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Topic: Android

After gaining U.S. government approval, Samsung Knox security for Android found to be "completely compromised" [u]

10/23/2014, 06:10 pm

Samsung's Knox security layer for Android generates weak encryption keys, stores passwords locally and gives users login hints in a fatal "security by obscurity" design "compromising the security of the product completely," a researcher has detailed.

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Apple's new A8X powered iPad Air 2 smokes new Android tablets, including Nvidia's Tegra K1 Shield Tablet [u]

10/21/2014, 07:10 pm

New Geekbench processor benchmarks show Apple's triple core, 64-bit A8X Application Processor is dramatically faster than the latest Android tablets, despite their additional cores and faster clock rates.

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Editorial: A friendlier Apple Inc now invites media through its Infinite Loop front door

10/18/2014, 07:10 pm

At this week's Apple Event showing off the company's newest iPads and Macs, invited members of the media weren't directed around the back of Apple's Infinite Loop campus to the Town Hall door, as usual. They were greeted at the front door and led through the private campus courtyard.

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Adreno-powered Nexus 6, Galaxy Note 4 deliver poor graphics performance vs. iPhone 6 Plus

10/15/2014, 04:10 pm

Despite using one of the fastest Qualcomm mobile Application Processors now available, Google's new Nexus 6 and Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 fall flat in running GPU intensive apps and games--particularly in comparison to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.

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Google announces Nexus 6 phablet, Nexus 9 tablet, & Apple TV-like Nexus Player

10/15/2014, 01:10 pm

Search giant Google on Wednesday unveiled three new Nexus-series devices --a new 6-inch smartphone, 9-inch tablet, and set-top streaming media box - that will launch alongside the next version of the company's mobile operating system, Android 5 Lollipop.

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FBI director continues crusade against Apple's encryption of iPhone data

10/13/2014, 10:10 am

James Comey, director of the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation, has once again slammed Apple's iPhone and devices running Android that can hold secure, encrypted data that is inaccessible by law enforcement, saying that such capabilities allow users to "place themselves beyond the law."

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Samsung Galaxy Note 4 delivers poor graphics performance vs. Apple iPhone 6 Plus

10/04/2014, 05:10 pm

While boasting an "Octa Core" Application Processor option and an extremely high resolution display, Samsung's new Galaxy Note 4 falls flat in running GPU intensive apps and games--particularly in comparison to Apple's iPhone 6 Plus.

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Horsepower of Apple's A8 & iPhone 6 extend iOS's gaming lead over Android's Google Play

10/01/2014, 07:10 am

While many new Android flagships sport hardware specifications that appear competitive with recent iPhones, top rated iPhone games remain conspicuously missing from Google Play, a problem that Apple's new Metal API and 64-bit Application Processors threaten to only make worse going forward, despite Android's lead in unit shipments overall.

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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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