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It's FONDLEMANIA: Mobile devices outstrip PCs on China's internet

Mobile devices have edged out PCs when it comes to Chinese online browsing, an official government agency in the People's Republic said on Monday. For the first time more Chinese folk are plugging into the internet using phones or tablets, the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC) said (PDF in Chinese), according to …
Team Register, 21 Jul 2014
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What's next for OpenGL for the desktop, mobile devices, and the web?

Graphics standards body the Khronos Group has called on industry players to help draft the next generation of the OpenGL spec, a major rewrite that's expected to help unify the OpenGL development model for desktop PCs, mobile devices, and the web. "Fast-paced work on detailed proposals and designs are already underway, and any …
Neil McAllister, 11 Aug 2014
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Future Apple gumble could lock fanbois out of their own devices

Apple has filed a patent for a new location-sensitive security system which could leave fanbois' fumbling to get into their iDevices if they travel to unusual locations. The patent application describes "location-sensitive security levels and setting profiles based on detected location". It's basically describes a system which …
Jasper Hamill, 03 Jul 2014
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The Pirate Bay opens mobile site

The Pirate Bay has poked Big Content's sore spot again, by erecting a site for mobile devices at themobilebay.org. The new site doesn't do much beyond features offered by The Pirate Bay's other ventures. The site's overseers told Torrent Freak that “The normal version of the site renders like crap on mobile devices”, an …
Simon Sharwood, 25 Jul 2014

Missed it? Here's the latest on Microsoft's mobile strategy

Youtube Video For those of you who missed Microsoft UK's summit on the company’s enterprise mobility strategy in London on June 4, here’s your chance to view the proceedings at your leisure. In the vid you can watch Microsoft discuss mobile devices and the role they will play in the company’s “mobile first, cloud first” …
David Gordon, 12 Jun 2014
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Tizen teasing continues as new members join but none pledge devices

Tizen, the mobile operating system driven by the Linux Foundation, has added 15 new members including Chinese smartphone maker ZTE and Japanese operator Softbank Mobile. Other major names now on board include Chinese search giant Baidu and US operator Sprint, bought last year by Softbank. The remainder of the 15 comprise mainly …
Phil Muncaster, 14 Feb 2014
Another way to pay with your mobile phone

Five UK banks sign up to hook up customers' ACCOUNTS to their MOBILE DEVICES

British banks HSBC, First Direct, Nationwide, Santander and Metro Bank have all signed up to Zapp's mobile payment system, allowing their customers to pay using a tablet or smartphone. The announcement comes just days after O2 snapped shut its Wallet service. The five banking firms together provide services to around 18 million …
Simon Rockman, 15 Jan 2014

Kaspersky warns of IMPOSTER mobile security apps

Security firm Kaspersky Lab is warning users following the discovery of a set of mobile malware apps that impersonate its products. The firm said that unknown malware writers have been crafting applications that bill themselves as being Kaspersky products but instead infect devices or simply fail to do much of anything once …
Shaun Nichols, 17 May 2014

Have your users managed to force iOS devices on you?

NetApp has used its acquired IonGrid technology to provide iOS mobile devices with access to file data stored on its FAS arrays, along with browser access to business apps. Apple iPad and iPhone users will have an App Store app they can use to log into their corporate system, using Active Directory or a multi-factor …
Chris Mellor, 17 May 2013

Speaking in Tech: The BEST GADGETS pit mobile tech devs against NETWORK ENEMIES

speaking_in_tech Greg Knieriemen podcast enterprise This week, tech podcast host Greg Knieriemen comes to you live from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona with two special guests. They have a really interesting chat about what kind of value data analytics actually has as well as whether the principle of net neutrality can …
Team Register, 26 Feb 2014
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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

The Metropolitan Police has spent more than two years lobbying phone manufacturers and the government in a bid to introduce mandatory passwords on every new unit sold in Blighty, The Reg has learned. Senior officers from the Met's National Mobile Phone Crime Unit (NMPCU) have met with firms including Apple and Samsung to discuss …
Jasper Hamill, 19 Aug 2014
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Fixed networks to sag under weight of mobile data: Cisco VNI

Cisco's latest Visual Networking Index (VNI), its annual analysis of current and future bit flows, has hit the wires and it confirms what most people already consider a given: mobile access is continuing to grow, both in terms of volume and in terms of users. The VNI states that mobile connection speeds are also on the rise, …
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FCC seeks $48K fine from mobile phone-jamming driver

