More than half of U.S. mobile users have a smartphone. What will convince the remaining half to ditch their feature phone? Part of the answer lies abroad

Few things are as personal as a mobile phone. In fact, most people have with them every waking moment -- and often while they're asleep. Consumer behavior like this makes mobile phones an opportunity to collect information about users throughout the day

Hundreds of millions smartphones are being shipped. Many of them are winding up in the hands of consumers and business users, including your employees and business partners. That trend means, sooner or later, you'll have to develop smartphone apps. Here are 11 tips


  • One way for mobile developers to demonstrate their skills is to go through a technical certification program. Here's what developers can expect from these programs, plus how valuable they really are in the market

  • One of the best ways to keep mobile apps safe is to secure the services they connect to. Here are the techniques mobile developers can use to better secure their apps

  • Getting developers and IT operations on the same page when it comes to software creation could reduce the number of problems apps encounter on the operations side. But the approach does require a significant cultural overhaul

  • Mobile operators are increasingly providing APIs to make it easier for developers to add network-specific features to their apps. That's a win-win-win for operators, developers and users -- with a few caveats

  • The massive success of Google's Android OS on Samsung smartphones has the search giant fretting. Samsung smartphones run on Android and it has dominated the global market

  • Apple's long rumored wristwatch is set to be unveiled this year. It's speculated that the wristwatch will be called iWatch and will run iOS. The project is the brainchild of chief designer Jony Ive

  • It is widely speculated and believed that Samsung is set to unveil the Galaxy S4 at an event in New York City

  • Smartphones are expected to overtake the number of feature phones in worldwide sales this year, according to market research firm IDC

  • Imagine shopping for clothes online and being able to run your hand across the screen on your computer or smartphone to feel the fabrics. That kind of simulation technology could be available within the next five years

  • When looking to integrate voice controls to mobile apps, developers are faced with a growing array of options. To help sort through the technology, we recently spoke with Ben Lilienthal

  • Developers and accessibility experts now say that the general approaches used in the web world can also apply to the rapidly expanding field of mobile devices and apps

  • The iPhone 5 has helped Apple return to its perch as the top smartphone in the world. One JP Morgan analyst believes the iPhone 5 will surpass the sales of the Samsung Galaxy S3

  • In the world of smartphones, bigger is definitely better. According to a study, smartphones with bigger and wider screens sell better

  • If Apple launches a smaller iPad and a larger iPhone this year, will that device diversity force developers to revamp their apps? Yes, but that's not necessarily a bad thing

  • With network virtualization, wireless devices could connect to dozens of networks. It's a paradigm shift in wireless architecture -- and one that can't come soon enough

  • For enterprises, smartphones can be both a problem and an opportunity. Here, analyst Iain Gillott lays out five tips to help CIOs, IT managers and developers craft a can't-miss wireless strategy

  • Free Wi-Fi connections can be tempting for traveling employees. And hey, you can't blame them, as one less item on an expense report can make them look better -- especially if your company is tightening its belt. But talking to them about the risks can help protect them -- and you

  • With promises of true broadband speeds, consumers are beginning to enjoy new networks that push cellular connections into the next generation. The 4G (fourth-generation) tech is the next step for mobile surfers who want anytime, anywhere downloads of music, video, and other Web fare.

  • If we had actual competition for mobile phone services in America, AT&T's decision to charge you more for less would never fly

  • Only two years since Apple's iPad debuted in China and it already owns close to 73 percent of the country's tablet market

  • Larger than a smartphone, smaller than a tablet and equipped with a stylus, the hybrid 'phablet' has emerged as a subset of the mobile device category

  • Looking to upgrade your phone? Not yet sure which model to plunk down your hard-earned cash for? Worry not: We've made this easy guide to clear up the confusion. Here are your best choices in various categories

  • Given the growing popularity of smartphones and tablets, criminals' interest is increasing too, bringing with it a bigger threat of loss, theft and exposure to viruses and malware. Fortunately, there are plenty of security measures you can take to stay safe. Check out these five strategies -- and corresponding apps -- to help you carry them out

  • Mobile devices and computing have come a long way. But where will they go next?

  • A flurry of research both affirms and denies the connection between cancer and cell phones. Here's how to stay safe until scientists reach a consensus

  • Dozens of operators like AT&T are building networks based on Long-term Evolution (LTE), promising multimegabit download speeds. Here's what you need to know to get the most out of LTE

  • There are more gizmos and gadgets than people in the United States, according to the latest report of industry group CTIA

  • Wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communications gives enterprises new options for tracking assets, reducing overhead costs, ensuring employee safety and delivering value-added services. But what happens when the underlying wireless technology gets phased out?

  • Over the last few years, there's been a revolution in long-distance communication that makes it easier and cheaper than ever for travelers to stay in touch. Take your laptop or netbook to Europe, hook up to a fast Internet connection, and you can talk to people around the world -- for free.

  • With airline customer satisfaction at an all-time low, this is not the moment to consider making airplane travel even more torturous by allowing in-flight cellphone conversations. After arriving hours early at the airport and often after waiting for a delayed, or even canceled, flight, what could make air travel worse?

  • Despite predictions that in-flight cellphone usage would lead to Armageddon, the global rollout has been just the opposite. In 20 months of global usage, there has not been one reported incident or problem. In fact, 93 percent of passengers who flew on an in-flight communication-equipped aircraft want all jets so equipped. So why not U.S. carriers?

  • Onboard WiFi is the new 'hot' feature. Settle into your seat, open your laptop, notebook computer or high-tech phone, and spend the remaining flight hours sorting your email, keeping up with the news and most of the other things you do online. That's an increasingly likely scenario as the domestic airlines scramble to find 'value added' features for their dreary and uncomfortable coach product -- especially features that bring in more revenue