AT&T to increase cell coverage
EDMOND — AT&T is boosting network coverage in and around Oak Tree National to accommodate its customers attending the U.S. Senior Open this week. The company Monday deployed a Cell on Wheels to accommodate expected increased wireless network demands from high concentrations of smartphone users. The augmentations will help provide reliability as golfers take to the greens. “This championship will no doubt generate memorable experiences that our customers will want to share with friends and family through text messages, photos, status updates on social networks and calls from their mobile devices,” said Steve Hahn, president of AT&T Oklahoma. “Thanks to this technology, the cell service should be there to provide great connectivity, solid coverage and fast speeds.”
Tablets to surpass laptops
Don’t be surprised if you start to see more people with tablets than laptops: A report Monday said tablet shipments will exceed PCs by 2015. Research company Gartner said worldwide tablet shipments — meaning units sold from manufacturers to retailers — will climb from 256 million in 2014 to nearly 321 million next year. Shipments of desktops and laptops will fall from 276 million this year to less than 262 million in 2015, Gartner said. The shift would be the first time tablet shipments surpass PCs, a monumental change in the tech landscape. The late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs predicted the shift in 2010, calling it the “post-PC” era, comparing desktops and laptops to trucks.
YouTube convention held
Want to be a YouTube star? There’s a convention for that. About 18,000 video content creators, viral video stars and their fans were expected at the Anaheim Convention Center last week for the fifth annual VidCon. The three-day conference featured everything from panels featuring YouTube stars such as Rebecca Black to workshops on becoming an online celebrity. The attendees — mostly teens and young adults armed with smartphones and video cameras — greeted one another in the convention halls with ice breakers such as “Do you have a channel?” and “OMG! I subscribe to you!”
Samsung’s income decreases
SEOUL, South Korea — Samsung Electronics Co. says its second-quarter operating income has declined to a two-year low. The South Korean company said Tuesday its operating income was 7.2 trillion won ($7.1 billion) for the three months ending June 30. The quarterly profit represents a 24 percent drop from the previous year. It is below analysts’ expectations of around 8 trillion won. Sales fell 10 percent from the previous year to 52 trillion won in the period. Samsung blamed the weak profit on the Korean currency’s appreciation against the U.S. dollar and the euro. It also said sales of medium- and low-end smartphones were weak in the Chinese and some European markets because of stronger competition and sluggish demand.
From Staff and Wire Reports