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  • Apple Cries About Samsung and Motorola's Patent "Monopoly"

    09/02/2011 1:53:47 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Daily Tech ^ | August 31, 2011 9:27 AM | Jason Mick (Blog) -
    Company says its rivals are being "anticompetitive" by trying to defend themselves with IPIn a scene straight out of Bizarro World, Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) lawyers are crying foul about Samsung Electronics Comp., Ltd. (SEO:005930) and recent Google Inc. (GOOG) acquisitions Motorola's allegedly "anticompetitive" use of patents. I. Apple Claims Android Phone makers are "Abusing" Patent System Yes, this is the same Apple that has initiated a patent war [1][2][3][4][5] with these smartphone rivals.  And it's the same rival that has tried to remove competing products from the market, rather than agree to negotiate a licensing fee.  And it's the same company that patented multi-touch gestures 26 years after they...
  • Report: Android, iOS Vie for Late Adopters

    09/02/2011 12:53:29 PM PDT · by bigbob · 18 replies
    Wireless Week ^ | 9-2-11 | Andrew Berg
    Those yet to pick themselves up a smartphone are an indecisive lot, as well as the next target market for Google and Apple, according to a report released yesterday by Nielsen. Among likely smartphone upgraders, it is the "Late Adopters" who are most likely to say they are "not sure" which operating system they'd like in their next smartphone. According to Nielsen, fully 30 percent of late adopters are not sure which mobile OS they're targeting when they make the leap to a bigger, better device. However, among those who say they are usually the first to embrace new technologies,...
  • The USA: It's an Android Nation

    09/01/2011 11:57:24 AM PDT · by FromTheSidelines · 38 replies
    BGR ^ | Sep 1st, 2011 | Zach Epstein
    Google’s Android platform gained once again during the three-month period ending in July, increasing it’s share by 1% over second-quarter totals to grab 40% of the U.S. smartphone market. Apple’s iOS stayed flat at 28% and RIM’s BlackBerry OS lost one point from June-quarter figures to fall to 19%.... Android topped iOS in the firm’s survey of which smartphone platform users intend to buy next. From “innovators” to “late adopters,” each consumer group Nielsen polled but one — “early adopters” — found Android to be the most appealing OS for their next purchases.
  • How Google Dominates Us

    08/08/2011 5:57:14 PM PDT · by SamAdams76 · 10 replies
    In the Plex: How Google Thinks, Works, and Shapes Our Lives by Steven Levy Simon and Schuster, 424 pp., $26.00 I’m Feeling Lucky: The Confessions of Google Employee Number 59 by Douglas Edwards Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 416 pp., $27.00 The Googlization of Everything (and Why We Should Worry) by Siva Vaidhyanathan University of California Press, 265 pp., $26.95 Search & Destroy: Why You Can’t Trust Google Inc. by Scott Cleland with Ira Brodsky Telescope, 329 pp., $28.95 Tweets Alain de Botton, philosopher, author, and now online aphorist: The logical conclusion of our relationship to computers: expectantly to type “what is...
  • Hypocritical Google Lashes Out At Apple And Microsoft

    08/05/2011 9:29:38 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 16 replies · 1+ views
    Paul Thurrotts Supersite for Windows ^ | 8/4/2011 9:19 AM | By Paul Thurrott
    On the one hand, the tech industry is awash in patent trolls, companies that own generally spurious patents for technologies they didn't really invent, which exist solely to sue other companies into licensing said technologies. On the other, we have tech companies that have patents for technologies that they did, in fact, invent (or at least purchase legitimately) and, as important, use in actual products. These companies, too, must sue others to protect their patents, but for far more legitimate reasons. Google is upset about the latter kind of company, and it's citing two heavy-hitters, Apple and Microsoft, as example...
  • iPhone Versus Android: A State By State Comparison (SEE MAP)

    08/05/2011 9:04:17 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 3+ views
    Business Insider ^ | 08/05/2011 | Jay Yarrow
    Cool map from ad network JumpTap breaking down which mobile operating system is most popular on a state by state basis. As Dan Frommer at SplatF put it, Android versus iPhone is the new red state versus blue state.
  • VANITY - Parents With Kids who travel via car, please contact me

