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Perspective: Microsoft risks security reputation ruin by retiring XP
Microsoft's plans to ship the final public patches for Windows XP on April 8 could undo its hard-won reputation for security and hurt itself as much as the customers who end up with an infected XP system.
N.C. State researchers devise tool that detects Android malware
With smartphones and tablets increasingly at risk from malware, researchers from North Carolina State University have devised a new and potentially better way to detect it on Android devices.
Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 deep-dive review: Almost a laptop replacement
Samsung's new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2-in. Android tablet has a great display and a lot of useful features. Matt Hamblen tried it out as a laptop replacement and reports back.
Review: 5 video editing apps for Android
You can shoot some great videos with your Android smartphone, but can you edit them? We review five apps that represent the best video editing options available on the platform today.
Roku's new streaming stick challenges Chromecast
Roku's new iteration of its streaming media stick chops the price from $99 to $49 and it now works with any TV. And it's not just looks that make it different from Chromecast.
OS upgrades: Cheap is better than pricey, free is better than cheap
Lowering the price of an operating system upgrade boosts its uptake five-fold, but pushing it out for free speeds uptake as much as 12 times, data from an analytics company shows.
Apple's CarPlay vs. MirrorLink: Is there a need for both?
Both MirrorLink and Apple's new CarPlay will eventually be able to duplicate some iPhone functions on a car's in-vehicle infotainment system. But MirrorLink can also handle Android, Windows and Blackberry phones.
Apple's CarPlay to spark mobile apps war in your car
Apple's CarPlay user interface will not only add complexity to existing in-vehicle infotainment systems, it would virtually take away the keys from automakers who plan their own systems and interfaces.
Linux group could hasten 64-bit Android for ARM mobile devices
Linaro, the open-source development consortium for Linux on ARM architecture, is working on software, tools and drivers that could hasten the release of 64-bit Android.
Secure smartphones are nice, but not enough
In the past week, two new ultra secure smartphones have been in the news. One is called the Blackphone. The other is called the Black phone. The difference in their names is a space. Here's what we know about the two most secure smartphones ever created.
Analyzing Mobile Phone Choice by Age Is Risky Business
Are iPhones used primarily by more mature mobile users who crave ease of use? Are Android phones more popular among the young, techie and cost-conscious? CIO.com's Tom Kaneshige has discovered there are no simple answers.
Android malware using TOR anonymity network makes a debut
Kaspersky Lab has spotted malware for the Android mobile operating system employing the TOR anonymity network, a development previously only seen on Windows.
Samsung beefs up Knox mobile management software
One day after announcing the Galaxy S5 smartphone with a security-focused fingerprint scanner, Samsung announced that second-generation Knox software for enterprise-level security and management of Samsung devices will ship sometime in the second quarter.
Microsoft's 'go-low' play puts Windows revenue on the line
Analysts were uncertain today whether the recent stretch of "go-low" moves by Microsoft means that the company has tweaked its strategy to emphasize services at the expense of devices.
AMD boosts Android on Windows PCs and tablets powered by its chips
Advanced Micro Devices has optimized a version of Android for tablets and PCs containing its chips, and will sell it on new PCs through retail stores in Europe.
Nvidia's mobile chip fortunes could rebound with new LTE smartphones
Nvidia's struggling Tegra chip business could get a jolt from new smartphones using its latest chip, the Tegra 4i, which signals the chip maker's entry into a new market of processors with integrated LTE radios.
Intel ends wait for 64-bit Android on smartphones
The long wait for a 64-bit version of Android on smartphones is coming to a close, with Intel on Monday showing a version of the OS running on a handset.
Samsung debuts Galaxy S5 with improved camera, fingerprint reader
The Galaxy S5 from Samsung Electronics sports an improved camera and a fingerprint reader.
Microsoft: Android Nokia not our call to make
Microsoft today sidestepped commenting on the Nokia's decision to launch a new low-cost smartphone powered by an offshoot of Google's Android.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Windows 7 lives!
