IDC reduced its global estimate for tablet sales this year by 2%, to 227.4 million devices, citing the increased popularity of large-screen smartphones and the debut of wearable technology, such as the smart watch. The revised estimate is still 58% higher than 2012, but IDC points to possible perceived shortcomings among consumers, especially over their price.
Qualcomm has released a video aimed at debunking MediaTek's claim that its new octa-core processors are faster than the its own quad-core Snapdragon chips. Qualcomm, which does not mention MediaTek by name in the clip, reportedly considers the company's octa-core product a larger threat than Samsung Electronics' Exynos processor because all eight of its cores can run simultaneously. In the video, Qualcomm claims that its competitor's technology is cosmetic, that it is adding more cores but not speeding up their performance.
The New Jersey Superior Court cleared a woman in a civil case because the plaintiff could not prove a truck driver was engaged with her text messages when he crashed and injured a pair of motorcyclists. The judges did say texters have a "duty" not to send drivers messages while they are behind the wheel.
Verizon Communications is said to be moving closer to buying Vodafone Group out of the companies' Verizon Wireless joint venture. Analysts and bankers say that would provide Vodafone with plenty of cash to expand -- perhaps buying more fixed-line and cable assets -- as well as give AT&T an opening to enter the European wireless market, even making a possible move for Vodafone. Verizon's board of directors reportedly is due to meet within a week to discuss the next move amid reports the carrier is looking to line up $50 billion in financing to complete the deal.
Samsung Electronics will introduce next week two printers equipped with smartphone docks that would enable users to print from Android-based handsets, the company disclosed in a blog post Thursday. The consumer electronics firm has demonstrated the models ahead of a Berlin-based trade show.