Stories by Matt Hamblen

Smartphone shipments to hit one billion - up 40 per cent - in 2013

Sub-$200 smartphones and robust sales of smartphones in emerging countries are driving a rebound in the worldwide mobile phone market this year, IDC said.

Android 4.4 to be officially called KitKat

The next version of Android will be called KitKat after the Nestle chocolate bar, and not Key Lime Pie, as was predicted for months, Google has announced.

With Microsoft-Nokia deal, Stephen Elop's sitting pretty

Microsoft's $7.2 billion deal to buy Nokia, announced early today, makes Nokia CEO Stephen Elop the frontrunner to head up Microsoft after Steve Ballmer departs, analysts said.

A new owner may not be able to save BlackBerry

BlackBerry explores the possibility of putting itself up for sale as even BlackBerry 10 can't stop its phones from slipping into fourth place in the mobile market.

Sprint puts ATIV S Neo on sale Friday for $149.99 with contract and rebate

A prime example of carrier and maker adoption of Windows Phone 8 is the new ATIV S Neo. Built by Samsung and running Windows Phone 8, the Neo will go on sale at Sprint starting Friday for $149.99 with a two-year contract and rebate.

NFC could debut in next iPhone, even as Google pulls back

Mobile payments based on NFC chips inside smartphones have faced slow growth in the U.S., but some analysts predict that the upcoming iPhone 5S expected in September will include NFC technology after years of restraint by Apple.

Not even a new owner would boost BlackBerry's smartphone share

The BlackBerry 10 OS was supposed to save BlackBerry, but the company's phones have now has slipped into fourth place, according to IDC and others.

Apple-Samsung rivalry intensifies with September device launches

Apple's unveiling of its iPhone 5S is expected September 10, just six days after Samsung's launch in Germany of its next Galaxy gadget, probably a Note III smartphone-tablet.

Cell-phone talking while driving doesn't lead to higher crash risk, research says

Talking on a cell phone while driving doesn't increase the risk of an accident, according to new research that looked at real-world accidents and cell-phone calls by drivers from 2002 to 2005.

ASUS kills its line of Windows RT tablets

Asustek CEO Jerry Shen confirmed today that his company will no longer produce Windows RT tablets.

Photos of BlackBerry Z30 emerge amid difficult times for smartphone maker

Leaked photos show an upcoming BlackBerry smartphone/phablet with a 5in display that will launch with the name Z30 instead of the earlier-expected name A10.

Documentary takes on texting-while-driving tragedies

While a new online documentary by director Werner Herzog showcases the tragedies of four driving-while-texting crashes, public safety advocates say stricter law enforcement is needed.

Microsoft touts 30K insurance company users of Windows 8 Pro custom tablets

Microsoft said that 30,000 Windows 8 Pro tablets will be deployed to sales personnel at Meiji Yasuda Life Insurance in Tokyo.

LG G2 smartphone unveiled with rear control key

LG announced its newest flagship smartphone, the G2, with a 5.2-in. HD IPS display and an unusual rear-control key for device on-and-off and volume.

iPhone's share of smartphone market drops to 13%

Apple's share of global smartphone shipments declined to 13.2% in the second quarter, while both Android and Windows Phone registered slight increases, IDC said Wednesday.

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