    08/03/2011 8:45:14 AM PDT · by HamiltonJay · 7 replies
    This is completely Vanity, but if you travel with kids via car over long distances and have a droid phone, if you could send me a private email, I'd like feedback about an App I have. Thanks.
  • Android Captures Nearly 50% of Global Smartphone Market

    08/02/2011 2:38:01 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 6 replies
    Mashable ^ | August 2, 2011 | Erica Swallow
    oogle Android captured 48% of the smartphone market in Q2 of 2011, hitting an all-time high, according to a report by market research firm Canalys. The platform has been making big strides during the past year, overtaking Symbian in Q4 of 2010 to become the top smartphone platform, representing a 32.9% market share at that time. Smartphone adoption continues to grow rapidly across the world, reaching a total of 107.7 million units shipped in Q2 of 2011, a 73% year-on-year growth. Android was the biggest driver of smartphone shipments in Q2, as Android-based smartphone shipments were up 379% year-over-year, coming...
  • Illustrated: Apple's Fear of Android

    07/28/2011 1:08:56 PM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 7 replies
    OS News ^ | July 27th | Thom Holwerda
    Two different graphs. Both happen to be published at Ars Technica, with one of them coming from a different source. Seemingly completely unrelated, but when you ponder the waterfall of recent lawsuit-related news, these two graphs suddenly tell all there is to tell. These two innocent little graphs illustrate why Apple is attacking Android so ferociously. Let's start with the first graph. Based on Apple's recent quarterly results, it shows where, exactly, Apple's revenue is coming from. It's not iPods, it's not iTunes, it's not even Macs; no, 68% of Apple's revenue in the past quarter has come from the...
  • Oracle to depose Google's CEO in patent lawsuit ( Android threatened?)

    07/23/2011 10:41:28 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    CNET ^ | July 22, 2011 5:41 AM PDT | Lance Whitney
    Google Chief Executive Larry Page has been ordered to testify before the court as part of an ongoing lawsuit in which Oracle has accused the search giant of infringing on its patents for Java. Google CEO Larry Page(Credit: Google) The order yesterday by Judge Donna Ryu of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California states that "Oracle may depose Mr. Page for a maximum of two hours, excluding breaks, solely on topics relevant to the willfulness of Defendant's alleged patent infringement, and the value of Android to Defendant," according to a blog published today by FOSS Patents'...
  • Android tablets now 30% of the market, Windows tablets outsold PlayBook in Q2

    07/21/2011 3:16:56 PM PDT · by FromTheSidelines · 83 replies
    Boy Genius Report ^ | July 21, 2011 | Zach Epstein
    Apple, which owned more than 94% of the market in the second quarter last year, saw the iPad’s share slide to 61.3% according to Strategy Analytics. Over the same period of time, Android tablets jumped from a 2.9% share to a 30% share last quarter.
  • Android Extends Lead in Mobile

    06/06/2011 1:16:46 PM PDT · by F1reEng1neRed · 23 replies
    Engadget ^ | Jun 6th 2011 4:29AM | Joe Pollicino
    The latest ComScore results from the last quarter are in, and the US mobile device wars were hotter than ever as 13% more people reported owning a smartphone. Google conquered most users' territory with Android climbing just over five percent (now totaling 36.4%) and still claiming first for mobile software platforms. Apple's iOS destroyer took second place (at 26%) partially due to RIM's S.S. BlackBerry OS sinking about five percent (now 25.7%) to claim third, while Microsoft and HP / Palm rounded out the bunch struggling to stay in the fight with even lower single-digit scores. In the OEM region...
  • Robin Pagoria, Florida sheriff's deputy, busted for spanking girls and making porn films: cops

    05/30/2011 11:14:27 AM PDT · by Tom87 · 35 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | May 27, 2011 | Rich Shapiro
    A female Florida sheriff's deputy handcuffed naked girls to a desk, spanked them with a leather paddle and sent the seamy homemade videos to a boyfriend she met on a fetish web site, authorities said. Robin Leigh Pagoria, 45, subjected her two victims - described as girls between the ages of 10 and 18 - to multiple torture sessions, authorities said. "There aren't words to describe my anger with her," Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told the Orlando Sentinel, adding that the arrest "came out of nowhere." Pagoria, a divorced Marine veteran, shackled the girls' wrists and ankles to a...
  • Top 10 ways Apple’s iOS beats Google’s Android (and vice versa)

