Understanding the convoluted Windows path: How did it get so screwed up?

Windows XP is now officially obsolete. The OS is a malware magnet, yet Microsoft dropped support for it this month. A lot of folks are, or shortly will be, screwed.

Satya Nadella only has to do one thing to succeed

If the new Microsoft CEO wants to truly make the $300 billion giant relevant again then he has to focus on one simple task and produce one product to cream Google, Facebook, Apple and anyone else who dares to doubt the Redmond giant.

Apple's iOS to duke it out for supremacy in your car

The next great battle for the hearts and minds of mobile computing is going to take place inside your car. A developer shows existing features in iOS 7.0.3 that are automobile-ready. Watch the video here.

Tablets outdo phones when closing holiday-shopping deals

For online shopping, smartphones are good for browsing but tablets are used more when it's time to make a purchase. Also, iOS outdoes Android.iOS outdid Android for both the amount of traffic to online sales sites and for the amount of purchasing. When it's time to actually spend the money in the mobile-device era, tablets were used 55 percent more often than phones during Thanksgiving-day shopping.

Android OEMs expand their enterprise portfolios to take on iOS and bury BlackBerry

According analysts at ABI Research, Android smartphone OEMs are taking advantage of a solid presence among consumers and mobile business users to drive more business entity smartphone purchases and expand use in the enterprise.

Apple ranks big as a manufacturer; iOS still trails Android

Apple is still growing its market share as a vendor of smartphones, but in all other categories, Google rules the roost. Who is doing better, Google or Apple? Depends on how you want to spin it. 

Microsoft's Xbox Music wants to be a contender

If you are bound to Windows platforms, Xbox Music has the best of Spotify, Pandora, iTunes and your personal CD collection in it. If you're not so Windows lovin' Microsoft wants you, too. So, with iTunes Radio and the culmination of a couple of weeks of mobile device madness leading up to the iPhone 5 launch tomorrow, Microsoft is taking the former Zune Pass onto iOS and Android devices.

Bang with Friends does the same thing but calls it Down

The App Store for iOS is very prudish, or not. Bang with Friends is not prudish at all. It's stated aim is to get its users a one night stand (that's a euphemism for sex at no cost) with Facebook friends. Get it? Bang with Friends. But Apple doesn't like the name. Can live with the intention, but not the name. Go figure.

iOS v. Android: The green robot wins on app downloads

Here’s a fun fact for mobile developers: As of the past three months, Android is the best place to angle for more app downloads.According to the App Annie Market Index, Q2 2013 metrics show that Android beats iOS by 10 percent in number of applications downloaded.However, the iTunes ...

Are iOS apps accessing your private data?

Almost half of the mobile apps running on Apple's iOS operating system access the unique identifier of the devices where they're downloaded, at least according to computer scientists at the University of California, San Diego.

GamePop console also runs iOS apps

The $129 GamePop - originally touted as a console for Android games - will reportedly run iOS titles on a specially coded virtualization platform. 

Video: Scanadu Scout is a medical tricorder for Android and iOS

Scanadu Scout had developed a medical tricorder designed to work alongside an iPhone or Android handset.

Android the top dog in smartphone market share

Together, Android and iOS make up a staggering 92.3 percent of all smartphone shipments for Q1 2013, at least according to IDC's latest worldwide quarterly mobile phone tracker.

Shock: Windows Phone 8 does pretty well

Microsoft missed out on the smartphone gravy train, but now it seems as if Windows Phone 8 might have a bright future after all. 

Android, not Apple, may soon lead tablets

Approximately 150 million tablets (up 38% year-over-year) are forecasted to ship globally in 2013. Thus far, Apple has reigned since the introduction of its iPad in 2010, though Samsung and others continue to erode its early success.

Now Microsoft wants 7-inch Windows 8 tablets

Sales of Microsoft's Surface tablets - both Windows RT and 8 - have been considerably less-than-stellar. Nevertheless, Redmond is said to be designing a new lineup of devices, including a 7-inch tablet which could kick off mass production in late 2013.

Office for iOS, Android delayed

Microsoft has apparently been forced to delay the rollout of Microsoft Office for iOS and Android by almost a year.

Android increases share over iOS

Google's versatile Android OS continued to increase its share of smartphones, while Sprint and Samsung also saw increases over the last year for the 3 month period ending February 2013.

Yes, China is an Android nation

Google's highly versatile Android operating system currently dominates the lucrative mobile market in China, where 300 million are expected to use the OS by the end of 2013.

Report: Intel wants 10% of Apple's A7 chips

Industry insiders believe Intel may be able to snag some 10% of Apple's next-generation mobile processors - if Santa Clara manages to successfully position itself in the chip contracting business.