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Google's search app gets friendlier to bilingual Android users

Want to Google the name of a restaurant in English and then ask for the weather in Japanese? On Android it no longer requires switching back and forth between language settings.
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Opera Mini becomes default browser for Microsoft's fading feature phones

Opera Software and Microsoft have struck a deal to replace Nokia's Xpress browser with Opera Mini on Microsoft's dying line of feature phones.

Uber builds on being 'best' by linking its ride requests to other mobile apps

The Uber mobile app was already gaining popularity with smartphone users looking to find a ride in a big city, but now the app is on the verge of getting much bigger.

Google acquires Jetpac to boost image recognition know-how

Google has acquired Jetpac, known for image recognition and processing.

FCC extends net neutrality comment period to Sept. 15

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission has extended a deadline for comments on its proposed net neutrality rules to Sept. 15, giving members of the public more time to weigh in on how the government should regulate Web traffic.

Samsung buys SmartThings in ambitious push to connect your home

Samsung has agreed to buy SmartThings, a two-year-old startup that makes software to connect household objects and let them be controlled from afar via smartphone.

Microsoft opens new site for Lumia apps beta tests

Microsoft is closing the Nokia Beta Labs site, but users will still be able to test apps under development via the new Lumia Beta Apps site, designed to elicit more feedback and make it easier for users to participate.

Microsoft makes Bing search more chatty

Microsoft has added some new smarts to its Bing search engine that lets you phrase queries in a way that feels more natural.

Amazon hopes to simplify mobile app testing with new tool

A new tool called Live App Testing from Amazon lets mobile developers distribute apps to a predefined group of users before the apps are launched.

Rivalry between Uber and Lyft gets ugly

Two of the hottest startups for requesting rides from your smartphone are accusing each other of dirty tricks.

Mobile Apps In Depth

Neura's novel approach: Baking intelligence into connected devices

A well-known problem in the Internet of Things is that many connected devices operate in silos. Your Fitbit doesn't communicate with your Nest thermostat, for example.

Why unlimited wireless data is a myth

All of the major wireless carriers "throttle" customers who use what the companies think is too much data, but Verizon's policy is tougher than its competitors.

Is Apple on Its Way to Being a Mobile Enterprise Player?

While attending a tech conference last month, Michael DeFranco received word on his phone that Apple was joining forces with IBM to go after the enterprise. The CEO and founder of Lua, a mobile messaging service running on Android and iOS, stared at the text message in disbelief.

User Beware: That Mobile App is Spying on You

Those apps you download on your smartphone may be free or very cheap, but there's a hidden price you should be aware of: loss of privacy.

Two New Ways to Find Your Next Favorite Mobile App

Apple's iTunes App Store and Google Play are a bit like Moroccan city marketplaces: There's a lot going on, and it's all a bit chaotic and overwhelming. Browsing by categories or searching by keyword helps. But not much.

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.

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.

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.

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.