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Gresso shows off extremely rugged mobile phone

Gresso shows off extremely rugged mobile phone

The last time we talked about Gresso was last year when the company showed off a seriously high-end iPad that had a wooden case made of 200-year old wood and an 18K gold Apple logo. Not everything that Gresso makes is packed with bling and wood though. The company has unveiled its new super rugged mobile phone called the Extreme X3.

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Thousands of California prison inmates are on Facebook while locked up

Thousands of California prison inmates are on Facebook while locked up

This story is disturbing on a bunch of different levels. It's disturbing to me that prison inmates are able to get on Facebook for starters. They apparently do it on contraband mobile phones that are smuggled in. I can only assume that the phones are hidden in the same manner Captain Koons used to hide Butch's watch. Apparently, the inmates are using the phones to update their Facebook profiles, typically with mundane things.

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Smartphone addiction diagnosed as users admit to stall-surfing

Smartphone addiction diagnosed as users admit to stall-surfing

Smartphone addiction is spreading through the UK at a phenomenal rate, regulator Ofcom claims, with increasing numbers of users turning to their handsets while at the dining table, in cinemas and in the bathroom. According to the new research, 47-percent of UK teens and 27-percent of UK adults now have a smartphone, with 81-percent keeping their handset on all the time and 47-percent of teens (22-percent of adults) admitting to stall-surfing.

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The Smartphone 70%

The Smartphone 70%

It’s quarterly earnings season, and while I don’t care much about differences in valuation multiples or whether a company beat EPS consensus by two cents a share – I’m a market analyst, not a financial analyst – quarterly earnings are a great place to find data indicating how the market is changing. Sometimes the best information is buried in the balance sheet and requires a bit of detective work and familiarity with how the company accounts for its products, divisions, tax strategy, and currency fluctuations. And sometimes you get lucky and the press release is all you need.

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Apple and Samsung take top smartphone sales spots; Nokia falls to 3rd

Apple and Samsung take top smartphone sales spots; Nokia falls to 3rd

Apple and Samsung have pushed Nokia into the number three position for worldwide smartphone sales, analysts have claimed, with strong Q2 2011 performance leaving Symbian devices significantly overshadowed. Apple is now the number one smartphone manufacturer, Strategy Analytics' figures suggest, with 18.5-percent of the market, while Samsung comes in at second place, with 17.5-percent. In contrast, Nokia has 15.2-percent in the last quarter, less than half the 38.1-percent in the same period twelve months ago.

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Vodafone 555 Blue takes Facebook mobile (with some cut corners)

Vodafone 555 Blue takes Facebook mobile (with some cut corners)

Vodafone has outed its new "Facebook phone", the Vodafone 555 Blue, a QWERTY featurephone that promises to be a low-cost way to access the popular social network while on the move. A QWERTY candybar, the 555 Blue has a 2.4-inch non-touch display and a dedicated Facebook button that can be preset to either sharing photos, links or something else. Best of all is the price, which Vodafone says should be under €100 (£88/$145) on a prepaid tariff.

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Verizon Q2 2011: 2.2m new customers but iPhone 4 sales slow

Verizon Q2 2011: 2.2m new customers but iPhone 4 sales slow

Verizon has announced its Q2 2011 financial results, adding twice as many subscribers as AT&T managed and activating 2.3m iPhone 4 handsets. The carrier saw its consolidated revenue hit $27.5bn, up 6.3-percent compared to the same period a year ago, while wireless data revenues rose 22.2-percent and ARPU (the monthly average revenue per user) climbed 3.2-percent to $54.12. However, iPhone 4 sales slowed over the quarter in comparison to Q1 2011.

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Nokia’s Crutch is Broken

Nokia’s Crutch is Broken

Nokia's Q2 2011 financial results makes for just as uncomfortable reading as we expected. If there was ever any doubts that Symbian had seen its day, April thru June put pay to them. Nokia's entire smartphone range - the N8, C7 and E7 included - sold fewer devices than Apple sold iPhones in the same period: 16.7-million versus 20-million. It's not just the smartphone side of Nokia's business, though, that needs CPR.

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Nokia Q2 financials “clearly disappointing” says CEO Elop: €487m loss

Nokia Q2 financials “clearly disappointing” says CEO Elop: €487m loss

Nokia has announced its Q2 2011 financial results, with an operating loss of €487m ($692m) and net sales of €9,275m, down 7-percent from Q2 2010 and 11-percent from Q1 this year. "The challenges we are facing during our strategic transformation manifested in a greater than expected way in Q2 2011" CEO Stephen Elop said, with the half-billion euro loss in operating profit a significant fall from the €439m profit made in the previous three month period.

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