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Telefonica inks deal with Microsoft to break Android, iOS 'duopoly'

Telefonica, one of the world's largest carriers, has signed a deal with Microsoft to promote far more heavily the software giant's Windows Phone 8 operating system and devices running it.<p>The carrier said in a statement on Wednesday that over the next year, it will enhance its marketing efforts for …

Nook Windows 8 app offers new design, discounts

Barnes & Noble is trying to lure more Windows 8 users to its Nook app with new features and a half-off promotion.<p>Updated Wednesday, Nook for Windows 8 and RT adds a new interface along with speedier performance, according to B&N. Users can also now highlight and annotate text, search for words via …

Over 1 million American Android users have downloaded adware

Adware has become a somewhat concerning issue on Android, a new study from security firm Lookout has discovered.<p>According to the security company, over the last year alone, over 1 million American Android users have unknowingly downloaded adware. What's worse, 6.5 percent of the free applications …

Apple makes first official retail push into Russia

Apple has made good on its promise to bring its official online store to Russia.<p>The online marketplace became available recently, allowing Russian consumers to buy Apple's Macs, iPhones, iPads, and accessories. Apple offers free shipping and returns and asks for payment by cash on delivery.<p>For …

Basis Band gains fresh style

Basis Science, the maker of the Basis Band fitness gadget, announced today three splashy wrist straps. The company hopes the straps will bring a fresh dose of chic to the fitness-minded smartwatch.<p>Named with evocative titles such as Electric Spring, Carbon Steel, and Cityscape, each strap accessory …

Square challenges Amazon, eBay with online marketplace

Square, the mobile payments startup best known for its credit card readers, is branching into e-commerce to take on the likes of eBay and Amazon.<p>The company on Tuesday launched Square Market, an online marketplace that allows merchants to sell their wares online without the expense of building and …

iPhone loses market share in Europe as Android surges

Apple lost market share to Android in Western Europe, according to market researcher IDC.<p>Market trends in Western Europe are not looking good for Apple's iPhone. "Apple's iOS continues to lose ground as market share declined to 20% from 25% in 1Q12 [first quarter 2012]," IDC said Tuesday.<p>Android, …

Mobile malware grows by 614 percent in last year

Mobile malware creators and smartphone makers seem to be in a neck-and-neck software race, but new data shows that the malware creators could be taking the lead.<p>Juniper Networks released its third annual Mobile Threat Report on Tuesday and the findings aren't pretty. Mobile malware grew at a rate …

BitTorrent: We don't deal in pirated content

It's pretty well established that torrent files can be used for downloading pirated music, movies, games, and more. But, the company BitTorrent wants it to be known that it has nothing to do with such piracy.<p>The company's vice president of marketing Matt Mason penned a blog post on Tuesday saying …

Five power-user tools in Gmail for Android

Though it's not nearly as robust as the Web version, Gmail for Android packs a good number of tools that, when utilized correctly, can make managing e-mail on the go a little less painful. And, when mastered, they'll even increase your productivity.<p>Gmail veteran or not, dig through this guide to …

Google: Hacked sites far worse than attack sites

Web sites you think are safe but have been compromised to distribute malicious software are far more prevalent than sites that are intentionally dangerous, according to a new Transparency Report from Google released on Tuesday.<p>The new Safe Browsing section of the report reveals some of the security …

Keep all of your log-ins secure with PasswordBox

A couple of months ago we reviewed the beta version of the surprisingly convenient online password manager from PasswordBox.com. On Tuesday, Dan Robichaud, CEO of PasswordBox, has just announced the official release of PasswordBox and introduced some new features as well as the mobile app releases …

Samsung Galaxy S4 Developer Edition debuts for Verizon users

Verizon Wireless subscribers interested in the Galaxy S4 Developer Edition can now order one directly through Samsung.<p>Selling for $650, the unlocked developer edition offers all the features of the standard S4. But as per its name, it's geared toward developers and other people who want to tweak …

New Firefox earns full WebRTC

Following the recent introduction of full Web Real-Time Communications to Chrome, Tuesday's update to Firefox makes it the second browser to support the plugin-free protocol.<p>The debut of WebRTC, as the protocol is known, in Firefox 22 (download for Windows | Mac | Linux) is no small potatoes. …

Samsung scores another win versus Apple, this time in Japan

Score one for Samsung in the company's long-running patent battles with Apple.<p>A Japanese high court upheld a lower court ruling that Samsung did not infringe on an Apple patent related to synchronizing music and video on Galaxy smartphones and tablets with servers, according to a report from …

