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.
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
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
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
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’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
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 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 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
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
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
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 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’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
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
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