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  • Motorola unveils Droid Xyboard tablets

    Posted December 7, 2011 - 7:29 am

    Motorola Tuesday announced its newest entries into the tablet market--the Droid Xyboard 8.2 and Droid Xyboard 10.1, each offered via Verizon with LTE mobile broadband. An announcement of something new was long in coming; Motorola already unveiled the Xoom 2 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, but beyond that, Motorola has been suspiciously quiet on the U.S. front ever since its Xoom became the first Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablet to market this past February. Sure, there have been small, iterative improvements to that original Xoom, but nothing more. Until now.
  • Want a Linux job? Learn Java or Android

    Posted December 6, 2011 - 3:27 pm

    It's no secret that Linux skills are a hot commodity in today's job market, and on Wednesday the Linux Foundation will publish some data that paints that picture in finer detail.
  • Galaxy Nexus release: Maybe Friday?

    Posted December 6, 2011 - 9:12 am

    The Samsung Galaxy Nexus on Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network could go on sale Friday, with some leaked photos of the device in red packaging posted on various Web sites.
  • Tablet priced under $100 with Android 4.0 surfaces

    Posted December 5, 2011 - 12:48 pm

    A first-of-its-kind tablet with Google's Android 4.0 priced under $100 is now available in China, and will reach other countries soon, according to companies that helped build the device.
  • AT&T to ship the LG Nitro on Dec. 4

    Posted December 3, 2011 - 9:14 am

    AT&T will launch the LG Nitro HD smartphone over its LTE network on Dec. 4 in stores and online for $249.99 with a two-year contract.
  • Secret Android phone app by Carrier IQ tracks every keystroke

    Posted December 1, 2011 - 12:27 pm

    Millions of Android phones are running software written by Carrier IQ that tracks every keystroke, has full privileges, and can't be stopped. Even keystrokes over Secure HTTP are tracked.
  • Box offers free cloud storage for LG Android devices

    Posted November 30, 2011 - 2:14 pm

    Box is making headlines in cloud-based storage once again. It has enhanced the features of the Box for Android app, and it is teaming up with LG to provide 50GB of free cloud-based storage for all LG Android mobile devices.
  • Researchers use Woodpecker to single out vulnerable Android phones

    Posted November 30, 2011 - 1:29 pm

    North Carolina State University researchers say some Android smartphone makers' efforts to go above and beyond the Google mobile platform's basics open their devices to security breaches.
  • Google Maps for Android now drills down to floorplans for malls, airports, and stores

    Posted November 30, 2011 - 12:42 pm

    From space down to city level down to street level, Google Maps has constantly improved. Now they're working with some airports, malls, and stores to show floorplans.
  • BlackBerry Mobile Fusion: For RIM, too little, too late

    Posted November 29, 2011 - 12:36 pm

    Research in Motion announces a new mobile device management platform that can handle Android and iOS devices, but it won't be available for at least three months.
  • Ice Cream Sandwich OS available for (some) U.S. Android phones

    Posted November 28, 2011 - 2:10 pm

    We're still waiting for an official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone to go on sale in the United States, but the CyanogenMod team is serving up their take on the new mobile OS for certain phones right now.
  • Is 2012 the year Android invades the enterprise?

    Posted November 27, 2011 - 9:23 am

    For CIOs, the year 2012 will be one of huge opportunity and incredible risk as Android phones and tablets drive deeper into the enterprise, mobile device experts say. CIOs will be in a bit of a bind with employees pressuring IT to support new-fangled consumer devices that may not be enterprise-ready.
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    Cool gifts for geeks, 2011: Smartphones and accessories

    Posted November 26, 2011 - 9:07 am

    Remember when cell phones were as big as a brick and required a separate shoulder pack to keep the battery up and running? Yeah, so do we. But we also remember the birth of the smartphone, and since then, they’ve gotten smarter and smarter. With dozens of choices out there now (several iPhone models and carriers, along with multitudes of Android devices), we figure that your gift recipient already has a smartphone. So we’re focusing on some products that can enhance their smartphone, whether it’s a nice case, charging device, Bluetooth headset or other cool accessory. Here’s what we liked this year:
  • Google Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich -- a new era for Android

    Posted November 25, 2011 - 9:03 am

    Google's Android 4.0 operating system is more than just another upgrade.
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    Samsung Galaxy Nexus: Pure Google, pure delight

    Posted November 25, 2011 - 8:15 am

    In the world of Android, we see a lot of new phones -- and inevitably, some of them are destined to be forgotten. Samsung's new Galaxy Nexus is not one of those devices.
  • NVIDIA gives glimpse of Android 4.0 on Transformer Prime

    Posted November 25, 2011 - 7:41 am

    NVIDIA has released a video of Google’s Ice Cream Sandwich running on the new Transformer Prime tablet from Asus, giving consumers a glimpse of a powerful OS in action.
  • Galaxy Nexus arrives in Canada on Dec. 7; no U.S. ship date yet

    Posted November 24, 2011 - 9:13 am

    Samsung's Galaxy Nexus, the first smartphone running Android 4.0 (also known as Ice Cream Sandwich) will be available through Canadian wireless carriers starting Dec. 7, while Verizon Wireless still hasn't announced a release date for the device in U.S.
  • Worthless OSHA app from Federal Government costs $200,000+

    Posted November 23, 2011 - 1:52 pm

    How much does it cost to make a phone app to tell local temperature and suggest how not to get heatstroke, such as drink water and avoid alcohol? Add in a converter to equate degrees with safety warnings. Surely $200,000 is a fair price, right?
  • Face Unlock feature in Galaxy Nexus seen as novelty, not security

    Posted November 23, 2011 - 11:07 am

    Face Unlock, the facial recognition software offered in Android 4.0 on the Galaxy Nexus, is being promoted by Google as an alternative to using a PIN to unlock a phone. But it can apparently be spoofed.
  • Android 4.0 to get Flash Player by year's end

    Posted November 23, 2011 - 8:16 am

    Adobe will provide one more version of Flash Player for the new Android 4.0 operating system by year's end before following through on its plan to halt development of the software for mobile browsers.
  • Black Friday smartphone deals: Verizon to offer Samsung Illusion for free

    Posted November 22, 2011 - 2:36 pm

    The Samsung Illusion smartphone, made from recycled materials, will be offered for free by Verizon Wireless with a two-year contract from Thursday through Monday in an online promotion.
  • 'Dirty Dozen' most insecure smartphones share same problem: negligence

    Posted November 21, 2011 - 4:11 pm

    All the 12 most vulnerable smartphones run Android, according to Bit9. The reason they're insecure isn't the operating system; it's the failure of manufacturers to update them.
  • Google+ could grow thanks to new feature, small change in Android OS

    Posted November 21, 2011 - 12:37 pm

    Google's social networking service could see bigger growth thanks to a new feature that lets businesses build profiles to promote their brands and a small change in the Internet search leader’s newest mobile operating system, Android 4.0.
  • Review

    Kindle Fire vs. Nook Tablet: Which should you buy?

    Posted November 20, 2011 - 12:45 pm

    Some people want a tablet but don't want to shell out big bucks for it. For those frugal shoppers, this week was special, as it marked the release of the $200 Amazon Kindle Fire and the $250 Barnes & Noble Nook Tablet.
  • Android 4.0: Security holes in 'Ice Cream Sandwich'

    Posted November 20, 2011 - 12:39 pm

    Android 4.0 “Ice Cream Sandwich” is imminent with the launch of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Early reviews suggest that Android 4.0 is a cutting edge mobile OS with a variety of awesome features to look forward to. Some of those whiz-bang features come with potential security concerns, though.
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