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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
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.
SCIENCE
September 14, 2013 | By Monte Morin
Time for your close-up, Mr. Germ. A professor at UCLA's Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science has developed a smartphone attachment that enables the imaging of objects one-thousandth the width of a human hair. In a paper published recently in the American Chemical Society journal ACS Nano , senior author Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering, said he and colleagues used the device to photograph single human cytomegalovirus particles.
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.
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
January 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
What's better than a 5-inch screen smartphone? How about a smartphone with two screens? Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo announced its spring lineup of new phones, and among them was the unusual Medias W by NEC, which has two 4.3-inch screens with 960 by 540 pixel resolutions each. At first glance, the Medias W looks like a regular phone, but its back can flip to the front around a hinge on the right side of the device to make one large display that is roughly the equivalent of a 5.6-inch screen, according to Engadget . PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 That allows for some unusual but potentially productive new ways to use smartphones.
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
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
February 6, 2012 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
Global smartphone shipments grew massively last year as mobile handsets increased in capability and were made available at lower prices, according to International Data Corp.'s latest Worldwide Mobile Phone Tracker quarterly report. In 2011, smartphone shipments rocketed 61.3% from 2010's total. "On a full-year basis, total smartphone shipment volumes reached 491.4 million units in 2011," up from 304.7 million phones shipped in 2010, the report said. This was higher than IDC's estimate of 54.7% for the year, but still below 2010's year-over-year growth of 75.7%, the research firm said.
BUSINESS
January 10, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Samsung has been rumored to be readying flexible, high-resolution displays for its smartphones, and this week at CES the South Korean tech giant somewhat confirmed those rumors by showing off several prototypes. At its keynote the company announced Youm, a new line of flexible OLED displays. OLED technology allows companies to create thinner and lighter displays that also provide even more vivid images than other HD technologies. Brian Berkeley, senior vice president of Samsung's San Jose Display Lab, said that with Youm the company can make displays on ultra-thin and unbreakable plastic.
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