More and more for Windows users, there's no OS like an old OS.
Nokia's X phone line: What will Microsoft do with it?
Will Microsoft hold on to Nokia's three new X phones on Android once the deal to buy Nokia is final in the coming weeks? Three analysts attending the Mobile World Congress gave three different perspectives.
Blackphone plans more secure devices, buoyed by Snowden leaks
Blackphone, the Swiss start-up that's launching a smartphone with encrypted communications, is planning a series of devices around the same idea, one of the company's co-founders said.
Lessons from Nokia's bow to Android should resonate with smaller OS providers
Nokia's three new Android smartphones -- the X, X+ and XL -- could prove to be the biggest lesson for the smartphone industry at the 2014 Mobile World Congress.
Nokia hopes Android and Microsoft will help sell low-end smartphones
In a bid to go after the low-end smartphone segment, Nokia is using Android with its own user interface and Microsoft services on the X, X+ and XL devices.
Intel catches up with Apple on 64-bit smartphone chips
Intel has finally caught up with Apple with its new 64-bit Atom chips, which should be in Android smartphones and tablets starting as early as the second quarter this year.
Sony launches two new Android smartphones and the Xperia Z2 tablet
Sony today announced a slim, light and waterproof Android-based Xperia Z2 tablet and two new Xperia smartphones at the launch of Mobile World Congress here.
Microsoft concedes Windows 8.1 needs more for mouse, keyboard customers
Microsoft on Sunday publicly acknowledged what leaks had shown, that the company will issue an update to Windows 8.1 this spring that provides more tools for owners of traditional PCs controlled by mouse and keyboard.
Lenovo updates Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ processor, screen
Lenovo's first Yoga tablet, introduced late last year, met with bad reviews, so the company hopes the second time's a charm with the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+.
New smartphone OS flags will fly at Mobile World Congress
Smartphone OS entrants hoping to chip away at the dominance of Android and iOS are heading to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, facing a landscape that has changed since last year's show.
Microsoft tries to jumpstart cheap Windows devices with license price cut
Microsoft has cut the price of Windows 8.1 by nearly three-fourths to device makers who produce lower-cost laptops and tablets.
Mediation fails to bridge Apple, Samsung patent divide
The top executives of Apple and Samsung have failed to reach an agreement that would end an ongoing fight over smartphone and tablet patents, lawyers for the two companies said late Friday.
Source code for Android iBanking bot surfaces on underground forum
The source code for an Android mobile banking Trojan app was released on an underground forum, making it possible for a larger number of cybercriminals to launch attacks using this kind of malware in the future.
Google developing phone that views in 3D
Google has been working for the last year on 3D smartphones that aim to give the devices greater awareness of space and motion in natural environments.
Update: Google ships Chrome 33, patches 28 bugs
Google today upgraded Chrome to version 33, patching 28 security vulnerabilities.
Malware-infected Android apps spike in the Google Play store
The number of mobile apps infected with malware in Google's Play store nearly quadrupled between 2011 and 2013, a security group has reported.
What if Microsoft threw an iPad Office party, and no one came?
Microsoft will make a killing when it launches Office apps for Apple's iPad and tablets powered by Android. Or will it?
Tizen, not Android, to run Samsung's next Gear smartwatch
Samsung on Monday will unveil its second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch, this one running the open source Tizen operating system, not the Android software that runs the first-generation model, according to reports.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: You can keep using XP for another year, but do you really want to?
While clinging to the 11-year-old OS after Microsoft issues its last security patch in April is defensible, the security risks are going to keep mounting.
Jonny Evans: Has Samsung stalled?
The smartphone giant's troubles are deeper than its big drop in quarterly profits.
Evan Schuman: Your data exposed -- Delta, Facebook, others latest to fall into mobile app trap
Match.com and eHarmony also among those now saying, 'We didn't know our mobile apps did that.'
