Early this year, we all watched the legal battle between Apple and the FBI unfold about access to the iPhone 5C used in the 2015 San Bernardino massacre. The feud ended, at least temporarily, on March 28 when the FBI withdrew its case from the courts after a third-party managed to unlock the device. With no real resolution provided, additional court cases have popped up surrounding the critical issue of digital privacy, and this month, the Florida Court of Appeals ruled that the government can force an iPhone user to release the passcode to unlock his/her phone.
As part of a comprehensive mobile strategy, many companies today choose to use one of a number of popular cloud-based file storage solutions, like Box, Dropbox or Google Drive. These tools provide users anytime access to the data they need from any device with an internet connection. Recently, Dropbox announced that its Dropbox Business product would be entering into a partnership with security vendor Symantec as part of a broader update to enhance its enterprise security credibility.
Financial services, and banking in particular, is an industry that has been and continues to be impacted dramatically by the evolution of technology. From mobile deposits and money transfers through apps to smart ATMs, a number of conveniences have been created that continue to shape customer expectations and loyalty. In fact, Business Insider recently posted an interesting summary of how device preferences for performing banking activities is changing.
Throughout the past 20 years, our access to information has significantly changed. The evolution of the world wide web and immediacy with which we can connect to the internet has made it possible for us to get answers to our most pressing questions without hesitation. While that is changing lives from the classroom to the workplace, it is also changing the face of some industries rather dramatically. Take healthcare, for example, a vertical that is seeing some tremendous shifts in everything from research and treatment to doctor-patient relationships.
From data mining and machine learning to VR (virtual reality) and AI (artificial intelligence), the tech industry is no stranger to its fair share of buzzwords. One that has dominated headlines throughout 2016 is IoT, or the Internet of Things. To put it simply, the IoT refers to the flourishing ecosystem of devices connected to the Internet that can generate, consume and exchange data via embedded sensors. Mobile devices, our focus here at Tech Orchard, are a critical part of this ecosystem.