’s Top 6 Posts for May 2013

by Jeff Wiener on June 3, 2013

1. Will Android Destroy the World?

Whether it’s simply hyperbole intended to get your attention or a serious threat to our personal and national security, there is a growing discussion across the mobile security sector that Google’s little green droid is a “ticking time bomb” of destructive potential, leading some to speculate that Android may in fact be the cause of a major disaster in the not-so-distant future.

In fact, while we have long known about Android security flaws, lately we have seen far more alarming demonstrations of Android’s destructive power of late, with one researcher demonstrating that he could use an Android phone to hijack the navigational controls of an airliner….and this could very well be only the tip of the iceberg.

2. Telus Agrees to Acquire Mobilicity for $380 Million

After unsuccessfully scouring the globe for a potential suitor struggling Canadian wireless start-up Mobilicity was forced to appeal to Ottawa for assistance, but instead help came in the form of Canadian telecom giant Telus. A week after Mobilicity’s plea for help, Telus agreed to purchase the company for $380 million, a landmark deal in the Canadian telecommunications market.

But Telus may not be the white knight Mobilicity has been looking for, at least not in the eyes of federal regulators, as the deal may falter in light of current regulations preventing such a takeover. Competitor Wind Mobile has attempted to capitalize on this potential deal as well, offering subscribers substantial savings for abandoning the sinking Mobilicity ship.

3. Blackberry CEO Doubts Tablet Future

At the time they were seen as bold words from Blackberry, the company CEO Thorsten Heins stating that within 5 years there won’t “be a reason to have a tablet anymore.” While some took his utterances as nothing but sour grapes from a company bereft of a successful tablet offering, others were intrigued by Heins’ vision for the future, perhaps even inspired by his clarity of purpose…but then he went and opened his mouth again.

So what is Heins’ brilliant tablet strategy? Well, it happens to be almost exactly the same one that his failed predecessors Mike Lazaridis and Jim Balsillie envisioned several years ago with the defunct Playbook, recreating tablets as complementary technology to Blackberry’s smartphones.

4. Canada participates in global privacy initiative

With concerns that our online privacy regulations are outdated and obsolete, there has been a concerted push from governments and industry experts across the globe to develop strategies for improving online security. This month the Canadian government officially announced it has joined a global plan to improve online privacy. Organized by the Global Privacy Enforcement Network the aim of the first ever international Internet Privacy Scheme is to help combat some of the online privacy issues have that dominated the technology world in recent months.

Not only that, but the group hopes that with the combined efforts of those from around the world future security issues related to mobile Internet and online privacy may be solved before they become serious concerns as well.

5. Strategic Missteps Spark Exodus of HTC Executives

The rats have officially starting fleeing HTC’s sinking ship, as a torrential exodus of executives has left the Android partner reeling and the tech world asking serious questions about the company’s future. In fact things are apparently so bad at HTC that one fleeing executive took to Twitter, urging his fellow colleagues to likewise depart.

While many search for the impetus behind this mass departure, perhaps there are several reasons: strategic missteps related to the release of the company’s failed HTC First Facebook phone, leading to knee jerk company changes like moving its base of operations from Seattle to Taipei, which in turn led to the mass exodus of company leadership. The future is bleak for this Android partner.

6. Companies Embrace Mandatory BYOD

As with almost all popular grass roots movements like the paradigm shifting employee-driven bring-your-own-device revolution (BYOD), there comes a time when those impacted on the other side of said movement, in this case businesses both large and small, finally give in and look for ways to make money off the new way of life.

So while employees have spent months clamouring about how easy it would be to just bring their favourite devices to work instead of having to use corporately mandated technology, businesses have finally given in, telling employees to go ahead and bring their own devices to work…in fact, starting to tell them they have to bring their own devices to work.

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