HTC One M8 Sales

HTC One (M8) shipments seen reaching 3-5 million in Q2

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HTC One (M8) shipments seen reaching 3-5 million in Q2

Shipments of HTC’s new flagship One (M8) smartphone are expected to fall between 3 million and 5 million units in the second quarter this year. The phone launched in late March, so Q2 will represent the handset’s first full quarter of sales. More →

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BlackBerry NantHealth Startup Investment

Does BlackBerry finally know what it’s doing again?

By about 3 hours ago.

Does BlackBerry finally know what it’s doing again?

It’s way too early to declare BlackBerry on the comeback trail, but Wired nonetheless finds a lot to like in the company’s recent investment in health tech startup NantHealth, a move that the publication calls BlackBerry’s “first good idea in years.” Why is this particular investment such a good idea? As Wired explains, it’s a sign that BlackBerry has really and truly thrown in the towel trying to compete with Apple and Google and is instead focussing on niche markets where its core strengths are actually valued. More →

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Google X Labs Projects

An inside look at the top-secret lab where Google makes its craziest products

By on April 15, 2014 at 12:20 PM.

An inside look at the top-secret lab where Google makes its craziest products

Google Glass. Self-driving cars. Weather balloons that deliver Internet connectivity. These are just some of the wild and crazy projects that have come out of Google X over the past five years. For those who don’t know, Google X is Google’s top-secret lab where teams of engineers are tasked with thinking way, way, way outside the box for solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems. Not coincidentally, many of these projects also have the potential to boost Google’s bottom line but there’s certainly no guarantee they’ll do so. In fact, as a new profile of Google X in FastCompany makes clear, there’s a very good chance they’ll crash and burn. More →

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Microsoft Scroogled Campaign Ends

It seems that Microsoft’s ‘Scroogled’ campaign has finally died

By on April 14, 2014 at 11:00 PM.

It seems that Microsoft’s ‘Scroogled’ campaign has finally died

Scroogled, we hardly knew ye. Or actually, it seems that we knew ye pretty well and just didn’t like ye. ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reads the tea leaves surrounding recent Microsoft statements on its little-loved “Scroogled” campaign and concludes that the company has decided to give it the axe. More →

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Google Acquires Titan Aerospace

Google acquires drone-making startup Titan Aerospace

By on April 14, 2014 at 3:03 PM.

Google acquires drone-making startup Titan Aerospace

Google announced on Monday that it would be acquiring Titan Aerospace, a startup that develops high-altitude, solar-powered drones. Titan Aerospace was previously courted by Facebook for a reported $60 million buyout, but it appears that Google struck first. The Wall Street Journal reports that Google did not divulge the price of the acquisition, but the search giant did say that the 20 or so employees of Titan will remain in their New Mexico location. CEO Vern Raburn will also continue to run the company. More →

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Steve Jobs Memorable Quotes

13 of the most memorable things Steve Jobs said

By on April 14, 2014 at 12:14 PM.

13 of the most memorable things Steve Jobs said

Apple’s iconic co-founder and former CEO Steve Jobs was essential to the company’s successes, both in its early days and especially after he was hired back to steer it away from dark waters. The company has been responsible for reshaping various industries, including the computer, music, smartphone and tablet businesses, with Jobs at the helm — and the CEO was always ready to share his opinions on everything having something to do with the company. More →

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Why The Sprint T-Mobile Merger Is Good

A sad reality: Sprint and T-Mobile might be too small to succeed

By on April 11, 2014 at 3:38 PM.

A sad reality: Sprint and T-Mobile might be too small to succeed

Sprint and T-Mobile may constantly trade barbs with one another but there is a case to be made that they’d be better off coming together as one happy Framily. FierceWireless flags a new research note written by analysts at New Street Research claiming that Sprint and T-Mobile simply stand no chance of competing with AT&T and Verizon over the long haul if they don’t merger into a larger carrier that has the spectrum and financial resources to build a first-rate nationwide LTE network.

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Oscars Selfie

Is Samsung’s Oscars selfie worth $1 billion?

By on April 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM.

Is Samsung’s Oscars selfie worth $1 billion?

Hollywood Reporter quotes a stunning claim made by the CEO of Publicis, which handles the international marketing for Samsung. According to Maurice Levy, the famous Oscar selfie snapped by Ellen DeGeneres is worth somewhere between $800 million and $1 billion.

Mr. Levy is riding high right now, with the back-to-back, high-impact selfie stories: “This is something we did for Samsung. It’s us. The two selfies that are so famous — the one with all the actors at the Oscars and the second with President Obama — the two were done by our team.” More →

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Apple Vs Samsung

2014: The year Samsung copied Apple and Apple copied Samsung

2014: The year Samsung copied Apple and Apple copied Samsung

By on April 11, 2014 at 10:00 AM.

An interesting plot twist is playing out in the smartphone industry this year. In a scramble to identify new catalysts as smartphone sales growth continues to slow, Apple and Samsung will both seemingly make huge strategic shifts that aim to broaden the appeal of their high-end handsets.

Apple, rumor has it, will launch two new smartphones in 2014 that both have larger displays. Numerous reports suggest that the company is planning an iPhone 6 with a 4.7-inch screen, as well as an iPhone phablet with an even larger 5.5-inch display.

Samsung, rumor has it, will launch a new premium smartphone that features a high-end metal housing and possibly other premium materials. The device was supposedly pictured for the first time earlier this week, though a shroud blocked its case from view.

In other words, Apple will cave and finally launch a big-screen phone, like Samsung… and Samsung will cave and finally launch a metal phone, like Apple. More →

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Amazon Acquires Comixology

Amazon acquires Comixology, the world’s most popular digital comics platform

By on April 10, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Amazon acquires Comixology, the world’s most popular digital comics platform

Amazon announced on Thursday that it will acquire Comixology, the most popular digital comic platform on the market. Comixology shot up the download charts when it first hit the iPad, bringing comic books from all of the top publishers to screens around the world. In 2011 and 2012, Comixology ranked as one of the ten top grossing apps on the App Store. More →

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Motorola President Rick Osterloh

Meet the man anointed to lead the new Motorola

By on April 9, 2014 at 8:30 PM.

Meet the man anointed to lead the new Motorola

Now that Motorola is no longer a Google company (well, almost, as the Lenovo acquisition is not yet final) and Dennis Woodside, the former Googler named to lead it under Google, is now the COO of Dropbox, Motorola on Wednesday announced its next President and COO will be Rick Osterloh. More →

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Apple iOS Design Jony Ive

Apple’s Ive ousts Greg Christie, designer of the iPhone’s most iconic feature

By on April 9, 2014 at 4:15 PM.

Apple’s Ive ousts Greg Christie, designer of the iPhone’s most iconic feature

Greg Christie, a longtime Apple engineer who spearheaded the design of the iPhone’s slide-to-unlock feature, is apparently leaving Apple after repeated clashes with Apple senior vice president of design Jony Ive. 9to5Mac’s sources say that Christie’s departure as Apple’s human interface vice president means that Ive has now taken complete control over the design of iOS and that this represents a major shakeup to the iOS design team.

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