iPhone 6 and 6 Plus alternatives

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - September 11th, 2014

Apple’s release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus mark the end of the company’s streak as the lone major holdout in a smartphone sector dominated by larger devices. So what’s the competition like?

Microsoft in deal for $2 billion Minecraft developer

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - September 10th, 2014

Satya Nadella could be gearing up for his first big acquisition as Microsoft CEO, as the company closes in on buying the maker of the game Minecraft for more than $2 billion, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal.

Apple Watch still a question mark for enterprises

Caleb Garling by Caleb Garling - September 10th, 2014

After months of speculation and rumours Apple finally unveiled Apple Watch, an extension of an iPhone that goes on the wrist to aid with many digital tasks.

AMD mulls custom ARM 64-bit server chips

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 12th, 2014

Advanced Micro Devices may be willing to make custom ARM server chips for customers, much like it made custom chips for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles. The chip maker will …

Nadella seeks to axe failing hardware

Brad Chacos by Brad Chacos - July 23rd, 2014

Microsoft’s quarterly financials are out, and they paint a startlingly clear picture of why new CEO Satya Nadella is in such a hurry to scuttle away from the “devices and services” mantra rolled out by former honcho Steve Ballmer just last year.

Microsoft releases Surface Pro 3 in UAE

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 24th, 2014

Microsoft has announced the availability of Surface Pro 3 for commercial customers in the United Arab Emirates.

PC sale leads Sony to $1.25B loss

Tim Hornyak by Tim Hornyak - May 15th, 2014

Sony’s move to abandon PCs has contributed to a massive net loss of $1.25 billion for the year to 31st March, and it has forecast a loss of $491 billion for the coming 12 months.

Huawei unveils Ascend P7 smartphone

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 11th, 2014

Huawei has unveiled its Ascend P7 smartphone in Europe, and has said it will be available in the GCC from June.

Gartner: Worldwide PC shipments declined 1.7 percent

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 1st, 2014

Worldwide PC shipments totalled 76.6 million units in the first quarter of 2014, a 1.7 percent decline from the first quarter of 2013, according to preliminary results by Gartner.

The death of Internet privacy

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - March 26th, 2014

In the age of constant connection, internet users are sharing more and more sensitive information online. As hackers become more organised and the amount of data stored in the cloud increases, the potential for leaks of sensitive data becomes magnified.

It’s all about mobile

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - March 10th, 2014

Around 75,000 people descended on the Catalonian city for the 2014 Mobile World Congress, which showcased faster and more flexible mobile networks and shiny new smartphones, among other connected things.

Sony Xperia Z2 tablet tipped for MWC: Thinner design and Android 4.4 KitKat

Chris Martin by Chris Martin - February 18th, 2014

We’re now a week away from the smartphone and tablet focused mobile world congress (MWC) and devices continue to be leaked. The latest of which is a new tablet from Sony.

Canalys: Android, wearable tech to get boost from Google-Samsung patent deal

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - January 28th, 2014

The Android ecosystem and wearable technology will probably get a boost from the patent deal Google and Samsung have struck, but the agreement is unlikely to have an influence on Samsung’s intellectual property disputes with Apple, analysts said Monday.

Wall Street Journal: Amazon considering live TV streaming service

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - January 23rd, 2014

Amazon has approached several major media conglomerates to discuss adding live cable TV channels to its Prime Instant Video service, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Smartphones at MWC: What will Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC and Nokia launch?

Chris Martin by Chris Martin - January 20th, 2014

We’re still recovering from the monster that is CES but that means Mobile World Congress (MWC) is fast approaching so here’s what smartphones to expect at the 2014 show held in Barcelona.

3 powerful laptops built for serious business

John Brandon by John Brandon - January 13th, 2014

In business, the faster you can deliver on a promise, the better. The three powerful, high-end laptops discussed here deliver data in microseconds.

BlackBerry CEO Chen: ‘Blackberry still most secure solution.’

Matt Hamblen by Matt Hamblen - January 8th, 2014

Recently-installed BlackBerry CEO John Chen is on a mission to revive the ailing company to financial health, largely by restoring faith in BlackBerry among corporate CIO’s and other traditional enterprise customers.

Sony launches Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - January 7th, 2014

Sony Mobile has launched its waterproof Xperi Z1 Compact smartphone at CES.

What wearable tech has up its sleeve for CES 2014

Jon Phillips by Jon Phillips - January 5th, 2014

Wearable technology is an exploding field in desperate need of a category-defining product. And now, with the Consumer Electronics Show upon us, we get to see whether any company can release an uncompromised, mainstream consumer hit in 2014.

Laptops, Chromebooks, tablets: The PCs we expect to see at CES 2014

Michael Brown by Michael Brown - January 5th, 2014

CES comes at an awkward time of the year for PC manufacturers. The holiday shopping season has ended by early January, and the industry’s next big selling season – back-to-school time -is many months away.

HP Spectre 13 review: a welcome return to the basics

Nate Ralph by Nate Ralph - December 24th, 2013

HP’s Spectre 13 runs Windows 8, but it doesn’t contort, flip, swivel, or do any of the other impractical tricks that look so fun in advertisements. It’s not a tablet strapped to a dock, or a tablet with a keyboard cover, either. It’s just a regular ol’ Ultrabook. A very, very good Ultrabook.

Sony unveils multi-purpose PC in UAE

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 18th, 2013

Sony today launced the new VAIO Fit PC in the UAE, which features a multi-flip hinge that transforms the PC to tablet or viewer modes while offering the functionality of a traditional clamshell laptop.

Sony signs 3G broadcast contract with Al Jazeera Media Network

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - December 17th, 2013

Sony Professional Solutions MEA has announced the signing of a US $143 million project with Al Jazeera Media Network.

