Business mobile accessory trends: Round up from Mobile World Congress 2013

By Mohammed Hussain, Managing Director of international online retailer Mobile Fun 

 

Wireless charging in cars
Unlike other major manufacturers such as Apple and Samsung, Nokia has embraced MWC and used it as a platform to launch a number of new devices. The most exciting has to be the Nokia Wireless Charging Car Holder.

The new kit works with Nokia Lumia devices, Qi standard wireless charging and has embedded NFC. It’s aimed at Lumia devices with built in wireless charging and other Nokia devices that are compatible with Nokia’s wireless charging shells. Good news though…the charger isn’t just for Nokia devices though. We expect it to work with other Qi compatible wireless charging devices too. Continue reading

Apple’s iPhone 5 voted Top Gadget of 2012

The Apple iPhone 5 is officially the best gadget of the year, according to Time Mag. The magazine has published its Top 10 gadget list of the year.

The iPhone 5 took the number one spot for being one of the most artfully polished gadgets anyone’s ever built, according to Time Mag. Its taller screen and thinner, lighter case are what make the iPhone 5 a worthy winner. Continue reading

Technology Headlines: Facebook Crashes As Wi-Fi Comes To The Tube

London Underground has named some of the first tube stations that will receive free Wi-Fi internet access during the 2012 Olympic Games following a successful trial.

O2 customers suspected of illegally sharing pornographic films made by Ben Dover Productions will begin receiving letters from the film-maker shortly.

Implementation of the law relating to the use of cookies within the European Union has not been consistent, due partially to changing advice from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).

Facebook has suffered a series of service disruptions on Thursday which left many people unable to use the social network.

Technology Headlines: TIm Cook Not Trying To Be Steve Jobs

Research in Motion (RIM), the company behind the Blackberry smartphone, has warned it will make a loss in its latest quarter. This news comes following a loss of ground as a number of customers are switching to iPhones and Androids.

Talking at the Wall Street Journal’s annual All Things Digital conference in California Apple’s new chief executive Tim Cook has said he is not trying to be the next Steve Jobs.

He also said that TV is an ‘area of intense interest‘ for the company looking forward.

A top Israeli minister has fed speculation that the Jewish state could be responsible for a powerful new virus said to have been used in a fresh attack on computers in Iran and elsewhere in the Middle East.

Bring Your Own Device Will Free Workers

Employees should be liberated and be given the opportunity to use their own devices at work, according to communications specialist and cloud computing company Qubic. The company’s Managing Director said that an archaic IT policy is unhelpful for workforces that want to be more flexible.

As more businesses consider the introduction of BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) to enable staff to use their laptops, tablets and smartphones at work, managers are being warned that old fashioned IT protectionism is no longer relevant. As long as due diligence is paid to security issues, workers should have the freedom to work across a variety of devices, it is argued.

Chris Papa, the Managing Director of Qubic, said, “BYOD is an incredibly useful concept. Our working patterns and environments are changing and as a result, we need access to tools that will enable us to cater for that. Accessing networks via a remote cloud system really showcases the capabilities that cloud computing provides.  As long as a secure private cloud is used, and data security remains stringent, it provides a great deal of freedom for workers and can deliver cost savings for businesses in terms of equipment costs.

“BYOD will be as successful as the security that underpins it. The risks should be assessed and devices monitored. This way, employees can be productive without putting their companies in unnecessary danger.”

Chris warns that there is still a large amount of awareness that needs to be created in regards to compatibility issues when it comes to using an employee’s own device to connect to a Local Area Network (LAN).

“One issue that can become problematic and can in some cases slow things down is when companies overlook the suitability of their personal devices for work, particularly when it comes to laptops. Quite often this process can be made easier at the buying stage to ensure that workers know the right equipment and specifications they should look for. Of course, current machines can be upgraded but if it is the employer left with the bill for this, it could become a stumbling block for adoption. When these aspects are taken into account, firms can benefit hugely from employees using their own devices in a professional capacity.”

Chris Papa, the Managing Director of Qubic

Technology Headlines: Huge Cyber Attack Discovered

A large-scale, complex targeted cyber-attack that collected private data from countries such as Israel and Iran has been uncovered, researchers have said. It is believed that the malware could well have been open for almost two years.

Russian security firm Kaspersky Labs have said that the malware, known as Flame, is ”one of the most complex threats ever discovered”.

Reports in Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper say that Research in Motion, the maker of BlackBerry phones, is preparing for a major restructuring that will see it eliminate at least 2000 jobs worldwide.

And finally there are fresh reports that Facebook will launch their own phone next year. The New York Times cited unnamed sources, including Facebook employees, suggesting that the network had been hiring several smartphone engineers.

Technology Headlines: Cookie Law Deadline Approaches

Friday marks the last working day for UK businesses to prepare their websites for a new law governing the use of cookies. As of Sunday, under the new laws, sites must obtain “informed consent” from visitors before saving cookies on a machine.

In what has been a bad week for Facebook, there is some ‘good’ news. The social media giants have launched a new camera photo app that is remarkably like Instagram, which Facebook brought last month for a staggering $1 billion.

In a refreshing change from the usual stance shown by chief executives, Apple’s Tim Cook has opted to forgo the $75m (£48m) dividend payments that he was set to earn on the 1m shares he has received from the company.

 

Technology Headlines: From Bad To Worse For Facebook

It has not been a good week for Facebook, with their shares continuing to suffer this week, and now news that founder Mark Zuckerberg has been sued by the social media network’s shareholders over its disastrous IPO.

Dell have announced that they are pinning their hopes on new touchscreen products pegged to Windows 8′s launch to boost the fortunes of its consumer products division.

There was good news for Apple, and designer Jonathan Ive in particular, as he was knighted by the Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace.

Technology Headlines: Twitter Hits 10m UK Users And Apple Fights New Claims

There doesn’t appear to be a time where Apple are not fighting a legal suit, or defending themselves against competitor criticism. The latest swipe at the technology giants comes from Nokia, who are accusing Apple of a Siri bias when asking ‘which is the best smartphone’.

Twitter are celebrating that they now have 10 million users in the UK, and 140 million worldwide. Given that it launched six years ago, the figures are even more impressive.

US car giant General Motors has said it will stop advertising on Facebook, days ahead of the social networking site’s share flotation.

A new report by eBay suggests that using technology to enhance the shopping experience like never before could present each of the UK’s 10 largest retailers with additional sales of £235m by 2014.

Technology Headlines: Yahoo, Apple and Eduardo Saverin

The news that Yahoo chief executive, Scott Thompson, had stepped down this weekend was not the only major technology news. Here is a look at a selection of the other leading technology headlines.

Apple have announced that they will stop using the phrase ’4G’ in their iPad adverts, as it is deemed misleading given that 4G is not widely available in the UK and the iPad will not work with it when it is.

Facebook’s Brazilian born co-founder, Eduardo Saverin, has renounced his US citizenship ahead of the company going public on Friday. His decision means he will avoid paying around $600m (£373m) in tax when he picks up his share of the site’s stock offering.

Sticking with the social media giants now as Facebook have announced plans that will allow users to may a small fee in order to further promote their posts. At present trials are being carried on with users in New Zealand.