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Topic: Android

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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Roku outpaces Apple TV in US sales growth and usage for 2013, report says

07/10/2014, 12:07 am

A report published on Wednesday claims set-top media streamers like the Apple TV will be in one out of every four homes by 2015, but market growth of Apple's device is being outpaced by sector giant Roku, at least in the U.S.

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Apple's iOS gains ground on Android in US as iPhone retains smartphone lead

07/03/2014, 05:07 pm

For the three months ending in May, Apple's iPhone grew its dominating lead as the top U.S. smartphone, while iOS gained ground on Google's Android, says research firm comScore.

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"Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" uses advanced imaging tech to imagine an apocalyptic future--with an iPad cameo

06/28/2014, 04:06 pm

In what is certain to be one of the biggest blockbusters of the year, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" portrays two parallel societies grappling with fears, violence, betrayal and cross-cultural empathy, with a particularly poignant scene portraying a battered iPad (albeit running iOS 6).

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Wall Street doesn't see Google's I/O announcements posing a threat to Apple's ecosystem

06/26/2014, 01:06 pm

Google this week announced a number of new products and services for phones, tablets, cars, TVs and more, all of which will compete with Apple. But after seeing Google's latest, Apple-watchers on Wall Street aren't concerned.

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Google's Sundar Pichai targets the enterprise with Android L, featuring Samsung Knox

06/25/2014, 05:06 pm

Google's head of Android development Sundar Pichai made brief remarks at Google IO to address the enterprise, a market that so far has largely ignored Android while enthusiastically adopting Apple's iOS mobile platform. Notably, his solution involved a "contribution" of Knox security by Samsung, Android's largest licensee.

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Google takes on Apple TV with Android TV connected entertainment platform

06/25/2014, 02:06 pm

Search giant Google on Thursday previewed its latest play for consumers' living rooms with Android TV, a new platform for connected televisions and set-top boxes that brings streaming audio and video alongside custom apps and games.

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Google announces Android Auto platform for cars, Android Wear devices for wrists

06/25/2014, 02:06 pm

Google is pushing for its Android platform to be omnipresent, with the unveiling of a the new voice-enabled Android Auto operating system, and new wrist-worn, fitness-tracking devices running the upcoming Android Wear platform.

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Google looks to squeeze Apple in emerging markets with new Android One program

06/25/2014, 01:06 pm

Apple's aging iPhone 4s remains popular among consumers in emerging markets looking to move up from entry-level devices, a positioning that Google is preparing to challenge with a new series of Android handsets that combine stock Android software with low-cost hardware.

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Google unveils Android L with colorful new 'Material Design' UI, creating 'depth' within pixels

06/25/2014, 01:06 pm

At its I/O conference on Wednesday, Google took the wraps off Android L, its latest-generation mobile operating system, which has once again been redesigned with a new, colorful look dubbed "Material Design."

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Google to once again challenge Apple TV with Android-based set-top streamer, report says

06/25/2014, 12:06 am

Ahead of Google's I/O developer conference on Wednesday, a report claims the Internet search giant is cooking up a new batch of Android-based set-top streaming devices with support for video, music and video games.

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