ByMichael Blair:The $25 smartphone has arrived and it is a pretty solid device. Spreadtrum Communications and Firefox introduced the device at Mobile World Conference and for markets where cost is a real barrier, it will be a popular option.
Apple Inc. is missing out on a chance to court as many as 2.8 billion new smartphone customers, many of them in Asia, as wireless-service providers balk at conditions imposed by the iPhone maker and drag their heels in signing on as partners.
Samsung Electronics Co. posted record earnings as sales of its smartphones surged, widening the company’s global lead as its latest Galaxy handset hits stores to take on Apple Inc. in the U.S.
Net income rose 42% from a year earlier to 7.15 trillion won (US$6.4 billion) in the three months ended March, Samsung said in a statement today. Sales of its smartphones jumped 56% to 69.4 million units, almost double the number of iPhones sold by Apple, Strategy Analytics said.
The community, which provides support for homegrown startups, asked its members what they thought the New Year had in store for UK small businesses.
“Despite the doom and gloom of the recession,” said Enterprise Nation member Sheryl McFarlane of Little Acres Rural Business Solutions. “Small businesses will continue to buck the trend and do well in the New Year.”
By Ingrid Lunden
The next step in Intel’s (INTC) ambition to become a central player in the mobile ecosystem is dovetailing with mobile carrier Orange’s strategy to grow its line of own-brand smartphones.
Teen smartphone ownership is rising across the board, but surprisingly, some of the highest penetration rates are among teens in low-income households. According to Pew, overall teen smartphone penetration was 37 percent, up from 23 percent in 2011. Pew defines teens as Americans aged 12 to 17.
It's fashionable to talk about emerging markets like China, and how important they are to global smartphone growth. But Apple also needs a low-cost smartphone in the U.S. to stay dominant domestically.
REYKJAVIK, Iceland — You meet someone, there’s chemistry, and then come the introductory questions: What’s your name? Come here often? Are you my cousin?
In Iceland, a country with a population of 320,000 where most everyone is distantly related, inadvertently kissing cousins is a real risk.
A new smartphone app is on hand to help Icelanders avoid accidental incest. The app lets users “bump” phones, and emits a warning alarm if they are closely related. “Bump the app before you bump in bed,” says the catchy slogan.
By Ganaxi Small Cap Movers:Malvern, PA-based The Vanguard Group manages approximately $1.6 trillion in assets, including $741.0 billion in 13-F assets per its latest Q1 filing with the SEC last week. It is one of the largest institutional investors, accounting for about 4% of the total market capitalization of the U.S. equity markets.