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WhatsApp Hastening Demise Of BlackBerry
Commentary  |  2/29/2016
Popular messaging service WhatsApp is going to stop supporting all BlackBerry platforms by the end of the year, making the fading OS even more irrelevant than it already is.
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.
Windows 10 PCs, Tablets, Hybrids Take MWC Spotlight
Slideshows  |  2/28/2016
Microsoft partners debuted laptops and hybrids designed for Windows 10 during Mobile World Congress 2016 in Barcelona.
Apple Should Have Same Confidentiality Rights As Attorneys, Priests
Commentary  |  2/27/2016
Technology companies know more about us than our loved ones, attorneys, or priests. To balance the availability of that information in matters of public safety, businesses should have a limited exemption from being required to provide such information.
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.
Apple Claims FBI iPhone Cracking Demands Are Unconstitutional
News  |  2/26/2016
Apple argues in a court filing that the government is asking for "boundless" power in its bid to get the company to help the FBI unlock an iPhone used by one of the shooters in the San Bernardino terrorist attack.
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.
Google Wants Less Reliable Hard Disks
News  |  2/25/2016
With less reliable hard disks tuned for collective operation, Google believes cloud data can be kept more affordably and securely.
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.
Google Docs Gets Voice Typing, Editing
News  |  2/25/2016
Google's improved speech recognition allows editing and formatting of Docs files with its new Voice typing feature.
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.
Asus Settles FTC Charges, Agrees To 20 Years Of Supervision
News  |  2/24/2016
Asus has settled charges leveled against it by the FTC. The agency accused the router maker of putting the home networks of "hundreds of thousands of consumers" at risk. The company has agreed to 20 years of supervision.
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.
Apple: FBI Wants Access To Many Different iPhones
News  |  2/24/2016
Despite the FBI's insistence that it's focused on the San Bernardino terrorism case, authorities want access to more than one iPhone.
Bill Gates Weighs In On Apple Vs. FBI Encryption Battle
News  |  2/23/2016
Microsoft cofounder Bill Gates adds his opinion to the Apple vs. FBI debate. The government has demanded Apple grant access to the locked iPhone of a suspected terrorist.
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.
Forced Updates: Here Comes Drama And Expense
Commentary  |  2/23/2016
Pushing software updates creates big problems for the enterprise, and CIOs need to use their purchasing clout and register their displeasure.
Samsung Galaxy S7, S7 Edge: An Up-Close Look
Slideshows  |  2/23/2016
Competent and compelling, Samsung's latest smartphones, the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge, don't break new ground, but they're solid high-end offerings. The company also unveiled a VR camera and other device initiatives.
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.
LG G5 Looks To Shake Up Smartphone Sales
Commentary  |  2/22/2016
The LG G5 is the most distinctive handset to grace the show floor at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year, with its stand-out modular design.
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.
Tim Cook Vs. FBI: Why Apple Is Fighting The Good Fight
Commentary  |  2/21/2016
A court has told Apple to compromise an iPhone owned by one of the shooters in the December San Bernardino attack that killed 14 people. But Apple should not be required to enlist in the war on bad things.
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.
NFL CIO: Super Bowl 50 Tech Was A Game-Changer
News  |  2/19/2016
NFL CIO Michelle McKenna-Doyle said Super Bowl 50 was as good as the game has ever been from an operations standpoint.
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.
Apple Fights FBI Over Disabling Security In San Bernadino Case
News  |  2/18/2016
The FBI wants Apple to help it crack the passcode of an iPhone owned by one of the shooters in the December San Bernardino attack that killed 14 people. But CEO Tim Cook says this demand would "undermine the very freedoms and liberty our government is meant to protect."
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.
Secrets To Successfully Leading A Diverse, Distributed Workforce
News  |  2/17/2016
The workplace has become more diverse and dispersed. Managers need to adapt by listening, embracing curiosity, and finding way to encourage engagement.
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.
Apple Replacing Faulty USB-C Chargers
News  |  2/15/2016
Apple's replacement program gives consumers multiple options for getting a new USB-C charger, after it was revealed a number are faulty. These faulty cables can damage MacBooks.
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.
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.
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