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Sell Old Phones, iPads, Other Electronics On Glyde
News  |  5/31/2012  | 
Got old gadgets lying around collecting dust? The founder of Ebay Motors wants to help you sell them. Here's a demo of Glyde.
Google Play Store Beefs Up Hardware Section
News  |  5/31/2012  | 
Google sells more hardware in the Google Play Store with the addition of accessories for the Galaxy Nexus. Is Google stocking up ahead of the Nexus tablet launch?
57% Of Consumers Use Internet For Medical Questions
News  |  5/31/2012  | 
New studies also find 88% of doctors believe online medical resources have improved the quality of care.
Intel Smartphones Slowly Spread To New Markets
News  |  5/31/2012  | 
Intel-based Xolo San Diego lands in the British Isles on June 6, while Lenovo LePhone K800 hits China today. Both run Google's Android platform.
IBM, Siri, And How MDM Can Save BYOD
News  |  5/30/2012  | 
Did IBM really need to shut down Siri on its company-issued iPhones? BYTE interviews Zenprise about mobile device management tools and the future of BYOD.
Keep UN Out Of Internet Regulation
Commentary  |  5/30/2012  | 
A United Nations agency wants to insinuate itself into the governance of the Internet. Not even the Obama administration thinks enough of the UN to take this sitting down.
Latest Leaks: What Next iPhone Might Look Like
News  |  5/30/2012  | 
If the latest leak stories are to be believed, the iPhone 5--or whatever Apple calls the next iPhone--will be a longer device and have a cool new 3D Maps app. Here's the scoop.
Where Did Help Go? Today's Software Assistance Is Lame
Commentary  |  5/30/2012  | 
Software companies used to put a lot of money and effort into help systems. Now it's been thrown in the trash. Need help? What we're left with is Google and Siri.
Slumping RIM Explores Strategic Options
Commentary  |  5/30/2012  | 
RIM faces $1 billion inventory write-down, massive layoffs, and senior executive defections. Beleaguered smartphone maker hires bankers to analyze strategic options.
Apple's Tim Cook Talks Siri, Steve, And Competition
News  |  5/30/2012  | 
Apple CEO said a lot without saying too much when AllThingsD grilled him Tuesday night.
TSA Buys Into iPhones, iPads
News  |  5/29/2012  | 
Transportation Security Administration budgets $3 million for iPhones, iPads, and other Apple gear for IT security testing, mobile app development, and other uses.
Diet Coda: The iPad Text Editor That Satisfies
News  |  5/29/2012  | 
Diet Coda turns iPads into Web developer productivity machines. It provides a code editor that can work with files on remote servers, code highlighting, and a keyboard that displays important additional keys depending on which programming language is used (HTML, JavaScript, PHP, and Ruby). It also includes an SSH client that provides secure remote shell access.
Diet Coda: Visual Tour Of An iPad Code Editor
Slideshows  |  5/29/2012  | 
Diet Coda lets Web developers leave their notebooks at home. The $19.99 code editor for the iPad from Panic, Inc., is portable friendly, including an adaptive keyboard that tunes itself to programming languages for making it fast and easy to work with remote files.
SendHub Manages SMS Like Email
News  |  5/29/2012  | 
SendHub lets you send messages to groups within organizations to evoke a faster response.
Samsung Unveils Galaxy S III, Music Hub
News  |  5/29/2012  | 
Samsung launches its long-awaited Galaxy S III, which will compete directly with Apple's iPhone 4S and other top-tier smartphones.
Reports of Facebook Smartphone Re-Emerge
News  |  5/28/2012  | 
On the hunt for new revenue sources, Facebook is still pursuing a plan to build a Facebook Phone. The details of this device are still unclear.
Facebook Phone Faces Uphill Battle
Commentary  |  5/28/2012  | 
Facebook plans to bring its own smartphone to market, according to reports. If it does, it will probably fail.
