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Topic: Android

I Bet My Life: Microsoft HoloLens perfectly targets its core competency

01/24/2015, 12:01 pm

Microsoft's ability to leverage the tech media's credulity is weakening, as is evident from the emerging skepticism of its ability to deliver upon its latest product demonstration: HoloLens.

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How Apple Inc. managed to upstage the tech industry at CES for fifteen years

01/15/2015, 05:01 am

Within three years of Steve Jobs' return to Apple in 1996, he transformed the then-struggling company into an innovation machine capable of consistently stealing attention from the rest of the industry. This year's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas suffered at least its fifteenth year of being upstaged by Apple.

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Android 5.0 Lollipop still hard to find, full of bugs as Google shrugs off security flaws for 60% of its installed base

01/13/2015, 06:01 pm

Google's Android team has advised outside security researchers that it will no longer fix security bugs found in Jelly Bean or earlier releases, despite the fact that "pre-KitKat 4.4" software powers the majority of active users' devices currently accessing Google Play. Meanwhile, less than 0.1 percent of Android users have received Android 5.0, and those who have report an "unfinished/unpolished" experience.

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Samsung warns investors of first holiday quarter profit decline since 2011

01/08/2015, 05:01 am

Samsung Electronics has released "preliminary earnings guidance" for the December quarter, calling for revenues of around 52T KRW ($47B) and operating profits of about 5.2T KRW ($4.73B), a profit decline of 37 percent compared to the year-ago quarter -- its first such decline for the holiday period since 2011.

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After Intel spent billions to subsidize 40M Android Atom tablets, Microsoft releases Office only for ARM

01/07/2015, 06:01 pm

Intel's mobile chip division has lost $7 billion over the last two years while heavily subsidizing the manufacturing costs of Android tablet makers agreeing to use the chipmaker's Atom mobile x86 processors. Microsoft's new Office for Android won't run on any of them.

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Samsung feeling the squeeze from success of Apple's iPhone 6 & 6 Plus, Kantar says

01/07/2015, 07:01 am

Virtually everywhere in the world that research firm Kantar Worldpanel ComTech tracks smartphone market data, Apple saw marketshare gains, thanks to the popularity of its latest flagship iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus handsets.

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Despite lawsuit, Apple's iOS 8 storage is actually far more efficient than Google's Android, Samsung's Galaxy, Microsoft Windows

01/04/2015, 09:01 pm

There's something about Apple that makes people lose their minds, particularly people who are journalists. The most likely explanation is that putting "Apple" in a headline is currently the most irresistible clickbait known to mankind. That, and there's no time for fact checking or any sort of basic research in today's BuzzFeed world of made up garbage.

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Xiaomi reported earnings of only $56 million in 2013, one-tenth what WSJ reported and 1/150 Apple's Chinese earnings

12/15/2014, 01:12 am

In November, the Wall Street Journal reported that Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi had earned $556 million based on "internal documents." Reuters is now reporting that the company actually earned an order of magnitude less, based on the firm's public filings.

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Google's new Web series 'Route 85' aims to help developers make iOS apps using Google SDKs

12/12/2014, 10:12 pm

Google on Friday announced a new series of developer outreach videos called "Route 85," which looks to facilitate expanded use of Google's iOS SDKs in third-party app creations.

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Ford drops Microsoft's Windows Embedded, enabling support for Apple's CarPlay, Android Auto

12/12/2014, 06:12 am

Ford has abandoned its troubled Microsoft Sync automotive infotainment system for a QNX-based platform that can support Apple's CarPlay with Hands Free Siri.

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Massive, sophisticated "Inception - Cloud Atlas" malware infects Windows and Android but can't exploit Apple's iOS without jailbreak

12/11/2014, 03:12 pm

A vast and sophisticated new espionage campaign targeting "military, diplomats, and business execs," discovered by Blue Coat Labs and confirmed by Kaspersky Labs, exploits flaws in Microsoft Windows and seeks to infect Android, Blackberry and iOS devices, but is limited to only infecting iPhones and iPads that are jailbroken.

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Google's Nexus 6 abandoned fingerprint sensor after failed attempt to catch up with Apple's Touch ID

12/10/2014, 01:12 am

The Google-branded, Motorola-built Nexus 6 attempted to incorporate a fingerprint sensor like Apple's Touch ID which debuted on last year's iPhone 5s. However, the feature was abandoned shortly before the phone's introduction.

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Leading Android fansite recommends Apple Inc iPad Air 2 as best tablet in holiday gift guide

12/08/2014, 04:12 pm

Android Police named Apple's iPad Air 2 as its top tablet pick among "Android devices" for the 2014 holiday season, calling it "reliable, predictable, and very fast."

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'Huge' iPhone 6 sales drive iOS to 40% smartphone market share in Australia, US, UK, Japan

12/03/2014, 03:12 pm

During the last 12 days of Q3 2014, Apple "experienced a huge jump in sales share across almost all major markets thanks to the launch of the iPhone 6," reported Dominic Sunnebo of Kantar Worldpanel, enabling iOS to reach or exceed 40 percent market share in Australia, U.S., UK and Japan.

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Apple's iOS devices accounted for 78% of record setting Cyber Monday mobile sales

12/02/2014, 03:12 pm

Revenues from online shopping on "Cyber Monday" surged 15.4 percent higher than last year, setting a new all time peak in U.S. ecommerce, with online mobile sales overwhelmingly driven by customers wielding Apple devices.

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Samsung declines to shake up management amidst shrinking smartphone profits

12/01/2014, 02:12 pm

Despite speculation that Samsung was planning to institute major personnel changes its mobile division, the South Korean electronics maker has instead announced that it will stay the course with its mobile management team.

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US DOJ fines StealthGenie for selling Android, iOS spyware, demands source code

11/26/2014, 12:11 am

The United States Department of Justice has fined the CEO of spyware vendor StealthGenie $500,000 and demanded the firm turn over the source code for software designed to remotely monitor calls, texts and other activity on Android and jailbroken iOS devices.

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Android tablets at Best Buy, Target, Amazon, Walmart found to include major security flaws, malware

11/25/2014, 04:11 pm

Security firm Bluebox Labs tested a dozen Black Friday bargain Android tablets from major retailers including Amazon, Best Buy, Kmart, Kohl's, Staples, Target and Walmart and reported "shocking" security flaws, malware and active backdoors installed on the new devices.

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After losing Apple's iPad business, Intel has bled $7 billion while heavily subsidizing cheap x86 Atom Android tablets

11/16/2014, 03:11 am

Over the last two years, Intel's mobile chip division has lost $7 billion while heavily subsidizing the manufacturing costs of Android Atom tablet makers. It now plans to phase out those generous incentives, which will make it more expensive for iPad competitors to dump cheap tablets into the market.

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Apple Inc. A8X iPad chip causing big problems for Intel, Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia

11/15/2014, 12:11 am

Apple's A-series Application Processors that power iPads--including the latest and greatest A8X in iPad Air 2--are inciting billion dollar losses for Intel and threatening major problems for rival tablet chips from Qualcomm, Samsung and Nvidia, along with all the companies that depend upon those vendors for their mobile chips.

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