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Review: The Huawei Honor 5X -- a lot for a low price

This plus-sized phone is does not rate as premium and its Android overlay will annoy some users, but the Honor 5X is a solid low-cost device.


6 Apple services Tim Cook could bring to Android

Apple has a plan to become a big Android developer


PCWorld Show Episode 2: VAIO's New Windows Phone

PCWorld's Gordon Mah Ung, Florence Ion and Jon Phillips discuss the significance of the new Windows Phone release from VAIO.

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SwiftKey's sale and the unsustainable state of the mobile app market

There's a troubling message lurking within SwiftKey's sale to Microsoft, and it's one we all need to take some time to consider.


PCWorld Show Episode II: Tanking tablets, the SwiftKey acquisition, and the new Windows phone

In this week's episode of the PCWorld Show, we ponder why PCs are killing tablets, why Microsoft would buy SwiftKey, why anyone would make a new Windows phone, and why we love (or hate) USB-C.

Blind Brand Loyalty

The danger of blind brand loyalty

It's time for us as consumers to get our priorities straight.

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Google fixes critical Wi-Fi and media-processing flaws in Android

Google has patched 13 new vulnerabilities in Android, two of which could allow attackers to take control of Android devices located on the same wireless network if they have Broadcom Wi-Fi chips.

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Trojanized Android games hide malicious code in images

Over 60 Android games hosted on Google Play had Trojan-like functionality that allowed them to download and execute malicious code hidden inside images.

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Samsung Galaxy S7 is a boring update: @evleaks leaks again #TheNextGalaxy

This Samsung Galaxy S7 press render got outed by the infamous Evan “@evleaks” Blass. To nobody’s surprise, the bête noire of just about every phone maker has delivered this shot of a pair of Sammy’s new “flagship” phones...

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The Android malware monster will never die

But here's the dirty little secret security software vendors don't want you to know: There's really no reason to be scared.


The PCWorld Show Episode 1: Surfacegate, spec leaks and teeny-tiny phones

Welcome to the first installment of PCWorld's first long-form video show! Florence Ion, Gordon Mah Ung and Jon Phillips discuss, analyze and goof on the most interesting news of the week.


Deep learning is coming to your Android phone

Android phones may soon get a whole lot smarter thanks to a new partnership between Google and chip maker Movidius that promises to bring machine intelligence directly into mobile devices.


New Android ransomware uses clickjacking to gain admin privileges

A new Android ransomware app called Lockdroid.E is abusing system dialogs to hijack user clicks and grant itself administrator privileges.

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Oracle raises questions on open-source license for Android with OpenJDK

Oracle raised questions over whether a version of Android running OpenJDK code will get an open-source license.

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3 years with Google Keep: Where it shines and where it (still) falls short

An honest look at the state of Google's note-taking service from a guy who relies on it almost every day.

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Android battery life not all it could be? Try this

Smartphone battery life can be a complicated issue -- but as I learned while troubleshooting my own phone this week, the solution can sometimes be surprisingly simple.

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Google creates fix for zero-day kernel flaw, says effect on Android is exaggerated

Google has developed a patch for a recently reported vulnerability in the Linux kernel and shared it with Android manufacturers.

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Privacy-conscious users rejoice: You can now use Facebook's Android app over Tor

Facebook has added the option to route traffic from its Android mobile app over the Tor anonymity network.

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