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Steve Ballmer: Microsoft's Future Is in the Cloud

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Steve Ballmer gave a live webcast today and said that Microsoft is betting its future on the cloud. He illustrated that by saying 70% of Microsoft's 40,000 employees are working on cloud related efforts. By next year, 90% of Microsoft employees will be working on cloud matters. Ballmer spoke at...
Steve Ballmer: Microsoft's Future Is in the Cloud

Tablet or smartphone? It might depend on your age (charts)

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While tablets are shrinking and smartphones are just getting bigger, people are still using them in very different ways. Flurry has some new data to show just how the two devices diverge and how their users compare. And it generally comes down to this: tablets appeal to an older and more gender-balanced...
Tablet or smartphone? It might depend on your age (charts)

Streaming Forward: Where Streaming Content Industry is Headed in 2013 and Beyond

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The streaming content landscape during the past four quarters of 2012 has been eventful, to say the least. Industry activity was fast and furious, and major changes dramatically impacted the service offerings and consumer choices for what content audiences select and how they decide to consume it. Given the changes...
Streaming Forward: Where Streaming Content Industry is Headed in 2013 and Beyond

Openwave, ‘Inventors Of The Mobile Internet’, Sells Software Biz To Focus On Patents

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Mobile messaging, in its traditional sense, is on the decline, and the patent world is hot, hot, hot, and today one company that plays in both areas showed where it sees its stronger ties at the moment. Openwave, which calls itself the “inventor of the mobile internet” for the early...
Openwave, ‘Inventors Of The Mobile Internet’, Sells Software Biz To Focus On Patents

Nokia announces budget-friendly Lumia 620 with Windows Phone 8 for $249 [video]

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Nokia (NOK) announced on Wednesday it’s adding another Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia device to the family in Q1 2013: the Lumia 620. Unlike the flagship Lumia 920 and mid-range Lumia 820, the Lumia 620 can be considered an entry-level device. The Lumia 620 has a 3.8-inch TFT screen with 800 x 480 resolution,...
Nokia announces budget-friendly Lumia 620 with Windows Phone 8 for $249 [video]

IDC: Tablet Sales Grew 78.4% YoY In 2012 - Expected To Pass Desktop Sales In 2013, Portable PCs In 2014

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Strong growth in tablet sales is helping to drive overall growth in the global smart connected device market, according to analyst IDC, as the market reshapes itself with mobility at its core. Posting a new report for full year 2012 and projections through to 2017, the analyst notes that market expansion last year...
IDC: Tablet Sales Grew 78.4% YoY In 2012 - Expected To Pass Desktop Sales In 2013, Portable PCs In 2014

Apple Looks Back At The Best Of iTunes, 2012

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Apple, king of app land, has revealed its best apps, movies, music and more in a special 2012 retrospective. Apple has joined other big names and released its retrospective on 2012. iPhone app of the year was the Action Movie FX from Bad Robot Interactive and game of the...
Apple Looks Back At The Best Of iTunes, 2012
Audience's super-smart audio chips promise far better sound quality for cell phones

Lego teases updated Mindstorms EV3 with new Linux firmware, infrared, and Android compatibility

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Lego revealed this morning that it will launch an updated Mindstorms EV 3 kit later this year that runs new Linux firmware with out-of-the box Android and iOS compatibility. “The entire Mindstorms system is powered by the new EV3 Intelligent Brick. Stronger and faster with more memory and a larger processor,...
Lego teases updated Mindstorms EV3 with new Linux firmware, infrared, and Android compatibility

Nokia Doubles Down On The Lumia Phone After Announcing Mass Layoffs

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Can the Lumia phone save Nokia? The company announced plans Thursday to sell off its Vertu luxury handset business and slash 10,000 jobs by the end of next year, or about one fifth of its global workforce, in an effort to get costs in line. Yet, amid all of that,...
Nokia Doubles Down On The Lumia Phone After Announcing Mass Layoffs

Wordy wristwatch isn't 'smart,' but it sure looks sweet

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The Qlocktwo W quite literally spells out the time for you, without hands or numerals. It may not offer up texts or tweets, but its single-mindedness is impressive in this age of smart devices and "iPocketwatches." [Read more]...
Wordy wristwatch isn't 'smart,' but it sure looks sweet

IDC: By 2016, Android Devices To Outnumber Traditional Windows PCs

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Nearly 1 billion “smart devices” were shipped in 2011, analysts at IDC are reporting this morning, to the tune of over $489 billion in revenue. It’s an odd category, which IDC defines as “connected” smartphones, tablets, and even PCs. Looking ahead, the firm expects shipments of these devices to grow...
IDC: By 2016, Android Devices To Outnumber Traditional Windows PCs

Texas Instruments brings sci-fi tech to life with DLP (hands-on video)

