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Stanford study shows accelerometers can be silently tracked

People these days are afraid, even to the point of paranoia, with all the news, and sometimes misinformation, going on about snooping and violations of privacy. It seems that we will have more to worry about now that researchers from Stanford have discovered that even your smartphone's most basic components can be used to identify and track you down without your knowledge.

Google Open Project simplifies collaboration on large screens

Google is always looking for innovative ways to integrate its Chrome and Android platforms deeper into our lives, especially in the way we work. With Open Project (as in projection), Google is getting close to offering an easy, low-cost solution to one of the most difficult problems technology problems: face-to-face collaboration.

Google Glass QR code exploit quietly patched

Google Glass had a security issue that dealt with QR codes. Google has already taken care of the issue, which means those wearing Glass shouldn't be afraid of QR codes. But perhaps more important here, given Google has patched the issue means it can be further discussed. The exploit was originally discovered by Marc Rogers, a Principal Security Researcher at Lookout Mobile Security.

Gartner: Tablet shipments to pass 200 million units in 2013

At the expense of the PC market, tablets will continue to see an increase of sales and shipments this year and pass the 200 million mark. At least according to the well-known research firm Gartner. With 2012 being a strong year for the tablet, this year is looking even better with shipments looking to increase 68%. At the same time PC's are on a decline and are expected to drop 10% or more.

Samsung wants future tablets to be controlled by our thoughts

The rapidly evolving world of technology in our smartphones and tablets isn't slowing down anytime soon. Now that we're getting close to perfecting how we interact with our devices using voice thanks to Google Now and Siri, a few researchers think using our brain and thoughts is the next step. The folks from Samsung want to lead this charge, and have a group of researchers doing just that.

ABI study shows 800 million Android smartphones being used daily in 2013

A new study by ABI Research has been published showing some pretty impressive numbers for the green army we all know and love as Android. If you didn't think the Android platform was the king of smartphones before, you'll surely think so after reading these details. According to ABI, by the end of 2013 there will be 1.4 billion smartphones being used daily. And around 800 million will all be Google's Android.

Android could overtake Apple in tablets with Kindle Fire leading the charge

It was not long ago that Apple's lead in the tablet market was so dominate that it seemed insurmountable. In fact, only a year ago, they had a staggering 81% of the tablet market share. Move forward to today, and experts suggest that they only have 52% of the market. That leaves Android-based tablets with 48% of the market, at least according to Pew's report. The Kindle Fire is clearly leading the charge when it comes to insane growth for Android-based tablets. Of that claimed 48%, 21% of them are Kindle Fires. This only stands to reason as the Fire just lowered their base model to $159. Amazon also just rolled out their new HD models starting at $199. In terms of pricing, it is hard for consumers to resist. 52% plus 48% equals 100% of the market, which leaves no room for other tablet operating systems. One would assume that Blackberry might at least have a small percentage of the market, but perhaps I am overestimating their popularity. Either way, this is great news for Android and not so great for Apple. Android owners use their tablets less than iPad owners though. iPad owners tend to use their devices to follow news much more than Android owners, who tend to use their devices more for following the latest happenings on their social networks. Still, if this trend continues, it should not be long before Android is the leader in tablet operating systems. [via Forbes]
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