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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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BUSINESS
January 3, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The latest smartphone figures show Apple and Android phones have taken nearly complete control of the U.S. smartphone market, with almost 90% combined market share. A report by comScore shows that as of November, Apple and Android devices accounted for a combined 88.7% share of the U.S. smartphone market. Individually, the Google-owned Android operating system leads the way with 53.7% of the market, up 1.1% from August. Apple, meanwhile, accounted for 35%, which was a 1.4% increase from August.
BUSINESS
April 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Many of the world's top phone manufacturers, including Apple and Samsung, announced that they have committed to include basic anti-theft tools for smartphones made after July 2015 for sale in the U.S. Google, Microsoft, Nokia, HTC and several others joined Apple and Samsung in the voluntary commitment that was announced Tuesday. As part of their pledge, the companies will create basic tools designed to help consumers recover stolen smartphones. The committment was outlined by the CTIA-The Wireless Assn., and it was also backed by the U.S.' four major wireless carriers.
BUSINESS
May 31, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Looking to make desktops more competitive in price with tablets and mobile devices, more PC makers are turning to Android. In the latest blow to the new Microsoft Windows 8 operating system, Acer is expected to launch a second Android-based desktop next week, CNET reported . The all-in-one device combines the computer and the monitor into one slate. It's expected to come with a powerful new Intel processor, 1 gigabyte of RAM and as much as 16 gigabytes of hard drive space. With an expected price of about $400, the rumored device would be able to do what a tablet does -- except on a much bigger screen and with a more traditional setup.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
LG's Optimus G Pro, a massive smartphone with a 5.5-inch screen, will reportedly make its way to North America as early as this spring. The Optimus G Pro, which has the largest display LG has ever put on a phone, will feature a full HD 1080p resolution. The screen will have a 400-pixels-per-inch density, which is among the highest available on smartphones these days. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 The phone will also feature an unusual "duel recording" mode for its cameras, which will have some of the highest resolution sensors to come on a smartphone.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The popular puzzle game "2048" was called a broken clone by the makers of "Threes," a similar game that launched a month earlier. In "Threes," users combine tiles to attain the highest score possible. The game launched in February and is available for Apple iOS and Android devices for $1.99. But since the game's launch numerous clones have also been released. The makers of "Threes" criticized the cloning culture of the gaming world in an extensive blog post that chronicles the 14-month process that it took to make their game.
BUSINESS
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.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple's iPhone is owned by more than 40% of smartphone users in the U.S., giving the Cupertino tech company a larger share of the national smartphone market than any of its rivals, according to a report Thursday. Apple's U.S. iPhone ownership grew from 35% during the fourth quarter of 2012 to 42% during the same period in 2013, according to a study by NPD Group. The study found that Samsung came in second place, with 26% of smartphone users reporting they own a device by the South Korean tech giant -- up from 22% during the fourth quarter of 2012.
BUSINESS
August 16, 2011 | By David Sarno and Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Google Inc.'s deal to buy cellphone maker Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion in cash gives the Internet search giant the ability to build and market its own smartphone and tablet devices - and puts it squarely in competition with Apple to be the world's dominant company in mobile technology. In the biggest acquisition in its 13-year history, Google would be poised to expand its empire beyond its ubiquitous search engine and Web services to offer handsets, TV set-top boxes and other consumer products made by Motorola Mobility Holdings Inc., a recent spinoff of Motorola Inc. "Google is trying to create its own device brand to compete with Apple," said John Fletcher, senior analyst at SNL Kagan.
BUSINESS
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.
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