Research In Motion is prepping a slimmed-down product lineup for this year, as it puts its resources behind its next-generation BlackBerrys coming in the second half, according to an apparently leaked product lineup.
The main debut event will come in the second half of the year, according to the report. RIM has its first BlackBerry 10 smartphone, code-named London, on track for a September launch, according … Read more
Apple's voice-activated, personal assistant, Siri, is a cool app to show off at parties, but is it useful enough for me to upgrade to the iPhone 4S? And how can I make sure that I don't get socked with a surprise $1,000 bill when I return from my winter vacation in the Caribbean Islands?
These are the questions Ask Maggie tackles in this edition.
Should I upgrade to the iPhone 4S for Siri?
Dear Maggie, I've had the iPhone 3G for a couple of years. But recently, I've really gotten tired of the slow download … Read more
It appears Clearwire's got some of its confidence back.
The 4G WiMax service provider has released select preliminary results from its fourth quarter, including revenue that was double that of a year ago--$362 million, compared with the year-ago $181 million. The upswing was primarily driven by growth in its wholesale business.
The figure exceeded analysts' average estimate of $355 million in revenue for the period, according to a survey taken by Thomson Reuters.
Clearwire is likely breathing a sigh of relief after several months of uncertainty over its ability to obtain the needed financing to continue its operations, … Read more
Apple's iPhone 4S appears to be winning a healthy number of customers from rival mobile platforms.
A hefty 36 percent of iPhone 4S buyers said they jumped ship from an Android, BlackBerry, or Palm device, according to a study released yesterday by Consumer Intelligence Research Partners (CIRP).
Specifically, 50 percent of the rival phone jumpers polled by CIRP upgraded from a BlackBerry, 39 percent from an Android phone, and 10 percent from a Palm device. Only 21 percent switched from another type of mobile phone or picked up an iPhone as their first cell phone. A full 43 percent … Read more
Apple suffered another legal setback after a Dutch court sided with Samsung Electronics, ruling that the Galaxy Tab 10.1 does not infringe upon the iPad's design.
A court in The Hague, Netherlands, dismissed an appeal by Apple, its latest attempt to get Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 banned from the country, according to legal blog Foss Patents. A lower court in The Hague had initially dismissed a similar request by Apple in August.
The ruling comes a week before a similar decision is expected in a German court over a ban that was initially placed on the … Read more
Despite strong sales in wireless and its Fios broadband products, Verizon Communications posted a quarterly loss, which it attributed to noncash pension charges and high costs associated with selling the Apple iPhone.
The company today reported a fourth-quarter loss of $2.02 billion, or 71 cents per share, compared with a profit of $2.64 billion, or 93 cents a share, during the same quarter last year. Excluding a noncash pension-related charge, it earned 52 cents per share. Analysts had expected the company to earn 53 cents per share.
Still, revenue was strong: Verizon brought in $28.4 billion in … Read more
Prepare to see another giant leap in smartphone picture-taking quality this year.
Sony announced today three new back-illuminated stacked CMOS image sensors optimized for bright and low-light conditions. The new compact sensors are faster, consume less power than previous versions, and will be available in 8- to 13- megapixel flavors. Most notably, the sensors feature new "RGBW Coding" and "High Dynamic Range (HDR) Movie" abilities baked directly onto the hardware. The iPhone 4S features a Sony 8-megapixel sensor, and it's possible that this may be a preview of the camera sensor inside the iPhone 5.
You might recognize the RGB acronym, as it stands for red-green-blue; the new sensor adds white pixels to the mix that pumps up the sensor's light sensitivity. It is possible that a future smartphone with this sensor will have little problem shooting pictures in dark rooms (or at night), as evidenced in the example picture above. Another benefit to the RGBW coding is that no changes to signal processing are required to support this updated technology, making it easy to implement. Surprisingly, Kodak has been shopping around something like this technology since at least 2007. … Read more
Research In Motion's new CEO, Thorsten Heins, has his work cut out for him, and time is of the essence in this fast-paced market.
The company's stock price has plunged more than 75 percent in the past year as investors have lost confidence in the company. And competitors Apple and Google are dominating a market that RIM once owned.
RIM hasn't had a hit product in years. Its Playbook tablet, introduced in 2011, was a failure. Its more recent BlackBerry handsets were late to market. And now it says it won't have next-generation devices, sporting the … Read more