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Phonebloks Modular Smartphone

Video: Phonebloks is a modular smartphone that’s always cutting-edge

September 11th, 2013

As exciting as new phone announcements are, there are those who are understandably exhausted with the never-ending updates that make their phones obsolete each and every year. Dave Hakkens’ Phonebloks concept might be the perfect solution. Phonebloks will allow you to update your phone’s hardware one blok at a time in order to cut down on …

SIM Card Hack

Major SIM card security flaw puts hundreds of millions of devices at risk

July 22nd, 2013

A security researcher in Germany claims to have discovered an encryption flaw in SIM cards that allow a user’s cell phone to be hacked in mere minutes, The New York Times reported. Mobile security expert Karsten Nohl noted that an encryption hole allows unauthorized users to obtain a SIM card’s digital key by sending a …

Smartphone ASP Drop Analysis

Dropping smartphone prices could lead to ‘industrywide carnage’

July 22nd, 2013

Smartphones are starting to look an awful lot like PCs these days. Bloomberg reports that as smartphone shipment volumes have skyrocketed in recent years, their average selling price has started to plunge, similar to how personal computer prices began dropping in the late 1990s. Specifically, Bloomberg reports on new data from IDC showing that smartphone …

Smartphone Market Sales Analysis

Gather, darkness: The smartphone market’s witching hour is near

July 18th, 2013

So Nokia missed its smartphone volume expectation by about 10%. BlackBerry missed its BlackBerry 10 volume consensus by about 15%. And HTC missed its earnings consensus by about 35% (HTC updates its revenue numbers every month, so it never misses quarterly sales numbers by much). The autumn outlook is gruesome for these second-tier vendors for many, many …

Smartphone Upgrade Frequency Slows

The thrill is gone for smartphone buyers

July 17th, 2013

Given that everyone from Apple to Samsung to BlackBerry has posted disappointing sales for their flagship devices over the past year, it shouldn’t be surprising that smartphone buyers as a whole aren’t feeling the same excitement about new devices that they were just a few years ago. The Wall Street Journal reports that new research …

Wearable Computing Impact Analysis

Wearable computers predicted to kill smartphones

June 27th, 2013

Since we’re still witnessing the slow death of the traditional PC, it may seem a little premature to already start talking about the deaths of smartphones and tablets. But Frog Design’s chief creative officer Mark Rolston, writing at Technology Review, thinks that it’s only a matter before we start talking about the end of today’s mobile …

Smartphone Tablet Shipments 2013

Smartphone and tablet shipments to surpass 2 billion in 2013

June 25th, 2013

Shipments of smartphones and tablets are continuing to grow at unprecedented rates. Research firm Gartner estimates that channel sales of smartphones and tablets will surpass 2 billion units in 2013. Tablet shipments are forecasted to grow 67.9% to 202 million units, while smartphone shipments are expected to increase 4.3% to more than 1.8 billion units. …

Smartphone Tablet PC Shipments

Smartphone, tablet and PC shipments to surpass 1.7 billion in 2014

June 11th, 2013

Emerging markets are expected to greatly contribute to the continued growth of smartphones, tablets and PCs over the next few years. Research firm IDC projects shipments of “smart connect devices” will grow to 1.7 billion units in 2014, roughly 1 billion of which will be shipped to emerging markets. China, India, Brazil, and Russia are …