New York — The Anti-Defamation League’s National Consumer Technology Industry divisio
Redwood City, Calif. – First, there were tablets designed for kids. Now there’s a smartphone designed for kids.
Startup MVNO Zact, which launched flexible-plan no-contract cellphone service on June 6, has begun offering a Disney-themed Zact phone preloaded with Disney apps and content. The ZTE Awe, available at an introductory $99, is an Android 4.1 device with 4-inch display and 5-megapixel camera. Regular price is $169.
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 - Apple’s U.S. smartphone share fell in the three months ending October but shot up in October because of the Sept. 20 launch of the iPhone 5s and 5c, according to a consumer survey Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.
For the three months ending October, the sales share held by iOS smartphones fell 6.4 percentage points from the year-ago period to 40.8 percent, while Android share rose 4.9 percentage points to 52.6 percent. Windows share rose 2.3 percentage points to 4.8 percent, and BlackBerry share fell 0.8 percentage points to 0.8 percent.
Waterloo, Ontario — BlackBerry COO Kristian Tear and chief marketing officer Frank Boulben will leave the struggling smartphone maker, and James Yersh will replace Brian Bidulka as chief financial officer, said CEO and executive chair John Chen.
Replacements for Tear and Boulben were not named.
BlackBerry also announced today that Roger Martin, a board member since 2007, has resigned.
Irvine, Calif. — Chinese vendor Alcatel One Touch expanded distribution of its Fierce and Evolve Android smartphones to T-Mobile’s MetroPCS brand, having made the duo available to T-Mobile in October.
MetroPCS priced them at $99 and $59, respectively. Both lack 4G LTE.
The One Touch Fierce is a 4G HSPA+ Android 4.2 phone with 4.5-inch qHD display and 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor. The Evolve features 3G HSPA, Android 4.1, 1GHz MediaTek CPU, 4-inch WVGA display, 4GB memory, 5-megapixel main camera with 720p video capture and front-facing VGA camera.
Bellevue, Wash. — T-Mobile’s MetroPCS prepaid brand became the latest carrier to offer Samsung’s 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega smartphone/tablet hybrid.
The phablet will be available in MetroPCS corporate stores and in independently owned MetroPCS stores in the brand’s 45 markets, as well as online, starting Nov. 21 for as low as $349 after instant rebates.
Information on whether the phablet would also be available through national retailers wasn’t available.
Stamford, Conn. – Smart watches may be media darlings right now, but a Gartner report states the devices will not have a major impact on holiday sales this year.
The research firm said the new wearable technology has not been able to truly create its own niche and are an unclear value proposition in the market and this will push consumers to spend their holiday dollars on tablets, fitness bands and other types of portable technology.
Bloomington, Ill. — Verizon Wireless will open its first Verizon Destination Store on Wednesday and plans to open more Destination Stores over the next few years in iconic high-traffic locations across the country, the carrier announced.
The first Destination Store, which covers 9,715 square feet, opens 7 p.m. Wednesday here at the Mall of America. The next Destination Stores open next year in Chicago and Houston.
Espoo, Finland –Nokia shareholders approved the sale of almost all of Nokia's devices and services business to Microsoft.
More than 99 percent of shareholders voted for the deal, which is valued at almost $7.2 billion. The deal was announced in September and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2014 subject to regulatory approvals.
London – BlackBerry has collaborated with Porsche Design to produce a luxury smartphone that will retail for $2,350 through Porsche Design stores in the U.S. beginning Nov. 21.
The Porsche Design P'9982 smartphone from BlackBerry is an unlocked full-touch phone that can be used on GSM-based 4G LTE and 4G networks around the world, a spokesperson told TWICE.
Dallas — AT&T will begin selling the previously announced Filip cellphone/GPS-locator watch for kids at $199 beginning Nov. 22 through the carrier’s web store and its flagship Michigan Avenue store on Chicago.