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Microsoft reportedly developing Chromecast rival: a Miracast dongle

Analysts can predict a decline in Google Chromecast usage all they want, but its users are a fairly loyal bunch. And it appears that Microsoft may be going after that customer base with its own dongle, reportedly called the Miracast Dongle but currently code-named HD-10 in an FCC filing.

Researchers demo 92% success rate in hacking smartphone apps

The vast mobile applications ecosystem, enabled by the ability of apps to run on a shared smartphone infrastructure or operating system, has created open doors for hackers that want to obtain personal information from mobile device users. And the threat is believed to extend across Google Android, Apple iOS and Microsoft Windows operating systems, according to a group of university researchers.

Are cable operators making fiber-fueled over-promises based on DOCSIS 3.0?

Suddenlink recently raised the eyebrows of cable tech heads when it announced plans to spend $250 million to deploy 1 Gbps downstream services to all of its 16-state footprint, with half of the deployment occurring before the end of 2016.

Billions of consumers forecast to buy wearables, in-home devices over the next five years

Consumer demand for both wearables and in-home devices equipped with sensor nodes and wireless links is expected to ramp up substantially throughout the rest of this decade, expanding the reach of the so-called Internet of Things (IoT), according to separate reports from ABI Research and Accenture Interactive's Acquity Group.

Updated: Verizon denies plans to work with carriers, OEMs on an app store to challenge Google

Verizon Communications wants to build a new coalition of wireless carriers and device makers to create an application storefront that would be an alternative to Google's Play Store, according to a report from  The Information. The new store could let app developers take advantage of network-specific functionality, advertise their wares in the store and give consumers more proactive tips about which apps to use, the report said.

PlayStation TV, Android TV crowd into streaming-device market

The streaming-device market is looking pretty saturated right now, but there are still more device announcements to come. Sony said it will debut its PlayStation TV device on Oct. 14 in North America. And Google is still working on its Android TV platform, which will run on smart TVs--it hasn't announced a release date yet. But according to analysts, neither of these products is going to shake up the streaming market.

IDC: Android, iOS squeeze almost all breathing room for Windows Phone, BlackBerry in Q2

It's been clear for years that Google's Android and Apple's iOS are the two dominant smartphone platforms around the world, but a new report form research firm IDC on second-quarter smartphone shipments makes clear there almost isn't any breathing space for any competitors.

The UX design skills mobile app developers need to work on

Absolutely every app or mobile game must have what's known as a layered interface. There also should be thumb-focused interactions, simple typefaces and all kinds of swiping. At least, those are some of the user experience design trends that seem to be prevalent today. Developers may need to upgrade their skill set to know what will be hot in mobile UX tomorrow.

China Telecom, Google, KDDI, others to build new trans-Pacific submarine cable

The submarine cable industry just gained another new player as six major service providers have formed a consortium to build and operate a new trans-Pacific cable system to be called "FASTER," with NEC Corporation as the system supplier.

Google Ventures-funded Quettra raises $2.9M to dig up info on mobile subs for advertisers

Quettra just emerged from stealth mode with six employees, three interns, $2.9 million in seed-round funding and a plan to develop a mobile platform that founder and CEO Ankit Jain says will provide "a thorough understanding of the user" to advertisers.