News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in April 2012
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Samsung Galaxy Note: A Phone And Tablet In One
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
The Galaxy Note from Samsung, available in the U.S. only from AT&T, breaks new ground. It's not just a large phone with a big, beautiful screen like the Droid Razr. It adds a stylus that makes annotation and new application types possible.
Woz Digs Windows Phone, But LG Doesn't
Commentary  |  4/30/2012  | 
Apple's co-founder gives the Lumia 900 Windows Phone a public display of affection, while LG halts efforts to bring new Windows Phones to market.
Mobile Threats Are Increasing But Are Still Nothing Compared To PC Crime
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
The latest Symantec Internet Security Threat Report describes a dangerous world where threats involving mobile computing, such as identity theft and malware, are increasing, but still a small minority of the total.
ARM: Why Virtualization Belongs In Smartphone Hardware
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
ARM's lead mobile strategist explains why virtualization is such an important trend for smartphones, and how ARM's Cortext-A15 fits in. See our video coverage.
Microsoft, Barnes & Noble Strike E-Book Partnership
News  |  4/30/2012  | 
Deal calls for Microsoft to invest $300 million in new partnership with bookseller and drop Nook patent claims. Coming later: A Nook app for Windows 8 tablets.
Finally, An iPad With A Keyboard!
News  |  4/29/2012  | 
If only iPads had keyboards, preferably built into a case. The ZAGGfolio Apple iPad 3 keyboard case is a good product, but iPad apps aren't designed to use a keyboard. Here's why.
Your iPhone Will Now Self-Destruct
News  |  4/29/2012  | 
It's not for real, but it is amusing. What would Ethan Hunt of Mission Impossible's iPhone look like?
Oracle, Google Trial: Who Wins Round One?
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
In the first phase of the case, concerning copyrights, Google's arguments have been more compelling than Oracle's, to date. Patent testimony is still to come.
6 Ways To Turn Your iPad Into A Laptop
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Apple says it won't make tablet-laptop hybrids, but these add-on products will turn your iPad into a work-friendly machine.
FTC Hires Attorney, Eyes Google Search: What's Next?
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Despite Google's mantra, "competition is only a click away", FTC hires lawyer to head antitrust investigation of Google's search advertising business. This pressures Google to make concessions.
BlackBerry World: 5 Changes RIM Users Must See
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
Research In Motion's developer and partner conference gets underway April 30. Here's what RIM needs to show everyone to silence the BlackBerry naysayers and doomspellers.
How To Protect The Big Data Archive
Commentary  |  4/27/2012  | 
Your big data disaster recovery strategy must consider size, cost, and the unpredictable, but inevitable, need to access old data.
Samsung Steals Nokia's Mobile Crown
News  |  4/27/2012  | 
Samsung's first quarter results put it ahead of Nokia, but research firms disagree whether it regained the smartphone lead from Apple.
The Google Phone That Never Was
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Evidence at the Oracle v. Google trial reveals what the original Google Phone prototype looked like, before Apple's iPhone moved the goal posts. Related Android revenue information is also enlightening.
6 Reasons iPad Hybrid Tablets Are Inevitable
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Apple's chief executive says he won't consider an iPad that transforms into a laptop. Here's why he may not have any choice in the matter.
LinkedIn iPad App: Plenty To Like
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
LinkedIn's new application for the Apple iPad serves as a hub for business connections, news, and social networking in one slick, though not perfect, package.
Skype Has A Future In The Enterprise
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Skype is one of those consumer technologies that IT hates and tries to banish, but it's probably too late for that. There is a good consumerization-of-IT case to be made for Skype, even in use with professional unified communications products, such as Microsoft Lync.
Skype For Windows Phone: Hands-On First Look
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Microsoft has finally released Skype for Windows Phone. See what InformationWeek's Eric Zeman had to say about it after taking it for a spin on his Nokia Lumia 800.
Microsoft Preps Spotify-Like Music Service
News  |  4/26/2012  | 
Streaming music service called "Woodstock" would replace Zune-branded services, according to published report.
Former Nokia Exec Slams Elop And Windows Phone
Commentary  |  4/26/2012  | 
Former Nokia senior executive says CEO has wrecked the company with his choice to adopt Windows Phone.
Apple iOS 6 Wishlist: 10 Features We Want
News  |  4/25/2012  | 
If iOS 6 is discussed at Apple's sold-out developer conference, here's what we want to hear.
Why Is The iPhone Made In China?
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
Apple gets filthy rich selling devices made by oppressed workers in abusive environments. Does it have to be this way? Well, yeah, maybe it does.
Facebook Phone: 4 Reasons Why It's Crazy
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
Reports of the fabled "Facebook Phone" have resurfaced, this time linking HTC to the social network. Here's why you shouldn't believe them.
Apple's Cook Won't Find Peace From Competitors
Commentary  |  4/25/2012  | 
Apple CEO Tim Cook said he doesn't want Apple to be "the developer for the world." As the market leader, however, that's exactly the position in which Apple has put itself.
Banks May Not Be Able to Resist BYOD
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Despite security concerns, employee demands and the productivity gains powered by bring-your-own-device initiatives are forcing banks to embrace BYOD, including iPads.
Oracle Grills Google's Schmidt, Rubin
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Oracle, Google trial heats up as Oracle lawyers get crack at Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt, who insists that Sun supported Android.
