Mobile WorkHorse

About this Blog: Al Sacco writes about anything and everything mobile or wireless as it applies to the global workforce — with a focus on smartphones and tablets.

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Google Halts Glass 'XE16' Software Update

|   Less than a week after Google announced the latest Glass software update, XE16, it "paused" the software rollout because the update is sending some devices into an endless reboot loop.

The Pixies Shill for Apple in New iPhone Ad (and I'm OK With That)

|   Here comes your new iPhone commercial. The Pixies provide the tunes for Apple's latest video advertisement, and though endorsing Apple products may not exactly be "cool," CIO.com's Al Sacco gives the band a pass.

Anatomy of an Android OS Update, from HTC

|   If you've ever wondered why it takes so long for device makers and wireless carriers to roll out Android software updates, HTC has an infographic you should see.

BlackBerry Not a Part of Smartphone 'Kill Switch' Group (UPDATED)

|   The majority of leading smartphone makers expressed support for the new "Smartphone Anti-Theft Voluntary Commitment," but BlackBerry is one of the few notable device makers that has not.

For Those Days When You Just Need a Matching Orange Alligator Smartphone and Smartwatch...

|   Paris-based By Atelier is "celebrating the launch of Samsung's Galaxy S5" with a blindingly orange alligator skin case and wristband for the Gear Fit smartwatch. And the set only costs $2,500.

Leaked Images of Amazon's 'Fire Phone'

|   A couple of images of Amazon's first smartphone leaked yesterday, and reports suggest it could be officially announced in June.

Google Glass Gets Android KitKat, Loses Video Calling (UPDATED)

|   Google frustrated a number of Glass Explorers yesterday when it announced the upcoming Glass XE16 software update, which brings Android KitKat to Glass, will drop a valuable feature: Video calling.

BlackBerry's iOS/Android Security Software Gets U.S. Gov't Cert

|   BlackBerry's Secure Work Space for iOS and Android data-segmentation software received the NIST's FIPS 140-2 certification, and it can now be used by government agencies that require FIPS 140-2 compliance, according to BlackBerry.

Amazon Issues Kindle Credits for eBook Antitrust Settlement

|   As part of a 2013 antitrust settlement with eBook publishers, Amazon today issued credits to Kindle customers that can be used to purchased eBooks through March 2015.

The Android-Powered Coffee Machine for Java Aficionados (UPDATED)

|   Alpha Dominche's "Steampunk" coffee machine is operated by an Android-powered Nexus 7 tablet, and its associated Android app lets baristas modify an impressive array of pour settings, as well as share custom coffee recipes with other Steampunk brewers.

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