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Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in August 2012
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HP, Dell Jump Back Into Tablet Market
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
With new Windows RT and Windows 8 tablets, Dell and HP look to gain a new foothold. But will they learn from their past tablet failures?
Walmart Search Engine Move Aims At Amazon
News  |  8/31/2012  | 
By developing its own e-commerce search engine, Walmart aims to drive more online sales.
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.
Apple Worked A Broken Patent System
Commentary  |  8/30/2012  | 
Apple used a dysfunctional U.S. patent system to gain excessive control over technologies it did not invent. If you value innovation, don't cheer Samsung's punishment.
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.
Amazon Kindle Fire: Total Number Sold Remains Mystery
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
Amazon on Thursday said that its Kindle Fire tablet, available for the past nine months, has sold out, accounting for 22% of U.S. tablet sales in the process. But it won’t talk number of units.
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.
Android Drives China Smartphone Adoption Past U.S.
News  |  8/30/2012  | 
China will race past the U.S. in smartphone adoption this year, thanks to inexpensive Android devices.
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.
10 Best Apps For Samsung Galaxy Notes
Slideshows  |  8/29/2012  | 
Check out these 10 great apps that take advantage of the Samsung phablet's S Pen stylus.
10 Tips For Not Working This Weekend
Commentary  |  8/29/2012  | 
This Labor Day weekend BYOB, not BYOD. Unless you're a cop or a doctor or something like that.
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.
How Wireless Operators Get Hurricane-Ready
News  |  8/29/2012  | 
Verizon Wireless talks about how its COLT (cell on light truck) mobile base station trucks can be deployed at hurricane time.
Road Warrior Must-Have: myCharge Battery Pack
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
More than just an external battery, the myCharge Summit 3000 can handle up to three devices at once. It comes with the connectors you need built-in, and can even sync your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.
Your Purchased iTunes, Ebooks Die With You
Commentary  |  8/28/2012  | 
The iTunes license is nontransferable. So when you die, all access to the content you've bought goes with you. BYTE's Chris Spera thinks that's messed up.
Google Gives Nexus 7 Prime Ad Spot
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Google embellishes its usual pristine, white search page with an ad for its 7" Android tablet.
VMware Shows More Of BYOD, Virtual Desktop Tools
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
At VMworld, VMware CTO Steve Herrod shares more details on upcoming Horizon tools that extend desktop virtualization to Android, iOS devices. VMware has talked up that idea before, but the suite's beta version won't be ready until late 2012.
Video: Good Technology App Upgraded For Easier Mobile Work
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Good Technology on Wednesday upgraded Good for Enterprise, an email and collaboration app that lets employees use personal smartphones without compromising data security. The major upgrade is focused on making GFE easier to use and require fewer clicks.
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.
FAA Reconsiders Airplane Mobile Device Ban
News  |  8/28/2012  | 
Federal Aviation Administration study may change airlines' requirement that passengers turn off electronic devices for significant portions of flights.
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.
T-Mobile Works iPhone 5 Angles
Commentary  |  8/28/2012  | 
T-Mobile is preparing its retail staff for the iPhone 5's arrival--even though it won't be selling the device. For example, it can woo unlocked iPhone owners.
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.
Ready For This? GlassMap Maps Social Network Streams
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Glassmap puts your social streams on a map, hinting at a future when news won't live on a single scrolling page but will come alive on a map as you walk around in the real world.
Apple Wins, But Android Game Not Over
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Samsung lost an important legal round to Apple. But looking ahead, Google has Android patent weapons of its own.
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.
Android Smartphones To Power NASA Satellites
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
NASA plans to use Nexus Android smartphones as the on-board computers on tiny, low-cost satellites.
iOS And Android Phones Are Taking Over The World
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
It's a good time to be a mobile phone software developer: iOS and Android phones are being adopted at a rate never seen before in consumer tech history, according to mobile analytics firm Flurry.
Google Nexus 7: A Work Tablet?
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Google's first Android tablet, with its fast quad-core processor, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, compact size, and hi-res screen, offers the best bang for the buck of any tablet available today. It's the snappiest, most comfortable-feeling tablet I've tested.
iPhone 5's 'One More Thing': NFC?
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Of all the features rumored to be in the iPhone 5, near-field communications steals the show for its potential to bring mobile payments to the masses.
Siri And Rivals Prep Next Trick: Mind Reading
Commentary  |  8/27/2012  | 
Move over KITT from Knight Rider, Apple and Google have smartphone companions that will offer helpful information before you ask. But the creepiness factor must be kept in check.
Obama, Romney: Send $$, THX!
News  |  8/27/2012  | 
Obama campaign will take texted donations, while Romney camp offers Square option at convention.
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?
Apple Verdict Could Boost Microsoft, RIM Smartphones
Commentary  |  8/27/2012  | 
Here's how Apple's courtroom win against Samsung might impact Microsoft's Windows Phone platform and RIM's BlackBerry 10.
USDA Expands Mobile Efforts
News  |  8/26/2012  | 
Agency hopes to expand number of mobile users in the department from 15,000 to 100,000 with program that will support both government-issued and personal phones and tablets.
Apple Wins $1.05 Billion In Samsung Patent Case
News  |  8/24/2012  | 
Rather than risk a loss similar to Samsung's, rival smartphone makers will now likely give the Apple iPhone design a wide berth, legal experts say.
Synaptics' New Touch Technology: Less Is More
News  |  8/24/2012  | 
Touch screens and touchpads are about to get thinner, says Synaptics, resulting in thinner notebooks and smart phones. Next-gen touchpads also will respond to degrees of force.
Apple, Samsung Both Violated Patents: South Korean Court
News  |  8/24/2012  | 
The decision helps Samsung, but is it fair?
Feds Give Agencies More BYOD Advice
News  |  8/24/2012  | 
New guidelines lay the foundation for more federal agencies to begin allowing employees to bring their own iPhones, iPads, and Android devices to work.
Facebook Takes Mobile App Native For Speed
News  |  8/23/2012  | 
Facebook remains under pressure to prove that its social network will thrive as much on mobile devices as it has on desktop computers
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.
AT&T: No iPhone FaceTime Without Paying Extra
News  |  8/23/2012  | 
Legal experts say AT&T violates FCC rules with plan to restrict FaceTime use on its cellular network to premium-plan customers.
Android And BlackBerry Safer Than iOS For SMS
News  |  8/23/2012  | 
Other smartphone platforms offer more secure SMS than iPhone, says mobile security firm.
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