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Curiosity Rolls Ahead On Mars Following Software Upgrade
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
NASA engineers upgrade software on Curiosity to let six-wheeled vehicle cruise longer distances on surface of Mars and make use of robotic arm.
Apple iPhone 5 May Face Supply Problems
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
Sharp Display has not been able to begin production of iPhone 5 displays because of manufacturing problems.
Nokia Lumia 920 PureView, Lumia 820: Colorful Designs
Commentary  |  8/30/2012  | 
Leaked press shots of Nokia's next-generation Lumia devices show Windows Phones that will stand out from their peers.
Uber Is Disrupting How Urbanites Get Around
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Uber is one of the hottest startups in San Francisco and continues to expand from city-to-city. Using your smartphone, the service allows you to request a car for a ride. As a regular user of Uber, BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson took Uber for a spin.
Google+ Grows Up For Business
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Google+ has new features that will allow employees to collaborate more, while making IT folks comfortable with privacy restrictions and control mechanisms.
Android Device Chip Race: MIPS Takes On ARM
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
MIPS Technologies' upcoming proAptiv processor squares off against ARM's Cortex A-15, signaling renewed compeition in chip designs for Android smartphones and tablets.
Samsung Galaxy Note 2, Windows 8 Smartphones: First Impressions
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Samsung's new Android phablet and Windows Phone 8 smartphones impress, but Nokia is gunning for Samsung.
Parallels 8 Runs Windows More Like a Mac
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Popular software for running multiple virtual machines on a Mac, including Windows, gets a major upgrade. Windows users on Mac can take advantage of Mountain Lion features like multi-touch gestures, dictation and notifications. Windows can use the Retina display to its full potential. Overall, Windows apps feel more part of the Mac experience.
Samsung Announces Windows 8 Phone, PC and Tablet
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Samsung announced a new line of Windows 8-based devices under the ATIV brand Wednesday, including the first publicly-revealed Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The company said the lineup will include the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro, an ATIV tablet and ATIV S smartphone.
Samsung Updates Galaxy Note Phablet
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Pundits were skeptical about the Galaxy Note phone/tablet hybrid, but Samsung has sold 10 million of them. The Galaxy Note II bumps up the hardware power and battery life, updates the OS to Android Jelly Bean, and increases screen size with only a modest increase in size and weight.
Apple 'AirPlay Direct' To Shed Wi-Fi Requirement
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
At September iPhone 5 event, Apple expected to announce way for iOS and OS X devices to transmit audio to wireless speakers without a Wi-Fi network..
Sony Debuts Xperia S Android Tablet
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Sony unveiled a new Android-based tablet and smartphones at IFA Wednesday. Check out the Xperia S and its siblings.
Are Consumers Dumping Samsung Smartphones?
Commentary  |  8/29/2012  | 
Trade-in sites, research firms suggest consumers are unloading their Samsung phones in the wake of the courtroom loss to Apple. But some are just upgrading.
SUSE Launches OpenStack Cloud Platform
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
SUSE Cloud automated platform aims to speed OpenStack cloud setup, improve resource utilization.
Top 5 Password Managers
Slideshows  |  8/28/2012  | 
2012 is the year of the password breach. Did you know there are tools to manage multiple, strong passwords so you don't have to? Here are BYTE's Top 5 P@$$w0rd Managers.
AirWatch Integrates MDM With Apple Configurator
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Mobile security vendor AirWatch now allows users of Apple Configurator to access its Mobile Device Management (MDM), Mobile Application Management (MAM), Mobile Content Management (MCM), Mobile Email Management (MEM) and BYOD management software, for mass deployment and configuration of iPhone and iPad devices.
Motorola RAZR M Details Leak
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Motorola's next high-end smartphone for Verizon Wireless boasts a solid set of specs.
Apple Seeks Injunction Against 8 Samsung Phones
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
At the judge's request, Apple has produced a "tailored" list of 8 Samsung models on the sale of which it seems an injunction. Numerous Samsung Galaxy models are on the list, but not the most current ones.
Update: iPad Mini To Debut After iPhone 5
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Reports from typically reliable sources say that the Sept. 12 Apple event will be the debut of the iPhone 5. The rumored iPad Mini won't be released until a later event, so that Apple can get to dominate the news cycle twice.
IBM Launches New Mainframe For Big Data Analytics
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
IBM's zEnterprise EC12 offers direct links to the company's Netezza analytics appliance, which can support scenarios like real-time fraud detection.
What Now, Samsung? What Now, Apple?
Commentary  |  8/27/2012  | 
Now that Samsung has gotten its butt kicked in court, what's next for the two mobile giants? What about Microsoft and Windows Phone? What about us?
Clutch Secures Mobile Devices With 3-Pronged Approach
News  |  8/23/2012  | 
Clutch Mobile's three-pronged approach to mobile security is to protect a company's devices, the apps on the devices, and the network the devices connect to. Its products offer the most complete security scheme yet for fending off mobile attacks, says the company.
Microsoft Debuts New Logo
News  |  8/23/2012  | 
After 25 years, Microsoft has a new logo. What do you think?
Apple, Samsung Expert Witnesses Reap Big Bucks
News  |  8/23/2012  | 
How pretty was the pay day? Apple gave one expert witness $1.75 million to construct a damages figure in the case against Samsung.
Dell Doesn't See Boost From Windows 8
News  |  8/22/2012  | 
PC maker says sales to consumers are likely to remain soft through the second half, despite launch of Microsoft's new operating system.
Microsoft Opens Internet Explorer On Xbox Beta Test
News  |  8/22/2012  | 
Microsoft gives everyday users the chance to try new features that aim to move the Xbox platform beyond gaming.
