Stories by Matt Hamblen

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.

Dell's 'virtual smartphone' furthers its drive into worker device management

Dell on Tuesday announced a "virtual smartphone" to help companies keep better track of security and expenses related to employee-owned smartphones and tablets.

SAP to release AR apps on Android Wear for smart glasses in the workplace

SAP this week will begin selling two workplace-related augmented reality apps for use with Android Wear smart glasses, including Google Glass, to aid warehouse workers and field service technicians.

Verizon Auto Share service to launch later this year

Verizon today announced a vehicle-sharing service that allows drivers to load an app on a smartphone or tablet to securely rent a car or truck.

Microsoft's attacks on Apple's Siri get a tad more satirical

Microsoft is taking its ongoing offensive against iPhone's voice assistant Siri into a somewhat higher realm of satire, with a new "Let the healing begin" video spot set to launch on YouTube next week.

Lenovo preps for smartphone growth with two new handsets

Lenovo could be the Android smartphone maker to watch, as it moves closer to finalizing its purchase of Motorola Mobility from Google by year's end and keeps pounding out new smartphone designs with cutting-edge technology.

Gear VR may thrill gamers, but value to Samsung and business is unclear

Samsung's announcement of the Galaxy Note 4, Galaxy Note Edge and especially the Gear VR virtual reality headset raised questions over whether the new devices can help correct the company's lackluster first half financials, which were partly blamed on slow Galaxy S 5 sales.

Sony refreshes Xperia line, adds Android Wear smartwatch

Sony Mobile today announced three new Xperia smartphones running Android ahead of the IFA trade show. It also unveiled an 8-in. Xperia tablet, its first Android Wear smartwatch and a second-generation SmartBand Voice wristband that supports voice commands and calls with a smartphone.