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  Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 10:28 AM ET

Lock box! BlackBerry tag teams with Samsung

Posted By: Erika Santoro

BlackBerry and Samsung announced on Thursday that they are joining forces to improve Android security with the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 12 server, which manages enterprise mobile devices running on Android, iOS, Windows Phone and BlackBerry's own mobile operating system.

The partnership with Samsung aims to win over even more enterprise customers. Beginning in early 2015, Samsung will integrate BlackBerry's BES12 end-to-end encryption service into its own KNOX software, which adds another security layer to Android devices.

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  Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 2:20 PM ET

Obama plan launches battle of the Internet 2.0

It's up to the FCC to decide who wins the battle over "net neutrality."

On Monday, President Barack Obama asked the Federal Communications Commission to set the "strongest possible rules" to protect net neutrality as the agency writes new Internet access regulations.

The proposal pits liberal advocates of tougher regulation of Internet service providers—to treat them as public utilities—against conservatives who say it's an unnecessary government intrusion on the Web.

On Wednesday, Republican lawmakers railed against Obama's plan.

In a letter FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler, they said proposals were "beyond the scope of the FCC's authority and would defy the plain reading of the statute.''

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In a tweet earlier this week, tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, likened net neutrality to Obamacare for the Internet. "The Internet should not operate at the speed of government," he said.

Read MoreCruz compares net neutrality to Obamacare

The issue will be decided by Wheeler's five-member commission. Three of the commissioners, including Wheeler, are Democrats. the others are Republicans. The commission, which next meets in December, will not vote on the issue until next year, press secretary Kim Hart told the BBC.

Wheeler appears to want a more nuanced solution, according to The Washington Post. During a meeting Monday with officials of major Internet companies, Wheeler reportedly said: "What you want is what everyone wants: an open Internet that doesn't affect your business. ... What I've got to figure out is how to split the baby."

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  Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 10:53 AM ET

Qualcomm's push into an interconnected world

Qualcomm has agreed to purchase British chipmaker CSR for $2.5 billion. Already a leader in making chips used in mobile devices, the purchase will allow Qualcomm to become further immersed in the mobile world.

"I think it's a really smart purchase for Qualcomm because it allows the company to diversify its offerings and to go to device-makers and say we have now some Bluetooth technology that we can offer in addition to the chips that we've been offering for years," said John Simons, business editor at the International Business Times.

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  Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 10:33 AM ET

Here's what Intel is getting right this year

Intel shares have risen this year, bucking a few trends, including a falling semiconductor sector and a lackluster Dow 30.

While the company has not become immersed in the mobile device space yet, it continues to be a staple in the laptop and desktop market.

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  Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

Microsoft CEO's comments and the tech world

Posted By: Erika Santoro

Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella has apologized for the gender pay gap comments he made on Thursday at the Grace Hopper conference.

"This is the first real black eye from Nadella since he took over for Ballmer. To his credit he apologized quickly, but this does shed light on a real issue—that women are being paid less than their male counterparts in Silicon Valley and that there's a real gender gap," said Edward Baig, tech columnist for USA Today.

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  Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 9:52 AM ET

Apple releases iOS 8.0.2 to fix previous update issues

Posted By: Erika Santoro

Apple has released iOS 8.0.2, which promises to fix the issues that affected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded the 8.0.1.

On Wednesday, Apple had released the iOS 8's first update but soon reported that users were experiencing problems that affected cellular network connectivity and the Touch ID functionality. To address those issues, the company offered a temporary workaround while they worked on a new update.

"iOS 8.0.2 is now available for users, it fixes an issue that affected iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who downloaded iOS 8.0.1, and includes improvements and bug fixes originally in iOS 8.0.1. We apologize for inconveniencing the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who were impacted by the bug in iOS 8.0.1," said a company spokesperson on Thursday evening.

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  Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

Apple releases temporary fix for iOS 8 problems

Posted By: Erika Santoro

Apple has announced a temporary workaround for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus users who lost cellular service and Touch ID functionality after installing an update to iOS 8.

"The bugs call into question whether Apple fully tested the software update before releasing it. There's a reason it seemingly takes forever to get an update for your Android phone—it needs to be vetted by both the handset maker and the carrier. Apple seemingly bypasses this process," said Roger Cheng, CNET News executive editor.

Users who have experienced lost network connectivity issues after updating their devices to iOS 8.0.1 were unable to fix the problem by simply restarting their device or by resetting the network devices. They were also unable to fix the Touch ID by removing and reinstalling their fingerprints.

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  Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 9:06 AM ET

Best apps for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

Posted By: Erika Santoro

With the release of the new iOS 8 operating system, hundreds of apps have just gotten impressive new updates and design tweaks that make the content look crisp on the new retina HD displays.

Here are a few standouts for the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus recommended by Jennifer Jolly, tech columnist for USA Today.

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  Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 9:18 AM ET

Hands off! Voice-controlled hub for smart homes

Posted By: Erika Santoro

There are plenty of "smart" gadgets on the market, but one device is aiming to stand out from the rest by allowing users to control all their smart-home devices using their voice.

Ivee Sleek, a Wi-Fi voice-activated assistant for the home, can answer questions and obey commands. It can also control other Internet-connected devices such as the Nest and Belkin WeMo products, said Jonathon Nostrant, ivee's CEO and founder.

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  Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

Features missing from the Apple Watch

Posted By: Althea Chang

The newly unveiled Apple Watch could be a step up for the company's hardware, but there may be a few pieces missing from Apple's announcement of its first foray into wearable devices.

There was "not enough focus on battery life on either the phones or the Apple Watch. Battery is so key," said Christina Warren, senior technology analyst at Mashable of the tech giant's event where the watch was introduced.

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