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VMware CEO Gelsinger Talks IBM Venture, Dell-EMC Deal
News  |  2/29/2016
We sat down with VMware CEO Pat Gelsinger during the 2016 Mobile World Congress to learn more about the company's strategic partnership with IBM. Gelsinger also opened up about how the Dell-EMC deal has been affecting VMware's business, and shared an update on partner relationships.
5 Hot Virtual Reality Picks From MWC 2016
Slideshows  |  2/27/2016
Virtual reality was the spicy side dish to the main serving of smartphones at Mobile World Congress this year. Products on display included headsets, 360-degree cameras, and immersive gaming devices. Here are our five favorite picks from the show floor.
Windows 10 Devices, New Android Apps Launch: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  2/27/2016
Microsoft this week released Windows 10 Mobile and PC builds, acquired Xamarin, launched new Android apps, and voiced support for Apple in its fight with the FBI.
Smartphones, 5G, VR Trump Wearables, Tablets At MWC 2016
Commentary  |  2/26/2016
Talk about smartphones, the rush to 5G, and virtual reality dominated Mobile World Congress this year. That meant that wearables and tablets had to take a back seat this time around.
Microsoft, Facebook And Google Take Apple's Side In FBI Showdown
News  |  2/26/2016
Tech giants Microsoft, Facebook, and Google parent company Alphabet will file a joint brief to support Apple in its battle with the FBI.
Apple Preps 9.7-Inch iPad Pro For March 15 Event
News  |  2/26/2016
At an anticipated March 15 event, Apple will grow its iPad Pro line to include a new 9.7-inch model, according to a report in 9to5Mac. With overall iPad sales slowing, more Pro options will help Apple with its still-growing enterprise business.
MWC 2016 Best In Show: Galaxy S7, LG's G5, More
Slideshows  |  2/26/2016
Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest mobile trade show, didn't disappoint this year, as smartphone makers including Samsung, LG, HTC, Sony, Xiaomi, and others introduced compelling new devices.
Apple Preparing Enhanced iPhone Security, NYT Reports
News  |  2/25/2016
The struggle between Apple, the FBI and the US Justice Department speaks to a need for critical discussions about the ramifications and rules in a changing world. The New York Times reports Apple is looking to make it even harder to crack the iPhone's security, while CEO Tim Cook continues to defend his company.
Microsoft Buys Xamarin To Broaden Mobile Footprint
News  |  2/25/2016
Microsoft acquires Xamarin, which specializes in cross-platform mobile app development, to strengthen its mobile portfolio.
iPhone Encryption: 5 Ways It's Changed Over Time
Slideshows  |  2/25/2016
Apple's battle with the FBI has put iPhone encryption in the spotlight. However, some might be surprised that the company's encryption efforts have evolved slowly and are not that different from those of other smartphone makers. Here's a look at the 5 phases of the process so far.
BlackBerry Buys Encription Limited For Security Push
News  |  2/24/2016
BlackBerry has acquired cyber-security firm Encription Limited to fortify the offerings in its new Professional Cybersecurity Services division.
Xiaomi Mi 5 Smartphone Targets iPhone 6s, Galaxy S7
Commentary  |  2/24/2016
Chinese phone maker Xiaomi made a big splash in Barcelona Feb. 24 with the Mi 5, a metal-and-glass handset that costs half as much as the competition. The company is targeting Apple's iPhone and Samsung's Galaxy lineup with this low-cost smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Vs. LG G5: MWC Smartphone Smackdown
Commentary  |  2/23/2016
South Korean titans Samsung and LG both fielded new flagship smartphones in Barcelona -- the Galaxy S7 and the G5. Which is the better pick? We compare the specs and put the two handsets head-to-head.
Zuckerberg Hits MWC To Talk Drones, AI, VR
News  |  2/22/2016
In his keynote address at Mobile World Congress, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg shared his vision of how drones could be used to deliver Internet services to poor populations, and talked about the future of Virtual Reality and Artificial Intelligence.
Samsung, LG And HTC Launch VR Offerings At MWC
News  |  2/22/2016
Virtual reality headsets and devices fell into sharp focus at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, with several smartphone makers unveiling their latest move into the VR sector.
