Apple is stepping up its recruitment of payment executives as part of an effort to gain a stronger foothold in the mobile and electronic payments market, according to a Re/code report.
According to a detailed report from the Wall Street Journal, Apple and Google are battling each other for the most popular mobile games. Each company wants to offer its respective users the latest and greatest mobile games, and both are offering mobile gaming developers promotional incentives to encourage them to focus only on iOS (for Apple) or Android (for Google) with their game launches.
Apple is scheduled to report its quarterly earnings later this week, and analysts generally expect the iPhone and iPad vendor to post relatively stable results as it gears up for the release of new products later this year.
Facebook will reportedly launch its own mobile advertising network later this month, according to multiple reports. The action will put Facebook in direct competition with Google's AdMob, Millennial Media, Apple's iAd and other mobile ad networks.
"Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the highest-paid CEO of them all?" In the wireless world, the answer to that question is Sprint CEO Dan Hesse.
The nation's largest wireless carriers and device makers banded together to support voluntary anti-theft measures for smartphones released starting next year. The action comes amid mounting efforts by state lawmaker to mandate so-called "kill switches" in smartphones and tablets that would render the devices useless if stolen.
Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, costs around $12 (€8.67) more to make than the vendor's S4 smartphone, and nearly $50 more than rival Apple's iPhone 5S, research by IHS shows.
Apple is contemplating charging $100 extra for the iPhone 6, according to a financial analyst.
Strong growth in LTE smartphones, including TD-LTE phones sold in China, will lead to smartphone sales of 1.24 billion in 2014, according to a forecast from analysts at CCS Insight. However, CCS predicts smartphone growth will slow in the years ahead, largely due to saturation in mature markets.
Samsung Electronics called witnesses in its patent-infringement trial against Apple who testified that it was an intensive and significant shift in marketing and hardware innovation that helped Samsung become the world's largest smartphone maker. The witnesses were seeking to rebut claims by Apple's lawyers that it was only through copying Apple's innovations that Samsung was able to secure its strong place in the market.