Verizon on Tuesday posted second-quarter results that topped Wall Street’s expectations as huge tablet sales offset the continued decline of cell phone contract additions. Verizon posted earnings of $1.01 per share, or $4.34 billion in profit, which is down significantly from the $5.2 billion profit it recorded in the year-ago quarter. Revenue climbed nearly 6% to $31.48 billion, however. The nation’s top carrier only added 304,000 net new cell phone subscribers in the quarter, but 1.15 million new tablet additions certainly helped to bolster the company’s results. Verizon’s full press release follows below. Verizon Delivers Sixth Consecutive Quarter of Double-Digit Operating Income and Earnings Growth 2Q 2014 HIGHLIGHTS Consolidated • $1.01 in earnings per share (EPS), compared with 78 cents per share
HTC is widely expected to make Google’s next Nexus tablet – an 8.9-inch premium device that was already spotted in internal Google code, and which is referred to Nexus 8 or Nexus 9 in various reports – but the company may launch two other tablets of its own, @evleaks has learned. “Besides the T1 Volantis/Flounder/Nexus 9, HTC is developing two other tablets: the T7 and T12,” the leaker wrote, without revealing any details about the T7 and T12. HTC has not launched a new Android tablet in years – the company had two such devices in stores in 2011, including the Flyer (pictured above) and Jetstream that few Android users may remember – but it’s apparently planning a big comeback.
US prosecutors on Monday unsealed indictments against six people suspected of collectively pirating millions of applications tailored for Android-powered mobile devices. Criminal charges were leveled at leading members of "piracy groups" SnappzMarket, Appbucket, and Applanet, according to the US Department of Justice. "Copyright infringement discourages smart people from doing innovative things," US attorney Sally Quillian Yates of the Northern District of Georgia said in a release. "This problem is especially acute when it comes to rapidly developing technologies, like apps for smart phones, and these defendants are now being held accountable for the intellectual property they stole."
A lot of people who now use iPhones and Android phones once used BlackBerry devices many years ago, and now BlackBerry says that its new square BlackBerry Passport is bringing some of them back into the fold. In a new post highlighting consumer response to its newest smartphone, BlackBerry picks up on several comments left on different websites of people who say that they can’t wait to dump their current smartphones for the BlackBerry Passport. “I like it,” wrote one man named Hassam Mirzai. “The phone is small enough to carry in my pocket and large enough to read text comfortably. I currently have a Samsung Note II. When I bought my Note II, it looked weird too. After 2 or
The internet is full of digital art that would look great on your wall. FRM has created FRAMED, a digital canvas for digital artists, which comes in 24- or 40-inch models and works with an iOS or Android app. The HD screens with IPS technology support 16.7 million colors, and according to the company, 180 degree viewing angles.
If you happen to run Android L, or a port based on it, on your device and you’re wondering whether Google will release an update to fix any of the potential issues discovered with the Developer Preview ROM, you should know there’s a slim chance that will happen. German publication Smartdroid.de picked up a Google+ discussion in which Googler Rich Hyndman, who shared more details about Android L in a video published recently on YouTube, revealed that updates aren’t exactly in the picture for Android L. “They’ll be some extras coming, like the 64-bit emulator. But I don’t believe new device images are coming,” Hyndman answered to a question related to Android L Developer Preview updates availability. “[T]he preview release
Apple’s placing a lot of emphasis on iOS security (especially when compared with that “toxic hellstew” Android) and on privacy (again, compared to its rival) but it turns out that iOS might not be as secure or private as Apple has led customers to believe. Security researcher Jonathan Zdziarski has a new paper out called “Identifying Backdoors, Attack Points, and Surveillance Mechanisms in iOS Devices,” in which he reveals Apple’s complex tools inside iOS that would allow Apple to share certain user data at the request of law enforcement without the user knowledge. More importantly, with or without Apple’s help, spying agencies such as NSA and other third parties that are very familiar with how iOS operates can apparently use these vulnerabilities to grab plenty
Apple's iPhone 5s and 5c launch marked some noteworthy firsts for the company. It was the first time Apple offered two new handsets at the same time, and it's also the only time we've seen so many color choices, including gold. More important, the iPhone 5s became the world's first smartphone capable of 64-bit computing.