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is asking for a $48,000 fine to be levied against a man who allegedly kept a phone jammer in his car. The FCC said that it would be seeking to impose three counts of a $16,000 penalty against Florida resident Jason Humphreys for illegally operating a mobile phone jamming device and …
Shaun Nichols, 29 Apr 2014

OpenGL mobile graphics spec inches closer to desktop, laptop cousin

The Khronos Group has released the OpenGL ES 3.1 specification, bringing closer the day when handheld devices match mainstream desktops and laptops in graphics performance. "The OpenGL family of APIs including OpenGL ES, OpenGL and WebGL have proven themselves as the foundation for 3D graphics on mobile devices, PCs and the Web …
Rik Myslewski, 17 Mar 2014
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Mobile downloads limp, fixed surges: ABS

Australians might be buying as many 4G devices as they can get their hands on, but the uptake isn't being reflected in their download habits. The volume of data downloaded by Australians over mobile connections slid slightly between December 2012 and June 2013, while fixed line downloads continue to surge, according to the …
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Software containers for BYOD/mobile device management: Big Tin Can

An environment which runs on a number of mobile platforms seeks to solve lots of the BYOD issues faced by corporates. It creates a balance between locking down a device so completely that people won't or can't use it and leaving the door open to miscreants. Such environments these days are often known as "containers" (or " …
Simon Rockman, 28 Feb 2014
Electronic devices dangerous to flight safety

Thought of in-flight mobile calls fills you with dread? Never fear, US Dept of Transport is here

The US Department of Transportation is considering banning people from making mid-flight cellphone calls – all while the US Federal Communications Commission mulls approving in-flight mobile jabbering. "Over the past few weeks, we have heard of concerns raised by airlines, travelers, flight attendants, members of Congress and …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Dec 2013

SAP commits to mobile marriage with Xamarin: All for one, and one for Android, iOS, Windows

Xamarin and SAP – software operations at opposite ends of the spectrum – are working on tools to deliver native business apps to mobile devices. The pair on Monday announced a partnership that will help enterprise developers quickly build apps for iOS, Android and Windows around SAP’s Mobile Platform. The first fruits of the …
Gavin Clarke, 25 Feb 2014
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Five mobile devices per person for 2040?

Australia needs an extra 100 million phone numbers for mobile devices, says the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA), which has taken the first step towards that goal by setting out plans for new numbers that start with “05”. All Australian mobile numbers have, until now, started with “04”. ACMA says the new 05 …
Simon Sharwood, 18 Jul 2012
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Mobile internet devices to outnumber humans this year

The number of mobile devices will outstrip the global population in 2012, according to Cisco’s latest Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast. The company predicts that the number of mobile devices, including those for purely machine-to-machine contact, will pass the human population this year – and there will be over 10 billion by …
Iain Thomson, 15 Feb 2012
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Couchbase relaxes NoSQL derrière into mobile seats

Database startup Couchbase has developed what it believes is the first NoSQL database for mobile devices, but why would anyone want such a thing? The Couchbase Lite database was announced by the company on Friday as part of its "JSON Anywhere" strategy, which sees it also create a new data syncing service and a cloud test and …
Jack Clark, 13 Sep 2013
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BYOD is a PITA: Employee devices cost firms £61 a month

Companies are paying £61 a month for every device their workers bring into the office, but less than half of IT departments have any say in mobile strategy these days. The numbers come from biz Wi-Fi flogger iPass, which discovered that only 48 per cent of IT departments are still in control of the spending on mobile devices, …
Bill Ray, 11 Feb 2013

These mobile devices just aren't going away. What'll we do, Trevor?

Mobile Device Management (MDM) has become an important sector of the IT industry, but is also something of a moving target. Companies from the level of my own three man shop to the largest enterprises are weighing their options for securing mobile devices. For many, Microsoft's System Center 2012 is the barometer by which all …
Trevor Pott, 14 Mar 2013
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Wikipedia switches on mobile editing

The Wikimedia Foundation has flicked the switch on its mobile editing feature, allowing anyone with an account to edit Wikipedia articles on just about any mobile device capable of rendering HTML. The Foundation's aim is not to help you fill time during your commute. Instead, it says the new feature's been developed because it …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jul 2013
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Mobile devices bring back that old client-server feeling

If you see the phrase “any time, any place, anywhere” in relation to mobile access, and are tempted to point out the language redundancy (any place, anywhere), then you are probably not old enough to remember the birth of client-server in the late '80s and early '90s. If, however, cheesy music from a Martini ad is now running …
Dale Vile, 17 Dec 2012
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INVASION of the UNDEAD ANDROIDS: Hackers can pwn 'nearly all' devices

