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1. Facebook: You Will Use Messenger, and You Will Like It

July 29, 2014, Windows Phone, Paper, and desktop users will still be able to message in their main Facebook apps or sites. Previously users could chat via a Messages tab in Facebook's smartphone apps. Downloading Messenger turns the Messages tab into a notifications hub that moves users into Messenger when it's tapped. Some observers have speculated that the move ...

2. Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions of Users at Risk

July 29, 2014
Having this fake ID is nothing to brag about, even if you are a minor. The “Fake ID” Android flaw lets cybercriminals hide malicious code in your smartphone apps. It can swipe your credit card information and even take over your device. Bluebox Security uncovered the malware in Google’s mobile operating system. According ...

3. Microsoft Update to Windows Phone 8.1 Already Coming

July 28, 2014
... Windows Phone 8.1 will also offer support for 1280x800-pixel screens as well as 7-inch screens. The update will also include Voice over LTE support, which will allow Lumia smartphone owners to make phone calls over a 4G connection. Update 1 will include support for qHD (960x540 pixels), but none for resolutions higher than 1080p, prompting some observers to ...

4. Stanford Researchers Report Battery Breakthrough

July 28, 2014
...the Stanford research team. "Battery life has been managed to date by a combination of chipset efficiencies, software intelligence and the growth in the size of smartphones said Nick Spencer, senior practice director at ABI Research. "The battery technology itself hasn't improved in many years." The increased density that a pure ...

5. Samsung Postpones Launch of Tizen Phone

July 28, 2014
The possibility that the Tizen operating system can survive is dropping. Samsung announced Monday that its Samsung Z smartphone specifically designed for the mobile OS and ready for a third quarter launch in Russia, is being postponed. Samsung said in a statement Monday that, in ...

6. Music-Streaming MixRadio To Spin Off from Microsoft

July 27, 2014
...users gives it an edge. He sees Pandora building a large force of local ad sales agents and taking advantage of the growing compatibility between cars and smartphones "Ultimately if you're driving along and you're listening to music that's really interesting versus being force-fed by radio, they'll be less likely to switch channels when ...

7. Nokia Sees Brighter Future Without Handset Unit

July 25, 2014
There is life after mobile phones for Nokia. Shares in the Finnish wireless equipment maker surged Thursday after it reported higher profits and an improved earnings outlook in the wake ...

8. Is the Amazon Fire Phone a Winner?

July 24, 2014
A late entry into a packed category of smartphones Amazon's Fire phone offers a variety of unique features. Now, the reviewers are assessing whether they are enough to make the phone stand out. Many of ...

9. Mounting Momentum: Apple Posts Earnings Gain

July 24, 2014
...simultaneously unveil an iPhone with a 5.5-inch screen. An iPhone with a larger screen probably would unleash a flood of sales among Apple fans interested in a smartphone that would make it easier to read and see other features. A bigger-screen iPhone might also tempt consumers already accustomed to the larger screens on a variety of smartphones ...

10. Review: Amazon Fire Offers New Ways To Use Phones

July 24, 2014
...more information about products. Rather, I like that Amazon is thinking a lot about how phones ought to work. The iPhone and its Android smartphone rivals are so much alike that companies have been suing each other for stealing ideas. The Fire phone uses Android, but Amazon has modified it to the point that ...
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Canadian Government Charges China With Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig
Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions of Users at Risk
Having this fake ID is nothing to brag about, even if you are a minor. The “Fake ID” Android flaw drops malware into smartphone apps. It can steal credit card data and even take over your device.
FTC Wants Fix for 'Perfect Scam' of Mobile Cramming
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidelines to curb “mobile cramming,” a troublesome practice that adds unauthorized third-party charges to mobile phone bills.
Facebook: You Will Use Messenger, and You Will Like It
Starting this week, Facebook users with Android and iOS phones will be forced to use the separate Messenger app to send Facebook messages. Pending messages will still be visible in the main app.

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