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Microsoft and Google End Hostilities, Partner Up

There's strong, scientifically verifiable evidence indicating Microsoft's move to join the rest of the tech world in open source and collaboration was propelled by a compelling force: the Nadella effect. While tech analysts and reporters had fun with CEO Satya Nadella's odd "cloud first, mobile firs...

When Elon Met Larry

Tesla Motors founder and CEO Elon Musk reportedly almost sold his electric car company to Google. Tesla was on the verge of bankruptcy, and Musk had all but signed the documents that would have handed over the company, according to an upcoming book. In March 2013, Tesla Motors was all but running on...

ANALYSIS

Will Motorola Mobility be a Home Run for Lenovo?

Lenovo is one computer maker that seems to be bucking the trend. In recent years they've continued to grow while others struggle. Smartphone growth suddenly seems to be a point of interest for Lenovo, which recently acquired Motorola Mobility from Google. It's still too early to pronounce Lenovo a b...

Microsoft, Nokia March to Altar

Microsoft's ambitious $7.4 billion acquisition of Nokia's mobile business is set to close Friday. There have been some minor changes to the deal since its announcement, said Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith. The original deal did not address the management of online assets, for example. The two ...

SPOTLIGHT ON SECURITY

Banking Trojan Enters Mobiles via Facebook

Purveyors of a notorious mobile banking Trojan have started targeting Facebook users to infect Android smartphones. The Net predators use a desktop Trojan to leverage a Facebook socializer to install banking malware on their phone, ESET malware researcher Jean-Ian Boutin discovered last week. The de...

Smartphone Kill Switch Gets Breath of Life

CTIA and major mobile manufacturers, providers and operating system makers have entered a voluntary agreement to include antitheft measures in smartphones. The security and safety of mobile users is the top priority for the industry, said CTIA, and the agreement is intended to protect consumers from...

Two’s Company in Global Smartphone OS Market

Google's Android and Apple's iOS led the global smartphone operating system market in 2013, a year in which worldwide shipments surpassed 1 billion units for the first time, according to IDC. The two OSes accounted for 93.8 percent of global smartphone shipments for the year. Both still found room t...

TECH TREK

FBI ‘Red Tape’ Keeps Oscar Pistorius’ Mobile Phone Locked

FBI "red tape" is preventing detectives from accessing the mobile phone formerly belonging to South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee known as "Blade Runner," who faces murder charges over the 2013 death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. South African investigators reportedly ha...

ANALYSIS

The New Wireless Wave: Prices Falling, Cloud Rising

I get a kick out of reading the media coverage of news events in the wireless sector. Sometimes reporters understand what is happening -- sometimes they don't. AT&T Mobility just reduced the price of its Mobile Share Value Plan. Many wrote about it, but few really understood the issues involved....

TECH TREK

Snowden in the Running for Nobel Peace Prize

A group of Norwegian lawmakers nominated former NSA contactor Edward Snowden for the Nobel Peace Prize. Saying that his bottomless pit of surveillance revelations contributes to stability and transparency, the lawmakers submitted the nomination to the Nobel Foundation. President Obama won the 2009 N...

The Motorola Shuffle: Lenovo Gets Business, Google Keeps Patents

Less than two years after Google's $12.5 billion purchase of Motorola Mobility was finalized, Google on Wednesday announced that Lenovo would be purchasing Motorola Mobility in a $2.91 billion deal. Google will be retaining the vast majority of Motorola's patent portfolio, including current patent a...

3D Systems to Build Printing Platform for Custom Moto Phones

Motorola Mobility is taking the concept of building smartphones to order to the next level through a partnership with 3D Systems, which makes 3D printers and software scanners and builds parts on demand. It also offers the Cubify platform, which lets consumers undertake 3D printing. Under the agreem...

Google, Partners Caught in Patent Lawsuit Blizzard

A consortium of technology companies is suing Google and Android manufacturers in its first patent lawsuits after it outbid the search giant for thousands of patents previously owned by Nortel. Rockstar, owned by Apple, Microsoft, BlackBerry, Ericsson, Sony and EMC, has accused Google of infringing ...

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