HP Elite x3 Brings Windows 10 Mobile To Businesses
News  |  2/22/2016
HP bets big on Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile with its Elite x3, designed to be your smartphone, laptop, and desktop.
Lenovo Unveils New Smartphones, Tablets And Notebooks At MWC
News  |  2/22/2016
Variety, low prices, and clean designs are clear themes for Lenovo, which introduced Android phones, Windows 10 convertible laptops, and tablets at Mobile World Congress 2016.
Samsung Galaxy S7 Lacks Wow Factor
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
Samsung pulled an Apple. Rather than impress with brand-new designs, Samsung recycled last year's models with a few added features in the much hyped Galaxy S7.
Mobile World Congress 2016: Expect Galaxy S7, LG G5, More
Commentary  |  2/20/2016
Smartphone makers from around the globe are gathering in Barcelona starting Feb. 20 to show off their newest handsets. Here's what's on tap from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, and others.
Apple Fixes iPhone Error 53 With iOS Update
News  |  2/20/2016
Apple has pushed a software update to fix the "Error 53" problem plaguing iPhone users who got third-party repairs.
Windows 10 Lands At DoD, Outlook Web Launch: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  2/20/2016
Microsoft this week debuted Outlook.com, group video calls on Skype for iOS and Android, the Lumia 650, and several new features on Windows 10.
Smartphone Pricing's Up, But Customers Are Happier
News  |  2/19/2016
J.D. Power reports that costs for smartphone customers have increased, but that these consumers are happier than they've ever been -- especially with AT&T.
Skype Group Video Chats Arrive On iOS, Android
News  |  2/18/2016
Microsoft officially launches group video chats for smartphones and tablets running iOS and Android.
Android, iOS Own 98% Of Smartphone Market, Gartner Finds
Commentary  |  2/18/2016
Apple's iOS and Google's Android leave little more than a pittance for Windows and BlackBerry, according to new estimates from Gartner.
US Defense Department Begins Windows 10 Rollout
News  |  2/17/2016
The US Department of Defense has begun to deploy Windows 10 on 4 million devices and systems. It's a big win for Microsoft's new OS.
Apple Pay in China Is A Whole New Game
News  |  2/17/2016
Apple Pay will be available Feb. 18 in China, where it will face entirely different challenges from those it has in the US.
Android 6.0 Marshmallow Sweetens Samsung, HTC, LG Smartphones
Commentary  |  2/17/2016
A slew of phone makers, including HTC, LG, and Samsung, are pushing the Android 6.0 update to their flagship smartphones. However, this version of Android -- Marshmallow -- will still not make it to the majority of smartphones.
Microsoft Patents A Modular PC Design
News  |  2/16/2016
Microsoft's latest hardware project could involve a modular computer with stackable components, as indicated by a new patent.
Samsung Galaxy S7: Water-Resistance Details Leaked
Commentary  |  2/16/2016
A video shows that Samsung's flagship smartphone for 2016, the Galaxy S7, will have protection from liquid damage.
Immersion Charges Apple, AT&T With Patent Infringement
News  |  2/16/2016
Apple gets hit with another lawsuit targeting the iPhone and Apple Watch, this time from haptic feedback pioneer Immersion. The lawsuit, as well as the ITC complaint, also involve alleged patent infringement by AT&T.
iPhone 7 Delay Unclear After Earthquake Impacts Chipmaker
News  |  2/15/2016
Apple's iPhone 7 chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company warned that the massive earthquake that recently hit Taiwan has had a greater impact on its facilities than originally estimated.
Microsoft Lumia 650 Runs Windows 10, Costs $200
News  |  2/15/2016
Microsoft's Lumia 650 is aimed at business users on a budget who want access to Microsoft's suite of mobile Office applications. For IT professionals, the new smartphone offers an easier way to manage the devices remotely.
AT&T's 5G Plans Include Software, Education, Empathy
News  |  2/15/2016
AT&T executives have been getting uncharacteristically personal, in efforts to emphasize to employees the need to push themselves and keep learning as the company moves toward 5G and beyond.
