Posts Tagged ‘iphone’

Nokia Lumia 1520 Marks Giant Leap (In Screen Size) for Windows Phone

November 28, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

What’s big and red (or yellow, or white, or black), makes calls and plays movies, and doubles as a butter dish for Thanksgiving dinner? Why, it’s Nokia’s latest Windows Phone device, the Lumia 1520 , of course. And I’m just kidding about the butter dish part — sort of. The Lumia 1520, which is available now from AT&T for $200 on contract, is Nokia’s first foray into the world of “phablets” — those hybrid devices that try to be both smartphone and tablet. Till now, the largest screen to appear on a Windows Phone handset measured 4.5 inches. But the Lumia 1520 ups the ante with a six-inch full-HD display, which I found great for watching movies, reading text and even working on documents. But, as one would expect, it also makes for a large device. Not Samsung Galaxy Mega big, but big enough that it’s cumbersome to hold and carry

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Newt Gingrich Leads a Totally Digital Lifestyle

November 27, 2013  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Specs Who Newt Gingrich Age 70 Accomplishments Co-host on CNN’s Crossfire (weeknights at 6:30); author; co-founder of Gingrich Productions; former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Base Arlington, Va. What’s the first information you consume in the morning? I have a retired research director who edits world news for me across an extraordinary range of topics, and I get probably between one and two hundred emails a day from him. So I start every morning by scanning his emails. Tell us about your social media habits. I have Twitter and Facebook. My staff does Instagram for me—I haven’t gotten around to it. My wife [Callista] is a fanatic Instagrammer. Wherever we are, she’s taking pictures. What’s your favorite gadget? My No. 1 tech gadget is the iPad. I gave up my desktop computer. I have no use for it anymore. I have a laptop sitting at home, but it’s very unlikely I’ll use it.

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Jury: Samsung Owes Apple Another $290 Million

November 21, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

A federal jury on Thursday ruled that Samsung owes Apple a further $290 million for infringing on the iPhone maker’s patented technology, according to multiple reports from inside the courtroom. The award concludes a partial retrial of last year’s landmark case between the electronics giants. A jury in that case ruled in Apple’s favor and awarded $1 billion in damages. However, Judge Lucy Koh ruled that more than $400 million of that award was improperly calculated, necessitating the current retrial . Apple had argued it was due a further $379 million, while Samsung maintained it should only owe $52 million for the portion of damages being reconsidered. Barring a successful appeal, Samsung also owes roughly $640 million in damages from the original verdict as well. The six woman, two man jury deliberated for part of three days before returning its verdict. During that time, the jury requested additional paper and pens, better lunch as well as a copy of the sketches of them done by a courtroom artist. This decision, while widely watched, does little to settle the litigation between the two companies, which spans multiple courtrooms and continents. Another case is set for trial next year before Judge Koh involving a newer generation of Samsung’s products, meanwhile both sides are appealing various parts of this current case.

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Men in Black Suits II: Apple-Samsung Retrial Suffers From Sequel’s Curse

November 18, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The original Apple-Samsung trial had it all — a gripping plot, stellar cast and lots of intrigue. Unfortunately, like all too many sequels, the current retrial feels like just a rehash of something that was admittedly a pretty good show the first time. Where the initial trial brought revelations including new sales figures , early iPhone prototypes and juicy insights into how Apple designs its products , no such new ground is being traversed this time around. And, while the last trial was about dueling perspectives on innovation, this one is just about money. The first jury already decided which Samsung products infringed on which Apple products. But the judge concluded that the original jury erred in how it calculated a portion of the more than $1 billion in damages it awarded. Apple says Samsung owes it an additional $379 million in damages for the products at issue, while Samsung says $52 million is a proper figure. From a cinematic point of view, the best thing one can say about this installment is that it is short. Each side is allowed only eight hours of witnesses, compared to the 25 hours both parties had during the original trial. Testimony is due to wrap up today, with closing arguments expected Tuesday. Perhaps the biggest star in the retrial, Apple marketing head Phil Schiller, took the stand late last week, beginning his testimony Thursday and wrapping up on Friday morning. But most of what he said dealt with the kinds of details surrounding the iPhone launch that he shared the last time he was on the stand . On the bench is the always entertaining Lucy Koh, the same federal judge who presided over the first case. Koh, a rising star, is known for her sharp wit and strict adherence to the clock. She famously suggested during the first trial that one of Apple’s lawyers was smoking crack if he thought he had time to call as many witnesses as he proposed. The supporting cast is also familiar, including many of the same lawyers, expert witnesses, etc. Like any big Hollywood production, though, there were at least enough good moments to make for a decent trailer. Some of the best drama came before the trial itself, during jury selection. Judge Koh dismissed 11 prospective jurors found chatting about the case

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Pfizer’s Prescription for BlackBerry-Using Employees: iPhone and Android

November 15, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Interim CEO John Chen says BlackBerry isn’t dwelling on the past, but looking to the future . Unfortunately for the languishing smartphone maker, some of its big clients are doing the same. And the future they see is one in which BlackBerry doesn’t figure quite so prominently. Some big clients like the U.S. Defense Department are developing mobile device contingency plans to implement should BlackBerry finally, irrevocably, collapse. Others, like Pfizer, are responding to the uncertainty around the company’s business by beginning to phase out its devices entirely. In a recent memo to employees , Pfizer — one of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies — told the BlackBerry users among them to switch to an iPhone or Android handset when their wireless contract next permits an upgrade

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In Data-Speed Race, Who Is the Fastest in LTE?