Apple patent eyes dual-sided trackpad for MacBook

Your MacBook of the future could offer a dual-sided trackpad panel that features a touch screen on both sides.<p>Awarded to Apple on Tuesday by the U.S. Patent and Trademark office, a patent appropriatedly dubbed "Dual-sided track pad," describes a transparent and foldable trackpad panel with both a …

Sony Music Unlimited to expand offline listening to iOS

Sony's online music service soon will make its iPhone app look much more like its competitors' apps -- and its own Android offering.<p>The subscription service's app for the iPhone and iPod Touch will join its Android counterpart in allowing downloads for offline listening plus offering high-quality …

Samsung eyes settlement in EU antitrust inquiry -- report

Samsung is inclined to wave the white flag in its issues with European Union antitrust regulators rather than take the chance of fighting it out, according to a new report.<p>Samsung and the European Union's European Commission, which regulates corporate competition, are in preliminary talks to settle …

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Windows 8.1 to let you shut down directly via Start button

Windows 8.1 will try to make your life a bit easier by letting you shut down or restart your PC from the Start screen.<p>The preview edition of Windows 8.1 isn't due out until Wednesday. But the Windows Server 2012 R2 preview is available now for download. Since both versions share many features in …

Sony SmartWatch 2 review: Better, but still not the best - CNET

<b>The Good</b> The <b>Sony SmartWatch 2</b> screens phone alerts, Gmail, and call info in real time. The device also has a modern, water-resistant design that's compatible with standard watch bands.<p><b>The Bad</b> The Sony SmartWatch 2 is tricky to set up on non-Sony phones. The watch has a small clock face selection, …

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Intel's TV 'Black Box Project' poised for big changes in debut

Thousands of Intel employees have exclusive trial access to the company's up-and-coming TV service, but what they're using is leaps away from the final product, CNET has learned.<p>As CNET earlier reported, Intel in late March started conducting closed trials of its Internet TV service and set-top box …

BlackBerry launches Secure Work Space for Android, iPhones

BlackBerry officially launched a service late Monday that allows Apple and Android users to separate personal data and company information on the same device.<p>Managed through BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 (BES), the long-anticipated Secure Work Space creates a container to keep corporate …

Apple reportedly reaches deal with TSMC for next-gen chips

Apple and Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company have reportedly reached a deal on next-gen Apple chips, extending all the way to silicon called the A9.<p>TSMC and its chip-design partner have secured a 3-year deal for Apple's A series chips, according to report on Monday at Digitimes.<p>"A deal …

Gigabit Seattle sets price for its high-speed Internet service

While setting up gigabit infrastructure can be prohibitively expensive for many local communities, it appears that the cost users will have to pay for Gigabit Squared's high-speed Internet in Seattle won't be off the charts.<p>Gigabit Squared announced the pricing for its local fiber network in the …

iOS and Android to get Xbox and Microsoft PC games?

Microsoft's Xbox and PC games may be coming to Apple's<p>iPhoneand Android devices sometime this year, according to a report by Nikkei via Reuters.<p>The tech giant is allegedly working on a licensing deal with Japanese mobile game maker KLab to bring its games to other smartphone platforms, according to …

Disney and Sony experiment with in-theater rentals

Microsoft gets serious about cloud computing, Google Mine may be a new "plus" feature, and South Korea experiments with in-theater rentals.<p>Transcript<p>Microsoft is serious about cloud computing. I'm Jeff Bakalar filling in for Bridget Carey, and this is your CNET Update. One of Microsoft's biggest …

Automatically pause one audio stream in Firefox when another begins

I love both of my kids, but I don't enjoy it when they are both attempting to converse with me at the same time. Similarly, I love listening to Pandora when I'm at my desk, but I don't enjoy it when it is playing a song when I try to watch a YouTube clip. With the Be Quiet add-on for Firefox, you …

iOS 7 beta 2 arrives with bug fixes, iPad version

Apple on Monday released the second beta of iOS 7, exactly two weeks after the first iteration of the software was doled out to developers.<p>The new version promises only to fix bugs and contains other undocumented "improvements."<p>But the big new thing in this release is a version of the software for …

Microsoft to send Bing to school this year

Bing may enroll at your local school by the end of the year.<p>Microsoft is developing a special edition of its Bing search engine geared specifically toward students from kindergarten through 12th grade. Known as Bing for Schools, the tailored version will remove all ads from search results, filter …

Photo-sharing site Imgur launches 'official' Android app

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