Motorola is really starting to turn things around now, and its reversal of smartphone fortunes has had absolutely nothing to do with sexy high-end flagship smartphones. Instead, Motorola is attacking the low end with dirt-cheap smartphones that are sleek, stylish and surprisingly capable. It already has several great entry-level and mid-range models available in key regions around the world, and now Motorola’s next big smartphone launch may have just been spoiled by a newly leaked photo. As hinted at by the subtle watermark, Android fan blog Mallando no Android on Monday published a photo of what it claims to be Motorola’s upcoming second-generation Moto G smartphone. The device, which is currently being referred to as the Moto G2, reportedly features the model
TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Limited named Marty Beard as its chief operating officer on Monday, filling a position that had been vacant since November following a management reshuffle. Beard was most recently chief executive officer of LiveOps Inc, a provider of cloud applications for customer service. Prior to that he was an executive of Sybase, an enterprise software maker that was formerly run by current BlackBerry CEO John Chen. BlackBerry said Beard in his new role would be responsible for marketing, application development, quality and customer care, among other things. ...
TOKYO—Thirty five years after its debut, Sony Corp.'s Walkman is enjoying a little comeback. The ZX1, as Sony's gadget is called, is in many ways the antithesis of Apple Inc.'s slender iPod, and the Walkman's own svelte predecessors. Sony says each ZX1 is manually carved from a block of expensive aluminum, which helps reduce noise. "The message for our designers and engineers was: please create a good product without worrying about the cost," said Kenji Nakada, Sony's sound product planner.
US online giant Amazon unveiled a Netflix-style subscription plan for unlimited access to e-books, a move which could shake up the world of publishing. The $9.99 per month Kindle Unlimited program offers access to some 600,000 titles in the Amazon Kindle format. Subscribers will be able to access the books on Amazon's Kindle tablets, as well as other devices with a Kindle app, including iPads and iPhones, Windows devices and Android-powered mobile gadgets. Amazon is using a model made popular by Netflix for films and television programs, but also by services such as Spotify for music.
Amazon officially announced its eBook and audiobook subscription service Kindle Unlimited on Friday after an accidental leak revealed the details of the service less than 24 hours earlier. Subscribers will have access to over 600,000 eBooks and thousands of Audible audiobooks on Kindles as well as iOS, Android and other devices for $9.99 a month. Eligible books will feature the Kindle Unlimited logo and a “Read for Free” button. On top of the thousands of free audiobooks available to subscribers, anyone who signs up for Kindle Unlimited will be given a complimentary three-month membership to Amazon’s Audible service as well, which offers over 150,000 audiobooks to members. “With Kindle Unlimited, you won’t have to think twice before you try a new author or genre—you
Motorola’s Moto X is definitely showing its age at this point, but for people on a budget looking for a capable mid-range smartphone with no service contract, the X is still a terrific option. And for the next five days, it’s an even better option than it normally is. Ahead of the rumored launch of a next-generation model, Motorola has made a coupon available for a limited time that will let customers purchase a brand new off-contract Moto X at a deep discount. How deep? The coupon knocks $100 off the price of the 16GB model, making it $299.99, and it will chop $125 off of the 32GB and 64GB Moto X handsets, giving them final prices of $324.99 and $374.99, respectively. To
Many Android smartphones come with wireless charging ability. HEVO designed a Lightning-compatible microadaptor, which magnetically connects to the iPhone 5s charging port just like the MagSafe connector on a MacBook. Among those devices are the Cabin portable battery case, the Cabin charging dock and the Magadaptor that plugs into the Lightning charging cord also from HEVO.
Batten down the hatches, BlackBerry — Hurricane Xiaomi is barreling toward you. The Wall Street Journal reports that even though red-hot Chinese vendor Xiaomi has had trouble getting its phones approved for sale in Indonesia, the company does expect to get the green light very soon. Hugo Barra, Xiaomi’s vice president for global operations, tells the Journal that if all goes as planned, Xiaomi will start selling its smartphones in Indonesia by the end of August. Why is this such a big deal for BlackBerry? Largely because Indonesia has been BlackBerry’s firewall when it comes to handset sales. It launched its low-cost BlackBerry Z3 handset there and by all accounts it’s apparently been a hit so far. However, BlackBerry has never
Google Maps for Android is getting a new update, Android Police reports, which will bring users some interesting features for their favorite maps applications. Google Maps v8.2 for Android will support conversational voice actions in navigation mode – users will be able to ask things like “how long until destination,” “what’s my next turn” or tell Google to “show traffic,” – although they’ll have to make sure they hit the proper phrasing precisely, in order to actually be able to trigger an appropriate response from Google Maps. Another nifty feature concerns cycling enthusiasts. Bicycles owners will now be able to avoid steep climbs, or choose steeper climbs if that’s what they fancy, as Google Maps will now show elevation details in bicycle
By Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - A U.S. consumer lawsuit accusing Google of monopolizing prime real estate on Android smartphones will help mobile rivals like Microsoft make their antitrust case with European regulators should damaging secrets emerge in court. The suit, filed in California federal court in May by two smartphone consumers, said Google requires handset manufacturers such as Samsung Electronics Co Ltd to restrict competing apps like Microsoft's Bing search on Android phones, partly by making Google's own apps the default. Google argued last week the proposed class action should be dismissed because consumers still are free to use the other apps. If a judge lets the lawsuit proceed, plaintiffs' attorneys would be allowed to delve into internal Google emails and contracts with smartphone companies, and could interview Google executives under oath, said Steve Berman, who represents the consumers.
