It's no secret that Android smartphones are on the rise, having eclipsed Apple's mighty iPhone in terms of total market share. But there are more reasons for Android fans to cheer. First, Google's buyout of Motorola is finally beginning to bear tasty fruit, in the form of sweet devices such as the Moto X and insanely affordable Moto G. … Read more
If you're looking for another way to purchase the supremely affordable Motorola Moto G Android smartphone, then consider Boost Mobile's version of the budget handset. Priced at a low $129.99, the wireless carrier has just announced it will sell the device online starting January 14 online. The Moto G is then scheduled to hit select Boost Mobile retail stores on January 20. … Read more
Here's some Grinchy news for those of you who put Samsung's Galaxy S4 on your holiday wish list: Israeli researchers have identified a vulnerability in the smartphone that allegedly allows a hacker to easily intercept secure data.
"Based on the information we currently have, the threat appears to be equivalent to some well-known attacks," Samsung said. "KNOX already includes mechanisms, such as per-app … Read more
CyanogenMod, a version of Android popular among those unhappy with the operating system that came with their phones, has now been installed more than 10 million times.
That's according to the CyanogenMod statistics site, which tracks installations. CyanogenMod got its start as an enthusiast project built from Google's Android Open Source Project -- the public releases of Android's source code, updated each time Google releases a new version of the OS.
As of 6:… Read more
The time of year when we all love our fellow human a little more. The time of year when we consider the spiritual aspects of our lives (or their lack).
And the time of year when people steal baby Jesus figurines from nativity scenes in churches.
As MyFoxDC reports, a security company has leaped to the rescue of churches frustrated that their Jesus, Mary, or Joseph are taken by the unscrupulous.
The English language is invading the world even more than the English ever did.
Native tongues find themselves at the mercy of phrases invented by nerds and donated to humanity.
The French, however, have always tried to defend their culture. They take it seriously -- so seriously, indeed, that their Ministers of Culture usually have a knowledge of their departmental subject matter.
It's no surprise, therefore, that France's Academie Francaise -- the nation's last line of linguistic defense -- has turned its disapproving eye on sexting.
No, not the practice. Just the word itself.… Read more
A California senator plans to introduce a new bill that would require smartphones to enable a "kill switch," a security feature that would make a phone inoperable if it's stolen.
Sen. Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) announced Thursday that he will introduce the bill at the start of the 2014 legislative session in January, with the support of San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón.
"One of the top catalysts for street crime in many California cities is smartphone theft, and these crimes are becoming increasingly violent," Leno said in a press release. "We … Read more
San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón released survey results Wednesday that he says makes an argument for Apple to enable its Activation Lock security feature on every phone.
When enabled, Activation Lock -- which is available for iOS 7 users and requires them to activate the "Find my Phone" tracking feature -- prevents the unauthorized resetting of an iPhone or iPad. Gascon's survey indicated that 78 percent of respondents who owned an iPhone have enabled the security feature. According to him, it's an indication that Apple should enable this technology on all of its … Read more
The time has come to retire your trusty old smartphone in favor of something shiny and new, but just don't toss it away blindly. Today's cell phones are more than powerful communication tools. They serve as vaults for all kinds of precious digital entertainment and sensitive personal data, the sort you don't want disappearing or falling into the wrong hands.
Yes, chances are good that tucked away inside your handset are the audio tracks, movies, photos, and apps you took time and effort to gather and tweak. The same goes for vital e-mail, text messages, and calendar … Read more
Capitol Hill is surrounded by what might be called the "capital spill zone," at least according to data (and a requisite corresponding infographic, of course) released by gadget warranty outfit SquareTrade Monday.
This is the second year in a row the company has broken down the total number of iPhone damage claims in comparison with total protection plans it sold by state to draft its "clumsiest states" list. This year, the most dangerous place in the United States to be an iPhone isn't actually a state. It's that bright, shining center of our democracy: Washington.… Read more