Apple, IBM spell out enterprise support

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 19th, 2014

Apple will provide an expanded set of support services to IBM customers with iPhones and iPads under a new enterprise-grade AppleCare plan, the support and warranty extensions Apple has long sold to consumers and businesses.

Samsung pins its hopes on Galaxy Alpha’s metal frame

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 13th, 2014

Samsung has launched its new Galaxy Alpha with a metal frame, in a bid to boost sales after the plastic design of its smartphones has been blamed for the company’s recent struggles. The …

Google acquires Emu texting and virtual assistant app

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - August 7th, 2014

Google has acquired Emu, a text-messaging app with a built-in virtual assistant created by a veteran of Apple’s Siri team. The Emu team announced the acquisition in a blog post Wednesday. Emu and Google …

Android grabs record 85 percent smartphone share

Tim Hornyak by Tim Hornyak - July 31st, 2014

Google’s dominance of the smartphone market has reached new heights, with its Android operating system now accounting for a record 84.6 percent share of global smartphone shipments, according to research by Strategy Analytics.

Apple reports huge profit but sales disappoint

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - July 23rd, 2014

Apple has racked up another hugely profitable quarter on sales of iPhones and Macintosh computers, though its revenue growth was slower than expected.

Nadella seeks to axe failing hardware

Brad Chacos by Brad Chacos - July 23rd, 2014

Microsoft’s quarterly financials are out, and they paint a startlingly clear picture of why new CEO Satya Nadella is in such a hurry to scuttle away from the “devices and services” mantra rolled out by former honcho Steve Ballmer just last year.

Apple and IBM pair for iOS apps

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - July 16th, 2014

Apple is making a push for the corporate IT market through a partnership with IBM, which will develop iOS apps for its Big Data and analytics services and promote iPhones and iPads to clients.

Lot of smoke, little Fire

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 8th, 2014

Online editor James Dartnell gives his take on Amazon’s much-anticipated entry into the smartphone market.

Malicious mobility

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - June 5th, 2014

From paying bills on our smartphones to banking on our tablets, we are living more and more of our lives on our mobile devices. However, with all of this agility comes a measure of concern.

Apple and Samsung fail to settle patent dispute in California

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - May 22nd, 2014

Apple and Samsung told a court in California that they had failed to reach a settlement in their patent dispute, suggesting that a deal akin to that between Google and Apple may not be on the cards anytime soon.

Apple and Google agree to drop all patent suits

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - May 18th, 2014

Apple and Google have agreed to drop all current patent infringement lawsuits between them, they said Friday.

Android tops mobile ad traffic for first time

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - April 23rd, 2014

Devices running Google’s Android operating system have dethroned Apple’s iPhones and iPads as the biggest drivers of worldwide mobile ad traffic, according to a new study from Opera Mediaworks.

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 …

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.

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.

ESET: 25,000 Unix servers hit with backdoor trojan

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 20th, 2014

Security researchers at ESET, in collaboration with CERT-Bund, the Swedish National Infrastructure for Computing as well as other agencies, have uncovered a widespread cybercriminal campaign that has seized control of over 25,000 Unix servers worldwide.

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.

Hands on with iOS 7.1: A few good improvements

Michael deAgonia by Michael deAgonia - March 16th, 2014

Four months after releasing iOS 7 – the latest major update to the operating system controlling Apple mobile devices – iOS 7.1 has hit the airwaves, providing bug fixes, performance enhancements and a few welcome additions for your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

iOS 7.1 release pushes new tweaks and features

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - March 11th, 2014

Lest you thought you might be waiting until iOS 8 for a new dose of Apple’s mobile operating system, iOS 7.1 is here with a bunch of changes, enhancements, and updates. The upgrade’s …

Cebit: Euro leaders evoke private data protection

Peter Sayer by Peter Sayer - March 10th, 2014

Protecting privacy was on the minds of almost all the dignitaries assembled in Hanover on Sunday night to open this year’s Cebit trade show, with the theme of “datability,” – responsibility in Big Data – topping the agenda.

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.

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 …

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.

Yahoo acquires diary app maker Wander with an eye toward mobile

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - February 12th, 2014

Yahoo has acquired Wander, a startup that makes a diary app, as part of the Internet company’s continuing efforts to improve its products on mobile devices.

LinkedIn axes new email service that sparked security concerns

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - February 9th, 2014

LinkedIn is shutting down Intro, its recently launched mobile service for connecting people over email, after it raised security concerns.

