Stories by Matt Hamblen

Red Alert app warns of imminent missile attacks in Israel

Red Alert: Israel is a free app for both iOS and Android that provides real-time alerts when missiles or rockets are fired into Israel. It's also become a specialized kind of social network.

As it lays off workers, Microsoft also kills its low-end Nokia X smartphones

In addition to announcing its largest job cuts ever, Microsoft today also signaled a retreat from its low-end Nokia X line of Android phones.

Visa launches 'Checkout' for quick and easy payments from any device

Visa announced a new simplified digital payment service called Visa Checkout, which is designed to allow customers to pay quickly for goods online on any connected device.

Apple-IBM deal threatens Android's enterprise push

The new Apple-IBM partnership seems sure to help Apple sell more iPads to businesses, but it may also be setting off alarm bells at mobile device management companies large and small.

Motorola unveils speech input tool for warehouse workers

Motorola Solutions on Tuesday unveiled a speech technology upgrade targeting mobile device workers in warehouses and distribution centers.

Wi-Fi, like ice cream, is coming in many flavours

Wi-Fi technology continues to evolve as wireless devices proliferate and demand for video and other data explodes.

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Why Samsung needs to move beyond Android - and Google

Samsung depends on Google's Android OS, but needs to find a way to differentiate itself from rivals who also use Android if it's to grow and thrive.

Verizon gets top ranking for network performance in U.S. cities

RootMetrics gives Verizon Wireless a big thumbs-up in its latest biannual ranking of wireless network performance in U.S. cities.

Sprint to exclusively sell ZTE mini Android projector

Gone, at least potentially, are the days of salespeople having to lug around a 4-pound projector to make presentations to potential customers.

Smartwatches at work: Boon or bane for IT?

It's hard to assess how popular smartwatches will be for business users, or how much of a pain they'll be for IT to support. But don't surprised when they start showing up in the office.

Google gets into the weeds of Android Work

Google has revealed more about how its new enterprise security and management framework -- otherwise known as Android Work -- will function when the next version of Android rolls out.

Samsung Gear Live unveiled as latest Android Wear smartwatch

Google gave about 6,000 developers attending its I/O conference on Wednesday two Android Wear smartwatches - one for now and one for later - as a not-so-subtle invitation to get developers to build more apps for those devices and their connected smartphones.

In Pictures: Watch out for these smartwatches

With Apple expected to launch an iWatch in October, other vendors including Samsung, LG and Motorola, are getting a headstart with smartwatches in varied shapes and colors.

With Android L, Google makes pitch for enterprise users

Google will provide enterprise-focused security and management features to its entire Android showcase of mobile devices, including features reserved only for Samsung devices running Samsung security software called Knox, a Google executive announced during the Google I/O keynote address Wednesday.

Verizon's videoconferencing offers virtual doctor visits via smartphone

If you've ever been sick with a cold or the flu while traveling, Verizon's new videoconferencing technology could help you reach a doctor for a quick consult from a smartphone or tablet.

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