Amazon.com, which earlier this week lost its bid to control the domain extension .amazon, has been handed a victory over another top-level domain: .pin.
The loser in this battle: social-networking site Pinterest, which, not surprisingly, didn't want Amazon controlling .pin. In March, Pinterest filed an objection with the World Intellectual Property Organization, arguing in part that domain names on .pin -- clothes.pin, say, or whatever Amazon has in mind -- would cause confusion around the term "pin."
But WIPO was unpersuaded, ruling that .pin is a generic term:
Pinterest has failed to prove that it … Read more
Verizon Wireless sold roughly 3.87 million iPhones in the second quarter, according to Verizon Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo.
The figure represents 51 percent of total smartphones activated, Shammo noted on a conference call Thursday. Verizon sold 4.1 million iPhones in the first quarter.
The carrier earlier reported a 21 percent gain in second-quarter profits as it added 1 million net customers. It activated a total of 7.5 million smartphones in the period.
Verizon didn't disclose the number of Android activations, but it likely made up a bulk of the rest of the 49 percent of … Read more
Now here's something you don't see every day.
Through tomorrow, or until supplies run out, HP has the refurbished Pavilion DM1-4310NR 11.6-inch laptop for $259.99 shipped. Actually, that's not so unusual. But this is: It includes two years of 4G service via T-Mobile.
I know, right? Built-in 4G! And two free years of service! That's kinda awesome. Ah, but there is a catch of sorts: You're limited to just 200MB of data per month.
That, my friends, is not a lot of data. Forget streaming Netflix or even YouTube vids; you'll need … Read more
AT&T is looking to nudge Verizon Wireless off its perch.
The Dallas company's latest advertisement touts not only the nation's fastest network, but also "the most reliable."
The advertisement represents more than the usual boisterous rhetoric and cuts at the heart of what has been the key advantage for Verizon: the dependability of its network. While AT&T spent years dealing with dropped calls and the inability to handle the wireless data traffic from the iPhones on its network, Verizon carefully cultivated and shored up its reputation as the gold-standard network.
As a … Read more
LG Electronics' next flagship handset will officially be known as the G2, a move that marks the retirement of the Optimus brand for its premium line of smartphones, the electronics maker confirmed late Wednesday.
The smartphone, which is widely expected to be unveiled during a press event in New York on August 7, will also mark the debut LG's new premium brand -- simply "G," the company said in a statement.
"Our vision is to make LG's newest G devices synonymous with excellence, raising the bar even further for the ultimate in user experience," … Read more
What do the iPhone 6 and Samsung have in common? Not much, according to a report.
Samsung will not be making processors for Apple's iPhone 6, so says the Korea Economic Daily in a report dated Wednesday.
To counter the "damage caused" by "Apple shunning Samsung" for the iPhone 6 processor, the Korean company is developing a processor with an integrated 3G/4G modem for low-cost phones to compete with Qualcomm and MediaTek, the report said.
Qualcomm is a leading supplier of processors with modems built directly onto the same slice of silicon as the … Read more
It's another battle of the phablets in the Prizefight ring. LG's Optimus G Pro is the latest contender to try to take down the reigning champion, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2.
Smartphone meets tablet with these big screen behemoths. The Galaxy Note 2 brings its stylus to the fight while the Optimus G Pro uses your finger.
LG's blazing Snapdragon processor and a 1080p screen is unmatched right now and Samsung's one of the most versatile feature-rich phablets we've ever seen.
It's a face-off for Prizefight supremacy. Which phablet is your Prizefight champion? Cast … Read more
LG announced today that an over-the-air update for the LG Optimus G Pro is now available for users to download.
One new feature is Smart Video, which is similar to (if not exactly the same as) Samsung's Smart Pause. It means video can be set to pause when users turn their heads and look away. There are also two new camera functions, one of which is Dual Camera (an offshoot of the G Pro's Dual Recording mode), which takes photos from both cameras at the same time.
The other feature has already been available in the international unlocked … Read more
Less than a month before the presumed unveiling of LG's next flagship Android smartphone, we may be getting a better look at what some expect to be called the Optimus G2.
Engadget has posted several leaked images of an alleged LG handset that could be the successor to last year's Optimus G, and a video of the device has appeared on the YouTube channel 4Leakz. The handset in both is believed to be the Optimus G2, which many observers expect LG to unveil during a press event in New York on August 7.