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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
July 9, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
By installing Dropbox on their personal computers, smartphones and tablets, users can sync chosen files and folders across all the devices. Pictures taken on an Android smartphone can be instantly accessed on a laptop. An Excel spreadsheet created on a laptop is available immediately on a tablet. Now, Dropbox is looking to extend that syncing to more types of files. The company unveiled new tools for software developers that would allow games, email apps and other programs to store and retrieve information from Dropbox in the same way as it interfaces with a physical hard drive.
June 6, 2013 | By Andrea Chang, Los Angeles Times
Physical keyboard lovers, BlackBerry hasn't forgotten about you. The Canadian company's Q10 smartphone, the second phone running the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, began rolling out to U.S. carriers this week. Featuring BlackBerry's much-loved Qwerty-keyboard, this is the smartphone for which many users were holding out. And struggling BlackBerry, in the midst of playing catch-up to the iPhone and Android devices, needs the phone to perform and sell well. Physical keyboard phones are becoming more rare as touchscreen-only mobile devices take over.
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.
July 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
When you're the chairman of a giant tech company, you get to try things first. That's what Google Chairman Eric Schmidt was seen doing at the Allen & Co. annual media and technology conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, where on Thursday he was spotted with Motorola's Moto X smartphone next to his ears. The Moto X is Motorola's next flagship smartphone, and the company began promoting it earlier this month with an ad just before the Fourth of July. PHOTOS: Auctioned Apple items The device will be highly customizable and it will be manufactured in the U.S. For its marketing campaign, Motorola chose the tagline "Designed by You. Assembled in the USA. " But until Thursday, no images of the Moto X had been revealed.
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