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February 15, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
HTC's $300-million investment in Beats Electronics has, so far, resulted in Beats earbuds being packed with Android smartphones. But the partnership may soon take a major step forward as HTC and Beats are reportedly looking to develop a music service that may end up challenging the likes of Apple's iTunes and Spotify. According to a report from the news site  GigaOm , HTC and Beats will roll out a new line of smartphones and tablets with Beats audio features and possibly even a music streaming service that could be unveiled as early as the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain, later this month.  Om Malik, GigaOm founder and reporter, wrote in the report that HTC is leaning on the connections of Beats co-founder and Chairman Jimmy Iovine's connections in the music industry to build a streaming service that "will be offered as a default music client on HTC phones and tablets.
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March 19, 2014 | By David Lazarus
Raphael has a straightforward query: Which is more powerful, the HTC One or the iPhone 5c? I wish I was geek enough to know the answer to that right out of the gate. But I had to bounce this one off one of the paper's crack tech writers. ASK LAZ: Smart answers to consumer questions I also had to think about what's really important in the choosing of a smartphone. Is it raw power? The look and feel? Available apps? All of the above? For the answer to Raphael's question, check out today's Ask Laz video.
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June 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Hoping Hollywood star power will help sell smartphones, HTC has reportedly signed actor Robert Downey Jr. to a two-year, $12-million deal. The "Iron Man" and "Avengers" star will be at the forefront of the Taiwanese phone maker's fight against Samsung and Apple to remain relevant in the smartphone market, according to Bloomberg. PHOTOS: Tech giants' new headquarters In the last few years, Downey has attracted massive audiences to his films, including the "Sherlock Holmes" movies, and this week Disney announced Downey will appear in two more "Avengers" movies, meaning his star power should stay strong.
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January 17, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
An image of what's alleged to be HTC's next flagship phone has hit the Web, and the device in the picture looks a lot like Apple's iPhone 5. The computer-generated image, which was posted by UnwiredView.com , shows the back side of a tall and narrow phone. Most of the phone's back cover is black except right at the top and bottom, where it changes to white panels. The two-tone back cover resembles that of the iPhone 5's back. The latest Apple smartphone, which comes in black or white, also has one large back panel that's framed by top and bottom panels in a different shade of the phone's color.
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October 12, 2010 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Microsoft Corp., which has struggled for years to capture the attention and dollars of smart-phone users, debuted handsets Monday that will run on its new mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7. AT&T Inc. will be the first to offer the phones, starting with the Samsung Focus, arriving in stores Nov. 8. HTC Corp. and LG Corp. will each release a model "a few weeks later," Microsoft Chief Executive Steve Ballmer said at an event in New York to introduce the phones. Each of the three AT&T handsets will sell for $199.
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December 21, 2011 | By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Apple Inc. has persuaded federal authorities to ban U.S. sales of some Google-powered Android phones that unlawfully use iPhone-like features. But don't expect the more than 500 varieties of Android smartphones and tablets to disappear from shelves any time soon. The ruling Monday from the U.S. International Trade Commission was one of the more anticipated developments in Apple's global legal battle with major Android manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics, Motorola Mobility and HTC Corp.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 29, 2012 | By Alex Pham
Beats by Dre, the Santa Monica-based maker of high-end headphones founded by rap pioneer Dr. Dre and veteran music executive Jimmy Iovine, is expected to shortly announce a deal to acquire digital music service MOG, according to executives familiar with the transaction. The agreement, which is not yet finalized, calls for Beats to pay roughly $10 million for MOG, a Berkeley, Calif.-based streaming service with about 500,000 subscribers. A MOG spokeswoman was not immediately available for comment. A Beats spokesman declined to comment.
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April 30, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
AT&T wants users to ditch their old smartphones and buy new ones. The Texas-based carrier announced it will begin the trade-in promotion Wednesday that offers users at least $100 in credit for their used smartphones. The credit, which can be significantly higher than $100 depending on the phone and its condition, will be given through an AT&T promotion card that can be used toward products and services from the carrier. "That means you can get 50% off the latest and hottest phones," a company spokeswoman said in an email announcing the promotion.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
It's official. There is no stopping Minecraft.  Some time overnight, the indie gaming phenomenon passed 10 million downloads . That figure doesn't include the units bought and played on Xbox 360. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 Minecraft has only been available as a full-version download since November 2011. Since then, the brainchild of Swedish programmer Marcus "Notch" Persson has becoming one of gaming's most remarkable stories. At $26.95 a copy, and given that Persson largely bootstrapped the development, the success has no doubt made him a remarkably wealthy person.  In addition to the continued growth of the game itself, which allows players to build and mine in a virtual environment that has the look and feel of an 8-bit game from the early '80s, Minecraft has also spawned countless YouTube videos in which players show off and discuss their work.  10 million copies sold of Minecraft PC (and mac (and linux)
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May 1, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LG, the latest phone manufacturer to launch a flagship smartphone in the last month, said its Optimus G Pro will go on sale May 10 in stores exclusively through AT&T. The LG Optimus G Pro, already available in other parts of the world, is a mammoth device with a 1080p HD 5-inch screen with a 400-pixel density. The device also features a 13-megapixel rear-facing full-HD camera, the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.7-GHz quad-core processor. The smartphone can be ordered starting May 3. AT&T said a 32-gigabyte version will be available for $200 with a two-year contract, and anyone who pre-orders will receive a free case for their phone while supplies last.
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