Intel looks to Android for growth in tablets

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - April 17th, 2014

In case it wasn’t clear already, Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to grow its share of the tablet market, and with Windows flunking out on those devices, Android is the flavour of the month.

Trend Micro: Heartbleed flaw affects mobile apps

Jaikumar Vijayan by Jaikumar Vijayan - April 13th, 2014

Android and IOS mobile applications are just as vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug as websites are, security vendor Trend Micro warned in a blog post on Thursday.

Qualcomm adds fastest ever 64-bit Snapdragon mobile chip

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 9th, 2014

Qualcomm is getting high on 64-bit chips with its fastest ever Snapdragon processor, which will render 4K video, support LTE Advanced and could run the 64-bit Android OS. The new Snapdragon 810 is …

Google envisions Glass in businesses

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 9th, 2014

Google wants to put its Glass headmounted computer system to work. The company is looking to partner with enterprise software developers and businesses as part of a push to get Glass into the …

Nokia Unveils Photo-Centric Lumia 930, Plus Midrange Lumias 630 and 635

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 7th, 2014

Nokia phones took their turn at Microsoft’s Build 2014 developers’ conference, too–and not a moment too soon, given the latest smartphone announcements from Android rivals. At the Wednesday keynote, Nokia’s Stephen Elop announced the Nokia Lumia 930, the international variant to the Nokia Lumia Icon that the company recently launched on Verizon Wireless in the US.

Gartner: Digitalisation unavoidable

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - April 3rd, 2014

Gartner kicked off its annual Symposium/ITxpo conference at Madinat Hotel on 1st April, and the overriding emphasis of the event was digitalisation.

Intel taps Chinese tech hub to fuel mobile processor business

Michael Kan by Michael Kan - April 3rd, 2014

As devices powered by ARM chips flood the Chinese market, Intel is hoping to popularise its own mobile processors with a new centre built in the heart of one of China’s major technology hubs.

Microsoft to give Windows away for phones, small tablets

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - April 3rd, 2014

Hardware vendors making smartphones and tablets with screens smaller than 9 inches will get Windows for free, the latest aggressive move by Microsoft to increase the use of its OS on those devices.

Apple demands over $2B from Samsung for patent infringement

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - April 2nd, 2014

Samsung should pay more than $2 billion for repeated infringement of Apple patents in more than 37 million smartphones sold in the U.S., a Silicon Valley jury was told Tuesday as a trial between the two companies began after more than two years of preparation.

Dell unveils BYOD product plans

Ellen Messmer by Ellen Messmer - April 2nd, 2014

Dell has unveiled enterprise mobility software for Google Android or Apple iOS that supports BYOD use by selectively applying VPN controls only to the corporate apps on the device, not the employee’s personal apps.

Microsoft launches Office for iPad, iPhone and Android

Chris Martin by Chris Martin - March 30th, 2014

Microsoft has finally released Office for iPad alongside Office Mobile apps for iPhone and Android.

Nokia releases X smartphone family in UAE

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 24th, 2014

Nokia has released its Nokia X Android smartphone family – which has a tile-based interface inspired by the Lumia family – in the UAE.

Will Satya Nadella launch Office for iPad next week?

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - March 18th, 2014

Satya Nadella will hold his first press conference as Microsoft’s CEO next week, and reports are emerging that he’ll unveil a version of the Office suite for Apple’s iPad.

IDC: MEA tablet shipment booms in Q4

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 17th, 2014

Shipments of PC tablets into the Middle East and Africa expanded 111% year on year in the final quarter of 2013, according to the latest results released by IDC, as the overall MEA tablet market reached a total of 3.45 million units for the quarter.

Acer takes on the Nexus 7 with 7.9″ Intel tablet

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 13th, 2014

The new A1-830 tablet ticks all of the right boxes for people interested in a functional tablet sporting the sub 8-inch form factor. The tablet sports a 7.9-in, 1024×768 resolution screen at a 4:3 screen ratio; ideal for web browsing and reading e-books.

