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tablets

Tablet sales jump, pushed by the iPad mini and Android devices

The latest predictions from researcher IDC show a continuing increase in tablet sales from the end of 2012 all the way through 2016.

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Richard Stallman

Stallman slams Ubuntu, calls Amazon integration 'spyware'

The activist and free software guru hammered Ubuntu 12.10 'Quantal Quetzal' for its integrated Amazon search results.

Google Play now lets businesses host their own app stores

Now companies with their own in-house Android applications can distribute them internally via the new Private Channel feature of the Play Store.

hacker

Mobile browser vulnerability lets hackers steal cloud computing time

A novel technique based on MapReduce could let hackers hijack computing resources used by cloud-based mobile browsers and use them anonymously, according to security researchers from North Carolina State University and the University of Oregon.

Believe it or not, the smartphone is 20 years old

The breakneck pace of change in the smartphone world is well known: Since the iPhone catalyzed popular demand in 2007, development has been moving faster and faster, to the point where devices are out of date mere months after their release. However, this wasn't always the case. In fact, according to some estimates, the smartphone is actually all of 20 years old, as of last Friday.

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Report: Cloud botnets, search poisoning, mobile attacks are top security issues in 2013

Researchers from the Georgia Tech Information Security Center today released their official 2013 cyberthreats forecast, detailing what they say will be the most serious computer security issues in the coming year.

Android market share spikes to more than 72 percent in third quarter, Gartner says

Smartphone and tablet buyers snapped up Android products five times more often than they chose Apple iOS devices during the third quarter, according to a new study from Gartner Research.

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Torvalds on laptops: Make higher-def resolution standard

The outspoken creator of Linux, Linus Torvalds, called for laptop makers to follow the tablet world's lead in using the highest-resolution displays possible on mobile devices, in a post on Google Plus.

Raspberry Pi display drivers go fully open-source

The Raspberry Pi Foundation announced Wednesday that the Broadcom display hardware used in its flagship Raspberry Pi system board is now the first ARM-based system-on-a-chip to use open-source drivers provided entirely by the vendor.

Researchers say some Android apps have serious SSL vulnerabilities

A team of researchers from two German universities has released a study asserting that many of the most popular free apps available through the Google Play store may be vulnerable to man-in-the-middle attacks -- seriously threatening user privacy.

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Raspberry Pi now packs 512MB RAM

The Raspberry Pi model B -- a cheap, customizable Linux computer the size of a pack of cigarettes -- now boasts 512MB of RAM, for the same price as before, according to the Raspberry Pi Foundation.

linux, open source

Only one more version of the Linux kernel 3.5.x coming: time to move to 3.6

In the release notes to Version 3.5.6 of the Linux kernel, maintainer Greg Kroah-Hartman warned users that there would likely be only one more version of that branch of the kernel, and that users should get ready to move to the 3.6 branch as soon as possible.

Half of U.S. adults now own a tablet or smartphone, Pew study finds

The results of a new study from the Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism indicate that half of American adults have mobile Internet access via a tablet or smartphone, further highlighting the quickly changing nature of media consumption.

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5 Reasons Android Users Won't Switch to the iPhone 5

As impressive as the iPhone 5 is almost certain to be, it's possible that the Android world has already passed Apple by.

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Apple Files Injunction Against 8 Samsung Devices After Major Court Win

Apple's lawyers filed a preliminary injunction Monday afternoon that would ban the sale of eight Samsung mobile devices.