Microsoft Xbox One sales pass 1 million on launch day

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - November 25th, 2013

Microsoft says the launch of the Xbox One on Friday has been the most successful yet for its Xbox gaming console family.

ZTE prepares to launch smartwatch early next year

Michael Kan by Michael Kan - November 18th, 2013

Chinese handset maker ZTE is planning to launch a smartwatch next year, making it the latest company to throw its hat into the emerging gadget segment.

The Internet of things needs a lot of work

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - November 14th, 2013

Mobile connected devices may make life easier for consumers in the long run, but today they present a bundle of user headaches, a panel of industry leaders said Tuesday.

AMD’s Kaveri chips to reach laptops, desktops in January

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - November 12th, 2013

Advanced Micro Devices aims to bring console-style graphics to PCs with its chips code-named Kaveri, which will become available in desktops and laptops starting early next year.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - November 9th, 2013

The Note 8.0 is decent small tablet that costs just a little bit too much.

Sony announces MEA launch of Xperia C smartphone

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - October 27th, 2013

Sony today announced the Middle East and Africa launch of its Xperia C, a dual SIM Android smartphone.

Microsoft eyes China’s gaming market with new joint venture

Michael Kan by Michael Kan - September 24th, 2013

Microsoft is entering China’s gaming market with a new joint venture, the latest sign that its Xbox console soon arrive in the country. Microsoft established the joint venture with BesTV, a local provider …

Japan’s NTT DoCoMo is a new convert to the iPhone

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - September 11th, 2013

Japan’s largest mobile carrier, NTT DoCoMo is to offer new iPhone models announced by Apple on Tuesday, after resisting offering Apple’s smartphones for many years.

China Mobile to release voice-over LTE phones next year in 4G push

Michael Kan by Michael Kan - September 10th, 2013

China Mobile, the country’s largest mobile carrier, will release its first voice-over-LTE phones next year as part of its plan to bring a full range of handsets to its upcoming 4G network.

All eyes on the iPhone 5C today

Gregg Keizer by Gregg Keizer - September 10th, 2013

Apple just can’t keep a secret these days.

Curved screens don’t provide the improvements OLED and 4K do

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - September 8th, 2013

To turn around dropping sales, TV manufacturers are working on a number of technologies including curved screens, which were shown off by a number of vendors at the IFA trade show this week.

Review: The cooker that gets instructions via the internet

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - September 8th, 2013

The connected fridge was for a long time seen as a joke, but companies like Philips are, with the help of smartphones and tablets, looking to resurrect the concept of connected kitchen appliances in various ways.

TVs and smartphones steal the spotlight at IFA

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - September 8th, 2013

This year’s IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin offered smartphones, tablets, 4K TVs, a much-anticipated smartwatch and new spins on the camera.

Sony’s flagship Z1 smartphone boasts high-spec camera

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - September 5th, 2013

Sony is hoping the world’s smartphone users place a premium on photography and perhaps have a problem keeping their phones dry. The Xperia Z1, unveiled on Wednesday at the IFA electronics show in …

Xbox One to ship on Nov. 22

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - September 5th, 2013

Microsoft’s Xbox One will become available on Nov. 22 and the company has made the game console faster by cranking up the clock speeds of the CPU and graphics processor. The console is …

Hands on with Sony’s QX10 lens camera

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - September 5th, 2013

One of the most intriguing products to appear at this year’s IFA consumer electronics show in Berlin is Sony’s QX-series of “lens cameras.” At first glance both the QX10 and QX100 look like …

Review: Samsung Galaxy Gear vs Sony SmartWatch 2

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - September 5th, 2013

There are few consumer electronics products as hyped at present as so-called smartwatches. While much of the hype is due to the anticipated unveiling of some sort of wearable device by Apple next …

Asus announces new Fonepad and Memo Pad tablets

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - September 5th, 2013

Asustek on Wednesday announced new tablets with different screen sizes, adding new 6-inch and 7-inch models to its Fonepad lineup and also two new 8- and 10-inch Memo Pad tablets.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - September 5th, 2013

When smartphone leader Samsung Electronics introduced the original Galaxy Note, it didn’t have much competition, but since then interest for smartphones with 5.5-inch screens – and larger – has grown.

Samsung’s Note 3 has bigger screen, better performance in lighter package

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - September 5th, 2013

Samsung Electronics’ Galaxy Note 3 has faster processors, a bigger screen with better resolution, and more RAM than its predecessor, yet it is thinner and lighter.

AMD to ship 64-bit ARM chips to server makers next year

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - September 4th, 2013

Advanced Micro Devices will start shipping its first ARM server chips to manufacturers for testing in the first quarter of 2014, a company executive said on Tuesday. “When our ARM chips start sampling, …

Samsung smartwatch and smartphones with bigger screens expected in Berlin

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - September 3rd, 2013

Smartwatch from Samsung Electronics, the Galaxy Note III from Samsung, an Acer smartphone that can shoot 4K video and a Sony one with a 20-megapixel sensor, plus a plethora of tablets and TVs expected tomorrow.

  • Hands-on: New iPhones pack big features in thin package

    Few announcements summon as much attention as a brand new iPhone, and this year, for the second time in as many years, Apple gave us two models of its smartphone to pore over. I got my mitts on the newest mobile devices in the hands-on area after Tuesday’s event.

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    They say that good things come in small packages—diamond rings, the crown jewels, keys to an exotic villa. When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, big is beautiful, writes James Dartnell.

  • Acer takes on the Nexus 7 with 7.9″ Intel tablet

    The new A1-830 tablet ticks all of the right boxes for people interested in a functional tablet sporting the sub 8-inch form factor. The tablet sports a 7.9-in, 1024×768 resolution screen at a 4:3 screen ratio; ideal for web browsing and reading e-books.

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