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OnePlus One smartphone now available to buy globally for everyone without an invite (Bradon/OnePlus Blog)

April 20 2015 | by: Bradon Friends, This week marks a very special anniversary for OnePlus. Exactly one year ago this Thursday, April 23rd, we announced the OnePlus One to the world. Since then, we’ve been travelling down an exciting road; one with a few bumps, yes, but also one that has ultimately led to amazing things. We look at the OnePlus One and the community that has grown around it, and we feel proud. Since the early days, our company has changed quite a lot. We’ve grown to over 700 employees and have sold over one million OnePlus Ones worldwide. We’ve also learned an immeasurable amount from all of you. We pour over your comments on our forums and social media and soak in the feedback you give us at events all around the world. We try to not just listen, but also act on these lessons. Your feedback has resulted in a wider range of accessories, better logistics options and an evolution from invites to pre-orders to Tuesday Open Sales. Now, we’re taking it one step further. Starting today, the One will be available without an invite. Forever

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Nokia Plots 2016 Return to Phone Market (Ina Fried/Re/code)

Four years ago, Stephen Elop, Nokia CEO at the time, described Nokia as a man at the edge of a burning platform. While its rivals had set the phone market on fire, Nokia had poured gasoline on its own platform by failing to acknowledge newcomers Apple and Google had changed the game. In hindsight, the “burning platform” memo can be seen as the prelude to the 2013 disposal of its once dominant mobile handset business to Microsoft in what many Finns considered a fire sale. The operation that made the candy bar phone as ubiquitous as the smooth black slate of the iPhone design is today was no more. So it is surprising that Nokia is quietly plotting a return to the consumer mobile market. As early as next year, the company aims to rejoin the phone market, two sources briefed on Nokia’s plans told Re/code . In addition, the company has a number of other ambitious technology projects, including some in the virtual reality arena, these sources said. The move is driven by Nokia Technologies–the smallest of the three businesses that remained after the Microsoft deal, alongside its mapping and network equipment businesses. Nokia Technologies is best known for being the arm that licenses the company’s massive portfolio of more than 10,000 patents. Unlike other patent houses that do little more than license intellectual property, Nokia Technologies has designed new products and licensed them to other companies. So far, these ambitions have been small in scale.

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Sony launches flagship Xperia Z4 in Japan, with Snapdragon 810, 5.2" FHD display, 3GB RAM, and an image-stabilizing selfie camera (Mat…

Sony's unveiled its new smartphone in Japan, the Xperia Z4, and like you might tell from the press images, it's a mighty familiar-looking one from a company still looking for its next big hit. Yep there's a lot of similarities compared to the Z3 (a phone that we were pretty happy with), including a 5.2-inch screen, metal frame, support for Hi-Res audio and the same wide-angle 25mm lens on the main camera. Upgrades since last year's model include a frame that's both thinner (down to under 7 mm) and lighter, while camera upgrades are focused on the front, which now gets the same wide-angle lens of the primary shooter as well as digital image stabilization to keep your selfie game completely on point. Sony's also added timer functions for improved posing and group selfies - with or without a stick . The phone launches this summer in Japan, in four shades of metal finish, but no word on where (or if) it'll start its world tour after that. However, we'd put money on a very similar smartphone appearing at some point. Via: Engadget Japanese Source: Sony Mobile Japan Tags: mobilepostcross , sony

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Profile of Tanium, a startup valued at $1.75B whose technology helps half of the top 100 US corporations quickly identify and patch vulnerable devices…

