For the first time, Americans are spending more on mobile data than on voice service.
Christa Miller's insight:
"Global sales of smartphones will eclipse the sale of standard mobile phones that connect to the Internet but don’t have data-gobbling features such as apps... The rise in data consumption is also being fueled by the wide adoption of other Internet-connected devices, such as iPads, household appliance and even high-tech cars.
"The TIA study noted that U.S. mobile connections also outnumber the country’s adult population with many consumers owning more than one mobile device."
Government IT leaders who oversee sensitive or classified information require firm device-management policies to address security concerns before they will even consider allowing workers' personal smartphones and tablets behind the firewall.
With the big tech conference taking Las Vegas by storm this week, software firm Novell produced this infographic that highlights some interesting mobile security factoids that attendees should take note of.
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Market researcher IDC says the day when smartphone sales will outpace those of feature phones globally is upon us, thanks to lower-cost devices and more 4G wireless networks. Read this article by Marguerite Reardon on CNET News.
Christa Miller's insight:
"IDC says there are two main reasons why smartphones -- which can surf the Web, access e-mail, act as GPS navigation devices, and check you into your favorite coffee shop via dozens of social media apps -- are so popular right now. The most important is the fact that prices have fallen dramatically across the globe on smartphones. But also important is the fact that carriers around the globe are starting to deploy faster 4G, or fourth generation, cellular networks."
A cell phone user has no "reasonable" expectation of privacy that the device's built-in global positioning technology will not be used by police to locate the phone, a trial judge has ruled in a case he distinguished from a recent Court of Appeals...
"Detectives said they believe the cell phone's positioning, data, text messages and call records may help determine if the phone was in the area of the July 24 hit-and-run crash that killed McCallick outside her apartment at 199 Hazle St."
"This post to Securelist by Kaspersky’s Denis Maslennikov details five new Zeus-in-the-mobile (ZitMo) files that have turned up in Europe. One of them is a dropper for Android, while the other four target the BlackBerry platform."