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  • Interest in smartphones is flattening

    Both Apple and Samsung this week predicted slow growth for smartphone and mobile phone sales in early 2016, making investors queasy.

    Written by Matt Hamblen29 Jan. 16 05:35
  • WPC 2015: Microsoft exec - Forget the past

    In a revival tent-like speech, Microsoft's chief operations officer, Kevin Turner, urged the company's partners to forget the past - an allusion to the failure of its smartphone business to gain meaningful share - but defended the decision to keep making handsets.

    Written by Gregg Keizer17 July 15 06:11
  • The LG G4: Three things right, three things wrong

    This week the G4 smartphone from LG Electronics starts shipping outside its home country, with arrivals in the U.S. and Europe expected in a couple of weeks. While the smartphone has a great screen and camera, it doesn't get everything right.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs19 May 15 01:27
  • GE Capital's CTO sees the death of PCs, the rise of phablets

    Even though the term "phablet" draws a lot of snarky remarks, some workplace executives have lately come to appreciate large-screen smartphones. And at least one who should know even believes that smartphones with a display that's 5.5-in. or larger (like the new iPhone 6 Plus or the Galaxy Note 4) could replace PCs in a few years.

    Written by Matt Hamblen10 Nov. 14 22:23
  • Smartphone innovation is slowing, so what's next?

    In the last year or so, there has been a noticeable slowdown in innovations in new smartphones -- with both hardware and software. The next direction seems to be making the smartphone the hub for connecting technologies int eh Internet of Things scenario.

    Written by Matt Hamblen24 March 14 20:22
  • Top tech stories of 2013: Big Brother, wearables, and the struggles of aging tech giants

    Politics collided with the world of technology this year as stories about U.S. government spying stirred angst both among the country's citizens and foreign governments, and the flawed HeathCare.gov site got American health-care reform off to a rocky start. Meanwhile, the post-PC era put aging tech giants under pressure to reinvent themselves. Here in no particular order are IDG News Service's picks for the top 10 tech stories of the year.

    Written by Marc Ferranti09 Dec. 13 19:51
  • On the defensive, Microsoft's hand was forced in Nokia deal

    Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia was a defensive move to keep the Finnish phone maker from going under or falling into the hands of an Android-first rival, several analysts argued this week.

    Written by Gregg Keizer06 Sept. 13 20:37
  • Have we reached gadget fatigue?

    Smartphones are everywhere, and smartwatches are poised to follow. Techies are eying Google Glass. And we now wear our technology on our sleeve. Have we finally reached gadget overload?

    Written by Tom Kaneshige05 Sept. 13 18:22
  • Microsoft's Nokia acquisition is 'a necessary gamble,' analysts say

    Microsoft's acquisition of Nokia's Devices & Services business is a necessary gamble for the software company's future growth in mobile, and for Nokia an admission that it doesn't have enough resources to successfully compete with Samsung and Apple, according to analysts.

    Written by Mikael Ricknäs03 Sept. 13 12:55