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Nokia Launches an Android Tablet, with Smartphones Likely to Follow

Nokia N1 has Nokia’s brand, design, and launcher. Everything else is Foxconn. Continue reading

Bits Blog: WhatsApp Adds Improved Encryption on Android Phones

The popular messaging platform is getting more secure with technology from Open Whisper Systems. Continue reading

WhatsApp Brings Encryption to Masses

WhatsApp, the Facebook-owned messaging service with more than 600 million users world-wide, is now encrypting text messages by Android users. Continue reading

Samsung Plans Smartphone Cuts

Samsung Electronics said it would reduce the number of smartphone models it offers next year, part of a move to cut costs to combat declining profit. Continue reading

AT&T Demands Clarity: Are Warrants Needed for Customer Cell-Site Data?

Legal uncertainty surrounds a law compelling disclosure of location information. Continue reading

NYC Hangs Up Pay Phones, Plans ‘LinkNYC’ Digital Hubs

Starting in 2015, some 6,400 New York City pay phones will be replaced by devices offering public Wi-Fi, free domestic calls and even the option to video-chat from the street. Officials project $20 million in revenue annually from streaming digital ads. Continue reading

Snapchat Debuts Way to Send Cash to Friends in a Snap

Snapchat debuted a new tool with payment service Square that lets users of the mobile messaging app send each other cash with the swipe of a finger. Continue reading

Pay Phones in New York City Will Become Free Wi-Fi Hot Spots

Officials say adding the kiosks with free Internet access will help close the digital divide, while others worry the city may be creating a monopoly. Continue reading

The Web Is Dying; Apps Are Killing It

The Web—that thin veneer of human-readable design on top of the machine babble that constitutes the Internet—is dying. And the way it’s dying has farther-reaching implications than almost anything else in technology, writes Christopher Mims. Continue reading

Google’s Lollipop Wants To Change The Way We Use Our Phones

The latest update to Google’s Android operating system is more than just a facelift. It’s an introduction to the future of Google’s Web. Continue reading

iPhone, Galaxy S5, Nexus 5, and Fire Phone fall like dominoes at Pwn2Own

Near field communication exploits play starring role in hacking competition. Continue reading

App Smart: Flipboard, Circa and Other Apps to Keep Track of the News

News apps like Flipboard, Circa News and BBC News help keep users updated on breaking events. Continue reading

Appeals Court Is Urged to Strike Down Program for Collecting Phone Records

A conservative legal activist urged a federal appeals court Tuesday to strike down the National Security Agency’s program that collects Americans’ phone records in bulk.
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Security Scorecard Finds Messaging Apps Need More Development

EFF experts find only a handful of apps that meet basic security standards. Continue reading

A Top Appeals Court to Hear Why NSA Metadata Spying Should Stay or Go

DC Circuit Court of Appeals may confirm ruling that ended practice, was stayed. Continue reading

Apple’s Siri Helps Autistic Teen With Communication Skills

We hear from author Judith Newman, a mother with an autistic son, who wrote in The New York Times about how Siri, the voice from her iPhone, touched her autistic son. Continue reading

Carrying Two Phones Is the New Black

How a fashion-conscious tech minimalist came to embrace toting a smartphone and a flip phone—and figured out how to do so with style. Continue reading

State of the Art: Amazon’s Grand Design in Devices

The overall strategy behind the retailer’s hardware lineup appears puzzling. Its devices sound fantastic in theory but often fall short.

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Samsung, Apple Lose Ground in Smartphone Race

The erosion of Samsung’s and Apple’s dominance of the global smartphone market accelerated during the third quarter, as Chinese makers of low-cost phones continued to undercut the industry leaders, according to data from three market-share trackers. Continue reading

Latest Android Encrypted by Default, Adds “Smart” Device Locking

Google reveals features designed to make Android “Lollipop” more secure Continue reading