Computerworld Matt Hamblen News en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:47:10 GMT 2014-04-21T14:47:10Z en_US (c) Copyright 2014 Computerworld, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Connecting for Good wrestles Kansas City's digital divide The digital divide isn't some esoteric, policy-wonk concept to Michael Liiamatta, president of Connecting for Good, a nonprofit IT support group based in Kansas City, Mo. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:41:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-16T19:41:00Z Teardown: Galaxy S5 parts cost 21% more than for iPhone 5S The Samsung Galaxy S5 comes with an "astronomical" cost for materials of $251.52 for the 32 GB version, according to a teardown estimate by IHS Technology. Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:38:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-16T15:38:00Z First-to-market means diddly when it comes to smartwatches The old wisdom that "first-to-market" technology products will win out gets thrown out the window when it comes to smartwatches and some other wearables. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 16:24:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-15T16:24:00Z Broadband faces a fork in the road As Google and AT&T race to provide super-fast 1 gigabit fiber networks to power users, more than a quarter of U.S. homes still have no broadband service at all. Fri, 11 Apr 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-11T10:30:00Z Wearables market to take off, hit 112M devices in 2018 Wearable computers "took a huge step forward" in 2013 and shipments of smartwatches and related devices will grow by 78% a year until 2018, IDC said Thursday. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:24:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-10T21:24:00Z BlackBerry pushes BBM Protected for end-to-end encrypted messaging BlackBerry is promoting an upcoming end-to-end encrypted messaging service called BBM Protected for industries that need the highest levels of security. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 20:24:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-04T20:24:00Z At Build, mobility gets a boost with universal Windows apps Microsoft's announcement of universal Windows apps demonstrates the company's commitment to improving its share of the tablet and smartphone markets. Fri, 04 Apr 2014 10:15:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-04T10:15:00Z Cortana's voice is synthesized in part from an AI character in Halo Cortana, Microsoft's new digital assistant for Windows Phone 8.1, gets her name from a fictional character in the popular <i>Halo</i> video game series. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 21:07:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-02T21:07:00Z Three new Lumia smartphones to run Windows Phone 8.1 Nokia announced three new Lumia smartphones on Wednesday that will run the just-announced Windows Phone 8.1 OS, including a Lumia 630 with a dual 3G SIM variant that will cost $169. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 19:19:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-02T19:19:00Z Windows Phone 8.1 confirmed, with Cortana digital assistant Microsoft unveiled Windows Phone 8.1 on Wednesday, and confirmed reports that the new OS includes Microsoft's first voice-activated digital assistant, called Cortana. Wed, 02 Apr 2014 17:44:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-02T17:44:00Z Can Microsoft's Windows Phone OS surge in market share? Microsoft on Wednesday is expected to launch Version 8.1 of its Windows Phone platform at its annual Build developers conference, and that move will be followed later in the day by a separate Nokia event where two new phones running the new OS are expected to be announced. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 19:14:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-04-01T19:14:00Z Dell's new research division wants computers to detect your mood Dell Research, a new division of the recently privatized Dell, is conducting early experiments with brain and body sensors to detect a person's mood for use in computers involved with education and communications. It could also be used to monitor a person's mood while driving or playing games. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 19:54:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-28T19:54:00Z Nadella unveils mobile managment suite for iPad and Android Along with Office on the iPad, Microsoft Thursday released a comprehensive Enterprise Mobility Suite for managing and securing mobile devices, mobile applications and user identity and access -- all from the cloud. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 19:49:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-27T19:49:00Z PC sales to drop by 6% in 2014 The global decline in sales of laptops and desktops is expected to continue in 2014 -- and Gartner envisions <i>another</i> decline of nearly 5% in 2015 Thu, 27 Mar 2014 09:20:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-27T09:20:00Z Confused over what tablet to buy? Join the crowd Tablet sales are slowing, forcing sellers and potential buyers alike to confront confusion over which device to buy. Wed, 26 Mar 2014 17:30:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-26T17:30:00Z HTC One M8 called a good looker and genuine rival to the Galaxy S5 HTC announced its One M8 smartphone on Tuesday, boasting its premium styling and asserting that it offers the world's best innovations. Those include a dual rear camera for adding depth to photos and a battery with 40% longer life than last year's HTC One M7. Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:10:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-25T19:10:00Z Smartphone innovation is slowing, so what's next? In the last year or so, there has been a noticeable slowdown in innovations in new smartphones -- with both hardware and software. The next direction seems to be making the smartphone the hub for connecting technologies in the Internet of Things scenario. