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Google releases 1st phone powered by 'Kit Kat'
This image provided by Google shows its new Nexus 5 phone, which was unveiled Thursday, Oct. 31, 2013. The Nexus 5 phone is the first device to run on the latest version of Google's Android operating system, nicknamed after the Kit Kat candy bar. The phone and software are designed to learn and anticipate a person's interest and needs. (AP Photo/Google)SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Google is selling a new Android smartphone that it hopes will become more like a clairvoyant friend than a piece of hardware.
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Sony still confident in huge PS4 launch, sales seen hitting 5M by March
Sony still confident in huge PS4 launch, sales seen hitting 5M by MarchSony reported its fiscal second-quarter results on Thursday, posting a $196 million loss despite strong smartphone sales. The company said that revenue from its consumer electronics division is slowing faster than expected due in part to declining PC and high-definition television sales, but there may be something of a light at the end of this tunnel. During the company's earnings call, Sony reaffirmed statements made last month, suggesting that it expects to sell 5 million PlayStation 4 consoles by the end of the current fiscal year. Should the company manage to meet its lofty goal, it would represent a massive 72% increase over the 2.9 million PlayStation 3 consoles Sony sold over the same period of time following its last
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How to instantly check all nearby Apple Stores for iPad Air stock
How to instantly check all nearby Apple Stores for iPad Air stockRemember that awesome free website by developer
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Google launches 'KitKat' software, sweetens features on range of phones
A Google logo is seen at the entrance to the company's offices in TorontoBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Google Inc on Thursday unveiled the newest version of its Android smartphone software, aiming to allow more smartphone users access to its evolving menu of online services such as driving directions voice-activated search. The new "KitKat" version of Android will be able to run on inexpensive, low-end smartphones as well as the most advanced devices, Sundar Pichai, Google Senior Vice President of Android, Chrome and Apps said at a press event in San Francisco on Thursday. "Now you have one version of the operating system which will run across all versions of Android smartphones," Pichai said, noting that smartphones sold in "emerging markets" often come loaded with older versions of Android, that lack many key features and capabilities. The move could help Google ensure that more users have access to the growing selection of profitable online services.
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Google unveils new smartphone in Nexus line
This photo provided by Nestle on September 3, 2013 shows the Android mascot made of Nestle's KitKat chocolate barsGoogle on Thursday unveiled its Nexus 5 smartphone, putting its premium brand on a device intended to champion the latest version of its Android operating system. The hotly anticipated addition to Google's Nexus line is powered by a new "KitKat" version of Android, which was redesigned to work across the wide range of handsets built with the Internet titan's free software inside. "Now you have one version of the Android operating system that can ship across all versions of smartphones in 2014," Sundar Pichai, head of the Android and Chrome teams, said while providing a look at the new software and Nexus 5. The move aims to solve the problem that the wide variety of Android systems used around the world make it challenging for makers of fun, functional or hip smartphone or tablet apps to design programs that work on all devices.
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Fairfax Financial swings to loss on equity hedges
, the Canadian property and casualty insurer run by investment guru Prem Watsa, said on Thursday it fell to a third-quarter loss due to equity hedges that lost money in a rising market. The Toronto-based company, which is leading a $4.7 billion bid for smartphone maker Blackberry That compared to a year-earlier net investment loss of $23.6 million. Fairfax Chief Executive Watsa hedged the company's stock portfolio in 2010, convinced that global equity markets had further to fall.
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Google, Samsung, Huawei sued over Nortel patents
File photo of Google Inc's logoBy Dan Levine SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The group that owns thousands of former Nortel patents filed a barrage of patent lawsuits on Thursday against cell phone manufacturers including Google, the company it outbid in the Nortel bankruptcy auction. Rockstar, the consortium that bought the Nortel patents for $4.5 billion, sued Samsung Electronics Co Ltd, HTC Corp, Huawei and four other companies for patent infringement in U.S. District Court in Texas.
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Earnings schedule for the week of 11/4/2013
Major companies scheduled to report quarterly earnings next week: Monday Kellogg Co. reports quarterly results before the market open. Tuesday Deutsche Telekom reports quarterly results before the market ...
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Patent World War: Google, Samsung, HTC sued by Apple, Microsoft, Sony
Patent World War: Google, Samsung, HTC sued by Apple, Microsoft, SonyWhen the history of the patent wars is written, the auction of Nortel's mobile patents may be seen as the equivalent of Archduke Franz Ferdinand's assassination which sparked World War I. Reuters reports that Rockstar — an industry consortium that includes Microsoft, Apple, BlackBerry, Sony and Ericsson — has sued Google, Samsung, HTC and Huawei for allegedly infringing
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Edward Snowden Is Suddenly Popular with German Politicians
Edward Snowden Is Suddenly Popular with German PoliticiansWe're not quite in "enemy of your enemy is my friend" territory, but in the wake of revelations that the NSA was monitoring German chancellor Angela Merkel's cell phone, Germany would suddenly like to hear more from Edward Snowden. According to the Associated Press, Germany's Interior Minister, Hans-Peter Friedrich, would like to find a way for Snowden to address the country's lawmakers. Thomas Oppermann, a lawmaker who heads a parliamentary panel that oversees German intelligence, said on Twitter that if there's an opportunity to hear Snowden as a witness without endangering him and without "completely ruining" German-U.S. relations, it should be taken.
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