Stories by Matt Hamblen

Starbucks hits $1B in mobile payment revenues in 2013, analysis says

Starbucks was able to generate a staggering $1 billion in revenue from smartphone transactions used at sales terminals in its stores in 2013 largely due to the fanatical loyalty of its customers, according to a recent estimate.

Mobile data traffic is expected to explode 11-fold by 2018

Networking experts are running out of superlatives to describe the coming tidal wave of mobile data traffic.

ConnectED brings in $2B in federal funds for high-speed Internet at schools

The FCC will invest $2 billion during the next two years to expand high-speed Internet at America's schools and libraries, and major tech companies will chip in another $750 million.

Super Bowl fans uploaded 5 pics a second to Instgram over Wi-Fi during game

The NFL deployed a new Wi-Fi analytics tool to study how fans used Instagram and other mobile apps while at MetLife Stadium during Sunday's Super Bowl game.

The fuss over Samsung's Magazine UX is all about fragmentation

Samsung announced Tuesday that its four newest Android KitKat tablets will include the somewhat controversial Magazine UX, a customizable user interface designed by Samsung, not Google.

Samsung to offer 3 new tablets starting Feb. 13

Samsung announced that three of its latest four Galaxy tablet models running Android 4.4 (KitKat) will go on sale at U.S. retailers starting Feb. 13, with online orders starting today.

AT&T cuts price for shared data plans for small businesses and families

AT&T cut its prices on large shared data plans for families and small businesses that use up to 10 lines, a move seen as a reaction to T-Mobile US that could also apply pressure on Verizon Wireless.

Mobile data from Super Bowl stadium breaks US records

Sunday's Super Bowl produced skyrocketing wireless voice and data usage by fans inside the MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J., higher than any other one-day sporting event, according to AT&T and Verizon Wireless.

Google and Samsung grow cozier with patent deal, Motorola sale

Google and Samsung have grown closer over the past week following Google's sale of Motorola to Lenovo and a 10-year global patent cross-license agreement signed by the tech giants.

Lenovo's Motorola, IBM server buys will likely get strict U.S. security review

Beijing-based Lenovo Group's plan to buy Google's Motorola Mobility unit and an IBM server division for a combined $5.2 billion will likely face strict and lengthy national security scrutiny by an inter-agency committee of the U.S. government, two Washington attorneys who are veterans of the review process said Thursday.

Tablet shipments could start to slip as consumer markets get saturated

Global tablet shipments are still on the rise, but are showing signs of dramatic slowing as consumer markets such as the USD become saturated, IDC said.

Lenovo to buy Motorola division at Google for $2.91B

Lenovo Group is buying the Motorola handset division at Google for nearly $3 billion, Google confirmed late today.

Should Sprint buy T-Mobile?

Sprint is expected to report a big loss of subscribers in its next earnings report, expected Feb. 11, further fueling speculation that No. 3 carrier Sprint has to merge with brash and bold "Un-Carrier" T-Mobile US.

Samsung Galaxy Glass wearable could be unveiled in September

Samsung will unveil a Galaxy Glass wearable computer, a competitor to Google Glass, as early as September at the IFA trade show in Germany, according to unnamed officials quoted by a Korean news site.

Update: More than one billion smartphones were shipped in 2013

For the first time ever, just over 1 billion smartphones shipped to vendors worldwide in 2013, double the number of just two years earlier, according to analyst, IDC.

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