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One month on, Android 6.0 Marshmallow is running on just 0.3% of Android devices

It’s been about a month now since Android Marshmallow started rolling out to a variety of Android devices (mostly just the Nexus line), and according to this month’s distribution numbers, only 0.3% of Android phones are running the latest version. That’s just plain depressing.<p>And what’s worse is …

Outdated Magnetic Strips: How U.S. Credit Card Security Lags

Criminals may have stolen information from 40 million credit and debit cards used at Target. A possible weakness? The magnetic stripe on credit cards — which fraudsters can pull credit card numbers and expiration dates from to make counterfeit cards.<p>Other countries moved beyond this technology …

Android dominates 81 percent of world smartphone market

For the first time ever, Android has hit more than 80 percent market share for smartphone shipments worldwide.<p>The new Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker was released on Tuesday by IDC, which detailed third-quarter numbers for all smartphone shipments worldwide. A total of 261.1 million …

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How to easily root an Android device

Rooting is the Android equivalent of jailbreaking, a means of unlocking the operating system so you can install unapproved apps, deleted unwanted bloatware, update the OS, replace the firmware, overclock (or underclock) the processor, customize anything and so on.<p>Of course, for the average user, …

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Google's Play Music All Access adds genre-based radio stations

Roughly four months after launching its Google Play Music All Access service, Google is now letting subscribers create custom listening stations based on genre. It may come as a surprise, but somehow the Play Music app hadn't offered this feature before yesterday's update; users only had the option …

Three's LTE rollout to reach 42 more UK cities in 2014

If recent smartphone launches have you reconsidering your carrier options, here's some 4G rollout info to throw into the mix. Unlike its rivals, Three is actively advertising its full LTE roadmap, focusing first on London, Birmingham, Manchester and Reading, which it hopes to switch on before the …

Gogo's hybrid GTO technology bringing 60Mbps download capability to airlines in 2014

In a way, in-flight WiFi still seems like the future. It's the internet, in the air, while traveling at 30,000+ feet. Clearly, just having <i>access</i> isn't good enough, as a smattering of opponents have stepped into a segment long dominated by Gogo with snazzier, satellite-based alternatives. Over the …

Intel details Z3000 Bay Trail chips for tablets and hybrids, claims up to 2x CPU and 3x GPU performance

Intel barely existed on the mobile scene two years ago, and yet the company's Clover Trail chips for low-power tablets and hybrids have already had a huge impact on the Windows PC market -- not least by rendering Windows for ARM (aka Windows RT) largely redundant. But Clover Trail's performance in …

BitTorrent to Launch Bundle for Publishers Alpha on September 24

BitTorrent today announced it plans to release BitTorrent Bundle for publishers as a closed alpha on September 24. The goal will be to make direct-to-fan distribution simple by automating the process of creating a media torrent.<p>BitTorrent says it wants to help artists around the world find and …

Windows Phone 8.1 photos show notification center and UI changes

Microsoft is readying a Windows Phone 8.1 update that's expected to debut in early 2014. While the company is in "shut up and ship" mode, it's currently pushing out smaller updates primarily designed for new hardware. Two images have surfaced this week that may provide an early look at Windows …

Open Garden brings Wi-Fi routers into its crowdsourced broadband mesh

AT&T expands LTE empire with $1.9 billion spectrum purchase from Verizon

Verizon and AT&T often spar over network reliability, but the two biggest US carriers aren't opposed to helping one another out when the price is right. AT&T has completed a $1.9 billion purchase of unused spectrum from its primary rival, picking up 39 700MHz licenses that it says will help improve …

With iBeacon, Apple is going to dump on NFC and embrace the internet of things

Advertisement<p>182 Comments<p>Credit: Thinkstock<p>At WWDC in June, Apple (s aapl) quietly announced iBeacon, one of the more prominent features of iOS 7. …

Motorola assembling 100k Moto X phones in Texas weekly

The first big phone from Google's Motorola is made in America, but not in the same quantities as the iPhone or Galaxy S4 (so far). Crave's Eric Mack swings by the Moto X factory in Fort Worth.<p>FORT WORTH, Texas -- Motorola is custom-assembling 100,000 Moto X Android phones each week in its Texas …