National NewsNokia CEO sees 'business as usual'; no change to outlook
Nokia, the world's third-largest mobile equipment maker, has seen nothing in its business that would lead it to change its financial outlook, its chief executive said on Sunday. It is kind of business as usual," Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri said in response to a reporter's question during a press conference ahead of the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona. In late January, the company said that for its mainstay Nokia Networks’ business, it expected net sales and operating margins in the first quarter to decline compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, typically a seasonally stronger quarter.
Samsung unveils sleek new Galaxy phones to take on Apple
By Se Young Lee and Harro Ten Wolde SEOUL/BARCELONA (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co Ltd unveiled its latest Galaxy S smartphones featuring a slim body made from aircraft-grade metal, in a bid to reclaim the throne of undisputed global smartphone leader from Apple Inc. Designed from scratch in an operation dubbed "Project Zero", the Galaxy S6 and its curved-edges variant are critical for Samsung's plans to reverse plunging smartphone revenues that led to its first annual earnings fall in three years in 2014. By some estimates, Apple surpassed Samsung as the world's biggest smartphone maker late last year, selling a record 74.5 million iPhones in the December quarter on the back of the success of its big-screen iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. Samsung's previous flagship Galaxy S5 was outsold in its second full month of global sales by Apple's older iPhone 5S, according to researcher Counterpoint.
BlackBerry to broaden its cross-platform strategy
By Euan Rocha TORONTO (Reuters) - BlackBerry announced on Sunday that it plans to expand its cross-platform strategy and deliver its often admired security, productivity and communication tools to any smartphone or tablet device running iOS, Android or Windows. The one-time smartphone sector pioneer's devices have waned in popularity in recent years, but in a bid to remain relevant, the Waterloo, Ontario-based company is pivoting to focus more on its software business and core strengths like security that won it recognition over the last decade. In the last 18 months the company has revamped its mobile device management system to allow clients like government agencies and large corporations to also manage and secure phones and tablets powered by Apple's iOS system, Google Inc's Android platform and Microsoft Corp's Windows operating system using its BES12 platform. It has also opened up its popular BlackBerry Messaging app to those using iOS, Android and Windows devices.
Apple car rumors fuel Geneva debate about car of future
By Edward Taylor and Jan Schwartz GENEVA (Reuters) - The main talking point at this week's Geneva car show is likely to be a vehicle that may never be built: the Apple car. The world's automakers will gather in the Swiss city to tout their latest minivans, city cars and sport utility vehicles against an uncertain market backdrop, with growing signs of recovery in Europe offset by slowing demand in emerging markets. Reports that technology giant Apple may be building a car have got established automakers, who have spent the past 127 years refining the combustion engine, wondering whether they are still in pole position to build the car of the future. The growing use of computing power in vehicles, and the ability of cars to connect to smartphones and other devices, is providing technology companies and automakers with new business opportunities -- and increasingly making them rivals.
New Internet rules set up industry's next battle
Telecom companies such as AT&T and Vodafone have convinced U.S. and European regulators, finalizing so-called "net neutrality" rules, to allow them to dedicate network capacity to services such as providing connectivity to driverless cars and facilitating the exchange of medical data between patients and health professionals. The industry will be able to develop such "specialized services" as long as they do not hurt the delivery of the normal Internet to homes and businesses. Telecom and cable companies argue being able to charge for different services and speeds would help fund network upgrades and develop new industrial uses for the web, such as smart electricity meters. Silicon Valley and net neutrality activists counter that such treatment would lead to a two-speed system where telecom and cable groups could prioritize their own content and squeeze out start-ups who cannot pay.
Mobile industry tiptoes towards 5G
By Eric Auchard BARCELONA (Reuters) - Running short of dramatically new phone designs, leaders of the world's wireless industry agree their next big idea is 5G, shorthand for the fifth generation of networks they expect to have up and running by 2020. "It is unclear what the opportunity or weakness that 5G should address is," researchers at GSMA, the global trade group of mobile network operators, said in a report issued in December that punctured some of the more visionary claims for 5G.
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Samsung didn’t convince me I need the Galaxy S6 edge, but I’m totally smitten with the curve
If you liked any of the recent mid-range metal Galaxy phones that Samsung released, you’re totally going to love the brand new Galaxy S6 flagships. Both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge pack amazing hardware, and come with a brand new kind of design, one that shows Samsung is actually capable of creating well-built devices for a change, even if that means still having to cheat off Apple’s iPhone. Of them, the Galaxy S6 edge is by far the better version, just as some carrier execs told reporters before the show, even though Samsung has not really explained why we need a dual-edge curved display in a smartphone. FROM EARLIER: The one reason to hate the Galaxy S6 right
Asian firms challenge Apple with snazzy new smartphones
Several big Asian phone companies launched new high-end smartphones and other wireless gizmos on Sunday, hoping to challenge US giant Apple in a big year for wireless gadgets. Samsung, fellow South Korean firm LG and hip Chinese maker HTC timed their smartphone launches to grab the attention on the eve of the Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest telecoms trade fair, in Barcelona, Spain. In a head-on challenge to Apple's popular iPhone 6 which was released last year, Samsung came out fighting on Sunday with the Galaxy S6, a smartphone with a touchscreen that curves around the edges and has a wireless charger.
