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Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in February 2013
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Open Public Wi-Fi: How To Stay Safe
Commentary  |  2/28/2013  | 
Open public Wi-Fi networks are still very common in coffee shops like Starbucks, public libraries and other common areas, yet using them can compromise the confidentiality of your communications. We do have many ways for you to protect yourself, some stronger than others.
Attention Google: 12 Ways To Make Smartphones More Manly
Commentary  |  2/28/2013  | 
Google co-founder Sergey Brin sees smartphones as "emasculating." We can fix that.
Google Not Impressed With Motorola Smartphone Pipeline
Commentary  |  2/28/2013  | 
Google exec says inherited Motorola product pipeline doesn't deliver the "wow."
U.K. Pushes Govt. IT To Use SMB Suppliers
News  |  2/28/2013  | 
Coalition government aims to save money and spread its wealth by awarding 25% of its contract funds to small and midsize businesses by 2015.
MWC 2013: Five Coolest Gadgets
Slideshows  |  2/28/2013  | 
Mobile World Congress drew some 72,000 people to Barcelona, Spain, to see the latest and greatest mobile devices. Take a closer look at five gadgets that stood out.
Google Sports Game Shows Web Tech Power
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
Chrome Super Sync Sports turns mobile devices into controllers for desktop Web game.
U.K. Nonprofit Seeks Tech Ideas To Help Teens
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
Tech for Good challenge will invest $758,000 in projects that use "disruptive digital technology" to create new opportunities for at-risk young adults in the U.K.
Google Security Vulnerability Allowed Two-Step Verification Bypass
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
Researchers at Duo Security detailed an attack that could have allowed a hacker to hijack a user's Google account
Smartphones, Foolish Security Choices
News  |  2/27/2013  | 
One quarter of smartphone users store "intimate" images on their mobile devices, says security vendor AVG.
Flexible Classroom Cameras Work With iPad
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Expanding from "document cameras" that project printed materials or desktop experiments, AVer introduces cameras that stream to an iPad as a presentation or recording device.
Code.org Urges Students To Embrace Programming
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
After tech industry hiring practices left students reluctant to go into software engineering, the industry wants to make up.
Pentagon Unveils Secure Mobile Device Plan
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Military releases a new plan to accelerate the adoption of mobile devices and apps for both classified and unclassified use.
Google Taunts Facebook With Sign-In Challenge
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
Google+ Sign-In aspires to be Facebook Login, but without the alleged spamming.
LG To Write Next Chapter For HP WebOS
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
LG says it will use its newly acquired mobile operating system in smart TVs, not mobile devices. But what else does LG have in its smartphone arsenal?
Huawei, ZTE Challenge Apple, Samsung Smartphones
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
At Mobile World Congress, China's largest mobile phone makers revealed smartphones that target the best from Apple and Samsung.
Nokia Lumia 720, 520 Stake Windows Phone Middle Ground
News  |  2/26/2013  | 
At Mobile World Congress, Nokia announced two Windows Phone 8 devices that aim to please the bargain shopper.
Mozilla Firefox OS Ignites Carrier Rebellion
News  |  2/25/2013  | 
At least 18 mobile operators are planning to offer Firefox OS mobile phones.
Wharton MBA Classes Go Bi-Coastal With Video
News  |  2/25/2013  | 
Cisco telepresence setup for classroom videoconferencing allows a lecturer at Wharton's main Philadelphia campus to simultaneously teach a class in San Francisco.
FirefoxOS #Fail: The Web is Not the Platform
Commentary  |  2/25/2013  | 
Mozilla says that 'Content Is King' and 'The Web Is The Platform'. This strategy is an old and failed one. Apple briefly, and insincerely, tried it. The whole history of personal computing, let along the history of mobile devices, shows that he who takes maximum advantage of the capabilities of the platform wins the market.
Samsung Bets Big On Knox BYOD Technology
News  |  2/25/2013  | 
Dominant Android player Samsung promises IT-centric and end-user friendly ways to make devices safe and manageable.
Samsung Galaxy S IV Smartphone On Launchpad
News  |  2/25/2013  | 
Samsung is expected to announced its new flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S IV, in New York City on March 14.
Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Tablet: iPad Mini Rival
News  |  2/25/2013  | 
Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is a smaller tablet that offers all the same stylus-based features of its larger cousin.
HP Slate Android Tablet: Pros And Cons
Commentary  |  2/25/2013  | 
HP's first Android tablet, the $169 HP Slate, delivers a price consumers will like, but skimps on display and processor.
Android For Google Nexus UI Re-Imagined
News  |  2/23/2013  | 
For Android enthusiasts Paranoid Android is a cool re-interpretation / customization of the Android 4.2.X OS. But, the complexity of the install, as well as the requirement to root the device will likely deter many people from using Paranoid Android 3, which is a shame. It's a well thought-out, extremely stable, clever modification to the stock UI. With the addition of the PIE feature in version 3 it gives Android 4.2.X some serious competition.
What Won't Kill BlackBerry? Instagram Flap
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Apps are essential for smartphone and tablet ecosystems -- but lack of a single app won't make or break any platform.
