Sprint is expected to get the iPhone 5 exclusively from Apple to run over its 4G Wimax network, according to a <a href="http://www.bgr.com/2011/10/03/sprint-guarantees-to-buy-over-20-billion-in-iphones-from-apple-launching-the-iphone-5-exclusively/">report Monday from BGR.com</a> .
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The Kindle Fire tablet costs $209.63 for materials and manufacturing expenses, more than $10 above its $199 pricetag, according to a virtual estimate by IT research firm IHS iSuppli.
Tablets and smartphones have shaken up the computing world. Their impact may be most profound for Nokia and Research In Motion (RIM), two pioneers in wireless communications that are now scrambling to adjust to relative newcomers such as Apple and Google.
Samsung Friday announced the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus tablet, an update that is lighter and more powerful than the original <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9199678/Update_Galaxy_Tab_sales_hit_1M_mark">Galaxy Tab</a> , and runs a 1.2 GHz dual core processor.
Research in Motion said Thursday that it remains committed to the PlayBook tablet and the tablet market, discounting an analyst's report that said the death of the device is imminent.
Research in Motion's PlayBook looks to be in trouble, as it appears that the smartphone maker has stopped production of the tablet and is actively considering getting out of the business, says Collins Stewart semiconductor analyst John Vihn.
The Kindle Fire tablet, announced by Amazon.com on Wednesday, has three traits that make it competitive in a crowded tablet market: a low $199 price, a fast browser called Amazon Silk, and access to an abundant ecosystem of movies, music, apps, and books.
Cisco announced improvements to its video product line Thursday to make it easier for businesses to capture and share video, including a free app coming soon for iPad and iPhone.
Many of the world's largest smartphone makers have agreed to make NFC smartphones that will work over the Isis mobile wallet network.
Microsoft began its Windows Phone 7.5 "Mango" update to smartphones globally at 1 p.m. ET Tuesday.
Rice University researchers have developed full-duplex wireless technology that they say could double network traffic -- at a low cost, with little need for new hardware and without much disruption in service.
Google Wallet has run into technical glitches, although the extent of the problems is not clear.
Amazon.com sent out invitations to a press event in New York City next Wednesday for what could be the unveiling of the online reailer's long-expected tablet computer.
Even though Google said its Google Wallet app was available Monday, it won't be installed over-the-air to all Nexus S 4G customers until Friday night.
Despite the increasing use of smartphones at work, more than one-third of companies still don't provide any support for personal phones or outright prohibit their use at the office.
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