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Google suit against Rockstar stays in California
A Google complaint against Apple-backed patent consortium Rockstar will stay in a California court rather than be moved to Texas where Rockstar already has patent lawsuits against Google's Android partners, the California court ordered Thursday.

Facebook wants to help you meet friends offline
Facebook now has its own take on location sharing -- an optional feature that periodically broadcasts people's locations to their friends.

Samsung, Amazon customize Kindle app
Users of the new Kindle for Samsung app will get up to 12 e-books for free a year, as Samsung Electronics joins forces with Amazon.com to boost the content on its mobile devices.

Galaxy S5 deep-dive review: Long on hype, short on delivery
Samsung's Galaxy S5 Android phone follows a very popular predecessor, but the latest version doesn't stand out in a sea of thoughtfully designed competitors.

Automakers show off in-vehicle Wi-Fi, new smartphone interfaces
Ahead of the big New York Auto Show, several car companies today displayed in-vehicle infotainment systems that connect to smartphones to use mobile apps, music playlists, calling features and calendars.

Intel looks to Android, not Microsoft, to boost tablet business
In case it wasn't clear already, Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to grow its share of the tablet market, and with Windows flunking out on those devices, Android is where it's at.

First-to-market means diddly when it comes to smartwatches
The old wisdom that "first-to-market" technology products will win out gets thrown out the window when it comes to smartwatches and some other wearables.

Mozilla names ex-exec Chris Beard as interim CEO
Mozilla today named former executive Chris Beard as its interim CEO and appointed him to its board of directors.

Brace yourself, here comes the mobile appsplosion
Companies are engaged in a kind of arms race with competitors to see how many apps they can get everyone to use. But this aggressive push for more apps is going to end up giving users app fatigue.

Apple and Samsung spar over $2.2B damages claim
Apple outlined for the first time on Friday how it came up with the US$2.2 billion in damages that it wants a California jury to award it for Samsung's alleged "massive infringement" of five Apple patents.

Wi-Fi problems dog Apple-Samsung trial
There's a new sign on the door to Courtroom 5 at the federal courthouse in San Jose, the home to the Apple v. Samsung battle that's playing out this month: "Please turn off all cell phones."

Heartbleed flaw affects mobile apps, too
Android and IOS mobile applications are just as vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug as websites are, security vendor Trend Micro warned.

Google ramps up fight against bad apps with tightened Android security
Google is boosting Android security safeguards to better detect potentially harmful apps throughout their life cycle.

MediaFire offers 1TB of cloud storage for $2.50
MediaFire has launched a storage and file-sharing service that it argues is more secure than Amazon's.

Apple lays out its $2.2B claim against Samsung
Apple began to lay out its $2.2 billion damages claim against Samsung Electronics for the first time on Tuesday, arguing to an eight-person jury in California that Samsung's alleged patent infringement was large and significantly damaged Apple.

Google pushes I/O registration deadline back to April 15
If you thought you'd spend part of today signing up to attend this year's Google I/O, think again.

FAQ: Good-bye old pal, old paint, Windows XP
Today's the day: Microsoft will serve up its final public patches for Windows XP, the aging OS that's been around since 2001.

Qualcomm talks up its fastest ever 64-bit Snapdragon chip
Qualcomm is getting high on 64-bit chips with its fastest ever Snapdragon processor, which will render 4K video, support LTE Advanced and could run the 64-bit Android OS.

In Apple v. Samsung, it's a 'holy war' for $2B
Apple and Samsung were back in San Jose federal court last week arguing over more patents and another set of devices. Apple is demanding more than $2 billion in damages, in the second case between the companies in California.

Apple designer's testimony recounts birth of iPhone
The roots of the iPhone can probably be traced to many corners of Apple's campus in Cupertino, Calif., but a Silicon Valley courtroom on Friday heard how some of the phone's most recognizable software design features were born of a team working in a dark, dirty, windowless room with special security to keep others out.

Microsoft gets strategic with its Enterprise Mobility Suite
With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft will make it easier for companies to manage a range of devices, including those running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. It's a smart move, says columnist Ryan Faas.

