Xiaomi Buys 1,500 Microsoft Patents, Eyes Global Expansion
Xiaomi, the Chinese consumer electronics company, is looking to broaden its intellectual property portfolio with the purchase of 1,500 Microsoft patents. The company is also preparing for a global expansion that will include bringing its smartphones to the US.
Google Revamps Mobile Ads As Smartphone Searches Surge
Calling 2016 "the year mobile has happened," Google's SVP of ads and commerce Sridhar Ramaswamy announced improvements to advertising functionality for tablets and smartphones. More text, better bidding, responsive formats, and expanded location-based capabilities are all coming Google's mobile ad business.
Google I/O 2016: AI, VR Get Day In The Sun
At Google I/O, it was unclear whether the company's intention was to entice programmers with its new artificial intelligence offerings, or simply fry them in the Mountain View, Calif. sunshine. Here's what we were able to see before heat stroke set in.
Google I/O 2016: What To Expect
Updates on Project Tango, Android N, and Android Auto are among the announcements we expect at Google's annual developer conference this week. Here's what we know so far.
FBI Won't Share iPhone Hack With Apple, Report Says
The FBI paid approximately $1 million for a hack into an encrypted iPhone, and now plans to keep the details to itself, according to The Wall Street Journal. The government also dropped case against Apple in Brooklyn -- and that has law enforcement fuming.
Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill Rankles Tech Community
A coalition of tech groups called proposed encryption legislation "well-intentioned but ultimately unworkable," while an op-ed deemed it grounds for the dismissal of Senators Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr, the bill's sponsors.
Facebook F8: AI, Future Of Apps On Display
At Facebook's F8 developers conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg took to the stage to talk bots and Messenger. Also on display were AI and a big dose of virtual reality. Here are some highlights from the event.
Facebook F8: The Bots Are Coming
At Facebook's developer conference, CEO Mark Zuckerberg introduced Messenger Platform, the Facebook Live API, and other tools for sharing and connecting.
BlackBerry Plans 2 More Android Smartphones
With Priv sales struggling, BlackBerry aims to release two mid-range Android-based handsets to boost its hardware portfolio. Overall, the company's smartphone sales continue to struggle.
Apple Vs. FBI: 5 Key Quotes From James Comey's Speech
FBI Director James Comey gave a speech April 6 discussing the case against Apple and calling for not litigation but conversation that's fair, measured, and thoughtful -- and where participants are open to being wrong.
FCC Creates Broadband 'Nutrition Labels' For Consumers
The FCC has released Broadband Facts, which mimic the design of nutrition labels and serve much the same function: To help consumers know what they're buying and if it's good for them. The FCC receives 2,000 complaints a year from people unpleasantly surprised by their broadband bills.
BlackBerry Seems Closer To Ending Smartphone Sales
The road to salvation may lead BlackBerry away from hardware altogether to focus on software, according to the company's latest financial results. However, multiple challenges lie ahead for the former smartphone titan, even if it switches strategies.
FBI's Ability To Crack iPhones Raises More Questions
The FBI, with its newfound hack, has agreed to unlock other iPhones. While the dispute with Apple is off the front burner for now, the company is still facing other legal challenges, including one case in Brooklyn. Serious legal and technical questions linger.
MDM Vs. MAM: Best Choice For Mobile Management
When deciding between mobile device management (MDM) or mobile application management (MAM), enterprises should consider factors including number of in-house employees, compliance requirements, and data security.
Apple, FBI Head Into Court March 22
The FBI's Feb. 16 court order citing the All Writs Act and demanding Apple's cooperation in unlocking an iPhone will go before a judge March 22, after more than a month of global attention and a day after a press event at Apple Headquarters.