Samsung Electronics's third-quarter earnings and sales both grew, but the company is anticipating weaker results for the fourth quarter.
For the quarter ended September 30, the Korean electronics firm took in a profit of 4.46 trillion won ($3.97 billion), a gain of 17 percent from the 3.81 trillion won earned in the year-ago quarter. Revenue grew by 12 percent to reach 40.23 trillion won, topping the previous quarterly sales record of 39.25 trillion won from 2009's fourth quarter.
The company attributed its solid results to a strong showing from its semiconductor unit, which … Read more
It sells just a single smartphone, but Apple is now the world's fourth largest mobile phone supplier, according to the "Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker" report released yesterday by IDC.
Thanks to record shipments of the iPhone 4, which arrived on the U.S. market at the start of the summer, Apple shot past several other mobile phone vendors, landing in fourth place ahead of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion. For the third quarter, Apple shipped 14.1 million phones, 1.7 million more than RIM and 3.7 million more than Sony Ericsson, which fell out of the top five list for the first time since 2004. This was also the quarter in which the iPhone 4 reached 17 additional countries to establish its beachhead worldwide. With heavy demand for smartphones, Apple also joined RIM as the second smartphone-only vendor among the top five.… Read more
Out of all of Google's acquisitions, the company's acquisition of the maker of the Android mobile operating system was its "best deal ever," a company executive said at an industry conference yesterday.
Speaking at the Stanford Accel Symposium yesterday, David Lawee, Google vice president of corporate development, reportedly praised the 2005 buy of Android for an undisclosed sum. His comments were first reported by VentureBeat.
It's hard to argue with Lawee's contention. Five years after the acquisition, Android is appealing to customers around the world. During the second quarter alone, the mobile operating system … Read more
It's time to start a TV revolution: over-the-air and over-the-top. Join us, won't you? And maybe someone can build the blog for us? In other news, Apple may be trying for a home run where Google struck out, with carrier-independent phone sales. And watch Oompa Loompas build the next Mars lander, live! --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
If you feel safer online using your PC instead of your mobile phone, you are not alone.
A majority 87 percent of people polled for a new study think their home PCs offer better defense against viruses, malware, and hackers than do their mobile phones. Released today by the National Cyber Security Alliance and Symantec, the study (PDF) also discovered that people may be overconfident in the power of their computers to protect them as less than half are using full security software.
Though only 24 percent of those polled said they feel very safe using their home computers to … Read more
Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:
Google gets out of its FTC investigation with only a slap on the wrist
Google launches Google Place Search for local business listings
T-Mobile will be the first to sell the Samsung Galaxy Tab on November 10
Sony may be making a PlayStation Phone
Outlook for Mac came out this week
FanSwarm will launch on Facebook this weekend as a way to play celebrity fantasy leagues
It's been almost a month since T-Mobile first introduced the latest member of the MyTouch family, and now we finally have a launch date, pricing, and a new name.
The T-Mobile MyTouch 4G (previously known simply as the T-Mobile MyTouch) will be available starting November 3 for $199.99 with a two-year contract and after a $50 mail-in rebate. The Android 2.2 device is the carrier's second smartphone to offer HSPA+ support and will also offer Wi-Fi calling.
The MyTouch 4G also has a 1GHz processor, a 5-megapixel camera and a front-facing VGA camera for video chat, … Read more
The New Nook Color makes its debut: is it half a loaf or a half-bottle of wine? It's a tortured set of analogies, but we hope you'll get the point. Plus, big news about the show's host lineup (welcome Brian Tong!), Spotify is in the news but still not in the U.S., and the white iPhone 4 officially reaches "annoying tech unicorn" status. Oh, and "Avatar" will never die. Ever. --MollySubscribe: iTunes (MP3) | iTunes (320x180) | iTunes (640x360) | RSS (MP3) | RSS (320x180) | RSS (640x360)… Read more
Owners of Android phones can now enjoy the same turn-by-turn navigation experience iPhone users have had for a long time, as Navigon announced today the release of its MobileNavigator for the Android platform.
The iPhone version of the app is arguably the most comprehensive of the navigation apps for smartphones. The company says this is also the first on-board navigation app that brings premium navigation to the growing Android user base.
MobileNavigator for Android includes the Traffic Live feature without an additional cost. On the iPhone platform this feature costs an additional $20. The app also includes a industry-first feature, called Reality Scanner, that identifies points of interest (POIs) by showing them in a live camera view.
In a nutshell, Reality Scanner utilizes the phone's built-in camera, positioning, and compass components together with Navigon's POI database to project POI icons directly on the camera's image. Users can point the device and instantly identify POIs in or around a location.
Like the iPhone version, MobileNavigator for Android includes preloaded Navteq maps and therefore is able to provide navigation when a cell signal is not available. Other features include:… Read more