By - Ira Brodsky

IDG Contributor Network: Why 5G will be disruptive

Every next-generation mobile phone standard is greeted by some skepticism. Fifth-generation technology has certainly endured its share. Critics say it’s just a collection of incremental improvements, is being used as an excuse to restrict competition (for instance, by banning Chinese vendors from the US market), and will drive up prices. However, in a report published by my company in collaboration

By - Jonny Evans

12 Siri tips you’ll wish you’d used before

Everybody likes to learn a few tips that will save them time, so I’ve identified a dozen things Siri will do for you that you may never have come across before. Talk on your speaker phone Working on something and you need to call a friend? Open Siri up, and tell it, “Hey, Siri, call (your friend) on speaker.” Siri

By - Woody Leonhard

Win10 version 1809 gets yet another jolt, fourth KB 4469342 now runs build 17763.168

Those of you in the Windows Insider Release Preview Ring were treated to yet another patch yesterday. This latest KB 4469342 (the fourth version to bear the same name) brings the Windows 10 September-October-November-(checks calendar)-December 2018 Update to build 17763.168. Seriously, Microsoft’s doing the Right Thing with this incarnation of the Win10 SOND 2018 Update. It’s being held in the

By - Paul Heltzel

Review: G Suite gets an AI boost

Google added a handful of new features to G Suite this summer, mostly AI-driven upgrades focused on collaboration. According to the company, G Suite users spend nearly three-quarters of their time creating and communicating with colleagues, so many of the recent updates are focused on helping these users save time when working together. Some of the new features, for the

By - Gregg Keizer

Windows by the numbers: Windows 10 fails to unseat Windows 7

Windows 10 battled Windows 7 last month for the title of Most Popular Windows, but again failed to land enough blows to put its opponent on the canvas. According to U.S. analytics company Net Applications, Windows 10 slipped one-tenth of a percentage point in user share during November, falling back to 38.1% of all PCs and 43.8% of those running

By - Matthew Finnegan

Microsoft’s $480M HoloLens deal with US Army could boost AR adoption

Microsoft has won a $480 million contract to provide US Army soldiers with HoloLens devices for training and combat missions – a significant step forward in the adoption of augmented reality technology. The deal is part of the army’s Integrated Visual Augmentation System project, which aims to develop a headset that will increase “lethality, mobility, and situational awareness” for soldiers in

IDG Contributor Network: Project Fi changes name to Google Fi, but is it growing?
By - Jeff Kagan

IDG Contributor Network: Project Fi changes name to Google Fi, but is it growing?

Google has been busy entering all three segments of the wireless industry with their Android OS, Pixel smartphones and Project Fi services. Three months ago, I wrote a column discussing Google’s activity in the wireless space. Some of their effort is very successful. Others, not so much. So, let’s take an updated look at Google in wireless and what to

By - Jonny Evans

Why it really doesn’t matter if Apple is ‘late’ to 5G

Apple knows how networks work. Think how the company managed to become dominant in mobile technology off the back of iTunes and the iPod. It knows tastes change, and it knows how to surf that change. At its best, this is what the company does. Apple will go 5G when its ready It looks like the latest Apple-critic groupthink we

By - Lucas Mearian

Sirin to launch its first blockchain-enabled smartphone

Swiss-based Sirin Labs plans to launch its first blockchain-enabled smartphone on Thursday; the device will give users a secure method to access cryptocurrency exchanges, store their digital currency offline and exchange encrypted communications with other users. Announced earlier this year, Sirin’s Finney smartphone will come with a built-in cold-storage crypto wallet for retaining bitcoin, Ethereum and other digital tokens keys,