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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.

STMicro could enable touchless gesture control of smartphones
Using an infrared laser, ST Microelectronics' new proximity detector for mobile phones can measure distances to within a centimeter or two.

The 'Internet of things,' beyond the hype at Mobile World Congress
If you want to find out how the so-called Internet of things is shaking up the tech industry, Mobile World Congress in Barcelona is the place to be this week.

64-bit smartphones are coming, but Apple's iPhone 5s still stands alone
After top smartphone makers announced new products at Mobile World Congress this week, Apple's iPhone 5s remains the only 64-bit handset available. But with new chips announced at the show and 64-bit Android now ready, competitive handsets are only a few months away.

New chipsets and devices lay groundwork for LTE-Advanced
Chip vendors and device makers are readying the smartphones, hotspots and cars that will let users eventually enjoy higher download speeds with LTE-Advanced.

Management vendors show Windows Phone some love
IBM-owned Fiberlink and BlackBerry are adding Windows Phone to the list of platforms they can manage and protect, as enterprise interest for the smartphone OS is increasing.

SAP, BMW research project to connect drivers with real-time offers and services
SAP and BMW have created a prototype that uses SAP's HANA in-memory database platform to send personalized services and offers to people as they drive around in their cars.

Samsung debuts new Exynos chips, questions linger on 64-bit plans
Samsung announced new 32-bit Exynos chips for smartphones and tablets with six- and eight-CPU cores, but left questions hanging on when the company will launch its first 64-bit chip.

Motorola to release a smartwatch later this year
Wearable tech permeates Mobile World Congress this year, and now Motorola has shared details of its plans to jump into the space.

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.

Tip of the hat: Samsung's Galaxy 5 vs. the rest of the smartphone pack
Samsung on Monday added the much anticipated Galaxy S5 to its flagship line of smartphones during an event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Lenovo builds global brand as it preps U.S. smartphone entry
China-based Lenovo is on a roll, with the goal of becoming a globally recognized brand in nearly all shapes and sizes of computing hardware, including laptops, servers and smartphones.

Mobile platforms with 8GB memory may be on the way
Vendors who have been calling tablets 'the new PCs' can now prove it. The development of 64-bit mobile processors opens the door for more addressable memory and PC-like performance on tablets and smartphones.

BlackBerry CEO says company's here to compete, regain lost ground
BlackBerry will launch a new version of its enterprise management server software later this year that the company hopes will strengthen its business with major corporations and help turn around its fortunes.

Sierra Wireless customizes Linux platform for machine-to-machine apps
Sierra Wireless has debuted the Linux-based Legato platform, which aims to simplify and accelerate the development of machine-to-machine (M2M) applications.

Sub-$200 BlackBerry phone coming in April from Foxconn
The first BlackBerry phone produced by China's Foxconn will debut in April in Indonesia, the CEO of the phone maker said Tuesday.

Wi-Fi roaming starts to take flight with Hotspot 2.0
Smooth roaming from cell to Wi-Fi networks is finally seeing the light of day, with deployments at 21 U.S. airports and at two smaller sites in Europe debuting on Monday.

With voice calls, WhatsApp can tap new growth
WhatsApp's voice calling service, planned for later this year to augment its hot text-message offering, could yield an influx of customers and strengthen the service's already firm standing in mobile messaging.

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.

Zuckerberg wants Facebook to be the world's Internet on-ramp
If Marc Zuckerberg has his way, Facebook will become the "on ramp" for the two-thirds of the world's population not yet connected to the Internet.

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.

Qualcomm, Cisco join forces to improve wireless coverage at the office
Qualcomm and Cisco Systems have started developing small cells customized for enterprises, which will be able to use the products to improve indoor wireless network coverage for their employees.

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.

Ford unveils new Focus, packed with parking tech
If you're bad at parking your car, whether it's parallel, perpendicular, backing in or backing out, Ford says its new Focus has technology that can help.

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.

Sony's $130 SmartBand to combine fitness, entertainment, life experiences
Sony made its mark in entertainment technology and is taking that tradition to wearables with its new SmartBand wrist-wearable device.

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.

