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  • Apple suspends Secret downloads in Brazil under anonymity injunction

    22 August 2014, 4:38 am by: David Meyer

    iOS users with Brazilian accounts can no longer download the anonymous messaging app, but Google and Microsoft are reportedly not yet complying with the interim injunction.…
  • Recharge a phone with Charge Ninja, a $29 credit card–sized battery

    21 August 2014, 3:42 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Need a portable phone battery that isn't bigger than your phone? Check out Charge Ninja, a low-cost credit-card sized battery with keychain cable that's enough to get you through the rest of the day when your handset battery dies.…
  • Healthcare employees in Florida choose Chromebooks over Windows, iPad

    21 August 2014, 2:26 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Two-thirds of the employees at Chapters Health System opted to pick an HP Chromebook 14 over a Windows laptop or iPad, which has made the IT department happy. There are cheaper Windows laptops coming to compete but they don't address reasons people pick a…
  • Estimote launches a Bluetooth Beacon sticker to add context to the internet of things

    21 August 2014, 1:00 pm by: Stacey Higginbotham

    Beacon provider Estimote is getting deeper into the context business with Bluetooth-enabled stickers called Nearables that will let your smartphone know more about it's environment and enable developers to build powerful new experiences.…
  • There are nearly 19,000 different devices running Android out in the wild, according to new report

    21 August 2014, 12:00 pm by: Kif Leswing

    According to a new report from OpenSignal, 21 percent of Android devices are running 4.4 KitKat, but those users are mostly clustered in the United States and Western Europe.…
  • Apple job postings hint at a possible VoLTE surprise for iPhone 6

    21 August 2014, 11:57 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    The iPhone 6 is expected to debut next month and we already know that it will support Wi-Fi calling. Voice over LTE might not be far behind as Apple is seeking experience engineers to help add VoLTE support. It could be a software update away.…
  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4 benchmarks suggest a 64-bit performance beast of a chip

    21 August 2014, 11:00 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Watch for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 to debut next month. While waiting, take a peek at these reported benchmarks for Samsung's new 64-bit Exynos chip expected to power the large-screened phone.…
  • Opera Mini to nurse Microsoft’s feature phones through their dying days

    21 August 2014, 3:23 am by: David Meyer

    The Norwegian firm's browser will be the default on Microsoft's low-end Asha, Series 30+ and Series 40 phones, almost all of which will be phased out by the end of 2015.…
  • All things being equal, Windows Phone beats Android for battery life (for now)

    20 August 2014, 3:21 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Thanks to the HTC One M8, available in both a Windows Phone and Android edition, we can see which mobile platform is better optimized for longer battery life. Microsoft wins round one but Project Volta could change round two.…
  • Sure, carriers like Verizon may want their own app store, but do customers? Nope

    20 August 2014, 12:27 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Details are sketchy but it appears Verizon is looking to band carriers together for a new global mobile app store. We've been down this road before with alternative app stores and it always ends the same: At a dead end.…
  • Researchers propose new Android security framework that could aid BYOD schemes

    20 August 2014, 11:36 am by: David Meyer

    The Android Security Modules (ASM) framework, proposed by U.S. and German researchers, would make it easier to install security modules on Android devices without the need for rooting or firmware updates.…
  • OnBeep snags $6.25M to push pretty, heads-up push-to-talk devices

    20 August 2014, 11:00 am by: Barb Darrow

    This is not your dad's walkie-talkie. OnBeep wants to produce beautiful wearable devices that will let consumers communicate with select colleagues without staring down at their phones…
  • Barnes & Noble’s newest Nook tablet is a rebranded Samsung Galaxy Tab 4

    20 August 2014, 10:47 am by: Kif Leswing

    The largest retail bookseller in the United States is now in the business of selling Samsung tablets. As was announced earlier this summer, Barnes & Nobel will discontinue its own line of skinned Android tablets and instead will partner with Samsung to sell…
  • ZTE tries to crack the US market with a $279 mid-range phone

    20 August 2014, 10:19 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    China's massive population is an attractive target for smartphone makers but that doesn't mean the U.S. should be ignored. ZTE's latest effort is an unlocked $279 Android phone with beefy cameras and support for LTE networks.…
  • Why it makes sense that the iPhone 6 could be thinner than its camera sensor

    20 August 2014, 9:12 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Fitting in with early pics of reported dummy cases for the iPhone 6, a schematic drawing suggests the iPhone 6 camera ring could slightly protrude outward: It's not easy to make a thin camera sensor with improved quality and lenses.…
  • Chrome Show: Which is the better low-cost experience, Windows or Chrome OS?

