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Android won't challenge Apple's tablet dominance in 2012: Gartner

Worldwide tablet sales to end users are expected to total 118.9 million units in 2012, with Apple continuing to dominate and the Android camp struggling to replicate its success in the smartphone market, according to Gartner.

US carriers join forces on stolen phones database, play catch up to rest of world

Verizon Wireless, Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile are joining forces with the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to work on curbing phone thefts using a central database that will store information about stolen phones, according to reports.

Ubuntu founder pitches new tool for server provisioning

Ubuntu developer Canonical is working on a new provisioning platform called Metal as a Service (MAAS), which will be used to activate new servers, on top of which a cloud can be deployed, founder Mark Shuttleworth said in a blog post on Wednesday.

A quarter of the world's households now have Wi-Fi: survey

A total of 439 million households around the world had installed a Wi-Fi-based home network at the end of 2011, equivalent to 25 percent of all households, according to market research company Strategy Analytics.

Google deprecates old App Engine datastore in favor of High-Replication version

Google is deprecating the Master/Slave Datastore used by its cloud platform App Engine in favor of the High-Replication Datastore (HRD), which offers better reliability, the company said in blog post on Wednesday.

Samsung starts manufacturing speedy microSD card

Samsung Electronics has started mass producing a microSD card that uses an Ultra High Speed-1 (UHS-1) interface to improve data transfer speeds, the company said on Wednesday.

Option releases quad-band LTE modem for Europe

Option has introduced a quad-band LTE USB modem called the Beemo that can fall back on 3G networks at 42Mbps, the company said on Wednesday.

StorSimple extends portfolio of cloud-connected storage appliances

StorSimple has introduced four cloud-connected storage appliances that offer better performance and more local capacity, the company said on Tuesday.

EU releases guide for improving security in cloud contracts

Users need to become better at asking cloud providers questions about the finer points of availability and vulnerability management in contracts, according to a new guide from the European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA).

Samsung delays Galaxy Tab 2 family launch until end of April

Samsung's low-cost tablets, the Galaxy Tab 2 (7.0) and Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1), have been delayed, and will now start shipping in the U.K at the end of April, the company said on Tuesday.

Dell agrees to buy thin-client company Wyse Technology

Dell has signed an agreement to acquire thin-client hardware and software company Wyse Technology, to expand its desktop virtualization offerings, Dell said Monday.

Amazon expands cloud-based live streaming functionality

Amazon has added the ability for CloudFront to stream live content to Apple iOS devices and Microsoft Silverlight clients, the company said in a blog post on Sunday.

Trend Micro unearths more links between China and hacker group

Security vendor Trend Micro has been tracking a hacking campaign called Luckycat that has been linked to 90 attacks, including some aimed at Tibetan activists, and has tied it to a group based in China, the company said in a new report.

Vote on nano-SIM standard postponed after row

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has decided to postpone a vote on a specification for nano-SIMs, after a row erupted between Apple and the backers of a competing proposal, Nokia, Research In Motion (RIM) and Motorola Mobility.

RIM attacks Apple's nano-SIM tactics

Research In Motion has sent a letter to a standards group complaining about Apple's tactics in the battle over the upcoming nano-SIM standard, joining Nokia in trying to shed doubt over Apple's efforts.

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