Love your new Xperia phone's water-proof design but its software UI not so much? Apparently Sony feels your pain. The company has been at it again, touting the virtues of its Xperia Theme Android skins. First announced as part of Sony's Xperia phone upgrade to Android 4.3, the device maker used its official blog today to drum up buzz around the Xperia Theme engine. … Read more
Sprint's Framily friends and family plan is off to a good start. So says Chief Financial Officer Joe Euteneuer, who spoke at a Deutsche Bank investor conference on Monday.
At a time when the wireless carriers are either slashing prices or pushing for family members to sign up together to save money, Framily is Sprint's most potent weapon to fend off the competitive pressure. The plan is simple: the more people sign up, the bigger the savings. Individuals get separate bills, so people can go beyond their direct family and join together with friends and acquaintances.
Euteneuer said … Read more
Apple on Monday released an update to its iOS 7 mobile operating system -- iOS 7.1 -- that adds new features such as CarPlay and fixes bugs.
With iOS 7.1, Apple also tweaked its Siri voice assistant, iTunes Radio, and its Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The company streamlined the operating system to make it work better with the iPhone 4, made some user interface refinements, and included some stability and accessibility improvements.
The update is available immediately, and the Apple devices will alert users about it over the next week.
iOS 7.1 marks the first major update … Read more
Fast mobile connection speeds, coupled with a strong third wireless carrier, could help improve US competition, not hurt it, SoftBank's CEO plans to argue in Washington this week.
SoftBank CEO and Sprint chairman Masayoshi Son will speak to policymakers on Tuesday and argue that if wireless carriers grow in size and invest in faster, more reliable data service, competition in the US home broadband market would intensify, Bloomberg reported on Monday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of Son's plans.
Son won't specifically lobby for a Sprint-T-Mobile merger, the report claimed, but the subtext of that … Read more
One thing is certain about Apple's next-gen processor. Both Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and Samsung claim they're making it.
On Monday, Samsung laid claim to its participation, according to a report from ZDNet Korea.
Samsung has signed a "foundry" agreement with Apple for A8 production, the report said.
But wait. Last week, we heard that TSMC had the A8 in the bag.
Wait again. Earlier this month, a chip industry specialist told CNET that Samsung was still very involved in making chips for Apple, though he didn't make any specific reference to the A8.
That … Read more
Verizon has dipped its toes in the installment plan option with its Edge program, but the carrier's CFO sees the subsidy model as still the safer option.
In a presentation Monday at a Deutsche Bank conference, Verizon Communications Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo talked about the intricacies of offering customers subsidized phones versus those paid off via an installment plan. Verizon's Edge program does give subscribers the ability to pay off the full price of a mobile device in installments. Launched last July, Edge follows pricing options similar to those found in AT&T's Next and … Read more
You probably already know that BlackBerry is in serious trouble -- a once vast smartphone empire that's now facing ruin. But that doesn't mean BlackBerry hasn't made several serious contributions to the tech world. Hit play to see Adventures in Tech explain what BlackBerry did right.
We have BlackBerry to thank for popularising the notion of taking your online world with you, as part of your mobile phone. It started with decent mobile email, but found mainstream popularity beyond the besuited business world.
When the first iPhone was revealed in 2007, Steve Jobs made fun of devices … Read more
The Korean electronics giant released a couple videos for the Galaxy S5, Gear 2, and Gear Fit to give users an in-depth look at some features of the new devices. Samsung frequently crams so many capabilities into its products that it's hard to know about all of them.
Check out CNET's first take on the Galaxy S5, Gear 2, and Gear Fit.
The Galaxy S5 video shows off the hardware and software features, such as the fitness apps. It goes pretty in-depth with camera features, … Read more
Foxconn wants to expand further beyond its roots as a parts supplier, and it's looking to hire enough people to push that effort.
The Taiwan-based company also known as Hon Hai announced this past weekend that it plans to hire 15,000 employees in its native country, The Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The hiring spree will attempt to pick up engineers and other qualified talent to work in such areas as telecommunications, e-commerce, biotechnology, automation, software, and hardware development.
Foxconn currently employs around 46,000 workers in Taiwan and more than 1 million in China.
In the … Read more
Samsung's Galaxy S5 might have some trouble getting out of the gate when it hits store shelves next month.
Samsung plans to launch the Galaxy S5 in Korea on April 11. But on Friday, South Korea's communications watchdogs instituted a 45-day ban, starting this week and extending to May 19, that bars the country's carriers from accepting new customers or upgrading existing customers to new handsets, according to a report from Reuters. That essentially means the Galaxy S5 could be languishing on store shelves for some time.
The odd ban comes after Korea discovered that the country'… Read more