Nokia (NOK) on Wednesday announced the Lumia 920 during its press event in New York City. The company’s flagship Windows Phone 8 smartphone is equipped with a 4.5-inch “PureMotion HD+” display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera with PureView technology and a Carl Zeiss lens. Nokia revealed that the Lumia 920’s camera shutter stays open longer to produce better pictures in low light. “With the Nokia Lumia 920 we have made it possible to shoot pictures and video at home, outdoors, in a restaurant or even at night, and come out with professional-looking results,” said Jo Harlow, executive vice president of Nokia Smart Devices. The handset also includes 1GB of RAM, NFC, 32 GB of internal storage, a 2,000 mAh battery, 4G LTE connectivity and native support for wireless charging. The Lumia 920 will be available later this year in yellow, red, grey, white and black. Nokia’s press release follows below. More →
HTC (2498) on Tuesday sent out invitations for a press event in New York City on September 19th at 11 AM EST, one week after Apple’s (AAPL) grand iPhone 5 unveiling on September 12th. The Taiwanese manufacturer is expected announce a variety smartphones — which have been code-named the Rio, Accord, and Zenith — based on Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone 8 operating system. Earlier rumors have claimed that the Accord will be equipped with a 4.3-inch 720p HD display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera, while the high-end Zenith is said to feature a large 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 display and a quad-core Snapdragon processor. The Rio and Accord are expected to launch in October, while the Zenith will be released sometime in the fourth quarter according to reports
Apple (AAPL) on Tuesday sent out invitations for a press conference scheduled to take place on September 12th at 1:00 p.m. EDT, 10:00 a.m. PDT. The invitation doesn’t reveal the nature of the event, but it doesn’t have to — it’s all about Apple’s next iPhone, which is expected to be in line with the flood of recent leaks: It will be a little taller, a little thinner, and a little stronger than Apple’s current iPhone. Apple’s new iPhone is expected to go on sale on September 21st, and preorder availability could begin as soon as September 12th, the same day the phone is announced. Be sure to check back on September 12th for all the news as it breaks.
Sony (SNE) today added three new smartphones to its Xperia lineup along with its first-ever Xperia tablet. The company unveiled the Sony Xperia T, the Xperia V and the Xperia J smartphones and the Xperia Tablet S during a press event at the IFA trade show in Germany on Wednesday, showing off a broad range of devices that Sony hopes will challenge Samsung’s (005930) hugely successful Galaxy line.
Amazon (AMZN) on Thursday sent invitations to the media for a press conference on September 6th in Santa Monica, California. While the topic of discussion was not revealed in the company’s invitations, it is widely believed that Amazon will finally unveil its next-generation Kindle Fire tablets. BGR exclusively reported in June that Amazon was prepping two new tablets, an updated 7-inch slate to replace the current Kindle Fire and a brand new 10-inch tablet that Amazon he been working on for more than a year.
Last October, BGR broke the news that WhatsApp was delivering 1 billion messages each day. This caused quite a stir, as it dovetailed with some mobile operator warnings about declining SMS volumes, most notably by KPN. On Thursday, just 10 months later, WhatsApp confirmed that it is now handling 10 billion messages a day — 4 billion inbound messages and 6 billion outbound. How’s that for a hockey stick? The disparity between incoming messages and outgoing messages highlights the popularity of the group messaging feature, which plays a big role in the app’s success. More →
9to5Mac today got hold of some major details of Apple’s (AAPL) long-rumored iPad mini on Tuesday. The website published that the device will “‘look like a big iPod touch’ with smaller bezels along the sides” and “separate volume buttons rather than a ‘rocker’ and a mic on the back.” 9to5Mac said that its report is backed up by Daring Fireball’s John Gruber, who received similar details about the iPad mini, though hasn’t published about it yet.
Bloomberg is reporting that Research In Motion (RIMM) will indeed be licensing BlackBerry 10. Thorsten Heins told Bloomberg earlier today:
“QNX is already licensed across the automotive sector — we could do that with BB10 if we chose to,” Heins, who has begun to carry a BB10 phone for his own use, said in an interview at Bloomberg’s headquarters in New York. “The platform can be licensed.”
If Research In Motion can find a way to license BlackBerry 10 to a smartphone manufacturer, this would be the first time in the company’s history that an outside company would be able to make a smartphone with a BlackBerry operating system, besides that little experiment with BlackBerry Connect and BlackBerry Application Suite that really didn’t materialize a number of years back.
Bloomberg is reporting that IBM (IBM) is currently weighing considerable interest in Research In Motion’s (RIMM) enterprise services. This could include RIM’s network infrastructure the company uses for BIS and BES delivery, device to device encryption, network compression, and much more.
IBM made an informal approach about possibly acquiring the division, which operates a network of secure servers used to support its BlackBerry devices, said one of the people, who asked not to be named because the matter is private.
No party has shown interest in buying all of RIM or the division that makes its phones, and the Canadian company is inclined to wait for the rollout of BlackBerry 10 phones next year before making any decisions on a sale, the person said.
Mobile and network security provider AuthenTec (AUTH) on Friday announced that it has been acquired by Apple (AAPL). Apple has agreed to acquire the company for $8 per share, or approximately $356 million. “AuthenTec is a leading provider of mobile and network security,” the company, which currently provides Android security solutions to Samsung (005930), says on its website. “Our diverse product and technology offering helps protect individuals and organizations through secure networking, content and data protection, access control and strong fingerprint security on PCs and mobile devices.” Apple has not yet confirmed the acquisition, but it will seemingly look to bolster security on its iPhone and iPad as the devices continue to gain ground in the enterprise market. AuthenTec closed at $5.07 on Thursday and pre-market trading on Friday had been halted as of the time of this writing.
The mystery is over: We now know whether or not Facebook is actually making money. In its first-ever earnings report released today, the social networking giant reported a net profit of $0.12 earnings per share on quarterly revenues of $1.18 billion. The earnings report matched Wall Street’s expectations of $0.12 earnings per share and revenues of $1.15 billion. Advertising revenue accounted for $992 million of the company’s total revenues. Facebook’s share price dropped by more than 11% in after-hours trading immediately following the news, dipping below $24.
Google (GOOG) on Thursday lit up its highly-anticipated fiber network in Kansas City, promising to bring residents of the city world-class Internet and television service with projected maximum theoretical speeds of 1Gbps. Google vice president of access services Milo Medin made the announcement in Kansas City and said that the fiber network was necessary to help American consumers and businesses keep with with the acceleration of both computing power and storage needs.
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Apple (AAPL) has announced that Mac users can buy an upgrade to the new OS X Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store on Wednesday for $19.99. Apple has posted a complete how-to guide on its website for anyone with an eligible computer who wants to upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion.
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