A day into the trial, Apple and Samsung already annoying each other
That didn't take long. The jury has only been sitting a day in the latest Apple v. Samsung patent battle and lawyers are already fighting about what's being said in court.

LTE smartphone specs shootout: Nokia Lumia 635 vs. EE Kestrel
The options are increasing for people who want an LTE smartphone, but don't want to spend a fortune or sign an expensive contract. Two new alternatives that won't drain wallets are Nokia's Lumia 635 and the Huawei-made Kestrel.

Hell freezes over: Microsoft makes Windows free for some devices
Microsoft will give away licenses to Windows Phone and Windows to device makers building smartphones or tablets with screens smaller than 9-in. measured diagonally.

Steve Jobs called for 'holy war' against Google
Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs declared 2011 the year of "holy war against Google" in an email to Apple executives ahead of an annual management retreat in late 2010.

HTC One (M8) deep-dive review: Smartphone sophistication made better
HTC is working to bring a sense of luxury to its smartphones -- and with its new HTC One (M8), it's closer than ever to delivering the ultimate high-end device.

Apple exec takes jury back to dawn of the iPhone -- 2007
Apple marketing chief Phil Schiller took a California courtroom on a trip back to 2007 on Tuesday afternoon, recalling how Apple 'bet the company' on development of the iPhone

Intel to offer exclusive content to devices running its chips
After falling behind ARM in the mobile processor market, Intel plans to go on the offensive by creating exclusive content for devices built around its chips.

Apple demands over $2B from Samsung for patent infringement
Samsung should pay more than US$2 billion for repeated infringement of Apple patents in more than 37 million smartphones sold in the U.S., a Silicon Valley jury was told Tuesday as a trial between the two companies got underway after more than two years of preparation.

Can Microsoft's Windows Phone OS surge in market share?
Microsoft on Wednesday is expected to launch Version 8.1 of its Windows Phone platform at its annual Build developers conference, and that move will be followed later in the day by a separate Nokia event where two new phones running the new OS are expected to be announced.

Kenneth van Wyk: Where mobile apps go wrong
More so than Web-based applications, mobile apps tend to have security design flaws that attackers can exploit. (Insider; registration required)

Nadella to Cook on Office revenue sharing: Drop dead
With the launch of Office for iPad yesterday, Microsoft again effectively cut Apple out of most of the revenue stream by making the apps free to download.

Microsoft scraps 'Windows-first' practice, puts Office on iPad before Surface
As expected, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella hosted a press conference where the company unveiled Office for iPad, breaking with its past practice of protecting Windows by first launching software on its own operating system.

$160 smartphone offers glimpse into LTE's future
The $160 price for U.K. carrier EE's smartphone Kestrel without a contract gives a glimpse of a future with low-cost LTE devices, and is also an aggressive move by Qualcomm as competition in the chipset sector increases.

On the road with T-Mobile's free international roaming
For people who frequently travel overseas, it sounds almost too good to be true: unlimited international data roaming and texting at no extra cost. But that's exactly what T-Mobile USA started offering its U.S. users earlier this year as part of its price battle with AT&T.

2-in-1 devices face a long, slow slog to credibility
Microsoft's efforts to push the concept of a "2-in-1" device, a tablet that does double duty as a notebook, will continue to struggle, an IDC analyst said Tuesday.

HTC One M8 called a good looker and genuine rival to the Galaxy S5
HTC announced its One M8 smartphone on Tuesday, boasting its premium styling and asserting that it offers the world's best innovations. Those include a dual rear camera for adding depth to photos and a battery with 40% longer life than last year's HTC One M7.

Google Now alerts hit desktop Chrome, OS subversion continues
Google yesterday began rolling out Google Now notifications to users of its desktop browsers on Microsoft's Windows and Apple's OS X.

HTC says its One M8 smartphone is like jewelry -- and great for selfies
HTC says its latest One flagship smartphone is akin to jewelry, placing it in the market as a premium product set apart from the competition.

