This week, Apple announced that it officially sold its one billionth iPhone. That’s right, billion with a “b.” In honor of this historic event, CEO Tim Cook announced:
“iPhone has become one of the most important, world-changing and successful products in history. It’s become more than a constant companion. iPhone is truly an essential part of our daily life and enables much of what we do throughout the day. Last week we passed another major milestone when we sold the billionth iPhone. We never set out to make the most, but we’ve always set out to make the best products that make a difference. Thank you to everyone at Apple for helping change the world every day.”
Long before computers and digital-based data sharing, information security was a critical priority for mankind. These days, though the means by which we access information continue to constantly evolve, this priority still remains at the top of the list for individuals and companies alike. The threats we face are also changing, and therefore we must be cognizant of how to combine the right hardware, software and human action that is needed to protect our businesses without hampering employee productivity.
By Antonio Pasolini | September 29, 2014 | Gizmag
Is there anything smartphones can’t do? Besides have taken over our lives as communication and entertainment hubs, a growing use of the devices is in eye healthcare. Guided by a socially-inclusive ethos, New York-based Smart Vision Labs has created a low-cost, portable iPhone-based gadget to help people in developing countries to diagnose vision problems.
The device is called the SVOne and it’s an autorefractor/aberrator that can be added on to an iPhone, transforming the phone into a portable lab. It’s similar to other socially-oriented solutions such as Peek and EyeGo.
SVOne uses a sensor technology called Wavefront, which diagnosesrefractive errors. The software algorithm analyzes the Wavefront data and converts it into lens prescriptions. The data is sent to the cloud from where it can be accessed and reviewed any time by healthcare providers, remote technicians and patients.
A lasting battery is another feature that enhances the portability of the system, as one charge will cover 56 hours of continuous refracting. This makes it ideal for doctors working in less than ideal settings, where costly vision testing equipment is out of reach. SVOne has been successfully field-tested in Haiti and Guatemala.
Founded in 2013, the company’s technology dates back more than 10 years, when founders Yaopeng Zhou and Marc Albanese started to develop an advanced scanning laser ophthalmoscope in a joint program between the Schepens Eye Research Institute and Boston University. Two years ago, when the duo went back to Boston University to develop an ophthalmoscope to help assess damage to the retina caused by diabetes, SVOne started to shape up as a product.
The World Health Organization says there are around 250 million people suffering from refractive error-related blindness in the developing world, where only 16 percent of children aged six and 31 percent of children aged 16 have access to proper eye tests. The lack of a proper diagnosis can impact on a person’s productivity and, consequently, living standards.
Smart Vision Labs recently showed its product at the International Vision Expo & Conference in Las Vegas between Sept. 17 and 19. The company allows visitors to its website, linked to below, to receive alerts about the product’s availability.
Smart Vision Labs’ founders talk about SVOne in the video below.
Source: Smart Vision Labs
By Phil Poje | CEO, TechOrchard
The financial services and insurance industry faces a number of unique challenges when it comes to mobility. Because the protection of customer and company information is of utmost importance, it’s imperative steps be taken to leverage mobile devices for increased flexibility and efficiency while protecting critical data and maintaining compliance with industry regulations.
The Ponemon Institute and MobileIron recently published new research on the changing mobile landscape as seen through the eyes of IT and security professionals with companies in banking, insurance, brokerage and investment management. Here is a snapshot of the highlights:
- 69% of respondents believe smartphones and tablets will replace most laptops and desktops.
- 50% expect the majority of their employees to be using mobile apps in the next 12 months.
- 50% do NOT have a mobile strategy even though they are deploying mobile technologies.
- 49% will have zero Blackberry devices 12 months from now.
- 74% say agility and preparedness for change are the most important factors for maintaining an effective mobile strategy over time.
Do these stats fit with the direction your company is headed? Are you prepared for the evolution of technology and the security concerns that come with it? If you have questions about mobile strategy, enterprise mobility management, or wireless expenses management, call TechOrchard for help. We look forward to identifying specific strategies that can help you achieve your business goals and save money doing so.
Dan Howley | April 17, 2014 | Tom’s Guide
The number of smartphones stolen in the U.S. doubled last year, with an estimated total of 3.1 million handsets being taken from their owners. That’s an increase from 1.6 million stolen smartphones in 2012. Another 1.4 million phones were lost or misplaced by their owners last year, an increase of 200,000 over 2012’s 1.2 million.
The estimates come via Consumer Reports, which surveyed 3,110 U.S. adults with home Internet connections. Though the numbers of lost or stolen phones are staggering, the survey also found that more smartphone owners are taking steps to protect their data if their phones are pilfered.
According to the survey, 36 percent of consumers said that they secure their handsets with a 4-digit PIN code. Another 29 percent said that they backed up all of their smartphone’s data to their home computer or online, while an additional 22 percent said that they use smartphone location software in case they lose their handsets. Only 7 percent of respondents use additional measures to secure their phones, such as software encryption. Unfortunately, another 34 percent of those surveyed said that they don’t use any form of security software to protect their handsets.
Most smartphones on the market provide users with built-in security features, mostly in the form of a screen lock and device encryption. Recently, a collection of today’s biggest mobile manufacturers announced they would begin installing anti-theft kill switches on their devices. Companies including Apple, Samsung, Google, HTC, Huawei, Nokia, Microsoft and Motorola have pledged to begin putting the kill switches in all of their devices sold in the U.S. that are manufactured after July 2015.
The kill switches are seen as a deterrent for the rising risk of smartphone theft, because they would allow users to remotely wipe all of the data stored on their handsets, remotely lock their phones with a pin or password allowing the phone to only make 911 calls. Additionally, the kill switches would prevent thieves from forcibly reactivating phones, as well as allowing users to restore their handsets when they get them back.
via: Consumer Reports
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