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Xiaomi Buys 1,500 Microsoft Patents, Eyes Global Expansion
News  |  6/1/2016  | 
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.
Mobile Ad Blocking Surged 90% In 2015
News  |  6/1/2016  | 
Hundreds of millions of people are now blocking ads on mobile devices, mainly in the Asia-Pacific region, according to a new report by PageFair.
Cellphone-Cancer Link Revealed In Government Study
News  |  5/30/2016  | 
Research overseen by the National Toxicology Program found a slightly elevated risk of cancer in male rats exposed to CDMA and GSM signals from cellphones.
Google Beats Oracle In Long-Running Java Copyright Case
News  |  5/27/2016  | 
Reversing a reversal of its initial victory, Google once again has prevailed against Oracle's claim that Android infringes its Java copyrights.
Google May Shame Partners Into Ending Android Fragmentation
Commentary  |  5/26/2016  | 
Google might resort to naming and shaming smartphone makers and carriers who are behind in updating Android devices.
Google's Paris Office Raided In Tax Investigation
News  |  5/26/2016  | 
French investigators are seeking information about whether Google has been evading its tax obligations.
Google Apps Vs. Office 365: Which Suite Reigns Supreme?
Slideshows  |  5/26/2016  | 
The two leading cloud productivity suites -- Google Apps and Microsoft's Office 365 -- each have a lot to offer. But which one is right for your organization? Here's a look at how they stack up.
Microsoft Expands Global Connectivity With Local Startups
News  |  5/24/2016  | 
Microsoft is partnering with 12 business around the world to broaden access to Internet and cloud-based services.
Google Revamps Mobile Ads As Smartphone Searches Surge
News  |  5/24/2016  | 
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 Opens Chromebooks To Android Apps
News  |  5/20/2016  | 
The move that will eventually make the more than a million Android apps available to Chrome OS users has been long expected.
Google I/O 2016: AI, VR Get Day In The Sun
Slideshows  |  5/19/2016  | 
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's Spaces Launch: Simplify Small-Group Sharing
News  |  5/17/2016  | 
In its latest attempt to become more relevant as a social networking provider, Google launches Spaces, an app for sharing among small groups.
Google I/O 2016: What To Expect
News  |  5/16/2016  | 
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.
Google Sets 'Parsey McParseface' Free
News  |  5/13/2016  | 
Developers can now use Google's SyntaxNet natural language parsing system to create apps that understand written text.
Nvidia Car Learns To Drive By Watching Humans
News  |  5/11/2016  | 
With a convolutional neural network, Nvidia researchers have trained a car to drive using video captured during road trips taken by people.
FCC, FTC Probe Carriers' Mobile Security Patch Protocols
News  |  5/10/2016  | 
The FCC and the FTC want to know how mobile carriers, such as Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, and AT&T, are responding to mobile threats and protecting consumers with security patches.
Ubiquiti AmpliFi Aims To Fix Home WiFi
News  |  5/10/2016  | 
Enterprise networking product maker Ubiquiti unveils a line of consumer-oriented routers with the aim of making home networks more reliable.
uHoo IoT Device Measures Indoor Air Toxins
News  |  5/10/2016  | 
Startup uHoo begins taking orders for an IoT device that tells users via their smartphones what's in the air they breathe.
Mobile Apps Spark Business-Process Transformation
News  |  5/5/2016  | 
Metal manufacturer Worthington Industries modernized shipping and inventory management using mobile apps.
iPhone Fingerprint Unlocking Case Raises Constitutional Issue
News  |  5/3/2016  | 
As smartphone makers are increasingly adding fingerprint-sensor technology as a log-in feature for their devices, users may be unaware they may lose their right to the Fifth Amendment.
HP Chromebook 13 Designed For Cloud-Based Enterprises
News  |  4/29/2016  | 
HP and Google introduced the Chromebook 13, an ultra-thin, lightweight laptop that looks to make enterprise computing easier to integrate with cloud-based infrastructure and apps.
FBI Won't Share iPhone Hack With Apple, Report Says
News  |  4/27/2016  | 
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.
Smartwatches Still Lack Killer App
News  |  4/26/2016  | 
The Apple Watch may not need to be tethered to an iPhone for much longer. But Apple needs to make its wristwatch necessary.
FBI Paid iPhone Hackers $1.3 Million, Report Claims
News  |  4/22/2016  | 
James Comey suggested the FBI paid the iPhone hackers upward of $1.3 million -- more than Comey will earn for the remaining seven years of his term as FBI director.