ZTE releases 6.4-in. smartphone with 13-megapixel front camera
Those who like to take selfies might be interested in the latest handset from ZTE, a smartphone that the Chinese company claims is the world's first with a 13-megapixel front-facing camera.

HTC's next flagship smartphone needs more than Robert Downey Jr.
HTC is rebooting after a difficult year, with the launch Tuesday of an upgraded version of One, its flagship smartphone. But if HTC can't improve the marketing of its devices, the company will have a hard time turning around its fortunes.

3 Free Alternatives to Windows for Desktop PCs
It's an increasingly mobile world -- and the mobile future of Windows is dubious. To better accommodate end users, CIOs would be wise to consider these three alternatives to Windows on the desktop -- Chrome, Android and Ubuntu.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Office for iPad: Big deal, or big yawn?
Flop or not? Users will soon decide whether Office for the iPad is the greatest thing since Flappy Birds or the next Microsoft Kin. What's a Kin, you ask? Exactly.

Firefox's UI face-lift on track for April debut
Mozilla is on track to debut the new "Australis" user interface for Firefox next month after promoting the UI to its beta build last week.

15 mysteries about the Moto 360 smartwatch
We've seen pictures and videos of Motorola's round smartwatch. But the most important facts are still unknown, and Mike Elgan has a lot of questions.

Prototype Pocket SDK seeks to move Android Wear beyond mere notifications
Now you can count Pocket among the app makers that are excited about Android Wear, Google's upcoming software for wearable devices.

iOS tops Android for Web browsing in U.S. and other developed nations
Android smartphones from all manufacturers make up nearly 80% of all smartphones recently sold worldwide, but iOS still dominates when it comes to Web browsing in the U.S. and other developed countries.

Samsung hopes to drum up interest for S5 with hands-on demos
Samsung Electronics is laying the groundwork for the launches of the Galaxy S5, Gear 2 smartwatch and Gear Fit with hands-on demos in more than 61 countries.

OneNote vs. Evernote: A personal take on two great note-taking apps
Now that Microsoft has made OneNote free for consumers, can it compete with the well-known Evernote? Preston Gralla offers his take on both.

Wearables fit perfectly into Google's smart strategy
Google's Android Wear mobile operating system is about powering smartwatches and wearables, but it also fits neatly into the company's overall smart strategy.

Mozilla patches 20 Firefox flaws, plugs Pwn2Own holes
Mozilla on Tuesday patched five vulnerabilities exploited by researchers last week at the Pwn2Own hacking contest, where they were awarded $200,000 for their collective efforts.

How to Work Seamlessly Across Multiple Devices
Employees who used to burn the midnight oil at the office now get to do so from the comforts of home, thanks to the proliferation of personal laptops, tablets and smartphones. Getting files to appear on and sync with multiple devices can be challenging, but a little bit of advanced planning can go a long way.

Apple drops iPad 2, inserts 4th-gen Retina iPad into $399 price slot
Apple today replaced the iPad 2 with 2012's fourth-generation Retina iPad as its lowest-priced tablet, a likely reaction to both pressure from cheap Android tablets and the advanced age of the iPad 2.

Suddenly, wearables are big with new developer software releases
If you didn't think wearables were going to be big, think again. Google and Samsung are among the biggest players in this emerging tech field and both just made new wearable app developer announcements.

Apple discounts iPhone 5C 8%-9% in five markets via storage cuts
Apple today unveiled an 8GB iPhone 5C that costs between 8% and 9% less than the previous lowest-priced model with 16GB of storage space.

Google launches Android Wear for wearable devices
Google has kicked off an effort to bring Android to wearable devices, reminding everyone that the OS is not just for tablets and smartphones.

Isis CTO accuses retailers of turning off NFC and smartcard payment tech
A powerful group of retailers plans to roll out mobile payments in 2014 by scanning barcodes from smartphones, a move that sets up a potential battle with backers of NFC and Google Wallet.

