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BlackBerry Q10 sale remains low, report

BlackBerry Q10 sale remains low, reportAccording to a new report, the newest device released by Canadian smartphone maker, BlackBerry has not been able to attract a significant number of users in the market.

The Wall Street Journal has found that the sales figures have remained disappointing in the US and the Canadian market. The company has not announced the details of the sales for the new device, which was expected to be the saviour for the struggling company, which was once leading force in the smartphone market.

Verizon in talks to buy Vodafone’s stake in wireless unit

Vodafone-logoLeading American telecom carrier, Verizon has said that it is holding discussions with UK-based global telecom player, Vodafone for acquiring its stake in Verizon Wireless.

Verizon Communications is holding talks with Vodafone to acquire its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless in a deal that could be valued at around $125 billion. The deal, which has been on the planning board for Verizon for some time, will be among the largest purchases in the industry. Following the deal, the company will be able to fully incorporate all of its profit instead of relying on dividends.

Galaxy S 4 causes house fire in Hong Kong

Galaxy S 4 causes house fire in Hong KongAccording to reports, a Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone burst into flames causing a huge fire at a house in Hong Kong.

The reports identified the house owner as Mr. Du, who said that his phone, battery, and charger were all legitimate Samsung products. The fire engulfed his entire house and everything inside was destroyed. Chinese media reports said that Du sat on the living room sofa playing the game "Love Machine" on his charging GS4 when the device exploded.

Apple launches new probe into worker mistreatment

Apple launches new probe into worker mistreatmentTechnology giant, Apple has lauched a new investigation into allegations of worker mistreatment in factories linked to the company in China.

The company is facing criticism over reports that it has benefitted from exploitation of more than 70,000 workers in factories in China that produce Apple products and components. There are allegations that the conditions are even worse than those at Foxconn with reports of employee suicides and excessive working hours.

Android leads US Smartphone market

Android leads US Smartphone market  According to the latest figures released, Google's Android platform has remained the dominant platform in the smartphone market in the US market during the quarter till June 2013. The figures from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. showed that Android platform accounted for 51.5 per cent of sales in the smartphone market, ahead of Apple's iOS platform at 42.5 per cent during the quarter.

BlackBerry still losing customers in global markets

BlackBerry still losing customers in global marketsCanadian smartphone maker, BlackBerry is still loosing customers in the global markets as the companies and government agencies continue to leave the company for rival smartphone makers.

Blackberry has stepped up efforts to improve its focus on business users but has not been able to retain customers or attract significant number of new users. The company is taking aggressive steps to turn around the company. It will now return to its traditional strength area, the business market, where several users prefer the company due to safety.

Apple to probe reports of electrocution by iPhone device

Apple to probe reports of electrocution by iPhone deviceTechnology giant, Apple has said that it would launch an investigation into reports that a woman in China was electrocuted while she was using an iPhone device while it was recharging.

AT&T launches monthly instalments for smartphone users

AT&T launches monthly instalments for smartphone usersAmerican telecom giant, AT&T has announced the launch of a new program for customers allowing them to pay monthly instalments for their smartphone and also allows them to upgrade to a smartphone or tablet.

The new programme called AT&T Next comes following the introduction of T-Mobile's Jump early upgrade program in the previous week. T-Mobile CEO John Legere had spoken about transforming the smartphone industry and the industry has taken notice of the innovative ways to attract customers in the competitive market.

Yahoo India focusing on developing mobile Internet apps

Yahoo India focusing on developing mobile Internet appsYahoo India is concentrating on developing mobile Internet applications in order to tap the available opportunity in the fast growing market, a senior executive of the company said.

Hari Vasudeva, head of Research & Development at Yahoo India, said that the company planned to move its personalized experiences to mobile.

Samsung misses Q2 earnings forecast

Samsung misses Q2 earnings forecastWorries over Samsung's smartphone business deepen as the South Korea-based electronics giant missed earnings forecast for the second quarter.

Samsung Electronics Co Ltd on Friday announced an increase of 47 per cent in profit for the April to June quarter to 9.5 trillion won (around $8.3 billion). It was the company's record quarterly profit. But it missed analysts' average forecast of 10.16 trillion won.

Sprint takes legal action to halt DISH's acquisition of Clearwire

Sprint takes legal action to halt DISH's acquisition of ClearwireSprint has filed a law suit to prevent the takeover of Clearwire by DISH after it lost out to the company for taking control of Clearwire.

Sprint has filed a lawsuit in the Delaware Court of Chancery on monday claiming that the takeover deal valued at $6.3 billion violates the rights of Sprint and other Clearwire shareholders. It also claimed that the takeover deal is against Delaware law.

