BARCELONA, Spain -- Let the sun shine, let the sun shine in...on the first Ubuntu phones. The BQ Aquaris will, alongside the Meizu MX3, be the first phone to show off the Android-rivaling new operating system some time this year.
I dropped in on Canonical, the British company behind Ubuntu, at Mobile World Congress 2014, where I got my hands on prototypes of both the Aquaris and the Meizu MX3. Sadly, neither are actually working models yet, but at least we can get a glimpse at what's in store when Ubuntu arrives.
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BARCELONA, Spain -- Look out, Android: Ubuntu is coming to phones and tablets, starting with the plucky pairing that is the Meizu MX3 and BQ Aquaris. Read on to find out what's different about Ubuntu, and what's the score with the Chinese-made MX3.
I caught up with Canonical, the British company behind Ubuntu, at Mobile World Congress 2014, where I got my hands on prototypes of the Meizu MX3 and BQ Aquaris. Neither are working models just yet, but they give an idea of what we can expect when Ubuntu phones do arrive.
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BARCELONA, Spain -- Gone was the glitz and glamour of last year's Samsung Galaxy S4 launch.
Gone was the showy venue of Radio City Music Hall; in its place was Barcelona's International Convention Center, more in the vein of a typical product launch, if a little larger.
Gone were the musical numbers and over-the-top acting.
Gone were the whiz-bang features that didn't really work.
Gone was the bloat.
To which I say, good riddance.
Samsung's latest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, arrived Monday in a streamlined presentation. The focus was on a few core specs and … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- The Galaxy S5 may be Samsung's flashiest device of the year, but it won't be the only important one.
The Korean electronics giant on Monday unveiled its newest flagship phone with all -- or at least most -- of the bells and whistles that consumers have come to expect. The device, with a fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor, is sure to attract plenty of buyers in developed markets like the US and Western Europe. However, it's the cheaper smartphones for emerging regions that could really make a big difference for Samsung this year.… Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- If you're afraid your smartphone is sharing too much of your private information, it's too late to worry because it probably is. However, paranoid smartphone users now have an option that should give them much more peace of mind. The Blackphone from Geeksphone goes beyond any phone that came before it in terms of security. It's available for pre-order now and will ship this summer for $629.
So, the first thing I think about when I hear the words "security phone" is really complicated gobbledygook that I'll never fully understand. However, … Read more
Samsung fans will be able to buy Samsung's flagship Galaxy S5 on April 11, the company announced Monday.
The phone, along with Samsung's new Gear devices, will be available in nearly 150 countries in April, Samsung Vice President of European Telecom Operations Jean-Daniel Ayme said onstage at Mobile World Congress.
Wireless carriers T-Mobile and Sprint said earlier that they will start offering the smartphone in April, but didn't reveal details on price and availability. Both carriers promised more information in "the coming weeks," according to press releases sent out Monday.
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Monday morning, at a press conference at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Samsung finally took the wraps off the much-anticipated Galaxy S5, its newest flagship smartphone.
Though it's not the major overhaul from the Galaxy S4 that we expected, the shiny new phone sports a sharp and bright 5.1-inch screen, a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, and a 16-megapixel camera. The device is also waterproof, inspired by the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active from 2013, and comes with a new fingerprint scanner similar to the iPhone 5S.
Samsung also gave the S5 a heart rate monitor, which … Read more
Recently, Apple released an iOS update to address a bug with its SSL implementation, which would allow a nefarious individual on the same local network as your computer to intercept sensitive information as you browse the Web.
This type of attack, called a man-in-the-middle attack, is possible because in the latest versions of OS X and iOS (up to version 7.0.5) the operating system does not check the signature in a TLS Server Key Exchange Message, allowing a third-party to spoof a private key or simply omit using one and intercept the SSL data. Since encrypted SSL data … Read more
BARCELONA, Spain -- Metal body design? Nope. Eye-wateringly crisp 2K+ display? Nuh-uh. Overhauled Android interface? Only a little.
After all the rumors and hype, the Samsung Galaxy S5 revealed with much fanfare at Mobile World Congress on Monday is more an iteration on the Galaxy S line than the fresh, whiz-bang package we'd all come to hope for and even expect.
Yes, it has a fingerprint scanner, and a heart rate sensor, too, not to mention Android 4.4 KitKat and a roster of muscular specs. From what I've seen, the Galaxy S5 shapes up to be an … Read more