Dual-boot Android and Windows tablets and PCs face skepticism
Dual-boot PCs and tablets could potentially give users the best of both worlds with Android and Windows OSes. But they won't catch on as there is little use for such systems, analysts said.

Flaw gives backdoor access to some Samsung Galaxy devices
The developers of Replicant, a mobile OS based on Android, claim to have found a backdoor vulnerability in a software component shipped with some Samsung Galaxy devices that potentially provides remote access to users' private files through the device modem.

Activist investor who wants Office on iPad joins Microsoft board
Microsoft added G. Mason Morfit, president of ValueAct Capital, to its board of directors, making good on its part of the deal it struck with the activist shareholder last year.

Apple dominates 64-bit mobile chips as Android rivals lag
Apple dominates 64-bit mobile chip devices as rival smartphone makers wait for a 64-bit version of the Android OS, but that early lead could dissipate in the next four years, ABI Research said on Tuesday.

Lawsuit filed against Google over children's in-app purchases
Google is facing a lawsuit over unauthorized in-app purchases on Android devices by children.

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.

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Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Which should you get?

Two of the most eye-catching Android phones of the year are begging for our attention right now -- and all the hype can make it hard to know which one's right for you.

Microsoft Office whips Google Docs: It's finally game over

If there was ever any doubt about whether Microsoft or Google would win the war of office suites, there should be no longer. Within the last several weeks, Microsoft has pulled so far ahead that it's game over. Here's why.

Intel: We're betting our tablet future on Android, not Windows

The unthinkable has happened: When Intel looks into its future, it sees Android, not Windows, at least as far as tablet sales go. Does this mean the end of the Microsoft-Intel Wintel alliance that once ruled the world?

Mourning Steve Jobs, Samsung-style

Samsung vice-chairman, Lee Jae-yong, attended the private memorial service for Steve Jobs on October 16, 2011. While he mourned, his US team schemed to capitalize on Jobs' death, which they called the "best opportunity to attack iPhone".

Samsung's real challenge: developing a sense of focus, taste, and restraint

Samsung's Android devices may sell well, but commercial success and optimal user experience don't automatically go hand in hand.

Apple's anti-Android Holy War gets real

You don't get plans like these by "benchmarking" competitors. You get them by ignoring them.

Google's flat Android plan is not just about Apple

User interfaces won't be defined by what you see on the display forever, of course. Voice and gesture recognition will become part of the user interface equation -- this absolutely makes sense when the challenge of developing logical user experiences for wearable devices really takes off.

Apple has no Heart (bleed)

“Apple takes security very seriously. iOS and OS X never incorporated the vulnerable software and key Web-based services were not affected.”

Galaxy S5 vs. HTC One (M8): Camera shootout!

How does Samsung's Galaxy S5 camera compare to the HTC One (M8)? Check out these side-by-side samples and see what you think.

Smartphone makers: If you don't make iPhones or Samsung you may as well quit

What’s bad about the Apple/Samsung market duopoly is that lack of competition in the sector inevitably weakens innovation in the space, prompting further market consolidation and ultimately limiting consumer choice.

Hands on: What the HTC One (M8) Google Play Edition is actually like to use

The One (M8) Google Play Edition gives you HTC's outstanding hardware with near-stock Google Android software. So what's it actually like to use -- and is it the right phone for you?

Hands on: The first things you notice about Samsung's Galaxy S5

Samsung's Galaxy S5 is one of the most heavily hyped phones of the year -- but marketing messages aside, what's it actually like to use? Here are the first things you notice when you pick up the device.

Attention, Android manufacturers: Bigger isn't always better

Every new phone doesn't have to be bigger to be better -- and sometimes, bumping up the size can actually be a bad thing. 

In pictures: Here's what the HTC One's dual cameras can do

The HTC One (M8) has two rear-facing cameras designed to let you play with focus after the fact. Here are some real-world examples of what the unusual setup can do.

Hands on: 6 interesting things about HTC's Sense 6 software

With the launch of the HTC One (M8), it's hard not to focus on hardware -- but the snazzy new phone also shows off some interesting changes to HTC's Sense software.