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IBM proposes NFC-based dual-factor authentication system

Dual-factor authentication is becoming a popular trend in keeping online accounts and services secure. However, IBM is claiming that current systems are already getting a bit old and should be updated to a mobile device era. And the technology that will do just that is already present in most Android phones: Near-field communications or NFC.

HTC and IBM partner to bring Android to the enterprise market

HTC knows Android like the back of its metaphorical hand, and IBM is downright synonymous with enterprise computing. The two companies are joining forces to combine their relative prowess and speed Android adoption among the enterprise set, reports eWeek. The partnership will come in the form of business-centric software from IBM bundled on HTC's upcoming phones, as Big Blue announced at its Lotusphere conference in Orlando.

Google gets patents from IBM, including “computer phone”

In the great IP wars of the early 21st century, patents are bought and sold like AK-47s on the black market. And to extend the metaphor, Google just picked up a payload that might prove to be very effective indeed. The company has acquired 188 patents outright with another 29 patents pending being transferred to Google. The most interesting among them is a patent on the "computer phone", issued way back in 1987.

Android gets more IT developer interest than iOS and Windows Phone 7

Even the most ardent of iOS evangelists can't argue with Android's worldwide success, to the tune of a full 50% sales market share as of last quarter. It looks like developers, specifically in the IT area, are taking notice. When IBM gave a survey to IT pros on which platform they were more interested in, Android won by a landslide, beating out both Apple and Microsoft in their relevant areas.