#351 March 03, 2014 – What’s New in Mobile?

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This week’s headline story: What’s New in Mobile?

samsung-wearablejpgThat’s the question posed at this time each year when giants in the mobile technologies industry meet in Barcellona at the Mobile World Congress or MWC, industry tradeshow. This year, Intel introduced a new Atom processor named Merrifield designed specifically to increase performance and extend battery life for Android smartphones and tablets. The trend in new smartphones is towards low-priced models, as high-end smartphone sales are down, and new markets are opening up in developing countries. Nokia is releasing a phone called the Nokia X that blends the best of Android with the best of Microsoft Windows Phone in hopes of overcoming the shortage of apps for Windows phones. Sony is releasing the Xperia Z2 which analysts say will be one of the best Android phones on the market. Samsung, used MWC 2014 to unveil its new Galaxy S5 smartphone as well as multiple Galaxy Gear smartwatches. Many smartphone companies are turning their research and development dollars towards wearable technologies, in order to establish a presence in this new market. LG announced that it will soon join the wearable computer fray with a computerized wristwatch of its own later this year. Phablets were also popular at this year’s MWC, – half phone half tablet, like Samsung’s Galaxy S5, phablet’s are ideally suited for new mobile users who want the benefits of a smartphone and tablet all in one device. Check the links in the show notes for more details on the latest and greatest in new mobile devices.

and elsewhere in Tech News.

and in Information Security news this week..

  • Identify Theft Tops FTC’s Consumer Complaints in 2013 [NewsFactor]Once again, identify theft topped the list of reported types of fraud in the United States with nearly 300,000 such complaints in 2013. The losses incurred by victims of identity theft average around $2300, according to the FTC. The good news is that the number or identity thefts hasr decreased by 19 percent since 2012.
  • ‘Contagious’ wi-fi virus created by Liverpool researchers [BBC]Researchers at University of Liverpool have engineered a virus that attacks wi-fi routers to spread to any computer that connects to the infected network. The researchers engineered the virus in order to build stronger routers that are able to withstand such attacks.

and in Tech Industry news…

  • Google Eases Unsubscribing; Facebook Drops Its E-Mail [NewsFactor]Users of Gmail will soon discover a new and useful feature among the standard buttons for saving, deleting and reporting spam. Gmail is adding a button to unsubscribe users from mailing lists. Rather than having to search spam for a link to unsubcribe, just click the button and Gmail will unscubscribe you automatically.
  • Google Eases Unsubscribing; Facebook Drops Its E-Mail [NewsFactor]After a year of pushing its new email service, Facebook is giving up. It seems that Facebook users are not interested in using Facebook for email, so the company is discontinuing the service.
  • Google Pushes Ahead with DIY Modular Phone Concept [NewsFactor]Google is forging ahead with its plans to offer do-it-yourself modular phones in an effort named Project Ara. The company announced that it will be hosting Project Ara developer conferences and will soon release a toolkit for modular phones. The build-your-own modular phone movement supports the ability for users to combine hardware and software features to build custom phone designs to meet specific needs. The vision includes users being able to 3D print their own custom phone cases.

and finally…

  • The Rolling Robot Will Connect You Now [New York Times]Soon friends and family with whom you video chat, may be following you around your house. A new generation of affordable telepresence robots is being promoted for home use. Like an iPad on wheels, telepresence machines such as the Beam+ from Suitable Technologies allow callers to roll around remote locations while conversing via video chat. While telepresence robots have been installed in hospitals and business for years, only recently has the price tag dropped lower than $1000.

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