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T-Mobile to Stop Carrying BlackBerry Smartphones in Stores T-Mobile to Stop Carrying BlackBerry Smartphones in Stores

With BlackBerry now on the verge of being sold, fourth-place U.S. mobile carrier T-Mobile is now set to stop shipping BlackBerry smartphones to its retail stores. A new Reuters report cites T-Mobile EVP for Corporate Services David Carey as saying …

iPhone 5S Manufacturing Costs Estimated at $199 iPhone 5S Manufacturing Costs Estimated at $199
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After the launch of the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C last week, Apple (predictably) sold record numbers of the smartphones over the weekend. This is despite rumors of low manufacturing yields due to difficulties surrounding the new fingerprint scanner in …

Slate: Your Smartphone is Built with Blood Slate: Your Smartphone is Built with Blood
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Slate published a story this week that may turn a few heads with the release of the new iPhone iterations: the biggest manufacturing trade group in the United States is in the midst of a court battle with the Securities …

Smartphone Sales Threaten Camera Companies Smartphone Sales Threaten Camera Companies

Smartphone sales have slashed the value of stocks in companies like Nikon and Canon since their introduction in 2007, and now analysts say it’s going to be difficult for smaller camera companies to stay afloat at all. “There are too …

Nokia Lumia 1520 Rumored For October Release Nokia Lumia 1520 Rumored For October Release

Back in July, Nokia followed in the steps of Android smartphone manufacturers by announcing the Lumia 625, a Windows Phone 8 smartphone with a 4.7-inch screen. Now, with Samsung marketing its 5.7-inch Galaxy Note 3 and other Android makers selling …

iOS 7 Download Problems Run Rampant iOS 7 Download Problems Run Rampant
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Apple released the iOS 7 update on Wednesday, and some users have had a lot of issues when trying to update their devices. Not only are many users having trouble downloading the iOS 7 update, they are having difficulty activating …

Microsoft Now Offering Up To $350 For iOS, Android Devices Microsoft Now Offering Up To $350 For iOS, Android Devices

Last week, Microsoft began offering consumers $200 for their old iPads. The program required quite a bit from customers, including their physical presence in a Microsoft Store. The money was also given as a gift certificate for Microsoft Stores, with …

U.S. Smartphone Penetration Hits 64%, Young People Lead the Way U.S. Smartphone Penetration Hits 64%, Young People Lead the Way
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The modern smartphone market is now six years old. As the technology improves, analysts are predicting that smartphone markets in the U.S. and Europe will soon reach saturation points, with emerging markets such as Brazil and China leading smartphone growth …

Mobile External Display Capabilities to Expand in Coming Years Mobile External Display Capabilities to Expand in Coming Years

As smartphones and other mobile platforms have become more prevalent, PC sales have begun to slump. However, consumers till need to get things done on larger screens. While some manufacturers have managed to specialize for the PC market, others are …

Asus Announces Updated PadFone Infinity Asus Announces Updated PadFone Infinity

Asus has been on a run the past few weeks, unveiling devices ranging from a new extra-small Fonepad tablet to a new Chromebook laptop. Now, the Taiwanese company has unveiled another of its strange PadFone devices. The PadFone is essentially …

BlackBerry Announces the Z30 Smartphone, BlackBerry 10.2 OS BlackBerry Announces the Z30 Smartphone, BlackBerry 10.2 OS

Back in January of this year, RIM rebranded itself as BlackBerry and announced the first two phones for its BlackBerry 10 platform, the Z10 and the Q10. Unfortunately for the Canadian company, its new smartphones were too late to catch …

Data Use Now Beating Talk Time on Smartphones Data Use Now Beating Talk Time on Smartphones

Apple’s original iPhone was transformational in the sense that it brought handheld computing to the masses. However, the promise of on-the-go pocket computers is still slightly hampered (especially in the U.S.) by the need for a phone subscription. Now new …

Sprint to Unveil Its Unsubsidized Pricing Plan Sprint to Unveil Its Unsubsidized Pricing Plan

Back in July, T-Mobile introduced its “Jump!” pricing plan. The mobile provider’s new plan, instead of subsidizing the cost of new smartphones, allows customers to pay for their devices on a monthly basis. In addition, customers on the plan can …

iPhone 5C Not Expected to Compete With Android iPhone 5C Not Expected to Compete With Android
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Earlier this week, Apple unveiled its latest iPhone, the iPhone 5S. In addition, the company also unveiled the iPhone 5C, a lower-cost smartphone aimed at emerging markets where low- and mid-prices smartphones are expected to make up a majority of …

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 AT&T Pre-Orders Begin, Not Yet For Gear Samsung Galaxy Note 3 AT&T Pre-Orders Begin, Not Yet For Gear

Yesterday, Verizon announced that their customers could begin pre-ordering the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 on Friday. Samsung had announced the new smartphone earlier this week at the IFA conference. In addition to the phone, Verizon is also allowing customers to …

1.8 Billion Mobile Phones to Ship This Year 1.8 Billion Mobile Phones to Ship This Year

With smartphones now saturating their western markets and emerging markets such as Brazil and China opening up for mobile growth, the entire mobile phone industry is growing steadily around the world. Analyst firm IDC today released predictions showing that mobile …

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Officially Announced Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Officially Announced
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After weeks of speculation and leaks, Samsung today officially announced its Galaxy Note 3 smartphone during its IFA presentation. The device is larger than its Galaxy S line of phones and comes with slightly better hardware. The Galaxy Note 3 …

Sony Xperia Z1 Smartphone Officially Announced Sony Xperia Z1 Smartphone Officially Announced

Though most of the details about the device have leaked over the past month, Sony today officially unveiled its new Xperia Z1 smartphone at the IFA conference. Sony CEO Kaz Hirai took to the stage and announced the product along …

Nokia/Microsoft Deal Likely to be the First of Many Nokia/Microsoft Deal Likely to be the First of Many

Earlier this week, Microsoft acquired its own handset manufacturer by buying up Nokia‘s devices and services business. The move brings Microsoft closer to its goal of being a devices and services company as a whole. It is also likely to …

Windows Phone Could Become a Closed Platform [RUMOR] Windows Phone Could Become a Closed Platform [RUMOR]

Microsoft decided not to take the long holiday weekend off, ironing out a deal to buy Nokia’s devices and services division for upwards of $5 billion. The acquisition makes sense due to the tight relationship the two companies have had …

Larger Smartphones Beating Tablets in Asia Larger Smartphones Beating Tablets in Asia

As the smartphone and tablet markets begin to become saturated in western countries, manufacturers are now looking to emerging markets such as China and Brazil for growth. However, with smaller tablets becoming more popular and larger smartphones taking off, market …