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May 23, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
On its way to becoming the fastest-selling Android smartphone, the Galaxy S4 has been sold twice as many times as the HTC One in their first few weeks on the market. Samsung announced this week that it has sold 10 million Galaxy S4 phones. Currently in either black or white, the phone manufacturer plans to sell the smartphone in more colors, such as blue, red, purple and brown, later this year. An HTC executive told the Wall Street Journal its device had been purchased 5 million times, but that production remains behind schedule because of parts shortages.
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April 26, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The Tonino Lamborghini Antares is not like any other smartphone, and that's because it's mostly an expensive piece of jewelry. The Antares is a $4,000 device built by an Italian brand that makes accessories for the upper crust. Tonino Lamborghini is not associated with the sports car company, but it uses very similar branding and is owned by the son of Ferruccio Lamborghini, the man who created the automobile brand. And like the famous Lamborghini vehicles, the Antares is an eye-catching object.
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BUSINESS
June 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung is continuing to build out its Galaxy S4 brand by rolling out the S4 zoom, a device that combines the elements of a smartphone with a point-and-shoot digital camera. Samsung says the Galaxy S4 zoom is designed for users who care deeply about the quality of the images they shoot with their smartphones. The new phone functions like any other Android device, but unlike other phones, it has a 16-megapixel, 10x optical zoom camera. Samsung says the Galaxy S4 zoom is the first smartphone to offer 10x optical zoom.
BUSINESS
March 5, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Wal-Mart has announced it is cutting the price of the iPhone 5s and the Samsung Galaxy S4 to $119 and $49, respectively. The retailer said customers can purchase the gadgets at their new prices starting Wednesday. Wal-Mart said it is also cutting the price of the iPhone 5c to $29. Customers who wish to buy the devices must get them with a two-year contract from either AT&T or Verizon. Wal-Mart said the rolled back prices will be available for at least 30 days. VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor Previously, Wal-Mart sold the iPhone 5s for $145, the GS4 for $99 and the iPhone 5c for $45.  Additionally, customers who buy any Samsung smartphone between March 9 and March 22 will also receive a $50 Wal-Mart gift card.
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March 5, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Wal-Mart has announced it is cutting the price of the iPhone 5s and the Samsung Galaxy S4 to $119 and $49, respectively. The retailer said customers can purchase the gadgets at their new prices starting Wednesday. Wal-Mart said it is also cutting the price of the iPhone 5c to $29. Customers who wish to buy the devices must get them with a two-year contract from either AT&T or Verizon. Wal-Mart said the rolled back prices will be available for at least 30 days. VIDEO: Unboxing the Quirky Spotter multipurpose sensor Previously, Wal-Mart sold the iPhone 5s for $145, the GS4 for $99 and the iPhone 5c for $45.  Additionally, customers who buy any Samsung smartphone between March 9 and March 22 will also receive a $50 Wal-Mart gift card.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
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.
BUSINESS
June 19, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
The HTC First, a smartphone that features Facebook front-and-center, has been a flop. So now Facebook is reportedly turning to Samsung, the world's largest phone maker, for help. Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg met with Samsung Mobile counterpart Shin Jong-kyun on Tuesday in South Korea to discuss potential partnerships, Shin said after the meeting. But Samsung is “unlikely to be considering the request for a Facebook-platform phone in a positive light,” industry watchers told the Korean Herald.
BUSINESS
May 23, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Apple's newest iMac has at least 3,000 times more processing power than the company's first computer model, but the older version could end up being 300 times as expensive. One of the six original Apple computers that still works will be shown off to potential bidders Friday before going up for auction Saturday in Cologne, Germany. Last year the same German auction house sold one of the other six working Apple I's for $640,000 and a New York auction house sold one for $374,500.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Underwhelming sales of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 led the two phone-making technology giants to miss analysts' quarterly profit estimates, according to preliminary earnings reports released Friday. In the quarter ended June 30, HTC Corp. posted a net profit of $42 million, down 83% from a year ago. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said its operating profit was in the $8.3-billion range, up 50%, but it was still considered a disappointment in the eyes of analysts. Both HTC and Samsung spent heavily on marketing in the last quarter as they launched their new phones.
BUSINESS
August 7, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
For some people on the hunt for a new smartphone, the newest Samsung and HTC devices sound too old. And Motorola's new Moto X seems underwhelming : Cool colors on the outside, but not that impressive on the inside. But LG's new G2 smartphone could manage to impress on both fronts. The G2, built on the Android operating system, is being billed as the first smartphone to not have any buttons on the side. The power and volume buttons have been moved to the back, under the camera.
