IBM has always been known for raking in more U.S. patents than any other company, but this year signals a landmark: not only is it IBM's 20th consecutive year of earning more patents than any other company, it also made a single-year record with 6,478 issued patents, according to the annual tally published today by IFI Claims Patent Services.
Is Apple finally getting close to cutting a distribution deal with China Mobile? While Apple has deals to sell the iPhone through other carriers the company has long sought a deal with China Mobile, the largest wireless carrier in the largest wireless market in the world. This morning, according to Reuters, Apple CEO Tim Cook met with China Mobile Chairman Xi Gouhua.
It’s been a tough couple of years for Research in Motion. The BlackBerry maker still has a faithful following of physical-keyboard loving users, but Apple, Samsung and cheaper smartphone makers from Asia have smashed RIM’s market share. Its stock has fallen almost 90% in the last five years; last quarter it posted another weak set of financial results.
Apple CEO Tim Cook has promised Chinese customers an iPad Mini with cellular by the end of the month. Speaking to news outlet Tencent (translation), Cook said the iPad Mini with cellular functionality will be coming to China "in late January." He declined to provide an exact release day.
Pebble got a ton of attention for its smart watch at CES this year. It wasn’t the only smart watch company, however, to have a major announcement. Originally announced at last year’s CES, Italian-based I’m watch announced the next iteration its smart watch. Reminiscent of the iPod nano watches you may have seen walking around, the I’m watch consists of a bulky square watch face with an even bulkier strap attached.
Samsung unveiled at the 2013 International CES on Wednesday its latest processor for smartphones, the Exynos 5 Octa. The company says this new processor delivers twice the performance of its predecessor, Samsung's Exynos 4 Quad. This means new phones from Samsung are going to be noticeably faster.
In a hopeful sign for embattled telecom company Research in Motion , three top U.S. wireless carriers said they would support BlackBerry 10 products. RIM's newest mobile operating system is slated to launch alongside two smartphones on Jan. 30 , and the company's comeback depends on the success of BlackBerry 10.
Companies like Apple and Google are positioning voice recognition services as personal assistants, but any information shared with them is tied to the specific platforms. Nuance is trying to change that Project Wintermute, a platform agnostic voice recognition service that lives in the cloud. The Next Web took a look at Nuance’s new service in action, with Wintermute intelligently saving search queries and context across platforms.
When it comes to leak testing, modern manufacturing requires flexible and fail safe systems, which is the topic of a new design report from InterTech Development Company. Automotive, industrial and medical applications are renowned for the use of flexible automation such as robots and machine vision for improved time-to-market and quality; however, some parts just cannot ship without leak testing.
Running your electronics can get pricey. You already know about Vampire energy and how simply having your TV or DVR plugged in can cost you money. But do you have any idea how much it actually costs to run those devices? A new gadget being shown at the International CES – MeterPlug — will not only tell you how much your new flat screen TV costs to run, it will send the data to your smartphone via Bluetooth .
Windows Live Messenger will officially retire this March, Microsoft announced Tuesday in a mass email to the chat service's users. On March 15, all users will be switched over to Skype , which the software giant acquired for $8.5 billion in October 2011 . "We are retiring the existing Messenger service globally .
Ever have the fire alarm battery start to annoyingly chirp in the middle of the night? Or how about a kids' toy randomly make noises throughout the day? A new concept allows you to turn off AA-batteries remotely via your iPhone or iPad to silence your things when needed. Called the Tethercell , AA-batteries fit snugly in this small case, which features a computer chip on the back.
Apple will release a cheap iPhone in the second half of 2013, according to a report from DigiTimes . The media outlet cites unnamed supply-chain sources. It isn’t the first time this report has surfaced. Speculation has been rampant for months that Apple would soon roll out a low-cost iPhone aimed primarily at the emerging markets.
Medical-related communication in the hospital, at least when done poorly, can be deadly. The Institute of Medicine estimates that between 44,000 and 98,000 Americans die each year from preventable medical mistakes they experience during hospitalizations. A common cause frequently cited is communications systems that break down and don’t support the highly qualified and dedicated hospital caregivers as effectively and efficiently as needed.
You don't have to worry about Sony 's newest flagship smartphone getting wet in a rainstorm. Called the Xperia Z, the Android handset is both dust and water resistant — IP55 and IP57, specifically — and can survive the rain or even an accidental swim in your local pool. In addition to its durable design — the phone used tempered glass on its front and back as well as an anti-shatter film — the Xperia Z is also packing a punch under the hood.