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MIT researchers say many popular Android apps call out covertly
— 7:33 AM on November 24, 2015

Downloading popular Android apps from non-official sources is a bad idea, but even legit apps can do potentially unwanted things in the background without drawing attention....

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

Dell gets Superfishy by shipping PCs with self-signed root certificates
— 4:31 PM on November 23, 2015

Remember the Superfish debacle, when Lenovo shipped computers with a preinstalled rogue root certification authority (CA)? Dell seems to think that was a good...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Internet

Mozilla axes heavyweight Firefox themes and tab groups
— 1:04 PM on November 23, 2015

Back in August, Mozilla announced plans to adopt a Chrome-like extension framework for Firefox called WebExtensions. In turn, the company plans to deprecate its...

Type: News story Tags: Internet

Review roundup: Microsoft's Lumia 950 smartphone
— 1:48 PM on November 20, 2015

The announcement of the Lumia 950 and 950XL back in October marked both the release of Windows 10 for phones and Microsoft's return to the high-end smartphone scene....

Type: News story Tags: Personal tech

DisplayMate: iPad Pro display beats iPad Air 2's, but mini 4 is still king
— 12:56 PM on November 18, 2015

Much like it has done with tablet displays in the past, DisplayMate has put the iPad Pro's enormous 12.9" screen through the wringer to...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

Nvidia's Jetson TX1 board delivers 1 teraflop in a credit-card footprint
— 2:26 PM on November 11, 2015

And now for something completely different. The Raspberry Pi and other development boards of its ilk are already popular for hardware hackers and DIYers,...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Miscellaneous Mobile computing Personal tech

Snapdragon 820 SoC will arrive in over 60 devices in 2016
— 1:13 PM on November 10, 2015

Qualcomm has been teasing and tormenting us with its Snapdragon 820 SoC for months. Today, the company officially introduced the chip. To mark the occasion,...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

TAG Heuer dresses up Android Wear with its Connected watch
— 1:07 PM on November 9, 2015

If the manifold Apple Watches aren't luxurious enough for well-heeled wearable buyers, TAG Heuer, Google, and Intel may have just the thing. The three companies...

Type: News story Tags: Miscellaneous Mobile computing Personal tech

Asus gets its bling on with the Zenfone 2 Deluxe Special Edition
— 12:45 PM on November 6, 2015

The camera of Asus' Zenfone 2 Laser may be able to focus on its subjects faster than average, but that phone trades Intel's Atom...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

Perfectron's MIL-SPEC'd mini-PCs are ready for the next deployment
— 10:03 AM on November 5, 2015

Just the other day I was looking for a mini-PC. After looking long and hard at the Intel NUC and the Zbox Magnus,...

Type: News story Tags: Systems Workstations

Asus straps a frickin' laser beam to its Zenfone 2 Laser
— 12:52 PM on November 3, 2015

Asus' Zenfone 2 and Zenfone 2E are affordable phones based on Moorefield Atom processors. For its latest Zenfone 2 Laser, Asus has ditched...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

Friday night topic: Should we all be paranoid now?
— 4:36 PM on October 30, 2015

I just finished reading Walter Kirn's article in The Atlantic about mass surveillance and privacy issues, entitled If you're not paranoid, you're crazy. Kirn...

Type: News story Tags: Miscellaneous Internet

TR's fall 2015 mobile staff picks
— 2:06 PM on October 30, 2015

In our mobile staff picks, we round up the latest and greatest tablets, laptops, convertibles, and phones that we think are worth your hard-earned dollars....

Type: Feature article Tags: Miscellaneous Mobile computing Personal tech

Google Fiber apologizes for World Series outage, credits service to KC market
— 9:34 AM on October 30, 2015

I've written about how Google Fiber has slowly been rolling out here across the Kansas City metro area, including here at my place. The...

Type: News story Tags: Internet Networking

Review roundup: Apple TV shows future promise
— 5:21 PM on October 29, 2015

Some early reviews of the new Apple TV are out, and the general response to Apple's latest spin on the set-top box appears positive....

Type: News story Tags: Multimedia Personal tech

Microsoft's Arrow launcher personalizes the Android experience
— 7:39 AM on October 29, 2015

Microsoft has taken a shot at Android home-screen launchers from time to time, like the Cortana public beta. This time, the merry band of...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

The One A9 is HTC's attempt at a budget flagship
— 12:27 PM on October 20, 2015

HTC has fallen on hard times, and it's trying to turn its fortunes around with the One A9. This phone offers a blend of...

Type: News story Tags: Mobile computing Personal tech

Gigabyte's C230-series mobos put E3-1200 v5 Xeons to work
— 7:54 AM on October 20, 2015

Intel's Skylake-based Xeon E3-1200 v5 CPUs aren't meant for consumer-focused chipsets like the Z170 or H170. Instead, those workstation CPUs need motherboards based on the workstation-focused...

Type: News story Tags: Motherboards Workstations