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  • About 75 percent of future iPhones and iPads will use Samsung chips, while at least one other supplier will be used as well, according to a report.

  • In AppLovin's last report, the U.S. had a 80/20 iPhone 6 to iPhone 6 Plus ratio, while China was at 65/35 in favor of the iPhone 6.

  • Apple devices accounted for 50 percent of the smartphones sold in the United Stated in the fourth quarter of 2014, beating Samsung, LG and the rest, according to a new report.

  • The $1.88 billion Nextel Mexico acquisition is AT&T's third recent deal in the region and includes spectrum licenses, retail stores and other assets.

  • Acer continues to expand its Chromebooks for education line with newly unveiled 11.6-inch and 15.6-inch machines, both built to take tough punishment from students in school and home situations and to provide good value to school districts. The new Acer Chromebook C910, with a 15.6-inch display, and Acer Chromebook C740, with an 11.6-inch display, will be available starting in February in multiple configurations around the world, but all will include extra-sturdy construction to hold up under rough treatment of students who are getting their schoolwork completed at home or at school. In the United States, the Acer C910 will be sold with either a 16GB or 32GB solid-state drive (SSD) and 4GB of RAM starting at $299.99, while the Acer C740 will be available with a 16GB SSD and either 2GB or 4GB of RAM, starting at $259.99. Chromebooks and their desktop brethren Chromeboxes run Google's Chrome operating system and feature a wide range of preinstalled, cloud-based Google services and products, including Google Docs and Google Calendar.

  • Dell over the last few years has tried its luck in the tablet market with tepid results. Consumers have, for the most part, decided that tablets from Samsung and Apple are better options, and Dell is one of the also-rans left to pick up the scraps. But at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas earlier this month, Dell unveiled the latest model in its Venue tablet series, called the Venue 8 7000. The device garnered critical acclaim at CES and has since received some glowing reviews. The Venue 8 7000 has been tagged as one of the best small, lightweight slates on the market, and it might just be the top competitor to Apple's own iPad Mini. Central to the Venue's popularity thus far has been its outstanding design and high-resolution screen. The device also comes with an attractive starting price point of $399, making it accessible to customers on a budget. Dell has made a significant move in the tablet market with the Venue 8 7000, which is worth a closer look from business buyers and consumers. This slide show provides more details about this Dell model.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: The company obtained $175 million from investors and the stock rose about 65 percent on its first day in the New York Stock Exchange.

  • Office will be Window 10's stock productivity experience for users of mobile devices when the operating system and supporting devices ship.

  • The new solid-state Link wristband effectively circumvents the cloud by creating a small, localized cloud of its own.

  • The cloud storage provider releases a touch-friendly app for Windows tablets, PCs and phones.

  • Verizon also posted a loss of 54 cents per share for the quarter due to what the company called non-operational items, including benefit plan and pension costs.

     

  • Janam's new XM5 Rugged Mobile Computer allows users to start with Windows and then migrate the device to Android as they are ready to make the move.

  • BlackBerry is looking to improve its longstanding relationship with the enterprise, where it initially gained success before to losing ground to competitors. The company uniquely understands that enterprises must delicately balance the power of mobility with their own efforts to improve business communications, meet regulatory compliance requirements, manage the cost of communications and extend productivity-enhancing functionality to their highly mobile employees. For IT purchasers, security, cost, and post-sales and integration support are key. For end users, it's about being able to collaborate, communicate and enhance productivity without sacrificing personal preference. IT purchasers must balance these needs to deliver cost-effective solutions that are easy to deploy and manage and have predictable performance and costs. This slide show guides you through several of the most powerful third-party software offerings provided through BlackBerry's independent software vendor (ISV) program. These partnerships allow enterprises to access a range of complementary enterprise mobility solutions on BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 (BES12) and provide businesses with expanded options.

  • Google Glass, the wearable technology developed by the search giant's Google X technology development group, is moving out of the spotlight at least for a while. On Jan. 19, Google ended the Glass Explorer Program, which allowed people to purchase the eyewear-mounted devices for $1,500—which let them not only evaluate the technology, but also think up new applications for these wearable computers. Google says it's not killing off the project, but wants to take more time to work on the concept and perhaps bring it back in another form. In effect, it's being put on an indefinite hiatus, but not necessarily discontinued. Google Glass had a polarizing effect on people, even those who never had a chance to get their hands on the device. It had many strong fans among those who actually used the device, but it turned off many more people who viewed Google Glass as an intrusive technology that threatened personal privacy and so needed to be restricted or even banned. But in the process, it demonstrated the potential of wearable computers and inspired a cycle of product development that continues today. All in all, Google Glass, despite its troubles (and there were many) was a change agent in the technology industry. This eWEEK slide show looks back at how the world reacted to Google Glass since its debut nearly three years ago.

  • BlackBerry's CEO John Chen says net neutrality is good, but companies like his need similar protections so that developers market their apps for more than just Android and iOS users.

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