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January 29, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn, Andrea Chang and Chris O'Brien
SAN FRANCISCO - Google's deal to sell its Motorola Mobility unit to Lenovo for $2.9 billion delivered a double-barreled shocker to the tech industry as the sale promised to scramble the playing field for mobile devices. The transaction marks an abrupt U-turn for Google, which bought the troubled smartphone maker less than two years ago for $12.5 billion. Beijing-based Lenovo, by moving deeper into mobile markets, demonstrated that it has ambitions far beyond becoming the world's largest PC maker.
January 28, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles entrepreneur Jason Calacanis is back with a new mobile news app that summarizes articles in 300 characters - - or about 40 words - - or less. His bet: With more people hoovering up news while on the go, they need a news app built for their smartphones . It may not be a groundbreaking notion, but its aim is true. Inside searches out the original article rather than rewarding someone who rehashed someone else's scoop and then slapped a clever, link-baiting headline on it (not to mention feel-good fluff and the now ubiquitous listicle )
January 26, 2014 | By Andrea Chang
Tech entrepreneurs are known to skew young, but at 14 years old, Daniel Singer's ahead of the game. The high school freshman at Harvard-Westlake has created YouTell, a website that enables users to solicit anonymous opinions from friends, and Backchat, an anonymous mobile messaging app. Daniel, who says he was defragmenting his computer's hard drive when he was 4, has been focusing his attention on Backchat, which he created with his father, Uri...
January 19, 2014 | By Jen Leo
There is no question that smartphone and tablet apps can improve your travel experience - whether it's for business or pleasure - by helping to inspire, plan, organize and save time and money. The travel apps below are either new, recently launched or have made significant improvements in the last year. AFAR Media : AFAR Media (you might have heard of its AFAR travel magazine) has released a stunning travel app by the same name. Find guides, highlights and individual travel hot spots in more than 7,000 cities and towns in 239 countries that will appeal to culture seekers, foodies and wanderers alike.
January 15, 2014 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Privacy-minded users may want to keep an eye on Blackphone, a device that promises to deliver privacy like no smartphone before it. Blackphone is a device that claims it will be able to keep users' phone calls, text messages, video chats and Web browsing private using a modified version of Android called PrivatOS. "There has never been a time in the world where privacy has become such a commodity, and none of the other devices in the world have been built around giving privacy back to the user," said Mike Janke, Silent Circle chief executive, in a video introducing Blackphone.
December 27, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Every quarter Google has a larger mobile market share than Apple, but when it comes to shopping online, iOS users outspent Android users with sales five times higher on Christmas Day. Apple iOS users accounted for 23% of total U.S. online sales, according to analytics data from IBM . Meanwhile, Google Android accounted for 4.6%. Apple's mobile users not only accounted for more sales, but they also spent more than their Android counterparts every time they made a purchase.
December 26, 2013 | By Jon Healey
If you're one of the many lucky Americans to receive a new smartphone this holiday season, congratulations! But watch out for thieves -- and policymakers with bad ideas on how to stop them. In particular, two elected officials in the Bay Area are proposing to make mobile devices less attractive to thieves by making them more attractive to malicious hackers. OK, that's not their intent (I hope). It's just one potential result if a proposal by Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) and San Francisco Dist.
December 25, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
There's a good chance you woke up with a new smartphone or tablet this Christmas morning, but as Microsoft can tell you, no one wants to use a device with no apps. If you've got a new gadget, you need to load it up with the best apps, that way the device can actually improve your life and not just bust your loved ones' wallets. Last year, 328 million apps were downloaded on Christmas , and this year, the number is expected to be even higher. So what apps should you download? Every user has different needs so no one has the same apps, but the apps below are must-have for most users.
December 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Attention procrastinators and the mall-averse, we have good news: You can still find deals for those last-minute gifts, all from the comfort of your smartphone. Here are five handy mobile apps to help you avoid being called a scrooge. 1. Ebay Ebay has been around for years, but it can easily be overlooked. The website rose to prominence as an online auctioning service, but these days, it has become one of the best all-around shopping apps. Whenever users are shopping for a product, they should make sure to search for it first using the Ebay app. There's always a chance the item may be available on Ebay for less than it is at traditional retailers.
December 20, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Shazam has updated its iPhone app to tag songs, TV shows and more all on its own, no longer requiring  users to open the app and tap a button whenever they want to tag something. The feature, called Auto Shazam, comes turned off by default, but users can turn it on by switching a toggle once they've downloaded the latest update for the app. Once turned on, Auto Shazam will remain on in the phone background and listen for audio that it can tag while users go about their day doing other things.
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