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 19:58:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-24T19:58:00Z iOS tops Android for Web browsing in U.S. and other developed nations Android smartphones from all manufacturers make up nearly 80% of all smartphones recently sold worldwide, but iOS still dominates when it comes to Web browsing in the U.S. and other developed countries. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 18:12:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-21T18:12:00Z The 12 pros and cons of a cellular smartwatch Samsung is reportedly working on a variant of its Gear 2 smartwatch that works over cellular networks and doesn't require a Bluetooth or other connection to a smartphone. Fri, 21 Mar 2014 10:30:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-21T10:30:00Z Samsung Galaxy S5 to cost $200 at AT&T; Gear devices start at $199 AT&T announced it will sell the Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone for $200 with a two-year contract starting April 11. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 19:05:00 GMT 2014-03-20T19:05:00Z Gov't push for broadband access yields gains; data privacy still a challenge President Obama's National Broadband Plan has helped expand Internet access in the U.S., but needs to be updated to account better data protection needs. Wed, 19 Mar 2014 20:39:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-19T20:39:00Z Suddenly, wearables are big with new developer software releases If you didn't think wearables were going to be big, think again. Google and Samsung are among the biggest players in this emerging tech field and both just made new wearable app developer announcements. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:13:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-18T20:13:00Z Isis CTO accuses retailers of turning off NFC and smartcard payment tech A powerful group of retailers plans to roll out mobile payments in 2014 by scanning barcodes from smartphones, a move that sets up a potential battle with backers of NFC and Google Wallet. Mon, 17 Mar 2014 19:53:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-17T19:53:00Z Snowden revelations raise interest in smartphone spyware for business As the world still reels over reports of U.S. government surveillance of privately owned smartphones, a spyware industry is growing that's focused on helping employers monitor the ways smartphones and tablets are used by their workers. Parents are also interested in the service to track their children's smartphone use. Thu, 13 Mar 2014 18:20:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-13T18:20:00Z Aruba announces five software tools for optimizing Wi-Fi networks Aruba Networks announced a package of software upgrades designed to better accommodate all-wireless workplaces, including sites where it's common to see employees using three different mobile devices with multiple applications. Wed, 12 Mar 2014 12:00:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-12T12:00:00Z Studies show Sprint and T-Mobile need to expand U.S. coverage Two major studies released this week of the nation's largest wireless networks put Verizon on top in nearly every technical network measurement, with AT&T close behind and Sprint and T-Mobile trailing. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 20:32:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-07T20:32:00Z Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 deep-dive review: Almost a laptop replacement Samsung's new Galaxy Note Pro 12.2-in. Android tablet has a great display and a lot of useful features. Matt Hamblen tried it out as a laptop replacement and reports back. Fri, 07 Mar 2014 17:30:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-07T17:30:00Z Gear Fit: Samsung strikes again with its 'build one of any device' plan Samsung was already on the path to global domination of the smartphone and tablet market when it unveiled another truckload of devices last week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Mon, 03 Mar 2014 18:23:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-03-03T18:23:00Z Smart highways and driverless cars coming in 2030 -- for real? Crowds at Mobile World Congress clamored to see in-car infotainment systems that will soon be connected to the Internet via wireless networks around the globe. Wed, 26 Feb 2014 17:14:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-26T17:14:00Z Samsung beefs up Knox mobile management software One day after announcing the Galaxy S5 smartphone with a security-focused fingerprint scanner, Samsung announced that second-generation Knox software for enterprise-level security and management of Samsung devices will ship sometime in the second quarter. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 19:00:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-25T19:00:00Z Lenovo builds global brand as it preps U.S. smartphone entry China-based Lenovo is on a roll, with the goal of becoming a globally recognized brand in nearly all shapes and sizes of computing hardware, including laptops, servers and smartphones. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 12:18:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-25T12:18:00Z Nokia's X phone line: What will Microsoft do with it? Will Microsoft hold on to Nokia's three new X phones on Android once the deal to buy Nokia is final in the coming weeks? Three analysts attending the Mobile World Congress gave three different perspectives. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 16:30:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-24T16:30:00Z Lessons from Nokia's bow to Android should resonate with smaller OS providers Nokia's three new Android smartphones -- the X, X+ and XL -- could prove to be the biggest lesson for the smartphone industry at the 2014 Mobile World Congress. