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Mobile apps making Do-Not-Call Act obsolete

It once took an act of Congress to block unwanted calls, now it just takes a smartphone app.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Wed, 04/16/14 - 10:07am.

The top-four call-blocking smartphone apps - Mr. Number, True Caller, WhitePages Current, and Call Blocker - have been downloaded over 20 million times. Tied for the No. 4 call-blocking app, WhitePages Current claims to have identified 7 billion incoming calls and texts.

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Google Glass gets a makeover before reintroducing itself to the public

Google’s announcement of the public sale of Glass and last night’s release of new Glass features and an upgrade to Android KitKat is big news for the wearable community.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Tue, 04/15/14 - 3:29pm.

There is a subculture of wearable technology enthusiasts and developers that has been buying Glass, following Glass, chasing invitations to buy Glass, and tracking Glass’s developments on RSS feeds and Google Plus. This group has been abuzz with the news of the public sale of Glass for more than a month.

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Android malware is rare, but some choose it deliberately

Google's recently released numbers on Android malware include those who root with custom ROMs.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Thu, 04/10/14 - 1:33pm.

Google just released its latest numbers of potentially harmful apps (PHA) installed on Android devices. Based on data from 4 billion app installations, only 0.18% of users go forward with an app installation after being warned that it may be insecure, according to Google.

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Qualcomm's new 64-bit processors: Blurring the lines between mobile and wired internet

While a 64-bit processor may seem like overkill for today's mobile devices, it's a sign of things to come.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Thu, 04/10/14 - 11:17am.

In the context of today’s smartphones, it’s hard to imagine a 64-bit processor-powered mobile device when 32-bit processors will do the job for most mobile users. The 32-bit processor in most consumers’ pockets hasn’t reached its limits. A 32-bit processor supports up to four gigabytes of directly addressable RAM. Most smartphones don’t use more than one or two gigabytes of RAM, so there is still plenty of head room.

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Microsoft scores against Android by relinquishing control of Windows

At Microsoft's Build developer conference, Microsoft gave up control of its Windows 8 royalties for devices with screens smaller than 9 inches.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Thu, 04/03/14 - 4:32pm.

When the mobile bell finally rang at Microsoft, like a punch-drunk fighter, Ballmer came into the ring punching the air as he tried to control the mobile phone market like the company once did desktops.

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Apple's attention problem

The iPhone has been a fashion statement for years, but with market share beginning to slide, Apple needs to re-capture consumers' attention to compete with Android.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Thu, 04/03/14 - 1:50pm.

Credit: Kantar Worldpanel

The iPhone is fashionable in part because of Apple’s designers and in part because consumers see Apple as an innovator. Tim Cook summed up Apple’s definition of innovation in an interview with NBC’s Brian Williams a little over a year ago:

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China has a market to accommodate Apple's 4G iPad

In China, Apple's premium brand strategy is targeted at the same wealthy buyers of Este Lauder cosmetics, BMW cars and Burberry clothing.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Wed, 04/02/14 - 10:01am.

Apple announced that its 4G LTE iPad is on sale today in China, one of the two Chinas. Apple can’t compete with Android in the entire Chinese market.

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Is Oculus a vanity project for Zuckerberg?

Oculus has its technological benefits, but there may be only one reason Facebook spent $2 billion for the company.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Thu, 03/27/14 - 2:08pm.

Trying really hard, one can imagine a technology-based argument to integrate Occulus VR virtual reality goggles into Facebook. It would be really cool to experience Facebook’s newsfeed as a simulated reality. A virtual reality experience of a friend’s black diamond snowboard run would be amazing. If that were the case, though, Facebook would be working with every virtual reality company, maybe fund a few, and thus efficiently spread its bet on a virtual Facebook reality over many of these ventures.

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MIT researchers bring Javascript to Google Glass

Open Source Wearscript puts Javascript on Google Glass, with many new, and some unexpected, input choices.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Thu, 03/27/14 - 9:33am.

Earlier this week, Brandyn White, a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland, and Scott Greenwald, a PhD candidate at MIT, led a workshop at the MIT Media Lab to showcase an open source project called WearScript, a Javascript environment that runs on Google Glass. The category of wearables is still evolving.

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Why the Moto 360 will succeed where other smartwatches failed

Motorola introduced the Moto 360, making voice the primary user interface for wearables.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Fri, 03/21/14 - 8:53am.

There are some big differences between the Moto 360 and every other wearable: no buttons to push or touchscreens to swipe thanks to a user interface (UI) designed for voice commands. At the core of wearable design is hands-free functionality.

