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Samsung and BlackBerry Reportedly Discuss Acquisition

A new year means new telecom rumors. Samsung is apparently looking to buy BlackBerry, according to a report from Reuters, which cited an unnamed source. Executives from the two companies reportedly met last week, with Samsung proposing an initial range of $13.35 to $15.49 per share for an offer that could total as much as [...]

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Apple has a Happy Holiday with New Device Activations

It’s the season for giving and consumers certainly gave a lot of Apple mobile devices this holiday. Mobile analytics firm Flurry reported that Apple products accounted for 51.3 percent of device activations in the week leading up to December 25, with the majority of those devices being iPhones. Samsung took second place with 17.7 percent [...]

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Apple-Led Rockstar Consortium Sells off Smartphone Patents

The Rockstar Consortium has agreed to sell about 4,000 smartphone and other technology patents to RPX Clearinghouse for $900 million. Rockstar, which is made up of Apple, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Microsoft, and Sony, purchased the patents from the bankrupt Nortel Networks back in 2011 for $4.5 billion. RPX announced in a press release that it plans [...]

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Samsung Buys SmartThings Connected Home Platform

Samsung has acquired connected home platform maker SmartThings. The price for the company, which was founded in 2012 and funded through Kickstarter, was not disclosed, but reports indicate that Samsung paid about $200 million. SmartThings will become part of Samsung’s Open Innovation Center (OIC), though it will remain independent and continue to be led by [...]

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Apple and Samsung End International Patent Litigation

Apple and Samsung are ending their international patent disputes. The two leading smartphone makers said in a statement that they have reached an agreement to drop all patent litigation outside the U.S. It’s a significant shift considering the companies have fought everywhere from the UK to Japan, though both Apple and Samsung said that the [...]

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Samsung Investigates Reports of Child Labor at Supplier in China

Samsung said last week that it was looking into reports of child labor at a supplier’s factory in China. The investigation by the world’s largest smartphone maker did indeed turn up possible evidence of child labor, leading Samsung to announce that it is temporarily suspending business with Shinyang Electronics. Samsung also said that a separate [...]

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Samsung Sees Sales Slowdown in Q2

Samsung announced on Tuesday that it’s expecting a drop in sales for the second quarter. The smartphone maker is anticipating revenue of 52 trillion won ($51.5 billion), which is a decline of 9.5% from a year ago. Operating profit is also expected to take a tumble and be down 24% year-over-year to 7.2 trillion won [...]

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Samsung Keeps Features, But Cuts Power with Galaxy S5 Mini

Samsung is continuing the trend of releasing every possible variation of its flagship smartphone with a mini version of the Galaxy S5. The Galaxy S5 Mini retains the features that distinguished its bigger brother, such as an ultra power saving mode, a heart rate monitor, and a fingerprint sensor. However, the tradeoff for retaining these [...]

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Samsung Announces First Tizen Smartphone

Samsung has announced the first smartphone running on its Tizen operating system. The Samsung Z features a 4.8-inch AMOLED display, a 2.3GHz quad-core processor, and a 2600mAh battery. It also features a fingerprint sensor, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2.1-megapixel front camera. The phone will launch in Russia in the third quarter of the [...]

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Apple and Samsung Resume Peace Talks

Apple and Samsung are giving peace another chance. The two companies have “resumed working-level discussions” with the focus being on “how to dismiss all lawsuits,” according to a report from the Korea Times. Though Apple and Samsung have failed to reach an agreement in the past, the situation is apparently improved by a recent court [...]

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