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Smartphones have their own mobile operating system. The first smartphone to find a widespread market was the Blackberry, but that quickly lost ground after Apple introduced the iPhone in 2007. That was followed by smartphones powered by Google’s Android mobile operating system.

By going private, Blackberry may buy time to fix itself

From hero to zero... BlackBerry’s faces slumping market share and cut-throat competition. Photo: AP

A tentative deal to take BlackBerry private will not necessarily resolve challenges that pushed the smartphone maker into a corner in the first place, but it gives the struggling company some breathing room.

Wednesday, 25 September, 2013, 11:23am

Microsoft's new surface: tablet or laptop? - REVIEW

Microsoft has designed the new Surface model for easier typing. Photo: AFP

Is Microsoft’s Surface a tablet or a laptop?

I’m not quite sure, but it is a lot easier to type on than an iPad.

7 Oct 2013 - 11:09am

Oppo aims new flagship at China smartphone market

Journalists check out the latest offering from Oppo, which is seeking to lift its share of China’s smartphone market with its new flagship model. Photo: SCMP

Chinese smartphone maker Oppo will probably ship more than 15 million units in the mainland this year, with foreign expansion also picking up, a senior executive said on Tuesday.

That would put the Dongguan, Guangdong-based company on a par with Xiaomi, which has also said it would meet its 15 million units sales target this year.

24 Sep 2013 - 4:04pm

BlackBerry admits defeat as consortium bids US$4.7b to take it private

BlackBerry admits defeat as consortium bids US$4.7b to take it private

Smartphone maker BlackBerry has agreed to go private in a US$4.7 billion deal led by its biggest shareholder, allowing the on-the-go email pioneer to regroup away from public scrutiny after years of falling fortunes and slumping market share.

24 Sep 2013 - 8:52pm

BlackBerry move away from consumers unlikely to stem decline

On Friday, Blackberry warned it would report a quarterly loss of close to US$1 billion and slash more than a third of its workforce. Photo: Reuters

BlackBerry’s plan to retreat from the consumer market in favour of its traditional strength serving businesses and governments is widely seen as a desperate move that industry watchers warn will only accelerate its downward spiral.

23 Sep 2013 - 2:12pm

We’ve cracked Apple’s fingerprint scanner: German hackers

Apple is betting on its fingerprint scanner to set its smartphone apart from new models of Samsung Electronics and others running the Android operating system of Google. Photo: Reuters

A group of German hackers claimed to have cracked the iPhone fingerprint scanner just two days after Apple launched the technology that it promises will better protect devices from criminals and snoopers seeking access.

24 Sep 2013 - 12:56pm 2 comments

Hackers eager to crack fingerprint scanner on iPhone 5S

Thousands of dollars in prizes await the first person to outsmart the fingerprint scanner on Apple’s new iPhone5s. Photo: Reuters

Hackers are gearing up for Friday’s release of the iPhone 5S, aiming to be the first to crack the device’s first-ever fingerprint scanner, a security feature that Apple Inc hopes will set the new model apart from the competition.

20 Sep 2013 - 10:30am

BlackBerry plans deep job cuts as new phone launches: report

BlackBerry said last month it was weighing options that could include an outright sale, in the face of persistently lacklustre sales of devices that run on the BlackBerry 10 operating system. Photo: AP

BlackBerry plans to slash thousands of jobs by the end of the year, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday, just as the company launches a flagship smartphone intended to revive its fortunes.

19 Sep 2013 - 12:57pm

Review: the new Apple is evolutionary, not revolutionary

The reception for Apple’s new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c has ranged from tepid praise to blistering but there’s more to the devices than meets the eye. Photo: AP

In Aesop’s fable of the fox and the lion, the fox was initially terrified when he first saw the lion. But after a time, he got over his fear and even passed the time of day with the king of beasts. And the moral of this story? “Familiarity breeds contempt.”

When Apple launched its smartphone in 2007 the world swooned.

18 Sep 2013 - 2:43pm

Not just for talking, smartphones are hubs: survey

A new survey shows Americans spend an average of nearly two hours a day -- 114 minutes -- on their smartphones, including just 23 minutes talking. Photo: EPA

For US smartphone users, talking is old hat.

A new survey shows Americans spend an average of nearly two hours a day -- 114 minutes -- on their smartphones, including just 23 minutes talking.

18 Sep 2013 - 11:00am

Icahn says bought more Apple stock as shares fell: CNBC

Activist investor Carl Icahn said last month that his firm had taken a large position in Apple. Photo: Reuters

Activist investor Carl Icahn said he bought more shares of Apple Inc. on Wednesday as the company’s stock price slid.

“At these levels, we’re buying quite a bit of stock,” Icahn told cable television network CNBC. He added that his investment firm “bought quite a bit today” as Apple shares traded in a range of US$465-467 per share.

12 Sep 2013 - 8:40am

China to win early access to new iPhone lineup

Apple’s low-cost phone comes in blue, white, pink, yellow and green, and the top-line model in silver, gold and a new “space gray.” Photo: AP

China will be one of the first countries to have access to Apple’s latest iPhone models, the premium 5S with unique fingerprint identification and the cheaper, multi-coloured 5C.

Apple will start selling the two new iPhone models on September 20, with pre-orders commencing on Friday.

11 Sep 2013 - 10:21am

Apple expected to expand iPhone reach with new models

Apple has also invited the media to a Wednesday event in Beijing that analysts believe signals a deal to add iPhones to China Mobile’s massive telecom network in that country. Photo: AFP

Apple’s highly anticipated event on Tuesday looks to extend the reach of the iPhone to new markets as the tech giant moves to regain momentum in the smartphone segment.

11 Sep 2013 - 7:33am

Japan’s DoCoMo to begin selling iPhone as early as autumn: sources

NTT DoCoMo may report next week that it will begin marketing Apple’s iPhone, according to the Nikkei business daily. Photo: AFP

NTT DoCoMo will begin selling Apple’s iPhone as early as this autumn, sources familiar with the matter said on Friday, as it seeks to halt a loss of market share to rivals already offering Japan’s most popular smartphone.

6 Sep 2013 - 11:31am

Review: Mega phone is huge, with limited appeal

The Samsung Galaxy Mega (left) dwarfs the Samsung Galaxy S4 (centre) and Apple iPhone 5 (right). Almost as big as a conventional tablet computer, the Mega can make phone calls. Photo: AP

Please turn off all electronic devices, the flight crew instructs as we approach Los Angeles. With a small phone, I might have gotten away with ignoring safety regulations. Samsung’s new Galaxy Mega phone was too conspicuous for that.

5 Sep 2013 - 11:13am