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4 years ago

Firefox for Android gets some under-the-hood improvements, including sync accounts

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Firefox for Android gets some under-the-hood improvements, including sync accounts

Firefox for Android

Firefox for Android

Mozilla today is celebrating a pretty major release of its desktop Firefox browser. Android's not left out of the party, though, seeing a fairly major update of its own.

There are a number of under-the-hood improvements, but probably the biggest is the addition of Firefox Accounts for Firefox Sync. You're also now able to customize the swipeable history section (which also includes your top sites and bookmarks).

4 years ago

Vector 38: Cord cutting

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Vector 38: Cord cutting

 Cord cutting

Vector is Mobile Nations' cross-site, cross-platform analysis show where we talk about the hottest topics in the tech industry. On this week's episode Anthony Casella of Mobile Nations joins Rene to talk about cutting the cable and satellite cord, setting up an antenna, getting free over-the-air digital channels, using a home media center, and the pros and cons of streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, and Aereo.

Subscribe, listen along, and then tell us — are you cutting the cord? Why or why not?

4 years ago

Square launches in-store pickup, offline sales, and inventory tracking

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Square launches in-store pickup, offline sales, and inventory tracking

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Square

Square is a popular card reader suite for iOS and Android, enabling e-commerce customers to drive more custom through their business and simplify transaction operations. iMore previously looked at the register for iPad, transforming the tablet into a fully-capable register with credit card support, but today Square is announcing new features – Pickup, offline mode and inventory tracking.

4 years ago

Microsoft adds new perks to Skype Premium accounts

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Microsoft adds new perks to Skype Premium accounts

Microsoft adds new perks to Skype Premium accounts

Microsoft adds new perks to Skype Premium accounts

Skype has evolved. Microsoft recently announced that group video calling would be available for everyone to use for free. Previously, you were required to have a Premium account. But what about those who were (and still are) subscribed and paying for the luxury? Skype has you covered with a small thank you upgrade package. Put short, you'll be able to call to countries around the world at no extra cost.

4 years ago

Sprint shares Q1 report, still making a loss with network upgrades

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Sprint shares Q1 report, still making a loss with network upgrades

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Sprint

Sprint has released its financial report for Q1 2014, which boasts a record operating income of $420 million, the company's best in over seven years. That's where the good news comes to an end as the company's report also highlights a loss of $151 million in the quarter alone, but compared to Q1 2013 this is at least a substantial improvement. The carrier is still experiencing issues with 4G LTE upgrades, more affordable plans launched and customers switching providers.

4 years ago

Motorola found in breach of EU competition law, but escapes fine

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Motorola found in breach of EU competition law, but escapes fine

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Motorola, Apple

The European Commission has found Motorola Mobility guilty of breaching EU competition law over its use of standards-essential patents (SEPs), according to reports. PC World and Reuters are reporting that the Google-owned smartphone maker was found to have broken the law by bringing injunctions against Apple in Germany over SEPs it had agreed to license.

4 years ago

Sprint continues with LTE rollout, launches enhanced 4G speeds in 6 new cities

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Sprint continues with LTE rollout, launches enhanced 4G speeds in 6 new cities

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Sprint

Sprint has today announced that its new 4G LTE network is available in 41 more cities, now covering more than 225 million people in total. Sprint Spark, the carrier's enhanced LTE service delivering peak wireless speeds of up to 60Mbps, has launched in 6 new cities and is expected to reach 100 million customers by the end of 2014. The exciting part about Sprint's enhanced LTE is the company boasts that speeds of up to three times as fast can be achieved in the future.

4 years ago

Sony's next 'Compact' could launch as Xperia A2 in Japan

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Sony's next 'Compact' could launch as Xperia A2 in Japan

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Xperia A2

Around a month ago we got the first hint of an updated Sony "Compact" smartphone heading to the Japanese market, as a handset codenamed "Atlair" passed through the FCC. And now we're seeing more on the physical form of the handset, which might launch on local carrier Docomo as the "Sony Xperia A2." Japanese blog ATRPG has published images from a Japanese brochure showing the Xperia A2 name alongside a device that looks very similar to the existing Xperia Z1 Compact.

4 years ago

LG G3 name confirmed as LG targets Q2 release for new flagship

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LG G3 name confirmed as LG targets Q2 release for new flagship

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LG

Tucked away in today's LG Q1 2014 financial results is confirmation of the branding for its upcoming flagship phone, the G3, along with hints of a launch before the end of June. From today's press release —

4 years ago

LG ships 12.3 million smartphones in Q1 2014

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LG ships 12.3 million smartphones in Q1 2014

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LG

Korean electronics firm LG has announced its first-quarter financial results, revealing that it shipped 12.3 million smartphones in the first three months of 2014, a 19 percent increase year-on-year. That figure includes 5 million LTE phones, the most the company has shipped in a single quarter, up 79 percent from the same quarter in 2013. Revenues from LG's mobile business reached 3.41 trillion Korean won ($3.19 billion), up 6 percent year-on-year. Higher revenues are expected in the second quarter with the launch of the LG G3 and L III series.