November 13, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

As smartphone usage has surged, so has the demand for reliable, fast cellular data. Sure, your smartphone can use Wi-Fi to surf the Web, watch video, stream music and download documents. But Wi-Fi isn’t always available or costs extra in some public places. In the U.S., the fast cellular technology of choice is called 4G LTE. The 4G just means we’re on the fourth generation of cellular data systems and LTE stands for Long Term Evolution, which is the fastest and most consistent form of 4G cellular data. It’s the one that U.S. wireless carriers are competing to offer in as many cities as possible, as quickly as possible. Verizon Wireless got the jump on deploying LTE and I reported my first tests of its nascent service in January 2011. But now AT&T claims it has almost caught up, and Sprint and T-Mobile are racing to build out their LTE networks. So I decided to test the availability and speed of the four major U.S. carriers’ LTE coverage in three metro areas where I happened to be in the past month or so. I focused on download speeds because the average consumer is still downloading much more than uploading

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Don’t Get Too Excited About GlobalFoundries and Apple — At Least, Not Just Yet

November 12, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Don’t get too excited about an intriguing story from the Albany Times Union saying that chip-manufacturing company GlobalFoundries may soon start turning out chips for Apple’s iPhones and iPads at a factory in upstate New York . I’ve been checking with industry sources who have a pretty clear picture about what may be going on. And it’s probably not all that it’s initially cracked up to be. In the most likely scenario, Samsung will still be the primary manufacturer of Apple’s chips for the iPhone and iPad, they said, continuing the role it has played since the earliest days of the iPhone: Building the chips that Apple designs under contract. (In chip-industry lingo, these deals are known as foundry agreements.) Sources close to the situation said the deal that appears to be taking shape looks more like this: Samsung will use GlobalFoundries for what is known as “flex capacity.” This is a long-standing industry practice under which a chip manufacturer pays to occasionally use another company’s factories when demand on their own factory is running higher than they would like, and they need a little help. This would be a good time to point out that Apple is not Samsung’s only foundry customer. The Samsung fab in Austin, Texas, also turns out chips for Samsung. Occasionally there will be times when Samsung has to balance the demand on that fab in order to meet both the needs of its primary foundry customer — Apple — as well as its own internal needs for smartphone and tablet chips. That’s where GlobalFoundries will come in, picking up the additional work on an as-needed basis. Samsung would basically hire GlobalFoundries as a subcontractor, and continue to manage the relationship with Apple. This is a very different business relationship than, say, if Apple were to tap GlobalFoundries as a “second source” for chips. Apple would of course have to give its blessing to the arrangement. This would explain why Samsung employees have been spotted in Malta, N.Y., where GlobalFoundries operates Fab 8 , and is said to have brought the “recipes” for building Apple chips with them. Additionally, there are enough similarities in chip-making technologies and equipment between Samsung and GlobalFoundries that Global can do the job when called upon

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Future iPhones Could Be Big and Curvy, More Sensitive to Pressure

November 10, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

While today’s iPhone is a thin, flat slab of glass and electronics, Apple is experimenting with some radically new looks. According to a Bloomberg report , Apple is prepping curved screen models for next year that would feature, among other things, larger displays than found on the iPhone 5 and 5s. LG and Samsung have both announced curved-screen smartphones of their own, with the LG Flex and Galaxy Round , respectively. Bloomberg said Apple is working on two curved models for the second half of the year, with screens of 4.7 and 5.5 inches — both larger than Apple’s current models. The company is also working on new pressure-sensing technology that could distinguish between heavy and light touches, though that may take beyond next year to bring to market, Bloomberg said.

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Why Apple’s New Sapphire Manufacturing Agreement Is a Big Deal

November 7, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

Martin Hajek Earlier this week Apple announced a multi-year alliance with GT Advanced Technologies that will see the company manufacturing sapphire material at a new Apple facility in Mesa, Arizona. With prepayments of approximately $578 million to GT, this is a significant deal for both companies — perhaps even more so than originally thought. During a Monday earnings call, GT revealed a few bits of data that suggest it is rejiggering its entire business model around sapphire production. As Cantor Fitzgerald analyst Brian White noted today, GT’s sapphire business accounted for 11 percent of its year-to-date sales — about $28.9 million in revenue. But in forecasting 2014 revenue, the company said it expects to make $600 million to $800 million, with 80 percent of those sales attributable to its sapphire business. In other words, following the signing of this new deal with Apple, GT’s sapphire segment will not only become the company’s main source of revenue, it will also drive a stratospheric spike in it

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Delta Celebrates FAA Gadget Sanity With a Viral YouTube Hit

November 2, 2013  |  All Things Digital  |  No Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration’s move to let people use their iPhones and Kindles while planes are taking off and landing — like they’re already doing, anyway — isn’t just good news for travelers. It was an opportunity for Delta’s social media team to strut their stuff. The FAA announced the change on Thursday .* Today, Delta put this up on YouTube: I’m not exactly sure that I would want to associate my airline with a clip that featured a crying kid for 30 seconds. But it’s probably a better fit than, “My kid came back from dental surgery and he is totally stoned. Check it out! ” I’m a reasonably close YouTube watcher, but I have to confess that I didn’t recognize the source material for this one, even though Delta spells it out (and presumably has compensated the people who own the source material). It’s “Lily’s Disneyland Surprise,” which has generated 13 million views in the last two years. Thanks to Skift for pointing it out. * In my filter bubble, this is referred to as the “Bilton Rule.”

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