When I told friends that I was interviewing in-demand drummer Matt Sorum, I kept getting the same response: "Find out what he's actually like." The stick master is best known for keeping the beat for the Cult, Guns N' Roses, and Velvet Revolver, but he shows his softer side on his second solo album, "Stratosphere," out February 25 under the moniker Matt Sorum's Fierce Joy. The follow-up to 2004's "Hollywood Zen" is a highly personal, orchestrated acoustic album. Sorum writes about the important things in life, like family and environmental and … Read more
What were the top three most used phones in 2013? The iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5, and the iPhone 4, according to an Actix study that tracked communications between mobile devices and carriers' mobile networks.
But Samsung is the clear rival: its Galaxy S3, S2, and S4 claimed the fourth, fifth, and sixth places, respectively, according to figures that Actix, which sells software to track such usage, shared with CNET. Samsung also had a significant presence in the rankings with a handful of lower-end models such as the Galaxy S3 Mini and Galaxy Ace.
The ranking is based on the … Read more
Staples customers hunting for a new iPad Air or Mini can now find one on actual store shelves.
Calling your local Staples outlet now greets you with a recorded message telling you that you can buy a new iPad either online or in stores. Previously, the devices were available through Staples just online.
The lineup includes the iPad Air starting at $499 and the Retina iPad Mini starting at $399. Staples customers also can score as much as $300 by trading in an older iPad and earn 5 percent back in rewards credits.
Will you actually find the new iPads … Read more
Looking for an iPhone case that offers power and capacity at the same time? Mophie has a new case that can perform that trick.
Shipping in March, Mophie's Space Pack includes its own 1700mAh battery that can pour more juice into your iPhone when its own power gets low. Mophie promises that its battery will offer 8 hours of talk time, 10 hours of video, and 40 hours of music. An included Micro-USB cable charges and syncs your iPhone and the Space Pack at the same time.
The Space Pack also lends a hand if you're low on … Read more
Two of China's mobile carriers have cut the cost of iPhone contracts as the country's largest carrier adds the phone to its lineup.
Following years of negotiations, Apple and China Mobile finally announced an agreement last month to sell the two new iPhones starting January 17. With a subscriber base of 760 million subscribers, China Mobile is, by far, the nation's biggest mobile carrier.
So it's no coincidence that rivals China Telecom and China Unicom are taking steps to retain their grip on the market.
China Telecom, the country's third-largest carrier and a longtime iPhone seller, is apparently firing an early shot over China Mobile's bow.
China Telecom has slashed the iPhone's price by about 15 percent, according to Bloomberg on Tuesday, which obtained promotional materials in Beijing.
Through price reductions and gift packages, China Telecom is cutting 800 yuan ($132) off the price of the 16GB version of Apple's iPhone 5S, reported Bloomberg. Half of the reduction comes by way of a free iPhone case and external battery pack, and the other half is a cut to plan costs, according … Read more
The top iOS and Android apps are about on par in terms of customer satisfaction, says Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.
Surveying user reviews and comments about the top 200 free and paid iOS and Android apps, Munster found a virtual tie between the two environments, though Android had a slight edge. The 112 apps common to both platforms scored an average rating of 4.28 among Android users and 4.16 among iOS users.
Munster found significantly more reviews for paid apps on iOS -- 6.1 million versus 3.4 million for Android. But Google's mobile OS … Read more
Apple took home more than $10 billion last year from mobile app sales.
Announcing the news on Tuesday, Apple said that more than $1 billion was generated in December alone. During that time, customers downloaded almost 3 billion apps, making December Apple's most lucrative month since the App Store opened for business.
Developers also have shared in Apple's fortunes, earning a collective $15 billion to date from App Store sales, the company added.
"We'd like to thank our customers for making 2013 the best year ever for the App Store," Eddy Cue, Apple's senior … Read more
Android devices will wend their way to more than 1 billion people in 2014, research firm Gartner predicted on Tuesday.
The 1.1 billion shipments would render Android far and away the leader among all PC, tablet, and mobile phone operating systems. Windows was tagged for second place with 359 million shipments, followed by Apple's iOS and Mac OS with 344 million shipments forecasted this year.
Android is also on its way to 2 billion total installed devices, according to Gartner, thanks in part to its more budget-friendly choices versus the pricier options Apple offers.
"There is no … Read more
Apple's smartphone sales have risen following the release of the iPhone 5S and 5C. But its rivals have chipped away at the company's longer-term market share, according to market researcher Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
Looking at the global smartphone market for the three months ending November 2013, Kantar found that Apple's share had dropped in almost all regions compared with the same period in 2012. During that stretch, the iPhone's market share fell by 9.9 percent in the US, by 6.5 percent in the European Union Five, and by 1.5 percent in China.
In … Read more