Lenovo Overtakes Samsung, Becomes No. 1 Smartphone in China

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Lenovo overtook Samsung as the No. 1 smartphone maker in China and the fourth largest worldwide in the second quarter of 2014, according to the company and research firm IDC. 

The latest market gains show how the world’s largest personal computer maker is positioning itself as a major global competitor against top smartphone brands Apple and Samsung. At the same time, the China-based Lenovo is preparing for further growth as it completes $5 billion in acquisitions of Google’s Motorola Mobility handset unit and IBM’s low-end server unit.

Lenovo said second-quarter profit rose 23 percent to $214 million, largely the result of strong smartphone sales in international markets. Overall revenue increased 18 percent to $10.4 billion.

It was a record quarter for Lenovo smartphones, with sales up 39 percent, outpacing PCs for the first time. In what was also a company first, Lenovo’s smartphone shipments surpassed 1 million devices in the market that includes Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where the company also took the top position in notebook sales.

Lenovo’s mobile device business, including smartphones and tablets, increased 32 percent year over year during the quarter to $1.6 billion, representing 15 percent of the company’s total revenue. Desktop PC shipments were up 12 percent year-over-year compared to the overall industry increase of 2.4 percent, the company reported.

In the most recent quarter, Lenovo’s world market share for smartphones was about 5 percent compared to 25 percent for Samsung, 12 percent for Apple and 7 percent for Huawei, according to IDC’s report.
 






August 15th 2014 apple, Mobile, Technology

Apple’s Next iPad Could Sport Anti-Reflective Coating For Easier Daylight Use

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twotap-ipad Apple has a new iPad that has just gone into production, according to a new report from Bloomberg. The next Apple tablet will reportedly will reportedly come in both 9.7-inch (iPad Air) and 7.9-inch (iPad mini) flavors, per the news network’s sources, and will be equipped with a new anti-reflective coating that should make it easier to read in bright light situations. The new iPads could… Read More

August 12th 2014 apple, ipad, Mobile

Apple Poised to Dominate the Fall Market

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September is shaping up to be a big month for Apple. The tech giant is expected to hold an event introducing its long-awaited iPhone 6 on Sept. 9, according to Re/code

Apple svp Eddy Cue, who heads up the company’s PR initiatives, first generated excitement for Apple’s upcoming fall offerings at the annual Code conference in May. With typical Apple discretion, he only alluded to upcoming news: “We’ve got the best product pipeline that I’ve seen in my 25 years at Apple.” On Sept. 9, consumers may finally get some specifics.

What will be the key features of Apple’s next-generation iPhones? In addition to faster A8 processors, rumor has it they will offer larger displays. This increase is Apple’s response to consumer demand for bigger screen sizes, which have long been offered by competitors Samsung and Galaxy.

Why the September timeframe? Some tech analysts believe it’s a strategic move to pre-empt Samsung’s newest smartphone launch, which is scheduled for mid-September at the IFA trade show in Berlin.

Even with the upcoming product launch, Apple saw robust iPhone sales at the end of Q2, up 12.7 percent from last June. 






August 7th 2014 apple, Technology

Bomb Gaza and 6 Other Mobile Games Banned by App Stores

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The Israel-Palestine conflict is playing out in app stores with games like Bomb Gaza being used as a new kind of information warfare. In fact, Google started pulling apps from its Play store that it found unsuitable for its mobile platform. 

This week, Bomb Gaza, Gaza Assault and Whack the Hamas were banned. And it’s not the first time real conflict caused virtual ramifications. In past wars, Apple removed an app called Third Intifada, a hub for pro-Palestinian information that Israeli officials said incited violence.

Even with Bomb Gaza and the other games removed from the Play store, there are still titles inspired by the Mideast conflict. There are games based on Israel’s Iron Dome defense, which has been successful during the latest fighting in limiting damage from rockets fired from the Gaza Strip.

Another whack-a-mole style game disappeared today—Hamas a Mole, which was similar to Whack the Hamas where terrorists pop out of holes in the ground and need to be bashed back down.