Celkon announces A107 Signature One and C779 in India

Celkon announces A107 Signature One and C779 in IndiaMobile phone maker, Celkon is aiming to expand its presence in the Indian market with the launch of a new smartphone and a new feature in the crowded Indian market. Celkon is planning to launch its new
smartphone called, A107 Signature One and a feature phone named, Celkon C779 models in the Indian market.

The new Celkon A107 Signature One comes with a 5-inch capacitive touch screen. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor along with 512MB of RAM. The device

Nokai launches Asha 501 to revive sales

Nokai launches Asha 501 to revive salesFinnish phone maker, Nokia has announced the launch of a new model called, Asha 501 in order to revive its sales as the company has been facing competition from the likes of Samsung and Apple.

The device features a 3-inch fully touch-screen with a resolution of 320x240 pixels. It has a 3.2 megapixel camera and it supports memory of 4GB with the card included in box that is expandable up to 32GB and has
64 MB RAM. As for connectivity options, the smartphone offers 2G and WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0.

BlackBerry offering Q10 with BB 10 OS

BlackBerry offering Q10 with BB 10 OSCanadian smartphone maker, BlackBerry that was formally known as Research in Motion, is offering the second model running the new BlackBerry 10 OS called, BlackBerry Q10.

BlackBerry Q10 feature a hardware qwerty keyboard, as traditionally preferred by Balckberry customers and a 3.1in Super AMOLED display with a resolution of
720-x-720-pixels. The BlackBerry Z10, which is the first device to run BB 10 OS, featured a larger 4.2in display.

U.S. carriers to send alerts to prevent ‘bill shock’

U.S. carriers to send alerts to prevent ‘bill shock’U. S. mobile phone users will no longer face bigger-than-expected bill as their carriers will alert them when they are exceeding their monthly usage limits and heading toward a big bill.

The U. S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced that carriers serving 97 per cent of mobile phone users in the country agreed to send email or text alerts when users are on the brink of exceeding their usage limits.

Archos unveils three new no-contract, fully unlocked Android smartphones

Android-smartphonesFrance-based device manufacturer Archos has recently unveiled a new line of three impressive no-contract, fully unlocked Android smartphones - the Archos 35 Carbon; Archos 50 Platinum, and the Archos 53 Platinum.

Though, of late, the Archos brand has chiefly been associated with bargain tablets, the unveiling of the new Android smartphone line by the company hints at its apparent attempt to target all consumer levels in the smartphone market.

Vodafone announces new mobile money transfer & payment service

Vodafone announces new mobile money transfer & payment service Vodafone India on Wednesday announced a new mobile money transfer & payment service that works through text message and doesn't require a bank account.

Announced in partnership with ICICI Bank, the new service, called M-Pesa, which will allow users to make money transfers, submit funds to bank accounts, pay utility bills, pay for shopping at select outlets, in India.

BlackBerry Q10 available for pre-order from Phones4U for £550

BlackBerry-Q10In a recent announcement pertaining to the pre-ordering of the BlackBerry Q10 smartphone, Phones4U has revealed that the handset can now be pre-ordered with it for £550. The new BlackBerry Q10 smartphone will likely be delivered on April 30; and will come with three months' worth of Wi-Fi.

The BlackBerry Q10 pre-order price being offered by Phones4U is only £20 more than Unlocked-Mobiles, and is comparatively much cheaper than Carphone Warehouse's £580 SIM-free cost of the handset.

Apple iPad's pricing and distribution has been stronger than iPhone’s

Apple iPad's pricing and distribution has been stronger than iPhone’sAccording to a note written by Toni Sacconaghi for Bernstein Research, the iOS market share in tablet computers will be more easily held by Apple, as compared to the software's smartphone-market share; thanks largely to the more competitive pricing as well as the better distribution of the iPad vis-a-vis the iPhone.

Sacconaghi said in the note, which was covered by Barrons, that Apple's approach in the tablet market has been notably different form the approach which the company followed in the smartphone market.

Facebook’s April 4 press event fuels speculations about ‘Facebook phone’

Facebook’s April 4 press event fuels speculations about ‘Facebook phone’With the findings of a Facebook-backed study by research firm IDC revealing that smartphones are increasingly becoming the most popular devices in the US, Facebook's recently sent out invites for an April 4 media event - "Come See Our New Home On Android" - at its Menlo Park headquarters have led to speculations that the social network may unveil its much-rumored mobile handset at the event.




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