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Samsung and LG are really close to announcing curved, flexible smartphones

Are curved, flexible smartphones the next frontier in smartphone innovation? LG and Samsung really want to make it so.<p>Both companies are weeks away from announcing smartphones with curved displays, whose plastic substrate should make them more durable and cheaper to produce.<p>LG said today that it’s …

Eric Schmidt says Android is more secure than the iPhone, is he right?

During a question-and-answer session at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, Google’s executive chairman and former CEO Eric Schmidt declared that Android is more secure than the iPhone (i.e. iOS). The audience of technologists laughed, which probably wasn’t the reaction Schmidt was looking for, and when …

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Sony's VAIO Flip PC convertible laptops get priced in Japan

Sony was coy about its prices when the VAIO Flip PC series was unveiled at IFA, but now we have some figures from Japan -- where the same Haswell-powered notebooks are sold as the VAIO Fit 13A, 14A and 15A depending on their screen size. Starting in late October, customers with some spare yen can …

A7-powered iPad 5 will accelerate the switch from PCs to tablets by two points – analyst

The A7-powered iPad 5 expected to be announced next week will accelerate the trend of people using tablets instead of PCs, argues an investment note from Deutsche Bank Equity Research.<p>We…expect growing [desktop] virtualization and iPad deployments in the enterprise to pressure corporate PC sales …

After losing Waze to Google, Samsung continues to court startups to improve software offerings

It's no secret that Samsung is a hardware company first. The Korean firm became dominant in televisions and then mobile through efficiency and vertical integration in hardware development and production — not the software on its machines. In a world where a joint Google-Motorola and Microsoft-Nokia …

Google's new 'Chromebook for everyone' is a sleek 11-inch HP laptop

At an event in New York City this morning, Google announced the new HP Chromebook 11. The Chromebook 11 is a low-cost Chrome OS laptop, with an 11-inch, 1366 x 768 pixel IPS display and Chromebook Pixel inspired design. The new laptop, which Google is selling for $279, is available to order from …