Tech 2.0 for Thursday, July 11, 2013
Nokia has unveiled a new phone with a powerful camera that promises sharper images, even in low light. The Nokia Lumia 1020 was introduced Thursday at an event in New York. It will run Microsoft's Windows Phone system. The 41-megapixel camera records more detail than other camera phones and even tops point-and-shoot cameras. More pixels mean more sensors for capturing the light that forms an image. Although more expensive cameras with better lenses can take better images, those cameras aren't always with you. Nokia says the Lumia 1020 gives people the ability to take good pictures with a device they always carry. It will be available July 26 for $300 with a two-year service agreement with AT&T. Advance orders begin July 16.
T-Mobile says it will let people upgrade phones more quickly for a $10 monthly fee. With the new Jump plan, a customer will be able to get a new phone if the old one malfunctions or gets lost, or even if there's a better phone that comes out. The plan lets customers upgrade up to twice a year. Rivals typically allow upgrades after about two years. T-Mobile also launched a high-speed 4G LTE network in more than 100 markets nationwide. LTE brings greater data speeds for tasks like video streaming video and gaming. T-Mobile had lagged other carriers, but it says it now covers nearly three-quarters of the nation's top 100 markets.
Apple says it plans to appeal a New York judge's ruling that found the company conspired with publishers to fix electronic book prices. An Apple spokesman says the company didn't conspire to fix e-book pricing and would continue to fight the "false accusations." He says Apple brought much needed innovation and competition into the market in 2010. His comments came after federal Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan ruled against Apple. The ruling came after Cote staged a trial in which she heard testimony from publishers, Apple and Amazon.com. She says Apple conspired to eliminate Amazon.com's popular $9.99 price for e-books.
Research firm Gartner says worldwide shipments of personal computers fell for the fifth consecutive quarter, declining 11 percent in the April-June period. Gartner says the PC industry is now experiencing the longest decline in its history. The drop comes as people buy fewer PCs and turn to mobile devices such as tablets. Computer makers shipped 76 million PCs in the April-June quarter, down from 85 million in the same period last year. Lenovo was the number-one maker, beating out rival Hewlett-Packard Co. by a narrow margin.