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Will Samsung own Android's future?

At its first Developer Conference, Android's biggest player makes its move<p>While Samsung might be the biggest manufacturer of Android hardware, the company has spent much of the last few years building a software experience for its devices that’s uniquely its own. Samsung’s user interface now covers …

New Haswell MacBook Pro Teardown: Lots of Shiny Tech – But Don’t Expect to Repair it Yourself

iFixit has performed their famous teardown procedure on both the 13-inch and 15-inch models of the new MacBook Pros, and while they are truly things …

The rise of Android’s biggest OEM: The Samsung story

It has been 75 years since Lee Byung-Chull founded Samsung with just 30,000 won (about $28). It would be fair to say that the South Korean company has come a long way since then. In the third quarter of this year Samsung cleared an operating profit of 8.12 trillion won (around $7.4 billion). Much …

Mobile

Google Play Store 4.4.21 available for download

After having been discovered a few days ago, the new Google Play Store Android app update (version 4.4.21) is available for download, bringing a new user interface to Android devices.<p>The new UI replaces the old navigation with a slide-out navigation menu that’s meant to make it easier for users to …

Android News

Leaked Samsung release schedule reveals carrier plans for 4.3 update

The Galaxy S4’s move to Android 4.3 kicked off earlier this week with the unlocked version of the Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE (GT-I9505) being the first device to get a taste of the latest Jelly Bean upgrade. Shortly thereafter, the unlocked 3G variant also began rolling out the update.<p>What about the …

Android News

Samsung is ready to manufacture 64-bit Exynos chips - official

We’ve already heard that Samsung is close to completing the development of a 64-bit Exynos chip, but now we have official confirmation. A director with Samsung’s System LSI division confirmed during a conference call that the chipmaker is ready to manufacture its first 64-bit SoC, reports Korean …

Electronics Industry

Let Your iPhone Stick its Neck Out With the Une Bobine

In my CES 2013 recap, I reviewed the previous generation of Fuse Chicken's Une Bobine flexible cable/stand, when it supported Apple's 30-pin devices. Now they have a Kickstarter project for their Lightning-based version. I don't always post about Kickstarter projects; but since they have a nice …

iPhone 5

Apple Upgrades MacBook Pro with New CPUs, 700-Series Graphics

New models priced at $1,299 and $1,999, respectively.<p>On Tuesday, Apple announced its long anticipated updates to the MacBook Pro with Retina Display. …

Apple Has Killed Off The 15-Inch MacBook Pro With Optical Drive

Phil Schiller just got done revealing Apple’s new line up of MacBook Pros that promise bigger performance in a smaller package. One thing Schiller didn’t mention though is that Apple has decided to kill the 15-inch MacBook Pros with optical drives that the company has continued to offer to …

MacBook Pro

MacBook Pro hands-on (late 2013)

These are the new MacBook Pros. Both the 13- and 15-inch versions have been refreshed, and now the Retina display-sporting, Haswell-powered laptops are being shown off right after the Apple "lot to cover" event. While the duo retains the same overall look and feel of the previous generation, there …

Apple Online Store returns with new Macs & iPads

Following Apple’s iPad event today, Apple’s online store is now back up with details on the new Macs and iPads announced during today’s event. The site also has a link to upgrade to OS X Mavericks through the Mac App Store, which Apple announced would become available today for free.<p>While Apple’s …

Big, Beautiful Photos Of Apple's New iPad Air And iPad Mini

The iPad Air is the new name for Apple's full-sized iPad. It's significantly thinner and lighter than the previous model.<p>Meanwhile, the iPad mini also got an upgrade. It now has a sharp Retina display like the iPhone and iPad.<p>The iPad Air will start at $499 and goes on sale November 1. The iPad …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

Hey, Apple fans: Quit complaining

Apple's big event has just concluded, which means that the commentaries overpraising its new products and grousing about ungranted wishes are on their way to your computer and smartphone pixels already. (My LA Times colleagues are on the case here.<p>Here are probably the two leading candidates for …

Apple

Apple Is Taking A Big Risk Hiking The Price Of The iPad Mini

First, it's renaming the big iPad the iPad Air. Second, the new iPad Mini with a sharp Retina display will cost $399.<p>This is effectively a price hike on the iPad Mini, and, as far as we can remember, the first time Apple has raised the price on an iOS device.<p>Last year, the iPad Mini debuted at …

Apple Introduces The iPad Air

Three years ago, Apple unveiled the original iPad, boxy and thick and heavy by comparison. Four iPads later, we’re here, welcoming the fifth generation iPad into the world.<p>And boy is it a beauty!<p>You’ve been waiting long enough, through a summer of rumors, so let’s just get right down to business on …