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  • Android news and rumor roundup (week ending July 20)

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 9:43 pm

    While the Google Android's rumor mill doesn't churn quite as hard as that of some other device families, there's still plenty of dessert-flavored mobility news (and potential news) out there.
  • After dismal earnings, eyes are on Nokia World in September

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 9:38 pm

    Nokia's dismal earnings report announced Thursday has left smartphone industry observers looking for better news at the Nokia World conference Sept. 5-6 in Helsinki.
  • Review

    Back Up and Manage Your Android Device Locally With Moborobo

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 9:20 pm

    Android smartphones have always been easy to manage "over the air": You can install apps using Google Play with any desktop browser, and manage your contacts using Gmail's contact manager. If you use Gmail, this means there is no need to back up your email, either, and apps like Titanium Backup can back up everything else and even sync it online. With such strong cloud sync abilities, is there a real need for a dedicated desktop client for managing your phone? If you ask Moborobo, the answer is "yes"; I say the answer is "not for most Android users."
  • Sales of Windows Phone 7 lag, creating problem for Nokia and Microsoft

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 9:19 pm

    It’s going to be a long, dry summer for Microsoft and Nokia, with consumers roundly rejecting Windows Phone 7 and little hope that things will improve until Windows Phone 8 launches this fall. Despite a critically acclaimed OS that is popular with people who actually own a Windows Phone, Microsoft’s next-generation smartphone OS just can’t catch a break.
  • iPad Mini not likely to follow new iPad's enterprise success

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 9:18 pm

    The third-generation iPad is an enterprise hit, a new survey says. But enterprise adoption of the much-rumored iPad mini is far from certain given its small, eye-straining screen and presumed lack of a Retina display.
  • Voice over LTE explained: better voice quality coming soon to your 4G phone

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 8:47 pm

    Voice over LTE, or VoLTE, is similar to VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), which Internet voice applications such as Skype and Vonage use to support voice calls over a broadband connection.
  • Nexus 7 holds up better than iPad in drop, water-dunk tests

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 8:46 pm

    Drop and dunk tests of both the new Apple iPad and the Google Nexus 7 show the Google device is more resilient, according to SquareTrade, which offers third-party warranties for electronic devices.
  • Apple ordered to admit that Samsung is no copycat

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 8:45 pm

    The judge who declared Samsung tablets "not as cool" as Apple's iPad is at it again. This time he wants Apple to post notices on its website and in British newspapers that Samsung didn't copy Apple's iPad's design when creating its computer tablets.
  • IT groups petition Apple to "fix" Bonjour protocol

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 3:03 pm

    Apple's Bonjour and AirPlay technologies make networking with peripherals a snap for individual consumers but it poses an array of challenges on enterprise networks. Enough is enough, say a group of higher ed IT managers, who say Apple needs to make some changes.
  • Android Jelly Bean SDK released to public

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 2:31 pm

    Google's Android development team announced Wednesday evening that the full software development kit for Android 4.1 (a.k.a. Jelly Bean) is now available to the general public, and provided some tips and tricks for working with the new software, to boot.
  • NCR Silver joins crowd of iOS-based sales systems

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 2:22 pm

    NCR Corp., which has been making cash registers for nearly 130 years, this week announced the launch of NCR Silver, a new service that lets merchants ring up sales on iPads and iPhones, then track and analyze their sales data at the end of the day.
  • AT&T, Verizon shared data plans: 5 things to consider

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 2:21 pm

    Critics and users are crying foul over AT&T and Verizon's new shared data pricing structures that let you share one bucket of data with up to 10 devices. PC World readers commenting on AT&T's new Mobile Share plans described the news as "atrocious," "insane," and "ridiculous." Verizon introduced its Share Everything plans in June.
  • Nokia's Q2 smartphone sales fell 39 percent, as loss widens

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 6:56 am

    Nokia reported a 39 percent year-on-year drop in the number of smartphones it sold in the second quarter, to 10.2 million, while its net loss more than trebled.
  • Apple uses reservation system for iPad sales in China to avoid skirmishes