A four-year-old Android bug could be used to plant malware on 99 per cent of Android devices on the market, according to security researchers. Bluebox Security CTO Jeff Forristal said the vulnerability in Android’s security model creates a means for hackers to modify an Android app's APK code without breaking its cryptographic …
John Leyden, 04 Jul 2013

ARM swallows graphics software biz Geomerics to tart-up mobile games

ARM has acquired its Cambridge, UK, neighbor Geomerics, a graphics software firm whose cross-platform flagship product is Enlighten – described by the company as "the only technology capable of computing real-time global illumination on consoles or mobile platforms," and which game developers incorporate into their rendering …
Rik Myslewski, 13 Dec 2013

Amazon initiates TOTAL MOBILE DOMINANCE cloud strategy

As the landmasses of the world buckle beneath the combined weight of the fondleslabs and glossy mobs being churned out by China's industrial cities, companies are waking up to the need to control the technology, and so Amazon has added tech to its AWS cloud to give devs a cheap way to beam data out to Android, iOS, and Kindle …
Jack Clark, 13 Aug 2013
The Register breaking news

Australians love mobile devices, but not mobile downloads

The next time you queue up to buy an iPad, 3G wireless broadband dongle, or an Android phone or tablet, ask yourself: why are the data plans so expensive, when they deliver so little? The latest broadband study from the Australian Bureau of Statistics tells us that servicing the data needs of mobile broadband users requires only …

Samsung's new image sensor promises better snaps in smaller devices

Samsung has announced a new image-sensor technology for smartphones and tablets it's calling "ISOCELL" – for "isolated cell" – that it says will improve color fidelity in low-light conditions, provide a higher dynamic range, and allow for slimmer devices. "ISOCELL technology is yet another innovation that significantly raises …
Rik Myslewski, 24 Sep 2013
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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

The UK mobile industry will be five million mobile devices lighter this year if a Brit consultancy's forecasts are to be believed. CCS Insights expects an eleven per cent crash in smartphones shipments and a 14 per cent dive in slabs when compared to box sales last year. Smartphone unit sales dropped 20 per cent year-on-year in …
Simon Rockman, 03 Jul 2014

15 MEEELLION malware-infested mobiles worldwide – report

Incidences of malicious software (malware) being identified on mobile devices rose 17% in the first half of this year, according to a new study. A report by French communications giant Alcatel-Lucent estimated that approximately 15 million mobile devices worldwide could be infected with malware. The report said that the mobile …
OUT-LAW.COM, 09 Sep 2014

Android malware spotted hitching a ride on mobile botnet

Kaspersky Lab has reported the first sighting of mobile malware (Android, of course) that piggybacks on the back of a separate mobile botnet and uses the resources of other malware once it's installed. "For the first time malware is being distributed using botnets that were created using completely different mobile malware," …
Iain Thomson, 06 Sep 2013

Straight to video: Facebook to add 'view counts' to autoplay newsfeed vids

Facebook has apparently watched video views explode since the free content ad network decided to set them to play automatically on its News Feed. The Mark Zuckerberg-run company said on Sunday that an average of more than 1 billion vids had been watched every day since June this year. However, there's a potential side-effect to …
Kelly Fiveash, 08 Sep 2014
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US mobile telcos: All right, ALL RIGHT, FCC! We'll redo phone unlock rules

The five largest US wireless carriers say they are all onboard with new policies designed to make it easier for customers to use their mobile devices on the network of their choice. "We are pleased to announce AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, U.S. Cellular and Verizon Wireless agreed to adopt a voluntary set of six principles for …
Neil McAllister, 13 Dec 2013
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Security boffins say music could trigger mobile malware

Security researchers have discovered that specific music, lighting, vibrations or magnetic fields could all be used as infection channels to trigger the activation of mobile malware on a massive scale. The paper, titled Sensing-Enabled Channels for Hard-to-Detect Command and Control of Mobile Devices, was presented in the …
Phil Muncaster, 28 May 2013

Google shares surf ad-destroying mobile tsunami to RECORD HIGH

The shift to mobile gadgets is eating into advertising revenue worldwide – but that hasn't stopped ad giant Google reporting whopping sales of $14.89bn, driving its shares to a record high. The web advert-slinger today reported its earnings for the third quarter of 2013, and showed growth in key lines of its business. The …
Jack Clark, 17 Oct 2013
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USA to insist on pre-flight mobe power probe

The USA's Transport Security Administration (TSA) has announced new, “enhanced security measures” that will require mobile phones to be charged before taken aboard international flights to the nation. The new requirement is simple. As explained here, the new arrangements will mean that “During the security examination, officers …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jul 2014
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America's mobile phone unlock block coming unstuck