    05/23/2011 10:28:29 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 43 replies
    Mac Daily News ^ | May 23, 2011
    Lifehacker’s Adam Dachis takes a look at the top 10 ways Apple’s iOS beats Google’s Android. Following that, Whitson Gordon attempts to come up with the top 10 ways Google’s Android beats Apple’s iOS.We offer both lists, so you can easily compare exactly what’s being claimed to be “better” about each platform. Which list has more things of actual importance to the typical end-user?Top 10 ways Apple’s iOS beats Google’s Android: 10. The iTunes Media Store 9. AirPlay 8. Find My iPhone 7. A Better Support System 6. Better Battery Life and Management 5. iTunes and Tethered Syncing 4. No...
  • Windows Phone At Bottom Of Global Smartphone Rankings. Android and Apple's iOS still dominate.

    05/19/2011 2:44:34 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies · 3+ views
    Information Week ^ | 05/19/2011 | Eric Zeman
    Microsoft has made little headway in reclaiming its lost smartphone market share in the six months since the debut of Windows Phone 7. According to Gartner's latest numbers, Microsoft sold only 1.6 million Windows Phone 7 devices during the first quarter of the year, leaving it just ahead of HP's anemic webOS numbers (categorized by Gartner as "other"), but behind every other major platform. Microsoft has fumbled through the early months of 2011 with Windows Phone 7, which has seen delayed system updates, software glitches, and problems arising from the long-delayed updates. Microsoft is prepared to make a major WP7-based...
  • Privacy Flaw Exposes 99.7% of Android Phones to Snoop Attacks

    05/18/2011 1:55:12 PM PDT · by PreciousLiberty · 13 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 18, 2011 | Jeremy A. Kaplan
    Nearly every smartphone running the Google Android platform today is readily vulnerable to data snoops and cyberthieves, who can easily pluck information from them over ordinary Wi-Fi networks, German security experts discovered. [snip] The problem doesn't affect Apple's iPhones, experts noted, which don't rely upon communication with Web-based servers as heavily as Google's platform does.
  • Controversial Dog Wars app renamed KG Dogfighting, back on sale

    05/01/2011 8:13:34 AM PDT · by Immerito · 9 replies
    LA Times ^ | April 30, 2011 | LA Times Staff
    The controversial Dog Wars app has been renamed KG Dogfighting and is back up on the Android Marketplace. The site says it was updated Saturday two days after the head of the Los Angeles police union urged Google to permanently pull the virtual dogfighting game app from its phone app marketplace. In the letter sent Thursday to Google Chief Executive Officer Larry Page, Los Angeles Police Protective League President Paul M. Weber urged Google "to do the right thing and ban this game permanently." "The game teaches users how to breed, train, fight, medicate and kill virtual dogs," Weber wrote...
  • Dell leaks on Android (Full Size Tablet coming )

    04/26/2011 8:41:30 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Tuesday, 26 April 2011 13:23 | Nick Farrell
    Slide falls into the wrong hands Tinman Michael Dell must be miffed after his top secret plans to release three Dell tablets have been revealled on the world wide wibble. Android Central has got its paws on a slide of a roadmap showing three new Dell tablets: one powered by Google's Android platform and two by Microsoft's Windows 7. It looks like Dell will ship an Android tablet, dubbed "Streak Pro," in Jun. It will have a 10-inch display (1280 x 800 resolution) along a 1.2GHz Nvidia Tegra T25 dual-core chip. Dell will install its Stage 1.5 UI on...
  • Sony Tablet with Android 3.0 unveiled

    04/26/2011 7:30:46 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies
    DIGITIMES ^ | Tuesday 26 April 2011 | Joseph Tsai, DIGITIMES
    Sony has announced Sony Tablet that delivers the combination of hardware, content and network. Sony is developing two tablets, including S1, which is optimized for media entertainment, and S2, which is for mobile communication and entertainment. Sony Tablet will become available in the global market starting in fall 2011, the vendor said.Sony Tablet is equipped with the latest Android 3.0, which is designed for devices with larger screen sizes, particularly tablets. Both tablets are Wi-Fi and WAN (3G/4G) compatible and users can not only browse the Internet or check e-mail but they can also access digital content including videos, games...
  • Analyst: the HTC Thunderbolt is outselling the iPhone at Verizon stores