ZTE teases 6-inch Android device and Firefox OS smartphone
ZTE plans to unveil a range of "high-performance smartphones" in Barcelona next week, including the Grand Memo II LTE with a 6-inch screen.
LG launches trio of KitKat phones
LG Electronics has introduced the third generation of its low-end L series, with three new smartphones that all run Android 4.4 or KitKat.
Perspective: Microsoft hedges on Office for iPad, cites 'thoughtful' decisions
'Thoughtful' was the watchword yesterday for Tami Reller, Microsoft's chief of marketing, when she was asked how the company plans to extend its lucrative Office franchise to mobile platforms other than Windows
Phil Schiller up again in next round of Apple-Samsung battle
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller is among the witnesses that lawyers for Samsung plan to call when the two companies return to court in California in late March.
LG G Pro 2 has a 5.9-in. screen and shoots video at 120 frames per second
LG Electronics' G Pro 2 has a bigger screen than its predecessor, but improved video and camera features are what the company hopes will make the device stick out from the competition.
Samsung hints at new UI for upcoming Galaxy S5
Samsung Wednesday dropped a hint that its coming Galaxy S5 smartphone will have an updated user interface, possibly featuring simpler, flatter icons.
Windows Phone's Q4 share stumbles as Nokia's sales slump
Windows' share of the smartphone market fell slightly in the December quarter as the biggest manufacturer supporting Microsoft's OS, Nokia, posted less-than-stellar sales numbers, IDC said today.
Tip of the Hat: The 'forking' of Android is inevitable
The open source code that made Android a success is blunting Google's control over the mobile platform. Device makers like Amazon and Nokia are modifying -- or forking -- Android's source code to support their apps rather than Google's.
Apple's iPhone shipments strong in China, but can't catch Xiaomi
Apple's iPhone shipments to China hit a record in the fourth quarter, but the company was pushed out of the top five smartphone makers in the country by strong demand for phones from local vendor Xiaomi.
Nokia plans forked Android smartphone for Barcelona unveiling
Nokia plans to announce an Android-based smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in two weeks, according to the Wall Street Journal.
4 Android e-reader apps: The latest word in reading
Sometimes even a tablet is too much trouble to tote. These Android smartphone e-reader apps will make it easy to enjoy your favorite book wherever you go.
Nadella's rise renews appeals for Office on iPad, Android tablets
The anointment of new CEO Satya Nadella has renewed calls by analysts that Microsoft free its profitable Office franchise from Windows and release full-featured versions for Android and iOS tablets.
Sencha launches tool for managing HTML5 apps on smartphones, tablets
Sencha has introduced Space, aiming to make it easier for IT departments to manage HTML5 apps running on Android, iOS or BlackBerry devices.
The fuss over Samsung's Magazine UX is all about fragmentation
Samsung announced Tuesday that its four newest Android KitKat tablets will include the somewhat controversial Magazine UX, a customizable user interface designed by Samsung, not Google.
Samsung to offer 3 new tablets starting Feb. 13
Samsung announced that three of its latest four Galaxy tablet models running Android 4.4 (KitKat) will go on sale at U.S. retailers starting Feb. 13, with online orders starting today.
LG G Flex deep-dive review: The curious case of the curved phone
The new LG G Flex Android smartphone has a curved design, flexible body, and 'self-healing' skin. Does that make a difference in real-world use?
Samsung hints at Galaxy S5 launch at MWC
Samsung Electronics is planning a launch event dubbed Unpacked 5 at Mobile World Congress, hinting that it will launch the Galaxy S5 there.
The ROI of free OS updates: Who wins, Apple or Microsoft?
By offering their latest operating systems for free, Microsoft and Apple have accelerated the adoption pace of their newest OSes, according to data released by analytics firm Net Applications.
Users postpone ditch-XP decision as Windows 8 runs to stay in place
Windows XP's disappearance and Windows 8's march toward some kind of success were both put on hold in January, after a December when the former's user share plunged and the latter's swelled, a Web analytics company said.
