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More Bad News for HTC: ITC to Take Up New Apple Complaint

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Sometimes, you can’t get a break. That could be the thinking at Android handset maker HTC, which now faces another trade complaint by Apple. Tuesday, the U.S. International Trade Commission announced it launched an investigation into whether five Apple patents were violated.

The new complaint focuses on HTC’s Flyer tablet and many of the company’s smartphones. The ITC could block imports of the devices into the  [Read More…]

Jumptap Mobile Hot Spot Map Shows Which States Are iOS Dominated

It’s sort of like the red/blue political map of the USA that you see on the news during presidential elections… but way cooler.

The good people at Jumptap have published what’s being called a mobile platform “heat map,” as it makes it easy to peruse the states in which certain smartphones and their accompanying mobile operating systems are most popular.

The blue states, as highlighted in the image above, showcase where iOS enjoys dominance within  [Read More…]

iOS Users, Start Your Gloating! Android Is Riddled With Malware, Researchers Say [Security]

Beware Android users, malware authors are picking Google’s platform as their first foray into mobile mayhem, security researchers say. Interestingly, there’s no mention of malware using Apple’s iOS.

 

“As mobile devices grow in popularity, so do the incentives for attackers,” said Kevin Mahaffey, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of Lookout Mobile Security. The prevalence and sophistication of mobile malware attacks have “evolve[d] significantly in the first six months of 2011,”  [Read More…]

Gmail Web App Gets Pull to Refresh, Retina Display UI on iPhone

Google’s Gmail web app for the iPhone delivers a nice new update this morning that makes it even more iPhone-friendly, introducing the iOS trademark pull to refresh function, and an enhanced interface.

Refreshing your inbox is now a lot more natural to iPhone users with the pull to refresh feature that was first introduced to the iPhone with the Tweetie Twitter client — which seems to have become an iOS trademark feature,  [Read More…]

Nasty Android Malware Secretly Records and Saves Your Calls [Report]

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Apple’s main mobile competitor, Android, isn’t exactly known for being the most secure platform. While Google’s ‘open’ mentality has proven beneficial in many ways for the Android OS, a non-curated system often leads to compromises in security.

We’ve already seen numerous malware programs surface on the Android OS, and the latest one is particularly villainous.

CA Technologies has discovered a new piece of Android malware that disguises itself as a normal  [Read More…]

Why Google is a Better Apple Friend than Enemy

A casual observer might be forgiven for thinking that to Apple, Google is Enemy #1. Apple’s most profitable (and therefore important) businesses center on the iPhone and iPad. The most serious competitors in both these product categories run on Google’s Android platform.

The belief that Google is the enemy makes intuitive sense on two counts. First, when you, the gadget-happy user, chooses a device, you may consider an iPhone or  [Read More…]

Google Updates Search Page, New Tablet Optimized Version Available

Google is now rolling out a tablet friendly updated version of its google.com search page.

The update sports larger text, buttons, and other page elements that are considerably easier to click with my fat clunky broken fingers. Google also ” focused on improvements that enhance the viewing experience such as enlarged image previews, continuous scroll, and faster loading of image thumbnails,” according to their mobile blog.

The page is available to iPad and Android HoneyComb 3.1 tablet  [Read More…]

The iPad Will Kick Android Tablets’ Teeth In Until 2015 [Report]

Yet another report indicates Apple’s iPad beats the pack of Android tablets until at least 2015. More polished and less expensive alternatives could cut Cupertino’s comfortable marketshare by more than a third, new research finds.

 

“Apple’s edge is likely to wane as the quality of the competing products and application environments improves,” says David McQueen, principal analyst at Informa Telecoms & Media. Apple’s current 75 percent of the tablet marketshare is expected to  [Read More…]

The iPhone Is The Biggest Smartphone In America, But Android Takes The OS Lead

Who controls the U.S. smartphone market? It’s a tie between Apple and Android with RIM and others trailing far behind according to new research.

Apple is the leading smartphone maker in the U.S., according to Nielsen research conducted in June. BlackBerry-maker RIM and Android handset manufacturer HTC are tied for 20 percent of domestic smartphones as Motorola ranks third with just 11 percent. Hewlett-Packard and beleaguered Nokia are barely a blip on the consumer  [Read More…]

HTC Finds S3 Patent Silver Bullet Bounces Off iPhone, iPad Threats

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Not all patent defenses against Apple are created equally, HTC has learned. A trade court told the Android handset maker its shiny bundle of $ 300 million S3 patents aren’t infringed by Apple’s iPhone or iPad, and just partially by Mac OS X.

The U.S. International Trade Commission ruled two HTC-owned S3 patents aren’t valid infringement cases while restraining the scope of the two others. While ruling Mac OS X were infringing about two  [Read More…]