    04/21/2011 6:11:38 PM PDT · by SmokingJoe · 31 replies
    Htcpedia ^ | April 01, 2011 10:16 AM | Nigel Chiwaya
    Back when the Verizon iPhone was first announced we assumed that it would easily outsell the HTC Thunderbolt because, well, it's the iPhone. But it looks like we might have been very wrong because according to one analyst the Thunderbolt is beating up the iPhone and taking it's lunch money. Walter Piecyk, an analyst at BTIG Research, and his team made calls to 150 Verizon stores across 22 US cities and discovered that while the iPhone was outselling the Thunderbolt at 11 percent of the stores, the phones were selling even at 61 percent. Even better for HTC, the Thunderbolt...
  • ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Review ( tablet with docking station = Android Netbook)

    04/21/2011 9:47:33 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies · 1+ views
    Anandtech ^ | 4/21/2011 | Anand Lal Shimpi
    More than Meets the Eye Alongside the original iPad, Apple sold a keyboard dock for users who wanted to do a lot of typing on their new tablet. The keyboard dock turned the iPad into a mini iMac running iOS. What the iPad keyboard dock lacked however was a pointing device—all navigation still had to be done via the touch screen. As Apple has correctly pointed out in the past, the notebook usage model doesn't work very well if you have to keep reaching across your keyboard to touch the screen. ASUS expands on the idea of a keyboard dock...
  • How to hack the $250 Nook Color into a full Android tablet

    04/15/2011 8:04:19 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Tech Republic ^ | February 3, 2011 | Jason Hiner February 3, 2011
    Takeaway: The Nook Color is a $250 e-reader powered by Android. Learn how to hack it into a powerful and fully functional Android tablet. The Android Honeycomb 3.0 operating system and the first fleet of tablets that are going to run it are all looking mighty impressive. Unfortunately, it’s also looking like most of them will be even more expensive than the Apple iPad, which starts at $500. If you’re tempted for an Android tablet but don’t want to spend a small fortune, then you may want to try the Barnes & Noble Nook Color (right). Out of the box,...
  • Why I was wrong about Microsoft

    04/05/2011 5:14:36 AM PDT · by ShadowAce · 26 replies
    The H ^ | 4 April 2011 | Glyn Moody
    I have been reporting on Microsoft all my journalistic life, and believe me, that's quite some time. To give you an idea how far I go back with Microsoft, let's just say I remember the occasion when I was given a personal demo of a hot new product that Microsoft was about to launch – a graphical spreadsheet for the Macintosh, later known as Excel. I was particularly impressed by the evident passion of the person demonstrating the beta code – he clearly really enjoyed his job. But perhaps that wasn't so surprising, since his name was Bill Gates.Of course,...
  • iOS, iPad web use still outpacing all Android devices combined

    04/04/2011 7:44:12 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 23 replies
    Apple Insider ^ | March 4, 2011 | By Daniel Eran Dilger
    A broad sample of millions of website visitors detailed by Google Analytics indicates that the entire Android ecosystem combined, while slightly ahead of Apple's iPhone 4, continues to be outpaced by Apple's iOS, largely due to the rapid growth of iPad. This mirrors additional data that underlines Apple's lead in both mobile browsing and app sales, refuting recent reports that claim Android is displacing iOS. Despite regular reports that Google's Android platform has passed iPhone 4 in both installed base and growth, Jeff Tribble of SEO firm ROI365 notes that the firm's analytics data covering 4 million unique visitors across...
  • Android vs IPAD

    04/03/2011 4:26:12 PM PDT · by irishtenor · 79 replies
    4/3/11 | Irishtenor VANITY
    I am thinking about buying a tablet to replace my old laptop, but am confused about which is better, Ipad or Android based tablets. Any help from computer geeks to busybodies would be appreciated.
  • Android Is Destroying Everyone, Especially RIM -- iPhone Dead In Water

