, some apps seem to be perfect fits for the unique size and shape of the S3. For example, the phone's large screen makes it very capable as an e-reader.
The plan will likely provide a brief, easy-to-read snapshot of an app's privacy policies, similar to nutrition labels on food packages. The snapshot would give consumers the bottom line on what information the software collects, such as physical location, surfing habits and personal contacts, and how that data might be used or shared with other companies.
The housing inventory may be wearing thin, but there's still an abundance of distressed homeowners with properties up for grabs. In some cases, these homeowners are desperate to sell: they just don't know it yet. In order to capture this hidden market, RealtyTrac Network premiered its new Seller LeadTrac application, which screens and sorts through millions of properties nationwide to identify homeowners who may be willing to sell.
Acer, which also makes Android tablets, is hoping the W3, which has an 8.1-inch screen compared with the 10-inch screens of standard tablets, will hit a sweet spot that has eluded other Windows tablets…
Much like the previous Nexus 7, the new model is a 7-inch tablet running a stock version of Android - though judging by the placement of the Nexus logo on the back, this year's model appears to be designed with landscape usage in mind. It also keeps the rather large bezel on either side of the screen, and volume and power buttons are in the same spot as last year.
Several months after demonstrating the latest addition to its WeMo home automation product lineup, Belkin is today formally launching the WeMo Light Switch. If you'll remember, the $49.99 switch connects to your Wi-Fi network and lets you remotely control lighting in your home through Belkin's automation apps for iOS and Android smartphones.
iPhone and iPad users looking with envy at the ever-ballooning screen sizes of Android devices shouldn't lose hope just yet. The Wall Street Journal reports that Apple has been experimenting with iPhone screen sizes larger than the current four inches, echoing rumors from earlier this year that the company may be looking to supplement its current offerings.
SanDisk released a flash storage device Monday that can actually beam files to and from your devices — without an Internet connection. Once you pair the SanDisk Connect flash drive with up to eight devices, those gadgets can wirelessly add, remove and view files from the flash drive…
If you are expecting a package but out at the store, don't you wish you could remotely tell the UPS guy to leave it on the front step? Believe it or not, there are Wi-Fi enabled doorbells that let you stream live video of who's at your door and let you chat with them in real time via an app, even when you're not home.
With Windows 8, Microsoft integrated SkyDrive more deeply into the Windows experience, making it easy to save documents and providing a pre-loaded SkyDrive app. In Windows 8.1, the integration advances to the next level; SkyDrive becomes the default place to save new documents. There's a reason behind the strong move toward online storage…
Apple investors steeling themselves for a disappointing quarter received a nice surprise, instead — a slight beat. Posting its fiscal third-quarter financials after market close on Tuesday, Apple reported earnings per share of $7.47 on revenue of $35.3 billion. Both numbers beat Wall Street estimates.
Version 4.3 of the software, still part of the Jelly Bean family, includes support for kids’ accounts, which Google has dubbed “restricted profiles.” The new Android update also adds support for Bluetooth Smart (a.k.a. Bluetooth Low Energy) as well as OpenGL ES3, the latest version of the 3-D graphics standard.