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  • Smartphone security is heading for 'apocalypse'

    Posted May 20, 2012 - 7:02 am

    The meteoric rise in the smartphone market is creating a dangerous vulnerability in smartphone security - one that may not be patched until the problem expands into what has been dubbed an "apocalypse."
  • China approves Google acquisition of Motorola Mobility

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    Chinese regulatory authorities have approved Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility, paving the way for the deal to close within the week, company officials confirmed Saturday.
  • Apple files for preliminary injunction against Galaxy Tab 10.1

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 2:07 pm

    In the latest move in a complex series of patent-related cases, Apple filed a motion in a U.S. district court late Friday to ban Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S.
  • iPhone 5 said, again, to have 4-inch display

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:53 am

    The next iPhone, which may or not be called iPhone 5, will have a 4-inch screen according to several unidentified sources cited in news stories this week.
  • Review

    HTC Evo 4G LTE review: almost great

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:50 am

    HTC's Evo 4G LTE smartphone has a lot going for it, but other factors, including the lack of LTE service from Sprint, make it difficult to recommend.
  • How to make Android faster, more productive and more secure than iPhone

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:50 am

    IPhone users love to brag about their phones. They line up around the block and stand in line for hours when a new one is released. Yet, for many users, Android is clearly the superior platform. Yes, its Achilles' heel is a big one: security. Android's openness and large market share mean that it's a juicy target for attackers.
  • Apple's iOS 6 to bring Siri to iPad?

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:50 am

    iOS 6, internally codenamed Sundance, could bring Siri to the iPad at last.
  • Google Knowledge Graph: The birth of a Siri rival?

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:47 am

    On the surface, Google's Knowledge Graph seems like just another search feature, but connect the dots and it could become the brains behind a Siri-like virtual assistant.
  • An OS for the home and cool Kickstarter projects

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:42 am

    This week we start with something that has both intrigued and amused me: Microsoft Research has a new operating system in the works targeted at home automation called, with glaring dullness, HomeOS.
  • iPhone users more likely to tell truth via text, study says

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:36 am

    People are more likely to tell the truth in a text message than in a voice interview, according to researchers at the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan.
  • 12 tips to cut your cell phone bill

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:35 am

    See that cell phone next to you? Unfortunately, you're paying too much money for it--every month. If overpaying for what you need sounds like a bad idea to you, stop doing it. We've assembled 12 simple actions that you can take to reduce your cell phone bill, so that some of the cash you now spend for service--maybe even half of it--remains in your possession. So check out our tips, and use one or more of them to save big bucks on your bill.
  • Front-lit Amazon Kindle to debut in July?

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:35 am

    Rumors of Kindle upgrades are a dime a dozen, and many aren't from the most reputable of sources. But one new report sounds quite likely: Amazon will launch a front-lit version of its Kindle eReader in July, and a new model of its Kindle Fire color tablet closer to the holiday season, Reuters reports.
  • Apple scaling back iPhone 4S due to iPhone 5 launch

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:35 am

    An analyst is claiming that Apple is cutting back on production of the iPhone in the run up to the launch of the iPhone 5.
  • Samsung's Galaxy Tab 2 10.1: what's different

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:30 am

    The Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 is now shipping, and we've been running it through our gauntlet of tests to see how it compares with its predecessor. Our full review is forthcoming, but in the meantime, here's a quick look at the Tab 2's performance as compared with the original, nearly year-old Galaxy Tab 10.1.
  • Apple to use thin-film touch technology in 7in iPad mini

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:30 am

    The rumoured 7.85in iPad will have thin-film touch technology, and will launch by the fourth quarter of 2012, according to reports.
  • Google to sell Nexus smartphones, tablets direct, report says

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Google is reportedly moving to more direct sales of its Android smartphones and tablets in a move to wrest control away from wireless carriers that install their own services on Android gear or block Google apps like Google Wallet.
  • New iPad: 4G no more (sort of)

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Apple has stopped calling the new iPad "4G-capable" after regulators cracked down on its U.S.-only capability to connect to high-speed LTE networks. Although it is still listed as being "4G LTE capable," the new iPad is now called "Wi-Fi + Cellular" instead of "Wi-Fi + 4G" in the U.S., U.K., Australia, Canada, and several parts of Asia.
  • We're not waiting for Android 5 'Jelly Bean,' developers say

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:09 am

    Despite the rumors, developers are focused on making apps -- and money -- from today's Android
  • Android 5.0 will launch this fall with five Nexus devices: Report

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:02 am

    When Android 5.0 “Jelly Bean” launches this fall, it will appear first on several new mobile devices sold by Google itself as part of the “Nexus” line.
  • Cell-phone snoopers: Privacy Eliminator turns police Do Want to Shouldn't Have

    Posted May 18, 2012 - 5:10 pm

    You have to admit the new generation of data-collection devices able to copy every byte of data from cell phones without even delaying the traffic ticket that became an excuse to steal personal data without a warrant. Cool, but still 3D, physical proof that come technology is so efficient it shouldn't be available even to (especially not to cops)
  • Consumerization trend creates IT worries, worker benefits

    Posted May 18, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    Fully 95% of 600 businesses surveyed by Cisco permit the use of employee-owned smartphones and tablets at the office and found productivity gains for workers who use their own hardware.
  • Delete linked calendar entries in Android

    Posted May 18, 2012 - 7:32 am

    The calendar on Jstanaway's Android phone displays appointments that he never made--hundreds of them from someone else's calendar. He can't delete them. He asked the Answer Line forum for advice.
  • A secure BYOD policy at MasterCard? Priceless.

    Posted May 17, 2012 - 10:16 pm

    More than a year into its bring-your-own-device program, MasterCard Worldwide continuously assesses the security technology and policies that allow 30 percent of its employees worldwide to use their personal iPhones, iPads and Android devices at work.
  • With Verizon pushing more into data caps, Sprint touts unlimited option

    Posted May 17, 2012 - 9:50 pm

    If you're a Verizon customer upset that your next smartphone contract won't include unlimited data, Sprint would like to remind you that you have an alternative.
  • New mobile DRAM standard for 4G networks offers 50% performance boost

    Posted May 17, 2012 - 9:15 pm

    The specification for next-generation mobile DRAM was published, offering smartphone, tablet and ultra-thin notebook makers a 50% increase in memory performance.
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