Amazon Echo gets newsy with integration from news outlets


We all knew the Amazon Echo would be smart, but I didn’t think it would get this smart. Over time, Amazon has added integration from so many sources that the Echo is no longer a device to just ask simple questions. Now you can ask the Echo complex questions or give it commands to do something very specific. Today’s update in Echo capabilities has to do with its ability to serve up news. Amazon is adding integration from six news outlets.

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Samsung’s upcoming device with three-sided display to be part of Galaxy line, says Bloomberg

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As we reported yesterday, Samsung is planning on manufacturing a new device with a three-sided display. Today, Bloomberg said that this device would be part of Samsung’s Galaxy line, and it would feature a flexible display.

These reports come right after plans for a possible Samsung version of Google Glass have been outed, as well as the release of the first version of Galaxy Gear.

Innovative products are nothing new for Samsung, but this will certainly bring something very different.

Samsung plans for flexible screen on next-gen of smartphones leak, features interactive side-pane

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The race to release the first smartphone with a flexible screen is over. The LG G Flex and Samsung Galaxy Round have been released in all their glory. Now, the race begins to create an a smartphone that actually utilizes the flexible screen correctly.

Some Samsung sketches just leaked, which show exactly what they’re trying to do here with their next generation of smartphones. These ideas aren’t anything new, as Samsung showed us a prototype with a bent screen on the side of the device, creating a control/information bar.

Bloomberg brings us today’s leaked plans. Hit the break to see just a few things that could be done with such a phone:

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Rumored HTC Amazon phone could be exclusive to Amazon Prime members


There have been rumors of an upcoming HTC-manufactured Amazon phone. Reports have come out suggesting that HTC has three devices created already, with one of them entering the final stages of development. Amazon has repeatedly denied any reports about the phone, saying that they are not preparing to release any phones this year, and also quelled rumors that any upcoming Amazon phone would be offered for free.

However, new reports from Bloomberg News suggests that the upcoming device could be exclusive to Amazon Prime members, as the company continues to push its Instant Video and streaming services. The decision could certainly limit the sales, but would also obviously increase Amazon Prime membership. It’s a trade-off that is certainly worthwhile for the company, as Amazon has continuously proved to carry on with their business model of sacrificing profit margins to gain market share.

Via: The Verge
Source: Bloomberg

HTC continues to sink, according to recent Bloomberg reports


Wow. The amount of bad news keeps piling up for HTC, and I honestly can’t remember the last time I heard something negative about any of the other major smartphone manufacturers. Either HTC’s PR department is that bad, the other manufacturers’ PR departments are that good, or HTC is really that bad of a company.

Anyway, here’s a handy little chart for you to check out. As you can see, HTC has followed Blackberry’s path to doom. Here are some stats from Bloomberg:

-HTC is currently valued at $3.8 billion, down from $37 billion at the peak. Its stocks are at an 8-year low as of Sept. 9.
-HTC forecasts its eighth straight quarterly drop in sales
-HTC trades at 1.4 times net assets, almost triple the 0.5 level of Blackberry
-HTC is ranked 1.6 out of a possible 5, the lowest of more than 500 listed tech companies

Dennis Chan, an analyst at Yuanta Securities in Taipei says that the price-to-book ratio of HTC is still too high for a merger or acquisition. He also noted that a comeback was nowhere in sight.

It looks like Iron Man isn’t saving anyone but himself on this sinking ship…

Source: Bloomberg

Bloomberg Radio+ now available for Android

After a rather long wait, Bloomberg has finally released its Radio+ mobile application to Android users. With it comes 24/7 access to the biggest names in the financial sector, offering live, full-length interviews and expert analysis. In addition to audio, the app will also feature some of the publication’s most popular shows on demand.

Using the app is simple. Live audio streaming is set as the default, while on demand shows can be accessed by hitting the on-screen menu button. Users can also edit the ticker on the bottom to better suit their personal needs. The app is now available for free on the Google Play Store, so be sure to hit the link after the break to try it out for yourself.

