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Samsung Nix’s Knox: The Android Security Saga Continues – Forbes

After 18 months of going it alone and spending untold sums of money on development and marketing, Samsung is throwing in the towel on Knox.  Google Google is stepping up to take the lead on Android security. The move by Samsung is not surprising, considering Samsung’s 24% drop in operating profit and 10% drop in sales for the three months ended June 30th. And despite a lot of hype, Knox market take rate is a miserable at <2%. Ironically, this comes just a few weeks after the U.S. Department of Defense approved the use of Knox So why did Sundar Pichai, Google’s Google’s head of Android development, talk up Knox during his remarks at Google I/O. as if there is Read More

Windows Phone 8.1 is compelling, so stop dreaming of Android – ZDNet

(Image: Microsoft) A couple years ago, GigaOm’s Kevin Tofel and I, along with most of the mobile tech community, questioned whether Nokia should have gone with Android as its primary mobile operating system instead of Windows Phone. A lot has changed since 2011. Now that we see Microsoft owning Nokia’s hardware and devices group, people are one again questioning whether Android is the better mobile operating system for the Microsoft-Nokia duo. I admit to dreaming about a Nokia Lumia 1020 running Android where I would get the ultimate camera phone experience with an operating system that has all the apps I could ever want. With Samsung now dominating the Android platform and making devices with excellent Read More

EU Begins Questioning Facebook Rivals Over WhatsApp Deal – Wall Street Journal

European Union antitrust officials have started questioning rival firms about Facebook Inc.’s proposed $19 billion acquisition of messaging service WhatsApp, ahead of a formal review that could be a test case for how to apply EU competition law to the new world of social media. Officials at the European Commission, the EU’s central competition authority, have in recent weeks sent detailed questionnaires to several technology and… EU Begins Questioning Facebook Rivals Over WhatsApp Deal – Wall Street Journalhttp://news.google.com/news/url?sa=t&fd=R&ct2=us&usg=AFQjCNGAu36ppw5AaScUXUCe-OFof7g__w&clid=c3a7d30bb8a4878e06b80cf16b898331&cid=52778553797125&ei=xg–U_jPAqqDmgLGt4HAAw&url=http://online.wsj.com/articles/eu-begins-questioning-facebook-rivals-over-whatsapp-deal-1404910724

The Android L keyboard briefly appeared on the Google Play Store, here’s how … – Greenbot

The Android L preview represents a significant design shift for Google, with the company pushing a new aesthetic it calls Material Design. Those eager to try the newest version of the operating system can do so. However, installing Android L is for a select few: you must have a Nexus 5 or Nexus 7 and be willing to wipe your phone. Update 07/09/14: The app was removed from the Google Play store for violating the developer distribution agreement. Frankly, we’re surprised it took so long. With a little searching you can find sites hosting the APK for you to sideload at your own risk. The app is very stable and usable for anyone that wants to get a taste of Read More

iOS 8 vs iOS 7: 8 Changes iPhone Owners Need to Know – Gotta Be Mobile

Apple plans an iOS 8 release this fall as a free update to recent iPhones, leaving many owners wondering how iOS 8 compares to iOS 7. In this short iOS 8 vs iOS 7 comparison iPhone owners can learn what to expect this fall, and several key differences between the two versions. One thing you will notice immediately in any iOS 8 vs iOS 7 comparison is that the new update doesn’t look much different from iOS 7. After a major change with iOS 7 and further tweaks with iOS 7.1, Apple is focusing on adding major iOS 8 features instead of changing the look again. When the iOS 8 release date arrives this fall users with an iPhone 4S or newer Read More

Structure Sensor Is an iPad-Powered 3D Scanner With Great Potential – Mashable

The device strapped onto my iPad drew more than a few stares. It hugged two opposing corners and added an oblong silver-and-glass mound to the back with what looked like a blinking, red laser eye. “It’s the Structure Sensor,” I explained, and it allows any iPad with a lightning connector to scan and import 3D images of rooms, objects and people. It’s kind of like a mobile Microsoft Kinect sensor for your tablet. See also: A 3D Printer for the Rest of Us: New Matter Builds $199 Device Occipital bills Structure Sensor as the World’s first 3D sensor for mobile devices. That’s true, for now. Google’s Project Tango includes tablets and phones that can create real-time 3D maps of your Read More

Twitter may kill your relationship – USA TODAY

People who actively use Twitter and argue with their romantic partners over Twitter use are more likely to have relationship problems that can result in cheating, break-up or divorce, according to a study.(Photo: USA TODAY) Your next Twitter war may cost you your relationship, researchers say. People who actively use Twitter and argue with their romantic partners over Twitter use are more likely to have relationship problems with their significant others, which can result in cheating, break-up or divorce, according to a study published in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking. “Greater active Twitter use led to greater negative conflicts and outcomes,” said Russell Clayton, the study author and a doctoral student at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Clayton used an online Read More

#Stunned: Brazil’s World Cup loss fuels Twitter torrent – USA TODAY

Brazil’s goalkeeper Julio Cesar concedes a goal during the semifinal match between Brazil and Germany on July 8, 2014. Germany won 7-1.(Photo: Adrian Dennis, AFP/Getty Images) Was it disbelief, anger or pity? Germany’s 7-1 trouncing of Brazil during the World Cup semifinal Tuesday – in Brazil – triggered a record-setting avalanche on Twitter with 35.6 million tweets. Brazil’s surprising blowout became the most-discussed single sports event on Twitter, the social media giant reported. The number of tweets, many of which expressed shock, beat the previous record of 24.9 million set by this year’s Super Bowl rout in February. “We had high expectations that the World Cup would generate huge tweet volumes, and it’s absolutely lived up to expectations,” said Lewis Read More

‘Magic 2015’ for iPad is Now Available Worldwide – Touch Arcade

I added it in our new games roundup already, but Magic 2015 [Free (HD)] is rad enough that it deserves its own post. Following in the long line of yearly iteration in the Magic world on iPad, Magic 2015 takes everything about Magic 2014 and makes it incrementally better. It’s basically the collectible card game equivalent of Madden at this point. New players (err, cards, in the case of Magic) and a few new features which generally make re-buying every year worthwhile. This year, the best feature in my opinion is the addition of the ability to totally edit your deck. Previously, you were locked in to playing with one of the few deck archetypes that were available and adding Read More

Huge Apple iOS Versus Android Myth Debunked – Minyanville.com

Commanding nearly 95% of the industry, both Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) don’t have much trouble corralling developers to design software for their mobile platforms. Unlike BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY) and Microsoft’s (NASDAQ:MSFT) Windows Phone platform, iOS and Android more often than not tend to be the operating systems that developers program for first.   And in this two-horse race, many developers — not unlike everyday users — have forged strong loyalties and alliances for a specific side. However, as Pocket Casts developer Russell Ivanovic recently revealed upon a trip to Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference, iOS designers are far more likely to be fanatical than Google’s ilk. (See: Apple Events Vs. Google Events: A Developer’s Thoughts.)   Speaking of attendees at Read More