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Verizon calls on President to veto coming iPhone ban

Advertisement<p>34 Comments<p>As an import ban on Apple(s aapl) products gets set to take effect two weeks from now, a Verizon executive is asking the …

Motorola now exclusive Droid partner to Verizon

There won't be any other smartphone manufacturers making Droid phones. Verizon has locked Motorola in an exclusive relationship.<p>Verizon Wireless and Motorola are getting exclusive with their relationship.<p>Starting with the Droid Ultra lineup, Motorola will be the only smartphone manufacturer to …

Mobile Technology

Unlike Moto X, Motorola's new Droids aren't made in the US

At a Verizon press conference in Chicago this morning, a Motorola spokesman noted that Verizon's new Droid Ultra, Maxx, and Mini aren't made in the US. "They're designed in the US, made in Asia," he said.<p>It's notable because Motorola has made a big deal of the fact that Moto X — the company's …

Rumor Recap Ahead Of Google's Moto X Launch

The launch of the much-anticipated Moto X smartphone is set for next week at a press event in New York City. The Moto X is the latest high-end phone from Motorola Mobility, but more to the point is the first new handset design initiated since the company was acquired last year by Google for $12.5 …

“Phantom downloads” are Apple’s latest app store headache in China

Users of China’s iTunes app store noticed a disquieting development in recent weeks: their accounts were showing they had purchased apps—mostly Chinese mobile games—that had never heard of before. According to Tech in Asia, the phantom downloads may have been “the work of an app-promotion company …

Apps

Apple Reportedly Testing Bigger iPhone And iPad Screens, Starting Production On New 9.7″ iPad

Apple is reportedly testing out bigger iPhone and iPad screen designs, according to a new Wall Street Journal report. The Mac maker has been asking its supplier partners for prototype screens in sizes in excess of four inches, and also just shy of 12-inches, which would make the resulting devices …

With new products far off, Apple faces sluggish summer

The second half of 2013 may well mark Apple Inc.'s return to blockbuster profit growth. But in the meantime, there's probably a little more pain ahead.<p>Apple reports its third-quarter earnings on Tuesday. According to Thomson Reuters, analysts are expecting, on average, earnings of $7.31 (U.S.) per …

Apple Ramping Up For Stylish iWatch, Curved Casing Could Be Liquidmetal

Reports this week indicate that Apple is building a substantial team of veterans from multiple industries to build a stylish, multi-functional iWatch. The timing of the hires points to a late 2014 release, according to an analyst report and a story in the <i>Financial Times</i>. Far from being a bad sign …

Moto X press shots leak ahead of August 1st announcement

The Moto X is set to be revealed very soon, but it's already far from being a well-kept secret. Thanks to prolific phone leaker @evleaks and <i>The Unlockr</i>, the phone's basic colors, contours, and stock Android operating system are now all but confirmed thanks to leaked press shots. (Lo and behold, the …

Apple Developer Center Was Hacked; Site Remains Down While Company Overhauls Security

Apple’s developer site was accessed by “an intruder” last Thursday, the company has disclosed, and Apple has not ruled out the possibility that …

Personal Information

Pebble touts over 275,000 total orders and more than one million app downloads

The smartwatch craze shows no signs of abating, and there's little doubt that Pebble was one of the first companies to really push the concept into the mainstream over the last year or so. We already knew that the company took in a total of 85,000 orders through Kickstarter, and now it has …

Instagram for iOS gets landscape mode, Cinema stabilization support for front-facing cameras

Today, the Instagram app for iOS gets a new landscape mode for both pics and video. This will be good news to anyone who's had the frustrating experience of taking photo or video while holding the phone sideways, only for Instagram to not flip your masterpiece accordingly. That new orientation …

Apple Paid No UK Corporate Taxes In 2012: Report

Despite making millions in profit in Britain, Apple paid no corporate taxes to the U.K. last year, according to company filings cited by various news outlets.<p>The tech giant logged a pre-tax profit of 68 million pounds -- or more than $103 million -- from its main U.K. subsidiaries last year, the …

Apple makes boffo battery life new killer tech spec

All-day battery life has become the sine qua non of any new thin and light laptop worth its salt, thanks to Apple's newest MacBook Air.<p>Apple hasn't lost its touch yet. Not if it can take a two-and-half-year-old design and turn it into one of today's hottest laptops.<p>That would be the 2013 MacBook …

MacBook Air

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 vs Sony Xperia Z Ultra: By the numbers

The Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has held its own against some stiff competition in the past, but with its successor still a few months away, a rather large shadow has loomed upon it. The Sony Xperia Z Ultra might just be the Galaxy Note 2’s biggest competitor yet, and in more ways than one.<p>So after …

Phones

Apple May Have Figured Out How To Fix Siri So That You'll Actually Want To Use It

That's because your voice commands are being transferred to Siri's brain, which is online in the cloud, before an answer is delivered back to you.<p>But 9to5Mac believes Apple is working on a fix that could make Siri much faster. The site reports:<p>Apple is testing a local, offline version of Dictation …

White Motorola Droid Ultra alleged photo shows up

An alleged image of the Motorola Droid Ultra has hit the web well ahead of the phone’s official announcement.<p>After just seeing a picture reportedly showing the new Droid MAXX, we’re now looking at the white version of the Droid Ultra, at least according to <i>xda-developers</i> user <i>xavierk75</i>. However, the …

Mobile Technology

Pebble smart watch announces Best Buy as exclusive retail launch partner, available online today & in stores July 7

Yesterday we noted that Best Buy retail sources indicated the popular ‘Pebble’ Bluetooth smart watch would be landing on at least some of the retailer’s store shelves this weekend. Today Pebble and Best Buy have finally made things official by announcing the partnership that will bring the most …

Nokia Lumia 1020 'EOS' headed to AT&T, leaked pic hints

The picture of the long-rumored mobile, which is expected to sport a 41-megapixel camera, also teases a new "Pro Cam" app.<p>Nokia's long-rumored Lumia 1020 smart phone, which is tipped to sport a whopping 41-megapixel camera, has been spied in a freshly leaked picture.<p>The image of the elusive mobile …

Mobile Technology

Moto X set to feature a Dual LTE MIMO antenna

The Moto X has attracted a fair bit of attention in the past few days and it doesn’t look like the hype train will be stopped. The founder and former owner of <i>Android and me,</i> Taylor Wimberley, has already leaked some information about the Moto X and now he’s got some more information.<p>According to …

Mobile Technology

Both white Nexus 4 models (8GB and 16GB) sold out on U.S. Play Store, Google confirms

As the 16GB white Nexus 4 is no longer available for sale from the U.S. Google Play Store, a publication confirmed with Google that the limited edition smartphone has sold out.<p>A few days ago we told you that the 8GB model was no longer available from the Play Store, and it looks like the 16GB …

Android News

Apple Seeks Patent For Waze-Style Crowdsourced Navigation That Could Boost iOS Maps

The U.S. Patent Office has just published a new patent application by Apple (via AppleInsider) that integrates crowdsourced traffic data for real-time information about road conditions, similar to what Waze does. Waze, which was just acquired by Google, seeks user input on changing road conditions, …

Apple plotting iPhone sales overhaul, report says

The fruit-flavored firm is said to be queuing up new incentives for in-store shoppers.<p>Apple is said to be plotting new incentives and schemes to persuade shoppers to buy the iPhone in-store.<p>Head honcho Tim Cook imparted some of the new measures -- which could include more price-matching and …

iPhone

Apple Exploring Earbud Tech That Can Compensate For Specific Fit In Each User’s Ear

The USPTO is big on Apple patents this morning, with a new application published around earbud technology spotted by AppleInsider. Apple’s own earbud designs have been mostly underwhelming, even if the last change for the stock set that comes with iPhones and iPods was an improvement. The new …

Apple Hits A Snag In U.S. & U.K. As It Looks To Trademark ‘iWatch’ Worldwide

Apple is on a quest to register the “iWatch” trademark worldwide ahead of its rumored smartwatch launch later this year, with filings already made in Japan, Taiwan, and Mexico. But the Cupertino company will hit a snag in the United States and the United Kingdom, where the iWatch name is already …

European Union

LifeProof announces the first ever waterproof iPhone 5 case without a screen protector

<b>Update: Now available for preorder from Best Buy in black or white for $90 with free shipping.</b><p>LifeProof has made their first major product announcement following last month’s merger with their top competitor, OtterBox. The ultra-tough case maker is bringing their popular Nuud style to the iPhone 5 …

Deconstructing Pebble's Mainstream Push

In the smartwatch wars, Pebble technology is the scrappy startup pitted against large, established players with deep pockets. That is why, the company’s partnership with Best Buy (announced earlier this week) is a big deal. According to the announcement, black Pebble smartwatches will be available …