April 5, 2011 |
Google Inc. said Monday that it was willing to pay $900 million for patents held by Nortel Networks Corp., the bankrupt communications technology company. The Internet search giant couched its bid as a preemptive strike to defend against patent litigation. It has often railed against frivolous patent lawsuits that it says stifle innovation. It has also advocated for patent litigation reform, although Congress has yet to act. "If successful, we hope this portfolio will not only create a disincentive for others to sue Google, but also help us, our partners and the open source community," Kent Walker, senior vice president and general counsel, wrote in a company blog post.
May 31, 2013 |
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.
September 19, 2012 |
Apple iOS 6 launched Wednesday, bringing with it a lot of cool new features, but it isn't perfect. The new mobile operating system now includes Facebook integration, more Siri abilities and a few new apps, but it also seems to be missing a couple of useful features such as public transportation directions in its Maps app. LIVE DISCUSSION: Join us at 2 p.m. today Join Michelle Maltais and me as we discuss what we like and dislike about...
May 1, 2013 |
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.
January 3, 2013 |
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.
January 16, 2014 |
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.
March 28, 2014 |
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.
July 3, 2013 |
If the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One were the top smartphones of the first half of the year, then the Motorola Moto X is expected to be the star of the second half. Motorola, a division of Google, offered new details about the device in a full-page ad placed in several national newspapers today. Most of the buzz surrounds the line that the Moto X will be "the first smartphone you can design yourself. " It's unclear if that means aesthetic customizations, hardware options or both.
April 4, 2013 |
The 1-billion-member social network is to be live streaming the event at live.facebooklive.com. The broadcast is set to begin at 9:50 a.m. PDT. Also expected is a new version of the Android mobile operating system. Last week, Facebook sent out event invitations to members of the media, saying "Come see our new Home on Android. " That tagline now appears to be alluding to the name of the new Android version, rumored to be called Facebook Home. PHOTOS: Top 10 must-have smartphone apps Numerous reports say Facebook Home will be similar to other types of the Android operating system, but will be focused on the social network.
April 5, 2013 |
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)