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posted in May 2012
A United Nations agency wants to insinuate itself into the governance of the Internet. Not even the Obama administration thinks enough of the UN to take this sitting down.
Software companies used to put a lot of money and effort into help systems. Now it's been thrown in the trash. Need help? What we're left with is Google and Siri.
Both for businesses' mobile security and user friendliness, no approach is more compelling than mobile virtualization. Virtualization, which lets both business and personal OS sessions run on the same phone simultaneously, might not become available until Apple "invents" it--but it's coming, one way or another.
In a devastating blow to Oracle's claims against Google for creating a Java variant, the jury has found for Google in the meat of the case.
If you carry multiple devices and don't have time to sit and let them charge, a Powerbag could be the answer. Powerbags--backpacks, briefcases, and messenger bags made by the eponymously named company--include an internal battery with short cables for charging various devices. We tested a backpack.
iOS devices are all over the enterprise. Security threats against them might or might not exist, but they are certainly possible. The only responsible course of action for Apple is to make its update process transparent and predictable.
The world is secretly full of embedded cellular applications. It's called M2M for machine-to-machine, and it leads to new efficiencies for everything from the office coffee machine to the burglar alarm.
Company clarifies: users who want to upgrade phones to 4G LTE can keep their unlimited data plan, but they have to pay the full, unsubsidized cost of their phones in order to keep it. Comcast also to experiment with tiered data plans.
Facebook is so outrageously popular that many are tempted to use it for business, just like other consumerization trends. Resist the urge. Facebook will always be a poor choice for business functions.
Verizon customers who move to 4G LTE will lose their unlimited data plan. But let's not gripe about thieving carriers until we know the specifics. The new 4G LTE "data share" plan could easily turn out to be a better deal, especially for families.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the next iPhone, expected in the fall, will have a screen at least 4 inches diagonally. The move will counter competition from Samsung, Motorola, Nokia and other smart phone vendors who have been using even larger screens.
Is Steve Ballmer the "worst CEO" in America today, as a Forbes article claims? It's an utterly unfair analysis.
Carriers don't have confidence in "Windows Phone" as a brand. Mostly they avoid discussing it. Fair or not, the name "Windows" doesn't inspire confidence among phone buyers. Microsoft should have named it something else.
Do you find that messages sent through the Messages app on iOS are unreliable? If all you want to do is send an SMS text message, you can make it work better with a Settings change.
appBlaster turns your iPhone or iPod Touch into a real-world first-person-shooter gaming device. The plastic gun is one of a series of similar smartphone toys being offered by Apptoyz. Coming soon: a helicopter, fishing rod, and driving console.
Wireless carriers in Europe are ending their handset subsidies and U.S. carriers Verizon, AT&T. Sprint and T-Mobile are considering the same thing. If they try this, they can't keep gouging on data plans or demanding long-term contracts.
One anti-government activist received a Skype message and malware attached to it from another who had already been arrested.
Imagine if one of the major technology companies disappeared without a trace. No more of its products, no more support. Which company would we miss and which would be no great loss? We asked ourselves this question about Microsoft, Google, Apple, IBM, RIM, and some other biggies. Here's what we think.
Symantec Tuesday announced four new tools for mobile security, especially in a BYOD environment. The tools enhance application security, data loss prevention, and certificate management.
The latest hot smartphone from Samsung will have a wireless charging option and add-on products are available for other devices. Doesn't this make mobile computing better? No, it doesn't.
A new Trojan masquerating as a Google Android security update can automatically download and prompt the user to install it, .