By Lisa Johnston
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Dallas – Samsung Mobile launched a free and ad-free music service for users of select Galaxy smartphones.
Milk Music, powered by Slacker, delivers more than 200 genre-based and curated stations with more than 13 million songs.
The service also lets users create custom stations and allows for six song skips per hour per station.
This TWICE webinar, hosted by senior editor Alan Wolf, will take a look at what may be the hottest CE products at retail that will be sold during the all-important fourth quarter. Top technologies, market strategies and industry trends will be discussed with industry analysts and executives.
New York — Israel-based start-up KGPS is entering the market for kid-tracking GPS watches with the HereO GPS Watch, promoted as the smallest and lowest-priced GPS tracking watch announced to date for kids.
The company plans July shipments of a GPS watch that’s smaller than competing models so it fits better on the wrists of a 3- to 8-year-old, said North American VP Sherone Noyman. The watch measures 1.26 inches by 1.18 inches by 0.55 inches.
The Privacy Phone uses FreedomPop’s VoIP network to provide encrypted voice calls and text messages to any mobile phone or landline.
Deerfield Beach, Fla. — OKO International, maker of traditional watches under the Android brand, has begun offering an updated version of an Android-brand smart watch through its website at a suggested $299.
The company is also looking for online and brick-and-mortar retailers to sell the product, said sales director Iliana Tegov. OKO already sells traditional watches through online and brick-and-mortar retailers, including Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th stores.
Calgary, Alberta — Apple could gain worldwide smartphone share in the second half because of the lack of innovation in high-end smartphones introduced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC), investment research company Canaccord Genuity concluded.
Tokyo – Sony, which is in the midst of major global corporate restructuring, is now reportedly trying to sell its former headquarters and surrounding buildings in central Tokyo.
According to a Nikkei report Friday, the sale by the struggling electronics giant continues the offloading of real estate holdings from a year ago, when the company sold its U.S. headquarters building at 550 Madison Ave. in New York City for $1.1 billion.
Milpitas, Calif. -- SanDisk is shipping a 128GB microSD card, calling it the highest capacity removable storage option available in the consumer market.
Designed specifically for use with Android smartphones and tablets, the 128GB SanDisk Ultra microSDXC UHS-I memory card's release coincides with the launch of Samsung's new flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone which comes with a 128GB capacity microSD slot.
SanDisk said it delivers twice the read/write speed of currently available microSD memory cards making it the best solution available for shooting HD video.
Arlington, Va. — Smartphones rank among the top technology products owned and/or used, and both smartphones and tablets rank among the top five devices used to connect to the Internet across all the countries surveyed in the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) new “Global Consumer Technology Trends” study.
Bellevue, Wash. – T-Mobile posted its third consecutive quarter of more than 1 million net new subscribers in the fourth quarter, but the company also posted its third consecutive quarter of net losses.
For the quarter, the company gained more than 1.6 million net new customers following gains of 1.13 million and 1.05 million in the third and second quarters, respectively. For the full year, the carrier gained 4.38 million net new subscribers, up from 2012’s 203,000.