February 18, 2013 |
It's impressive enough for a charismatic guy with a British accent, a pirate's hat and an acoustic guitar to bring a theater full of excited teenage girls to a frenzy of screams worthy of Justin Bieber or the Beatles, as Ed Sheeran did on Sunday night. But at the Nokia Theatre on what the 22-year-old described as his biggest American gig to date (on his birthday, no less), Sheeran achieved a more amazing feat. Using a crowd control method he dubbed “the universal shush,” the supremely talented artist asked this hormonal mass to remain quiet for the softer songs.
February 16, 2013 |
Ed Sheeran had plenty to be proud of Sunday night at the Grammy Awards, where the English singer-songwriter's "The A Team" was nominated for song of the year. Not only that, but Sheeran performed the tune - a sympathetic ballad about a troubled woman who turns to drugs and prostitution - on the telecast as an intergenerational duet with Elton John. Reflecting on the experience the day after the ceremony, however, Sheeran seemed less than satisfied. The problem wasn't that he'd lost the award to "We Are Young" by Fun., but that he'd attended Justin Timberlake's late-night post-Grammy concert at the Hollywood Palladium.
February 5, 2013 |
Planning on tuning into the Grammys on Sunday to see what on earth a collaboration featuring Rihanna , Bruno Mars and Sting will look like? Or perhaps how Justin Timberlake 's return to the stage will shape up? Or maybe even who will walk away with album of the year? Who are we kidding? Of course you will. But, will you join the Grammy party four hours before all that to watch the awards and performances that won't be part of the big show? For those of you attuned to awards in categories such as album notes, jazz and recording packaging, this is the show to watch.
February 4, 2013 |
Nokia has been focused on making mobile phones, but the Finnish company may no longer be able to ignore the popularity of tablets. CEO Stephen Elop said Nokia is looking at tablets as a way to expand the company's portfolio, according to a report Monday by the Australian Financial Review . “We haven't announced tablets at this point, but it is something we are clearly looking at very closely," Elop said according to the report. "We are studying very closely the market right now as Microsoft has introduced the Surface tablet, so we are trying to learn from that and understand what the right way to participate would be and at what point in time.” 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 When asked whether Nokia would go with Windows or Google's Android operating system for a tablet, Elop declined to say but his comments leaned toward Microsoft's software.
January 31, 2013
Tegan and Sara's "Heartthrob" presents a believably irregular vision of how love happens, and does it with an immediacy and a directness that feel new for these Canadian twin sisters, who have built a devoted following of indie-minded fans. In "Goodbye, Goodbye" and "Drove Me Wild," they trade homey folk-pop guitars for sparkling new-wave synths, while "How Come You Don't Want Me" rides an '80s-style drum-machine beat reminiscent of the Human League hit that almost shares its title. Club Nokia, 800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A. 9 p.m. Fri. $39.50-$49.50.
January 31, 2013 |
Although there are hundreds of companies making and selling cellphones, Apple and Samsung accounted for 95% of the industry's profits in the fourth quarter of 2012. Apple alone claimed 70% of the cellphone industry's total worldwide profit of $16 billion, while Samsung had 25%, according to a report released late Thursday night by Counterpoint Technology Market Research. In third place was Nokia with 2%. That left the remaining 3% to be split by about 300 companies. 10 tech companies to watch in 2013 "Apple has essentially created the smartphone sector as we see it today and its combination of beautiful, easy-to-use products coupled with a rich content and application environment has enabled it to attract outsize profits," Couterpoint Research said in its report.
January 10, 2013 |
Nokia reported better-than-expected fourth quarter results, largely in part to surprisingly robust sales of Lumia smartphones during the holidays. The Finnish phone maker said it sold 4.4 million units of the Lumia line. That was up from 2.9 million in the third quarter. Nokia, which makes smartphones and regular cellphones, said it sold a total of 86.3 million devices during the quarter, raking in about $5.1 billion. PHOTOS: Top 10 tech products of 2012 The uptick in smartphone sales didn't come as a complete surprise.
January 3, 2013 |
Nokia's next flagship phone will reportedly be made of aluminum and be much lighter than its predecessor, the Lumia 920. The Verge website reported Thursday that the Finnish phone company is set to dump polycarbonate as the body material for its upcoming top-of-the-line device. It cited unnamed sources "familiar with Nokia's plans. " By using aluminum instead, which is the material used for the Apple iPhone 5's body, Nokia might be able to achieve a lighter and thinner build.
December 26, 2012 |
Nokia is reportedly preparing to launch a tablet of its own that will run on the latest version of Windows. The Finnish mobile phone maker will start selling a tablet in early 2013, according to the Verge, which cites unnamed sources familiar with the matter. The tablet will reportedly run on Windows RT, which is a light version of Windows 8 that's designed for tablets. The tablet will have a 10.1-inch screen, HDMI and USB ports and 10 hours of battery life, according to the report.
December 26, 2012 |
Samsung is looking to eclipse its 2012 sales record by shipping more than a half billion phones in 2013. To be exact, Samsung is planning to ship 510 million phones next year, according to The Korea Times. That would represent a 20% increase over the 420 million phones Samsung is estimated to ship for 2012, according to the report. Broken out, 390 million of the devices are expected to be smartphones while the other 120 million would be feature and budget phones, according to The Korea Times, which cites unnamed sources at Samsung and its suppliers.