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Tablet Growth Now Expected To Be Flat In North America And Europe This Year By Clip Syndicate according to IDC, tablet growth in the North American and European markets will be flat this year. The tablet market, which IDC counts as tablets and 2-in-1 devices, will grow by a slim 6.5 percent globally. Tablet sales won’t catch PC sales for a lenghtyperiod of time. Another point of context: Quarterly smartphone sales are substantially larger than yearly tablet sales, a gap that is increasing. And as only smartphones of the group are growing quickly, we shouldn’t expect the internal ranking order to change much.

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This May Be The Best Look Yet At The New IPhone By Clip Syndicate It’s happening. Apple’s invitation to a September 9 event has officially gone out. At least one next-gen iPhone will be unveiled in a few short days. However, new photos have emerged on Chinese site WeiFeng that appear to show components that match up almost identically to previous leaks for a 4.7-inch iPhone. The next iPhone is a big deal for Apple. ...Read More »
SoftBank, Sprint To Offer Sony Xperia Smartphone For First Time By Clip Syndicate Sources with knowledge of the matter said SoftBank Corporation is to offer Sony Corporation smartphones for the first time, selling the upcoming Xperia handset both in Japan and through subsidiary Sprint Corporation in the United States. Four sources told Reuters that Sony's Xperia Z3, its next flagship smartphone expected to be unveiled at next week's IFA tech expo in Berlin, will be available in time for the winter holiday season in both countries. ...Read More »
Apple Working With NXP For Pay-by-touch Technology In New IPhone By Clip Syndicate The Financial Times reports that Apple Incorporated is working with Dutch chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV to add secure near-field communications technology into the next iPhone, which would enable the smartphone users to pay by touch. Citing people familiar with Apple's plans, the daily reported NXP will provide the secure near-field communications chips that will allow an iPhone to connect with payment terminals or ticketing systems. ...Read More »
Tech Upgrades To The Old-School Science Class By Clip Syndicate Long gone are the days of science fair poster boards and paper quizzes--at least not exclusively. Technological breakthroughs have flooded into classrooms, changing the face of K-through-12 education. From smart boards to smartphones , these digital trends have become useful educational tools in the teaching process. While today's kids are learning the same lessons and concepts, they are absorbing in different ways. ...Read More »
SoftBank's First Sony Smartphone Deal Takes Aim At U.S. Market By Clip Syndicate Japan's SoftBank and its U.S. mobile carrier Sprint will offer a Sony smartphone for the first time, sources with knowledge of the matter said, as the two technology titans confront daunting challenges in the U.S. market. The deal could give a much-needed boost to Sony's struggling mobile division, which last month said it no longer expected to make a profit in the year to next March. SoftBank, Japan's second most valuable company, is pushing price cuts and promotions at Sprint while unveiling joint smartphone offerings to shore up the No. 3 U.S. carrier, after U.S. regulators thwarted its hopes for a merger to give it the scale to take on bigger rivals.

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Downtown Launches Mobile Payment App In Palo Alto By Clip Syndicate Downtown wants to change the way you order and pay for food, starting with its launch today at the Palo Alto’s Coupa Cafe, a common startup meeting spot. Although it’s easy to make online purchases or order food on your phone for delivery, the way you pay for a meal when you’re inside a restaurant has relatively stayed the same. But with its iOS app that launched today, Downtown allows you to make in-store orders and purchases directly from your iPhone. ...Read More »
Why Apple's Choice Of IPhone Venue Matters By Clip Syndicate Apple's September event, where the company is expected to reveal the iPhone 6 and iWatch, will be held at the same venue where Steve Jobs first unveiled the Mac personal computer in 1984. Apple meticulously manages every detail when it comes to product roll outs, even down to venue choice. So the selection of the Flint Center for the Performing Arts in Cupertino, California, raised more than a few eyebrows when the invitations for the Sept. 9 event went out on Thursday. ...Read More »
New Samsung Smartwatch Won't Need Companion Phone By Clip Syndicate Samsung has unveiled a computerized wristwatch that can do more without a smartphone to go with it, while LG has one with a round design. Thursday's announcements come as technology companies prepare for the holiday shopping season. Apple is also believed to be working on its own smartwatch, and could announce at a Sept. 9 event.

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Report: IPhone 6 Will Have NFC Mobile Payment Capability By Clip Syndicate Apple has so far avoided building NFC functionality into its iDevices. The company relied on Bluetooth LE for its iBeacon technology, which lets customers access info and various services through their phones in physical stores. Regardless of the technology Apple ends up using, the company's mobile payment platform will make a big splash come Sept. 9, when Apple will likely introduce the new iPhone.

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