Leak hints Microsoft will recant 'make-them-eat-Metro' strategy for Windows 8
Microsoft will renounce its "make-them-eat-Metro" strategy in an update for Windows 8.1 slated to ship this spring, if leaked preliminary builds reflect the final product.
How 'Lenovorola' changes the mobile world
Google is selling Motorola to Lenovo. The deal makes Google better, Lenovo bigger and Motorola gets a new lease on life.
Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Told you so! Microsoft backs off on Metro
Microsoft appears to be backing off on its biggest user interface fiasco since Microsoft Bob: In the Windows 8.1 update, the desktop rather than Metro reportedly will be the default interface.
Google and Samsung grow cozier with patent deal, Motorola sale
Google and Samsung have grown closer over the past week following Google's sale of Motorola to Lenovo and a 10-year global patent cross-license agreement signed by the tech giants.
Researchers create Android app that shows when other apps track you
A team of researchers has developed an Android app to help people better understand when their location is being accessed, something that happens more often than people think.
Lenovo-Moto deal's impact on Apple? Zip
Apple won't lose any sleep over the Lenovo acquisition of Google's Motorola handset business, analysts said today.
Office 365 turns one, but success is tough to tally
A year after the launch of Microsoft's ambitious Office 365, it's almost impossible for outsiders to get a grip on how the software-by-subscription program has done, analysts admitted today.
Dell ships Android-based PC on a stick
Dell has started shipping the Android-based Wyse Cloud Connect, a $129 device that is slightly larger than a USB stick and can be used by consumers to watch movies in HD or by enterprises as a virtual desktop client.
Lenovo faces chance to become rare PC maker successful in phones
PC makers have often struggled to sell smartphones, but China's Lenovo could be on the cusp of making a breakthrough. The company's $2.9 billion deal to buy Motorola Mobility from Google might end up paving the way for Lenovo to become one of the rare PC makers with a prominent handset business.
Lenovo to buy Motorola division at Google for $2.91B
Lenovo Group is buying the Motorola handset division at Google for nearly $3 billion, Google confirmed late today.
Everyone bets on bigger iPhone for '14
Virtually every analyst who follows Apple has jumped on the bigger iPhone bandwagon, asserting that the company will step into the quickly-growing large-screen market this year.
VPN bypass vulnerability affects Android Jelly Bean and KitKat
A vulnerability in Android allows malicious applications to bypass an active VPN (virtual private network) connection and force traffic from the device through an attacker-controlled system where it can be intercepted, according to security researchers from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel.
Perspective: If Windows 8 = Vista, what's Microsoft's next move?
As Windows 8 struggles to gain traction, you can hear the criticism mounting that Microsoft's latest OS is the new Vista. If that turns out to be true, the company has some big decisions to make.
Android now has more than half of U.S. smartphone sales
Android represented more than half of U.S. smartphone sales in the last quarter of 2013, while the iPhone's share dropped to 43.9%, said Kantar WorldPanel ComTech.
With BYOD smartphones on the rise, IT headaches will become migraines
The bring-your-own-device trend will only get more nerve-wracking for IT managers in 2014 because of the 30% annual growth expected for smartphones purchased under a BYOD approach, and the further emergence of Windows Phone as a third platform behind Android and iOS.
Samsung's Apple damages equal to just 16 days' profit
The $930 million in damages Samsung was ordered to pay Apple last year for infringing its smartphone patents is more than some device makers earn in a year, but for Samsung it's equal to just over 16 days' worth of profit.
DOJ goes after counterfeit Android apps
The U.S. Department of Justice has filed its first lawsuits over counterfeit smartphone apps, charging four men who now face up to five years each in prison.
Lumia sales slump sabotages Microsoft's strategy before it starts
Nokia's disclosure today of weak Lumia sales last quarter has put Microsoft's devices strategy in the hole even before it finalizes the acquisition of the Finnish firm, analysts said today.
