Around 53 percent of workers recently surveyed said they would rather telecommute from home two or three days per week instead of receiving a 10 percent pay raise, according to a new study shared by network hardware company Aruba Networks.
As more consumers, especially those in the 18 to 35 age demographic own at least three connected devices, mobile working is something many workers are increasingly comfortable with. Almost half of employees claim they work efficiently outside of a typical eight-hour workday, preferring to break up work throughout the day - and 79 percent of workers say they believe they work better when at home.
In Silicon Valley and among many companies located in metropolitan areas, telecommuting for at least one day per week is on the rise - among other perks - aimed at wooing young, tech savvy people into the workplace. There are ongoing research studies trying to determine if employees work better in the office, at home, or a mix of both spread out evenly throughout the work week.
The once failing smartphone giant, BlackBerry, may have just been bailed out by US Taxpayers in a deal that will see The Pentagon purchasing more than 80,000 handsets from the Canadian manufacturer. The purchase comes as the US Department of Defense begins staging the roll out of a massive new wireless network which will primarily use BlackBerry handsets.
News of this injection of cash has been rumored for weeks and as a result, the company stock has more than doubled from its low of $5.75 per share just six weeks ago. This massive purchase from the US Government helps to further push the return to its enterprise roots that John Chen, the company's new CEO has been pushing for since taking the position late last year. No word has been released on how much the deal is worth, but you can imagine that it is in the $800 million to $1.5 billion range.
ADATA has launched the Elite CE700 wireless charging stand for smartphones and mobile devices, supporting both flat and stand-based charging modes. The device also will automatically stop charging if there is a metallic object between the phone and charging stand, along with overheat protection to prevent damage to the device and CE700 unit.
Although there are a number of charging stations available, ADATA created a slim-profile with sleek curved edges. ADATA promises faster charging times, even for Android devices, as wireless charging isn't limited to USB-based charging bottlenecks.
The device supports charging a variety of devices from 14 different manufacturers, though the Apple iPhone was unfortunately left off the list. Manufacturers supported: Nokia, HTC, Google, Panasonic, Sharp, Fujitsu, Samsung, LG, Kyocera, Philips, Motorola, BlackBerry, Pantech, and TecHDY.
We know that Samsung is preparing something special with its upcoming Galaxy S5, but what should we expect exactly? According to two concept devices that have recently popped up, we could expect a buttonless smartphone from the company.
Some new designs have shown up, which feature an unidentified object on the top right side, that could be... shock: a fingerprint scanner. We've heard that the Galaxy S5 will indeed feature an iris scanner, and we've also heard the teases of a smartphone from Samsung with a fingerprint scanner - maybe we'll see the blending of both technologies, too.
We have been told to expect big things from Apple's iPhone for the past quarter, where it is expected to have sold some 55 million units over the three-month period. But what about the iPad?
Fortune reports that from data collected from 45 Apply analysts, that we should see 25 million iPads sold for the quarter - up 10% from the same quarter last year. The estimates vary from 21 million to 28 million, so we should expect something right in the middle of that.
Hardware manufacturer Foxconn has more egg on its face after the Taiwanese police have arrested at least 12 current and former Foxconn executives for bribery-related charges. Companies interested in becoming a Foxconn supplier, all iPhone parts suppliers were required to offer up at least 2.5 percent in bribes to secure the deal.
CEO Guo Taiming launched an investigation which led to police investigations in China and Taiwan, with executives leaving China and heading back to Taiwan.
"Foxconn holds our company, our employees, and our suppliers to the highest standards in responsible business practices and the results of our internal audit have driven a number of enhancements to our company's procurement process policies to ensure to ensure that such violations cannot be repeated," a Foxconn spokesperson told the media.
Foxconn produces products for Apple, BlackBerry, Sony, Nintendo, and other major electronics manufacturers - and has been plagued by issues relating to employee pay, poor work environment, and mass suicides in its factories.
BGR is reporting from "a number of different sources in recent months" that Apple will use a much bigger display in its upcoming iPhone 6. We know this will happen, but just how big will Apple go?
