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Apple gaining ground on Android thanks to T-Mobile

The latest U.S. smartphone market share numbers from Kantar show Apple gaining ground on rival Android. While Google still led the way with 52 percent of the market, Apple’s iOS share increased 3.5 percent to 41.9 percent in the three-month period ending in May, compared to just a 0.1 percent growth on Android. Windows Phone,… Read More

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Report: Flaw in Android’s security model leaves 99% of devices vulnerable to attack

UPDATE: According to a report by IDG News Service, Google has patched the Google Play store so that trojans attempting to exploit this flaw can’t be downloaded from its store. However, those same protections don’t extend beyond Google’s store. Android users, beware: there’s a very high chance you’re vulnerable to a trojan horse that could… Read More

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Skype revamps Android app after 100M installs

Skype today announced a new milestone for its Android app, and with it came a big update. There have now been more than 100 million installs of Skype for Android, the Microsoft-owned company said Monday. Those users will see a revamped app that was just updated with a focus on messaging and conversations, just like… Read More

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iPhone sales stay hot as shipments of smartphones set to pass feature phones in 2013

Smartphones are taking over the world. Well, not really. But the latest estimates from the International Data Corporation indicate that 2013 will be the first time worldwide smartphone shipments exceed those of feature phones. The IDC said today that it expects 2013 smartphone shipments to grow by an astounding 32.7 percent from last year to 958.8… Read More

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Amazon expands Android Appstore to reach nearly 200 countries

On the same day Amazon rolled out Kindle Fire HD availability to 170 countries, the Seattle online giant also announced that its Appstore for Android is now available internationally to countries such as Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India, South Africa and South Korea — reaching nearly 200 countries around the world. The Appstore was previously available only… Read More

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Study: Windows Phone hits highest U.S. market share yet

Maybe there’s some truth to the hilarious and equally ridiculous ad Microsoft put out today, which attempts to differentiate Windows Phone from Apple and Samsung by poking fun at stereotypical users of the leading smartphones. The first quarter numbers from Kantar show Windows making consistent gains in the U.S. smartphone market, as evidenced by growth of 1.9 percentage… Read More

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Google strikes back with ‘Now’ for iPhone and iPad

Which online service will be the primary hub on your phone? Google this morning released its “Google Now” service for iPhone and iPad as a new feature of its existing Google app for Apple devices. It’s available by downloading or updating the Google app for iOS. The service, previously available for Android, features a series… Read More

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Meet Sidebar: Student programmer creates popular Android app at CodeDay Seattle

We’re pretty geeky up here in the Pacific Northwest. With messenger bags full of the latest Windows gear and too many new startups to count, we’re in no short supply of tech gurus. So it’s no surprise that in Seattle we have StudentRND preparing high school techies for the real world that awaits them. StudentRND’s multi-annual CodeDay hackathon took… Read More

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Swype Android keyboard out of beta, available in Google Play Store for $0.99

Swype’s Android keyboard is finally out of “beta” phase and now available to the masses. Swype, a Seattle-area startup that was acquired by Burlington, Mass.-based Nuance  for $102.5 million back in October 2011, has arrived in the Google Play Store. Previously, the keyboard that allows you to form words by dragging your finger from letter to letter… Read More