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Foxconn owner’s revenue up 26% in February thanks to iPad 2, Kinect

March 16th, 2011

Strong demand in the U.S. means strong revenue in Taiwan, and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., parent company of notorious manufacturer Foxconn, saw revenue continue to climb in February. Hon Hai pulled in NT$152.9 billion (almost $5.2 billion) in the shortest month of the year, Taiwan Economic News reports, up 25.9% over the same …

Motorola’s Wi-Fi XOOM coming to U.S. March 27th, $599

March 16th, 2011

In a press release just moments ago, Motorola Mobility announced the release of the its Wi-Fi only XOOM tablet in the United States. Available beginning March 27th for $599, the 32GB device will be available at Amazon.com, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, select Sam’s Club locations, Staples and Walmart. The XOOM was the first tablet to …

RIM calls iPhone ‘badly flawed’ ahead of launch

March 15th, 2011

When Apple first launched its iPhone in 2007, the odds were against it. Pundits, bloggers and even competitors found countless faults in the iPhone’s design and in Apple’s strategy. A new report from Reuters notes that one such competitor was BlackBerry maker Research In Motion. The report quotes an anonymous RIM employee as saying RIM thought …

Verizon grabs 12% of U.S. iPhone market in just one month

March 15th, 2011

Mobile analytics company Chitika has been keeping a running tally of just how many iPhones are running on both AT&T and Verizon. Using the data flowing across its ad network, the company has calculated that almost 1 out of every 8 iPhones in the U.S. — 12.4% — are now running on Verizon Wireless’ network. …

Does 4G really matter?

March 15th, 2011

4G. It’s everywhere. It’s on the tech sites you read. It’s on the televisions you watch. It’s plastered in advertisements all over the city streets you walk. It was probably in the sandwich you ate for lunch. Cellular carriers around the world are betting the bank on 4G — be it LTE, WiMAX or the …

Qik announces Qik Video Connect iPhone app, launches today

March 15th, 2011

Have you been a fan of Qik, yet kind of depressed its live streaming iPhone app has fallen by the way side? Qik has just announced that it has a brand new app for the iPhone and iPod touch, and it’s called Qik Video Connect. Qik Video Connect streams live video like you’re used to, …

Enabling iPad 2 multitouch gesture support takes $5, one click [updated]

March 14th, 2011

Apple has been testing multitouch gestures for quite a while, and we reported in January that this will likely lead to Apple ultimately ditching the home button on future iPad and iPhone devices. The feature, which simplifies certain tasks such as app switching, still isn’t available to the general public. But as it turns out, …

Bloomberg: Microsoft to discontinue the Zune

March 14th, 2011

According to Bloomberg’s Dina Bass, Microsoft will discontinue selling its Zune music player sometime this year. Launched in 2006, the Zune was Microsoft’s response to Apple’s iPod music player and offered us our first look at the Metro UI — the user interface now present on Windows Phone devices. According to Bass, the company will refocus …

HTC Flyer tablet production to exceed 1 million units in initial run

March 14th, 2011

Citing industry sources, Taiwan Economic News reports that HTC has high hopes for its debut tablet, the HTC Flyer. Announced at Mobile World Congress last month, the HTC Flyer is an Android 2.4-powered slate with a 7-inch touchscreen display, a 1.5GHz processor, 32GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, a 5-megapixel camera rear camera and a …

Phil Schiller: White iPhone coming ‘this spring’

March 14th, 2011

Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of worldwide marketing, has reaffirmed that his company does plan to release a white iPhone “this spring.” Responding to a user question on Twitter — of all places — the VP stated, “The white iPhone will be available this spring (and it is a beauty!).” Apple is expected to …