    04/02/2011 5:13:40 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 90 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/02/2011 | Henry Blodget
    Google's Android OS has gained an astonishing 7 points of market share in the US smartphone market in the past three months, Comscore says. RIM's market share over the same period collapsed, dropping almost 5 points. Apple's share increased slightly, but is dead in the water and has now fallen way behind Android. Android now has a third of the US market (33%). RIM's share has plummeted to 29%. Apple is holding at 25%. In the "also ran" category, Microsoft's Windows Phone 7 did nothing to stop its decline, which fell from 9% to 7.7%. And Palm, which is barely...
  • Google’s Android Bear-Hug Comes To LG: New LG/Nexus Tablets Coming Soon?

    04/02/2011 11:44:56 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies ^ | March 28, 2011 | John Biggs
    Every few months Google embraces another CE company. It began with HTC and G1, giving that manufacturer resources and manpower enough to produce a powerful entrant in the smartphone race. It continued with Motorola for the Droid and has cycled through to Samsung for a brief period. This bear hug essentially gives the manufacturer access to Google’s engineers and pre-release code and leaves everyone else out in the street, waiting for a software update. Now Google has set its sights on LG and, if rumor is correct, it means a Nexus S tablet is on its way from LG...
  • Terminator Has Arrived

    03/30/2011 2:14:49 PM PDT · by bunkerhill7 · 7 replies
    Product Design Daily 2.0 ^ | March 30, 2011 | Inderscience Publishers
    Human Blood Simplifies Cyborg Circuitry Could electronic components made from human blood be the key to creating cyborg interfaces?... Circuitry that links human tissues and nerve cells directly to an electronic device, such as a robotic limb or artificial eye might one day be possible thanks to the development of biological components. Writing in the International Journal of Medical Engineering and Informatics, a team in India describes how a "memristor" can be made using human blood. Memristors were a theoretical electronic component first suggested in 1971 by Berkeley electrical engineer Leon Chua and finally developed in the laboratory by scientists...
  • PlayBook will run Android Apps

    03/28/2011 9:23:50 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    Fudzilla ^ | Monday, 28 March 2011 09:44 | David Stellmack
    Now confirmed, but will not make launch We have been telling you about the possibility that the upcoming release of the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook will be able to run Android applications. At first, this was just a rumor and some idle talk. Later, we started hearing more whispers about it and it looked like a real possibility. Now, RIM has confirmed that it is real and Android 2.3 applications will be able to be run on the PlayBook.
  • Verizon and Motorola Execs Give Thumbs-down to Windows Phone 7 (MS oops)

    Two of the most important players in the mobile industry, Verizon and Motorola, have essentially called Windows Phone 7 a failure, with a Verizon exec going so far as ... This is clearly not what Microsoft hoped for when it launched Windows Phone 7 to great fanfare late last year. The statements from both executives were surprisingly blunt. ... I do want a strong third OS out there. ... But I still have doubts whether Microsoft will get the traction they are hoping for with Windows Phone 7. Melone was equally unimpressed with the Nokia-Microsoft deal, explaining: If you look...
  • Hacking competition leaves Android, Windows Phone 7 undefeated (Apple, Blackberry cracked)

    03/20/2011 10:09:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    CNN Tech ^ | 03/20/2011 | Christina Bonnington, WIRED
    From the results of the Pwn2Own hacking competition, it looks like Android and Windows Phone 7 are tough nuts to crack. It took only two days for hackers to crack into the Apple and Blackberry operating systems during the three-day Pwn2Own tournament last week, while Android and Windows Phone 7 models were abandoned and left unhacked by the end of the contest. Is this because their operating systems are more secure? Yes and no. "The survival of a target does not automatically declare it safer than a target that went down," last year's Internet Explorer Pwn2Own winner Peter Vreugdenhil cautions....
  • Android vs. iPhone: Which has the faster web browser? Two studies disagree

