You can't say BlackBerry hasn't put some serious effort into reviving its brand. It released the BlackBerry 10 operating system and accompanying phones earlier this year. It's currently in beta-testing for BlackBerry Messenger for Android. The company really seems to be trying to hang on against stiff competition in the smartphone world.
Yet, a dark cloud is growing. The company's woes really came into focus this past week with some snippets in a regulatory filing that find BlackBerry admitting it can't compete with Apple and Android. Throw in layoffs and a second-quarter loss of nearly $1 billion, and the future isn't looking too rosy.… Read more
Microsoft is offering inexpensive or even free Windows Phone licenses to try to persuade HTC to once again sell phones using the operating system, Bloomberg reported Friday. And it looks like the proposal on the table is for shipping Windows Phone and Android on the same HTC phones.
HTC, the company that built the first Android phone and that now is touting its HTC One, sold Windows Phone models in the past. But it has no current plans to sell any more, the Bloomberg report said.
Terry Myerson, head of Microsoft's operating systems division, presented a proposal to HTC … Read more
Sprint is trying to offer its subscribers a smoother way to take advantage of NFC technology for making mobile payments.
A new platform called Pinsight Touch promises to securely store and access a user's credentials on a mobile device. Users with touch-enabled NFC, or near-field communications, smartphones can turn on the technology by answering "yes" to an opt-in question from mobile apps offered by credit card providers and other issuers. The user's credentials are then securely shared with other trusted apps, Sprint said in a blog posted Thursday.
Sprint already sells a variety of NFC-equipped smartphones, … Read more
A Qualcomm executive dissed Apple's new 64-bit chip architecture, putting the San Diego company in a tough spot if it decides at some point to move to a 64-bit Snapdragon design.
Here's what Anand Chandrasekher, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at Qualcomm, said to the IDG News Service "I know there's a lot of noise because Apple did [64-bit] on their A7. I think they are doing a marketing gimmick. There's zero benefit a consumer gets from that."
He went on to repeat a well-known fact that a 64-bit architecture is necessary … Read more
Target announced Wednesday that it will launch its own brand of prepaid mobile services this weekend, following the lead of rival retailer Walmart.
Beginning Sunday, consumers will be able to sign up for Brightspot, which will offer unlimited talk and texting on T-Mobile's nationwide 4G network for $35 a month, the company said in a company blog post. For another $15 a month, customers can get 1GB of 4G data. A $65 plan offers 4GB of 4G.
Also, for each six months using Target's mobile service, customers will receive a $25 Target gift card.
"Target guests have … Read more
The carrier just unveiled a new promotion, which offers all three heavy-hitting Android smartphones for no money at time of purchase. Billed as "Zero Dollars Down," this special deal promises that customers will be able to sign up, then walk out of the store holding one of these powerful mobile devices without cracking open their wallets.
Sounds great, but shoppers aren't … Read more
Apple may have been a pioneer in playing up the humanizing aspects of video chatting, using heartstring-tugging ads to show how communicating through a screen with its FaceTime app could be a magical experience. But Net Power & Light (NPL), the company behind a new video platform, aims to take that very idea and amplify it, from both a design and functionality standpoint.
Spin, which launched Tuesday on iOS, is the company's solution for a more fun, colorful, and potentially immersive communication experience. The goal is to be more functional than FaceTime, Skype, and Google Hangouts and less selectively … Read more
International phone-roaming fees can be enough to make you never want to step outside your own home. Sure, you can pick up a local SIM card everywhere you go, but that's an inconvenience. KnowRoaming's new SIM card sticker lets you connect to local networks without having to do a thing.
KnowRoaming is opening up preorders Monday for the $35 sticker. The device attaches to your regular SIM card using a small applicator that comes with it to help with proper placement. You then download the KnowRoaming app and let it automatically hook up with local networks as you go gallivanting about the world.… Read more