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  • Smartphone material costs drop by 13% in 2010, report says

    The price of smartphone materials dropped by 13 per cent last year compared to 2009, according to In-Stat, as volumes of low-cost smartphones increased amid surging popularity.

  • First LTE phone, HTC Thunderbolt, coming to Verizon Thursday

    HTC's ThunderBolt, the first smartphone to operate on Verizon Wireless's LTE network, will launch this Thursday, according to a document from Verizon received by the online retailer Wirefly.

  • iPhone 5: No NFC, no easy iWallet

    In anticipation of a new iPhone this summer, major wireless carriers say Apple won't include Near Field Communication (NFC) technology in the iPhone 5, according to the U.K.'s The Independent. Sources at "several of the largest mobile operators in the U.K." told the paper Apple disclosed in meetings that NFC won't be on the feature list of the next iPhone, expected in June or July.

  • Apple exec confirms white iPhone on the way

    An Apple senior VP has confirmed that the company will have a white iPhone out this spring, but it's still a mystery as to whether it will be an iPhone 4 or iPhone 5.

  • Oracle releases Java mobile development framework

    Oracle has released a mobile client and associated framework, nearly two years in the making, to help developers quickly build Java applications for industrial mobile devices.

  • Taiwanese semiconductor firms face supply shortages in Japan

    Taiwan's major semiconductor manufacturers, a crucial link in the global tech supply chain, scrambled on Monday to gauge how their access to raw materials from Japanese suppliers will be affected by the powerful earthquake in Japan.

  • Nokia launches E7 smartphone: Symbian still alive

    The recent publicity surrounding Nokia’s decision to adopt Windows Phone as its primary smartphone platform hasn't stopped the company from pushing ahead with its latest Symbian flagship device, the E7 which goes on sale in Australia this week.

  • Natural disaster? There's an app for that!

    As Friday's earthquake in Japan demonstrates, natural disasters happen. And when they do, the first two things to go down are electricity and telephone services.

  • iOS 4.3 already jailbroken the day after its release

    It was literally yesterday (Wednesday) that Apple released iOS 4.3, and just a little over 24 hours later, it's already been jailbroken.

  • Nokia lays out serious risks in Microsoft deal

    In a filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday, Nokia laid out the threats it faces as part of its planned deal with Microsoft.

  • Square CEO rebuts VeriFone's claims about security

    The CEO of mobile payment service startup Square called accusations that the company was distributing credit-card skimming devices inaccurate and unfair.

  • Microsoft says later, bigger WP7 update on track

    Microsoft on Thursday confirmed a delay to the Windows Phone 7 update that includes cut and paste, but the company said it is still on track to deliver an even bigger update by the end of the year.

  • iPhone 5 expected to boast same dual-core A5 chip as iPad 2

    Coders plunged into the iOS 4.3 firmware Apple has released ahead of its iPad 2 launch Friday and found clues that the iPhone 5 will sport the same dual-core A5 processor as the new Apple tablet computer.

  • Tablets, smartphones help boost WLAN sales

    The increasing popularity of tablets and smartphones has helped sales of Wi-Fi equipment reach new highs, according to two recent reports.

  • Windows Phone 7 update may be delayed

    An official Windows Phone blog in French says that the first substantial update for Windows Phone devices may not come until the end of the month, a week or two later than expected.