BUSINESS
December 24, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Israeli cybersecurity researchers claim to have found a major hole in Samsung's Knox security software that leaves Galaxy S 4 devices used for enterprise and government work vulnerable to hackers. The reported security hole makes it possible for malware to intercept secure data, such as emails, on GS4 smartphones that are supposed to be protected by the Knox software, according to the Wall Street Journal . The Knox platform is designed so that users can keep their personal data on the same device as their sensitive, work-related data, which is protected separately by the Samsung security software.
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September 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
There's a rush for golden smartphones, and Apple and Samsung are scrambling to meet the demand. Apple's gold-colored iPhone 5s, which went on sale Friday in the U.S., quickly sold out at most locations. It's in such high demand that buyers who got them are going online to sell them at huge profits. PHOTOS: Top 11 cool, hidden features in Apple's iOS 7 There are numerous gold iPhone 5s units available for purchase on Craigslist and Ebay with listed prices of more than $1,000.
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September 12, 2013 | By Jonathan Kaiman
BEIJING - If Nicole Zhou reflects how the Chinese feel about Apple Inc.'s latest iPhones, the technology giant may have a huge struggle on its hands winning consumers over in the world's biggest smartphone market. One day after the Cupertino, Calif., company unveiled two new iPhone models - the 5s, with an upgraded processor and fingerprint security system, and the slightly cheaper 5c, with a colorful plastic back - 30-year-old Zhou, an employee at a state-owned enterprise, bought herself a Samsung Galaxy S4 instead.
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September 12, 2013 | By Jonathan Kaiman
BEIJING -- If anything indicates how China's Apple fans feel about the company's latest product release this week, it's how Nicole Zhou spent her Wednesday afternoon.  One day after the Cupertino-based company unveiled two new iPhone models -- the 5s, with an upgraded processor and fingerprint security system, and the slightly cheaper 5c, with a colorful plastic back -- 30-year-old Zhou, an employee at a state-owned enterprise, bought herself a...
BUSINESS
August 7, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
For some people on the hunt for a new smartphone, the newest Samsung and HTC devices sound too old. And Motorola's new Moto X seems underwhelming : Cool colors on the outside, but not that impressive on the inside. But LG's new G2 smartphone could manage to impress on both fronts. The G2, built on the Android operating system, is being billed as the first smartphone to not have any buttons on the side. The power and volume buttons have been moved to the back, under the camera.
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July 16, 2013 | By Paresh Dave, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
For $30 a year, owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone can either track it or render it useless if it's lost or stolen. Because the new anti-theft LoJack feature is nearly impossible for a thief to shut off, it's considered far superior to apps that offer tracking and remote-wipe services. The S4 is the first smartphone to carry the technology for consumers. The LoJack service from Absolute Software has long been available for laptops, and more recently for tablets. But with smartphone theft becoming common and deadly, the company wanted to give consumers a stronger option to recover stolen or lost mobile devices.
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July 16, 2013 | By Paresh Dave, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
For $30 a year, owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone can either track it or render it useless if it's lost or stolen. Because the new anti-theft LoJack feature is nearly impossible for a thief to shut off, it's considered far superior to apps that offer tracking and remote-wipe services. The S4 is the first smartphone to carry the technology for consumers. The LoJack service from Absolute Software has long been available for laptops, and more recently for tablets. But with smartphone theft becoming common and deadly, the company wanted to give consumers a stronger option to recover stolen or lost mobile devices.
BUSINESS
September 12, 2013 | By Jonathan Kaiman
BEIJING - If Nicole Zhou reflects how the Chinese feel about Apple Inc.'s latest iPhones, the technology giant may have a huge struggle on its hands winning consumers over in the world's biggest smartphone market. One day after the Cupertino, Calif., company unveiled two new iPhone models - the 5s, with an upgraded processor and fingerprint security system, and the slightly cheaper 5c, with a colorful plastic back - 30-year-old Zhou, an employee at a state-owned enterprise, bought herself a Samsung Galaxy S4 instead.
BUSINESS
July 5, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
Underwhelming sales of the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 led the two phone-making technology giants to miss analysts' quarterly profit estimates, according to preliminary earnings reports released Friday. In the quarter ended June 30, HTC Corp. posted a net profit of $42 million, down 83% from a year ago. Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. said its operating profit was in the $8.3-billion range, up 50%, but it was still considered a disappointment in the eyes of analysts. Both HTC and Samsung spent heavily on marketing in the last quarter as they launched their new phones.
BUSINESS
July 3, 2013 | By Paresh Dave
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.
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