Derek Kessler

Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.

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P2P updates to be built into Windows 10? That'd be awesome!
Updating friends with benefits

P2P updates to be built into Windows 10? That'd be awesome!

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A leaked build of Windows 10 is showing an interesting new feature: support for peer-to-peer updating of apps and the OS. The leak of Windows 10 build 10036 (the current version is build 9926) includes a settings option that allows you download app and OS updates from Microsoft as well as PCs on your local network and PCs on the internet. Yep, P2P OS and app updates. There's no...

Microsoft won't be investing in Cyanogen after all
First comes love, then comes a $110 million investment round

Microsoft won't be investing in Cyanogen after all

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Alternative Android OS developer Cyanogen is poised to raise around $110 million in a funding round, but contrary to earlier reports, Microsoft might not be chipping in. Several weeks ago brought the news that Microsoft was considering investing in Cyanogen and their customized Android system CyanogenMod. That OS is installed on a few retail devices, including the OnePlus One and the...

Qualcomm at MWC: fingerprints, cognition, Snapdragon 820
Cognitive computing and ultrasonic fingerprints

Qualcomm at MWC: fingerprints, cognition, Snapdragon 820

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Qualcomm has a host of new technologies in store, including an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner, cognitive machine learning for your smartphone and tablet, and, of course, a new processor: the Snapdragon 820. Qualcomm today at MWC 2015 announced their newest device security measure: an ultrasonic fingerprint scanner. Dubbed Qualcomm Snapdragon Sense ID 3D Fingerprint Technology, the tech...

Lenovo's preinstalled adware is stupid vulnerable to attacks
This is not good

Lenovo's preinstalled adware is stupid vulnerable to attacks

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This story just keeps getting worse for Lenovo. After getting called out for inserting additional ads into user's browsing experience and claiming to have disabled and stopped installing the offending software, Lenovo's "Superfish" adware has seen its certificate cracked by security researchers. The worst part is, it evidently was easy to break the app's security. The end result is that...

Future Cortana declares Patriots as Super Bowl victors
Time Traveling Cortana

Future Cortana declares Patriots as Super Bowl victors

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It is true, the Patriots did win the Super Bowl. In 2005. Today's match-up in Phoenix, that's yet to be decided, but if Cortana has anything to say about it, it'll be the New England Patriots for the Super Bowl XLIX winners. What you see above, that's either Cortana prematurely revealing the time travel functionality built into Windows 10, or (more likely, based on the awkward wording)...