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Facebook to require Messenger app for mobile chat

If you like to send messages via Facebook when you're on the move, get ready to download a new app.
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Qualcomm plants the seeds for 4K video, silicon brains in mobile devices

Smarter contextual awareness, 4K video and augmented reality are just some of the new technologies that will be offered by smartphones and tablets over the next year or so, according to Qualcomm's product blueprints.

Mobile devices to get faster LP-DDR4 memory in '15

Thanks to the rise of mobile gaming and 4K video, LP-DDR4 memory will reach smartphones and tablets close to two years earlier than expected, an analyst said.

Is the Samsung Z smartphone just delayed -- or doomed?

The launch of the Samsung Z, the first smartphone to run the Tizen OS, has been delayed indefinitely.

Apple will 'set the world on fire' with iPhone 6 sales

Look for Apple to "set the world on fire" later this year with huge sales of the next iPhone.

LTE network for US public safety taking it one step at a time

The organizers of the FirstNet LTE public safety network have the frequencies and standards they need to build the system, and they know where the money's coming from. They know how to get there from here, but it won't be a quick trip.

House passes phone-unlocking bill; it now goes to the president's desk

A bill that allows consumers to unlock their cellphones for use on other carriers passed its last hurdle in Congress on Friday, opening the way for it to become law once it is signed by President Barack Obama.

How Microsoft's CEO sees growth for Windows Phone and Lumia

During an earnings call this week, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella repeatedly promoted Lumia smartphones running on the Windows Phone platform. The call was just five days after the company announced a record 18,000 layoffs that raised concerns about Microsoft's long-term commitment to its phones.

The other Apple economy: $2B in devices on eBay

In the U.S. alone, nearly $2 billion worth of Apple devices -- Macs, iPhones, iPads and iPods -- were sold on eBay over the past 12 months.

Apple is losing its grip as the top tablet company

Apple's grip on the tablet is loosening, with the iPad losing ground during the second quarter this year to Android and Windows tablets.

Mobile/Wireless In Depth

If you can't check in, is it really Foursquare?

In their quest to copy competitors, social sites and apps increasingly drop features that are part of the popularity and identity of their products, says columnist Mike Elgan.

How to Make Sure Your Cat Photos (and Other Pics) Don't Disclose Location Data

You know those cat pictures you keep sharing on social media sites? They may reveal more about you than your love of felines.

Deep-dive review: The Lumia 635 smartphone -- a study in contrasts

Nokia's new low-cost Lumia 635 smartphone makes some unfortunate hardware compromises, but on the plus side it comes with the excellent Windows Phone 8.1.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Bye, Nokia, nice knowing you

Nokia, once a great company and the pride of Finland, is shuffling to its grave under Microsoft's leadership.

Lenovo plans new small-screen Windows tablet for U.S. market

Lenovo has stopped sales of its existing small-screen Windows tablets in the U.S., but plans a new model for release by the end of the year.

Rise of the Planet of the Lockscreens

The humble lockscreen is about to become the most important interface on your smartphone, says columnist Mike Elgan.

Timeline: How Apple's iOS gained enterprise cred

In the seven years since the first iPhone arrived, iOS has morphed from a consumer-centric OS into one with a wealth of enterprise-worthy features.

Apple and IBM: A winning combo for IT

One thing is clear about the Apple-IBM partnership: It will change the dynamic of the enterprise mobility market in significant ways.

Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols: Who should really worry about Apple/IBM? Microsoft

Sure, the enterprise push by Apple and IBM should worry the Android camp, and business writers should make sure they have an up-to-date obituary ready for BlackBerry. But Microsoft is the company with the most to lose.

How CIOs Can Boost Mobile App Adoption

CIOs with an eye on mobility have probably spent a small fortune creating a private enterprise app store. They've spent countless hours tending to an environment where business managers plant seeds for app ideas and developers bring those ideas to fruition. Often, the number of mobile enterprise apps sprouts like weeds.