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Microsoft adamant it is 'committed' to struggling Windows Mobile

Microsoft has reiterated its commitment to Windows 10 Mobile, saying it intends to support the platform for "many years." The OS has failed to make an impact on Microsoft's negligible mobile market share, leading some to suggest it should abandon it now.

New Android malware silently installs ransomware from website

A new form of malware using online advertisements to sneak ransomware onto Android devices has been discovered in the wild. The malware loads "Dogspectus" onto phones and doesn’t require any user interaction, operating completely silently.

Build your own video game? Now you can in full retro 8-bit style

The award-winning app designers studio Tinybop announced Infinite Arcade, a new video game construction set in full 8-bit style, to allow smartphone users build their own arcade games.

2.1 million Android devices were infected by malware last year

Google has released its annual Android security report for 2015, revealing that over 2.1 million devices were infected by malware present in the Play Store last year. Google's own store front is supposed to be a secure way to find new apps.

Microsoft's flexible E-ink display makes your phone case smarter

Microsoft Research has developed a flexible E-ink display that could make smart smartphone covers a reality. The display can detect the way you flex it, letting you perform different actions on your phone right from the exterior case.

Sony to bring PlayStation games to smartphones for the first time

Sony has announced it is going to bring several of its major PlayStation game franchises to iOS and Android smartphones. The company has formed a new business unit to perform the work, following in the footsteps of Nintendo's recent smartphone launch.

Swedish store uses smartphones instead of cashiers

Viken - IT specialist, Robert Ilijason, had a late-night journey of over 20 minutes to find a supermarket that was open after he had to find a store to buy baby food to feed his hungry toddler, after he broke his last jar of the food.

WhatsApp announces plans to withdraw its app from BlackBerry

Popular instant messaging app WhatsApp has announced it will be discontinuing support for several aging phone platforms. Notably, the app will no longer support all BlackBerry devices, including recent BlackBerry 10 ones.

Where are you when you’re nowhere? New app provides 'addresses' Special

New York - Four billion people — more than half the world’s population — literally can’t be found on any map. They live in slums, townships and favelas without any fixed address. Now thanks to a simple app, they can have one.

Freeing Africans from tyranny one phone at a time Special

In Africa, where roads are often impassible and conflict has put whole swaths of territory off-limits, the Internet is playing a pivotal role in bringing people together.

Lost your dog? Finding Rover can be much easier with this app

Finding Rover is a new smartphone app that helps dog owners find their lost pets by using facial recognition technology. John Polimeno, developer of the app, was sitting in a coffee shop when he noticed the ever ubiquitous "lost dog" poster.

Op-Ed: The continued rise of the smartphone

In 2015 we spend more of our time than ever before staring at our smartphones, thumbs scrolling and tapping away, because they’re not just phones any more.

How many people in a crowd? Tech has the answer

Milan - Smartphones can be used to accurately assess the number of people forming a crowd. This has been made possible through advances in technology.

Microsoft releases substantial update for Windows 10 Mobile

Microsoft has just released a substantial update for Windows 10 Mobile to Windows Insiders. It brings along the new universal Office apps for the first time and updated music, video, Xbox and camera apps alongside improvements and support for new devices.

The iconic Snake game is being brought to smartphones by creator

The original creator of the now infamous "Snake" game has revealed that a new, revived version will be launching on modern smartphone platforms later this month. First launched in 1997, Snake quickly became one of the most-loved games ever.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge bends just like the iPhone 6 Plus

A test conducted by a U.S. insurance company has revealed that Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge is just as bendable as the iPhone 6 Plus was famously revealed to be after its launch last year. The HTC One M9 can also be bent under pressure.

Cases that are as smart as your phone

By the year 2018, it is predicted that more than 220 million people will own smartphones in the United States. This is a considerable growth since 2010 when just under 63 million people were using smartphones.

U.S. government may embrace 21st-century tech for 2020 census

Washington - Uncle Sam may not be showing up at your door with a clipboard in hand come the next census, as the US government is preparing to test 21st-century tools allowing it to accurately count the nation's population using Internet and smartphone technology.

The 'Apple of China' is now banned from selling phones in India

The Delhi High Court has banned Chinese tech startup Xiaomi from importing and selling smartphones in India after Ericsson claimed the company infringed on some of its patents, Indian intellectual property blog Spicy IP reports (via 9to5Google).

iPhone 6 sales are exceeding expectations

In the first 30 days after its release the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus have sold better than expected, with sales surpassing all other iPhone models.

Blackberry slowly seeing success

Despite concerns about the subsiding of Blackberry, CEO John Chen and the company have completed the first phase of their two-year turnaround plan.

Missouri ACLU introduces police accountability smartphone app

Saint Louis - The American Civil Liberties Union of Missouri has launched a new smartphone app meant to empower people to record encounters with law enforcement officers in which civil rights violations may be occurring.

U.S. government suing AT&T over claims of 'unlimited' data

San Francisco - The United States government is suing one of the country's largest wireless service providers, accusing it of misleading customers with claims of "unlimited" data for their smart phones.

SmartWatches are so yesterday — Introducing the SmartRing

As Samsung, Apple and Co. are all launching their own takes on the SmartWatches, MOTA, a US company based in the Silicon Valley with its award-winning design team, has designed the next step in the high-tech consumer electronics: the SmartRing!

The Mobile Data Effect: Why advertisers moved online, and how Resonate is bringing them back Commissioned

Few things can be as difficult as marketing. Firms want to know how to reach, intrigue, and persuade consumers, all without breaking the bank. To accomplish this, brands need to know where the consumers are and what they want.

Innovative updates revealed in leaked iPhone 6 images

The day is fast approaching when Apple will debut the long-awaited iPhone 6. Potential customers won't have to think much about what it looks like, after early images were leaked revealing an interesting twist to the Apple logo.

What's new with Android?

All you have to do is turn on the TV to see the battle among smartphone providers. Apple and Android in particular have been at each other’s throats for a while and watching it play out is interesting to say the least.

Op-Ed: How mobile apps are transforming our dining experience

Mobile apps have transformed many industries and now, new offerings for your tablet and smartphone are transforming how we order and pay for food in restaurants.

Study: Cellphone laws do not reduce accidents

New research says cellphone bans do not actually cut down on accidents. After many media and government campaigns against "distracted driving" this may change how some people think.

Verizon adopts throttling policy for 4G users

Verizon's supposedly speedy 4G network is about to get slower for many customers. Clients who use the service heavily will have their speeds throttled down, a common practice in this industry.
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The fingerprint sensor feature on the iPhone 5S, called Touch ID
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A mobile entertainment center at a Sony store in Toronto.
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