10 Tools To Bring Virtual Reality To Life
Slideshows  |  4/22/2016  | 
VR and AR systems have begun to ship. But before the headset comes content creation. Here's a look at 10 tools that will shape the virtual world.
Burr-Feinstein Encryption Bill Rankles Tech Community
News  |  4/21/2016  | 
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.
EU Slaps Google With Android Antitrust Charges
News  |  4/21/2016  | 
Google's requirements for Android manufacturing partners violate competition rules, the European Commission charges.
Apple, FBI Encryption Debate Continues At Congressional Hearing
News  |  4/20/2016  | 
The US House Energy & Commerce Committee hosted two panel discussions April 19, in the hope of advancing an open debate about government access to encrypted technologies. Representatives heard from Apple's top lawyers, as well as law enforcement.
As Ad Blockers Gain Traction, Targeted Messaging Falls Short
News  |  4/19/2016  | 
An Accenture study finds that online ads are unpopular with most consumers, while ad-blocking tools are making it easier than ever to tune out unwanted messaging. How are you supposed to promote your brand?
Samsung Knox Security Beats iOS, Android, Gartner Finds
News  |  4/18/2016  | 
Gartner compared 12 different platforms to find the strongest ones. The research firm also advised avoiding older mobile devices, which may have unfixed vulnerabilities or may lack management controls.
Facebook F8: AI, Future Of Apps On Display
Slideshows  |  4/14/2016  | 
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.
FBI Paid Hackers To Crack iPhone Encryption, Report Claims
News  |  4/13/2016  | 
Gray hat hackers, not Israel-based Cellebrite, ultimately provided a way into Syed Farook's encrypted iPhone, according to the Washington Post.
Facebook F8: The Bots Are Coming
News  |  4/13/2016  | 
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
News  |  4/11/2016  | 
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.
Ad-Blocking Brave Browser Draws Fire From Newspapers
News  |  4/11/2016  | 
The Brave browser, designed to replace bad ads with better ones, has the newspaper industry threatening legal action.
Apple Vs. FBI: 5 Key Quotes From James Comey's Speech
Commentary  |  4/9/2016  | 
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.
Senators Push For Tech Firms To Decrypt Smartphones
Commentary  |  4/8/2016  | 
A new bill, sponsored by US Senators Diane Feinstein and Richard Burr, would allow law enforcement to demand smartphone makers and other companies decrypt or otherwise unlock mobile devices.
FCC Creates Broadband 'Nutrition Labels' For Consumers
News  |  4/5/2016  | 
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.
Mobile Revolution Will Kill Siloed Apps, Forrester Says
News  |  4/5/2016  | 
Forrester anticipates a future in which mobile apps give way to experiences that draw from multiple services to address consumer needs. Here's what it means to your business.
BlackBerry Seems Closer To Ending Smartphone Sales
News  |  4/1/2016  | 
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
News  |  3/31/2016  | 
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.
Apple Vs. The FBI: Protecting The Poetry Of Code
Commentary  |  3/31/2016  | 
If the FBI had succeeded in its attempt to have Apple write a new version of iOS (FBiOS, perhaps?), then what would a tech vendor have been required to do next?
Wearable Users Happy With Hardware, Less So With Apps
News  |  3/29/2016  | 
A survey by Argus Insights suggests wearable makers need to spend more time thinking about app design and function.
FBI Cracks iPhone Encryption Without Apple, Drops Court Case
News  |  3/29/2016  | 
The FBI vacated its court order against Apple March 28, saying it had successfully accessed an encrypted iPhone without Apple's help.
Oracle Seeks $9.3 Billion Over Android's Use Of Java
News  |  3/29/2016  | 
In its long-running copyright lawsuit against Google over its use of Java in Android, Oracle has now increased its damage claim to $9.3 billion. But Google dismisses the claim as excessive.
FCC Spectrum Auction Finally Nears Despite Infighting
News  |  3/25/2016  | 
As the FCC's auction of 600 MHz wireless spectrum -- four years in the making -- finally draws near, new testimony shows an agency struggling with infighting and partisanship.
iPhone Cracking: Why FBI Needed Outside Help And What It Means
Commentary  |  3/24/2016  | 
This week, the FBI said it now doesn't need Apple to crack into an iPhone. However, what does this tell us about encryption and the overall state of hardware security?
FBI Aims To Crack iPhone Without Apple, Cancels Court Date
News  |  3/22/2016  | 
The FBI may have just found a way to access an encrypted iPhone, it said in a March 21 legal filing to cancel its court date with Apple, stating that the agency will report back April 5.
MDM Vs. MAM: Best Choice For Mobile Management
News  |  3/22/2016  | 
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
News  |  3/21/2016  | 
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.
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