Stories by Matt Hamblen

Android on a BlackBerry slider smartphone idea gets mixed reviews

BlackBerry may run the Android operating system on a slider smartphone coming this fall, according to unnamed sources in a <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/06/11/us-blackberry-google-android-idUSKBN0OR2ZM20150611">Reuters</a> report.

Apple Pay heads across the Pond

Apple Pay will launch in the U.K. in July, where it will initially work at 250,000 retail locations and the London transit system -- with credit card support from eight major banks, Apple announced Monday.

Apple, Google and others look to goose mobile payments

Because of slack buyer interest and other obstacles facing mobile payments in the U.S., Apple and other companies must inject new features and inducements to boost adoption.

Sprint joins KC smart-city project with free Wi-Fi along upcoming streetcar line

Sprint committed on Thursday to building and managing a free, intelligent Wi-Fi network along a 2.2-mile streetcar line under construction in Kansas City, Mo.

The Apple Watch and other wearables face 3 big hurdles

While the Apple Watch has fostered wider interest in wearables, its arrival has also prompted renewed questions about <a href="http://www.computerworld.com/article/2917813/wearables/hands-on-48-hours-with-the-apple-watch.html">how valuable wearables are</a> and how much they could undermine privacy.

Apple may have a 2-in-1 in the works

Is Apple planning some variation of a 2-in-1 device that would combine the iPad with a detachable keyboard?

New iOS tools help Android developers -- and Google

Google and Apple are two of the staunchest competitors in any industry, especially with regard to their Android and iOS operating systems for smartphones and tablets.

Google targets online wannabes with offline maps and lightweight browsers

Google's quest to reach the billion or so people in the world who still can't connect to the Internet has produced several novel wireless technologies to make up for slow or poor networks.

Google's Android M to include Android Pay, faster charging and Doze power management

Google on Thursday gave a quick glimpse of a variety of new features coming to its next-generation operating system, dubbed Android M, during a keynote at Google I/O.

Android Pay likely at Google I/O as Samsung preps its own service

Google is expected to reveal details about Android Pay at its annual I/O conference this week, even as Samsung readies its own separate mobile payment service.

China, Android to be hardest hit in coming smartphone slump

Smartphone shipments will decline through 2019, hitting Android phones and the Chinese market especially hard, according to research firm IDC.

As smartwatches gain traction, personal data privacy worries mount

Growing interest in smartwatches has sparked user privacy concerns as companies find ways to collect and use personal health, location and purchasing data found on the wearable devices of their customers and workers.

Charter-Time Warner deal would get tough regulatory scrutiny

Charter Communications' planned acquisition of Time Warner Cable faces a regulatory review by the same federal officials who were widely blamed for nixing the recent proposed merger of Time Warner with Comcast.

Verizon's buy of AOL would offer edge against Google, Facebook on mobile ads

In the Internet era, many multibillion-dollar acquisitions sound insanely ambitious and out of line.

Hallmark's new eCard mobile app hopes to target 'soulless' interactions

Hallmark, one of the world's oldest and best-known greeting card companies, launched its first Hallmark eCard app for the iPhone and iPad on Thursday.