Sony hopes to tempt potential phone shoppers with the Xperia Z's unique mix of durability, sexy design, and a powerful camera. Now available for preorder at T-Mobile for $99.99 down (and 24 payments of $20 per month) and hitting stores on July 17, it's billed as the company's top mobile device and has a lot to prove. Sadly, the Xperia Z's pokey imaging system and short battery life can't stand up to the likes of the HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4, both sold by T-Mobile for the same up-front price. Those competing gadgets … Read more
BlackBerry Z10 owners on AT&T are about to get a long-awaited bump in the OS software running on their phone.
After erroneously posting an update cycle earlier this summer, BlackBerry announced on Tuesday that AT&T's BlackBerry 10.1 OS software update is ready to go.
AT&T will send the update " >over the air. According to BlackBerry, you can also go the old-fashioned route with a USB cable and the BlackBerry software management app. Updates can take up to 30 minutes with this method, BlackBerry warns, so give yourself plenty of time. … Read more
BlackBerry investors aren't happy about its progress in the U.S., and let it be known during the company's annual shareholder meeting on Tuesday.
The company's executives fielded a number of questions -- and some not-so-veiled criticism -- about the mixed response that the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones have received in the U.S. One investor went as far as calling the U.S. launch a "disaster."
While BlackBerry CEO Thorsten Heins disagreed with that characterization, he acknowledged that the company still had a lot of work to do in the U.S.
"It'… Read more
The continuing popularity of Bluetooth speakers mystifies me. The under $50 ones sound pretty weak, but they have a good excuse: they're cheap! Sadly, the $100 models aren't much better: they sound undernourished next to my $52 Dayton Audio B652 stereo speakers, powered by my $25 Lepai LP-2020A+ stereo amplifier. Before we go any further let's put aside for a second the question of how BT sounds; the biggest problem with BT speakers is that it's just one speaker, and can't fill a room as well as two speakers, spread five or more feet apart. … Read more
Android phones have come under attack from malware masquerading as Jay-Z's Magna Carta Holy Grail, targeting rap fans looking to get the album on their Samsung Galaxy phone.
Spotted by McAfee Mobile Security, the Android Trojan is hidden in a dodgy copy of the app for Jay-Z's latest album, which was released early to selected owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Note 2.
On the surface, the fake app is identical to the real thing. But in the background, the malware sends data to an external server every time the phone restarts, and attempts to … Read more
BlackBerry's "solid ground" just got shakier.
The company on Friday posted a loss in its fiscal first quarter, whereas analysts had projected at profit. Compounding the negativity was the eventual disclosure that it only sold 2.7 million BlackBerry 10 devices in the quarter and saw its subscriber base fall by 4 million to 72 million.
It was a bad day for BlackBerry all around. The surprising and disappointing numbers underscore the continued challenges the company faces as it continues its slow efforts for a recovery. But with losses expected to continue piling up, some are wondering … Read more
BlackBerry sold a humbling 2.7 million BlackBerry 10 devices in its fiscal first quarter.
The company disclosed on a conference call Friday that 40 percent of the 6.8 million total BlackBerrys it sold in the period, which ended June 1, ran on its much-ballyhooed next-generation platform.
That's a number that most on Wall Street regarded as disappointing. Sanford Bernstein analyst Pierre Ferragu, for instance, had expected sales of 3 million units.
The sales figure likely represents the number of units sold to carriers, or the "ship in" figure. It's unclear what the "sell … Read more
BlackBerry may have shown a bit of progress in sales of its new smartphones, but its loss left many industry watchers surprised and disappointed.
The Waterloo, Ontario, company on Friday posted a loss of $84 million, or 16 cents a share, in its fiscal first quarter, which ended June 1. That was narrower than the loss of $518 million, or 99 cents a share, from a year ago. Excluding one-time items, the company lost $67 million, or 13 cents a share. Revenue rose 9 percent to $3.1 billion.
Analysts, on average, expected BlackBerry to post revenue of $3.36 … Read more
T-Mobile issued invitations today for a media event in New York City on July 10.
Exactly what the carrier has in store for the shindig remains a mystery, but T-Mobile promises that it will deliver its "boldest moves yet." It all begins at 11:30 a.m. PT.
Of course, a flashy new handset (or handsets) is a big possibility, with the Sony Xperia Z as the most likely star. Remember that last week, CNET's Roger Cheng reported that T-Mobile had confirmed that the Xperia Z would go on sale "in the coming weeks."
The … Read more
Verizon Wireless today expanded its rugged smartphone lineup by announcing the Casio G'zOne Commando 4G LTE.
An update to 2011's Casio G'zOne Commando, the Commando 4G LTE has largely the same design as its predecessor. Clad in black with a few red accents, the handset packs rubber sidings for protection, and top and bottom ends that almost come to a point.
More importantly, it meets the expected military standards (under the MIL-STD-810G certification) for shock immersion, dust, vibration, salt fog, humidity, solar radiation, low pressure, and high and low temperature. What's more, the touch screen, which … Read more