Games that cause outrage have been a staple of mobile apps since Apple launched its iPhone software store in 2008. Apple is tight about regulating content in its App Store while Google has fewer restrictions on the types of games and products it allows. Still, they both have cracked down on offending games.

Here is a look at some of the most controversial games:

Weed Firm
Players grow pot and build a drug empire. Apple pulled Weed Firm from its store this year. 

Smuggle Truck
You can drive immigrants through the desert but don’t let them bounce out the back of the truck. Apple rejected this game in 2011. 

Boyfriend Trainer

Whack, slap and put your boyfriend on a leash are supposed to be part of the fun in this game from last year. 

Dog Wars
This 2011 app let players train dogs for fighting before Google removed it. 

Zombie School
Turns out a shooting game in a school wasn’t a good idea, even if the targets were zombies. Apple removed the game in 2008. 

Baby Shaker
Perhaps the most tasteless of all, this game was about simulating newborn deaths by vigorously shaking an iPhone. It was pulled after slipping through the Apple censors in 2009. 






August 6th 2014 apple, Google, iphone, Mobile, Technology

Apple Secretly Acquired “Pandora For Books” Startup BookLamp To Battle Amazon

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BookLamp Apple Feature TechCrunch has learned that Apple has made another acquisition, one that it is using to boost its e-books effort and “beat Amazon at its own game.” It has bought BookLamp, a startup based out of Boise, Idaho, that developed big data-style book analytics services. A second source says Apple bought BookLamp’s employees and technology for a price that was “higher than… Read More

July 26th 2014 apple

This Week On The TC Gadgets Podcast: Apple’s iWatch Patent, The MBA Sticker Ad, And The Defender

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gadgets140725 As the summer presses onward, so do we. A massive Apple patent surfaced this week, giving us our most detailed look yet at the company’s focus for the much-rumored iWatch. And speaking of Apple, the company recently released an interesting commercial showing off MacBook Air notebooks covered in stickers. Plus, we discovered a fun Indiegogo campaign this week for the Defender, a… Read More

July 26th 2014 apple

Bose Picks A Patent Fight With Beats Over Noise-Cancelling Headphones

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bose_onear Bose has sued soon-to-be-Apple-owned Beats over patents it holds related to noise-cancelling headphones, according to a new report from CNBC. The new suit means that Apple has a brand new patent battleground, should the Beats acquisition go through as planned, in addition to its ongoing litigation with Samsung and others. The full complaint is listed on Priorsmart, and lists Beat Electronics… Read More

July 26th 2014 apple

Apple Faces Class-Action Lawsuit In California Over Alleged Labor Violations Affecting 20K Employees

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Image (1) gavelshot.png for post 46226 While Apple today reported its quarterly earnings, another group seized the moment to push out another bit of Apple-related news. The company is being sued in a class-action suit over a series of alleged violations of the California Labor Code, including the “timely” granting of meal and rest breaks as well as final paychecks. The case potentially affects some 20,000 current and… Read More

July 23rd 2014 apple

Apple Has Paid $20 Billion To iOS Devs, Half Of It In The Past Year

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applemonies A quick update for those keeping track of how well the iOS developer money train is chugging along: As of its earnings call this morning, Apple has paid out over $20 billion to iOS developers. More surprising than the overall amount, however, is the rate at which the money is coming in. Of the $20 billion paid out since the App Store launched in 2008, “nearly half” of it has been… Read More

July 23rd 2014 apple

China Drove Big iPhone And iPad Sales For Apple During Q3 2014

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apple-store-china Apple‘s earnings are out, and there’s a narrative contained therein of the emerging importance of China and BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries in general – the company revealed to the FT that iPhone sales are up 55 percent year over year in the BRIC nations, and Chinese iPhone sales are up 48 percent, with the iPad sales in that country rising 51 percent year… Read More

July 23rd 2014 apple, ipad, iphone, Mobile