Sales of Samsung's Galaxy S III surpassed the iPhone 4S in the third quarter to become the best-selling smartphone. But the iPhone 5 should reassert Apple's dominance.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 9, 2012 12:44PM

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Samsung's Galaxy S III overtook the iPhone 4S to become the world's best-selling smartphone during the third quarter, according to research from Strategy Analytics, but the iPhone 5 looks set to re-assert Apple's(AAPL) dominance.


The Korean tech giant shipped 18 million Galaxy S III's during the third quarter, accounting for 10.7% of the global smartphone market. Apple shipped an estimated 16.2 million of the popular iPhone 4S, according to Strategy Analytics, making up 9.7% of the market.


Apple, however, still holds an enviable position in the smartphone battle thanks to its new iPhone 5, which was launched amid much fanfare in September.


About 7,000 US Starbucks locations are beginning to accept payments using Square's mobile payment application for smartphones.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 8, 2012 3:56PM

thesteet LoGoMan using a smartphone © Geber86/E+/Getty ImagesBy Chris Ciaccia,  


The partnership that promises to bring the mobile-payments revolution to the forefront launched Nov. 8, as Square, the start-up that has developed a software-based mobile wallet, rolls out its mobile-payments app at approximately 7,000 Starbucks (SBUX) outlets.


As Square Wallet goes into effect for Starbucks customers, the two companies hope their relationship transforms the mobile-payments experience.


Sales were strong following the late-September launch of Apple's smartphone. But consumers and carriers are getting antsy about ongoing production delays.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 7, 2012 4:45PM

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Despite early criticism from pundits who asserted that Apple's (AAPL) iPhone 5 was a step back from previous handsets, consumers are still having an extremely difficult time getting their hands on one.

Demand is enormous, and Apple's supplier, Foxconn Technology, is reportedly having problems keeping up with the demand.


"It's not easy to make the iPhones. We are falling short of meeting the huge demand," Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou recently told reporters.


Our digital communications rest uneasily on a platform that wobbled and in some cases broke down altogether in the storm that ravaged New York City and its surroundings.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 6, 2012 3:52PM

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Although I am ridiculously fortunate to have escaped Hurricane Sandy with only a few downed trees and a week without electricity, the storm left me with the unsettling realization that what passes for Internet infrastructure -- the mishmash of wired, wireless, power and computer technologies that virtual things run on -- is essentially a techno bucket of bolts.


And considering the cost, complexity and uncertainty in doing business on the Web, it is no wonder that information technology giants such as Google (GOOG), Facebook (FB) and (AMZN) see their profit margins under threat.

The World Wide Web will need a worldwide rebuild before anybody ever makes any real money with the thing.


Patient investors might benefit from the chip-maker's heavy investment in touch-panel controllers. A beaten-down stock adds to the allure.

By TheStreet Staff Nov 5, 2012 3:59PM

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By Richard Saintvilus


Anyone who doubts that touch capabilities are here to stay is not paying enough attention to the smartphone and tablet markets. Consumers every day demonstrate through their spending habits that they want more of it.


For this reason, I have been an unabashed cheerleader of semiconductor giant Atmel (ATML). Its portfolio of touch technologies -- in particular, its controllers with touch-focused properties -- have become vital to the rising popularity of mobile devices.


The Silicon Valley company's stock has lost 38% of its value this year, suggesting that investors don't much care about its touch technology.

But a fresh look at the company's third-quarter financial results suggests it just might be time for investors to reconsider Atmel's market position



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