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom camera is official

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom camera is official

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom

Part Galaxy smartphone, with a whole lot of camera (and 10x optical zoom!) added on

Samsung Electronics UK today has announced the Galaxy K Zoom, a new "Camera-Specialized Smartphone" that sports a 20-megapixel sensor on a 4.8-inch smartphone body.

This is an Android-based system, running Android 4.4 KitKat. Samsung's got a suite of custom software on board as well, including a "lite" version of its excellent S-Health app, and the new Ultra Power Saving Mode. It's powered by a hexacore system, with a quad-core processor running at 1.3 GHz alongside a dual-core processor at 1.7 GHz. It's got 2 gigabytes of RAM, 8GB of onboard storage (actual useable space will be less), and can take a microSD card for external storage. The Galaxy K Zoom has a 2,430 mAh battery.

[Read this: Complete Galaxy K Zoom specs]

The camera is a 20.7MP backside illuminated CMOS sensor. It's got a 10x optical zoom and xenon flash. There's some sort of "Selfie Alarm" (presumably that helps you take selfies and not avoid them), and object tracking for when the subject's not standing still.

And, yes, this is a smartphone, with full 3G and 4G LTE data. For Wifi, you've got 802.11 a/b/g/n.

Pricing and specific availability were not announced.

4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom specs

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Samsung Galaxy K Zoom specs

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom specs

Samsung Galaxy K Zoom specs

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom is part smartphone, part camera — and one hell of an interesting product. It's got a 20.7-megapixel sensor sitting atop a 4.8-inch smartphone running Android 4.4 KitKat. It's got all the connectivity you'd expect in a modern device. And while it departs a bit from your typical smartphone design — mainly because it's got a rather large (by most smartphone standards, anyway) camera on the back, it's still a sexy looking device.

And here we have the complete Galaxy K Zoom specs.

4 years ago

Samsung posts $51.8 billion in revenues, $7.3 billion net profit in Q1 2014

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Samsung posts $51.8 billion in revenues, $7.3 billion net profit in Q1 2014

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Samsung Galaxy S5

Korean manufacturer rightfully expects Galaxy S5 sales to surpass that of the Galaxy S4

Samsung has just released its earnings report for the first quarter of 2014, ending a relatively flat three months with either modest gains or declines for most areas of its business. The company as a whole ended Q1 with $51.8 billion in revenue, up slightly year-over-year, leading to $8.2 billion in operating profit and $7.3 billion in net profit. The mobile side of Samsung's business alone made up $30.29 billion of that revenue and $6.2 billion in operating profit — a huge portion of the company's overall earnings.

Though market demand is naturally lower in Q1 than it is in Q4 each year, Samsung saw mobile operating profits jump 18 percent from the end of 2013. It naturally called out strong sales of the Galaxy S4 and Note 3 as being big sales drivers in the quarter, making way for the Galaxy S5 which didn't actually launch until after the quarter ended. Samsung expectedly says that the Galaxy S5 is set to sell more than its predecessor, the Galaxy S4, over time. Tablet sales remained "solid," with total shipments reaching nearly 13 million in the quarter.

Source: Samsung

4 years ago

Sense 6 update for HTC One (M7) and One Max variants reach 'certification' status on HTC website

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Sense 6 update for HTC One (M7) and One Max variants reach 'certification' status on HTC website

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HTC Sense 6 updates

HTC Sense 6 updates

In the name of transparency, HTC has just updated its software update support page to indicate that several variants of the HTC One (M7) and One Max are one step closer to a Sense 6 software update. Coming up just a week after HTC let everyone know that the Sense 6 update was on its way and in "integration" (that's step 2 of 4), the page has been updated to reflect that nearly every version is now up to the next step, "certification."

Across the U.S. and Canada, every version of the HTC One (M7) is bumped up to certification aside from the T-Mobile version, which is still in "development" (step 1). The One Max from both Sprint and Verizon is in certification, but the One Mini on both Rogers and AT&T is still stuck on integration.

The next step, if you look at HTC's handy chart, will be "push to customer," although that doesn't mean that the updates are necessarily going to hit another week from now. HTC has previously claimed that all One (M7) variants will get the update by the end of May, and it looks like they will hit that goal at this rate.

Source: HTC U.S.; HTC Canada

4 years ago

AT&T to launch in-flight Wifi service with air-to-ground LTE in 2015

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AT&T to launch in-flight Wifi service with air-to-ground LTE in 2015

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AT&T

Airline partners and specific launch plans have yet to be announced

AT&T is set to take on the likes of Gogo in a battle for in-flight Wifi, as the carrier announced its plans to offer a service based on its current LTE network. Starting in late 2015, AT&T will begin to implement a new air-to-ground communication between planes and its existing LTE network to provide in-flight Wifi and entertainment to passengers flying in the U.S. (notably omitting international flights). The service will utilize spectrum that AT&T already owns, and the carrier will be partnering with Honeywell to make sure everything goes according to plan.

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