Stories by Matt Hamblen

You'll pay a lot more for an unlocked Nexus 6 smartphone

Google's new Nexus 6 smartphone will start at $649, unlocked, when pre-orders begin on Oct. 29. The price is nearly double the $349 starting price charged for the Nexus 5 a year ago.

Apple Pay hits U.S. stores Monday -- assuming buyers can find anywhere to use it

Apple Pay launches on Monday in the U.S., giving buyers new technology to make in-store and online payments possible with NFC-ready iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones by simply using Touch ID.

Tablet sales growth slows dramatically

Even as Apple is set to launch new tablets on Thursday, the news about tablet sales isn't good.

Google to spend $60M on undersea fiber link between Florida and Brazil

Google's foray into a $60 million undersea fiber optic cable construction project linking Florida to Brazil should help the search giant gain greater control of all aspects of Internet access while expanding its efforts to close the digital divide.

Kansas City updates tech in bid to boost business

Standing inside a historic seven-story downtown warehouse undergoing a major renovation as a space for tech startups in Kansas City, Mo., Herb Sih talks about fostering "collision density" in the nation's heartland.

BlackBerry Passport sells out in US; CEO foresees profitability in 2015

BlackBerry's new qwerty Passport smartphone quickly sold out just hours after going on sale online in the US on Wednesday, with another 200,000 back orders waiting in line, BlackBerry CEO John Chen announced in an earnings call.

BlackBerry Passport deep-dive review: Qwerty meets quirky

Let's give it this: BlackBerry's new Passport makes a big impact when you first hold it, thanks to its unusual square shape, its heft and the physical keyboard aimed at keeping its legion of qwerty loyalists happy.

BlackBerry goes for qwerty keyboard, again, in Passport smartphone

BlackBerry announced its Passport smartphone today and bet large that there are users who will want a qwerty physical keyboard with a wider, square, 4.5-in. display.

Shut out on iPhone 6 Plus, buyers settle for smaller version

Apple fans who stood in line for hours in hopes of buying the 5.5-in. iPhone 6 Plus were disappointed -- even perturbed -- to find none in stock at both the AT&T and Verizon stories in this college town west of Washington D.C.

Samsung drops Knox prices and introduces Knox user portal

Samsung on Thursday announced price reductions and updates for its Knox security and management software for IT shops and a free My Knox service that is directly available to professionals using ActiveSync.

Samsung flexes enterprise muscles with Tab Active and Knox

Samsung promoted enterprise uses for its upcoming Galaxy Tab Active rugged tablet, its Knox security and management software, and even its Gear VR headset at its recent Super Mobility Week in Las Vegas.

Samsung touts enterprise uses for Tab Active and Knox

Samsung is using the stage at this week's Super Mobility conference to promote its upcoming Galaxy Tab Active rugged tablet, its Knox security and management software, and even its Gear VR headset to enterprise users.

Lowe's wants to be your smart home gateway

For home improvement retailer Lowe's, the ongoing explosion in the Internet of Things has created a few challenges.

BlackBerry's researching a smartwatch, too

Move over Apple: Even BlackBerry is working on a smartwatch.

Apple Watch and Apple Pay attract some non-Apple converts at CTIA show

Announcements of the Apple Watch and Apple Pay on Tuesday caught the attention of hundreds of IT professionals at a keynote presentation during the CTIA's Super Mobility Week.