Review: Porsche Design P9982 from BlackBerry

Tom Paye by Tom Paye - February 4th, 2014

The P9982′s price tag is absolutely mad when you think about the device that you’re actually getting, though perhaps it’s the madness that makes it special.

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

Apple’s iPod business collapses as revenue becomes a rounding error

By Gregg Keizer by By Gregg Keizer - January 29th, 2014

Apple’s iPod business collapsed last quarter, with revenue plummeting 55% and the number of music players dropping by more than half compared to the same period in 2012, the company said yesterday.

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.

Profits stall at Samsung’s mobile division

Tim Hornyak by Tim Hornyak - January 26th, 2014

Profits were flat in the fourth quarter in Samsung Electronics’ smartphone and tablet business, despite an uptick in sales, in part because the company spent more on marketing over the holiday shopping period.

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.

California court rules Samsung infringed Apple patent ahead of trial

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - January 23rd, 2014

A court in California has ruled that Samsung Electronics infringed in its devices an Apple patent on word recommendations during text input, ahead of a March trial.

Apple to fix iOS 7 home screeen crash bug

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - January 23rd, 2014

Apple says it will fix a bug in the iOS 7 operating system that has caused some iPhones to crash.

Apple’s Mac ends up in tablet cannibal pot, too

Gregg Keizer by Gregg Keizer - January 14th, 2014

Tablet consumers have taken as big a bite out of Mac growth as they have out of personal computers in general, showing that Apple is not immune to the seismic shift it triggered with the iPad.

BlackBerry recommits to the physical keyboard

Jared Newman by Jared Newman - January 14th, 2014

BlackBerry will rededicate itself to physical keyboards as the company tries to regain its footing.

Your mammoth guide to the best A7-ready apps for iPad Mini and iPad Air

Lou Hattersley by Lou Hattersley - January 8th, 2014

The headline feature of the new iPad mini and iPad Air is its fast A7 processor and Retina screen. And what a thing of beauty is the latter…

BlackBerry CEO Chen: ‘Blackberry still most secure solution.’

Matt Hamblen by Matt Hamblen - January 8th, 2014

Recently-installed BlackBerry CEO John Chen is on a mission to revive the ailing company to financial health, largely by restoring faith in BlackBerry among corporate CIO’s and other traditional enterprise customers.

Google aiming to bring Android to cars by end of 2014

Loek Essers by Loek Essers - January 7th, 2014

Google has teamed up with several auto manufacturers on Monday with the goal of bringing Android to cars by the end of this year.

BlackBerry sues Typo over ‘iconic’ keyboard design

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - January 6th, 2014

BlackBerry has filed a copyright infringement suit against a company co-founded by Ryan Seacrest that makes a keyboard case for the iPhone.

What wearable tech has up its sleeve for CES 2014

Jon Phillips by Jon Phillips - January 5th, 2014

Wearable technology is an exploding field in desperate need of a category-defining product. And now, with the Consumer Electronics Show upon us, we get to see whether any company can release an uncompromised, mainstream consumer hit in 2014.

Lenovo launches four new phones, Vibe Z best offering

Evan Dashevsky by Evan Dashevsky - January 5th, 2014

In a flurry of budget also-ran device releases from Lenovo, the newly-unveiled Vibe Z stands out. Not only is it the company’s first LTE-compatible phone, it also boasts some quality mobile innards to boot.

Predictions gone wrong: Losing bets analysts made for 2013

Lisa Schmeiser by Lisa Schmeiser - January 2nd, 2014

Cast your mind back to the late 2000s – when the iPhone 3G beguiled consumers and the iTunes App Store began shifting users’ ideas about how they bought and used software. When Microsoft pros saw nothing but clear skies after Windows 7 cleared out the Windows Vista storm, and when green technology was touted as a transformative force in IT.

Der Spiegel: NSA developed software for backdoor access to iPhones

Stephen Lawson by Stephen Lawson - January 2nd, 2014

The U.S. National Security Agency was developing a software implant in 2008 for Apple iPhones that allowed the agency to take almost total control of the device, including retrieving text messages and voicemail and remotely turning on its microphone and camera, according to a report by Der Spiegel.

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    They say that good things come in small packages—diamond rings, the crown jewels, keys to an exotic villa. When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, big is beautiful, writes James Dartnell.

  • Acer takes on the Nexus 7 with 7.9″ Intel tablet

    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.

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

    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.

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