It’s all about mobile

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - March 10th, 2014

Around 75,000 people descended on the Catalonian city for the 2014 Mobile World Congress, which showcased faster and more flexible mobile networks and shiny new smartphones, among other connected things.

Android topples iPad in fast-growing tablet market

Chris Martin by Chris Martin - March 5th, 2014

The iPad has been the king of tablets for a number of years but Android has taken top spot, according to new figures from Gartner.

BlackBerry’s enterprise chief talks BES12

By Martyn Williams by By Martyn Williams - February 27th, 2014

The head of BlackBerry’s enterprise services business is plotting an aggressive launch of a new version of the company’s core enterprise server later this year as BlackBerry seeks to regain some of the ground it’s lost over the last few years.

Symantec rolls out mobile security solutions

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 27th, 2014

Symantec showcased its most recent mobile solutions for both businesses and consumers this week at two industry conferences, Mobile World Congress and RSA Conference 2014.

Battle of the fives: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 5S vs. Google Nexus 5

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - February 26th, 2014

Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S5 on Monday at a Mobile World Congress presentation in Barcelona, touting a slimmed-down approach to the latest flagship’s feature set and simplified design.

FireEye: New iOS flaw increases risk of spying on enterprises

Antone Gonsalves by Antone Gonsalves - February 26th, 2014

FireEye has uncovered an iOS vulnerability that an attacker could use to run a monitoring app on Apple devices and record all touches on their screens.

BlackBerry CEO Chen: ‘We are here to compete, regain lost ground’

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - February 26th, 2014

BlackBerry will launch a new version of its enterprise management server software later this year that the company hopes will strengthen its business with major corporations and help turn around its flagging fortunes.

Intel ends wait for 64-bit Android on smartphones

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 25th, 2014

The long wait for a 64-bit version of Android on smartphones is coming to a close, with Intel on Monday showing a version of the OS running on a handset. The OS was …

Samsung reveals Galaxy S5

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 25th, 2014

Samsung has revealed its Galaxy S5 will be resistant to water and dust, will feature a finger scanner and will have a 16MP camera at Samsung’s Unpacked event in Barcelona. The company’s president …

Nokia unveils affordable smartphones

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 25th, 2014

At the 2014 Mobile World Congress, Nokia has released five new affordable handsets, including Nokia X, a family of smartphones that run Android apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences. Stephen Elop, executive …

With voice calls, WhatsApp can tap new growth

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - February 25th, 2014

WhatsApp’s voice calling service, planned for later this year to augment its hot text-message offering, could yield an influx of customers and strengthen the service’s already firm standing in mobile messaging. WhatsApp will …

The Eye Tribe debuts first-ever eye tracker SDK for Android

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 25th, 2014

The Eye Tribe, a Danish multiplatform eye tracking software firm, today announced the beta release of the world’s first affordable eye tracking software development kit (SDK) for mass market Android devices. Previously only …

BlackBerry rolls out BES12 for enterprise mobility

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 25th, 2014

BlackBerry has unveiled plans for BlackBerry  Enterprise Service 12 (BES12), a new enterprise mobility solution that is application-enabled and unifies BES10 and BES5 to one platform. In addition, a new promotional program will …

Samsung to replace Android with Tizen on next Gear smartwatch

Matt Hamblen by Matt Hamblen - February 20th, 2014

On Monday Samsung will unveil its second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch, this one running the open source Tizen operating system, not the Android software that runs the first-generation model, according to reports.

Sony Xperia Z2 tablet tipped for MWC: Thinner design and Android 4.4 KitKat

Chris Martin by Chris Martin - February 18th, 2014

We’re now a week away from the smartphone and tablet focused mobile world congress (MWC) and devices continue to be leaked. The latest of which is a new tablet from Sony.

LG to display new trio of KitKat phones at Mobile World Congress

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - February 18th, 2014

LG Electronics has introduced the third generation of its low-end L series, with three new smartphones that all run Android 4.4 or KitKat.

