26 August 2013

Best Smartphone Under $100 runs on Android

Android is dominating the global smartphone OS market -- you can't beat an Android smartphone made by a quality manufacturer -- all for less than $100! --

Best Smartphone for Less Than $100 - India Real Time - WSJ: "An increasing number of manufacturers now sell phones in India for less than $100. As a result, smartphone sales and usage are increasing in the country. Mobile data usage in India increased by 92% between December 2011 to December 2012, according to a study by Nokia Siemens Networks. But which smartphone offers the best value for your $100? . . . Advantage: Samsung (on Android Jelly Bean)." (read more at link above)

The Rise and Fall of Windows Mobile, Under Ballmer - NYTimes.com: " Windows Phone software runs on a mere 3.7 percent of smartphones worldwide, far behind Android, with 79.3 percent of the market, and iOS, with 13.2 percent, according to IDC."

Take a Chromebook instead of an Apple to your teacher | ZDNet: "For the most Chromebook for the money, I like the Lenovo ThinkPad x131e, which was designed for students and cost just over $400, and the ARM-powered Samsung Chromebook. The latter has been Amazon's best selling laptop for months and sells for $250."

Android tablets just the medicine for Dubai's smart hospitals - The National: "Three thousand will be provided for patients and people in waiting areas, the authority said. Rashid Hospital, Dubai Hospital, Latifa Hospital and Hatta Hospital are among the facilities receiving the devices. The move is in line with the smart government initiative launched by Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, Vice President and Ruler of Dubai, said Essa Al Maidoor, the director general of the authority."

Amazon Is Said to Have Tested a Wireless Network - Bloomberg: "The trial underlines how Amazon, the world’s largest e-commerce company, is moving beyond being a Web destination and hardware maker and digging deeper into the underlying technology for how people connect to the Internet. That would let Amazon create a more comprehensive user experience, encompassing how consumers get online, what device they use to connect to the Web and what they do on the Internet."

Needed at Microsoft: A Catch-Up Artist
New York Times (blog)
About an hour into the conversation, someone asked about Microsoft. The company seemed to be treading water, the mantle of high-tech leadership had passed to Appleand Google, and investors were impatient with Microsoft's stagnant stock price.

Microsoft, Motorola set for second round of trial over patents
Chicago Tribune
The argument between Microsoft and Motorola - and by extension Google, which now owns it - is just one facet of a wide-ranging global patent war surrounding smartphone and Internet technology that has drawn in Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Co, Nokia ...

Apple Loop: Colorful iPhones, Icahn's Buyback Push, Filling In Maps, New ...
Forbes
It was a busy week for Microsoft, what with CEO Steve Ballmer announcing he'll leave within the next 12 months and the stock soaring on the news. Microsoft gets criticized for not being as innovative or clever as its rivals, including Apple and Google.

Microsoft releases to manufacturing Windows 8.1: Sources
ZDNet (blog)
A third source close to the company confirmed Microsoft RTM'd Windows 8.1 on August 23, and announced internally that the quality metrics for Windows 8.1 were back in line with those of Windows 7. (The vast amount of changes in the Windows 8 code base ...

Is Google Killing Cable?
Forbes
But as cable companies and TV broadcasters are battling to increase the amount of dollars each gets from anyone who purchases a cable service subscription, companies like Apple Apple and Google Google are quietly moving in to replace the old system.

Microsoft's Russian Bribery Problem Is That In Some Places Bribery Is Endemic
Forbes
A U.S. investigation into Microsoft Corp.'s relationships with business partners that allegedly bribed foreign officials in return for contracts includes activity in Russia and Pakistan, a sign that the probe is wider reaching than previously known ...

Homegrown vendors beat Apple, Samsung sales in India, China
IBNLive
New Delhi: The rising demand for affordable smartphones in the major emerging markets of India and China has helped local mobile manufacturers surpass shipments by the established global brands like Samsung and Apple in April-June quarter this year, ...

Google buys virtual imaging patents from Foxconn
Hindu Business Line
Foxconn Technology, also known under the name Hon Hai Precision Industry, is the main supplier in Asia for Google's biggest rival Apple, particularly for the manufacture of iPhones. (This article was published on August 25, 2013). Keywords: google ...

Krugman: Apple might be in bigger trouble than Microsoft
CNET (blog)
For Krugman, there aren't so many differences between Apple and Samsung. He's disappointed with the iPad Mini too. He's tired of "fighting iOS in order to do simple things." He's tired, in fact, of fighting the controlling spirit of Steve Jobs. With ...

Apple, Samsung do not have to disclose profit details: court
Khaleej Times
Apple Inc and Samsung Electronics Co Ltd do not have to make public the financial details submitted to a US court during high-profile patent litigation, a federal appeals panel ruled on Friday. The Federal US Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington ...

Instagram buys camera app Luma to strengthen video offering
TechSpot
Instagram's first acquisition under parent company Facebook is Luma, the 18-month-old company behind the camera application by the same name. Terms of the deal were not disclosed although we are told the agreement is for the company's talent and ...

Windows 8 stains Ballmer's legacy
Computerworld
Computerworld - Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer survived the flop that was Windows Vista, but he wasn't able to do the same after the disappointment of Windows 8. "Last year, Ballmer said Windows 8 would be his defining moment," said Patrick Moorhead of ...


iPhone 5S release dates, specs keep pouring in
CNET
It's up to Apple now to top or debunk the flood of iPhone 5S rumors, but many of the rumors seem credible. It will be ...

Verizon Motorola Droid 5 leaks online, sporting QWERTY keyboard & on-screen ...
Mobile & Apps
A new Motorola Droid smartphone has leaked in some images online, suggesting that the company is not yet done with handsets packing slide-out QWERTY keyboards. Motorola just unveiled three new Droid smartphones for Verizon last month, but it now ...


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