Mobile Apps Drive Car Rentals, But Not Sales
Commentary  |  2/15/2016
The days of teenagers anxiously awaiting the moment they get their driver's license are long over. Now, a ride on demand and even a car delivered to your door is just a mobile app away. It's a major shift in the auto industry.
MyShake Android App Helps Detect Earthquakes
News  |  2/14/2016
UC Berkeley scientists have launched a smartphone app that uses smartphones to pinpoint the location and intensity of earthquakes. The app is available to Android users through Google Play.
iPhone 7 Vs. Galaxy S7: Comparing Smartphone Rumors
News  |  2/13/2016
Samsung's newest smartphone flagship, the Galaxy S7, will arrive Feb. 21, while the iPhone 7 rumor mill will continue to churn through September. What are the best rumors about each? Here's a brief list.
AT&T Plans 5G Technology Tests Later This Year
News  |  2/13/2016
AT&T is planning to test super speedy 5G technologies by the end of the year in homes and offices in Austin. The 5G testing comes at a time when data-hogging video that can slow networks down accounts for more than half of the data traffic on AT&T's networks.
Windows 10 Update Site, IoT Incubation: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  2/13/2016
Microsoft this week launched a website for Windows 10 updates, gave Insiders a new preview option, and announced a total of 74 Android device partners.
iPhone Error 53 Prompts Lawsuit Against Apple
Commentary  |  2/12/2016
Following on reports of the iPhone Error 53, Apple is being taken to task for bricking the iPhones of consumers who sought out cheaper repairs. Attorneys are asking users to join a class action lawsuit against the company.
Google Plans VR Headset That Won't Rely On Smartphones
News  |  2/12/2016
The race for dominance of the virtual reality market continues as Google plans to introduce a more sophisticated headset to market. Unlike Cardboard, this new VR headset won't rely on a smartphone, according to reports.
Microsoft: 74 Device Partners Will Bring Office To Android
News  |  2/11/2016
Microsoft is finding new routes to mobile success by partnering with 74 device makers to bring its apps and services, including Office, to Android tablets and smartphones.
Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100: Dedicated Processor For Wearables
Commentary  |  2/11/2016
Qualcomm's newly released Snapdragon Wear 2100 is a new processor platform that will power the next generation of Android Wear smart devices. The chipmaker also detailed new platforms for smartphones and tablets.
Google Killing Off Flash-Based Ads By June
News  |  2/10/2016
While Adobe Flash is little loved, its retirement has been a slow one. Google has announced steps to speed the process, and it will switch over to an HTML5 format in June.
Education IT: Hot Tech Trends To Watch
Commentary  |  2/9/2016
Cloud, big data, and security are all big factors in education IT this year. At the same time, there is a cultural shift taking place not only among the student body, but within the demographics of the IT departments themselves.
iPhone Error 53 Is A Deadly Security Feature
News  |  2/8/2016
iPhone users are seeing a new twist on the dreaded "Error 53" screens, which signals a smartphone is beyond repair. Apple reportedly notes that Error 53 is the result of a Touch ID security feature designed to protect users.
BlackBerry Layoffs Leave Dark Cloud Over Handset Business
Commentary  |  2/8/2016
BlackBerry cut about 200 employees this month, which prompted many to question its commitment to smartphones, BlackBerry 10 in particular.
Apple Retail Stores Headed To India Soon
News  |  2/8/2016
Apple is working to open retail stores in India, now the world's second-largest smartphone market. Although Apple has eyed the country for a while now, the company's plans point to a quick and rapid expansion to help its iPhone sales.
Sony Xperia Z5, Xperia Z5 Compact Smartphones Coming To US
News  |  2/8/2016
Sony is bringing its Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact smartphones to the US. The waterproof handsets offer two days of battery life and killer cameras, but lack fingerprint scanning technology.
Mozilla To Kill Firefox OS For Smartphones, Shift Focus To IoT
News  |  2/6/2016
Mozilla announces plans to cancel support and development on Firefox OS for smartphones in order to shift efforts to connected devices and the Internet of Things.
SwiftKey Boosts AI, Azure IoT Hub Ready: Microsoft Roundup
News  |  2/6/2016
This week Microsoft announced its undersea data center, released Windows 10 builds for PC and mobile, readied its Azure IoT hub, and made its Azure IoT Hub generally available.
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