Sony adds option to buy Xperia Z Ultra as a Wi-Fi-only ‘tablet’

Sony's waterproof Xperia Z Ultra smartphone is getting a Wi-Fi-only tablet cousin.

Sony has officially morphed its Xperia Z Ultra smartphone into a tablet. Sporting a massive 6.4-inch 1080p display, slightly smaller than 7-inch tablets marketed by companies such as Apple and Samsung, the phablet more closely resembles a tablet than smartphone. Apparently aware of the appeal inherent in using the device without paying monthly wireless network fees, Sony announced Wednesday it ... Read More »

BlackBerry lands massive Pentagon order and stock soars

The BlackBerry Z30.

Like a cat, BlackBerry appears to have nine lives. Just as investors seemed to be writing off the struggling smartphone maker, the company landed a massive US government contract and its share prices have skyrocketed. The US Department of Defense announced last week that it was bringing tens of thousands more mobile devices to its employees over the next year. ... Read More »

Nexus 8 could have Intel inside, report says

Nexus 8

The tablet will reportedly debut sometime after February and could include Intel’s Bay Trail processor. Perhaps coincidentally, the timing dovetails with Intel’s recent statement that Bay Trail tablets would arrive in the second quarter. As to why Google has shifted away from the Nexus 7 to a slightly larger form factor, the anonymous tipster points to a “weak” demand for ... Read More »

Apple gets temporary break from antitrust monitor

antitrust monitor

A federal appeals court on Tuesday granted Apple’s motion to hold off on having an external monitor to make sure it complies with antitrust laws, saying it will give Apple a reprieve until a panel can examine the issue. At a hearing last week, District Court Judge Denise Cote denied Apple’s request to put the monitoring on hold until its ... Read More »

Apple can now fix your cracked iPhone 5C screen in the store

Apple can now fix your cracked iPhone 5C screen

Your local Apple store may now be able to replace a cracked iPhone 5C screen while you wait. The $149 in-store repair option for the lower-cost iPhone reportedly debuted on Monday, according to CNNMoney. Up till now, Apple had to ship iPhone 5C units with cracked screens to a repair center, saddling owners with a $229 fee. A rep at ... Read More »

Sony said to factor 4K into ‘Sirius’ phone

Ultra hD TV

Sony’s next flagship smartphone, believed to be codenamed “Sirius,” will come with 4K video recording, according to a new report. Xperia Blog, a site that follows Sony’s mobile moves, published images purporting to come from the device’s software. Among the features was a mention of 4K Ultra HD video recording, as well as a timeshifting feature, allowing users to automatically ... Read More »

IBM’s Shares Slip After Its Q4 Revenue Falls On Weak Hardware Performance

IBM

This fine Tuesday, IBM reported its fourth-quarter financial performance and was greeted with raspberries from investors with period revenue of $27.7 billion and earnings per share excluding items of $6.13. Using GAAP, IBM earned $6.2 billion, or $5.73. Off nearly a percent in regular trading, IBM eased another 2.5 percent in after-hours trading. Investors had expected IBM to earn revenue ... Read More »

Google’s “High Handed” Bus Memo

Google’s “High Handed” Bus Memo

Like the last time people tried busing as a solution to a socioeconomic problem, the tech busing in San Francisco has become a hot-button topic. The Google buses, described as “spaceships” containing “alien overlords” by writer Rebecca Solnit, have become potent symbols for income inequality within the city. Beyond the transportation issues, they are now symbolic of other unwanted repercussions ... Read More »

Sony leaks start again, show possible refresh to Xperia Z1

Android

Sony’s CES press conference came and went without anything truly new introduced to the gathered media. Both devices announced in Las Vegas already exist in some form, but what we’re seeing here might be a first look at the first properly new device for 2014. Several images have appeared of a device labelled as D6503, and at first glance looks ... Read More »

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