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Open source project builds mobile networks without big carriers

Data centers, mobile phones, and the software industry have all been changed by open source. Are mobile networks next?
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Mon, 03/17/14 - 8:00am.

Open source projects garner the attention of the tech community because the passionate people behind these developments occasionally cause major disruption and create opportunities to change industries, as Android and Linux did.

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What does Android's wearable SDK mean for developers?

The SDK should speed the development of Android wearables, and could extend Android to the IoT and Google Glass.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Wed, 03/12/14 - 10:06am.

There has been a lot of buzz in the developer community since Sunday’s preannouncement of an Android software development kit (SDK) for wearable devices at SXSW 2014. The wearable technology, designer, and developer communities will have to wait two weeks for details. Wearables are the definition of cognitive dissonance. This product category is both the next big thing and a solution looking for a problem. Let’s explore what wearable means before we speculate about the SDK.

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At RSA Conference, Android security chief discusses how Google fights malware

Android Security chief discusses new technology that "looks for the malware needle in the haystack" during a retrospective of the Masterkey Vulnerability.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Wed, 03/05/14 - 3:23pm.

Android's lead security engineer Adrian Ludwig reflected privately after his talk at the RSA Conference about the announcements of other companies' security flaws that are always timed to coincide with security conferences.

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Hacking an Android phone for $8 monthly broadband and TV

It wasn't easy, but I used a Wi-Fi router app for a smartphone to get access to live television and home broadband access, eliminating a monthly cable bill.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Tue, 03/04/14 - 12:00pm.

Depending on where you are, you can significantly cut your bills for basic cable, home broadband, and mobile voice and data with T-Mobile and Aereo live TV over the internet. In San Antonio, Texas, I hacked an Android smartphone into a Wi-Fi router and then subscribed to Aereo instead of subscribing with one of the cable television and internet companies. I saved a bundle of money.

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The Nokia X: Something Microsoft should learn not to do again

After much speculation, Nokia announced its Android smartphone at the Mobile World Congress today. The Nokia X leaves open many questions.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Mon, 02/24/14 - 4:30pm.

Imagining the six-month internal Nokia/Microsoft review of the Nokia X brings to mind the conversation at CIA Langley headquarters between CIA bureaucrat Chubb and his aid Palmer from the last scene of Burn after Reading.

CHUBB: What did we learn, Palmer?

PALMER: I don't know, sir.

CHUBB: I don't [explicative deleted] know either. I guess we learned not to do it again.

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With 'virgin' developers, Microsoft could fork Android

A similar proprietary software scenario fueled Microsoft's growth when it was a young company supplying PC operating systems.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Wed, 02/19/14 - 4:16pm.

Windows Phone is not an option for Microsoft’s mobile renaissance. It’s just too little and too late.

To catch up, Microsoft could invest in an Android fork that would impress consumers with responsive on-device performance, integration with Microsoft’s mobile ecosystem, and compatibility with the more than 1 million apps available through the Google Play and other app stores.

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How Nokia could help Microsoft with its Android smartphone

It would take an unconventional approach, but Nokia's Android-based Normandy smartphone could be good for Microsoft.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Thu, 02/13/14 - 2:30pm.

An Android Nokia smartphone has attracted a lot of attention lately, projecting an image of a few renegade Finns standing up against the Microsoft empire.

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How Microsoft and Mobilespaces are using the cloud for MDM

It appears that MDM vendors are betting that the consumerization of mobile apps will follow the consumerization of mobile devices in the enterprise.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Thu, 02/06/14 - 1:24pm.

The most compelling mobile apps will drive more of enterprise IT into the cloud. Mobile Device Management (MDM) is shifting to the cloud, too.

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How Jerry Seinfeld unintentionally promoted Google's Chromecast API

If a Facebook ad offered me next week's episode of "True Detective" right now for $3.99 I'd stop writing this and start watching it.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Tue, 02/04/14 - 2:20pm.

In his interview last night with Buzzfeed's business editor Peter Lauria, Jerry Seinfeld gave a good example of the potential of the Chromecast API, which Google released yesterday.

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How the tablet market can fix its growth problem

IDC says growth in tablet shipments are slipping. Market saturation may be one cause, but usefulness is another.
Submitted by Steven Max Patterson on Thu, 01/30/14 - 10:04am.

A roller-coaster nose dive in year-over-year quarterly table shipments from 75.3% to 28.2% would turn stomachs. In its tablet shipment statistics released yesterday, IDC identified the cause to be high levels or consumer saturation. There is another problem - usefulness.

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