Daniel IonescuTechHive

Daniel has been writing about smartphones, tablets and apps since 2008, and he enjoys pitting gadgets against each other.

BlackBerry 10.1 update provides dozens of useful tweaks

Dozens of tweaks and improvements are on the way for the new smartphone in the BlackBerry 10.1 OS update, which is now available for developer testing.

100043405

New Windows 8 Blue leak shows more refinements

A new development version of Windows 8.1, aka Windows Blue, was leaked this week on P2P sites.

Kobo Aura HD vs. the competition: A backlit e-reader tale of the tape (chart)

Kobo is billing its latest offering as a "premium e-reader." We take this reading tablet to the tape to see how it stacks up against the Kindle Paperwhite and Nook with GlowLight.

on techhive.com

bing

Bing Windows 8 apps updated, boosting RSS functions

Microsoft has updated more members of its Windows 8 apps, notably enhancing Bing News with an RSS feeder to take advantage of Google's abandonment of its Reader.

malware

Google search results are 5 times safer than Bing's

Researchers at the AV-Test security institute found that Google is better at screening out sites containing malware in its search results.

Microsoft pushes yet another Surface RT update meant to fix Wi-Fi woes

Microsoft just pushed the third Surface RT update in as many months aiming to correct a limited Wi-Fi connectivity problem. Fingers crossed!

facebook

Facebook ramps up paid messaging trials, offers access to celebrity inboxes for a fee

A trial that gives users the option to pay to message strangers has been pushed to 10 percent of all British users, complete with direct access to celebrity inboxes.

on techhive.com

Samsung to roll out dedicated 'Experience Shops' in 1400 Best Buy locations

Samsung's ready to create a massive retail presence out of thin air by opening exclusive 'Experience Shop' mini-stores in 1,400 Best Buy locations around the country.

on techhive.com

Nexus 7 refresh tipped for July: Is cheaper better for Google?

A new report claims a refresh of Google's Nexus 7 is barreling down the pipeline, possibly sporting a $150 price tag. Such a cheap Nexus tablet would probably sell like hotcakes but threaten the viability of Android going forward.

on techhive.com

windows 8 platforms

Windows 8 slowly gains market share traction, analysis shows

Barely five months after its release, Windows 8 has captured 3.17 percent of the desktop operating systems market share, though it’s still lagging behind Vista, according to the March market statistics from Net Applications.

Samsung mini-stores reportedly headed to Best Buy for Galaxy S4 release

If Samsung indeed plans to open up mini-stores inside of Best Buy, it'll be copying a page out of Apple's playbook.

on techhive.com

Even more secretive Windows Blue features revealed

Days after an early leak of Windows Blue hit the Web, new features are still being unearthed.

google glass

Lawmakers seek ban on Google Glass while driving

Google hasn't even shipped its reality-augmentation glasses, and already the gadget has been banned in a bar and, perhaps soon, behind the wheel.

on techhive.com

Google is reportedly building a smartwatch, too

Apple isn't the only major player rumored to be eyeing the smartwatch market—a new report claims Google's Android division is actively developing an Android-powered watch of its own.

on techhive.com

BlackBerry, UK government reject claims of failed BB10 security certification

After a prominent British newspaper claimed that BlackBerry 10 has failed a major government security certification, both BlackBerry and the British government deny the report's accuracy.