Looks like the Windows Phone device family is going to get larger, according to a series of leaks. In the coming months, expect a high-end HTC phone and two new Lumias running Microsoft’s mobile OS. Read more »
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The purchase will give BlackBerry a leg up in its quest to pitch to government agencies and enterprises who want secure communications. Read more »
In emerging markets, smartphones are gaining ground based on crazily low pricing. Check out this Gadget piece about recent figures from South African retail giant Pep. In the second half of 2013, 1 percent of the pre-pay phones Pep sold were smartphones. That was up to 13 percent in the first half of this year, and soon it will be 30 percent. Much of this is down to the arrival of super-cheap, WhatsApp-centric Android phones priced as low as R399 ($38). Now consider that Microsoft just killed off Asha, the low-end Nokia line that’s been its big contender in markets such as this. Those cheap new Lumias had better be really cheap.
In a report about tackling online issues like bullying and revenge porn, the Lords tentatively advised that web services should demand real names at sign-up, even if they then allow usage to be anonymous or pseudonymous. Read more »
Qualcomm EVP Peggy Johnson is leaving the company that’s been her home for 24 years, a source tells Gigaom. And according to a report in Re/Code, she’s departing for Microsoft to take on a high-level executive post. Johnson is the highest ranking female executive at Qualcomm, and she’s also part of the inner circle. She’s on Qualcomm’s executive committee and has headed up key divisions of the company. As President of Qualcomm Internet Services, she launched BREW, a predecessor of the moden mobile app store. In her current role she’s in charge of developing new markets for Qualcomm’s core wireless technologies as well as overseeing Qualcomm Labs.
New data centers will help Atlantic.net target business workloads that are not necessarily webscale jobs. And there are an awful lot of those. Read more »
Apple has doubled the RAM in its Retina MacBook Pros across the entire line, while also adding slightly improved processors and price cuts for select models. Read more »
How do streaming services with millions of tracks impact live events? And what about folks that don’t have tome for concerts, but still love live music? LiveNation has its very own startup to find answers. Read more »
This paper reviews some of the challenges that mobile-application developers face, presents strategies to overcome these challenges and then discusses the need to measure mobile-application performance and capture performance and demographic data in order to identify and resolve performance issues. Read more »
The vulnerability is of particular concern for those with old Android devices that no longer receive firmware updates. However, Google says the Play Store remains a safe place from which to download apps. Read more »