HP to buy Aruba Networks for $2.7B in mobile push
Hewlett-Packard aims to offer simple, secure tools to help big companies muster next-generation mobile networks.>
Alcatel's Hero 2+ will come to the US with CyanogenMod
Today at Mobile World Congress, Cyanogen and Alcatel announced the Hero 2+, a 6-inch smartphone that will come with CyanogenMod preinstalled. The Hero 2+ is a variation of the Hero 2 Alcatel released globally last year, and features a 6-inch, 1080p display, a 2GHz octacore Mediatek processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel camera, support for LTE on AT&T and T-Mobile, and a stylus. CyanogenMod is already available on a handful of smartphones across the world, including the Oppo N1, OnePlus One, and devices in India. The Hero 2+ will run CyanogenMod 11, which is based on Android 4.4 KitKat, though it will likely be upgraded to newer version of the software as it is released.
Twitter working with probe on online threats
Twitter said Monday it was working with law enforcement officials on unspecified threats, amid reports that the social network had been targeted for blocking accounts linked to the Islamic State. "Our security team is investigating the veracity of these threats with relevant law enforcement officials," a Twitter spokesman said, without elaborating. The news comes following reports that Twitter had suspended accounts linked to IS and related entities, including the Nigerian Islamic group Boko Haram. A page on the online bulletin board Pastebin showed an image of Twitter founder Jack Dorsey in what appear to be the crosshairs of a rifle scope and a message in Arabic.
Google to offer own cellular network plan
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Google will soon be offering cellular network plans in a bid to bridge the gap between the realms of Internet services and mobile device software it dominates.
Next-gen iPhone 6s may include an awesome new ‘force touch’ feature
It’s only March, which means we’re still a few months away from a deluge of iPhone 6s rumors making their way down the pipeline. Still, a recent report from AppleInsider sheds some light on an interesting feature Apple may introduce on the next-generation iPhone. DON’T FORGET: Apple holding March 9th special event for new products According to the report, Apple’s upcoming iPhone will feature “Force Touch” input functionality, the very same feature Apple uses on the upcoming Apple Watch. According to Apple, Force Touch incorporates tiny electrodes that can ably distinguish between a tap and a deep press on a display. By differentiating between two distinct types of touches, iOS will presumably be able to present a wider array of controls and options
It's ridiculously easy for teens to buy e-cigs online
Buying electronic cigarettes online is exceedingly easy for teenagers, according to a study conducted in North Carolina. Between 2011 and 2012, the percentage of high school students who had ever used e-cigarettes rose to 10 percent, from 4.7 percent (in contrast, 46 percent of high school students have tried tobacco products in general). This is a problem given the risk for nicotine addition, and the potential negative health affects of nicotine on teenage brain development. For this reason, researchers at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, decided to look into how well online vendors were — or in this case weren't — complying with North Carolina laws.
Sol Republic's Shadow is a comfortable, lightweight wireless headphone
Wireless headphones are everywhere. Most wireless headphones are on-ear or over-ear models, but there are a few in-ear designs that have been available for a couple of years. Beats' PowerBeats 2 are excellent examples of in-ear wireless headphones designed for exercise. Sol Republic's new $99.99 Shadow headphone is a Bluetooth in-ear model, but it's not designed for exercise like the Beats.
Here's what the HTC One M9 camera can do
HTC tells me that it's pushing out updates to the One M9 on a daily basis and 95 percent of their content is camera-related. The Taiwanese company has heard a chorus of discontent with its latest camera echoing throughout early previews and is working hard to improve the quality of its images. The overwhelming reason for why I found myself disappointed with the One M9 this past week was its camera. HTC is the company that spent two years evangelizing the benefit of larger pixels for capturing more light — that's the big selling point behind its lower-resolution UltraPixel camera — and now it's leapt in the exact opposite direction by cramming in 20 million smaller pixels to obtain greater resolution.
Fidelity cuts Google stake by nearly a third amid shift to cheaper searches
(Reuters) - One of Google Inc's largest investors has cut its exposure to the company by nearly a third over the past several months amid worries about a shift to cheaper searches on mobile phones. The $107 billion Fidelity Contrafund cut its stake in Google to 5.2 percent of net assets as of Jan. 31, from 7.3 percent of net assets as of June 30. "The firm continued to do phenomenally innovative things, but it is fighting a shift away from desktop search to less-expensive searches on mobile phones," Fidelity Investments portfolio manager Will Danoff said in Contrafund's annual report, released on Feb. 28th.
Google confirms wireless efforts, plans bigger reveal 'in coming months'
Don't look for Google to run a large-scale network. Instead it's teaming up with wireless carriers, as it does with hardware makers for Nexus devices.>