    03/19/2011 1:27:07 AM PDT · by Swordmaker · 29 replies ^ | March 18, 2011 | By Nathan Olivarez-Giles
    Android phones vs. iPhones - it's the smart phone equivalent of the Boston Red Sox vs. the New York Yankees.Switch to Google Apps - Save your business time, money, and hassles. Contact us today! - And two recent studies on which has the speedier web browser - two studies that contradict each other - are providing more fuel to the fanboy/girl fire. According to a new study released Friday from Blaze Software, web pages load 52 percent quicker on the Samsung Nexus S running Google's Android 2.3, also known as Android Gingerbread, than the Apple iPhone 4 running iOS...
  • Android May Have Bigger IP Issues than Java

    03/19/2011 5:49:14 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 7 replies
    Sys-Con Media ^ | 18 March 2011 | Maureen O'Gara
    Another shoe has dropped in Android's apparently still unfolding IP crisis, an issue over and above Oracle's controversial Java patent infringement suit, which is now just one of many. Google supposedly put Linux code into Android in a legally questionable way that likely infringes the GPL, the license that governs Linux, according to what IP litigator Edward Naughton said on the Huffington Post Wednesday in a story entitled "Google's Android Contains Legal Landmines for Developers and Device Manufacturers" that patent watcher Florian Mueller picked up on. Naughton - and Professor Ray Nimmer, a copyright expert, before him - raise doubts...
  • Is Apple iPhone slower than Google’s Android?

    03/19/2011 4:49:04 AM PDT · by Erik Latranyi · 11 replies · 1+ views
    New Jersey Newsroom ^ | 18 March 2011 | Bob Holt
    Do seconds really count? In the smartphone business they do, according to Blaze Software, Inc., based in Ottawa. Blaze’s test results showed that Apple’s iPhone worked slower loading websites 84 percent of the time than phones using Google Inc.’s Android operating system. The iPhone 4 went against Google’s Samsung Nexus S smartphone over the same WiFi connection, so any differences in mobile-carrier speeds didn’t affect the outcome, Blaze said in releasing the research. The Android phone operated 52 percent faster on average after more than 45,000 page loads from 1,000 websites, they said. The Asbury Park Press reports web pages...
  • Android moves into first place in market share

    03/07/2011 7:56:59 PM PST · by F1reEng1neRed · 64 replies
    Engadget ^ | Mar 7th 2011 4:24PM | Chris Ziegler
    Last time we checked in with ComScore's report on smartphone platform market share among US subscribers three months ago, Android was doing a little happy dance as it overtook iOS for the number two spot overall. Well, the cuddly green bots have self-replicated yet again, enough to overtake RIM this time thanks in part to a 5.4 percent decline on BlackBerry's part (down to 30.4 percent in January) coupled with a 7.7 percent boost on the Android side, moving up to 31.2 percent. We imagine ComScore's next report -- covering the period through March -- will see a little boost...
  • Just a thought...

    03/07/2011 1:29:18 PM PST · by arderkrag · 12 replies
    So, I was thinking yesterday (A dangerous hobby, I know) and the though occured to me: Why not develop a Freerepublic app for smartphones? I mean, sure, the site displays fine and all, but a couple of other sites have apps that update and show you recent posting activity, so why not here? Ideally, it would be cross-platform, and allow you to choose which forums to display the recent activity from. I know it would only appeal to a niche audience of Freepers, but I don't see any reason it couln't be done. Any coders out there with some spar...
  • Android hit by rogue app viruses

    03/03/2011 4:50:21 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | March 3, 2011
    Android is becoming a popular target for writers of mobile malware Continue reading the main storyAnalysis suggests that the booby-trapped apps may have been downloaded up to 200,000 times. The malicious apps were copies of existing applications, such as games, that had been repackaged to include the virus code. All the apps found to contain the malicious code have now been removed from the Android Marketplace. Remove and recallThe virus-laden apps were discovered by a Reddit user called Lompolo who realised that one program was listed under the name of a publisher he knew had not written it. He found...
  • $99 iPad rival NoteSlate: Not quite real, not quite fake

    02/25/2011 8:25:15 PM PST · by Red Badger · 31 replies
    There is no working prototype. No video. No proof that it exists Yet NoteSlate -- a digital drawing pad, or at least the idea of one -- is burning a hole in the blogosphere. A few weeks ago, descriptions and mockups appeared online at technology news and gossip sites around the globe have written about it n at least half a dozen languages, heralding the imminent arrival of a $99 e-ink digital tablet that mimics the simplicity of old-fashioned pen and paper. NoteSlate's homepage opens with a question, handwritten in sloppy capital letters on a graphica rendering of the tablet:...
  • HTC launches 1.5GHz, 7-inch Android 2.4 Flyer into the tablet wars (update: hands-on video!)

