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Samsung Acknowledges Screen Rotation Issue With Galaxy S6 Edge Phones

April 24, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Acknowledges Screen Rotation Issue With Galaxy S6 Edge Phones

Samsung has finally acknowledged there is a screen rotation problem on a “very limited” number of Galaxy S6 Edge devices, which went on sale April 10. The company said a solution is already available, but didn’t disclose whether it is related to the device’s hardware or software or both. In a statement issued by email to Computerworld, a Samsung spokeswoman said: “Samsung is aware of an issue affecting screen rotation on a very limited number of Galaxy S6 Edge devices... 

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Samsung Projecting 70M Galaxy S6, Edge Phones To Be Sold

April 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Projecting 70M Galaxy S6, Edge Phones To Be Sold

Samsung has recently described the first week of Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge sales as “impressive” and predicted overall sales for both devices will break a record, passing 70 million globally for both. That projection, offered by an unnamed Samsung executive in a recent Korea Times report from Seoul, would be welcome, indeed, after the company’s problems selling the Galaxy S5. A Samsung spokeswoman could not immediately confirm the sales estimate. Both phones went on sale April... 

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Is Nokia Re-entering The Mobile Phone Market?

April 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Is Nokia Re-entering The Mobile Phone Market?

Nokia unloaded its mobile phone business to Microsoft last year, but now one of Nokia’s remaining business units is considering a return to the consumer mobile phone market next year. Nokia Technologies, which controls thousands of technology patents, plans to re-enter the mobile phone market in 2016, according to unnamed sources cited by Re/code. Such plans would be ambitious, especially given the super-competitive global smartphone and feature phone market. It isn’t clear precisely... 

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Samsung To Make Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon Chip

April 22, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung To Make Qualcomm’s New Snapdragon Chip

U.S. chip maker Qualcomm Inc plans to have its next-generation Snapdragon 820 mobile processors to be made by Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, tech news website Re/code reported, citing unnamed sources. The move comes after Samsung opted to use its own Exynos processors for the recently launched flagship Galaxy S6 devices instead of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, prompting the U.S. firm to cut is financial outlook for the year. Samsung and Qualcomm declined to comment on Re/code’s report. The report,... 

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Mozilla’s Firefox Coming To iPhone

April 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Mozilla’s Firefox Coming To iPhone

Mozilla will offer Firefox for Apple’s iPhone “soon,” according to a company announcement of an open marketing position. As the senior mobile marketing manager, the candidate will “lead marketing for Firefox on both Android and iOS,” the listing stated, adding that “a new Firefox for iOS application [will be] arriving soon.” Mozilla, which had previously staunchly declined to create a version of its iconic browser for iOS, changed its tune last December,... 

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Sony Unveils New Xperia Smartphone

April 21, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sony Unveils New Xperia Smartphone

Sony Corp on Monday announced a new high-end Xperia smartphone featuring an aluminium frame and a 5.2-inch screen, showing it is still in the phone race even as it scales down its struggling mobile operations. The launch of the new flagship model comes amid a painful restructuring at the Japanese consumer electronics giant which has thrown the future of its smartphone division into doubt, with top executives saying an exit cannot be ruled out. But as the company focuses on cutting costs rather than... 

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Apple Pay Headed To Canada

April 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Apple Pay Headed To Canada

Apple Inc is gearing up to launch its electronic payments service in Canada in November, the first international expansion of Apple Pay, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter. The iPhone maker is in talks with Canada’s six biggest banks, Royal Bank of Canada, Toronto-Dominion Bank , Bank of Nova Scotia, Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and National Bank of Canada, the people told the Journal. The banks are open to an agreement, but are... 

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Microsoft Unveils Office Touch Apps For Windows Phones

April 20, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Microsoft Unveils Office Touch Apps For Windows Phones

Microsoft Corp has finally rolled out a long-awaited suite of touch-friendly Office apps that allow Windows phone users to work on Word, PowerPoint and Excel documents on their phones with touch commands and to transfer them easily between devices. Test versions of what Microsoft is calling its Office Universal apps are available to download immediately and full versions will be available by the end of the month, Microsoft said. Many Office users have waited months for Microsoft to introduce... 