According to DisplaySearch, we should expect 4.7 inches, with a resolution of 1600x900. Apple analyst Peter Misek, thinks we'll see 4.8 inches, and KGI Securities analyst, Ming-chi Kuo, who is usually on-point with Apple rumors, thinks we'll see the iPhone 6 measure in between 4.5 and 5 inches. AppleInsider is reporting on the iPhone 6 too, with Cowen and Company analyst Timothy Arcuri chiming in saying that all the testing for the iPhone 6 is complete.
During Arcuri's note with clients, he said that the iPhone 6 design had been "locked down" and that the new smartphone from Apple would feature a 4.8-inch display. We should also expect the new iPhone 6 to feature 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and "key software innovations" in iOS 8 that will be a big part of the new iPhone.
Samsung continues its Galaxy rampage, announcing two new handsets in its Galaxy Note 3 range of phablets. The two new models are the Galaxy Note 3 Olympic Games Edition, and then we have the Verizon-exclusive Rose Gold version.
Starting with the new Galaxy Note 3 Olympic Games Edition, which comes with special retail packaging, and a nifty cover - but it is exclusive to the Netherlands for the moment. The Olympic Games Edition also includes free skating tickets for the local Amsterdam Olympic Stadium, and with every phone purchased, buyers are thrown into the raffle for a trip to the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
The second Galaxy Note 3 version released is the new Rose Gold model, which is exclusive to Verizon in the US. Verizon will sell the Galaxy Note 3 Rose Gold version for $299.99 on a two-year contract.
LG really is at the forefront of flexible technology, with the South Korean giant launching its flexible 'G Flex' smartphone in the US later this month. LG's G Flex will launch at Sprint on January 31, featuring a curved 6-inch Plastic OLED (POLED) screen.
We talked to LG Australia's Head of Public Relations, Phillip Anderson, where we asked what LG thought about the G Flex smartphone, and why people should buy it over the $350 Nexus 5 smartphone, that LG also makes. He said:
"LG constantly strives to provide consumers with the latest and greatest technology and the G Flex is fantastic example of smartphone innovation that is designed to meet the needs of the user. LG has spent an extensive period of time developing its curved technology and from CES 2014 we have seen that the future definitely has 'curves' in it. The 'curve' provides consumer benefits such as a reduced distance between your mouth and the microphone when the device is held against the ear to deliver improved voice and sound quality. The Curved 6" Plastic OLED (POLED) screen has to be seen to be believed - it makes watching video content on LG's G Flex a very enjoyable and immersive experience. The G Flex is a step in to the future and we anticipate the early-adopter as well as intrigued consumers will be eager to get their hands on it".
Patriot has just unveiled its new FUEL Active line of portable batteries, destined for the outdoors. Patriot's new line of FUEL Active chargers come in two styles.
Starting with the FUEL Active 6000, which features a 6000mAh battery, a dedicated 2.5A port, and integrated micro USB cable that provides 1A of current. The Patriot FUEL Active 6000 is also protected from the harsh environments of this world, with it arriving in a sturdy plastic housing, with integrated dust caps that cover the included connectors.
Moving onto the FUEL Active 2000, which is built-in a high impact element-resistant housing, and a bright LED flashlight that will help you out when you're camping, or out in the dark. The FUEL Active 2000 comes in a choice of four colors, too.
Patriot are selling the new FUEL Active line of portable batteries, with an MSRP of $19.99 and $69.99 for the FUEL Active 2000, and FUEL Active 6000, respectively.
Fortune has collated some serious information on unit sales estimates from 44 professional and amateur analysts, which makes it believe that Apple has just had its best quarter for the iPhone.
An average of 44 estimates provides a number of astounding proportions: 55.3 million iPhone sales in fiscal Q1. This is a 16% jump from the same quarter of last year. Fortune's Philip Elmer-DeWitt says that the range from highest to lower estimate is 9.7 million, where in the same quarter of last year, it was closer to 20 million.