    20 August 2014, 8:17 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Windows laptops can surely run more apps than a Chromebook so if the devices are priced the same, people will simply choose the Microsoft option, right? Not necessarily because the experience of the two devices is surely going to be different.…
  • Secret may be banned in Brazil over anonymity, after judge grants preliminary injunction

    20 August 2014, 6:22 am by: David Meyer

    The injunction orders Apple, Google and Microsoft to not only remove Secret (or a Secret client, in Microsoft's case) from their app stores, but also to remotely wipe it from citizens' handsets.…
  • Nokia Here chief Halbherr steps down a few months after taking CEO role

    20 August 2014, 3:55 am by: David Meyer

    Michael Halbherr has stepped down as CEO of Nokia Here, the Finnish firm’s mapping and location-based services division, after just a few months in the role. He had been with Nokia for eight years and on its leadership team for three, but he only took the…
  • If you’re a media company, your mobile competition isn’t other news entities, it’s Google Now

    19 August 2014, 8:39 pm by: Mathew Ingram

    Many media outlets have figured out that they need to focus on mobile, but for the most part their apps fail to take advantage of the smartphone's potential, and if they aren't careful Google will get there before they do…
  • Sharp’s nearly bezel-free smartphone is a great value if you’re on Sprint

    19 August 2014, 6:20 pm by: Kif Leswing

    The Sharp Aquos smartphone with those oh-so-skinny bezels announced earlier this week in Japan is officially coming to the United States, and no surprise, it’s headed exclusively to Sprint and its prepaid subsidiaries, Virgin Mobile and Boost Mobile. But…
  • Sponsored post: Little known fact – there are alternatives to Google Maps

    19 August 2014, 4:55 pm by: Gigaom

    Google Maps have become the default, “go to” mapping solution for mobile and web developers. But there are alternatives to Google Maps that can often deliver a mapping experience tailored to the application to provide a more engaging user experience.…
  • Another possible iPhone 6 resolution discovered in iOS 8 files

    19 August 2014, 4:36 pm by: Kif Leswing

    An effective resolution of 414 x 736 was discovered in a file describing the home screen in the latest iOS 8 SDK beta. This implies that the iPhone 6 could be packing a screen with a 828 x 1472 or even a 1242 x 2208 resolution.…
  • Yet another Google app comes to iOS: Photo Sphere Camera for 360-degree pics

    19 August 2014, 4:21 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Photo spheres aren't a type of picture you'd use on a regular basis but thanks to their immersive 360-degree imagery, they're handy for sharing a detailed view of nearly any location on the planet. And now you can snap them on an iPhone or iPad.…
  • ADT plans IFTTT integration and rethinks security for a connected world

    19 August 2014, 12:58 pm by: Stacey Higginbotham

    ADT is expanding the way it views security. That has led it to sign a partnership with IFTTT to expand the ecosystem of devices that work with its Pulse home automation service.…
  • Android Wear choice no. 4? Asus teases smartwatch launch next month

    19 August 2014, 12:06 pm by: Kevin C. Tofel

    All of a sudden the Android Wear market is getting a bit crowded as Asus looks to be joining LG, Samsung and Motorola in this space. How can companies differentiate their smartwatch when Google controls the software? Price is the likely suspect.…
  • PayPal bonds further with Braintree, putting one-touch payments in mobile apps

    19 August 2014, 12:00 pm by: Kevin Fitchard

    PayPal is taking up Braintree's Venmo Touch technology, which lets developers put a one-touch purchase button directly into their apps.…
  • London police want all phones to come with preset passcodes

    19 August 2014, 11:43 am by: David Meyer

    The force has been lobbying handset manufacturers to include passcodes out of the box, according to a report in The Register. The Met told me it would prefer it if users set their passcodes at the point of sale.…
  • Web usage data shows Amazon Fire Phone adoption isn’t heating up

    19 August 2014, 10:32 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Carrier exclusivity may have helped Apple's iPhone back in the day but it's not helping Amazon's Fire Phone: The handset only accounts for 0.02 percent of web traffic on Chitika's ad network and it appears to have stalled.…
  • HTC is making Windows Phones again: One M8 “with Windows” headed to Verizon and AT&T

    19 August 2014, 10:20 am by: Kif Leswing

    HTC is repurposing its high-quality One M8 hardware design to produce a high-end Windows Phone for Verizon's network in the U.S. The phone is HTC's first new Windows Phone device since 2012.…
  • One less potential barrier to an iWatch: Apple granted curved touch display patent

    19 August 2014, 9:29 am by: Kevin C. Tofel

    Among 48 granted Apple patents published on Tuesday is one that could easily pertain to a wearable device, such as the rumored iWatch. Patently Apple notes that U.S. patent 8,808,483, originally filed in 2010, covers a method to create a curved touch panel.…

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