Mobile World Congress 2013: What We Want
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Mobile World Congress 2013 will feature glitzy new hardware and exciting apps. But what I really want to see is technology to keep the wireless data network humming.
You Will Subscribe To, Not Buy Software
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Especially in a BYOD environment, software subscriptions have a lot going for them, but many just don't like the idea of paying for software and not owning it. The recent revelation that Office 2013, at least in some cases, will come locked to a specific computer, much as OEM Windows does, shows how the subscription model is coming whether we like it or not. Here's what we think.
Samsung Looking To Elbow Past BlackBerry In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/22/2013  | 
Samsung needs to overcome questions about Android security as it tries to steal business and government customers from BlackBerry and Apple.
10 Great Android Apps For Tablets
Slideshows  |  2/21/2013  | 
What Android apps really shine on tablets? Take a look at a few of our favorites.
Mobile World Congress 2013: 9 Hot Gadgets
Slideshows  |  2/21/2013  | 
At Mobile World Congress 2013, we expect cool new smartphones, tablets and phablets. Check out some of the most interesting gadgets on tap.
BlackBerry 10: More Analysts Cut Expectations
News  |  2/21/2013  | 
BlackBerry's Z10 smartphone may not do as well as originally expected, several analysts say after reviewing early sales figures.
Coursera Adds 29 University Partners From 13 Countries
News  |  2/21/2013  | 
Nearly doubling its number of participating universities, Coursera adds major universities, goes international and adds lectures in French, Spanish, Chinese and Italian.
4 Big BYOD Trends For 2013
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Interop Las Vegas speaker Michael Finneran and other BYOD experts discuss key trends enterprise IT leaders should watch in 2013.
IBM Showcases STEM Support At Disney's Epcot
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
New THINK exhibit at Epcot dovetails with a tablet app and curriculum website designed to boost science, technology, engineering and math education.
Google Seeks Glass Explorers
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Anyone interested in buying Google's forthcoming computerized eyewear can post or tweet in hope of receiving an invitation.
U.K. 4G Auction Nets Underwhelming £2.34 Billion Sale Price
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Sale is a third less than cash-strapped government expected, but increase in 4G services will help build a base for future digital industries, say pleased business groups.
iPhone Beats Galaxy S III, But Victory May Be Fleeting
News  |  2/20/2013  | 
Apple's iPhone 5 was best-selling smartphone worldwide during closing months of 2012, but Samsung is readying its iPhone-killer for 2013.
Apple iWatch: Readers Speak Out
Commentary  |  2/19/2013  | 
Does a smartwatch make sense in the new world of smartphones and tablets? Does anyone even wear a watch anymore? Readers weigh in.
HTC Claims "Best Phone Ever Made"
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
HTC aims high with their claims for their revamped Android smartphone. Like previous HTC phones this one is aimed at consumers with a focus on media consumption and other lifestyle features, like TV remote control. A shame it lacks microSD storage expansion.
Higher Education Tech Forecast Sees MOOC, Tablet Momentum
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
Next waves will include gamification, learning analytics, 3-D printing and wearable technologies, according to the NMC Horizon report on new media in education.
HTC One Can Compete With Apple, Samsung
Commentary  |  2/19/2013  | 
HTC One offers world-class hardware, slick software enhancements and a really cool camera.
HTC One Key To Turnaround Hopes
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
HTC's flagship smartphone for 2013 promises new camera and home screen features wrapped in an aluminum shell.
Windows 8: Microsoft's Progress Debated
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
Windows 8 is one of those good news-bad news Microsoft products. For every sign of success, unanswered questions or signs of flagging momentum appear.
Classroom Presentation Tool For Professors, By Professors
News  |  2/19/2013  | 
NetClick simplifies the creation of interactive presentations and lets students give feedback from a smartphone, tablet or laptop rather than a clicker.
The Office for iPad Myth Lives On
Commentary  |  2/18/2013  | 
Microsoft Office for iPad makes perfect sense — if you think Surface and Windows 8 are losers and even Microsoft doesn't believe in them. It's way too early to give up on Microsoft's new operating system which works with tablets as well as conventional computers, and the mythical billions it could make with an Office for iPad would lose them far more by undercutting Windows.
iPad Mini Keyboard Cover Makes A Better Tablet
News  |  2/18/2013  | 
The Logitech Ultrathin Keyboard Mini is an excellent addition to any iPad Mini, which provides not only a proper typing surface but a stand and a protective cover.
Online College Offers Academic Rigor At Bargain Prices
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
American Honors charges community college rates for top-notch courses, sets students up to transfer into a respected bachelor's degree program.
Google to Launch $99 Tablet, Rumor Claims
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
If the rumor is true, a $99 tablet with decent Web browsing, email, social media would completely disrupt the tablet market
U.K. Attempts To Solve Looming Spectrum Crunch
News  |  2/15/2013  | 
U.K. government is investing millions into space-saving technologies to improve the future of mobile broadband.
iPhone Vulnerability: Return of the Lock Screen Bypass
Commentary  |  2/15/2013  | 
How do security regression errors happen? The key to preventing new code from breaking old code is proper testing. Improved automated testing helped Mozilla to cut regressions caused by security patches. In the case of the iPhone 5 lock screen bypass, a hole in the test plan may be responsible.
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