Virtualization Is Future Of Mobile Devices
News  |  5/26/2012  | 
Both for businesses' mobile security and user friendliness, no approach is more compelling than mobile virtualization. Virtualization, which lets both business and personal OS sessions run on the same phone simultaneously, might not become available until Apple "invents" it--but it's coming, one way or another.
Google Chrome OS, Take Two: New Software And Chromebooks
News  |  5/25/2012  | 
For its first birthday, Google Chrome OS gets faster Samsung hardware, Google Drive integration, a desktop UI, and a new pricing model.
10 Don't-Miss Stories: Tech Week In Review
News  |  5/25/2012  | 
What did you miss as Google and Facebook hogged the headlines this week? Catch up on these key developments.
Nokia Launches Budget Windows Phone Lumia 610
News  |  5/25/2012  | 
Nokia's Windows Phone lineup now covers all the bases, from the low-end Lumia 610 to the high-end Lumia 900.
Angry Birds Malware Sparks $78,000 Fine
News  |  5/25/2012  | 
British regulators crack down on Latvian company behind the RuFraud malware scheme that placed 27 fake versions of Android apps, including Angry Birds Space, on Google Play.
Tablet And Phablet Use Rises Steadily
News  |  5/25/2012  | 
Tablets and phone/tablet combos are here to stay, according to Millennial Media and ABI Research. More than 208 million phablets, like the Samsung Galaxy Note, will ship in 2015.
Boards Of Directors: Security Scofflaws?
News  |  5/24/2012  | 
A survey of IT professionals finds that nearly half of boards of directors ignore their company's security policies and procedures.
Android, iOS Crush BlackBerry Market Share
News  |  5/24/2012  | 
IDC's worldwide ranking of smartphone platforms sees RIM dip below 10% as Android and iOS continue to make big gains.
How To Collaborate Using Google Cloud Connect On Microsoft Office
News  |  5/24/2012  | 
Need a better way to collaborate? We reviewed Google Cloud Connect to see how it worked in semi real-time.
Dell, HP Caught In Apple-Amazon Crossfire
Commentary  |  5/24/2012  | 
While Apple grabs a bigger part of the laptop market, Amazon continues to build on its cloud track record.
MySocialCloud Stores All Your Social Feeds, URLs, Passwords
News  |  5/24/2012  | 
Tired of forgetting your password? Startup MySocialCloud will remember it for you and aggregate your social feeds in one convenient dashboard.
Proposed New York Law Would Ban Anonymous Posts
Commentary  |  5/24/2012  | 
A new bill would require anonymous posts to either be removed on demand or attributed. How is this remotely workable?
Google's 7-Inch Tablet: $199, Coming In July?
News  |  5/24/2012  | 
Google's first branded Android tablet may become available as soon as July, sporting a 7-inch display and a pricetag designed to woo buyers away from Kindle Fire and iPad.
Why IBM Turned Off Siri (and Dropbox and Lots Of Other Things)
Commentary  |  5/23/2012  | 
IBM's growing pains with BYOD read like a checklist for any company's issues with consumerization of IT.
Jury: Android Doesn't Violate Oracle Patents
News  |  5/23/2012  | 
In a devastating blow to Oracle's claims against Google for creating a Java variant, the jury has found for Google in the meat of the case.
Microsoft Drops Aero From Windows 8
Commentary  |  5/23/2012  | 
Why is Microsoft dropping the "glassy" Aero look from Windows 8, as announced last week? Battery life could be one reason.
The Google/Motorola Deal is Done. What Now?
Commentary  |  5/22/2012  | 
Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility is complete, but there are still many unanswered questions. Will Moto's Droid phones have some home field advantage for Android? Or does the real special secret behind this deal revolve around Motorola's popular line of TV set top boxes?
GameMaker Promises Drag-n-Drop Game Creation
News  |  5/22/2012  | 
Game authoring tools make computer game creation accessible to the masses. Is GameMaker: Studio the next Flash?
