Under economic pressure from revelations that they knowingly or unknowingly handed over data to government spy agencies, a group of high-tech firms has published an open letter addressed to the White House and Congress calling for reforms in the NSA surveillance program, including banning bulk collection of phone data and publishing stats on government surveillance requests.
Microsoft, Mozilla and Opera have followed Google's lead and revoked rogue digital certificates issued by a subordinate certificate authority of the French cybersecurity agency, Computerworld reports.
Quick takes on mobile IT news for Friday, 12/6 including: Apple's stance at the top of the smartphone maker chart, Plantronics plans to expand in the wearable device market, Google's efforts to cater to Android and iOS with Chrome apps toolkit, 802.11ad and the speed of connecting device as well as a mysterious new smartphone operated by fingerprint scanner.
Quick takes on mobile IT news for Thursday, 12/5 including: Samsung's plans to unveil five new phones in the first quarter, the role of cross-platform tools in mobile app development, the latest plans for Siri, the time Europe beat the U.S. in mobile apps and Google's efforts to correct mobile browsing errors.
Google Glass is useful as an adjunct device for surgery, but it still has a way to go before it can be a true surgical tool. That is the judgment of Pierre Theodore--a cardiothoracic surgeon at the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center--who has been testing Google Glass in the operating room for three months.
Applications for smartwatches, smartglasses and fitness bands will drive sales of wearable devices, which are forecast by Strategy Analytics to reach 125 million units by 2017.
Google appears to be taking on Flipboard and iOS newstand with its new Google Play Newsstand product
Google's chief internet evangelist, Vint Cerf said in a speech given before the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week that "privacy may actually be an anomaly." Apparently he doesn't think privacy a basic human right, but rather an "anomaly" created by the industrial revolution. Therefore, reverting to a state of no privacy at all for citizens might be a natural thing. Though his argument sounds convincing, his premise is completely wrong.
Yes, it's all one giant circle. Data use begets more data use--and more market players using it too.
"If someone conducts a Google mobile search for 'screwdrivers,' for instance, a local hardware store could bid to have its store listing served to that user," writes John McDermott in his post in Digiday. "By pairing that person's location data with its database of store listings, Google can see if the person who saw that ad subsequently visited the store."