Sorry, Galaxy Note 10.1: Tablet Owners Slam Stylus
News  |  8/22/2012  | 
Galaxy Note 10.1's defining feature, the S Pen stylus, isn't popular with a majority of young tablet users, who call the accessory "outdated," survey says.
Apple iPhone 5 Release Date: Friday, Sept. 21?
News  |  8/21/2012  | 
iPhone 5 searches skyrocket in anticipation of expected Apple press event on Wednesday, September 12. A smaller iPad and a refreshed iPod Touch may also be on deck.
Updates To Adobe Flash, AIR Affect Mobile Devices
News  |  8/21/2012  | 
6 vulnerabilities in Flash Player and AIR could leave users open to hackers. Updates are available.
Samsung: 'Miniscule' Galaxy Nexus Sales Didn't Harm Apple
News  |  8/21/2012  | 
Samsung touts paltry sales figures as it tries to overturn a U.S. ban on Galaxy Nexus smartphone.
Nokia Rules Windows Phone Market
News  |  8/21/2012  | 
Nokia owns the largest market share among Windows Phone manufacturers, but that's not saying much.
DNA On Microchips: Big Data's Future Storage Answer?
News  |  8/20/2012  | 
By layering DNA on microchips, researchers say they will be able to store vast amounts of data in a very small space.
Apple Most Valuable Company In Market History
News  |  8/20/2012  | 
Apple squeaks past Microsoft's previous record with intraday market cap of more than $623 billion.
Seton Hall University Adopts Windows Tablet, Phone
News  |  8/20/2012  | 
Seton Hall University is giving its incoming freshmen Nokia Lumia 900 smartphones running the Windows Phone operating system. The university also is adopting Samsung Slates running Windows 8 and Samsung Series 5 ultrabooks. The university chose Windows 8 systems over the Apple iPad and iPhone because of manageability and access to Office apps.
Adobe Flash Still Popular, With Or Without Apple
Commentary  |  8/20/2012  | 
Flash might be dead or dying on mobile, where it has no support on the iPad or iPhone and support has ended on Android, in favor of HTML5 video. But almost all large sites still use it, and in fact prefer it, and for good reason: It has advantages for digital rights management and advertising.
Apple, Motorola, Nokia Plan September Fireworks
News  |  8/20/2012  | 
Nokia and Microsoft, and Motorola and Verizon Wireless have scheduled back-to-back press conferences on September 5 in an apparent attempt to outflank Apple's expected iPhone 5 debut.
Samsung Gets In Last Word Against Apple
News  |  8/20/2012  | 
Despite Apple's expert witness barrage and time constraints, Samsung's Tim Williams manages to breathe new life into its case.
Splunk Makes 'Real' Performance Fashionable Again
News  |  8/17/2012  | 
The startup that helps companies manage their data is holding its own in the stock market. Is this a sign that more startups should consider starting real businesses, instead of trying to strike it rich in social media?
ARM Battery Life Advantage Myth Lives On
Commentary  |  8/17/2012  | 
For many years the only mobile devices that had decent battery life were based on ARM chips. But this is no longer the case--no matter what you might read or hear. ARM's monopoly on long battery life is coming to an end.
Fall Tablet Pricing Rumor Roundup
Commentary  |  8/17/2012  | 
The impending price war among tablet makers will be bloody and fierce, but many of the rumors circulating right now about the iPad Mini, Android, Windows RT, and Windows 8 x86 tablets just don't make sense. Many are based on false assumptions, such as that Intel cannot compete on price. Let's run them through the BS detector.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1: Cool Multitasking
News  |  8/17/2012  | 
Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10.1 unleashes creativity with a pressure-sensitive pen and adds many tablet software innovations including true multitasking.
Security Researcher Uncovers Apple iOS SMS Bug
News  |  8/17/2012  | 
Vulnerability in Apple's iOS platform could allow hackers to send phishing messages via text, but there's no need to panic. Yet.
Apple, Samsung Battle Over Damages In Patent Trial
News  |  8/17/2012  | 
Apple wants billions of dollars, but Samsung said any damage award should be much less as trial enters its closing days.
Client-Side Hacks: Fake Sites Keep Companies Vulnerable
News  |  8/16/2012  | 
BYTE talked to security expert Raphael Mudge about how hackers "social engineer" their way into companies. Using a fake LinkedIn site, he showed us how all it takes is one computer to compromise the security of an entire organization.
Windows Phone Updates Add Features, Boost Performance, Reliability
News  |  8/16/2012  | 
Got a Windows Phone running version 7.5? Make sure you take advantage of the updates that have come out since 7.5 was released. There are numerous performance and reliability enhancements and bug fixes, as well as changes that are phone- or region-specific.
Google Wallet Simplifies Credit Card Import
News  |  8/16/2012  | 
Discover Card is first to implement new API that helps users bring their credit and debit card account numbers into Google Wallet.
Can HP Remake Itself Before It's Too Late?
Commentary  |  8/16/2012  | 
When a company's most recent success is a good Olympic slogan, it's a sad day, but such is the current state of HP. The once mighty force has become a fragmented mess.
The Jaw-some Tech Behind Shark Week
Slideshows  |  8/16/2012  | 
As Shark Week celebrates its 25th year with jaw-filled images, a slew of new technologies drive both content production and distribution.
Microsoft $199 Surface RT Could Burn Kindle Fire
Commentary  |  8/16/2012  | 
Microsoft may use its tablet as a loss leader to get people to try Windows 8. That's likely bad news for the competition.
Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Vs. Apple iPad
News  |  8/16/2012  | 
Samsung's $499 iPad competitor reaches store shelves across the U.S. Thursday. Look for two main differences.
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