Tesla's Electric Sedan Hits The Road In June
News  |  5/22/2012  | 
Model S luxury sedan boasts the longest range of any all-electric car.
Machines Will Read The News For You, So You Don't Have To
News  |  5/21/2012  | 
Using machine intelligence, Wavii is a startup that might help you read less. But not in the traditional sense. Since Wavii launched, it has found that employees are already using it to help them keep up with the news flow. Byte interviewed Wavii founder Adrian Aoun to find out why he thinks machines will help sort through the information overload on the Internet and why he was inspired by Facebook's design.
Leap Motion: Control PC With Hand Gestures
News  |  5/21/2012  | 
Gesture-based computer interaction, as depicted in "Minority Report," looks like it will soon become commonplace. "The Leap" peripheral lets you control UI elements using gestures made in the air.
Charlie Miller Makes iPhones Better By Attacking Them
News  |  5/21/2012  | 
Apple products have gotten a lot more secure over the years, and Dr. Charlie Miller is one reason why. He is the leading authority on the vulnerabilities and exploits of Mac OS and iOS and has won awards in the field. How did he get to this place and what matters to him?
Cable Giants Open 50,000 Wi-Fi Hotspots
News  |  5/21/2012  | 
Five cable companies, including Comcast and Time Warner, have agreed to let subscribers roam freely on Wi-Fi networks operated by one another.
Is iPatch Tuesday In Apple's Future?
Commentary  |  5/21/2012  | 
iOS devices are all over the enterprise. Security threats against them might or might not exist, but they are certainly possible. The only responsible course of action for Apple is to make its update process transparent and predictable.
Machines Make Cell Phone Calls To Each Other!
News  |  5/18/2012  | 
The world is secretly full of embedded cellular applications. It's called M2M for machine-to-machine, and it leads to new efficiencies for everything from the office coffee machine to the burglar alarm.
Oh, Facebook, Why Can't I Quit You?
News  |  5/18/2012  | 
Facebook sells your addiction to advertisers, hoping to make a buck off your personal information. Will you wake up in time to kick the habit, or do you "like" the security risks of blurring the line between personal and professional?
Verizon: Pay Full Price On Phone, Keep Unlimited Data
News  |  5/18/2012  | 
Company clarifies: users who want to upgrade phones to 4G LTE can keep their unlimited data plan, but they have to pay the full, unsubsidized cost of their phones in order to keep it. Comcast also to experiment with tiered data plans.
Keep Your Business Off Of Facebook
Commentary  |  5/17/2012  | 
Facebook is so outrageously popular that many are tempted to use it for business, just like other consumerization trends. Resist the urge. Facebook will always be a poor choice for business functions.
Weather Channel, Flipboard Updates Gain Social Power
News  |  5/17/2012  | 
Significant updates to The Weather Channel iPhone app and Flipboard app for iPhones and iPads tap into the social reach of Facebook and Twitter.
Chuck E. Cheese's Charts Careful Social Expansion
News  |  5/17/2012  | 
With its Facebook presence growing, Chuck E. Cheese's sets its sights on Foursquare and Pinterest.
Verizon To Sunset Unlimited Data Plan
Commentary  |  5/16/2012  | 
Verizon customers who move to 4G LTE will lose their unlimited data plan. But let's not gripe about thieving carriers until we know the specifics. The new 4G LTE "data share" plan could easily turn out to be a better deal, especially for families.
Future Of Payments Is Right On Your Phone
News  |  5/16/2012  | 
At the CTIA conference in New Orleans, we got a demo of MasterCard's PayPass Wallet. You can use the digital wallet online or on your smartphone to pay for items in the real world, from cab rides to snacks from vending machines.
Google To Sell Android Phones Directly
News  |  5/16/2012  | 
Google plans to take back control of its Android OS from wireless carriers and sell phones directly to consumers. What better way to get OS upgrades to users quickly and keep Android on top in the mobile device wars?
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