After splitting off its Nook division last fall, Barnes & Noble appears to be entertaining getting out of the digital business altogether in a possible sale to partner Microsoft valued at as much as $1 billion.
There's something of an innovation lull in smartphone design. While certainly a nice improvement over the 4S, the iPhone 5's 4-inch screen and panoramic camera are hardly breaking any new ground. The Samsung Galaxy S4 learned a few new parlor tricks, but for the most part it's just a faster and slightly larger S3. And for all its accolades, the HTC One's claim to fame is that it's not made of plastic.
iPhone users rarely have any need to envy their Android-toting friends, but the introduction of Google Now certainly gave them one reason to do so. With the feature finally available on iOS with the latest update to Google Search, does it actually live up to expectations? Google Now gathers weather, places, travel, and customized interests into neat stacks of virtual “cards.” Related entries are grouped to minimize clutter, but users can temporarily eliminate unwanted entries by swiping them off the screen, or permanently toggle off entire categories in Settings.
Internet analytics company comScore released their smartphone market share report for Q1 2013 this morning, revealing that Apple (as a manufacturer) now commands almost 40 percent of the U.S. smartphone market. The only other competitor to report an increase was Samsung, whose numbers inched up by a mere 0.7 percent from the last quarter to 21.7 percent. Competitors HTC, Motorola, and LG all saw their numbers go down for the same quarter.
Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility certainly got the attention of the tech world last year, but a new report claims the $12.4 billion purchase may be giving the search giant nothing but trouble.
It might sound a little unintuitive, but according to a poll of 16,000 consumers conducted by the Yankee Group last month, iPhone ownership in the United States will surpass that of Android devices by 2015 through customer loyalty alone.
Remember the netbook? If you head to a warehouse club store, you can occasionally still spot them available for sale, but at least one research firm claims the end is nigh for the little notebooks that could(n't).
Plenty of paper has been saved thanks to the iPhone and other portable devices: we no longer need to jot down lists and phone numbers or even snag the daily newspaper. As such, the Little Printer’s concept of bringing paper back into our phone-centric lifestyles feels like a novelty, but it’s hard to turn away such an adorable device. Still, much as we might want the Little Printer in our homes, considering its abundance of charm, we can’t figure out when or why we’d actually need it.
Samsung Electronics may be flying high with US$7.7 billion in profits for the first three months of the year, but all that money may be making the company's chairman a little nervous, if history is any indication.