Gadgets

  • T-Mobile USA completes MetroPCS acquisition
    T-mobile-metropcs-handshake 2013-05-01 16:24:36 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Shares of T-Mobile USA Inc., the new-born combination of T-Mobile USA and MetroPCS, rose briskly on Wednesday, their first day of trading. The stock was at $16.59 in morning trading, up 34 cents from the open and $1.01, or 6 percent, from the value of MetroPCS shares ...

  • Google invades Siri's turf with iPhone, iPad app
    Nowgoogle?1367303022 2013-04-30 06:22:47 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Siri may be feeling a little job insecurity. The sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple's iPhone and iPad is facing competition from an up-and-coming rival made by Google. The duel began Monday with the release o...

  • How Siri, Google Now respond to 5 questions
    Google_vs._apple 2013-04-30 06:17:27 UTC
    With Google's voice assistant now available on iPhones and iPads, The Associated Press used an iPad Mini to throw five test questions at Google Now and Siri on Monday afternoon in New York. Here's what the two digital assistants had to say for themselves: ___ Question: What is the m...

  • Google's virtual assistant invades Siri's turf
    Android-butler-630 2013-04-29 16:16:26 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is trying to upstage Siri, the sometimes droll assistant that answers questions and helps people manage their lives on Apple's iPhone and iPad. The duel begins Monday with the release of a free iPhone and iPad app that features Google Now, a technology that perfor...

  • Smartphones overtake 'dumb' phones worldwide
    Images 2013-04-28 05:16:37 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Research firm IDC said more smartphones than "dumb" phones are being made this year, a milestone in a shift that's putting computing power and Internet access in millions of hands worldwide. Manufacturers shipped 216 million smartphones worldwide in the first three mon...

  • Samsung to block access to app store in Iran
    8a89f957e4520d0d300f6a70670036ac 2013-04-26 06:09:33 UTC
    TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian users of Samsung mobile applications said Thursday that the company had notified them that they will no longer have access to the company's online store as of May 22. The move is seen as part of international sanctions on the country over its disputed nuclear prog...

  • Samsung profit at record high on smartphone boost
    359414 2013-04-26 06:03:47 UTC
    SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Samsung Electronics Co. said Friday its first quarter profit jumped to a record high as smartphone sales remained strong despite the impending launch of an updated version of its flagship Galaxy phone. Sales of consumer electronics usually slow in the first th...

  • Sprint delays S4 launch in stores, cites inventory
    Sprint-logo-store-stock_1020_large_verge_medium_landscape 2013-04-24 16:33:02 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Sprint is delaying shipments of Samsung's latest flagship phone, citing "unexpected inventory challenges." The company did not say whether it had encountered supply disruptions or heavier-than-expected demand with the Galaxy S4. Sprint's launch was scheduled for Saturday. ...

  • Microsoft beats Street, readies new mobile devices
    04e2e0290c4a660d2f0f6a706700a42a 2013-04-19 04:21:06 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Microsoft is working with manufacturers to produce a line of small touch-screen devices powered by Windows, apparently intended to compete with 7-inch tablets like the iPad Mini and Amazon Kindle Fire. Peter Klein, Microsoft's chief financial officer, told inve...

  • New app helps Icelanders avoid accidental incest
    362964 2013-04-18 16:20:18 UTC
    REYKJAVIK, Iceland (AP) — You meet someone, there's chemistry, and then come the introductory questions: What's your name? Come here often? Are you my cousin? In Iceland, a country with a population of 320,000 where most everyone is distantly related, inadvertently kissing cou...

  • Samsung Galaxy S 4 sales start next week in US
    Samsung_galaxy_siv_20130417103658_320_240 2013-04-17 17:52:13 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. wireless carriers have started revealing prices for Samsung's new flagship phone, the Galaxy S 4, which goes on sale starting next week. AT&T Inc. has started taking advance orders and says phones will ship starting April 30. It's charging $200 for the bas...

  • Verizon to extend phone-upgrade waiting period
    Gty-4_3_r536_c534 2013-04-15 04:35:21 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Verizon Wireless, the country's largest cellphone carrier, on Friday said that it is extending the time it takes to earn a subsidized phone upgrade from 20 months on contract to 24 months. The move will save Verizon money, since it subsidizes each new smartphon...

  • TV stations feel 'squeezed' by airwave auction
    11c8a334e0e12c74f0e8cc3358682f85 2013-04-14 04:22:32 UTC
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — As the federal government tries to encourage companies like AT&T and Verizon to create bigger, faster mobile networks, TV broadcasters are feeling like the farmers of yesteryear who were asked to sell their land to make way for the nation's highways. Broadcast...

