Stories by Matt Hamblen

Amazon sees Kindle sales surge on Black Friday

Black Friday proved to be the best ever for the Kindle e-reader and tablet devices, while the Kindle Fire tablet remains Amazon's top-selling product, the company said today.

Weak economy? Buy online and save, ComScore says

Despite a weak economy, holiday retail online spending in the U.S. has so far been 14% higher than the same early holiday period last year, ComScore reported on Wednesday.

Cyber Monday will see more mobile shoppers

Smartphones and tablets make it easier than ever to make impulse purchases.

Is the AT&T merger with T-Mobile USA dead?

Given the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) staff opposition to the proposed AT&T merger with T-Mobile USA, it's fair to ask: Is the $39 billion deal dead? And if that's true, what happens to T-Mobile? Or to AT&T, which could face a multi-billion dollar penalty payment to T-Mobile if it walks away from the deal.

Facebook phone, code-named 'Buffy,' is in the works

Facebook is working with HTC to build an Android-based smartphone with Facebook social networking services at its core, according to a report.

Turkey day deal: Verizon to offer Samsung Illusion for free

The Samsung Illusion The Samsung Illusion smartphone, made from recycled materials, will be offered for free by Verizon Wireless with a two-year contract from Thursday through Monday in an online promotion.

Face Unlock feature in Galaxy Nexus seen as novelty, not security

Face Unlock, the facial recognition software offered in Android 4.0 on the Galaxy Nexus, is being promoted by Google as an alternative to using a PIN to unlock a phone.

Android 4.0 to get Flash Player by year's end

Adobe will provide one more version of Flash Player for the new Android 4.0 operating system by year's end before following through on its plan to halt development of the software for mobile browsers.

AT&T says hack attempt affected up to 1 million customers

AT&T on Monday acknowledged an organized attempt to hack information on as many as 1 million AT&T wireless customer accounts, but the company said no accounts were breached.

Galaxy Nexus arrives in Canada on Dec. 7; no U.S. ship date yet

Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone running Android 4.0 (also known as Ice Cream Sandwich) will be available through Canadian wireless carriers starting Dec. 7 and is already shipping in the U.K. . Verizon Wireless still hasn't announced a release date for the device in U.S.

The Nook Tablet's design element: A faux carabiner clip

The $249 Nook Tablet from Barnes & Noble costs $50 more than the Amazon Kindle Fire and has about double the storage and memory. But there's also something else about the Nook that caught the eye of teardown experts at iFixit: A metal loop at the lower left corner of the metal cover.

After iPad, Kindle Fire clear second choice

Amazon.com's Kindle Fire tablet will leapfrog most competitive offerings to quickly become number two in the market behind Apple's iPad, according to a survey conducted by ChangeWave Research.

With iPad, Apple to overtake HP as top PC vendor by mid-2012

By mid-2012, Apple will overtake Hewlett-Packard as the world's biggest PC vendor, thanks largely to iPad sales, analyst firm Canalys said Monday.

Kindle Fire teardown puts build cost at less than $3 above retail price

The Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon.com. Teardown experts at IHS iSuppli found it costs Amazon $201.70 to build the new Kindle Fire, less than $3 above the $199 retail price.

Samsung Galaxy Nexus on sale in U.K. with new video ad

Samsung's hot new Galaxy Nexus smartphone, the first to run Android 4.0, went on sale Thursday in the U.K. and is expected to be available in the U.S. on Verizon Wireless by the end of the month.

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