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LG says two flagship phones are coming in 2016 despite mobile division losses

Despite a vast investment of research, engineering, and marketing, LG's smartphone sales in 2015 were practically unchanged relative to its 2014 totals. Reporting its quarterly earnings today, the Korean company recorded 59.7 million smartphone shipments last year, which amounts to a year-on-year …

Ad Blocking: A Primer

There’s a lot of buzz right now around ad blocking. Depending on your perception, you might consider ad blocking a savior… or a growing problem. Both points of view are valid, to some degree. What appears to be a certainty, however, is that the use of ad blockers is expected to grow …

Digital Advertising

GQ Tells Readers to Turn Off Ad Blockers or Pay Up

Conde Nast publication <i>GQ</i> is pushing back against readers using online advertisement blocking software, asking them to turn it off or pay to read an …

ASUS' mobile devices will ship with built-in ad blocking

Ad blocking is now easy to find on just about every device you own, but it's rarely included from the get-go. However, ASUS aims to change that. As of early 2016, all of the company's web-capable mobile devices will ship with AdBlock Plus not only included with the company's proprietary browser, …

Fujitsu is splitting its PC and mobile divisions into new companies

Fujitsu is spinning off its PC and mobile divisions in an attempt to create more efficient businesses that can better compete in their increasingly competitive markets. The spinoffs, announced today, will create two new companies: the first, Fujitsu Client Computing Limited, will contain its laptop …

New technology can turn TV shows into sophisticated adverts

Advertisers are increasingly worrying about people avoiding or blocking traditional adverts, so they are becoming more sophisticated.<p>New technology now enables product placement to be tailored to the audience of the programme.<p>China's online video and TV distributor Youku this week announced a deal …

TV shows

Apple’s Jimmy Iovine is ‘scared’ for the future of music

Iovine, who joined Apple through its $2 billion acquisition of his company Beats Music last year, railed against music services like Spotify that use a "freemium" model on stage at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit.<p>Spotify's model lets people use the service for free, as long as they listen …

Jimmy Iovine

Rise of ad-blockers shows advertising does not understand mobile, say experts

Apple has made ad-blocking mainstream, prompting fears in the $31.9bn mobile ad market. But those grappling with the problem say the user must come first

Digital Advertising

Samsung Gear S2 smartwatch will cost less than an Apple Watch

Samsung's smart and attractive rethink of its Gear line of smart watches, the Gear S2 now has a price, $299.99, and availability date for the U.S., …

HTC announces One M9+ “Supreme Camera” Edition

Back in April HTC unveiled the One M9+ to the world, giving HTC fans a QHD-equipped variant of its flagship, that also saw the Qualcomm processor traded out for a MediaTek chip, and a few other changes such as a fingerprint scanner inside a front-facing home button. The device initially launched in …

Phones

Here’s what happens in tech when the money runs dry

People working at big companies like Google and Facebook see other friends raising money and getting rich, Hayes explained.<p>"It almost looks easy," Hayes said. "It seems easy to raise money. Everyone is joining incubators, all this kind of stuff."<p>Hayes saw it in 1999, in 2006 and 2007, and he's …

Hayes

Opinion: Samsung may be #1 in the USA, but they are still on a downward slope

Despite Samsung’s recent onslaught of bad fortune, the latest smartphone data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech puts the popular phone maker back in the #1 spot in the USA. This is good news for Sammy, as they have finally taken back the crown they once held so dearly. The sad news is that chances are …

Mobile

Live Nation buys stake in Bonnaroo music festival

Concert promoter and ticket seller Live Nation said Tuesday that it bought a controlling stake in annual music festival Bonnaroo.<p>The purchase will boost Live Nation's portfolio of music festivals, which attract hundreds of thousands of people paying hefty ticket prices. Late last year, it bought a …

Samsung regains smartphone sales crown from Apple

Samsung Electronics has recaptured its title as the world's top smartphone maker, according to new research released Tuesday.<p>The South Korean electronics giant shipped 83.2 million smartphones worldwide during the first quarter of 2015, capturing 24 percent of the smartphone market, according to …

LG Electronics says 1Q profit sinks nearly 60 percent

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — LG Electronics Inc. said Wednesday its quarterly profit plunged 59 percent as losses from TVs offset a modest improvement …

South Korea

Why Apple is obsessed with gold: It's all about Asia

Apple’s CEO Tim Cook often promotes the company’s green initiatives and socially progressive policies, but if look at what the company is putting in …

Here's how desperate some investors are to get into hot tech companies like Pinterest

The Wall Street Journal reports that venture capital firms like FirstMark Capital and Andreessen Horowitz are raising special "impromptu" funds from a few select investors, specifically to invest in late rounds in fast-growing companies with high valuations like Pinterest.<p>Sometimes, these funds are …

Venture Capital

Mobile Ads Will Smash $100 Billion Mark Worldwide In 2016

It’s no secret that mobile devices are driving much of the growth in online advertising. Now it’s becoming more apparent just how far mobile advertising has come, and how fast.<p>In a new worldwide ad spending report out April 2, eMarketer predicts that global ad spending aimed at smartphones and …

Groupon Quietly Launches Groupon Stores, a Marketplace for Its $2 Billion Goods Business

If Groupon's history was as a virtual coupon shop, it's future is starting to look more like a more traditional online store.<p>If Groupon’s history was as a virtual coupon shop, it’s future is starting to look more like a traditional online store.<p>Case in point: The Chicago-based company has quietly …

eCommerce

In Japan, People Are Flipping Out Over The Flip-Phone (Galapagos Phone): What's Old Is New Again

Everything that’s old is new again—and the flip-phone—the anti-smart phone & the Galapagos like replica of a time when Japan once dominated the world in mobile phones is making a comeback in this island country.<p>For those of you who don’t remember, once upon a time Japan was the world leader in …

Tim Cook's Apple is hot. But can it keep going?

Tim Cook has given his naysayers the ultimate comeback: His company just posted the most profitable quarter for any company -- ever.<p>Cook has heard it all: He's not suited to be CEO. He's just an operations guy. Apple (AAPL) needs another Steve Jobs, not a Steve Ballmer.<p>He's not hearing much of that …

Rasheed Sulaimon's Surprising Dismissal Doesn't Change Duke's 2014-15 Outlook

Duke dropped a bombshell Thursday afternoon, as word broke that the school dismissed junior shooting guard Rasheed Sulaimon from the Blue Devils' basketball program.<p>Head coach Mike Krzyzewski said, via Duke's official website, "After Rasheed repeatedly struggled to meet the necessary obligations, …