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Steve Wozniak visits Xiaomi in China, endorses its products

Wozniak was invited on a speaking engagement to help inspire the company's engineers.

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Hands-on with the ZTE Grand S II, a voice-activated phone

ZTE will bring the device to China in March or April.


Top tech crimes of 2013

Prisons around the world this year made way for techie criminals alongside the more garden variety murderers, thieves, and schemers.

EFF criticizes Google for removing 'vital privacy feature' with Android 4.4.2

The new Android update disables a feature that allowed users to revoke permissions for installed apps.

It isn't just the NSA: Digital surveillance programs trigger controversy abroad

Last week's disclosure of massive data collection efforts at the U.S. National Security Agency has generated heated debate in the U.S. and across the world about privacy. The NSA is collecting metadata on U.S. residents' phone calls made on Verizon's network and Internet records from nine Web companies, including Facebook, Google and Microsoft, according to reports in the Guardian and The Washington Post newspapers. But intelligence agencies in other countries have similar goals, according to reports, and in some cases there are few details about what data these governments are collecting.

TechHive: First Windows Phone 8 Hardware Makes Its Debut

Samsung jumped firmly behind Microsoft's next-gen Windows operating system for phones and tablets Wednesday by announcing its ATIV product family.

Federal Jury Decides Largely in Apple's Favor, Samsung Hit With $1 Billion in Damages

The jury in the Apple/Samsung patent case decides that Samsung must pay Apple $1 billion for mobile tech patent infringements.


No Shortage of Requests From Android Devs at Google Team's 'fireside Chat'

At the request of Network World the story headlined "No shortage of requests from Android devs at Google team's 'fireside chat'" and posted Friday has been...

ICO Received 10,000 Data Protection Complaints in 2011

At the request of Computerworld UK the story headlined "ICO received 10,000 data protection complaints in 2011" and posted 04/25/2012 has been removed from the...

The Byte: Chrome OS Update, Tablet Race Results, Android 5.0 Jelly Bean

Amazon's Kindle Fire is catching up to Apple's iPad. Google hopes to fixed dropped WiFi on its Chromebooks. Researchers think that SSDs have a bleak outlook. Android 5.0 Jelly Bean might be on the horizon.


iPad 3 Announcement, FBI Wants Data From Social Network, and Google-Motorola Deal is Approved

On World Tech Update this week, Apple announces when they will debut the next iPad, the FBI wants to mine data from social networks, a Yahoo shareholder challenges board picks, US and Europe approve Google-Motorola deal, and President Obama launches marshmallows.


The Byte: iPad 3 and LTE, Yahoo is Challenged, Android Losing to iOS

Apple's iPad 3 will debut on March 7 and could support US LTE data networks. Yahoo faces a board challenge from a shareholder who rejected the proposed candidates and suggested his own. Android lost smartphone marketshare for the first time as Apple had a great fourth quarter. CERN's Large Hadron Collider is shifting into high gear.


The Byte: Google's Buy Approved, HDDs Soar, Sony’s Smart Socket

Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility is approved. Hard disk drive prices will remain high until 2014. A humanoid robot shoots and scores on the ice. Sony Smart Sockets can control power consumption.


The Byte: Microsoft Hacked, Apple Wants Inspections, White House CTO Resigns

Microsoft's online store is hacked, Apple asks for Foxconn inspections, the White House CTO resigns, and the FCC maps mobile-broadband penetration.