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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.
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BUSINESS
February 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
HTC introduced its next flagship smartphone Tuesday, formally unveiling the new HTC One, which will make its global debut in late March. The HTC One is made of aluminum and features a high-resolution 4.7-inch screen with a full HD 1080p resolution. Its screen has a 468-pixel density -- possibly the greatest of any current smartphone. HTC, however, is trying to set its phone apart from the crowd with top-of-the-line features in areas other than the screen. PHOTOS: Tech we want to see in 2013 For starters, the HTC One will include HTC BoomSound, which means it will have two dual front-facing speakers.
BUSINESS
March 28, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Nokia announced it will launch its Lumia line of Windows Phones in China next month. The Nokia 800C will lead the Finnish company's entry into the world's largest consumer market, to be followed at some point in the second quarter by the Nokia 610C, according to a news release issued by the company Wednesday. "We're excited to introduce our first Lumia smartphone, the Nokia 800C, to this important market," said Stephen Elop, Nokia chief executive, in a statement. "We've created a compelling, locally relevant experience on the Nokia 800C especially tailored for people in China.
BUSINESS
April 23, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Mozilla, better know for its Firefox Web browser, is trying to get into the smartphone business, and if its first step into the market is any indication, it may have a winner. On Tuesday, the nonprofit organization rolled out to developers two smartphones running its Firefox OS mobile operating system. It sold out in just a few hours. Firefox OS is a new platform that is set to debut this year in Latin America and Europe. The operating system is based on HTML5 and is intended to give users an alternative to "vendor-controlled ecosystems," Mozilla said in a blog this week.
BUSINESS
January 15, 2012 | By Mike Swift
Brothers Adam and Ben Mayberry, who sell T-shirts to the crowds outside San Jose Sharks games, say a small piece of hardware that plugs into their iPad and allows them to accept Visa, MasterCard and American Express has boosted sales and legitimized the curbside business. "I wouldn't know the first place to begin at taking payments, or credit card payments in general," Adam Mayberry, 31, said of the payment device offered by San Francisco start-up Square Inc. "It's a cool technology.
BUSINESS
February 23, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details. Just as U.S. companies are coming to grips with the threats to their computer networks emanating from cyber spies based in China, a noted expert is highlighting what he says is an even more pernicious vulnerability in smartphones. Dmitri Alperovitch, the former McAfee cyber security researcher who is best known for identifying a widespread China-based cyber espionage operation he dubbed " Shady Rat ," has used a previously unknown hole in smartphone browsers to deliver an existing piece of China-based malware that can commandeer the device, record its calls, pinpoint its location and access user texts and emails.
BUSINESS
July 16, 2013 | By Paresh Dave, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
For $30 a year, owners of the Samsung Galaxy S4 smartphone can either track it or render it useless if it's lost or stolen. Because the new anti-theft LoJack feature is nearly impossible for a thief to shut off, it's considered far superior to apps that offer tracking and remote-wipe services. The S4 is the first smartphone to carry the technology for consumers. The LoJack service from Absolute Software has long been available for laptops, and more recently for tablets. But with smartphone theft becoming common and deadly, the company wanted to give consumers a stronger option to recover stolen or lost mobile devices.
BUSINESS
January 16, 2014 | By Marc Lifsher
SACRAMENTO - California regulators decided Thursday not to consider the need for tougher privacy protection for smartphone users. In a 3-2 vote, the Public Utilities Commission denied a petition from consumer groups asking it to investigate the need for stronger privacy standards. It would have been the PUC's first attempt to update 2-decade-old phone privacy protections in effect since the dawn of the hand-held cellphone era. Siding with phone companies, Commissioner Mark J. Ferron opposed new privacy regulations and said there was "a lack of documented examples of actual breaches of customer privacy.
BUSINESS
March 19, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The HTC One, the Taiwanese phone maker's latest flagship smartphone, may not be available until April because of part shortages, according to a report released Tuesday. HTC had said it would release its device this month, but several of the company's retail distributors and phone carriers told the Wall Street Journal that HTC has notified them of shipment delays. The delays appear to be related to the HTC One's metal casing and parts of its camera, according to the report.
BUSINESS
December 12, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said a deal has been reached between the agency and mobile carriers that will make smartphone unlocking legal. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said the agreement will ensure customers are allowed to unlock their devices as well as receive information from their carriers on how and when they can do so. Smartphone unlocking allows users to switch the carriers that provide service for their devices. Some carriers like to keep the devices they sell locked to prevent customers from taking their smartphones to their rivals.
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