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  • Cool Yule tools: Lessons learned

    This issue of Network World features the 2010 edition of Cool Yule Tools. For the last 11 years, I've been collecting, reviewing and highlighting the coolest electronic (and geeky) products for the holiday season. This year is no different; we tried more than 140 products and present our findings in print and online.

  • Researcher to release Web-based Android attack

    A computer security researcher says he plans to release code Thursday that could be used to attack some versions of Google's Android phones over the Internet.

  • Smartphones grow by 90% in third quarter, IDC says

    The global smartphone market grew nearly 90 per cent in the third quarter, with enormous gains by Samsung and HTC, market research firm IDC reported Thursday.

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    Apple sued over iPhone 'iBrick' update

    If you noticed that your iPhone 3G or 3GS started running more slowly and/or crashed more often after you upgraded to the iOS 4, you're not alone.

  • OK Labs' virtualisation deployed in one billion devices

    National ICT Australia (NICTA) has reported that its Open Kernel Labs spin-off has notched up the billionth deployment of its virtualisation software on a mobile device.

  • ITC takes Nokia's side in Apple patent battle

    Apple has not proved that rival phone maker Nokia infringed Apple patents, the staff of the U.S. International Trade Commission said in a pre-trial memo last week.

  • Facebook updates mobile platform, says 'no' to rumoured phone

    If you were one of the many people hoping for a Facebook phone, sorry. That's not happening.

  • Paid app, cloud service secure consumer Android phones

    Lookout Mobile Security has created a paid client application that makes use of the vendor's cloud-based service to secure Android smartphones. Lookout Premium adds new features for greater privacy, remote lock, remote wipe, and enhances its cloud-based backup-and-restore capability.

  • Windows Phone 7 handsets selling out in UK

    Pre-orders for Windows Phone 7 handsets in some European markets have already sold out, according to some news reports. The issue seems to be the collision of high consumer interest with small inventories, at least of some of the new phones.

  • Lock down your Android devices

    Two years ago almost nobody had heard of Android. Now it's nearly ubiquitous among smartphone users, and it's on track to become the most popular mobile operating system in the United States. When it comes to business use, though, Android still has some growing to do. Here's how to keep your Android phones and tablets safe from malware and hackers.

  • Microsoft touts UI efficiency with WP7

    Microsoft claims its Windows Phone 7 (WP7) smartphones help users get more done in fewer steps than do rival phones.

  • Google, Microsoft, Nokia, RIM CEOs face off in Barcelona

    As the CEOs from Google, Microsoft, Nokia and Research In Motion (RIM) get set to take the stage at Mobile World Congress in February, the mobile OSes war looks set to get even tougher.

  • European Commission grant offers Symbian a boost

    The Symbian Foundation, which recently lost its respected executive director and the backing of two major phone makers, is getting a much-needed boost through a European Commission-sponsored project.

  • Smartphone online usage climbing rapidly, with iPhone in the lead

    The iPhone leads the pack when it comes to using the Web over mobile devices, according to a new study released today by Informa Telecoms & Media.

  • Android users split between Froyo, Éclair

    According to data released by Google Tuesday, 36 per cent of Android users are running the 2.2 (Froyo) version of the mobile operating system while 41 per cent are running the 2.1 (Éclair) version of the software.  Earlier versions of Android, such as 1.5 and 1.6, are now being used on less than a quarter of Android devices, according to Google.