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Patent Wars: Australian Court Overturns Samsung Tablet Ban, Apple Wants to Ban Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N in Germany

Are you sick and tired of reading about the patent wars between Apple and Samsung yet? Well it appears that Samsung has won one legal battle against Apple in Australia. Samsung won its appeal lawsuit against Apple in the land down under, and overturned a ban on selling the Galaxy Tab 10.1. An appeals court said that the original judge in a lower court made a mistake that approved Apple’s request for an injunction against the tablet. The three-judge panel believed that the original court “erred in principle” and was quoted to say:

“We cannot see how Samsung’s conduct in refusing the offer of an early trial could properly be weighed.”

Nam Ki Yung, a spokesman for Samsung, also remarked:

 “The ruling clearly affirms that Apple’s legal claims lack merit.”

However, Apple isn’t backing down without a fight. They are still accusing Samsung of copying their products. Bloomberg received an email from an Apple spokesperson that wrote:

“This kind of blatant copying is wrong and, as we’ve said many times before, we need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal our ideas,”

So it appears that, as of right now, Samsung has won a victory in Australia, but things appear different on the German front. Even with Samsung’s modifications to their original Galaxy Tab 10.1, the Galaxy Tab 10.1N, still appears too similar to the iPad for Apple’s liking. Too similar in fact, that Apple has requested yet another injunction to stop sales of the tablet in Germany. The hearing for said injunction is scheduled for December 22nd, according to Down Jones Newswires.

So the patent wars continue to well, continue. It does appear however, that even with Apple’s slew of preliminary victories, that Samsung is starting to win some cases of their own. As the Apple versus Samsung battle continues, things are surely to heat up.

[via Nasdaq and Bloomberg by BGR]

Bloomberg Releases Their Android App For Tablets

Bloomberg is adding more functionality to its mobile application by making it a little more “tablet” friendly.  The financial news guru has recently launched a version of their application, Bloomberg for Tablet, that is said not to just be tailored for Honeycomb 3.x specific devices, but all tablets running 2.1 or higher.  However, that being said, I attempted to download it onto my original Samsung Galaxy Tab and was unable to.  The app doesn’t show up in the Android Market indicating that the device is not supported.  In addition, when trying to push it to your device from the Android Market online, it also corroborates that the device is not supported.  Oh well, I guess the original mobile application will have to do till the issue is resolved.  If any other non 3.x tablet owners are having the same problem, feel free to leave a comment below.

As for the application itself, it still has a nice clean and polished UI just slightly more optimized for the big screen.

Get instant access to all your finance and business news, market dataand portfolio tracking tools from the most trusted source financial professionals around the world rely upon. Get comprehensive news coverage along with easy-to-understand charts that illustrate the impact of important business trends and help analyze the world’s markets.

If you want to give it a try for yourself to verify whether or not it works on your specific device then head on over to the Android Market to snag the download.  If you’re interested in the original, you can snag it from our database here or in the Market here.  Hit the break to check out more screen shots of the app as well.   Read more

Sprint to Acquire T-Mobile USA According to Bloomberg

Alright guys, now take this one with a pinch of salt or two, as this has been a rumor for a while now, but according to a report by Bloomberg, Sprint has been in talks with the US division of T-Mobile for a possible acquisition of the company. In response, a Deutsche Telekom spokesperson commented that the company “could sell all or part of the U.S. business, and all options are open,” leaving plenty enough ambiguity to make the rumor possibly viable.

There is, however, the usual argument of two networks operating on completely different networks, Sprint on CDMA and T-Mobile on GSM. This would make it difficult for Sprint to incorporate T-Mobile’s network infrastructure into its own, and considering Sprint’s previous and current hardships with Nextel’s iDen network, it seems they would probably be hesitant to make a deal. It is possible though that Sprint’s announced possible conversion to LTE would make such a transition much smoother and the benefits may outweigh the difficulties for both companies. The merger would still leave the company behind Verizon and AT&T, but by a much smaller margin and Sprint would have more options for its world-traveling customers with the acquired GSM technology.

We can toss rumors and speculation all day. In the end, the corporate heads and company shareholders will have the final say, whether it be an acquisition or a less extreme business deal.

Are you a Sprint or T-Mobile customer? Tell us your thoughts in the comments!

via BGR