Lenovo's IBM server deal mimics multi-market growth strategy used by Samsung and others
Lenovo's deal to buy IBM's x86 server business for $2.3 billion gives the Beijing company another tech segment where it can expand beyond PCs, smartphones, tablets and smart TVs.
How to choose the right enterprise mobility management tool
As mobile device management continues to morph, consider what's 'good enough' for what you need right now -- and don't neglect the user experience, whatever else you do.
Google loses Android patent lawsuit, faces $125M damages claim
SimpleAir is seeking $125M in damages from Google after a jury found that push notification services in Android infringe on a SimpleAir patent, the company said Tuesday.
Tablet trends for 2014: More Windows tablets, 3G/4G and phablets
Android and iOS tablets will both begin to lose global market share in 2014, while Windows ramps up slightly, according to research firm IDC.
How Intel is buying a piece of the tablet market
Intel has an ambitious goal for 2014: get its Atom chips into 40 million tablets, or four times the number of tablets that had Intel inside in 2013. But rather than do it by tailoring its products to what tablets now demand, the cash-rich company has another plan: pay tablet makers to use its chips.
New API will simplify Google Drive integration with Android apps, Google says
Google wants more developers to integrate their Android apps with its storage service Drive, and has released a new API that aims to make it easier.
New China-developed OS takes aim at Android, Windows
Concern about secret U.S. surveillance programs is fueling the development of another homegrown operating system in China, one that promises to offer a more secure alternative to rival OSes such as Android and Windows.
iPhone, Samsung smartphone use by U.S. consumers jumps
Apple's iPhone was used by 42% of all U.S. smartphone owners in the fourth quarter of 2013, up from 35% a year earlier, according to an NPD Group survey.
Samsung adds low-end Lite tablet to Galaxy Tab line
Samsung Electronics is readying an entrant to the increasingly important low-end of the mobile device market with the Galaxy Tab3 Lite, which is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor.
18 great uses for an old Android device
We all love getting new gadgets, but what to do with the old ones? Here are 18 superb ways to put your old Android phone or tablet to good use.
The new Blackphone promises secure communications -- and privacy
Playing on mobile users' fears of commercial and government surveillance, two companies are building a phone they say is designed to protect privacy. The joint venture between smartphone manufacturer Geeksphone and encrypted communications provider Silent Circle will unveil the new device called Blackphone at the Mobile World Congress show in Barcelona next month.
Xperia Z1S deep-dive review: A stylish phone with power and panache
Sony's new Android phone, the Xperia Z1S, combines a distinctive design and premium build with stellar stamina and an underwater-capable camera.
Coinbase and BitMonet deal enables Bitcoin-friendly Android apps
More Android apps may soon have built-in support for Bitcoin payments thanks to a new partnership between Coinbase and BitMonet.
GoDaddy touts simplicity over price as it launches Office 365 sales
Domain name registrar GoDaddy and Microsoft today announced a partnership that puts Office 365, the latter's rent-not-own software suite, in front of GoDaddy's small business customers.
Apple's Mac ends up in tablet cannibal pot, too
Tablet cannibals have taken as big a bite out of Mac growth as they have out of PCs in general, showing that Apple is not immune to the seismic shift it triggered with the iPad.
Apple cleared by appeals court of using Motorola patents
Apple hasn't infringed on a disputed Motorola patent in its iPhone, an appeals court said Friday.
Intel to scrap McAfee name, give away mobile security tools
Intel plans to ditch the venerable McAfee brand for its security products and services, and offer free mobile security software to customers running Android, iOS and other OSes on their smartphones and tablets.
At CES, tablets get bigger screens, dual OSes and even car access
Tablets are getting bigger screens, moving into cars, and dual-booting Windows and Android at this year's International CES show as tech vendors give a glimpse into the gadget's future.
Snapchat says sorry for the hack with a tweak to its app
Snapchat has incorporated a phone number opt-out feature into its mobile app in response to a recent hacking incident -- the company's latest effort to convince users that their personal information is safe.