The USA's curious decision to prohibit unlocking phones is a step closer to reversal, after the Committee on The Judiciary's Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property and the Internet heard evidence about just what a silly, anti-competitive idea the ban represents. The committee's chair, congressman Bob Goodlatte, has …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Jun 2013

Zuck on THIS: Mobile users propel Facebook to RECORD earnings

Facebook posted strong results for the second quarter of its fiscal 2013 on Wednesday, showing impressive growth in its advertising and payments businesses and earnings that soundly beat analysts' expectations. Revenue for the quarter was $1.81bn, a 53 per cent increase over the year-ago quarter. Of that total, 88 per cent (or $ …
Neil McAllister, 24 Jul 2013
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Hate phone games that make you buy in-app gumble? Congrats, you're a niche player

The mobile games sector will swell in value by more than a third over the next two years, a new report from Juniper Research has claimed. According to its figure, the sector will be worth a mammoth $28.9 billion, up almost 38 percent on the $20.9bn it is apparently worth now. The report, titled Mobile & Handheld Games: Discover …
Jasper Hamill, 18 Jun 2014

Apple and Samsung UNDER THREAT from local brands – study

A recent study by Netbiscuits has seen growth in locally made devices. While Samsung and Apple dominate globally – LG and HTC get something of a look-in, which is more than Sony, Nokia or Motorola manage – there is an interesting underlying trend of consumers becoming patriotic in their buying habits. The strength of Xiaomi is …
Simon Rockman, 30 Jul 2014
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Ubuntu desktop is so 2013... All hail 2014 Ubuntu mobile

Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth is no stranger to exploring rarefied territory. The man has, after all, been to space. His interest in new frontiers means Ubuntu, the Linux distro he created, is also poised to make a great leap - to go where no Linux has gone before. Shuttleworth's plan to take Linux beyond the desktop and …
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Web firms drool as ballgazer spies $11bn mobile ad spend in 2013

Web giants, telcos, media companies and a host of mobile start-ups will be salivating over today's Gartner forecast that predicts a heady doubling of global mobile advertising spend in the next three years. Mobile advertising revenue worldwide will rise 16 per cent in 2013, from $9.6bn in 2012 to $11.2bn in 2013, predicts the …
Anna Leach, 17 Jan 2013
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US mobile app dominance threatened by ANGRY BIRDS revolution

The US is still a dominant force in mobile app development worldwide, but that could be changing, based on the latest data from app analytics outfit Flurry – and a certain Finnish firm could be leading the way for the rest of the world. US-based developers produced 36 per cent of all active mobile apps as of June 2013, according …
Neil McAllister, 29 Aug 2013
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Quantum crypto nearly ready to go mobile

While the world is still waiting for a full-blown quantum communications setup, quantum key distribution – QKD – is already a contested product market. Now, an international collaboration has shown that QKD can be brought to the smartphone. The project, carried out by the University of Bristol, Cambridge, Griffith University in …
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Microsoft buys Nokia's mobile business

Microsoft has announced it is buying Nokia's mobile devices and services business. Revealed in a flurry of press releases in the small hours of Tuesday, the deal will see Microsoft “pay EUR 3.79 billion to purchase substantially all of Nokia’s Devices & Services business, and EUR 1.65 billion to license Nokia’s patents, for a …

Qualcomm exec on eight-core mobile chips: They're 'dumb'

If you have been wondering when the chip designers at Qualcomm were going to come up with an eight-core processor, as have competitors Samsung and MediaTek, you can stop wondering. They're not. Why? Because octo-core chips are "dumb." "We don't do dumb things," Qualcomm SVP and marketing headman Anand Chandrasekher said in …
Rik Myslewski, 02 Aug 2013
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PEAK MOBILE: IT biz spending forecasts SLASHED

We're not even a full week into the second month of 2014 and beancounter IDC has lowered its global IT spending forecasts, amid volatility in emerging markets and on fears that smartphone and slab sales have peaked. An eye watering $2tn was splashed on tech last year, including $1tn on hardware, but IDC has already pegged back …
Paul Kunert, 05 Feb 2014
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Realising the benefits of cloud for mobile workers

Even today, many enterprise users are unsure about cloud computing. They don't understand what it means, and they think that it's mere hype. And yet mobile devices primed for the cloud are making their way into the enterprise, whether IT departments like it or not. Understanding how the cloud works, and what it can offer mobile …
David Gordon, 21 Jun 2012