December 25, 2012 |
Consumer electronics are among the most popular holiday gifts, but how many people really wanted a BlackBerry tablet, a Panasonic television or a Nokia smartphone for Christmas? It's been a tough year for old-guard tech companies including Sony, Sharp, Panasonic, Nokia and Research in Motion, which not too long ago enjoyed widespread popularity. Now, for a variety of reasons - price, slow pace of innovation, lack of coolness factor and a cutthroat market - the former stalwarts are frequently becoming second-tier options among fickle consumers.
December 18, 2012 |
For the first time in 14 years, Nokia will not be the No. 1 cellphone brand in the world. Samsung is set to claim the top spot in the mobile handset market, accounting for 29% of worldwide cellphone shipments this year, according to market research firm IHS. That's up from 24% last year. Nokia, meanwhile, will see its market share this year drop to 24% from 30% in 2011. This year will mark the first time Samsung will occupy the top position on a yearly basis. The South Korean's rise was helped by strong sales of its smartphones, IHS said.
December 13, 2012
Contribute to a quality cause while enjoying festive music at Stevie Wonder's 16th annual "House Full of Toys Benefit Concert. " Steve Harvey hosts, with special guests. Nokia Theater, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 8 p.m. Sat. Prices vary. (213) 763-6030; http://www.nokiatheaterlalive.com FOR THE RECORD: Stevie Wonder: A weekend pick in the Dec. 13 Calendar section listed last year's lineup for Stevie Wonder's House Full of Toys concert. The 17th annual event on Saturday will feature Bruno Mars, Melanie Fiona, Goapele and others.
December 13, 2012 |
A Delaware court ruled Thursday that Apple's iPhone infringes three patents held by Sony and Nokia, according to a report from Bloomberg . The case was brought by MobileMedia, a holding company owned by Sony, MPEG-LA and Nokia that controls those companies' patents. MobileMedia is charged with enforcing about 300 patents, but because it doesn't make any products, it can't be countersued. Neat, huh? Lest you think that tactic is a bit dodgy, it should be noted that Apple has its own patent holding company: the Rockstar Consortium . Rockstar was created after Apple joined with Microsoft and Rimm, among others, to acquire 4,000 patents from Nortel.
November 29, 2012
KIIS' Jingle Ball is an annual winter pop explosion that this year features Taylor Swift, Kesha, Justin Bieber and your usual suspects of top 40 singles fare (along with a smattering of electronic dance music stars like Zedd, Afrojack and YouTube denizen Psy). Proof positive that pop radio is maybe the most omnivorous space in music right now. Nokia Theatre, 777 Chick Hearn Court, L.A. 6 p.m. Sat and Mon. $85.25-$185.25. nokiatheatre.com.
November 28, 2012 |
More bad news for struggling BlackBerry maker Research in Motion. The Canadian company has lost a contract dispute over the use of Nokia patents, which could threaten the sale of BlackBerrys. Nokia has asked courts in the U.S., Canada and Britain to block sales of BlackBerry smartphones until the two companies agree on royalty rates, according to Reuters . A halt in product sales would be averted if the sides can reach an agreement first. Quiz: What set the Internet on fire in 2012?
November 27, 2012 |
The Nokia Lumia 920 is starting to make some rumbles in the smartphone market, selling out on Amazon.com and seeing some wait times on AT&T for some versions. On Amazon, the wait time for Nokia's flagship phone is one to two weeks. It sells the black version of the Lumia 920, which launched this month. The Seattle online retailer lists the 4.5-inch screen phone as back-ordered. The black Lumia 920 is also sold out on AT&T's website and is listed as completely out of stock.
November 22, 2012
POP MUSIC Lascivious R&B singer Trey Songz debuted at No. 1 on the U.S. pop charts this year with "Chapter V," his first No 1 album. Its pleasures are obvious – Songz has a likable falsetto and just enough balance between smooth and swaggering to make his radio-ready hits feel seductive and immediate. Nokia Theatre, 77 Chick Hearn Ct., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Sun. $50-$100. Nokiatheatre.com.
November 22, 2012 |
Trey Songz knows what his fans want -- though it's usually him. Since his 2005 debut, the R&B heartthrob has offered a master class on the art of seduction with albums stuffed with steamy bedroom jams and sexy club bangers. His latest album, “Chapter V,” debuted at the top of the charts when it was released in August -- his first to do so. The album is the singer, born Tremaine Neverson , at his best: balancing soulful melodies that explore matters of the art with tracks best reserved for after hours.
November 6, 2012 |
Leonard Cohen, 78, jogged onto the stage of Nokia Theatre like he'd run in from the parking lot. The singer-poet, wearing a hand-tailored suit, a bolo tie strung around a cleanly pressed shirt and a black fedora, stood before the microphone to begin with “Dance Me to the End of Love” at precisely 8 p.m. Surrounding him was a six-piece band that included not only bass, percussion and keyboards, but a three-man string army that offered texture via...