Apple and Samsung CEOs agree to mediation in court dispute
The CEOs of Apple and Samsung Electronics will participate in mediation ahead of a March trial in a patent dispute in a federal court in California.
Intel trumpets Android+Windows as 'more choice'
Intel confirmed that it will provide processors to personal computer and tablet makers that support both Windows 8.1 and Android, the two operating systems from fierce rivals Microsoft and Google.
Facebook acquires app optimization tool developer Little Eye Labs
Facebook is acquiring Little Eye Labs, an Indian developer of a tool for performance analysis and monitoring of Android apps, the startup said.
Yahoo buys 'smart home screen' company Aviate
Yahoo has acquired Aviate, a startup that developed a technology to organize the home screen of the user's Android device based on what the user is doing.
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Is free Windows forever in Microsoft's future?
Microsoft is at work on what what may be a free version of Windows 8.1, and is considering a free version of Windows Phone. That begs the question: Will free mainstream versions of Windows be in Microsoft's future?
How to create custom Gmail alerts on any Android device
Ever wish your phone could alert you when emails come in from certain people or with specific words in the subject? It can. Welcome to the world of custom Gmail alerts.
Windows tablet sales continue to tank -- can hybrids and Windroid save the day?
Microsoft hasn't gained any real ground in the tablet market -- Gartner says it had only a 2.1% market share in 2013. Can the growth of hybrids and possibly Windroid devices help give Microsoft the boost it needs?
How Google's Android security is about to get even smarter
Google's made a lot of progress in protecting Android users from threats -- and the company's about to take another step in making all Android devices even more secure.
Windows Phone will be fastest-growing phone OS in the world, IDC says. Is it for real?
Users for now may not be flocking to Windows Phone, but yet one more research firm says that it will be fastest-growing major smartphone OS in the world through 2018. Does this mean the OS is finally breaking through?
Google Now, Google's new Android launcher, lifts off
OK, Google: 3... 2... 1... Now.
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) finally opens up its new Android launcher. Albeit for Nexus and Google Experience devices, for now.
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How to measure your heart rate with any Android phone
The Galaxy S5 may have a fancy heart rate monitor, but you can actually check your pulse with any Android phone. Here's how.
6 interesting revelations from Motorola at MWC
Motorola's opening up about its transition to Lenovo and its plans for the coming year -- and some of the details it's revealing are pretty significant.
Galaxy S5 translation guide: A no-nonsense, hype-free look at Samsung's new phone
Hype, be gone: Here's a no-nonsense translation of what Samsung's latest phone is really all about -- and what's actually significant about it from a consumer perspective.
7 ways to turn an Apple iPhone 5S into a Samsung Galaxy S5
If you are an iPhone 5S user and want Galaxy S5-like features on your phone, try these simple tips -- and if you can't wait, the first comparative reviews are in, take a look:
Will Nokia's new Android phones lead to a civil war inside Microsoft?
Nokia's new X line of low-end Android phone looks like it could be a winner -- but its success could set off a serious civil war inside Microsoft. What do the new Android phones say about what kind of company Microsoft will eventually become?
A new way to avoid Chrome's new 'New Tab' page
Google has removed a setting that let you revert to Chrome's original "New Tab" page -- but that doesn't mean you have to be stuck with the new design. Here's an updated workaround.
Android Power's 3 favorite things for February 2014
From beautiful home screens to powerful task-switching and a fresh take on social media, this month's Favorite Things is all about apps that offer something special.
Office to be released for the iPad before Windows tablets? What gives, Microsoft?
The on-again, off-again love affair between Office and the iPad continues: The latest rumors say that Office will arrive on the iPad even before it comes to Windows tablets. No matter the truth of things, Microsoft needs to make clear its Office strategy, or else it will give up ground to competitors.
Surprise! The Android upgrade challenge has been answered
Last Thursday, I called on Android manufacturers to promise a full two years of upgrades for their flagship phones. Then a crazy thing happened.