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The one reason to hate the Galaxy S6 right now
Samsung on Sunday took the wraps off the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge, two devices that were heavily detailed in rumors and leaks before the event, and while they’re clearly the best Android smartphones Samsung has ever made, there are some reasons not to like them, with one in particular that some users will find very annoying. FROM EARLIER: Prices for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge leaked Samsung had to make some sacrifices to finally build the Galaxy S models you wanted, and this includes having to ditch the one component many Android users value: support for expandable memory. Samsung also had to use a non-removable battery for the handsets, and neither model is waterproof. Though the absence
Fugoo Speaker Review
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Prices for Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge leaked
Samsung said many things about its newest devices during its official Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge event on Sunday in Barcelona, but the company conveniently forgot to mention how much the two devices will cost once they launch on April 10th. However, SamMobile, a publication that has provided many details about the handset before it was official, has found out European pricing for the two devices — and yes, you can expect both of them to be quite expensive when purchased for full price. FROM EARLIER: Samsung Galaxy S6 edge hands-on: We finally found the Galaxy we’ve been looking for The Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge will be available in three storage versions each, including 32GB, 64GB and 128GB, and,
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Firefox OS comes to Africa with Orange's $40 package deal
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The real reason Ikea is putting wireless chargers in its furniture all of a sudden
Even before all the MWC 2015 craziness started, reports on Sunday morning started hitting the web detailing a special feature coming to Ikea furniture, built-in support for wireless charging, that should come in handy to smartphone and tablet users in the future. As it turns out, Ikea’s new furniture functionality wasn’t accidentally unveiled at MWC, so to speak, as the company had a secret deal in the works. FROM EARLIER: Samsung Galaxy S6 edge hands-on: We finally found the Galaxy we’ve been looking for The company partnered up with Samsung, the Galaxy S6 maker revealed on its Tomorrow blog, which must certainly be good news for Ikea fans that happen to also love the new Galaxy S line of products. For
Ikea's new furniture can charge your phone, no wires necessary
Then you might be interested in some new products that will be on sale at Ikea in North America and Europe this spring. The Swedish furniture company has partnered with the Wireless Power Consortium, building Qi wireless device chargers into a line of lamps and other small pieces of furniture like bedside tables. For those who've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of wireless charging, the partnership is good news.
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Bjork's next music video will be available for Oculus Rift
In 2013, Bjork released her heightened, futuristic album Biophilia as an app. In a recent interview with Fast Company, the musician talked about her decision to keep Vulnicura off Spotify, her upcoming retrospective at MoMA, and the music video for her song "Stonemilker." The video, directed by Bjork's longtime collaborator Andrew Thomas Huang, will be available for Oculus Rift. When asked about how she chooses to pair technology and music, Bjork said, "It can’t just be working with the gadget for the sake of the gadget. Bjork's MoMA retrospective will open on March 8th.
HTC unveils new One M9, Vive VR headset at MWC2015
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Samsung Galaxy S6 comes with Microsoft apps out of the box
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Check out this cool keyboard app all Galaxy S6 owners will get for free
Even though the Galaxy S6 will be a lot lighter on bloatware than you would have anticipated, that doesn’t mean Samsung will stop offering users access to plenty of its own apps, not to mention other apps and services that it’ll include in its Galaxy Gifts digital package. One of the apps you’ll find in the latter portal is a very useful and quite popular Android and iOS keyboard app, and it will be available free of charge to Galaxy S6 buyers. DON’T MISS: Samsung Galaxy S6 hands-on preview Samsung Galaxy S6 edge hands-on preview Fleksy is the keyboard app in question, as the company on Sunday announced that its app, “the fastest and most customizable keyboard on Android,” will be available as
Apple Watch reportedly has low-energy 'power reserve' mode
We're just over a week away from learning a whole lot more about the Apple Watch, but The New York Times has just revealed a few more details about the new smartwatch. Apple employees involved with the project tell the paper that there will be a special battery stretch feature called "Power Reserve." The low-energy mode will let the Apple Watch continue displaying the time (and nothing else) even with scant battery life left. Battery life has been a major concern for the Apple Watch and other wearables — with current battery technology, there just isn't much space for a battery cell that can keep the device charged for a long time. The article also mentions a few details about the behind-closed doors development of the Apple Watch.
Man blames third-degree burns on exploding iPhone
LG Watch Urbane LTE hands-on at MWC 2015
LG has shown off two new smartwatches at Mobile World Congress 2015. The LG Watch Urbane is a premium Android Wear watch made of stainless steel, while the LG Watch Urbane LTE uses a completely new operating system based on WebOS.
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Samsung bundles Microsoft apps on its new Galaxy S6
Samsung is bundling at least three Microsoft apps on its new Android-powered Galaxy S6 device. While the move seems unusual, it comes just weeks after Microsoft and Samsung ended a bitter Android royalties dispute. The Galaxy S6 has Microsoft's Skype, OneDrive, and OneNote apps preinstalled in a special "Microsoft Apps" folder that is pinned on the homescreen. Rumors suggested that Samsung may also bundle Microsoft Office mobile with the Galaxy S6, but demo units at Mobile World Congress today do not contain the software yet. Samsung is also offering 115GB of OneDrive storage to Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge owners as part of this new partnership with Microsoft.
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