Europe backs call for universal smartphone charger

The maddening scramble to find the right charger for your smartphone could be coming to an end.

European politicians have backed a regulation that will force smartphone makers to use just one type of charger.

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Everything You Need to Know About the New Privacy-Focused Smartphones 

A new generation of privacy-focused smartphones hit the scene at Mobile World Congress (MWC) last month. On the surface, they’re all pretty exciting, but do you really need one of them to keep your data safe from prying eyes? Here’s what you need to know.

Apple’s ‘attack detection mode’ would protect iPhone owners in emergency situations 

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office on Thursday published an Apple patent filing describing a unique mobile device feature that can automatically request assistance if it is determined that a user is in distress.

Android Accounted for 97% of All Mobile Malware in 2013 

Back in 2012, Android accounted for 79 percent of all mobile malware. Last year, that number has ballooned even further to 97 percent.

Both those data points come from security firm F-Secure, which today released its 40-page Threat Report for the second half of 2013. Here is how bad the situation has become:

Boeing Is Developing A Self-Destructing Smartphone | Fast Company | Business + Innovation 

Boeing has its sights set beyond aircrafts. The Chicago-based company has filed documents with the FCC detailing a secure smartphone called Black that’s capable of self-destruction, or rendering itself inoperable when someone attempts to break into it.

MWC: HTC One awarded Best Smartphone, iPad Air – best tablet

The GSM Association organizes the annual Mobile World Congress and along with it the traditional Global Mobile Awards (its 19th edition this year). More than 175 independent analysts, journalists, academics and subject matter experts throughout the world participated in the judging process. The entry deadline was November 29, 2013, so it’s generally last year’s products that get awarded every February. continue