    Posted July 19, 2012 - 1:05 am

    Apple stores in mainland China are using a reservation system this time around to launch the company's new iPad, months after its iPhone 4S launch in the country resulted in an irate customer throwing eggs at a Beijing store, while leaving hundreds of customers disappointed.
  • Samsung unveils MV900, A Wi-Fi camera with a flip-up screen

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 9:45 pm

    Last year's Samsung MV800 was a unique compact camera, thanks to a LCD viewfinder attached to a top-mounted hinge that flipped up a full 180 degrees to assist with self portraits. Today, Samsung announced its successor, the MV900, which is a bit bigger than the MV800 but offers the same kind of adjustable LCD.
  • The ins and outs of iPad photo management

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 9:32 pm

    Like many of us, Eric Jacobs has parents and those parents are confounded by iPad photo management. He writes:
  • Hands-on: Samsung EX2F Brings Wi-Fi With an F1.4 Lens to the Premium Class

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    Samsung announced the high-end EX2F premium point-and-shoot a few weeks ago, and at the time, the camera's bright F1.4 aperture at the wide-angle end of its 3.3X-optical-zoom lens (24mm to 79mm) was a unique feature for a fixed-lens camera. It still is, but now the EX2F has some competition: Panasonic's Lumix LX7, which offers the same F1.4 aperture at its widest-angle focal length. They're the two fastest, brightest lenses in the compact class.
  • Google brings emails to feature phones in Africa, no Internet access required

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 9:08 pm

    Some of us in the Western hemisphere might already take Internet access and smartphones for granted, but this is not the case all over the world. Bearing that in mind, Google has launched a cool new service called Gmail SMS, which allows Gmail users who own a simple feature phone to send and receive emails using only text messages.
  • Shoe-mounted smartphone controller brings new perspective to wearable technology

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 2:23 pm

    What's this? An alternative to fumbling for my smartphone in a mad panic? The ability to discreetly S.O.S for rescue in the event of a bad blind date? A way to sneakily record conversations? I'm down with that. While I have a feeling that clumsy people like me would probably break the hardware before the end of the first day, ShoeSense is still exciting to contemplate.
  • Android malware steals location data from mobile devices

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:54 pm

    Symantec on Tuesday joined other vendors offering tools to stop such mobile malware with its own: Mobile Security for Android
  • Viacom feeds your SpongeBob fix on any device

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:46 pm

    That flat-screen TV in your living room is no longer the center of the viewing universe. Viacom, a leading global entertainment content company, now needs to deliver content, like SpongeBob SquarePants, to viewers via smartphones, computers and tablets, 24 hours a day.
  • The Week in iOS accessories: making movies

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:40 pm

    This week’s roundup of iOS accessories features several add-ons for making great-looking movies, as well as new offerings to help you listen to music and draw pretty pictures.
  • AT&T Introduces Shared Data Plans, Following Verizon's Lead

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:19 pm

    AT&T has announced it is following rival Verizon’s lead by offering shared data plans that let you pay one monthly fee for a bucket of wireless data to share across as many as 10 devices. The new data plans, called Mobile Share, will be available in late August, and current customers will not be required to adopt the new plans. Similar to Verizon’s Share Everything plans, AT&T’s new shared data plans include unlimited talk and text for all your connected phones, tethering capability, as well as free access to AT&T’s more than 30,000 public Wi-Fi hotspots.
  • AT&T announces data sharing for mobile devices

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:12 pm

    Apple fans who have had to juggle multiple AT&T data plans for their iPhones and 3G-enabled iPads can now pick one plan to rule them all: The telecommunications company on Wednesday announced the launch of a new “Mobile Share” program that lets a single plan cover up to 10 devices.
  • Panasonic Lumix LX7 has an F1.4 lens

    Posted July 18, 2012 - 1:09 pm

    All of a sudden, you've got a very difficult decision to make if you're looking to buy a premium point-and-shoot camera. Panasonic's Lumix DMC-LX7, the follow-up to the popular Lumix LX5, offers a category-leading F1.4 aperture at the wide-angle end of its zoom, making it a standout option for low-light shooting and shallow depth-of-field effects.
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