  • Hawaii land board approves Thirty Meter Telescope
    Telescope_304 2013-04-13 16:28:30 UTC
    HONOLULU (AP) — A plan by California and Canadian universities to build the world's largest telescope at the summit of Hawaii's Mauna Kea volcano won approval from the state Board of Land and Natural Resources on Friday. The decision clears the way for the group managing the T...

  • RIM seeks probe into report on BlackBerry returns
    Blackberry-aadcd1dc59f5162a 2013-04-13 05:05:56 UTC
    TORONTO (AP) — The maker of the BlackBerry said Friday that it wants U.S. and Canadian regulators to investigate a "false and misleading" report by a financial analyst that claims the company's new smartphone is being returned in unusually high numbers. Thorsten Heins, the CEO...

  • Broadcasters display mobile TV dongles at NAB Show
    Dongle 2013-04-11 02:03:48 UTC
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — The key weapon in TV broadcasters' fight with Internet video upstart Aereo is something inelegantly known as a dongle. The miniature TV antenna picks up free, mobile broadcast signals. It attaches to iPhone and iPad power ports and extends about 7 inches, allo...

  • PC sales plunge as Windows 8 flops
    00bd01e0165dac0c2e0f6a7067000f99 2013-04-10 23:41:41 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The ailing personal computer market is getting weaker, and it's starting to look like it will never fully recover as a new generation of mobile devices reshapes the way people use technology. The latest evidence of the PC's infirmity emerged Wednesday with ...

  • Virtual reality, goggles and all, attempts return
    1979812_h_425_pd_1_w_620 2013-03-29 16:34:59 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — It's back. The virtual reality headset, the gizmo that was supposed to seamlessly transport wearers to three-dimensional virtual worlds, has made a remarkable return at this year's Game Developers Conference, an annual gathering of video game makers in San F...

  • RIM sells 1M BlackBerry 10s, surprise 4Q profit
    8163956 2013-03-28 16:53:46 UTC
    TORONTO (AP) — Research In Motion Ltd. said Thursday that it sold about 1 million phones running its new BlackBerry 10 system. It also surprised Wall Street by returning to profitability in the most recent quarter. The earnings provide a first glimpse of how the BlackBerry 10 sys...

  • AT&T to take orders for Galaxy S 4 on April 16
    130313_samsung_galaxy_s4_lg 2013-03-28 16:33:54 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T says it will start taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy S 4, the season's most eagerly awaited smartphone, on April 16 for $250. The amount is $50 above the usual introductory price for high-end smartphones. AT&T didn't say when the phone will go o...

  • Google picks 8,000 winners of 'Glass' contest
    45fd72a3471f450a2d0f6a70670019c0 2013-03-27 05:02:24 UTC
    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google has picked out 8,000 people who will be given a chance to don a pair of Internet-connected glasses and make a fashion statement likely to be envied by gadget-loving geeks around the world. The pool selected by Google won a contest conducted last mo...

  • Indie sensibilities embraced at gaming conference
    D36e3d1c27852a0a2d0f6a7067008e41 2013-03-26 19:45:03 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's a time of transition for the video game industry. With last year's launch of the Wii U, the impending arrival of the PlayStation 4 and the likelihood of a new Xbox on the horizon, the next generation of video game consoles is nearly here. However, mo...

  • T-Mobile to start offering iPhone 5 on April 12
    T-mobile__operated_by_germany's_deutsche_telekom__to_buy_sprint_for__26_billion 2013-03-26 19:41:03 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — T-Mobile USA on Tuesday said it will start offering the iPhone 5 on April 12, filling what its CEO said was "a huge void" in its phone lineup. T-Mobile, the fourth-largest of the national U.S. phone companies, has been losing customers to the bigger companies, ...

  • Apple buys WiFi-location startup
    Diaalnews 2013-03-25 20:47:20 UTC
    NEW YORK (AP) — Apple has bought WiFiSLAM, a startup that has been developing a way to use WiFi hotspots to help smartphones navigate large indoor spaces, like stores, airports and conference centers. The purchase is part of Apple's efforts to bolster its own mapping and location capab...

  • HP develops glasses-free 3-D for mobile devices
    Iphone-3d 2013-03-22 04:47:35 UTC
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Researchers at Hewlett-Packard Co. have developed a way to put glasses-free 3-D video on mobile devices with a viewing angle so wide that viewers can see an object more fully just by tilting the screen. Glasses-free 3-D is not unique. Nintendo Co. Ltd.'s 3DS handheld a...