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March 14, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung is set to introduce the Galaxy S 4 smartphone this afternoon, and users can watch the announcement live now. The South Korean tech giant has been teasing the announcement with posters, videos and tweets for weeks. The new flagship smartphone is expected to feature a nearly 5-inch 1080p HD screen that's slightly bigger than its predecessor. Besides that, however, most of the improvement will be in the phone's software in the form of new features. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 Among those new features will be eye-controlled text scrolling, according to a recent report.
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BUSINESS
November 2, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details
Microsoft is reportedly talking with suppliers in Asia about making a company-branded smartphone. The Redmond, Wash., company already has its own mobile operating system, Windows Phone 8, but much like with its computer business, it leaves the production of hardware to other companies. In the case of Windows smartphones, Nokia leads the way, followed by HTC and Samsung. But just as it did with the new Surface tablet, Microsoft may decide to jump into the manufacturing game and try its hand at putting together a smartphone, according to the Wall Street Journal . The report says that for now Microsoft is simply testing a design.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
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.
BUSINESS
March 29, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Despite praise for its external construction, the HTC One is a very difficult smartphone to repair, according to do-it-yourself website iFixit. The upcoming HTC flagship smartphone is set to go on sale in the U.S. as early as next month. The device has been praised for its top-of-the-line design, high-resolution screen and front-facing dual speakers But iFixit gave the smartphone a score of 1 out of 10 in its repairability rating. It is the worst rating ever for a smartphone.
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
That's it -- I am now officially out of step with modern life. What else can I say after reading this: “Most adults always have smartphone close by, 1 in 10 use it during sex.” Which gives a whole new meaning to the old-timey term “party line.” The Times' Salvador Rodriguez reported Thursday on a survey conducted last month by Harris Interactive of 1,102 smartphone users : Nearly 3 in 4 American smartphone users surveyed said...
BUSINESS
March 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung is building hype for its announcement next week of the Galaxy S IV, offering a new teaser video posted online. The video features an actor playing a Samsung executive and a little boy, who is labeled as the "secret messenger" for the Samsung event. The boy is excited by a big white box that is labeled with teaser graphics on its side. The Samsung executive and the boy open the box, and a bright light illuminates their faces, hiding what's inside. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 The boy is then hounded by a little girl who is determined to find out what is inside the box. "Go away, Jane," the boy yells before the video ends with the words "To be continued ... " The Galaxy S IV is to be unveiled in New York at 4 p.m. PDT on March 14. The announcement is to be available live on the Samsung Mobile YouTube channel . ALSO: Jedi wannabe creates mind-controlled video game Apple is looking to introduce iWatch this year, report says Chromebook Pixel is a fine laptop, but is it worth the price?
BUSINESS
April 11, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
After years of rumors, Amazon.com could finally be getting into the smartphone business. The Wall Street Journal reported that the Seattle e-commerce giant will release a smartphone in the second half of the year, citing people briefed on the company's plans. Those people said Amazon plans to announce the phone by the end of June and begin shipping units by the end of September. A smartphone would be the latest hardware addition for Amazon, which already competes against Apple and Samsung in the tablet space with its Kindle Fire.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Amazon could start producing its own smartphone as soon as this year, according to a second report that claims the online retailer is working on a smartphone. The Seattle-based company along with suppliers in Asia are testing a smartphone, the report says, citing "people familiar with the situation. " The report also says Amazon might start production either this year or early 2013. Details are sketchy, but the new report, by the Wall Street Journal , says the device is expected to have a screen somewhere in the 4- to 5-inch range.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2014 | By W.J. Hennigan
Boeing Co., the aerospace giant that makes fighter jets, airliners and satellites, is now looking at getting into the cell phone business. The Chicago company said it has developed an ultra-secure smartphone that's marketed toward U.S. defense and security communities. Few details have been released. What is known is the Boeing Black smartphone runs off an Android operating system, contains encrypted storage for sensitive data and has a self-destruct mode. If someone tries to pop open the device, it is automatically wiped of its data and made inoperable.
BUSINESS
April 4, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
HTC announced a new smartphone called the "First" Thursday that has been optimized for Facebook Home, a new interface for the Android operating system. The Taiwanese phone maker said the HTC First is the "ultimate social phone. " The device was designed specifically for Facebook Home, a smartphone Facebook-centric interface also announced Thursday. The HTC First will be available from AT&T for $99.99 - pre-orders will be taken as of today on the carrier's website. It will go on sale in stores April 12 to coincide with the launch of Facebook Home.
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