Tech Briefing: AT&T Releasing 4 Smartphone Models to Customers Nov. 7

AT&T officials announced plans to release four new smartphones on Nov. 7 from Kyocera, Microsoft-Nokia and HTC as the wireless service provider continues to expand its product lineup.

What's more, AT&T is also launching a longer AT&T Next 24 installment plan to let buyers make monthly payments on new phones rather than pay for them up-front.

To make it easier for buyers to obtain these new devices and the other phones in AT&T's line-up, the cellular company is also launching a longer installment plan service to give buyers up to 30 months to pay for their new devices.

Security vendor Palo Alto Networks recently warned of a new hybrid form of Mac OS X and iOS malware that is infecting devices in China. Users downloaded the new WireLurker malware from a third-party app store to their Mac OS X devices.

When users then plug their iOS device to the OS X computer, the iOS device is also infected. At this point, Palo Alto Networks has found 467 OS X applications that have been infected with WireLurker on the Maiyadi App Store in China.

Microsoft has added a new wrinkle to its Windows 8.1 volume licensing program. The company now allows users to license access to Windows Enterprise on a per-user basis.

Per-user software licensing schemes have been gaining momentum in recent years, particularly among mobile-device management vendors. The change is a sign that Microsoft has recognized that it needs to do a better job of accommodating rival platforms and diverse work styles as it pursues a "mobile-first" business strategy.

Dell has added two updated Venue tablets to its enterprise tablet computer lineup. The Venue 11 Pro 7000 and the Venue 8 Pro 3000 were unveiled by the company Nov. 5 at its Dell World 2014 show in Austin, Texas.

The new Dell Venue 11 Pro 7000 is 15 percent thinner than previous models and has a fanless design for quieter operation. Its partner, the Venue 8 Pro 3000 tablet, includes a smaller 8.0-inch HD display and an Intel Trail Bay quad-core Atom processor.

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