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  • Aussies prefer BlackBerry over iPhone, Android

    A worldwide survey into mobile platforms has confirmed what many CIOs and IT managers already knew: Apple's iPhone leads the way when it comes to consumer loyalty, but it faces stiff competition from Android.

  • Three Ways Royal Caribbean Has Embraced Mobile

    Consumer devices continue to stream into the office, whether CIOs have sanctioned them or not. Managing a mix of devices can pose challenges in application development, security and maintenance. For Bill Martin, CIO of Royal Caribbean Cruises, providing access to various mobile tools has benefits for customer service that are worth the added effort.

  • BlackBerry PlayBook to run Android apps: What it means

    BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) this week dropped a bombshell on the mobile world, confirming earlier rumors that almost seemed too far-fetched to believe when they hit the Web in January: RIM's new BlackBerry PlayBook tablet, going on sale in the United States on April 19, will run applications originally developed for Google's popular Android mobile OS.

  • Opinion: Why Microsoft declared war on Google over Android

    Is Microsoft trying to kill Google's Android OS by blasting lawsuits at device sellers like Barnes & Noble and device makers like Foxconn and Inventec? I don't think so. The software giant is more likely trying to make a buck through licensing deals. That's not to say winning business at gunpoint is a tactic I admire, but that's very different than assuming that Redmond sees Android as a deadly threat and wants to fit it with a pair of cement shoes.
    However, Android is in deep legal trouble. This week's suit against the Nook crowd is just one of 37 — count 'em — Android-related lawsuits filed during the operating system's short life, according to open source activist and patent watcher Florian Mueller.
    Why so many? "It's a combination of Google's arrogant and reckless approach to other companies' intellectual property rights, Google's gambling at the expense of its partners who bear the brunt of this, and the weakness of Google's own patent portfolio, which is small and not sufficiently diversified to solve Android's [intellectual property] problems with cross-licences," Mueller says.
    Watching patent suits generally matches paint-drying festivals for excitement, but this bunch is different. It touches on the biggest names in techdom, including Apple, Oracle, Microsoft, Google, and Motorola; it exposes yet another flaw in the Google/Android business model; and it shows once again how badly the US patent system is broken.
    Why Microsoft went to war

  • Microsoft sues book retailer over Android

    Microsoft has filed a patent lawsuit against bookseller Barnes & Noble, accusing the company of running infringing software on its Android-based Nook e-reader.

  • Verizon's LTE network delivers the goods in 4G walking tour of Boston

    Since Verizon released its first <a href="">LTE</a> phone this week -- and since it's a lovely day out -- I decided to spend my morning strolling through Downtown Crossing in Boston and testing out self-proclaimed "<a href="">4G</a>" <a href="">smartphones</a>.

  • Android violates Linux licence, experts claim

    The Android mobile operating system's usage of the Linux kernel may violate open source licensing with a misappropriation of Linux code that could bring about the &quot;collapse of the Android ecosystem&quot;, some intellectual property experts are charging.