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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.
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BUSINESS
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.
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 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?
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
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)
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.
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.
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