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We've come across a number of DLP-based pico projectors over the years and while these products are getting smaller, brighter and higher resolution, it's the integration with other devices that's really captured our imagination. Samsung's Galaxy Beam, which we reviewed last year, merges a 15-lumen nHD (640x360) DLP-based pico...
Texas Instruments brings sci-fi tech to life with DLP (hands-on video)
Agawi's cloud-gaming service headed to Android-powered smart TVs

No strategy shift ahead for ARM, incoming CEO says

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Simon Segars, who will take over from Warren East as chief executive this summer, tells CNET the company will continue to focus on growing in the phone market, as well as expanding in new areas such as servers, networking, and other smart devices. [Read more]...
No strategy shift ahead for ARM, incoming CEO says

iOS and Android device adoption rate said to be fastest in history

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According to analytics firm Flurry, the adoption rate of iOS and Android devices has now surpassed all other consumer technologies in history. Smartphones and tablets are being adopted at a rate 10 times faster than PCs from the 1980s, two times faster than the Internet in the 1990s, and...
iOS and Android device adoption rate said to be fastest in history

New EU deal to let consumers choose new mobile roaming contracts for their travels, keep their number

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A new deal between the European Parliament, European Council and the European Commission could change the way mobile phone owners use their devices when travelling across the continent. Under new rules, travellers will be able to select a separate roaming contract from an overseas operator before they travel and keep...
New EU deal to let consumers choose new mobile roaming contracts for their travels, keep their number
Q&A: Ray Ozzie on startups, Microsoft, and what he’s dreaming up next

Why America Will Be The Next Consumer Electronics Powerhouse (GOOG, AAPL, MSFT)

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We were speaking to a prominent venture capitalist the other day (he asked not to be quoted), and picking his brain on the trends to watch for the coming year. One that surprised us: this investor is absolutely convinced that the consumer electronics industry is going to swing back...
Why America Will Be The Next Consumer Electronics Powerhouse (GOOG, AAPL, MSFT)
Nokia corners Carl Zeiss to make lenses for high-end smartphone cameras

Nokia Responds To Consumer Criticism About Lumia 900 Without Windows Phone 8

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Nokia's slick Lumia 900 smartphone has received rave reviews from critics and designers alike. And with a massive multi-million-dollar marketing push from AT&T, the Lumia series is arguably Microsoft's best bet for pushing its Windows Phone operating system up against iPhones and Androids. There's just one problem. As was revealed...
Nokia Responds To Consumer Criticism About Lumia 900 Without Windows Phone 8
Samsung buys streaming startup mSpot to take on iCloud and Google Play

Nokia lowers Q1 2012 outlook despite ‘early momentum with Lumia’

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Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia this morning announced that it has lowered its first-quarter 2012 outlook for the key Devices & Services unit. Press release is below, we’re digging through it and updating this post. Difficult financial performance reflects company in transition Positive early momentum in Lumia smartphone strategy Nokia...
Nokia lowers Q1 2012 outlook despite ‘early momentum with Lumia’

Mobile app news roundup: iPhone 5 coming to China, Windows 8 phone releases, DeNA and Yahoo! expand alliance

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Applits.com partners with Buzztouch — Applits.com announced that users who submit their app ideas to its monthly contest and receive the most interest from the community will now be able to use Buzztouch’s hosted software to create and manage their app. DeNA and Yahoo! expand their business alliance —...
Mobile app news roundup: iPhone 5 coming to China, Windows 8 phone releases, DeNA and Yahoo! expand alliance
Wikipedia's focus on mobile spikes growth in Kenya, Malaysia, Niger
Apple-Samsung patent suit may not be as secret as they'd like
YogiPlay unveils learning app service for children

After dancing briefly with profit, Nokia sees $196M loss, 5.6M Lumias sold

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July 9-10, 2013 San Francisco, CA Early Bird Tickets on Sale Nokia’s brief flirtation with profit last quarter (following six quarters of losses) was bound to end — we just didn’t think it would be this soon. The Finnish company posted an operating loss of €150 million (PDF), or...
After dancing briefly with profit, Nokia sees $196M loss, 5.6M Lumias sold

Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 gaming headset pushes the EQ side, adds virtual 7.1 sound

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Mad Catz launched the F.R.E.Q. 5 gaming headset just over a year ago, and it's already skipping two model numbers ahead to the F.R.E.Q. 7. What justifies the out-of-order sequencing? The Dolby Pro Logic IIx processing, mostly. The pseudo-surround effect widens stereo and 5.1-channel signals to 7.1 channels for...
Mad Catz F.R.E.Q. 7 gaming headset pushes the EQ side, adds virtual 7.1 sound

Flurry: China Is Fastest Growing Market For iOS & Android Devices, Chile Comes In 2nd

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It’s no secret that mobile analytics firm Flurry gets a kick out of tracking apps and mobile device adoption trends, and today it released some new data on iOS and Android device adoption around the globe. The United States still leads in the number of active iOS and Android devices...
Flurry: China Is Fastest Growing Market For iOS & Android Devices, Chile Comes In 2nd
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