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Huawei Unveils P8 And P8 Max Smartphones

April 17, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Huawei Unveils P8 And P8 Max Smartphones

China’s Huawei unveiled its flagship P8 and P8 Max mobile phones, devices that stack up against the latest models from Samsung and Apple in technical specifications if not marketing budget. The P8, which runs Google’s Android operating system, has a 5.2 inch display screen — slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S6, unveiled last month, and the iPhone 6 — and an eight-core 64-bit processor. Made from a single piece of metal, the phone is thinner than its rivals, with a width... 

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Samsung Has A Team Devoted To Making Screens For Apple Devices

April 16, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Has A Team Devoted To Making Screens For Apple Devices

Samsung Electronics Co has put together a standalone team of about 200 employees to work exclusively on making screens for rival smartphone maker Apple Inc’s products, Bloomberg reported, citing people with direct knowledge of the matter. The team at Samsung Display Co, which provides screens for iPads and MacBooks, helps develop products and is only allowed to share information about Apple’s business within the group, Bloomberg said. The team, formed on April 1, also helps with sales... 

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Sprint Offering In Home Technology Set-up Service

April 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Sprint Offering In Home Technology Set-up Service

Dealing with a highly competitive market, U.S. wireless carrier Sprint is offering to deliver and set up phones, tablets and other connected devices for free at homes, offices and other locations chosen by the customer. The offer is limited to eligible upgrade customers, but starting in September, new customers in selected markets will be able to choose the new Direct 2 You option, when buying online or through call centers. Launching in the Kansas City metropolitan area on Monday, the program will... 

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Letv Plans To Bring Mobile Phones, Streaming TV To US

April 15, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Letv Plans To Bring Mobile Phones, Streaming TV To US

Chinese company Letv plans to offer its smartphones and smart TVs to the United States later this year and to launch a video streaming service for Chinese-speaking Americans, according to statements made by the company on Tuesday. Letv said it set up a U.S. headquarters in Redwood City, California, part of the Silicon Valley tech hub, and has opened an office in Los Angeles. The company plans to hire hundreds of staff for the two locations in the coming months, JD Howard, vice president and general... 

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Activist Investors Calls For Breakup of Qualcomm

April 14, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Activist Investors Calls For Breakup of Qualcomm

Activist investor Jana Partners is urging Qualcomm Inc to consider spinning off its chip unit from its patent-licensing business to boost the chipmaker’s sagging stock price, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing a quarterly letter that will be sent to Jana investors on Monday. Jana, one of Qualcomm’s largest shareholders, is also calling on the company to cut costs, accelerate stock buybacks and make changes to its executive pay structure, financial reporting and board of directors,... 

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Nokia Maybe Looking To Exit The Map Business Next

April 13, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Nokia Maybe Looking To Exit The Map Business Next

Nokia is mulling over the idea of selling its maps business known as HERE, a source familiar with the matter said late last week, pushing up shares in the Finnish company as well as its network gear rival Alcatel-Lucent. After the exit from handsets, analysts have seen little synergies between the map unit and Nokia’s mainstay network gear business. Nokia has hired a financial adviser to explore a sale of the unit, the source added. Bloomberg first reported news of the sale on Friday. A Nokia spokeswoman... 

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Samsung Expecting Record Sales Of Galaxy S6, Edge Phones

April 10, 2015 by mphillips   | Category: Mobile
Samsung Expecting Record Sales Of Galaxy S6, Edge Phones

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd is predicting record shipments for its new Galaxy S6 smartphones and said it will face challenges to meet demand for the curved-edged version due to production constraints, adding to hopes for a turnaround in mobile sales. The S6 models are widely expected to sell briskly following a string of positive reviews, boosting prospects for an earnings recovery in 2015. This week, the company estimated its January-March operating profit to be its highest in three quarters, which... 

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