AT&T says it still has BlackBerry's back

LAS VEGAS -- AT&T has not abandoned BlackBerry.

In fact, the Dallas telecom giant continues to lend its help to the struggling company, which is in the middle of transforming itself into a more business-focused company.

"We're supporting their efforts to continue being a viable supplier," said Ralph de la Vega, head of AT&T's mobility business, in an interview with CNET.

AT&T continues to work with BlackBerry, and de la Vega said he was meeting with BlackBerry interim CEO John Chen while in town during the Consumer Electronics Show.

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iPhone market share shrinks as Android, Windows Phone grow

Apple's smartphone sales have risen following the release of the iPhone 5S and 5C. But its rivals have chipped away at the company's longer-term market share, according to market researcher Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

Looking at the global smartphone market for the three months ending November 2013, Kantar found that Apple's share had dropped in almost all regions compared with the same period in 2012. During that stretch, the iPhone's market share fell by 9.9 percent in the US, by 6.5 percent in the European Union Five, and by 1.5 percent in China.

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Nokia officially walks away from Symbian, MeeGo

That was it; we are officially closed. Thank you all for the past years!

— Symbian Signed Team (@SymbianSigned) January 2, 2014

Nokia's plan to stop supporting Symbian and MeeGo apps has been completed.

The end of support for Symbian- and MeeGo-based applications in the Nokia Store is officially here, the company said Thursday on its Symbian Signed Twitter account. Not long after announcing the sale of its devices and services business to Microsoft, Nokia told developers that as of January 1, 2014, they would no longer be able to offer up new apps or update existing apps in the … Read more

Nokia wins injunction against all HTC devices (in Germany)

Nokia has won an important injunction in Germany that could see the company put an end to sales of HTC's devices in Germany.

Earlier on Monday, judge Dr. Matthias Zigann of the Munich I Regional Court ruled that Nokia should be awarded an injunction against all HTC Android handsets over an alleged violation of a patent that describes a "method for transferring resource information" via NFC or Bluetooth, FOSS Patents' Florian Mueller reported. The Nokia patent is decidedly broad in its brief description, but the magistrate ruled HTC's devices were enough of an alleged infringement that … Read more

Nokia purges Here Maps from App Store over iOS 7 issues

iPhone and iPad users searching for Nokia's Here Maps app in the App Store will come up empty.

Nokia removed its maps app from Apple's store earlier this week over issues related to iOS 7. Trying to access the app through the App Store now returns an error that it's no longer available. Nokia initially didn't reveal the specific causes for the app's ouster but did send the following statement to CNET:

We have made the decision to remove our Here Maps app from the Apple App Store because recent changes to iOS 7 harm … Read more

New Nokia ad: Don't buy the iPad, you can't use it outdoors

To get you to break your nasty habit, they just have to find the right trigger.

You're addicted, you see, to that Apple Appleness thing and you know you want to stop.

Microsoft has tried several routes, even telling you that you'll fail in college if you use an iPad.

Redmond's new puppy Nokia has already suggested that owning an iPad will put women off.

But now the Finns would like you to know that if you buy an iPad, your life will be permanently scarred, because you'll live the rest of it in the shade. … Read more

Get an HTC Evo 4G and one year of service for $159

I've always said that I don't mind spending a couple hundred bucks for a smartphone -- it's the service that kills me. Paying $80 per month for a mandatory minimum of two years is not my idea of a great deal.

There are, of course, less expensive alternatives, but you're always going to be on the hook for some kind of monthly fee, right?

Wrong: For a limited time, StackSocial has a refurbished HTC Evo 4G smartphone with one year of service for $159 shipped.

What kind of service? Unlimited talk. Unlimited texting. And 500MB of … Read more

Nokia Lumia 1020 jumps up to "Black"

Ladies and gents, it's time to rev up your Nokia Lumia 1020. The company announced on its Web site that the Lumia Black update is ready to download.

The minor bump comes with a few trinkets you'll also find in the Nokia Lumia 1520, including a revised Nokia Camera app that folds in Smart Camera capabilities, and lock screen rotation controls.

There's an update to the glance screen as well, which means you can see your calendar items and message notifications without unlocking the phone. Bluetooth Low Energy is also enabled, and there's a slew of … Read more

Nokia's insane new ad: Our new tablet is a mullet (what?)

Last night, a woman accosted me on the streets of Miami and tried to get me to pay $700 to make my eyes less wrinkly.

She was extremely attractive. But when I told her that looks weren't everything, so I wouldn't be spending, she didn't quite catch the irony.

I wonder if you (or anyone) will catch the beauty or the irony inherent in this work of utter cosmetic art from Nokia.

It purports to advertise the Lumia 2520 tablet.

To me, it isn't something as mundane as that. It's a meditation on existence, on … Read more

Best Buy lops half off Nokia Lumia 520 price

Consumers looking for a holiday deal on Nokia's Lumia 520 will find the price slashed in half at Best Buy.

The retailer is currently selling the phone for $50, down from the usual price of $100. The 520 is offered through AT&T's GoPhone program, which lets buyers prepay for the device without having to sign up for the usual two-year contract. Under GoPhone, consumers can choose from among four different plans ranging in price from $25 to $60 per month.

Best Buy is promising a delivery date of December 24, so holiday shoppers should be able … Read more