    02/21/2011 8:26:28 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 6 replies
    engadget ^ | Feb 15th 2011 5:31AM | Vlad Savov
    Boy oh boy, HTC is entering the tablet arena with quite a bang. The company has just taken the wraps off its brand new 7-inch Flyer Android tablet, which touts a 1.5GHz single-core CPU, 1GB of RAM plus 32GB of flash storage, an aluminum unibody construction, 1024 x 600 resolution, a tablet-optimized version of Sense, and... what's this, a pressure-sensitive stylus! The HTC Scribe trademark we saw floating around in legal waters turned out not to be the branding for a tablet, it's actually the name HTC gives to the technology enabling what it calls a "groundbreaking pen experience." Other...
  • Google Android 3.0 - Honeycomb Preview

    02/21/2011 8:02:25 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 9 replies
    Anandtech ^ | 2/21/2011 7:07:00 AM | Saumitra Bhagwat
    Note to Readers: Saumitra is one of the newest members of our smartphone team. He has contributed to articles in the past but we'd like to formally welcome him to the AnandTech team. Saumitra will be focusing on everything Android and iOS. Welcome Saumitra! The tablet market today is a far more interesting place than it was just over a year ago. Since the launch of the iPad, there hasn’t been a real competitor to iOS in the tablet space. We’ve seen customized versions of Android for larger devices like the Galaxy Tab, but they’ve all had their fair share...
  • Verizon exec: We don’t need Windows Phone 7 – or Nokia

    02/17/2011 11:45:27 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 18 replies
    Seattlepi ^ | February 17, 2011 at 9:49 am
    Verizon Wireless, the nation’s largest mobile carrier, is satisfied with its three smart-phone platforms and doesn’t need Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7, the company’s chief technology officer said Wednesday.Tony Melone told CNET News that the mobile industry could use a third major operating system to join Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS. But, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, he said he wasn’t sure Microsoft’s platform is the right one.“I do want a strong third OS out there,” Melone told CNET. “It gives the carriers more flexibility and balances the interests of all the parties. But I still have doubts whether...
  • Nokia Simplifies the Mobile Landscape ( A view from a Developer )

    02/17/2011 8:04:22 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies ^ | 14 Feb 2011 | Miguel de Icaza
    On Friday, Nokia announced that they were adopting WP7 as their operating system. Although some open source advocates might see this as a set-back for Linux, Android is already the best-selling Linux OS of all times. Meanwhile, as a Ben Zander student, all I see is possibility and the the world of opportunities that this opens to developers. Although they will continue shipping Symbian for a while, they are effectively sun-setting it. Just like you can still purchase Itanium systems from HP, nobody really develops for those anymore. Nokia had this chart to offer on Friday: This is fascinating turn...
  • Give Obama what for...

    02/17/2011 7:14:52 AM PST · by Freebird99
    BashEm's Give it a bash, you know you want to. Heal 'Em up and start again. Fed up with the life? The economy getting you down? Take it out on someone with this fun light hearted stress reliever. This edition features President Obama! Go on, give it a bash, you know you want to. Heal 'Em up and start again. Give 'Em a shake to keep 'Em rattled. Check it out on Android Market. Bashem's : obama.
  • Netflix Soars 7% On Android Talk, Online Traffic Gains

    02/14/2011 10:29:52 AM PST · by Slyscribe · 16 replies
    IBD's Capital Hill ^ | 2/14/2011 | Ed Carson
    Netflix (NFLX) shares shot up nearly 7% to 246 in early afternoon trading Monday after Qualcomm (QCOM) said some Android tablets and smart phones will be able to stream Netflix movies and TV shows. Also Monday, an analyst at Caris raised its price target on Netflix to $316 from $224. On Friday, Nielsen reported that Netflix became the first paid online video site to hit the top 10 list of online traffic visitors. Netflix boasted 7.394 million unique online visitors in January, up 15.6% vs. December. Google’s (GOOG) YouTube led with 112.764 million, with Facebook at 32.328 million.
  • RIM PlayBook fondleslab to 'run Google Android apps'

