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Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in January 2012
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E-publishing Part 2: Kindle Nation
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
Readers like their Kindles, but authors love them. E-publishing gave new life to Wilson's old books and it's easy money.
Microsoft, Please Don't 'Touch' Office 15
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
Will Microsoft's attempt to revamp Office with a touch interface leave behind its core users?
iPhone 5 Could Be Game-Changer For Mobile Payments
News  |  1/31/2012  | 
Some developers are betting the next Apple iPhone will have NFC capability and pave the way for mobile payment technology to finally take off.
RIM's Cartoon More Preschool Than Bold
Commentary  |  1/31/2012  | 
RIM turns to the "Bold" team of superheroes in its latest marketing push. But the Saturday-morning-style characters probably won't appeal to anyone other than Disney Junior fans.
Invasion Of The Android Malware! Or Not.
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
[Update:] Symantec identifies more than a dozen apps in the Android Market that are infected with malware--sort of.
Smartphones: The New Fixture In Bathrooms
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Three-quarters of cell phone owners now conduct business while conducting business in the lavatory.
There's No App For That, And That's Good
Commentary  |  1/30/2012  | 
Developing custom apps for tablets and smartphones has become the cool thing to do. Just make sure you aren't opening a can of budget-busting worms long term.
10 Tablet Tricks To Try
Slideshows  |  1/30/2012  | 
Do you know your tablet can also act as a teleprompter, whiteboard, heart rate monitor, or even an emergency Windows 7 machine?
Samsung Galaxy Note: The Next Big Thing?
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
AT&T hopes hybrid device with 5.3-inch screen will entice customers who think buying both a smartphone and a tablet are overkill.
Android Counterclank: Malware, Or Smartphone Advertising?
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Apperhand SDK drops a search icon onto the Android desktop and tracks your device's ID, but so does any adware. Here's what you need to know.
Kindle Fire Sales Hit 6 Million In Q4
News  |  1/30/2012  | 
Amazon's Android-based tablet expected to boost year-end revenues, which the company is slated to report Tuesday.
Smartphone Adoption Higher In Europe
Commentary  |  1/29/2012  | 
More U.S. consumers hold on to feature phones and dumb phones. Are U.S. carriers to blame?
Rooting The Samsung Galaxy Tab 7
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Updating the T-Mobile Galaxy Tab 7 isn't as complicated as you might think. BYTE's David Chernicoff shows us how.
Stolen iPhone Saved By iCloud
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police follow Find My iPhone directions to nab a suspect and recover an iPhone in the space of four hours.
Smartphone, Tablet Races: 4 Telling Numbers
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Hardware makers and network operators provided insight on adoption of the hottest mobile platforms--Android and iOS--via financial reports this week. Here are four things we learned.
Nokia Numbers Show Microsoft’s Mobile Madness
Commentary  |  1/27/2012  | 
Every Windows Phone 7 device Nokia shipped in Q4 cost Microsoft $250, minus a royalty. But Microsoft is burning this cash with good reason.
Facebook's Timeline Soon Will Be Mandatory
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Your Facebook page as you know it will be going away, to be replaced by Timeline, a richer and more complete look at your status over time.
Mobile Payment Technology Gotchas
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Implementing mobile payment systems presents a high risk, high reward opportunity.
RIM CEO: We're Not Baking Cookies
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Research In Motion's new CEO says his earlier comments regarding change at the BlackBerry maker were a bit misunderstood. Instead of taking the easy way out, RIM hopes the more difficult path leads to success.
Smartcards: Still A Smart Choice?
News  |  1/27/2012  | 
Despite recent compromises, smartcard technology still has high potential for retail, enterprise security, and other uses.
Apple iPad: Happy 2nd Birthday
Slideshows  |  1/26/2012  | 
Apple changed the way we think about computing and digital devices--again--when it introduced the iPad tablet in early 2010. Take a look back and a peek ahead.
Nokia Loses $1.25 Billion Amid Windows Phone Switch
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Nokia's big bet on Windows Phone operating system hasn't paid off yet as Symbian sales evaporate.
AT&T Loses $6.7B, Faults FCC Regulation
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
AT&T CEO complained about inconsistent government regulation and the need for spectrum to serve rural America as the company recorded massive fourth-quarter loss.
Smartphone Privacy Snafu: U.K. Carrier Broadcasts Numbers
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
Mobile provider O2 said it has patched problem that shared phone numbers with websites. But users of the Orange network in Spain report similar issues.
DMCA Jailbreaking Provisions Up For Renewal, Possible Expansion
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
If renewed, changes to the circumvention measure could allow exceptions for more than just smart phones.
