One of the best things about Apple's latest iPhones is the slick new iOS 7 software that runs the devices. But that souped-up operating system could end up hurting sales because the free software upgrade will also work on iPhones released since 2010, giving owners of the older models less incentive to buy Apple's newest products.
Two new iPhones in an array of colors and a redesigned operating system to run them were among the major announcements from Apple on Tuesday. It's the first time Apple is releasing two iPhone models at once. In the past, Apple simply offered one new model targeting the high-end market. This time, there's a slightly cheaper iPhone as well.
Apple is expected to unveil its latest take on the iPhone Tuesday during an annual ritual that will probably cast a spotlight on the gadget maker's drive to regain market share and its sluggish pace of innovation. In keeping with its tight-lipped ways, Apple Inc. hasn't disclosed what's on the agenda for the coming-out party...
Angry Birds will be used to fire Chinese children's imaginations after the Finnish company behind the game announced plans to launch an educational product in China. Rovio said Monday that Angry Birds Playground attempts to instill fun, motivation, and interaction into learning such subjects as language, mathematics and music.
Apple's much-anticipated update to its line-up of iPhones may leave the impression that the technology pioneer's focus has shifted to making more affordable products than engineering innovative breakthroughs. Apple Inc. hasn't disclosed what's on the agenda for the coming-out party scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. PDT (1700 GMT) Tuesday.
Zilog launched its new S3 Family of Z8-compatible microcontrollers (MCUs), thereby expanding its portfolio of microcontroller products serving the industrial, medical, and consumer markets. The S3 Family of 4-/8-bit products includes MCUs for remote control devices, ultra-low power MCUs, and a series of products for home appliances, consumer electronics, and LCD displays.
Samsung is giving its latest Galaxy Note smartphone a stylish makeover. The Galaxy Note 3 has a soft, leather-like back. It feels like you're holding a fancy leather-bound journal. Grooves on the side of the big-screen phone make it easier to grip. There's too much going on.
In a move toward full-scale digitalization of education in Japan, 12 school textbook publishing companies on Thursday announced their plan to develop a common platform for tablet devices in classrooms. With the help of Hitachi Solutions Ltd., the 12 companies aim to enable as many schools as possible to introduce tablets...
This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics. In this week's headlines: Sony's head-mounted video viewer: Sony has announced the next generation of its head-mounted personal 3D video viewer just in time for IFA 2013.
Please turn off all electronic devices, the flight crew instructs as we approach Los Angeles. With a small phone, I might have gotten away with ignoring safety regulations. Samsung's new Galaxy Mega phone was too conspicuous for that. The Mega shouldn't even be called a phone, if it weren't for the fact that it makes phone calls.
Sony Mobile has unveiled a new addition to its Xperia smartphone line-up that sports a massive 20.7-megapixel resolution camera capable of taking add-on lenses.The Xperia Z1 is Sony's attempt to leapfrog rivals such as Nokia and Samsung in the race for the phone with the best camera.
Gimme a break, Google. Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar. The tech giant, which is known for nick-naming its Android mobile operating systems for smartphones and tablets after desserts, has for the first time chosen a brand-name candy for its 4.4 version that's expected to launch this fall: Kit Kat.
Kodak emerged from bankruptcy protection Tuesday vastly different from the company of old. Gone are the cameras and film that made it famous. The company hopes to replace them with new technologies such as touch screens for smartphones and smart packaging embedded with sensors.
Mouser Electronics, Inc. announces the launch of its new Switch Mode Power Supplies (SMPS) Design Center which shows the wide range of products for consumer SMPS available from Infineon Technologies. Infineon Technologies offers a wide range of cost-effective products for consumer switch mode power supplies (SMPS).
As cars become more like PCs on wheels, what's to stop a hacker from taking over yours? In recent demonstrations, hackers have shown they can slam a car's brakes at freeway speeds, jerk the steering wheel and even shut down the engine — all from their laptop computers.
Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. and capture a slice of the lucrative mobile computing market. The 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion) deal announced late Monday...
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Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're catching asteroids, detecting dirty Fords, printing rocket engine components, and shocking Facebook users for deviant behavior. This episode features: During the asteroid redirect mission, the Orion spacecraft and crew would launch atop the Space Launch System heavy-lift rocket.
Motorola's new Moto X phone doesn't cost more to make simply because it's assembled in Texas, research firm IHS said Wednesday. The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the "Made in the U.S.A." designation. Labor costs are higher in the U.S. compared with Asian factories, where phones are typically made.
Britain's Vodafone PLC, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, confirmed Thursday that it was talking to Verizon Communications about selling its U.S. operations. The U.K. company is mulling its options for its 45 percent stake in the U.S.'s Verizon Wireless, of which Verizon Communications owns the other 55 percent.
Atmel Corporation announced the company is shipping in production quantities its new Atmel SAM D20, the first series in a new family of ultra-low power embedded Flash microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex M0+ processor. In this era of the Internet of Things (IoT), products used in building automation, consumer electronics, smart metering, and industrial controls are becoming smarter....
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation announced a single-pole, single throw (SPST) antenna tuning switch for LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) smartphones. This device uses the company’s UltraCMOS process with its HaRP and DuNE enhancements to deliver a desirable combination of
Readers who tried to click on the New York Times' website got nothing but error messages for several hours during the site's second major disruption this month, and people also had trouble accessing Twitter. A hacker group calling itself the "Syrian Electronic Army" claimed responsibility.
When shopping for a big ticket item, such as a television, there is a checklist of things you should always do: 1. Read reviews, 2. Compare prices, 3. Wear high heels. If you're uncomfortable with No. 3, you have other options. You can ride up and down the escalator, play a few games using the Wii Fit, or just go shopping immediately following your yoga class.
Government agents in 74 countries demanded information on about 38,000 Facebook users in the first half of this year, with about half the orders coming from authorities in the United States, the company said Tuesday. The social networking giant is the latest technology company to release figures on how often governments seek information about its customers.