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How much tax do big tech companies pay?

Large U.S. tech companies should pay income taxes of about 35 percent on the profits they make (above $18.3 million) from business done in the United States. So says the tax code.

Written by Mark Sullivan13 April 13 17:33

New iPhone 4S: Antenna 'death grip' now slightly harder

Apple has changed the antenna in the new iPhone 4S so that the cellular radio in the phone can choose between two antennas, depending on which one is sending or receiving signal best. These two antennas are part of the stainless steel band that wraps around the sides of the iPhone 4 and the new 4S. On the iPhone 4 this band is split up into several antennas so that one piece does Wi-Fi, another does GPS, another does Bluetooth and still another does cellular.

Written by Mark Sullivan06 Oct. 11 08:37

Chrome OS laptops: Google makes businesses a sweet offer

The spotlight on Day Two of the Google I/O developer event here in San Francisco was firmly on the company's Chrome OS. After six months in which only a prototype was available, laptops running Google's Chrome operating system will finally come to market for consumers, businesses and education.

Written by Mark Sullivan12 May 11 06:41

LG Optimus Black review: Impressive, modest

The LG Optimus Black is a smartly designed Android phone that features a nice-looking display, a simple and clean user interface, and battery life that would make some far-more-expensive smartphones envious.

Written by Mark Sullivan08 May 11 02:30

A market for iPads, not for Tablets

I chuckled at Apple’s explanation yesterday of its tablet sales coming up short of expectations: “We can’t make them fast enough,” Apple’s COO Tim Cook said during an earnings call with analysts. Were he speaking for any other company, his statement would have smacked of PR bluster, but Cook meant it literally: Apple’s suppliers can’t make the components for the iPad 2 as fast as Apple can sell the device.

Written by Mark Sullivan22 April 11 23:43

4G wireless speed tests: Which is really the fastest?

By now you've seen all the ads pitching wireless companies' new 4G mobile broadband services and devices. But beyond all the buzzwords and hype, which companies can reliably provide next-generation speed?

Written by Mark Sullivan15 March 11 01:08

IE9 gets the browser out of the way

I got a guided tour of Microsoft's new IE9 browser here at SWSW, and saw several features that I believe raise the bar for web browsers.

Written by Mark Sullivan14 March 11 10:01

ZTE V9 and V11 Android-based tablets

The ZTE V9 tablet was a bit of a letdown after seeing some of the other tablets here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. While other companies are rolling out sleek devices running Android Honeycomb, ZTE had on display a number of tablets that looked aimed at tablet buyers on a budget.

Written by Mark Sullivan18 Feb. 11 06:25

Famous Facebook flip-flops

Social networking giant Facebook has a history of backtracking. On numerous occasions, the company has made an important move--especially with regard to user privacy--only to reverse its course after a public outcry. This isn't surprising, given Facebook's shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later approach to making strategic changes to its service.

Written by Mark Sullivan04 Feb. 11 02:07

LG smartphone offers svelte profile

Insurgent smartphone maker LG says its LG Optimus Black Android smartphone is the thinnest in the world. The phone's width measures about 0.36 inches thick, then tapers down to 0.24 inches, which LG says qualifies it as the world's thinnest phone.

Written by Mark Sullivan06 Jan. 11 07:04

AT&T playing catch-up in 4G arms race

With its major competitors talking the talk and walking the walk on 4G, AT&T gave the first signs today that it's feeling pressure to get its own 4G network started and completed in a hurry. Until now, AT&T has talked mainly about continuing on with its HSPA+ network and moving only gradually toward 4G LTE.

Written by Mark Sullivan06 Jan. 11 08:10

Bing adds bevy of new search, social and mobile features

Microsoft announced a set of updates to its Bing search engine Wednesday, among them changes to the way search results are presented, enhancements to its "social search" capabilities, and some cool additions to its mobile app for Android and iPhone.

Written by Mark Sullivan16 Dec. 10 09:56

AT&T slam points squarely toward Verizon iPhone

Results from a new Consumer Reports survey puts into real numbers iPhone owners' continuing unhappiness with AT&T's network service, and suggests that a Verizon iPhone would be warmly welcomed by consumers.

Written by Mark Sullivan08 Dec. 10 03:36

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