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Apple iPhone 6 Bending issue is nothing more than hype, concludes Consumer Reports

With the new #Bendgate issue affecting the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Consumer Reports decided to conduct a series of tests to see how easily Apple's new 5.5 inch smartphone bends in comparison with other models. Consumer Reports, one of the few outlets that puts science into a test, has completed its own durability and “bendability” (using a device called the Instron) testing of several flagship smartphones — the iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5, HTC One M8, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and the LG G3. Each of…

New U.S. motoring laws could alter the design of Google’s driverless car

Leading UK law firm, Accident Advice Helpline comment on the new laws that all drivers must be able to take ‘immediate physical control’ of a vehicle The California department of motor vehicles have introduced a new road safety rule which could completely alter the design of Google’s current driverless cars. The new rules state that all vehicles on Californian roads have to have a steering wheel and brake pedal; two things Google’s fleet of driverless cars do not currently have. They state that…

68% of SMEs worried about impact of Scottish Independence

45% think small businesses in the rest of Britain will suffer too A survey of 500 small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Great Britain has revealed that the majority of SMEs think they’ll be impacted negatively by Scottish Independence, regardless of which side of the Scottish border they are located. The research, conducted by Clear Books, a cloud-based accountancy software solution for SMEs, found that collectively British SMEs felt that 68% of small business in Scotland would suffer, and 45% of SMEs in…

Apple Losing its Cool: With iPhone 6, Chegg Survey Finds College Students Rate Apple Less “Cool” Than Tech Giant Counterparts

Following the Apple Announcement, Survey Finds Only One in Ten College and High School Students Plan to Purchase the Apple Watch, While One Third Plan to Purchase the New iPhone Results of the latest Student Buzz surveys conducted by Chegg, The Student Hub, show that with the anticipated iPhone 6 news, Apple is losing its cool factor among its technology contemporaries. While 71% of college and high school students rate Google as "cool," and 72% say the same for Amazon, just 64% hold that belief for Apple – while…

BlackBerry continue to be focused on innovation

BlackBerry has changed from being just a smartphone manufacturer and they will continue to do so until they return to growth and profitability. Replying to questions fromBusiness Line, BlackBerry CEO John Chen explains his future game plan and India’s relevance for BlackBerry. You started a restructuring process to cut costs and bring the right focus. Is that process now over? How would you leverage the new organisation to turn around the company? I’m happy to say that we have completed the restructuring…

Seven out of ten retail and finance applications vulnerable to Heartbleed-style attacks finds study

CAST determines retail and finance applications are most vulnerable to input validation attacks if software risk goes unaddressed CAST, a leader in software analysis and measurement, today revealed new findings from its ongoing research on application software health that confirms the growing number of data breaches and security incidents can be directly linked to poor code quality. The data reveals finance and retail industry applications are the most vulnerable to data breaches, with 70 percent of retail and 69…

Mobility a Top Priority for Most Indian Organizations

71% of organizations have a mobility policy while only 42% have a BYOD policy To map out the latest enterprise mobility trends in India, BlackBerry and CMR today announced the findings of the first-of-its-kind survey report titled 'India Enterprise Mobility'. The report highlights that enterprise mobility and BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) have gone beyond discussion forums as mobility emerges as a top priority for most organizations. Indicating this shift, BlackBerry-CMR survey finds that 71% of the organisations…

Feature: Mobile Security

Ian Kilpatrick, chairman Wick Hill Group, specialists in secure IP infrastructure solutions, looks at the risks involved with mobile devices and how to secure them. Mobile devices with their large data capacities, always on capabilities, and global communications access, can represent both a business applications’ dream and a business risk nightmare. For those in the security industry, the focus is mainly on deploying “solutions” to provide protection. However, we are now at one of those key…

Mobility and Millennials Revealed as Biggest Influence on the Changing Role of CIOs Across Canada

Survey of Canadian CIOs Unveils Technology Trends Influencing the Evolution of the Workplace A recent IDC survey commissioned by Samsung Electronics Canada found that technology trends such as Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), which reflect the growing use of personal tablets and smartphones in the workplace, is driving change for the Chief Information Officer (CIO) and businesses across Canada. Of the CIOs surveyed, 58 per cent said the number of mobile workers at their company has increased and that 68 per cent of these…

John Chen: I’ll get BlackBerry to the point where it’s cool again

BlackBerry is going through a turnaround phase but it may not be a survivor. Even BlackBerry CEO John Chen compares BlackBerry to a patient in critical condition. "The first thing you do is stabilization," he said, which means in business getting the financials in order. Then, "you examine what is driving you to disconnect with customers. If you weren't disconnecting from customers, then you wouldn't need me." The job of the turnaround CEO involves a careful balance between cutting costs, working to keep current customers…

German government should not raise any objections to BlackBerry’s acquisition of Secusmart says Secusmart Boss

The managing director of Secusmart has said that the German government will not raise any objections to BlackBerry’s planned acquisition of Secusmart, whose encryption technology protects the devices of government officials including Angela Merkel, the head of the company said. “I am sure that there will be a positive decision after it has been looked at,” Hans-Christoph Quelle told Reuters in a telephone interview. The German government will be looking very carefully at the purchase to assure the…

Two Thirds of British Smartphone Users Failing to Implement Basic Security Settings

UK smartphone users are leaving themselves open to theft and fraud Only 1 in 3 people use a pin, pattern, voice or fingerprint code to lock their screen Survey quizzed 5,000 people who have bought a smartphone in the last 12 months Two thirds of British smartphone users are offering criminals an easy way to access important data or rack up huge bills by failing to use basic smartphone security settings. The research was carried out by mobile phone comparison site TigerMobiles.com who questioned 5,448 people who…

BlackBerry is uniquely positioned for the Internet of Things says Marty Beard

Marty Beard is the former CEO of LiveOps who left to become chief operating officer of BlackBerry, a move which emphasises not only the pull of BlackBerry CEO John Chen but the belief and fath that his previous employees have in him. Marty Beard says that he was attracted by the way that his former CEO at Sybase is repositioning BlackBerry to help large companies manage secure communications in a world dominated by mobile computing. "There's this huge new phase coming and BlackBerry is uniquely positioned to take…

‘BlackBerry betrayed its customers and jettisoned its credibility’ says Blackphone

Last week on the BlackBerry Business Blog, BlackBerry called out the Blackphone describing it as ‘Consumer-Grade Privacy that’s Inadequate for Business’ and offered their reasons why the Blackphone isn’t right for businesses: When we covered the article, we noted that Blackphone had not had a go at BlackBerry and the attack seemed a bit unwarranted: It appears that anything with the words “mobile security” is enough for BlackBerry to go on the offensive and call somebody…