Stories by Mikael Ricknäs

Show spotlight will be on smartwatches with better looks and connectivity

Smartwatches will be in the spotlight at the IFA trade show in Berlin, with LG, Motorola, Samsung and Sony all keen to demonstrate their new products are what consumers want.

As smartphone screen sizes max out, stylish designs expected at IFA

New smartphones expected to bow at the IFA show in Berlin next week will likely show that makers are taking a step back from larger screen sizes and emphasizing better design.

Amazon's file sharing service Zocalo now generally available

Enterprises that want to share and store files online have yet another option now that Amazon Web Services has opened its Zocalo service to general availability.

HTC ships Desire 510 with 64-bit processor, but isn't sure users can take advantage of it

HTC is hoping to make inroads in the low-end smartphone market with the 4G Desire 510, which has a new 64-bit capable Qualcomm processor. But HTC isn't sure buyers will be able to take full advantage of that capability.

LG's G3 Stylus has low-res 5.5-inch display and 13-MP camera

The G3 Stylus from LG Electronics doesn't come close to its big brother, the G3, on performance. But LG is hoping the pen-enabled smartphone will attract budget buyers with its big screen and 13-megapixel camera.

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Security spending gets boost from mobile, social and cloud, says Gartner

The increased adoption of mobile, social and cloud computing is driving growth in security spending among organizations that are also becoming more aware of threats on all those fronts.

LG's high-end smartphone features trickle down to new L series

LG Electronics is bringing features from its more expensive smartphones into the hotly contested low-end segment of the market.

OnBeep developing walkie-talkie type wearable for mobile devices

OnBeep is readying a wearable device that will let smartphone users initiate a voice chat with a pre-defined group of people, walkie-talkie style, and to support its development the startup announced Wednesday it has closed a US$6.25 million funding round.

Samsung to lure buyers for its smart TVs with new games, Skype group calls

Samsung Electronics will demonstrate new games and Skype group calls for its smart TVs at next month's IFA trade show in Berlin.

The 5 most anticipated smartphone launches coming in September

September is shaping up to be a very exciting month for smartphone buyers around the world: We know that Motorola Mobility, Microsoft, Sony and Samsung Electronics will all launch new smartphones, and it looks like Apple will join the party too. So what new devices are we looking forward to the most? Here's our countdown:

Google acquires Jetpac to boost image recognition know-how

Google has acquired Jetpac, known for image recognition and processing.

LG to unveil curved ultrawide monitor at IFA

LG Electronics is planning to show three monitors at IFA in Berlin, including a curved ultrawide model and a new 4K display.

British spy agency scanned for vulnerable systems in 32 countries, German paper reveals

British intelligence agency GCHQ used port scanning as part of the "Hacienda" program to find vulnerable systems it and other agencies could compromise across at least 27 countries, German news site Heise Online has revealed.

Adtran lays groundwork for superfast broadband over copper

US telecom equipment vendor Adtran has developed a technology that will make it easier for operators to roll out broadband speeds close to 500Mbps over copper lines.

Microsoft opens new site for Lumia beta tests

Microsoft is closing the Nokia Beta Labs site, but users will still be able to test apps under development via the new Lumia Beta Apps site, designed to elicit more feedback and make it easier for users to participate.