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Samsung pulls further ahead of Apple as smartphone shipments top 1 billion worldwide

Smartphone makers sold 1 billion handsets worldwide last year, according to a report by IDC this morning. And nobody has more reason to be happy than Samsung. The South Korean electronics company sold 313.9 million smartphones last year, up 42.9 percent over 2012. Last quarter, the company sold 82 million smartphones, continuing to widen its overall… Read More

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Your latte, at risk? Starbucks challenged over mobile password security

[Follow-up: Starbucks updating iOS app to address ‘theoretical vulnerabilities’] Look out, the hackers may be coming after your morning cup of joe. Security experts are challenging Starbucks over the way passwords are stored in its widely used mobile payments app, saying that a lack of common security protocols makes it possible for a hacker with physical… Read More

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Chart: Look out Windows, Android is the new ubiquitous operating system

“Windows Everywhere” ought to be repurposed to “Android Everywhere,” given the state of the market for Internet-connected devices. Shipments of new Android devices have already passed Apple and Microsoft’s sales combined, and by 2015, projections from Gartner show that they could be well on their way to eclipsing the rest of the entire connected device… Read More

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ESPN launches new SportsCenter app

While ESPN’s mobile apps have been going gangbusters – with its mobile properties seeing more visitors than its website in September – the sports broadcasting giant has decided to completely overhaul its popular ScoreCenter app for iOS and Android, and give it a new (yet) familiar name: SportsCenter. The new app features a redesign for… Read More

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Google launches Newsstand app for Android, adding NYT and WSJ subscriptions

Google announced today that it is merging Currents, its Flipboard-like aggregator for interesting stories, with all of the periodical subscriptions available through Google Play into a new app called Google Play Newsstand. In addition, the company is now selling subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal and New York Times through the Google Play Store for… Read More

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A family connector? SquareHub unveils new content sharing feature for small groups

SquareHub co-founder Dave Cotter thinks families need a new type of social network — one that’s “elastic” enough to adapt to the various devices or technologies that multiple generations are using. That’s why Cotter, a former general manager at Amazon.com who launched SquareHub earlier this year with backing from some of the region’s top angel… Read More