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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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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
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
April 11, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Can a smartphone app influence your dreams? That's what the makers of Dream:ON, a new app and mass-participation experiment available for iPhone users hope to find out. Dream:ON was designed by Richard Wiseman, a professor at the University of Hertfordshire in Britain, who said it may be possible to influence dreams by monitoring people's sleep patterns to discern when they go into REM sleep (when dreaming happens), and then play soundscapes designed to create a desired dream.  To use the Dream:ON app , you would select from one of several prerecorded soundcapes such as a peaceful garden (the gentle twittering of birds)
TRAVEL
April 28, 2013 | By Ellen Creager
You know the zombies that pop back to life even after you stab them with a pitchfork? It's the same with smartphones. That's the bitter lesson I learned after returning home from Greenland and getting a $1,106 bill from Sprint for international data roaming, even though data roaming on my iPhone 4S was turned off. How could this zombie data usage happen? And how can I find out if it's happening? Smartphones are the undead of phones. They keep looking for a way to connect to data, even when you don't want them to. Even when you think data service is turned off. The formula is: smartphone + international travel = watch out. I had a BlackBerry before my iPhone and never had a single data charge when traveling internationally.
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
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.
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.
NEWS
March 12, 2013 | By Paul Whitefield
“AAA says smartphones may soon replace traditional car keys.” Wow, it's like an episode from “The Twilight Zone.” On Monday, I found someone's car keys on my lawn, and then on Tuesday, there's this story. As my colleague Jerry Hirsch wrote on the Highway 1 blog: The metal car key is fast disappearing, replaced by “smart” electronic car keys and fobs.  Now AAA says it expects smart keys to be transitional technology, soon to be replaced by people's phones. Darn!
BUSINESS
July 1, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles, Los Angeles Times
Smartphones are once again outselling other mobile phones, according to the Nielsen research group. From March to May, 55% of new mobile phones purchased were smartphones, raising the devices' market share in the U.S. to 38%, Nielsen said in a blog post on the growing popularity of smartphones. Over the same three-month period a year earlier, just 34% of those who bought a new mobile phone chose a smartphone over less-capable standard cellphones, which are usually limited to talking, texting and snapping a photo, the research firm noted.
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