We will hear more on this, with exact numbers, in just a week's time on January 27 when Apple reports its latest quarter financial results.
The last time we heard the codename "Sirius", it was in association with the Nokia S tablet. Sirius is back again, but it is on Sony's side this time, with it being the codename for its upcoming Xperia Z2 smartphone.
The current Sirius prototype, according to XperiaBlog and XDA forums, features a Qualcomm MSM8974AB CPU at 2.3GHz, which is a faster version of the already fast Snapdragon 800, but this new SoC supports DDR3 RAM. We have 3GB of RAM, a 5-inch (or so) 1080p display, a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing snapper backed up by a 2.1-megapixel shooter on the front.
Mobile World Congress is just a month away, where we should see the phone properly unveiled by Sony.
If anything is certain in the world of mobile devices, 2014 will be the year of the 1440p screen, and 1080p will mostly be found on mid to low-end phones. Flagship models sporting resolutions of 2560x1440 will become the norm, and LG is leading the way with two new devices set to debut next month at the 2014 Mobile World Congress.
Today reports have been coming in from Korean sources that state that LG will be unveiling the G3, its successor to its flagship G2 smartphone at MWC 2014 and the device will feature a 1440p display. At the same time, LG is expected to debut its new LG G Pro 2 which will also sport a 1440P display. The G Pro 2 is expected to now sport a 5.9-inch screen while the G3 may be enlarged to a 5.5-inch display. Keep in mind that these are just rumors, but the sources are considered reliable.
While Samsung's Galaxy S4 was one of the best smartphones of 2013, its TouchWiz interface left a lot top be desired and often received harsh criticism from industry analyst and consumers. With the Galaxy S5 quickly approaching, Samsung appears to have taken the TouchWiz criticism quite seriously and has redesigned the phones UI to better align with current trends in the smartphone world.
Today everyone's favorite leakster, @evleaks, released what is said to be actual screen captures of the new UI that will be featured on the Galaxy S5. The images show off what appears to be a UI that has been designed from the ground up and features many elements inspired by Google Now as well as Microsoft's Metro UI. The app features metro-like tiles that display a wealth of information including maps, sports stories, and images from friends.
Sharp has just announced a new tablet that is destined for the business and professional world, the RW-16G1. Sharp's new slate features a 15.6-inch display, with a 3200x1800 resolution.
The new slate will feature a dual-core Intel Core i5-4200U processor - 1.6GHz/2.6GHz, 3MB of L2 cache, 15W TDP, and Intel HD 4400 graphics. We have 4GB of DDR3 RAM, a 128GB SSD, and that gorgeous 15.6-inch display which is based off an IGZO panel. We have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC for wireless technologies, a 2-megapixel webcam, SD card reader, mini DisplayPort, HDMI, and three USB 3.0 ports.
Sharp's RW-16G1 also features a stylus, accelerometer, gyroscope, geomagnetic sensor, and more. As for its operating system, we have Windows 8.1 Pro, which makes this new, massive, high-res slate like a much better, more expensive Surface Pro 2.
As for the physical side of things, it is 12.5mm thick, 1.25kg, and can work for up to 9 hours from its built-in battery. Sharp will only be making 3000 of these tablets per month, so it will be a very limited edition slate when it arrives in Japan in March.
Apple is rumored to be working on a 12.9-inch iPad, that would arrive as the iPad Pro. Apple is now reportedly accelerating the development of this larger iPad, because Samsung is already in the larger slate game with two 12.2-inch tablets.
DigiTimes' sources are claiming that Apple's new iPad Pro would launch in Q3 2014 at the earliest. It would seem doubtful that Apple is feeling threatened by Samsung, as the Cupertino-based iPhone giant is usually relaxed with its releases. But, increased competition in the market could be forcing Apple to work on products it normally wouldn't (a larger 'Pro' aimed iPad) and competing with Samsung.
The same sources claim that Apple is working on two new iPads that will replace the current Retina iPad mini and iPad Air. These new models would most likely debut at the same time as the iPad Pro.
