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Topic: Android

Apple Watch, AirDrop, iBeacon & Continuity coax advanced features from Bluetooth & WiFi

09/15/2014, 04:09 am

Over the past few years, Apple has released a series of OS technologies that connect devices using Bluetooth, WiFi or a combination of the two wireless technologies. Here's how the new Apple Watch--as well as AirDrop, iBeacon and the new Continuity features of iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite--work to deliver simple, efficient and fast wireless connectivity, in marked contrast to Google's rival efforts for Android.

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Jen Taylor, voice of Microsoft Windows Cortana, prefers to use Apple's iPhone

09/03/2014, 09:09 pm

Actress Jen Taylor, who voiced the the Cortana AI character in Halo games as well as providing the voice of Microsoft's identically named Siri-like assistant for Windows Mobile, actually uses an iPhone.

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Samsung's wrap-around smartphone screen concept becomes a reality with Galaxy Note Edge

09/03/2014, 11:09 am

First teased a year and a half ago, Samsung's concept for a smartphone with a slanted screen edge that can be more easily viewed from side angles is set to become a reality later this year, in the form of the company's new Galaxy Note Edge smartphone.

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Samsung officially unveils Galaxy Note 4, Gears S, and new Gear VR partnership with Oculus

09/03/2014, 10:09 am

With Apple's 'iPhone 6' and 'iWatch' announcement looming, Samsung attempted to upstage its rival's showing by revealing its latest Note phablet, a new Gear smartwatch with a built-in 3G modem, and a virtual reality headset accessory -- designed in collaboration with Oculus -- at an event in Berlin on Wednesday.

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While 91% of Apple users run iOS 7, five different versions of Android hold 10%+ share

08/22/2014, 10:08 am

The latest mobile operating system statistics show that Google's Android is more fragmented than ever, with three different versions of the platform representing two-thirds of all devices, while Apple's latest version of iOS runs on 91 percent of iPhones and iPads.

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Apple's iOS, Google's Android grow to 96.4% of smartphone market as competitors shrink, IDC says

08/14/2014, 11:08 am

The two-horse race for smartphone operating system share continues to obliterate competitors, as Apple's iOS and Google's Android were the only two platforms to see growth in the second quarter of 2014, the latest data from IDC claims.

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iOS holds 88% share of enterprise apps, iPad 90% of tablets in Good's business activations

08/12/2014, 03:08 pm

Enterprise mobile services vendor Good Technology detailed in its latest quarterly report that companies continue to overwhelmingly prefer Apple's mobile platform over Android or Windows Mobile alternatives. The firm also noted a jump in government adoption of iPads.

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Surveillance leak shows spyware loves Android, but can't infect Apple's iPhones without jailbreak

08/11/2014, 04:08 pm

Secret documents that anonymously leaked from global surveillance firm Gamma Group detail broad powers to spy on Android users via its FinSpy tool sold to law enforcement, but note that the tools lack the ability to infect iPhones unless they have been jailbroken.

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Editorial: Why Apple, Inc. isn't worried about iPad's IDC tablet "market share"

08/04/2014, 03:08 am

In the face of dubious market research portraying Apple's iPad (and perhaps the entire tablet market) as troubled and teetering on the brink of collapse, Apple's chief executive Tim Cook expressed a sincere lack of concern while addressing analysts, alluding to long term strategies for outliving tablet rivals focused on volume shipments and short term market share gains.

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Al-Qaeda prefers Android over Apple's iOS

08/02/2014, 11:08 pm

Apple's iOS has taken majority market share in education, government and the enterprise, but Google's Android has become the favored mobile platform among Al-Qaeda operatives.

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Xiaomi's Redmi Note allegedly sending user data to China surreptitiously

07/30/2014, 03:07 pm

At least one device from upstart Chinese smartphone maker Xiaomi has been found to transmit user data -- including SMS messages and photos -- back to servers in mainland China without the user's permission, according to reports from Hong Kong.

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New Android 'Fake ID' flaw empowers stealthy new class of super-malware

07/29/2014, 08:07 am

A new Android design error discovered by Bluebox Security allows malicious apps to grab extensive control over a user's device without asking for any special permissions at installation. The problem affects virtually all Android phones sold since 2010.

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Apple, Inc's double digit U.S. Mac growth contradicts IDC & Gartner reports of a Mac sales slump

07/26/2014, 11:07 pm

Apple reported "strong double digit growth" in its Mac sales in the U.S., directly contradicting the earlier estimates published by IDC and Gartner that stated Apple's U.S. Mac sales fell year-over-year in the June quarter and calling into question the legitimacy of market estimates that the tech media uncritically presents as factual.

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Apple's iPad reaches 78% North American tablet share as Amazon's Kindle Fire passes Samsung, Google

07/22/2014, 01:07 pm

iPad is making gains in North American tablet web usage, reaching an 78 percent share in Apple's "first quarter-over-quarter usage share gain since June 2013," notes a new report by Chitika.

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Tests find Apple's Siri improving, but Google Now voice search slightly better

07/22/2014, 07:07 am

The comprehension abilities of Apple's voice-driven personal assistant Siri continue to get better, but new testing shows that using Google Now for searching on Android has surpassed it in terms of accuracy when answering queries.

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Editorial: Google, Microsoft claiming Apple's crown, albeit from 1994

07/20/2014, 10:07 pm

Google and Microsoft have virtually achieved their goal of becoming Apple, albeit twenty years behind today's Apple. Which is sort of a beleaguered achievement.

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Google and Samsung escalate hostilities over watches, Tizen and Android's openness

07/19/2014, 05:07 pm

Google is growing increasingly worried that Samsung, its largest licensee, is working to undermine its own strategy for Android, while Samsung and the rest of the industry is concerned that Google has become a "bully," according to a new report by The Information.

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Google now warns iPhone users when search results contain Adobe Flash

07/15/2014, 01:07 pm

Search giant Google added another board to Flash's coffin on Tuesday with the announcement that it would warn users searching from mobile devices -- like Apple's iPhone or Android handsets -- when the contents of a search result were "mostly Flash."

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Mobile shopping to reach near $50B in 2014 as Apple, Inc. iPad retains 80 percent share of online orders

07/14/2014, 03:07 pm

Apple continues to dominate as the platform of choice among mobile buyers, with iOS representing 54 percent of all phone orders and 80 percent of tablet transactions as the market approaches $50 billion this year.

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Gameover Zeus botnet reanimated, exposing the harm in "open" Android, Windows malware platforms

07/12/2014, 04:07 pm

Apple's iOS and OS X platforms aren't directly affected by the rampant malware infestations that plague Google's Android and Microsoft's Windows, but that doesn't mean they can't be victimized by it, as the collateral damage and smokescreen of a reanimated botnet targeting unpatched, vulnerable systems demonstrates.

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