Asian markets were mostly lower on Friday after a Malaysia Airlines jet came down in battle-wracked Ukraine, sparking geopolitical tensions and sending Wall Street tumbling as the US claimed the aircraft had been shot down. Airline stocks retreated, led by a slump in already under-pressure Malaysia Airlines as the company faced up to its second major disaster in four months following Thursday's tragedy that killed almost 300 people. MH17 was carrying 298 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it crashed in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine's government described the incident as a "terrorist act", while comments attributed to a pro-Russia rebel chief suggested his men may have downed it by mistake, believing it was a Ukrainian army transport plane.
By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's reshuffle of its senior ranks underscores the Internet company’s evolving business ambitions, analysts say. Three years after co-founder Larry Page took the reins back as chief executive officer, his team of lieutenants is clearly undergoing a refresh. On Thursday, Google announced the surprise departure of its veteran business chief Nikesh Arora, who will become Vice Chairman of SoftBank Corp. Arora represents the latest in a string of personnel changes within Google’s top ranks over the past 16 months, affecting major divisions from Youtube to its popular Android mobile software. They included the departed Vic Gundotra, who oversaw the Google+ social network;
Is there any company that so regularly releases great products while also regularly being in the midst of turmoil as HTC? Engadget’s Brad Molen has written a comprehensive timeline of major executive departures at HTC over the past two years and they show how HTC has faced constant turnover at key positions without showing any signs of stabilizing anytime soon. The most recent departures are former chief marketing officer Benjamin Ho and president of engineering and operations Fred Liu. Ho’s departure was entirely predictable since he was the brains behind HTC’s decision to spend $1 billion on an unbelievably terrible ad campaign centered around Robert Downey, Jr. In fact, if HTC hadn’t canned Ho after he blew $1 billion of the company’s
NVIDIA already makes killer smartphone and tablet chips and now it looks like it’s going to soon release a killer tablet of its own as well. @evleaks has just posted a new leaked picture of a device called the NVIDIA Shield Tablet, 2014 that looks like a very slick device that will put a lot of emphasis on mobile gaming. As you can see in the picture below, the device’s display is showing off classic games such as Portal and Half-Life 2, and its store has options to buy both Android games and traditional PC games. In other words, this tablet looks like it’s going to blow away every other tablet out of the water when it comes to CPU
Not everyone with an Android device has been fortunate enough to gain access to the Android L Developer Preview, but some the elements of the update have been making their way back to older versions of Android. One of the most notable apps to make it on to the Google Play store was the Android L keyboard by developer Shen Ye, but it was unceremoniously pulled from the store shortly after its release. It’s been less than two weeks, but Ye has already revived the app on the Amazon Appstore where it should be safe from the prying eyes of Google. If you didn’t grab the keyboard while it was still up on Google Play, you should know that it’s the
By Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc's chief business officer, one of Chief Executive Officer Larry Page's key lieutenants and the company's main liaison to Wall Street, is leaving the Internet search company, the latest high-ranking executive to depart. Nikesh Arora, who joined Google nearly a decade ago, will move to Japan's SoftBank Corp as vice chairman, according to a post by Page on the Google+ social network. Omid Kordestani, who has led sales teams at Google for years, will take over in the interim, marking the latest change to Google's senior leadership in past months. Android operating software boss Andy Rubin stepped aside last year, and Salar Kamangar, head of the YouTube video website, was succeeded in February by longtime Google ad executive Susan Wojcicki.
