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WebRTC Video Decision Delayed, Stalling Development

A closely followed Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meeting in Vancouver last week took an anticlimactic and mysterious turn. Committee members failed to reach a consensus on an important component of the new web-based communications standards called WebRTC.

RTC stands for Real Time Communication. The stakes are high because several large technology vendors with large communications businesses went into the meeting jostling for position of their respective video streaming technologies.

Research Shows Android Wins Market Share, But Apple Gets the Money

Grand Central Terminal by Asa AaronsTwo heavyweights — International Data Corporation (IDC) and Gartner — just released quarterly statistics on smartphone shipments and market share.

The consensus: Android is running away with market share, now accounting for four out of five mobile phones sold worldwide. But Apple continues to rake in most of the money and Nokia is moving up in the rankings. What could change in 2014?

Out of Nowhere, the iPad Mini Retina Goes On Sale

iPadminiretina.pngRather than announce a release date and get iFans stoked, Apple sneakily updated its  online store overnight. Now available: its latest and likely most sought after mini tablet.

The starting-at-$399 iPad Mini Retina will sit alongside the iPad Air as two of this season's hot sellers, although there is even more competition than last year.

Pebble Skips On as Majors Stutter in the Smartwatch Battle

Thumbnail image for pebblewatchrange.jpgWhile Samsung and Sony make no noticeable impact on a nascent market with their smartwatch offerings, crowdsourced favorite Pebble continues to make headway. Boasting a new SDK and improved support for iOS 7, a major new update improves its utility as a filter for notifications arriving on your phone and adds features on the software side, including coming FourSquare support.

WebRTC, Video Codecs and Why You Should Care

Right now, a bunch of nerds on the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) in Vancouver are making big decisions about the next big wave in web communications standards. And these decisions will have a big impact on some of the largest technology companies, for many years to come.

November Brings the Perfect Storm for Tablet Buyers

generictablet.jpgOctober saw its traditional raft of mobile device launches, but November is when the sales will really fly. It's when all those buying for the holidays enter the market.

With Black Friday looming, expect buy buttons to be clicked and registers rung at record speeds. And it is likely to be tablets all the way as second and third screens become the norm in homes and among the most requested tech gift ideas. 

With so many high-class models to choose from, the field has never been more open. So which will win in the battle for sales?

Google+ Upgrades Hangouts and Photos

Thumbnail image for image-google+locationsharing-2013.png Google+ has a reputation for being a bit barren for many users. But it just made several upgrades that could improve the user experience. Now there’s the ability to schedule a Hangout On Air and backup photos via auto syncing for iOS.

While we don’t see Google+ becoming the most popular place to share photos, that hasn’t stopped the company from taking dead aim at the Facebook and Instagram. Facebook has long been the go-to place for so called frictionless sharing of photos with friends and family, but Google+ updates like backup syncing of photos on iOS devices could prove to be a streamlined way to manage an incoming photo stream.

Nokia Back in Smartphone Game with 8.8 Million Units Sold in Q3

Customer Experience, Mobile, Nokia Back in Smartphone Game with $8.8M Quarterly SalesNokia's play to stay in the smartphone game is paying off as buyers flock to its wide range of Windows Phone 8 devices packing great camera technology. 

With its upcoming acquisition by Microsoft, the $7.2  billion deal looks to be a good value with sales increasing by a million per quarter and some hot new models on the way. 

Apple Releases Strong Q4 Earnings on the Back of iPhone 5S Sales

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Apple has just announced storming sales of 33.8 million iPhones for its latest fourth quarter results, with iPad sales down a bit at 14.1 million, as buyers awaited the latest models, a similar fate that affected the Mac line-up.

On the money side, the company saw $37.5 billion revenue, quarterly net profit of $7.5 billion, adding an extra $9.9 billion to its cash mountain. We'll listen to the earnings call and follow up with any details.

Google Nexus 5 Looking All White, Phone Just Days from Release

nexus5_300.jpgWe've already seen the the Nexus 5 phone in black, thanks to leaks last week from Google. Now images are floating around of the phone stylish white, with the chatter coalescing around a Nov. 1 release date. More scurrilous chatter also suggests a full-size tablet, a Nexus 10 model, is also on the way.

Meanwhile, LG has shown off another curved smartphone for Korean users, suggesting that curved will be an option in most price ranges next year.

Apple vs. Microsoft: the Buyers Will Decide

A row is brewing between the two tech titans, initiated by Apple's' comments about "confusion" among its rivals during the recent iPad unveiling. Microsoft shot back, claiming "standardization" and "productivity" are on its side. Who do you think is right  — or should both companies shut up and just let consumers decide? 

Apple's Tablet Moves Please Analysts

If the key to a financial analyst's heart is profit margin, then Apple did a good job yesterday of reassuring Wall Street with its roll out of new products. That's because it introduced new iPads with higher prices.

New iOS Update Adds iCloud Keychain, Improves Search, Fixes Bugs

After the drama of a pair of slightly thinner, more powerful iPads, its back to the more prosaic stuff at Apple. The new iOS 7.0.3 update adds the keychain feature to store multiple passwords, improves searching from the Spotlight and fixes several other bugs and gremlins in the system. 

Creating Value from Chaos: Defining and Encouraging Innovation

1375251_600129090029481_1666320026_n.jpg Think about a company like Apple and you probably think, accurately or not, about innovation. We're always waiting for the next big thing. The new. The unusual. The useful. The latest innovation.

"Innovation" is as big of a buzzword as "big data" -- and just as hard to define. Blame it on the very nature of innovation: to innovate means to create change, which, by necessity, implies breaking rules, making mistakes and upsetting the status quo. So how do you define change … and, more importantly, why should you bother?

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Apple Amps Up MacBooks & iPads, But Leaves Market Wanting

Before we talk about what Apple announced today, let's first talk about what it did not announce. There was no giant iTV, there was no iWatch and there was no funky collapsible keyboard.

In other words, the army of speculative pundits got it wrong. Apple mostly announced a series of improvements to their existing line: Faster, lighter and sleeker MacBooks and iPads, with new chips and prices.

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