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Microsoft and Google aren’t happy with mutant Android-Windows hybrids – PCWorld

Friday, March 14, 2014

Microsoft may be comfortable with Windows Phone and Android splitting time on a single phone, but when it comes to PCs, fuhgeddaboutit. Google also isn’t too thrilled with the idea of Frankenstein Android-Windows computers, and at least one PC maker may have to dump the hybrid devices from their lineup as a result. Asus, makers of the Transformer AiO P1801 and P1802, is reportedly being forced to put the kibosh…

iPhone, iPad battery draining faster on iOS 7.1? You’re not alone – ZDNet

Friday, March 14, 2014

(Image: CNET/CBS Interactive) iPhone and iPad users running the latest software version, iOS 7.1, is considerably draining battery life, according to some users. Read this 26 ways to improve your iPhone’s battery life Read more The iterative software update, released on Monday, boasts a number of new features, including accessibility tweaks and user interface design changes, along with a number of security fixes. According to…

Apple iPhone 6 rumors: the good, the bad and the wacky – Washington Post (blog)

Friday, March 14, 2014

Analysts have their money on Apple boosting the size of its iPhone screen. (Philippe Huguen/AFP/Getty Images) The iPhone 5s and 5c have only been out for about six months — but the rumor mill is moving fast and furious on what the next version of Apple’s flagship phone will look like. Here’s a roundup of the good, the bad and the wacky. As always, take it all with a grain…

Here’s What An iPhone 6 With A Curved Display Might Look Like – TechCrunch

Friday, March 14, 2014

It’s that time of year again, friends. It’s been a few months since the last iPhone was released, which means everyone is trying to figure out what the next iPhone will look like. Once upon a time, this meant there was a constant stream of fakes being passed around forums and blogs as the real deal. Lately, though, it seems many of the folks with enough talent to make a…

US retail sales rebound from winter chill, jobless claims fall – Reuters

Friday, March 14, 2014

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. retail sales rebounded in February and new filings for jobless benefits hit a fresh three-month low last week, suggesting the economy was regaining strength after an abrupt slowdown caused by severe weather. The data on Thursday reinforced expectations of a pick-up in economic activity and should encourage the Federal Reserve to continue scaling back its massive monetary stimulus. “The economy seems to be rebounding from a…

5 awesome tricks that will make your iPhone run much smoother – BGR

Friday, March 14, 2014

One of the many reasons Apple’s iPhone lineup has been so popular over the years is because of how smooth and consistent the user experience tends to be. When it comes to mobile devices, however, there are always little tricks that can help smooth things out even more. Apple’s new iOS 7.1 software offers some huge performance improvements in addition to big visual changes, new feature additions and some bug…

Microsoft shakes up Windows Phone with dual-boot Android hybrids and free … – PCWorld (blog)

Friday, March 14, 2014

American smartphone fans hoping for an Android-Windows Phone dual-boot device no longer need to look at India’s Karbonn Mobile with envy. Huawei plans to release a dual-boot smartphone loaded with Google’s and Microsoft’s operating systems in the U.S. this spring. “We think the dual OS can be a new choice for the consumer. It will be on sale in the US in Q2,” Huawei marketing chief Shao Yang told Trusted…

Microsoft OneDrive launches with Dropbox-like bonus storage and new Android … – The Verge

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Microsoft unveiled its replacement name for SkyDrive just a few weeks ago, and the company is now ready to fully rebrand its cloud storage service to OneDrive today. If you’re an existing SkyDrive user then this won’t mean a whole lot. SkyDrive is being automatically upgraded to OneDrive, and existing apps will continue to work with the service. Microsoft will rebrand its Windows 8, Windows Vista, and Mac apps today, alongside…

Synaptics: We can do iPhone-like fingerprint sensors, but better – PCWorld (blog)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Synaptics executives say that they plan to build the fingerprint sensors that made Apple’s latest iPhones famous directly behind the glass of Android and Windows smartphones, removing the need for a dedicated hardware button.  In October, Synaptics acquired fingerprint ID provider Validity for $255 million, giving it an entree into the fingerprint identification market that had, for years, languished in relative obscurity. With the iPhone 5 that Apple launched in…

Nokia’s upcoming Windroid phone exploits Android’s Achilles’ heel: Its openness – Computerworld (blog)

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The Android phone Nokia is expected to release next week at Mobile World Congress will apparently have an interface that looks more like Windows than Android, and feature Microsoft and Nokia services, rather those made by Android-maker Google. It looks as if Microsoft will be exploiting Android’s Achilles’ heel: Its openness. Numerous news outlets have reported on the up-coming release of Nokia’s low-end Android phone, to be called the Nokia…

BlackBerry chief ‘outraged’ by T-Mobile’s iPhone promotion – PCWorld

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Relations between BlackBerry and T-Mobile have turned frosty after a promotion last week saw T-Mobile BlackBerry users offered a cheap iPhone. The email promotion offered some T-Mobile customers an iPhone 5s for US$500, a saving of $150 on the retail price. BlackBerry has seen its user base contract in recent years as consumers were won over by iPhones and Android devices, so many current BlackBerry users are either those on…

Report: Malware-infected Android apps spike in the Google Play store – PCWorld

Thursday, February 20, 2014

The number of mobile apps infected with malware in Google’s Play store nearly quadrupled between 2011 and 2013, a security group has reported. In 2011, there were approximately 11,000 apps in Google’s mobile marketplace that contained malicious software capable of stealing people’s data and committing fraud, according to the results of a study published Wednesday by RiskIQ, an online security services company. By 2013, more than 42,000 apps in Google’s…