Wed, Jul 31, 2013 2:29 PM EDT 1:16
If you?re noticing a recurring theme at the end of each quarter, you?re not alone. As contenders like Nokia, LG, BlackBerry and HTC battle for scraps in the global mobile handset market, Samsung and Apple continue to dominate by a massive margin. Samsung recently posted record results for the second quarter thanks to the launch of its flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone and Apple shocked Wall Street when it beat estimates due to iPhone sales that came in much higher than expected. Samsung plans to release new versions of its Galaxy S4 and S4 mini smartphones that can automatically switch between 4G networks across the world that use different LTE standards. Google?s new Chromecast gizmo is the smallest, cheapest, simplest way yet to add Internet to your TV. It looks like a portly flash drive and it costs $35. Chromecast lets you watch videos from YouTube, Netflix and Google Play on your big screen while using your phone or tablet (Apple or Android) as a remote control.