    02/10/2011 9:15:37 PM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 2 replies
    The Register ^ | 11th February 2011 05:04 GMT | Cade Metz in San Francisco
    Research in Motion – maker of the BlackBerry and the upcoming PlayBook tablet – is building software that will allow the PlayBook to run Google Android applications, according to a report citing people familiar with the matter. Bloomberg BusinessWeek reports that RIM plans to integrate the software with the PlayBook's QNX-based operating system and that it could arrive in the second half of this year. The PlayBook is slated to arrive in the US sometime in the first quarter. In unveiling the PlayBook this fall, RIM said it was working on a "next generation" Java virtual machine, and later, rumors...
  • Verizon iPhone Could Have Big Impact On RIM, Android

    02/04/2011 3:26:45 PM PST · by Slyscribe · 30 replies
    IBD's Click ^ | 2/4/2011 | Patrick Seitz
    With Verizon Wireless preparing to offer Apple’s (AAPL) iPhone starting Feb. 10, the news media have focused most of their attention on AT&T (T) iPhone users who might switch to Verizon. But a new survey shows an even bigger percentage of switchers to the Verizon iPhone coming from Verizon BlackBerry and Android users. A survey by uSamp found that 26% of current AT&T cell phone users are likely to switch to Verizon when it begins offering the iPhone.
  • Google Exec Who Went Missing In Egypt Now A Spokesman For Opposition Group

    02/04/2011 2:46:07 PM PST · by NoLibZone · 30 replies
    San Franciso Chronicle ^ | Feb 4 2011 | Jay Yarow,
    A Google executive who has gone missing in Egypt has been "symbolically" named the spokesman for an opposition group, in an attempt to free him from being held by Egyptian authorities, CBS News reports. Wael Ghonim, Google's head of marketing for the middle east, flew into Egypt last week to participate in the demonstrations against the government. At some point he went missing, and one of his last tweets ominously read, "we are all ready to die." The Egyptian government will not comment on whether it has Ghonim or not, but many suspect he is being held. The demonstration where...
  • Google in Android 'Honeycomb' fondleslab demo fest ( That would be the new Tablets in USA)

    02/03/2011 7:34:35 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 28 replies · 1+ views
    The Register ^ | 2nd February 2011 19:18 GMT | Cade Metz in Mountain View
    Android app market opens on the interwebs Google has given the world an extensive demonstration of Android 3.0, codenamed Honeycomb, a new incarnation of the mobile OS designed specifically for tablets. At a press event at Google's Mountain View headquarters, Google man Hugo Barra showed off Honeycomb's so-called "holographic" UI as well as several new Google applications and services that run atop the OS. The new interface, Barra said, offers a multitasking button for browsing currently running applications; widgets for quick access to various services, including Gmail and Google Calendar; and notifications that pop up at the bottom of the...
  • Millions of Android users hit by malicious data theft app

    02/02/2011 5:31:09 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Apple Insider ^ | February 2, 2011 | By Daniel Eran Dilger
    An app distributed by Google's Android Market has collected private data from millions of users and forwarded it to servers China, validating Apple's uniquely strong stance on mobile security in the iPhone App Store. The exploit, tied to an app that appeared to simply load free custom background wallpapers, was downloaded "anywhere from 1.1 million to 4.6 million times. The exact number isn’t known because the Android Market doesn’t offer precise data," according to a report by Dean Takahashi of VentureBeat. The app "collects a user’s browsing history, text messages, your phone’s SIM card number, subscriber identification, and even your...
  • Nokia: Buzz About Potential Windows Phone 7 Deal Rises

    02/02/2011 12:27:13 PM PST · by SmokingJoe · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | Feb. 2 2011 - | Eric Savitz
    There increasing chatter on the Street that Nokia (NOK) next week will unveil a deal to adopt Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows Phone 7 as the operating system software for at least some of its smart phones. Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair weighed in the possibility this morning, asserting in a research note that such a move “would address the key concern we have had about Nokia for the last several years: terrible software.” He adds that a pairing of the two companies “could be a powerful combination in the smartphone war and put Nokia on solid footing for the first time...