HP WebOS Open Source Timeline Revealed
News  |  1/26/2012  | 
HP will release Open WebOS 1.0 in pieces during the next eight months, disappointing some developers who'd hoped to get the entire platform at once.
Smartphone Option Overload Confuses Consumers
Commentary  |  1/25/2012  | 
Vendors have bombarded consumers with conflicting information about smartphone costs, network data speeds, and features, slowing adoption and upgrade rates.
Kaiser Permanente Offers EHR App For Androids
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
iPhone app coming soon; patients also can securely access health records and email docs via mobile-friendly version of Kaiser website.
Apple iPad Sales Show Rivals No Threat
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Apple sold more than 15 million iPads during the holiday quarter, and CEO Tim Cook predicts tablets will outsell PCs in the future.
Apple CEO: Three Horses In Smartphone Race
News  |  1/25/2012  | 
Tim Cook says Microsoft's Windows Phone can't be counted out, but that Apple ignores rivals and focuses on innovation.
Google Has Lost Control Of Android Fragmentation
Commentary  |  1/25/2012  | 
Fragmentation allows variety among device makers, but can cause frustration for developers and lower satisfaction among end users.
Google's New Privacy Policy Strips Away Users' Anonymity
Commentary  |  1/25/2012  | 
Google will consolidate its privacy policies next month to "improve" your experience. BYTE's David Chernicoff tells you what the changes really mean for your privacy.
For RIM, New CEO Is Not Enough
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
RIM needs new blood and fresh thinking, attributes it still lacks following Sunday's CEO shakeup.
Banned Android App Store: Enterprises Beware
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
A well-known Android developer plans to create a store for applications that Google has banned from the Android Market. Proceed with caution.
RIM: Righting The Management Ship
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
RIM has ditched its CEOs. But does it have a strategy for what's next?
Must-Have Android Apps For Business
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
If you got an Android smartphone for Christmas, here are some must-have apps for bringing it up to business par.
Verizon: 44% Of Customers Use Smartphones
News  |  1/24/2012  | 
Verizon's fourth quarter earnings show a significant jump in the number of smartphone subscribers, but strong iPhone sales dinged Verizon's margins.
Ultrabooks: The Next Big Thing In Notebooks
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Aren't notebooks and PCs in general on the way out as we adopt tablet and touch interfaces and everything else moves to the cloud? Not so fast.
RIM Investors Give Thumbs Down On New CEO
Commentary  |  1/24/2012  | 
Stock drops after new chief Thorsten Heins said he'll stay the course laid out by his predecessors.
Survey: iPad Use Growing Among IT Pros
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
IT pros are using their iPads at work a lot, usually for communication, but more for data consumption than production.
Supreme Court Tackles GPS Tracking Vs. Privacy
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
Government violated the Fourth Amendment when it attached a GPS tracking device to a car without a warrant, the court rules.
Nokia Sells More Than 1 Million Lumia Phones
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
Good news for Microsoft Windows Phone 7? Nokia has sold about 1.3 million Lumia smartphones, analyst survey says.
Hackers Jailbreak iPad 2, iPhone 4S
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
It took 10 months for hackers to crack iOS 5.0.1. Workplaces that allow bring your own device need to act immediately to avoid potential security risks.
2012 Is Android's Year For Developers, Says Ovum
News  |  1/23/2012  | 
iOS is still key, but Android continues to draw developers along with Windows Phone.
RIM's New CEO: 5 Must-Do Items
Commentary  |  1/23/2012  | 
Research In Motion finally has a new CEO. Here's what Thorsten Heins needs to do to get the BlackBerry-maker back on track.
Windows Phone Predicted To Overtake iOS By 2015
Commentary  |  1/22/2012  | 
Nokia partnership will launch Microsoft's platform to second place in global smartphone market share, iSuppli forecasts.
$99 Android Tablet: Better Than Entire 2011 Crop
News  |  1/22/2012  | 
There have been cheap Android tablets for a while. The NOVO7 hints at a lot of quality to come.
How To Make A Textbook With Apple's iBooks Author
Slideshows  |  1/20/2012  | 
Apple's free iBooks Author is an easy way to get started in electronic textbook publishing. Just know there's a middleman standing between you and your adoring public: Apple. Read more about Apple's tricky software license agreement, which as InformationWeek's Thomas Claburn points out, puts severe restrictions on authors' rights. BYTE's Chris Spera has his own opinion about
Microsoft, Intel Face Their Kodak Moment
Commentary  |  1/20/2012  | 
Unless they embrace radical change, the once dominant Wintel partners will follow the photography giant's unenviable path into decline.
RIM $299 PlayBook Sale On Again
News  |  1/20/2012  | 
Research In Motion is offering all three variants of its PlayBook tablet at this cut-rate price through February 4. But this device has drawbacks.
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