MOBILE NEWS

July 27th, 2012, 2:28 PM

Microsoft Admits Surface Play Carries Risk

Shortly after clearing up rumours that the Surface tablet won’t, in fact, cost $1000, Microsoft has been hit with another serious challenge: an uncovered admission that in the company’s view the Surface tablet is ultimately a risky play. Buried in an annual report submitted to the SEC on Thursday, Microsoft candidly admits that the Surface [...]

July 25th, 2012, 10:55 AM

Report Claims Microsoft Limiting Release of Windows RT to OEMs

Microsoft is tightly limiting the release of Windows RT to OEMs during the initial launch period and then will lift the restrictions in January, according to an unconfirmed report by the China Economic Times. The Times says that Microsoft has enforced partnerships between ARM chipset vendors and OEMs: NVIDIA is teaming with Lenovo and Asus, [...]

July 17th, 2012, 1:04 PM

Samsung Buys Parts of U.K Chip Factory CSR for $310 Million

Samsung Electronics has purchased the mobile arm of U.K chipmaker CSR for $310 million, the companies announced on Tuesday. The deal was done largely to get rights to some of CSR’s portfolio of mobile patents involving, “ handset connectivity technology” — largely CSR’s Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, FM and GPS technologies. CSR also said that Samsung has purchased [...]

July 11th, 2012, 5:30 PM

Google’s Nexus 7 is a $152 Tablet

Google’s cost of production for its upcoming Nexus 7 tablet ranges between $152 and $167, according to bill of material analysis by HIS iSuppli. Google is planning to offer the tablet in two versions:  an 8 GB model for $199 and a 16 GB edition for $249. Only the 16 GB edition is available from [...]

July 5th, 2012, 4:54 PM

Report: Macbook Air Will Triumph Over Ultrabooks in 2012

Though P.C fans are loath to admit it, non-Apple OEMs have been forced to play catch-up to Apple in many ways – mostly in the market of small form factor laptops and tablets. While Apple invented neither of form factors, they certainly dominate in these markets. The Macbook Air, for instance, has sold incredibly well [...]

July 4th, 2012, 9:33 PM

Leaked Blackberry Roadmap Shows LTE Playbook Scheduled Before BB10

While Blackberry 10 has been delayed until next year, RIM isn’t sitting out on the sidelines entirely this fall. The company is planning on releasing a 4G LTE version its Blackberry Playbook sometime in Q4 of 2012. This is all according to a leaked roadmap as seen below that Blackberry OS obtained. Here are RIM’s plans [...]

July 3rd, 2012, 2:04 PM

August 15 Will Be The End of Flash on Android

The reports of the death of Flash on the mobile web have not been greatly exaggerated. Late last week Adobe said there would be no certified implementations of Flash onto Android 4.1. “Devices that do not have Flash Player already installed are increasingly likely to be incompatible with Flash Player and will no longer be [...]

June 28th, 2012, 5:48 PM

RIM’s Quarterly Update Shows a Company in Dire Straights

RIM’s quarterly report released late Thursday painted a stark and depressing picture of a former technology titan taking its last gasps of air. The embattled smartphone manufacturer said it had lost $518 million this quarter, or 99-cents a share. The company says revenue dropped by 33 per cent from the last quarter, to $2.8-billion; BlackBerry [...]

June 28th, 2012, 11:51 AM

ASUS: Building the Nexus 7 was “Torture”

By all accounts ASUS is an experienced OEM used to a demanding production schedule. In a recent interview, however, the company’s chairman admitted that working with Google on the Nexus 7 tablet proved to be, at times, beyond taxing. “Our engineers told me it is like torture,” Asus Chairman Jonney Shih told AllThingsD in an interview. “They ask [...]

June 27th, 2012, 5:21 PM

Acer Iconia A700 Tablet Now Available in Canada

Acer is launching its high resolution Iconia A700 tablet, its competitor to the iPad 3 and ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity, this week in Canada. The Iconia A700 comes with a mighty 1920 x 1200 resolution screen that doesn’t quite match the pixel depth of the iPad 3, but provides a vast improvement over the usual [...]