When Green Throttle Games removed its Android Arena app from Google Play last November, it was assumed that the removal was because the company planned to shut down. Now it appears the doors closed because Google purchased Green Throttle Games.
A federal judge has blocked the National Security Agency from destroying records on the controversial phone surveillance practice unearthed by The Guardian in 2013. The NSA planned to destroy records of metadata collected from telecom companies, but US District Judge Jeffrey White prevented the agency from destroying the records until he is able to hear arguments about the case. The Electronic Frontier Foundation successfully petitioned Judge White to issue the temporary restraining order because the records may be useful for lawsuits filed against NSA for its tactics. The judge will hear arguments from both sides on March 19. More information on the case can be read at Bloomberg.
Looking at a smartphone while operating a motor vehicle is not automatically illegal because the law does not specify that all activities are banned, ruled a California appeals court.
The European Commission is the latest government body to examine how Apple and Google, the two largest forces in mobile app and game distribution treat in-app purchases.
T-Mobile's marketing department upset everyone firmly in BlackBerry's corner, including its very vocal fans and the man tasked with letting people other than those fans care about the struggling smartphone vendor once again. What did T-Mobile do to upset so many people? The company told them all to buy an iPhone.
Remember Nvidia? That's the company that once ran the spec wars among Android smartphones and tablets before watching competitors surpass it. It now has a plan to get its foot back in the door.
Google owned Motorola for two years before deciding to sell the company to Lenovo after billions in loses. When Lenovo takes ownership pending regulator approval, CEO Yang Yuanqing says his company will be hurt by Motorola's poor performance but can see a turnaround happening in a less than a year.
HTC today reported its earnings for the fourth quarter of 2013. The company managed to net a small profit ahead of expected losses in the next quarter, but the company has announced a plan to sell cheaper phones as a way to rebound.
The days of the Sony VAIO are coming to an end. Sony today announced that it has sold its PC business to Japan Industrial Partners (JIP) as part of a strategy to focus on other areas, including its mobile division.
Since Google announced that it would sell Motorola to Lenovo for $2.91, a paltry sum considering that the company paid $12.5 billion to acquire Motorola just two years ago, reports have popped up suggesting that the losses are not that bad because of the patents that Google gets to keep. Even with the patents, buying Motorola is still a big loss.