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BlackBerry’s ‘strategic alternatives’ include possible sale of company … but who’s buying?

BlackBerry said this morning that a special committee of its board will “explore strategic alternatives,” and anyone who has heard that phrase before knows what’s on the table. “These alternatives could include, among others, possible joint ventures, strategic partnerships or alliances, a sale of the Company or other possible transactions,” the company says. It’s another… Read More

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Moto X: A Google phone made in the USA starting at $199

If you’re an Android fan and want to have hundreds of color selections for a smartphone, well, Google’s new device might be for you. Google’s Motorola unit today unveiled the Moto X, the first phone built by Motorola since Google acquired the company for $12.5 billion two years ago. It’s not anything revolutionary, but there are a few cool… Read More

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Microsoft’s new billion-dollar business: Android patents?

Windows Phone revenue rose by $1.2 billion in the company’s 2013 fiscal year, according to new numbers released by Microsoft this afternoon as part of its Form 10-K filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission. But the definition of “Windows Phone revenue” isn’t what you might think. The number reflects “an increase in patent licensing… Read More

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Nokia CEO says he picked Windows Phone over fear of Samsung dominating Android

Last week, Nokia CEO Stephen Elop defended his company’s decision two years ago to try to create a “third ecosystem” by throwing its weight behind Windows Phone, competing against iPhone and Android. Now, in a recent roundtable with European media outlets, Elop went into more detail about that logic and shed light on how he feared Samsung would dominate… Read More

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‘Clashers’ music app stands out at Microsoft design expo, using Android and YouTube

The setting was the annual student Design Expo at the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit, which is one reason the project called “Clashers” stood out: It’s an Android app, developed by students from Israel’s Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya, that leverages YouTube to let people eavesdrop on songs being played by other Clashers users they spot on the street,… Read More

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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