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Samsung remains primary Apple supplier through 2014 despite deal with TSMC

Word surfaced back in April that Apple distancing itself from fierce competitor Samsung, forming a partnership with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Those plans didn't pan out immediately, however, because the Taiwanese company - called TSMC - failed to make chips that were up to Apple's various standards. Today TSMC announced that it has ironed out the issues and officially entered into a deal with Apple, but through the next year Samsung will remain the company's main supplier.

HTC hires new VP of Global PR, Corporate and Internal Operations

When HTC's Chief Operating Officer Matthew Costello stepped down, it appeared that HTC was getting its feathers in a tussle. Rumors persisted that they were beginning to become directionless, and even though strong sales opposed those rumors, the shuffling of major forces within the company suggested otherwise. Enter Lorain Wong, HTC's new VP of Global PR and Corporate/Internal Operations. Could stability finally be back in the cards?

HTC One becomes first HTCPro certified for business device

The HTC One has been in the news a lot over the past few days. With rumors of stock Android models, bigger 5-inch screens, and patent lawsuits from Nokia. Today we have more good news though, as the HTC One is the first device to become HTCPro certified for business use in the U.S. and will be taking on Blackberry and Samsung SAFE.

Quickoffice app released for Google apps business users

Google has recently released a new version of the Quickoffice app into the Google Play Store. This one joins the Quickoffice Pro HD and Quickoffice Pro apps, which are already priced at $19.99 and $14.99 respectively. This new release is called Quickoffice Google Apps and is available for free. Before you run to download thinking Quickoffice is now available for free -- there is a catch.

Foursquare for Business goes live on Google Play Store

Business owners who use Foursquare will be pleased to know that they now have an app made specifically for them waiting on the Google Play Store. Foursquare for Business rolled out for Android this week, giving business owners an all new level of functionality. Now, you can push updates about your business from the phone, meaning you can update your company's page anywhere you can get a mobile data signal.

Qualcomm ends Q1 2013 with net profit of $1.91 billion

Bust out the champagne, Qualcomm shareholders, because the company delivered the financial results for its fiscal Q1 2013 today, and things are looking pretty good across the board. GAAP revenue came in at $6.09 billion, which is up 29% year-over-year and 24% over the previous quarter. Of that $6.09 billion, Qualcomm got to keep $1.91 billion, with net profits up 36% year-over-year and a whopping 50% sequentially.

Dell waves goodbye to smartphone business

We don't see too much of Dell in the smartphone space these days, and it looks like that's only going to continue. The company has announced that it will be exiting the smartphone market entirely, as it wants to focus on its Windows PC and laptop business. Little surprise there, considering that Dell is a PC maker first, but it has dabbled in the smartphone space a few times in the past.

Apple multitouch patent tentatively declared invalid by USPTO

Most of us are already familiar with Apple's '949 multi-touch patent, more famously know as "The Steve Jobs patent." It has been used against a number of companies in patent suits, but unfortunately for Apple, the United States Patent and Trademark Office declared today that all 20 claims of it are invalid. FOSS Patents reports that the USPTO did so with a first Office action, which is considered to be something of a preliminary action.

Department of Energy program to make batteries more powerful, less expensive

When you're shopping around for a new phone or tablet, battery life is one of the most important bullet points you can look at. After all, you can have the best equipment running beneath a beautiful screen, but if the battery life is poor, those top-of-the-line components aren't going to do you much good. The Department of Energy has decided it's time to come up with new batteries that are not only more powerful, but less expensive as well.
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