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.
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.
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 »
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 »
The internet of things is about data. So this week’s podcast we talk to a Splunk executive who connected his home and uses the data to inform his lifestyle and purchases. Read more »
Looking to unlock your phone and take it to another carrier? Consider this post your cheat sheet. Read more »
Internet of things gadgets usually never stray far from Android and iOS, but Fitbit has decided to add Windows Phone to its list of supported platforms. Read more »
GM’s first car capable of charging your smartphone without a cord will be a Cadillac, not a Chevy Volt. It may have taken awhile, but GM has developed a better wireless charging system supporting multiple standards. Read more »
A new Indiegogo is selling a Android-equipped pico projector which integrates an infrared pen to approximate a touch interface. Read more »
If you don’t want to pay for an iPhone up front, Apple Stores will soon start offering Verizon Edge, AT&T Next and T-Mobile Jump upgrades — payment plans that allow consumers to pay off a device over its lifetime. Read more »
Samsung intends to delay the launch of the Samsung Z, the first smartphone running Tizen, in order to shore up its app store. Read more »
Startup will use funds to branch out to add mobile marketing automation to its mix of A/B testing, content management and analytics, said Co-Founder Momchil Kyurkchiev. Read more »
When it comes to Facebook, there’s privacy and there’s privacy. And the way things are playing out, improvements on one kind of privacy could in effect act to the detriment of the other. Read more »
How much work can you really get done on an iPad? After Apple CEO Tim Cook said he did 80 percent of his work on an iPad, I examined my day to see how much I could get done on one. Read more »
People always ask me where they can buy a smart home. The answer shows how far the industry needs to come if it wants to serve mainstream consumers. Read more »
What if your Chromecast suddenly started to rickroll you? It’s possible due to a vulnerability that’s based on its easy setup process. Read more »
Being stuck with a graphic that was created for a different purpose or platform can be discouraging. Knowing how to resize that graphic with sharper, crisper edges can make all the difference in the world. Read more »
AT&T and T-Mobile both claimed they were intent on preserving Cricket and MetroPCS’s services when they made their respective acquisitions. But it looks like T-Mobile was the only one serious about it. Read more »
The House of Representatives passed a bill on Friday allowing consumers to unlock their phones for the purpose of switching carriers. Read more »
AWS doesn’t have the public cloud to itself anymore. It faces two gigantic competitors trying to poach reference customers and growing adoption of hybrid cloud. Read more »
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer team released a preview HTML5 version of Settlers of Catan that works on almost every modern device — from Windows Phone to iPads and desktop computers. Read more »
Verizon’s 4G networks soon will start favoring customers who pay for mobile data by the gigabyte over customers who draw deeply from Verizon’s unlimited plans. The new policies will only apply when the network gets crowded. Read more »
Hoping to poke around in an Fire Phone? According to a teardown from iFixit, there’s a security sticker that’ll tip Amazon off that you’ve voided your warranty. Read more »
Ambient lighting for your television viewing may be a good reason to pick up a few Hue light bulbs. If you want to try out the experience here are two apps to download. Read more »
LoopPay’s digital credit card has attracted the attention of credit card titan Visa, which may be just be looking for alternatives to plastic. LoopPay said on Thursday that Visa has made a strategic investment in the company of an undisclosed sum. LoopPay makes programmable keychain fobs and iPhone sleeves capable of generating a magnetic field that emulates the magnetic stripe on a credit or debit card. And point-of-sale terminal that can read it. GE’s financial arm has also made an investment in Loop, and last year the Boston startup raised at $10 million Series A round.
The mobile-payment industry is forecasted to account for as much as $1 trillion in global transactions by 2015. Mobile applications are becoming the new website. If you don’t have one available, you are missing a major market. Mobile adoption has accelerated like never before. Read more »
A sub-$200 device from ZTE comes with the Google Now Launcher pre-installed, although ZTE says it’s not abandoning its homegrown Android skin. Read more »
Square Register’s sales, refund and settlement data can now all be used as triggers for IFTTT recipes. A merchant can generate alerts whenever a sale occurs, or have a little more fun with smart appliances. Read more »
AT&T set records when it came to attracting new and keeping old smartphone subscribers, but its prepaid business witnessed at mass exodus. After AT&T’s acquisition of Leap, Cricket customers are finding new carriers. Read more »
The Windows Phone app store is a lot better than when it launched, but that just makes its app holes more glaring — like Uber, which used to have an app (really a website in an app wrapper) until it pulled it from the platform last April. Well, good news for Windows Phone users who love on-demand car services: you can now download an official Uber app, as opposed to using the service’s mobile website. Like my colleague Kevin Tofel and his need for a decent Google+ client, I’m sure there are people whose last hurdle to adopting Microsoft’s mobile OS was the lack of a decent Uber app.
Apple will be introducing new models — not spec bumps — for its iMac, Thunderbolt Display, and MacBook lines this fall, according to a new report. Read more »
Sprint and Google already have a history of close cooperation on consumer apps — Sprint was the only major U.S. carrier to support Google Wallet — but now it looks like they’re making their partnership more professional. In August, Sprint will start offering Google apps to small business and enterprise customers. The carrier won’t just resell access to Gmail, Calendar, Drive and Docs business accounts; it will provide customer support, giving those businesses a single point of contact for their mobile network and device problems as well as their app issues.
Need a combination tripod and timed or remote shutter for your iPhone? Consider the CaseCam, which uses a mirror that doubles as a stand, along with special software that can snap a pic from another iPhone or after a certain amount of time. Read more »
Attention, ISPs who have vague terms of service or promise one thing and then fail to deliver: The FCC is keeping an eye on you. Read more »
Soon you’ll be able to take a foreign language standardized tests on an Android smartphone as Duolingo opens up its certified, proctored Test Center. But will institutions accept the credential? Read more »
Apple’s slowing iPad sales met Apple’s own expectations but nobody else’s apparently. Sure, slowing growth rates aren’t necessarily a good thing but there are several reasons to explain why iPad sales have slowed. Read more »
The Lumia 530 is a Windows Phone smartphone retailing unlocked for under 100 euros. Read more »
The latest version of OS X will be available as a public beta ahead of its expected official launch later this fall. Read more »