10 Must-See Tech Product Ideas From Startups
Slideshows  |  4/24/2012  | 
Can you spot tech's next big thing? Check out ten hot new ideas, fresh from the Demo show, that could impact the way you work and play.
iPhone Sales Crush The Competition At AT&T
News  |  4/24/2012  | 
Apple's iPhone outsold other smartphones nearly 4-to-1 during AT&T's first quarter. The company activated a total of 5.5 million smartphones, boosting smartphone subscribership to nearly 60%.
Logitech Earbuds For Business Sound Good
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
The BH320 is a high quality set of earbuds designed for business Unified Communications applications. They're comfortable, the sound is excellent, and they are light and feel good. They are also expensive, but not outrageously so.
Google Challenges Oracle Copyright Claim
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Judge will decide the issue of API copyrights, a turn of events that improves Google's position. But not everything went Google's way on Monday.
Google Docs App for Android Tablets: The Ugly Truth
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
The Google Docs for Android app provides a potentially useful tool for mobile users. However, its lack of presentation creation tools, weak spreadsheet experience, and general instability reduces its potential. But wait, there's more: It's also slow.
3 Mobile Trends SMBs Might Be Missing
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
There's a gap between small and midsize businesses when it comes capitalizing on mobile--but forward-thinking firms can still reap advantages.
Skype For Windows Phone: Hands-On First Look
News  |  4/23/2012  | 
Skype for Windows Phone lags behind the experience available to Android and iOS devices, based on my experience trying it out on a Nokia Lumia 800.
10 App Stars For New iPad Screen
Slideshows  |  4/23/2012  | 
Apple optimized its core tablet apps, including iMovie and iPhoto, for the new iPad. But look what else you can do with the gorgeous new Retina display.
4 Reasons Apple Doesn't Need An iPhone Nano
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
Bringing an iPhone Nano to market now would be a mistake for Apple. Here's why.
Google Docs Parts Hidden In iOS GMail App
Commentary  |  4/23/2012  | 
It looks like it was left in by accident, but the iOS GMail app has very limited support for Google Docs. We could create and edit word processing and spreadsheet documents on an iPad and iPhone, but only the text of the documents was editable.
Turn Your Kindle Fire Into A 'Real' Tablet
News  |  4/22/2012  | 
If you root the Kindle Fire and put a real Android operating system and real Android apps on it, can you turn this neutered e-reader from Amazon into an Android tablet you can be proud of? The answer is yes, sort of.
Google Continues Product Purge
News  |  4/20/2012  | 
Google shutters Flu Vaccine Finder and Google Related, and ends Patent Search as a separate website, in ongoing trimming of services.
Samsung Preps New Phone, Tablet, Cloud Service
News  |  4/20/2012  | 
Samsung will show off a new Galaxy smartphone May 3, but rumors also point to a new Galaxy tablet and cloud-based storage service.
Mobile Health Presents Life-Changing Opportunities
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
From medication reminders to wearable body sensors, mobile health solutions will become a vital part of our lives and many organizations' services.
Why Intel Cove Point Ultrabook Is No iPad Killer
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
Intel's latest showcase hybrid tablet-notebook is impressive as far as it goes, but it doesn't go far enough. It's too heavy, too expensive, and too short on battery life to make a serious dent in the iPad/MacBook juggernaut.
iPhone 5 May Get New Display, 'Liquidmetal'
Commentary  |  4/20/2012  | 
Reports that surfaced this week suggest the next iPhone will use brand-new touch screen technology and will be encased in something called "liquidmetal."
Verizon To Push Windows Phone
News  |  4/20/2012  | 
The iPhone has high costs and lower margins for carriers. One approach Verizon will have to keeping more of the money is to push Windows Phone, where they retain more control as well.
NYC Selects BigApps Contest Winners
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
New York City's third annual developers' contest awarded $50,000 for apps that help users take advantage of what the city has to offer.
6 Kickstarter Projects That Grabbed Our Attention
Commentary  |  4/19/2012  | 
Kickstarter is a crowd-funding website where people show off their ideas and ask for funding. There are plenty of good and bad ideas, but we're going to focus on six that caught our eye.
Intel-Based Xolo X900 Android Smartphone: India First
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
Lava kicked off sales of the Xolo X900, an Android smartphone with an Intel Atom processor inside. It marks Intel's renewed push into the mobile market.
Oracle, Google Struggle To Explain APIs To Jury
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
Day four of Oracle's copyright and patent lawsuit against Google's Android OS brings a lesson in API design and programming that even the judge declares 'confusing.'
Oracle Vs. Google: Tour The Evidence
Slideshows  |  4/19/2012  | 
Oracle and Google continue to fight a nasty courtroom battle over patent and copyright claims involving Java and mobile phones. Consider some of the crucial evidence introduced so far.
For Verizon, iPhone Outsells All LTE Android Smartphones
Commentary  |  4/19/2012  | 
Verizon Wireless sold more iPhones in its most recent quarter than all its LTE 4G smartphones combined.
How To Create Personalized Dashboards With Android Tablet Widgets
News  |  4/19/2012  | 
Android, unlike iOS, can display on home screens widgets that update live data. The Evernote, Google Voice, Twitter, and Facebook widgets can tell you a lot without you ever having to touch the screen.
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