Tanium cofounders Orion and David Hindawi (Credit: Timothy Archibald for Forbes) A father-son duo came from out of nowhere with a more clever idea to protect networks from hackers—and now have a $1.75 billion startup with $160 million in the bank. When Steven Sinofsky first saw Tanium software in action, he–along with the rest of a conference room full of Andreessen Horowitz partners–thought it was a trick. “It was too fast,” says Sinofsky, who used to run Microsoft’s Windows division. “To a person, we just assumed it was a mock-up. We asked how long it would take to build for real.” And that’s when Tanium’s father-and-son cofounders, who had been toiling in obscurity across the San Francisco Bay in Emeryville, Calif., delivered the reveal: Their software, as deceptively simple as a Google search box and nearly as fast, was already live and able to instantly assess and display the security status of every single Internet-connected device, thousands of them, that a California hospital system had in operation. “I’d never seen anything like it,” Sinofsky says nearly a year later. “It was a wild, surreal experience. We all knew this space–or so we thought–super-, super-well.” Today Sinofsky is on Tanium’s board, but back then he, along with former enterprise software veterans Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz , had just one question: “How the f— did you do that?” Orion Hindawi, a 35-year-old whiz born and raised in Berkeley, Calif., and his father, David, a 70-year-old immigrant from Iraq by way of Israel, have been answering questions like that since 1997. Their first startup, a device-management service called BigFix, was sold to IBM for $400 million in 2010. Their new venture, Tanium, offers a powerful and completely novel way to scan and control the security of thousands of devices at once and is in use by the likes of Visa, Amazon, Best Buy, the U.S. Department of Defense and Nasdaq. Desktops, laptops, servers, cash registers and even heart-rate monitors–each one a potential entry point for hackers–can be made accessible to network administrators in seconds through Tanium. “Most of our customers had no idea how many computers they had before we got there,” Orion says

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Profile of Margrethe Vestager, EU commissioner leading antitrust case against Google (New York Times)

Photo In certain circles, Margrethe Vestager is known as the “Iron Lady of Denmark.” Credit T.J. Kirkpatrick for The New York Times Margrethe Vestager, the European Union ’s commissioner for competition, who last week took on the colossus that is Google , has a reputation for toughness. She is also an accomplished knitter . Last year, as Ms. Vestager was leaving her job as Denmark’s minister of the economy, she gave her successor a hand-knit toy elephant — she often works on them during staff meetings — noting that the animals “bear no grudge, but they remember well.” That is something of a motto for Ms. Vestager, who was in Washington last week meeting with government officials, making television appearances and public speeches — and being barraged with questions about Google. Continue reading the main story Editorial: Europe’s Tough Case Against Google APRIL 18, 2015 In Brussels last Wednesday, she filed formal antitrust charges against the company, saying that the search engine giant had abused its market dominance by systematically favoring its own comparison shopping service over those of its rivals. If Google fails to refute the charges, the company could face a fine of more than 6 billion euros. Photo One of the elephants that Ms. Vestager knits. Credit Christina Holm-Eiberg On Thursday afternoon, Ms. Vestager, 47, was sitting with notably confident bearing on a stage in Washington and listening to an audience of policy wonks and technology trade group executives challenge that decision. Why pursue Google for anticompetitive practices, her American interrogators wanted to know, when antitrust regulators in the United States had closed a similar inquiry without formally finding wrongdoing? And why bother with the online shopping sector at all, they asked, when Google was competing with the likes of Amazon? Ms.

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Former Microsoft designer talks about original Windows Phone UX and mistakes the company made with Modern UI (Paul Thurrott/Thurrott.com)

Windows Phone fans pining for the days of Metro panoramas and integrated experiences have had a tough couple of years, with Microsoft steadily removing many of the platform’s user experience differentiators. But as I’ve argued, there’s reason behind this madness. And now an ex-Microsoft design lead who actually worked on Windows Phone has gone public and agreed with this assessment. You may have loved Windows Phone and Metro, but it had to change. As a backgrounder, be sure to familiarize yourself with my earlier take on this situation, Five Years Later, a Full-On Retreat from What Made Windows Phone Special . In that post, I showed that Microsoft has slowly removed all of Windows Phone’s key differentiators over the past five years but that it had to for a variety of reasons. Now, you can see a more internal view of what happened. And you can read the entire discussion—and some occasionally silly responses to it—in a Reddit AMA called I designed the new version of Office for Windows Phone, AMA . But here are the highlights. Why a hamburger menu? “Windows Phone’s original interaction model put actions on the bottom and navigation on the sides, as swipes,” the design lead notes. “That’s not a great pattern for a variety of reasons.” Long story short, panoramas and pivots are good for exploration (like spinning through photos) but are not good for organizing information. And other platforms have adopted a common UX layout with common actions (commands) on the bottom, navigation on the top, and less-needed commands found hidden behind a hamburger menu or similar UI. Only Windows Phone lacked this UX model. So it had to change … And swiping sucks

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