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If You Want to Make Money From Apps, Forget About the App Store

August 7, 2013 Considering the number of free apps that clutter the world’s many app stores and the pittance paid by mobile advertising networks to app developers, it was only natural that app makers would find other ways to make money from creating mobile software. A recent report by VisionMobile, a London-based research...

Here Are the 11,868 Devices—and Counting—That Every Android App Has to Work on

July 30, 2013 If you’ve ever compared an iPhone or iPad with a phone or tablet that runs Google’s Android, you may have noticed that the Apple gadget just seems to run more… well, smoothly. At Apple’s annual gathering of developers in San Francisco last month, Apple CEO Tim Cook gleefully displayed a...

Move Over Huawei, There’s a New Bogeyman in Town and It’s Called Lenovo

July 29, 2013 Western governments have long suspected Chinese computer equipment makers of being spying factories. Huawei is typically front and center in today’s allegations about Chinese corporate spying. But Lenovo, it turns out, is a longstanding shared enemy of Western spy agencies. This week, the Australian Financial Review, a business daily, reported...

Cybercrime Costs the US $20 Billion Each Year. Or $70 Billion. Or Maybe $140 Billion

July 26, 2013 Studies that estimate the effects of any particular activity on the economy often shout out headline numbers and then spend a lot of time explaining the methodology used to calculate that figure. A new report (pdf) from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a Washington think-tank, published in...

Pakistan May Un-Block YouTube—or It May Just Block All of Google

June 11, 2013 Pakistan is on its way to becoming a proper democracy, but it’s a bumpy road. An elected government just completed its full term and handed over power to another elected government for the first time in the nation’s 66-year history as an independent state. As such, the country is anxious...

What Google and NSA Snoops Have in Common

June 7, 2013 We knew the Bush administration played fast and loose with Americans' privacy but it's now been confirmed that President Obama is no less keen on spying on his citizens. According to a court order obtained by the Guardian and published overnight, Verizon Business, a subsidiary of the giant telecoms operator...

NATO Wants to Fight the Spectre of Cyberwar But It’s Doing It Half-Heartedly

June 5, 2013 At a meeting to discuss cyber-defense, NATO defense ministers yesterday agreed to set up “quick-reaction defense teams” for when the alliance’s computer systems come under attack. “We are all closely connected so an attack on one ally, if not dealt with quickly and effectively, can affect us all,” Anders Fogh...

Israel May Be The First Country to Hit Peak Wi-Fi

June 5, 2013 Israel is considering banning mobile operators from offering internet access through Wi-Fi hotspots, reports Globes (link in Hebrew), a business newspaper. According to the paper, spectrum is in such short supply that the use by large telecoms operators of unlicensed radio frequency set aside for things like Wi-Fi, microwaves and...

In the Future, We May Control Drones With Our Minds

June 5, 2013 A group of biomedical engineers at the University of Minnesota have successfully completed an experiment in which men and women controlled a small quad-copter with their minds. In a paper published yesterday in the open-access Journal of Neural Engineering, the researchers explained how “subjects were able to quickly, accurately and...

China’s Plan to Survive the 3D-Printing Revolution: Own the Market

June 4, 2013 If 3D printing will up-end manufacturing as we know it, and if China is home to the world’s largest and most successful manufacturing industry, it ought to stand to reason that if—or when—3D printing eventually goes mainstream, China’s manufacturing will suffer, right? Some people certainly think so. But even if...