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Sony Charges Into Smartphone Scene With Xperia Ion

Sony has launched its first Xperia smartphone since buying out Ericsson in February. The Xperia Ion is a 4G LTE device that will be available from AT&T June 24 for $100 with a two-year agreement. The Ion has a 4.6-inch 1080p HD Reality Display powered by Sony's Mobile Bravia Engine and can be ho...

TECH TREK

Google Says ‘State-Sponsored,’ Users Hear ‘China’

Google has announced it will warn users of suspected state-sponsored attacks on their accounts. Google is taking its safeguards against security breaches a step further and introducing a system that will send messages to individual users whose accounts show signs of being compromised. Google did not...

Sony Slaps Android on the Wrist

Sony on Thursday announced its SmartWatch Android smartphone accessory. The device, worn on the user's wrist, links to the user's smartphone through Bluetooth. It acts as an intermediary to let users perform simple functions on their smartphones. The SmartWatch works with most smartphones running An...

OPINION

AT&T Mobility, for Better and for Worse

Every day, I get calls from reporters looking for comments on stories it are writing about AT&T. I'm sometimes asked whether I love or hate AT&T. After giving that question some thought, let me set the record straight: a little of both. I have been a fan of AT&T for many years -- in fact...

OPINION

AT&T Mobility, for Better and for Worse

Every day, I get calls from reporters looking for comments on stories it are writing about AT&T. I'm sometimes asked whether I love or hate AT&T. After giving that question some thought, let me set the record straight: a little of both. I have been a fan of AT&T for many years -- in fact...

Wireless Data Hogs Only Getting Hungrier

It's well-known that iPhone owners use lots of cellular bandwidth, but it seems that the iPhone 4S has taken bandwidth consumption to new heights. Owners of the iPhone 4S use twice as much data as iPhone 4 users and nearly three times as much data as iPhone 3G users, according to an Arieso report. H...

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Keeping Android on Enterprise IT’s Short Leash

The proliferation of smartphones has created headaches for security-minded IT departments everywhere, but a Motorola subsidiary aims to give system administrators more peace of mind with a solution for managing Android phones in business environments. Three Laws Mobility, purchased by Motorola eight...

RIM Hunkers Down for Long, Cold Summer

Research In Motion posted its third-quarter earnings data on Thursday, reporting a 71 percent drop in net income and revealing that its long-awaited next-generation smartphone platform will arrive later than expected. The company reported revenue of $5.2 billion, up 24 percent from last quarter but ...

WEEKLY RECAP

Another Grim Week for RIM

Research In Motion continues its trend of getting beaten up week after week with more and more bad news. This time, it had to swallow three separate helpings of trouble affecting everything from its PlayBook tablet to its as-yet unborn BBX operating system. It's also going to have to deal with some ...

Sony Takes the Ericsson Out of Sony Ericsson

Sony is cutting itself loose from its European partner in smartphones. The company announced Thursday that it will acquire Ericsson's 50 percent share in their Sony Ericsson venture, making the mobile handset business a fully owned subsidiary of Sony. Ericsson will receive cash compensation of $1.5 ...

Verizon Dulls Razr

Verizon Wireless has disabled the bootloader unlock feature in the software on the Droid Razr, the Android smartphone that Motorola unveiled last week. Motorola had shipped the Droid Razr with a bootloader that can be unlocked and relocked, company spokesperson Becki Leonard told LinuxInsider. "Whet...

Enterprise Security System Puts Android Under Lock and Key

The proliferation of smartphones has created headaches for security-minded IT departments everywhere, but a Motorola subsidiary aims to give system administrators more peace of mind with a solution for managing Android phones in business environments. Three Laws Mobility, purchased by Motorola eight...

Google Dons Another Piece of Patent Armor

Google, until recently a piker in the patent-holding tech community, is rapidly beefing up its portfolio -- or arsenal, depending on how one views it -- of intellectual property. The company has acquired 1,023 patents from IBM. These patents are on top of the 1,030 Google acquired from IBM in July, ...

Google’s Motorola Marriage to Come With Big Patent Dowry

Google announced Monday it intends to purchase Motorola Mobility for $12.5 billion, pursuant to regulatory approval. That price is a premium of 63 percent over the closing price of Motorola Mobility shares on Friday. The deal was unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies. The...

Patent Wars: DoJ May Take Preemptive Action as Giants Build Stockpiles

A consortium of six major tech players calling themselves "Rockstar Bidco" won a $4.5 billion bid for 6,000 Nortel patents in June. The deal closed last week, but all may not be said and done. The Department of Justice reportedly intends to ask the consortium members just what they plan to do with t...

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