The Apple iPhone and Samsung Google Android-powered smartphones both grew their respective market shares in the United States during Q4 2013, according to The NPD Group. iPhone ownership increased from 35 percent up to 42 percent year-over-year, while the Android smartphones jumped from 22 percent up to 26 percent during the same time frame.
The top five music apps used on smartphones during the fourth quarter of 2013: Pandora, iHeart Radio, Spotify, TunIn Radio, and Slacker Radio. As more consumers use smartphones with unlimited data - and Wi-Fi-supported devices - there is a huge demand for streaming music and other connected services. Music streaming rose 11 percent up to 52 percent, and that number will likely increase even higher.
"Considering the increase in prominence of smartphone music apps, it's not surprising that hardware manufacturers such as Betas are leveraging partnerships with carriers, like AT&T to break into the streaming music market," said John Buffone, NPD Executive Director of Connected Intelligence, in a statement. "This allows AT&T to offer subscribers more of what they want in the way innovative music apps and provides Beats a partner capable of driving trial in a market where consumers already have an affinity for the music services they use."
As consumers look to upgrade their devices - and switch wireless carriers - there will be a fierce battle among handset manufacturers and carriers trying to provide cost-effective devices and subscription plans.
Enterprise hardware manufacturer Eurocom recently unveiled the Armadillo, a 14" multi-touch ultrabook powered by Microsoft Windows 8. The device provides full 1080p HD (1920x1080) support and users can enjoy the 10-point multi-touchscreen to use Armadillo.
The Eurocom Armadillo ships with the Intel Core i7 4500U processor, up to 16GB DDR3L-1600 RAM support (two slots), two drives (mSata and HDD, SSD, or SHDD), Bluetooth 4.0, HDMI output, two USB 3.0 ports, and 802.11ac Wi-Fi.
"The Eurocom Armadillo is a perfect complement to our line of thin and light notebooks from 11.6" to 15.6" as it focuses on the pleasure of computing combined with a beautiful 14" design," said Mark Bialic, Eurocom President, in a statement. "The Eurocom Armadillo has the power, speed and slim build that can't help but turn heads, who knew an Armadillo could be so beautiful!"
Eurocom is known for pushing the boundaries of desktop PC replacement, with most products geared towards business users.
2014 could be the year for LG, especially if its upcoming G3 smartphone can win against the Galaxy S5 from Samsung. According to a new report from Korean-language site Kaver, the South Korean giant is preparing to launch its G3 smartphone in mid-May.
LG's G3 smartphone should feature a 5.5-inch 2K display (2560x1440), as well as a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera and either a quad- or eight-core processor - which should arrive as LG's Odin processor. Specs aren't everything, as we've seen with LG's dismal G2 sales in 2013.
T-Mobile is getting a kick out of offering an initiative that allows subscribers on other carriers to write "breakup" letters for their current wireless provider. Even with more than 80,000 of the "Dear John" letters from disgruntled subscribers to their carriers doesn't necessarily mean they are ready to abandon ship.
"As you can see from some of the breakup letters, people do say who they're breaking up with," a T-Mobile spokesperson recently told reporters. "In fact, customers are making signs, wanting to get their photo taken - they really want to have fun with it."
T-Mobile, currently the No. 4 biggest U.S. carrier in the United States, also boasts the cheapest monthly subscriptions for its subscribers. The company also recently announced it would open the door to paying up to $350 in early termination fees, per line, to woo subscribers away from AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
Verizon Wireless subscribers in the United States pay the most per month for their phone bills, according to a study compiled by Cowen and Company. On average, Verizon Wireless subscribers pay $148 per month after taxes and fees, while Sprint is the second most expensive with a $144 average. Meanwhile, AT&T subscribers pay $141 and T-Mobile subscribers tend to pay $120 per month for their phone service.
Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam previously noted several times that his company isn't interested in trying to compete against AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint in pricing.
The most recent Cowen and Company study follows up reports last year that indicated the same pricing structure for the four major carriers.