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February 6, 2012 | By David Sarno
Call it the oligarchy of the smartphone. As of the fourth quarter of last year, 91% of the smartphones sold in the U.S. ran software controlled by either Apple Inc.or Google Inc. , according to research from NPD Group.  The rest were left out in the cold. The widening gap between the Apple/Android stratum and everyone else -- call them the 9%-ers -- shows that when it comes to flavors of popular smartphones, the industry is becoming a two-horse race. In the holiday-season quarter, BlackBerry-makerResearch in Motion Ltd.(RIM)
December 4, 2013 | By Geoffrey Mohan
NASA's extraterrestrial smartphone has phoned home. The 4-inch-square satellite, PhoneSat 2.4, which uses an off-the-shelf Samsung Nexus S phone running Google's Android operating system, transmitted data back to its Santa Clara University ground station, the space agency announced Wednesday. As the number implies, this is not the first smartphone NASA has hurled into orbit. The first, in April, proved the concept of using commercially available electronics for satellites in low-Earth orbit.
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.
April 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Mozilla, better know for its Firefox Web browser, is trying to get into the smartphone business, and if its first step into the market is any indication, it may have a winner. On Tuesday, the nonprofit organization rolled out to developers two smartphones running its Firefox OS mobile operating system. It sold out in just a few hours. Firefox OS is a new platform that is set to debut this year in Latin America and Europe. The operating system is based on HTML5 and is intended to give users an alternative to "vendor-controlled ecosystems," Mozilla said in a blog this week.
April 8, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After posting record-low quarterly profits , HTC is hoping for a big hit with the "One. " The Taiwanese phone maker is set to release the HTC One later this month on AT&T and Sprint. The smartphone is slated to be HTC's flagship device, and early reviews of its hardware have been generally positive. We just received a package containing our review unit and we'll be unboxing it live during a Web video chat. Join us at 11 a.m. with your questions as The Times' Michelle Maltais and I check out the HTC One. PHOTOS: The top smartphones of 2013 HTC was initially hoping to release the One in March, but a shortage of camera parts forced the company to delay its launch to April.
January 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Privacy-minded users may want to keep an eye on Blackphone, a device that promises to deliver privacy like no smartphone before it. Blackphone is a device that claims it will be able to keep users' phone calls, text messages, video chats and Web browsing private using a modified version of Android called PrivatOS. "There has never been a time in the world where privacy has become such a commodity, and none of the other devices in the world have been built around giving privacy back to the user," said Mike Janke, Silent Circle chief executive, in a video introducing Blackphone.
March 28, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nokia announced it will launch its Lumia line of Windows Phones in China next month. The Nokia 800C will lead the Finnish company's entry into the world's largest consumer market, to be followed at some point in the second quarter by the Nokia 610C, according to a news release issued by the company Wednesday. "We're excited to introduce our first Lumia smartphone, the Nokia 800C, to this important market," said Stephen Elop, Nokia chief executive, in a statement. "We've created a compelling, locally relevant experience on the Nokia 800C especially tailored for people in China.
February 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
HTC introduced its next flagship smartphone Tuesday, formally unveiling the new HTC One, which will make its global debut in late March. The HTC One is made of aluminum and features a high-resolution 4.7-inch screen with a full HD 1080p resolution. Its screen has a 468-pixel density -- possibly the greatest of any current smartphone. HTC, however, is trying to set its phone apart from the crowd with top-of-the-line features in areas other than the screen. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 For starters, the HTC One will include HTC BoomSound, which means it will have two dual front-facing speakers.
March 12, 2013 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO -- State electronic-crime investigators have arrested two Sacramento men and charged them with the fraudulent purchase of large quantities of smartphones for resale in Hong Kong. California Atty. Gen. Kamala D. Harris announced Tuesday the arrest of Shou Lin Wen, 39, and Yuting Tan, 27, both of Sacramento, following a six-month, multi-state investigation of alleged stolen smartphones. According to court documents, the scheme involved the dispatching of homeless people to purchase up to five smartphones at subsidized prices from wireless dealers as part of a contract for cellphone service.
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)
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