HP moves to ease printing from Android tablets, smartphones

By Agam Shah by By Agam Shah - February 18th, 2014

Hewlett-Packard wants to make wireless printing of documents from Android mobile devices as easy as tapping one button.

Rakuten to buy Internet messaging app Viber for $900 million

Tim Hornyak by Tim Hornyak - February 16th, 2014

Japan’s Rakuten will acquire instant messaging and calling app developer Viber Media for US$900 million, the e-commerce giant said Friday.

IDC: Smartphone shipments hit 1 billion in 2013

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - February 13th, 2014

The world’s love affair with the smartphone continued unabated in 2013 with consumers snapping up more than 1 billion handsets during the year, according to an IDC estimate published on Wednesday.

Ericsson reveals huge support for Application Awards in MEA

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 11th, 2014

Entries for Ericsson’s Application Awards shut on 28th February, and the telecoms firm has said that it has so far received a significant number of entries for the global competition from the Middle East and Africa region.

Daunting challenges await Nadella as he takes over from Ballmer

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - February 5th, 2014

Satya Nadella will face a host of problems upon assuming his mantle as Microsoft CEO

Satya Nadella to succeed Ballmer as Microsoft CEO

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - February 5th, 2014

Microsoft has finally concluded its protracted search and chosen its new CEO: Satya Nadella, who as executive vice president of the company’s Cloud and Enterprise group has successfully steered the shift of the company’s back-end server software and tools to the cloud.

History lesson: Mobile malware

Axelle Apvrille, Senior Mobile Malware Analyst Researcher, Fortinet by Axelle Apvrille, Senior Mobile Malware Analyst Researcher, Fortinet - February 2nd, 2014

2014 marks the 10th anniversary of Cabir, the world’s first mobile phone malware. To mark this occasion, Fortinet’s FortiGuard Labs is taking a stroll down memory lane to examine the evolution and significance of mobile threats during the last 10 years.

iPhones change the business landscape

Anthony Perridge, EMEA Channel Director, Sourcefire by Anthony Perridge, EMEA Channel Director, Sourcefire - January 30th, 2014

It is difficult to remember the revolution the iPhone caused, says Anthony Perridge, EMEA Channel Director, Sourcefire

Lenovo to acquire Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion

Brian Karlovsky by Brian Karlovsky - January 30th, 2014

Lenovo is set to buy Motorola Mobility from Google for $2.91 billion in a deal that excludes the vast majority of Motorola’s patent portfolio.

Canalys: Android, wearable tech to get boost from Google-Samsung patent deal

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - January 28th, 2014

The Android ecosystem and wearable technology will probably get a boost from the patent deal Google and Samsung have struck, but the agreement is unlikely to have an influence on Samsung’s intellectual property disputes with Apple, analysts said Monday.

IDC: Global smartphone shipments topped 1 billion in 2013

Tim Hornyak by Tim Hornyak - January 28th, 2014

New numbers on smartphones suggest they’ve notched a significant milestone. The global market topped 1 billion shipments for the first time in 2013, covering about one-seventh of the world’s population, according to research by IDC.

Apple edges back toward the data centre

Ryan Faas by Ryan Faas - January 23rd, 2014

Recently, Apple seems to be falling back into some of its old habits and it now looks like the company may be starting to inch its way back to the data centre.

Google faces $125 million in damages for Android patent

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - January 23rd, 2014

SimpleAir is seeking $125M in damages from Google after a jury found that push notification services in Android infringe on a SimpleAir patent, the company said Tuesday.

VMware acquires AirWatch in $1.54 billion deal

Mikael Ricknäs by Mikael Ricknäs - January 23rd, 2014

VMware has reached a deal to acquire mobile management specialist AirWatch for US$1.54 billion, with $1.175 billion being paid in cash and $365 million arriving in installment payments and assumed unvested equity.

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