Google on Thursday reported adjusted earnings of $6.08 per share on revenues of $15.96 billion, which missed the consensus estimate of earnings of $6.24 per share while beating the consensus estimate of revenues of $12.32 billion. The past quarter was a very busy one for the search giant, which unveiled its new Android L platform that features a completely new user interface design, as well as Android Wear, its first attempt at making a platform for wearable computers. Aside from the big EPS and revenue figures, Google also saw its cost-per-click — a key metric used to determine how much money Google can charge for advertisements — decline by 6% year-over-year from Q2 2013. This is actually an improvement from the last quarter when
The new Microsoft layoff wave will axe thousands of employees from Nokia’s old handset unit and will close down the once crucially important Oulu R&D center that used to be the source of global phone innovation, from internal antennas to 3G tech. Many now view the handset industry as an unprofitable sunset business that has little relevance outside Apple and Samsung. What does it matter if Nokia is now a pure infrastructure company or if BlackBerry stops manufacturing handsets? In reality, there are strong reasons to hold onto a loss-making, shrinking, marginal consumer electronics business. That’s because even a sinking platform can be a launchpad for lucrative new businesses while creating a consumer electronics business out of nothing is fiendishly difficult.
The iPhone 6 will reportedly feature a new Sony Exmor camera sensor, G for Games reports after picking up a post on a Chinese forum from a source that has “a great track record when it comes to Sony-related rumors.” According to the poster, the iPhone 6 camera will have an Exmor IMX220 sensor with 13-megapixel resolution, 1/2.3” and 1080p video recording support (3,840 x 1,080 resolution sampling). FROM EARLIER: New report claims to reveal release date for iPhone 6 and ‘iPhone Air’ The same person said the new Exmor sensor will also be used by Sony in the upcoming Xperia Z3 flagship handset, although Sony’s Android smartphone is said to have a 20-megapixel main camera. Since the iPhone 4S, Apple has continually improved
When a connoisseur of liquor wanted to distill the prose and poetry of the Bronte sisters into a bottle, he decided it would have notes of blackberry, sloe, wild honey and jasmine. Sir James Akroyd, who has held senior positions at Speyside Distillers, Buchanan’s whisky and Martini and Rosso, has created Bronte Liqueur in homage of the literary sisters who gave the world classics like “Wuthering Heights,” “Jane Eyre” and “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall.” The bottle piqued his interest all the more given his connection to the Bronte family: In 1928, his great grandfather bought Haworth village parsonage where the Bronte family lived, and where the sisters penned their timeless classics, and gifted it to the Bronte Society.
The Moto 360 smartwatch is not available to buyers yet, unlike other Android Wear devices from LG and Samsung, but that doesn’t mean some people don’t get to use them in the wild already. Such is the case with a Motorola employee in Chicago, who was spotted by a savvy tech enthusiast on two consecutive train rides. “That was me when I saw that it was a Moto 360! I was fangirling as quietly as possible, but he knew instantly,” user Novi_Homines wrote on The Verge forums. “Yes, it’s every bit as gorgeous as it is in the pictures. Forget about it being a good-looking smartwatch, its one of the best looking ‘watches’ period. He had black on black, and
Android smartphone buyers who fell in love with LG’s newly launched G3 but would like something smaller yet similar, should know that an LG G3 S is in the making – or a G3 mini. Phone Arena reports that the LG G3 S user manual has been found online, providing more details about the unreleased phone, including pictures, but also specs and features. The G3 S will not be a flagship device like its bigger brother. The handset will sport a 5-inch display with 1280 x 720 resolution, 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, microSD support, 8-megapixel camera, 2-megapixel front-facing camera, 2,540 mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat on board with LG’s software additions
Blackberry stock fell sharply Wednesday, one day after the announcement of a landmark deal between rivals Apple and IBM to offer custom-tailored apps for businesses. At closing, Blackberry shares were down nearly 12 percent to $9.97, after falling 6.3 percent when the markets opened in New York. Blackberry helped create a culture of mobile users glued to smartphones, but consumers have moved in droves to iPhones and devices using Google's Android software. The deal between Apple and IBM seemed likely to hasten the Waterloo, Ontario-based company's demise.
By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry Ltd's shares took a beating on Wednesday after IBM Corp outlined plans to partner with Apple Inc to sell iPhones and iPads loaded with applications for business users. The Apple-IBM tie up, beginning this fall, is set to target the customer base that BlackBerry needs to woo as part of a turnaround under new Chief Executive Officer John Chen. "It is not a crushing blow at this early stage, but it is a negative for BlackBerry," said IDC analyst John Jackson. "There can be little question that it is unwelcome, if not entirely unexpected news." BlackBerry's stock has been on a tear this year.