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 12:05:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-24T12:05:00Z Sony&#39;s $130 SmartBand to combine fitness, entertainment, life experiences Sony made its mark in entertainment technology and is taking that tradition to wearables with its new SmartBand wrist-wearable device. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 09:30:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-24T09:30:00Z Sony launches two new Android smartphones and the Xperia Z2 tablet Sony today announced a slim, light and waterproof Android-based Xperia Z2 tablet and two new Xperia smartphones at the launch of Mobile World Congress here. Mon, 24 Feb 2014 07:50:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-24T07:50:00Z Mozilla shows $25 Firefox OS-based smartphone running Spreadtrum chips Mozilla and China-based chip maker Spreadtrum Sunday unveiled a chipset designed for $25 smartphones running the open source Firefox operating system. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 17:57:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-23T17:57:00Z Tizen, not Android, to run Samsung's next Gear smartwatch Samsung on Monday will unveil its second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch, this one running the open source Tizen operating system, not the Android software that runs the first-generation model, according to reports. Wed, 19 Feb 2014 17:21:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-19T17:21:00Z Nokia Lumia Icon on sale Feb. 20 exclusively at Verizon Verizon Wireless will sell the Nokia Lumia Icon smartphone starting Feb. 20 for $199.99 and a two-year contract. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:33:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-12T22:33:00Z Samsung hints at new UI for upcoming Galaxy S5 Samsung Wednesday dropped a hint that its coming Galaxy S5 smartphone will have an updated user interface, possibly featuring simpler, flatter icons. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:26:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-12T21:26:00Z Verizon reboots its home monitoring service Two years after launching its smart home remote monitoring service amid fanfare, Verizon Communications stopped offering the service to new customers. It plans a reboot later this year. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 11:22:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-12T11:22:00Z Nokia plans forked Android smartphone for Barcelona unveiling Nokia plans to announce an Android-based smartphone at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in two weeks, according to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 21:23:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-10T21:23:00Z Sony seeks mobile rebirth, starting with Core sensor used in wearable tech Now that Sony plans to sell off its Vaio laptop business and convert its TV business into a subsidiary, the Japanese electronics giant appears poised to beef up its line of mobile products, including smartphones and tablets -- but especially wearable tech.</p> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 18:29:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-10T18:29:00Z Starbucks hits $1B in mobile payment revenues in 2013, analysis says Starbucks was able to generate a staggering $1 billion in revenue from smartphone transactions used at sales terminals in its stores in 2013 largely due to the fanatical loyalty of its customers, according to a recent estimate. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:50:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-05T20:50:00Z Mobile data traffic is expected to explode 11-fold by 2018 Networking experts are running out of superlatives to describe the coming tidal wave of mobile data traffic. Wed, 05 Feb 2014 13:01:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-05T13:01:00Z ConnectED brings in $2B in federal funds for high-speed Internet at schools The FCC will invest $2 billion during the next two years to expand high-speed Internet at America's schools and libraries, and major tech companies will chip in another $750 million. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:08:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-04T21:08:00Z Super Bowl fans uploaded 5 pics a second to Instgram over Wi-Fi during game The NFL deployed a new Wi-Fi analytics tool to study how fans used Instagram and other mobile apps while at MetLife Stadium during Sunday's Super Bowl game. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:45:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-04T20:45:00Z The fuss over Samsung's Magazine UX is all about fragmentation Samsung announced Tuesday that its four newest Android KitKat tablets will include the somewhat controversial Magazine UX, a customizable user interface designed by Samsung, not Google. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 18:41:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-04T18:41:00Z Samsung to offer 3 new tablets starting Feb. 13 Samsung announced that three of its latest four Galaxy tablet models running Android 4.4 (KitKat) will go on sale at U.S. retailers starting Feb. 13, with online orders starting today. Tue, 04 Feb 2014 17:09:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-04T17:09:00Z AT&T cuts price for shared data plans for small businesses and families AT&T cut its prices on large shared data plans for families and small businesses that use up to 10 lines, a move seen as a reaction to T-Mobile US that could also apply pressure on Verizon Wireless. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 21:05:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-03T21:05:00Z Mobile data from Super Bowl stadium breaks records Sunday's Super Bowl produced skyrocketing wireless voice and data usage by fans inside the MetLife Stadium, in East Rutherford, N.J., higher than any other one-day sporting event, according to AT&T and Verizon Wireless. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 19:35:00 GMT (Matt Hamblen) 2014-02-03T19:35:00Z