April 20, 2013 |
Apple and Samsung, there's a new challenger. HTC, the Taiwanese phone maker, has come out with a smartphone that can go head to head with the best of them. The HTC One features an attractive all-aluminum case, large 4.7-inch screen and a speedy 1.7-GHz quad-core processor that when put together makes the flagship smartphone worthy of its $200 price tag and a possible replacement for an iPhone or Galaxy S III. And Apple and Samsung defectors are exactly what HTC needs if it wants to stay in the race against its much bigger rivals.
March 12, 2013 |
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.
February 23, 2012 |
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Just as U.S. companies are coming to grips with the threats to their computer networks emanating from cyber spies based in China, a noted expert is highlighting what he says is an even more pernicious vulnerability in smartphones. Dmitri Alperovitch, the former McAfee cyber security researcher who is best known for identifying a widespread China-based cyber espionage operation he dubbed " Shady Rat ," has used a previously unknown hole in smartphone browsers to deliver an existing piece of China-based malware that can commandeer the device, record its calls, pinpoint its location and access user texts and emails.
April 23, 2013 |
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.
March 14, 2013 |
Samsung unveiled its Galaxy S4 smartphone Thursday. It has eye-tracking capabilities, gesture control, a 5-inch full HD screen and a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera. That's not all there was to see. In one of the most head-scratching, bizarre tech product launches ever, Samsung staged an elaborate Broadway-esque show at Radio City Music Hall, where the S4 event was held, to debut the smartphone. There was a tap-dancing kid. A ballerina. A bored housewife. A hot gardener.
April 28, 2013 |
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.
October 9, 2013 |
It didn't take long for Apple's fingerprint scanner to get a follower: HTC reportedly will announce a device with a similar feature next week. The Wall Street Journal reports that on Oct. 15, the Taiwanese phone maker will unveil the HTC One Max, a larger version of its flagship smartphone that will include a fingerprint scanner much like the one Apple unveiled with the iPhone 5s last week. The new iPhone's fingerprint scanner, called the Touch ID, lets users unlock their device by simply having their fingertips scanned.
March 19, 2013 |
The HTC One, the Taiwanese phone maker's latest flagship smartphone, may not be available until April because of part shortages, according to a report released Tuesday. HTC had said it would release its device this month, but several of the company's retail distributors and phone carriers told the Wall Street Journal that HTC has notified them of shipment delays. The delays appear to be related to the HTC One's metal casing and parts of its camera, according to the report.
June 6, 2013 |
Physical keyboard lovers, BlackBerry hasn't forgotten about you. The Canadian company's Q10 smartphone, the second phone running the new BlackBerry 10 operating system, began rolling out to U.S. carriers this week. Featuring BlackBerry's much-loved Qwerty-keyboard, this is the smartphone for which many users were holding out. And struggling BlackBerry, in the midst of playing catch-up to the iPhone and Android devices, needs the phone to perform and sell well. Physical keyboard phones are becoming more rare as touchscreen-only mobile devices take over.
July 25, 2012 |
Apple does not have the highest market share when it comes to smartphones -- unless you just look at wealthier people. According to a new report, when it comes to users whose net worth is more than $100,000, the Cupertino, Calif., company's iPhone and iPad remain the phone and tablet of choice, respectively. And for the most part, Apple's market share only increases the higher up the asset scale you look, according to the report from Spectrem Group, a research firm that specializes in the affluent and retirement markets.