When writing a weekly column about the apps business, it's easy to get caught up in the new opportunities, capabilities, and trends emerging in this burgeoning area. It's equally easy to forget they come with new threats.
These threats, which include rogue apps that can swipe your personal data or steal passwords for your bank accounts, are real and growing.
A recent study conducted by security software provider McAfee found that that amount of malicious software, also known as malware, targeting Android had jumped 76 percent since the previous quarter, a remarkable rise in just three months. At … Read more
LightSquared CEO Sanjiv Ahuja is taking his case for building another 4G network to the public.
Ahuja and LightSquared plan to publish an open letter in major newspapers tomorrow advocating the need for the company's planned 4G LTE network, which has come under fire over concerns that it interferes with critical GPS equipment. Over the past few months, the company has attempted to appease GPS companies, government officials, and regulators, by taking steps including using spectrum less likely to cause interference, starting up a program to address the issue in rural communities, and most recently unveiling a device that would solve the interference problem altogether. … Read more
Those deets include a 9mm thickness (the iPad 2 is 8.8mm) and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. This time it may be a Texas Instruments ARM chip variant, according to speculation. The Xoom currently sports a 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2. The ability to record 1080p video is also expected.
Other goodies include Adobe Flash Player 11, Netflix streaming in HD, an optional keyboard case, a stylus pen, and the ability to sync wirelessly to a PC, according to the report.
And that's not all. There may be a smaller 8.2-inch 0.95-pound Media Edition coming, too.
Tablets and smartphones pouring out of Motorola Mobility over the next 12 months should be compelling considering that well-heeled Google--the provider of the Android software that runs on Motorola's consumer devices--is expected to absorb the company. Perish the thought that this would give Motorola a leg up over rivals in the Android ecosystem!
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Verizon has stepped into the Apple-Samsung patent fight, filing a brief that asks the court to deny Apple a preliminary injunction that would ban the sale of several Samsung devices in the states.
According to blog Foss Patents, in a filing with the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, Verizon asks for formal permission to file a friend-of-the-court brief against a temporary U.S.-wide ban on Samsung's Galaxy Tab 10.1 tablet and its Infuse 4G, Galaxy S 4G, and Droid Charge smartphones.
Verizon has already filed the proposed brief and the judge will … Read more
As anyone who has seen the kitsch 1970s show "The Six Million Dollar Man" knows, bionics don't come cheap. Such is the case for the Droid Bionic, the new flagship superphone from Motorola and its first handset released since Google announced its intent to acquire the handset maker.
The first dual-core LTE handset on the Verizon network will start out at $300 on contract, a $100 premium over other leading-edge devices. And Motorola has plenty to sell you after that to make your handset at home anywhere. The suite of accessories includes a $300 Lapdock, a $100 HD Station dock, and a $40 Vehicle Navigation Dock.
The Droid Bionic continues Motorola's practice of charging a premium price for dual-core devices that the company established with the Xoom tablet (do note that for a limited time, Verizon customers who purchase the Droid Bionic and the Lapdock together with a $50 5GB data plan or higher will get a $100 mail-in rebate). The question is whether its beefy specs can justify its beefy price. According to NPD's Mobile Phone Track, only 9 percent of the smartphones sold in the first half of 2011 were priced above $299.
The Droid Bionic is also the latest in Verizon's Droid line, which is the carrier sub-brand that has played host to a number of Motorola devices.
In late 2009, Motorola launched the original Droid that served as a springboard for Android's rise to the top of the smartphone OS heap. That Droid had a screen coming in at a bit under 4 inches, a 5-megapixel camera, and HD video capture--specs strikingly similar to another recent introduction: the AT&T Impulse 4G. … Read more
New Yorkers will finally be able to use their cell phones in subway stations--as long as their commute takes them through one neighborhood in Manhattan.
The New York Times reported yesterday that cellular service will come to four stations starting Tuesday. AT&T and T-Mobile customers will be able to make phone calls, send text messages, and browse the Internet on their phone underground--something that's virtually impossible today. The deployment is extremely limited: only four stations in the Chelsea neighborhood on the west side of Manhattan.
The initial launch, which acts as a pilot program for a wider … Read more
As Netflix hikes prices and tweaks its content to add more TV programming, some avid fans are wondering if they should cancel their subscriptions.
Netflix has already lost some customers due to the abrupt price hike in July. The newly announced plan to separate the streaming service from the DVD-by-mail service may also cause other customers to flee. And then there was more disruptive news this week, as a company executive acknowledged that movie content, the bread and butter of the Netflix offering, is getting too expensive for streaming. Instead the company will focus more attention on getting rights to … Read more
The Federal Communications Commission's Net neutrality rules will be published in the Federal Register tomorrow and go into effect--barring legal challenges--November 20, according to a report.
The commission made its announcement about the dates today, PCMag.com reported. On September 12, the White House's Office of Management and Budget signed off on the rules, which meant the next step was publication in the Register.
The Federal Register is the official daily publication for rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations. Among other things, it gives citizens access to new regulations so they can examine their … Read more
Clearwire is in talks with a number of carriers, including AT&T and Verizon Wireless, about eventually providing wireless capacity with its planned 4G LTE network.
"We're talking to everybody," Clearwire Chief Executive Eric Prusch said in an interview with CNET today.
Prusch didn't specifically name the two, but only said the company was talking to multiple companies when asked about AT&T and Verizon. The company's decision to move to LTE, a more widely accepted standard of 4G used by other U.S. carriers, has helped spur new discussions.
Those last-ditch efforts that AT&T reportedly attempted in order to save its proposed bid for T-Mobile don't look to have paid off.
U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle has assigned a February 13 start date for a nonjury trial to decide whether AT&T's proposed merger with T-Mobile, which would make AT&T the largest nationwide carrier, would violate antitrust laws.