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Boeing preps for possible future without BlackBerry, tests Android alternatives

Boeing is telling employees that it’s sticking with BlackBerry as its “standard mobile platform” after receiving assurances from BlackBerry executives about the smartphone maker’s dedication to providing a “secure, private environment” for business. However, as a contingency, the aerospace giant is also accelerating its certification of Android devices as a potential alternative. It’s one example… Read More

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Record profit for Samsung, first quarterly loss for HTC

The difference between two of the most well-known smartphone makers could hardly be more stark these days. Samsung issued earnings guidance overnight for record operating profit of at least $9.2 billion in the third quarter, with about two-thirds of that coming from its mobile business, including its dominant Android-based smartphones. It’s doing well enough that one of… Read More

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iPhone shows summer sales gains over Android in U.S.

While some analysts are convinced that Apple’s smartphone business is doomed, new sales data would seem to indicate that the iPhone still has fight left in it. According to a report by Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, Apple made significant sales gains over Android during the summer in the U.S., even before the launch of the iPhone… Read More

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RealNetworks tries to get back in sync with new ‘RealPlayer Cloud’ service

One of the original brands behind the Internet media revolution, RealPlayer, is making a push into the cloud era with a new service, RealPlayer Cloud, that aims to solve some of the toughest challenges involved in sharing and distributing videos online. RealNetworks calls it the first integrated video player and cloud service. The Seattle-based company… Read More

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Report: Plants vs. Zombies 2 coming to Android

For Android owners who have been chomping at the bit to play Plants vs. Zombies 2, there’s good news to report today. Sources tell Polygon that PopCap’s massively-popular game will launch on Android devices in October. The title has been available in Apple’s App Store a little over one month now and hit 25 million downloads in about… Read More

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Google expands reach of Wallet with new iPhone app

Following its update on Tuesday that brought its payment software to all Android phones – not just those with Near Field Communication wireless transmission — Google has now made it possible for iPhone users to get in on Google Wallet. The iPhone app shares features with Wallet’s Android app, including the ability to store loyalty… Read More

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Microsoft vs. Motorola: It’s game day, and the jury is dressed accordingly

Updated with details of Motorola’s closing argument. After a trial lasting more than a week, lawyers for Microsoft and Motorola are making their closing arguments in U.S. District Court in Seattle this morning, before the jury starts its deliberations in the high-profile patent case this afternoon. Even after hours upon hours of testimony about esoteric… Read More

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The next version of Android is named “KitKat,” comes with a sweet promotion

Android has hit a milestone, with Google’s mobile operating system officially topping the 1 billion activations mark. To celebrate, the company announced its next named release of the Android operating system: Android 4.4, code named “KitKat.” There’s no word yet as to what changes to the OS will be coming with “KitKat,” which would appear… Read More

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Microsoft patent chief in court: We weren’t trying to put Motorola out of business

How far apart are Microsoft and Motorola these days? They can’t even agree on what they’re arguing about. The trial under way between the companies in U.S. District Court in Seattle is ostensibly about patents needed to implement wireless and video standards, but the primary focus this afternoon was something different — Microsoft’s separate patent… Read More

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Gartner: Smartphone sales beat feature phones, rising tide lifts Samsung, Microsoft

For the first time in the history of cell phones, smartphone sales have exceeded those of feature phones, according to new quarterly sales numbers released today by Gartner. As it turns out, though, a rising tide does not lift all boats equally, with Android continuing to cement its dominance, carried aloft by Samsung’s sales. Samsung’s… Read More

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BlackBerry’s ‘strategic alternatives’ include possible sale of company … but who’s buying?

BlackBerry said this morning that a special committee of its board will “explore strategic alternatives,” and anyone who has heard that phrase before knows what’s on the table. “These alternatives could include, among others, possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Company or other possible transactions,” the company says. It’s another… Read More

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Moto X: A Google phone made in the USA starting at $199

If you’re an Android fan and want to have hundreds of color selections for a smartphone, well, Google’s new device might be for you. Google’s Motorola unit today unveiled the Moto X, the first phone built by Motorola since Google acquired the company for $12.5 billion two years ago. It’s not anything revolutionary, but there are a few cool… Read More

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Microsoft’s new billion-dollar business: Android patents?

Windows Phone revenue rose by $1.2 billion in the company’s 2013 fiscal year, according to new numbers released by Microsoft this afternoon as part of its Form 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But the definition of “Windows Phone revenue” isn’t what you might think. The number reflects “an increase in patent licensing… Read More

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Nokia CEO says he picked Windows Phone over fear of Samsung dominating Android

Last week, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop defended his company’s decision two years ago to try to create a “third ecosystem” by throwing its weight behind Windows Phone, competing against iPhone and Android. Now, in a recent roundtable with European media outlets, Elop went into more detail about that logic and shed light on how he feared Samsung would dominate… Read More

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‘Clashers’ music app stands out at Microsoft design expo, using Android and YouTube

The setting was the annual student Design Expo at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, which is one reason the project called “Clashers” stood out: It’s an Android app, developed by students from Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, that leverages YouTube to let people eavesdrop on songs being played by other Clashers users they spot on the street,… Read More