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  • Wireless bills aren't something the average person is happy to see in the mail. Companies like Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile charge plenty for voice, data and text-messaging services that mobile phone users find indispensible these days. To the industry's credit, over the past year, intense competition among the carriers has induced them to deliver more services without big price hikes. In many cases, for example, customers are able to get unlimited texting or unlimited voice. In other cases, however, the limits placed on services are such that overages are a real issue for many customers. Whether it's voice, data or Short Message Services (SMS), plenty of mobile users around the world are still looking for ways to save money on their wireless bills and reduce or avoid overages when possible. With that in mind, this eWEEK slide show takes a look at some mobile apps that help users save money. The following apps could, in some cases, help users reduce their monthly bills by going with lower-grade services and in others, save money on overages. In either case, going with the following apps should help consumers save at least some cash on their wireless bill.

  • IBM, Intel, Cisco, Dell, Facebook, Microsoft and others join the Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative to prevent future crises like Heartbleed.

  • The survey found 43 percent have accessed sensitive corporate data on their personal device while on an unsecured public network.

  • Google Street View is rolling out a new feature that lets users view and compare images taken over the last seven years.

  • Fraud detection is no longer the most common way that companies hear about breaches of their data systems. But third parties still are more likely to find a breach before the victim.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: With 1 billion mobile monthly active users, mobile advertising now generates nearly 60 percent of Facebook’s total ad revenue.

  • In a major expansion of the safe-search program, Microsoft is making it easier for American K-12 schools to sign up and earn rewards.

  • Google AdWords gets improved customer re-engagement features, enhanced conversion measurement tools and other key enterprise tools.

  • The company charted $5.48 billion in overall sales that, with all the bills paid, resulted in profit of $392 million.

  • OS X and iOS get patched for the "triple handshake" flaw as Apple provides a Heartbleed update for its WiFi access points.

  • REVIEW: Most people have developed some opinions about smartphones. You prefer the Android platform, or you don't. You're a Samsung user, or you're not. Possibly the most helpful information to offer, then, about Samsung's newest flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5, is that if you're already a Samsung Galaxy device user, you'll love the GS5 when you upgrade. If you like the Android platform, this is a phone you should consider. If you haven't found Samsung Galaxy phones compelling in the past, the GS5 likely isn't the phone that's going to change your mind. Certainly, it's not going to pull Apple lovers away from their iPhones. To that audience for whom Samsung has developed the GS5, the key takeaways are this: The GS5 has a beautiful, bright display that brings extra pleasure to everything from Instagram to streaming video. The rear camera is fantastic, and in outdoor sunlight can capture lusciously rich photos (that look great even when opened on other displays). Some new features, though—like the fingerprint reader and the heart-rate monitor—are easy to shrug off. And, as ever, there's the feeling of too much furniture in the room—Samsung has again included every feature it could dream up. But for the Samsung devoted, that may feel right.

  • Innovation is central to the success and continued growth of the technology industry. Without innovation, there would have never been an iPhone or a Kindle Fire HDX, Windows or app stores. Innovation and the ability for companies to go beyond what they know to try something new is what pushes the industry forward and changes how we view and interact with the environment around us. Still, real innovation is somewhat hard to come by in the technology industry. At times when one new company springs up to deliver something truly new and innovative, others will simply follow its lead in the hopes of getting a piece of the business. Few companies have the creative genius to come up with a breakthrough technology, and even fewer have the genius to keep delivering innovative products over the long term. This eWEEK slide show will take a look at some of the companies that have delivered innovative technologies, including some with long track records for innovation. Not all of the following companies are wildly successful yet or have demonstrated that they have what it takes for long-term prosperity. But they are doing something special.

  • Income from VMware's services and licensing businesses were up 14 percent and 15 percent, respectively.

  • NEWS ANALYSIS: Enterprises that want to move their IT infrastructure to the cloud are sure to benefit from the data center build-out race that Google, IBM, Amazon, Microsoft and others are engaged in, but where will the profits come from?

  • CEO Satya Nadella said Microsoft is advancing climate research by leveraging big data and minimizing the IT industry's environmental impact.

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