New Lenovo S-series smartphones do not have LTE
Lenovo's S-series smartphones announced at Mobile World Congress have screen sizes from 4.7 inches to 5.3 inches, but none of them have LTE.

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.

HP unveils first 64-bit Windows 8.1 tablets with Intel Atom
After months of waiting, some of the first 64-bit tablets with Windows 8.1 and Intel's Bay Trail chips were announced by Hewlett-Packard.

HP brings 'couch potato' model to Pavilion line
Hewlett-Packard's latest Pavilion X360 hybrid will offer the design flexibility to be used as a tablet, laptop or "couch potato" device.

Mozilla shows $25 Firefox OS-based smartphone running Spreadtrum chips
Mozilla and China-based chip maker Spreadtrum Sunday unveiled a chipset designed for $25 smartphones running the open source Firefox operating system.

Windows Phone to get long-awaited enterprise update
Microsoft will soon offer an update to its Windows Phone operating system that will bring a number of new features targeted at enterprise users.

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.

Google phone project could transform smartphones
Google has unveiled what is almost certainly the most interesting phone of the year. It's part of Project Tango

New smartphone OS flags set to fly at Mobile World Congress
The newer smartphone OS entrants competing to chip away at the dominance of Android and iOS are heading to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress, and facing a landscape that has changed since last year's show.

Next-gen LTE and virtualization vie for attention at Mobile World Congress
Faster and more flexible mobile networks enabled by small cells, virtualization and next-generation LTE are expected to highlight infrastructure trends at Mobile World Congress next week.

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.

Alcatel-Lucent works with Red Hat to virtualize mobile networks
Alcatel-Lucent is betting big on operators wanting to virtualize their mobile networks using NFV (Network Functions Virtualization) technology, in order to become more nimble and less reliant on proprietary hardware.

Fujitsu makes glove that uses NFC, sensors to speed hands-free work
Fujitsu Laboratories has developed wearable technology in the form of a glove and a head-mounted display that could help speed up maintenance work and other applications where NFC tags are widely used.

Samsung and Nokia in the spotlight at Mobile World Congress
The two most talked about smartphones ahead of this year's Mobile World Congress sit at opposites sides of the spectrum; the low-end Android-based Nokia X and Samsung Electronics' new flagship model, the Galaxy S5.

Spotlight
The Blackphone handset goes on sale in June for $629. It looks like a typical Android smartphone and is based on a security-hardened version of the OS called \"PrivatOS.\"
Samsung debuts its flagship Galaxy S5 smartphone, we go hands on with Nokia's new Android smartphones and the Yota Phone sports an epaper display. Follow reporter Nick Barber on Twitter @nickjb
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New report calls Windows Phone 'top performer' and 'fastest growing OS in the world'

It may seem that there's only bad news for Windows Phone these days, but a new report from a respected research firm says that Windows is the "fastest growing OS in the world," and sees good times ahead for it. Is this just hype, or is there some truth behind it?

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.

Windows Phone sales stagnate -- will Android come to Microsoft's rescue?

The latest sales figures for Windows Phone are all bad: Sales have stagnated across the developed world, and Microsoft is losing ground in one of the world's largest markets, China. Could this mean that Microsoft needs Nokia's new Android phones to come to the rescue?

Getting Fit: Gear Fit grabs attention at Samsung press event

At times during the Samsung press event today, it seemed as though the much-anticipated upgrade to the company's popular phone, the Samsung Galaxy S5, was almost secondary to the new Gear Fit wearable device -- at least as far as the attending press was concerned.

98% of mobile malware targets Android platform

Mobile malware has evolved into a big dirty business run as a major operation by many cybercrooks instead of lone hackers, but Android is still the most targeted platform.

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?

Nokia uses F-word in Android X-citement

Espoo attempts to develop developing markets.

In Nokia's last hurrah before Microsoft takes over, it's unveiled THREE Android-based phones. At Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the Nokia X series is raising eyebrows, even though it's been widely leaked for months.

In IT Blogwatch, bloggers theorize and aggrandize.

Samsung's big 12.2-in. Galaxy Note Pro tablet -- a first look

How productive can you be with this 12.2-in. Samsng tablet?