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July 6, 2014
As the traveling public knows, all electronic devices are screened by security officers. During the security examination, officers may also ask that owners power up some devices, including cell phones. Powerless devices will not be permitted onboard the aircraft.
The TSA plans to confirm that overseas travelers have functional cell phones before they get on a flight to enter the U.S. Be sure to charge up beforehand.
15:20 // 1 month ago
March 11, 2014

Now we know why he’s crowdfunding that Shaq-Fu sequel…

  • $1K per week is what Shaquille O’Neal spends on apps for his various smart devices during an average seven-day period, according to a new Wall Street Journal interview with the former NBA All-Star. Suddenly, we don’t feel so bad about spending a couple bucks on Threes last week. source
17:23 // 5 months ago
November 19, 2013

Stuff you may have missed: November 19, 2013

In the end, all that standing Wendy Davis did still wasn’t enough to convince the U.S. Supreme Court to accept an emergency legal challenge that would block the Texas abortion law she passionately fought against earlier this year. Bummer.

Rep. Trey Radel, the co-sponsor of a bill that would loosen mandatory minimums for drug arrests, just got arrested for cocaine possession. He could face as many as 180 days in jail.

Tesla Motors is facing a federal investigation over a couple of high-profile fires involving its vehicles. Elon Musk says it’s not a safety problem, but tells the feds to bring it on.

The world will finally have a “Ron Burgundy School of Communication” … for a day.

Could your phone’s battery heal itself someday?

20:18 // 9 months ago
October 29, 2013

BBM is proving to be quite a bit more popular than actual BlackBerry phones

  • 10M users signed up for BlackBerry’s BBM service during the first 24 hours that the traditionally BlackBerry-exclusive messaging service was available for download on Android and iOS last week.
  • 20M new users joined the BBM service during its first week outside of the BlackBerry ecosystem, bringing the new total to 80 million, a 33 percent increase from the 60 million previously registered for BBM. source

» By the way: Apparently one of the suitors for the on-the-market company is Facebook. Ponder that for a few minutes.

15:14 // 10 months ago

Sunday: Naysayer says the Phonebloks idea for a modular phone is a pipe dream.

Monday: Motorola actually announces it’s running with the idea under a different name. That still doesn’t mean it’ll succeed, but it does mean it has Google’s resources behind it all of a sudden.

9:17 // 10 months ago
September 11, 2013
Here’s the factory Motorola is using to crank out its U.S.-made smartphones.

Here’s the factory Motorola is using to crank out its U.S.-made smartphones.

11:15 // 11 months ago
September 10, 2013
breakingnews:

Apple announces new iPhones to replace iPhone 5
Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the company is replacing the iPhone 5 with 2 new iPhones. The first announced is the iPhone 5C, which has a plastic back and will come in a variety of colors. A 16GB version of the phone will start at $99; 32GB phone will cost $199.Apple also announced the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 7, will be available beginning Sept. 18.Stay with BreakingNews.com for more updates: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/apple-sept-10-2013-eventPhoto: Apple’s Phil Schiller shows off the iPhone 5C at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. (Wilson Rothman / NBC News)

No alarms and no surprises please.

breakingnews:

Apple announces new iPhones to replace iPhone 5

Apple CEO Tim Cook confirmed the company is replacing the iPhone 5 with 2 new iPhones. The first announced is the iPhone 5C, which has a plastic back and will come in a variety of colors. A 16GB version of the phone will start at $99; 32GB phone will cost $199.

Apple also announced the next version of its mobile operating system, iOS 7, will be available beginning Sept. 18.

Stay with BreakingNews.com for more updates: http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/apple-sept-10-2013-event

Photo: Apple’s Phil Schiller shows off the iPhone 5C at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California. (Wilson Rothman / NBC News)

No alarms and no surprises please.

13:40 // 11 months ago
September 3, 2013

the60sproject says: I think your Nokia post—particularly the theverge re-blog part—ignores the real thrust of this story as it focuses on the end of the "Nokia smartphone." While the company is certainly an iconic name in the mobile universe, Nokia's problems stem from the fact that it (like RIM) never really evolved into the smartphone era. In fact, almost all the phones shown in your post are simple old-style cellphones, not smartphones. How the un-innovative Microsoft will get a win from this is beyond me.

» SFB says: One thing worth keeping in mind is that a “smartphone” in 2001 isn’t the same as a smartphone in 2013. For one thing, I don’t think RIM BlackBerry was anything other than a smartphone company. Meanwhile, Nokia’s use of Symbian software, while hopelessly outdated now, was foundational in building out the space worldwide—they got the fundamentals down so everyone else could focus on next steps. Even if the company itself merely created the template that other companies followed, they proved it could happen. I think that both companies failed to adapt to the touchscreen era, but the fact that we equate touchscreen with smartphone these days only proves how far iconic companies like RIM BlackBerry and Nokia have fallen behind.

But that said, in regards to your point on Microsoft, check out what Farhad Manjoo wrote today—he suggests the move is an implicit admission that the OEM model doesn’t work for the company anymore. That’s a big deal. — Ernie @ SFB

20:01 // 12 months ago
August 31, 2013
pewresearch:

ICYMI: Our report from last week looks at broadband access and smartphone adoption. Some key findings:
46% of Americans have both a home broadband connection and a smartphone
24% have a home broadband connection, but not a smartphone
10% have a smartphone, but not a home broadband connection


The real concern? 20% have none of the above.

pewresearch:

ICYMI: Our report from last week looks at broadband access and smartphone adoption. Some key findings:

  • 46% of Americans have both a home broadband connection and a smartphone
  • 24% have a home broadband connection, but not a smartphone
  • 10% have a smartphone, but not a home broadband connection

The real concern? 20% have none of the above.

15:33 // 12 months ago
August 13, 2013

How BlackBerry Fell

newyorker:

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Vauhini Vara explains what killed BlackBerry: http://nyr.kr/15wUIee

“Although BlackBerry has been in trouble for some time—it underwent a public ‘strategy review’ of its business plan a year ago—its decision to put up a giant, blinking for-sale sign suggests it has become especially desperate.”

Photograph by Lucas Jackson/Reuters.

Sometimes, the decisions you don’t make are the ones that do you in.

12:39 // 1 year ago