LAS VEGAS--The fastest growing segments of the Internet of Things market include home automation, the connected car market and mobile healthcare and health monitoring, according to a panel of leading IoT executives. However, a lack of standards--or rather, a proliferation of them--is holding back adoption and creating headaches for the industry.
Android smartphones are more vulnerable to mobile malware attacks than handsets running other operating systems, Alcatel-Lucent said as it revealed a sharp rise in security threats to mobile devices
BlackBerry is teaming up with Verizon Wireless to give $150 in bill credits per device to enterprises that upgrade their legacy BlackBerry devices to newer BlackBerry 10 smartphones and the BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 platform.
BlackBerry has been saying quite a lot about its forthcoming square smartphone called the Passport, but has been more circumspect about the other smartphones in its pipeline. According to a leaked product roadmap posted by the BlackBerry blog N4BB, the company will use its 2014 smartphone launches to target four distinct market segments within its existing and potential customer base.
BlackBerry launched a new business unit to manage its patent portfolio and combine some of its top technologies. The unit, which will called BlackBerry Technology Solutions, or BTS, includes its QNX software for embedded wireless systems, its "Project Ion" Internet of Things application platform, Certicom cryptography applications and Paratek RF antenna tuning.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen said the company has finished its three-year-long restructuring efforts, and is now in a position to begin hiring new employees and making strategic acquisitions.
Strategy Analytics added its voice to warnings that smart device shipment growth is slowing, noting that increases in smartphone shipments in the current quarter are at their lowest level for five years.
Rockstar, a patent consortium owned by Apple, Microsoft, Ericsson, Sony, EMC and BlackBerry, paid $4.5 billion for the 6,000 patents that bankrupt Nortel Networks offered up for auction in 2011. And while the majority of the portfolio's patents have still not expired, there will be a surge in patent expirations starting in 2017, according to a new independent analysis of Rockstar's patents.
BlackBerry is aiming its forthcoming Passport smartphone squarely at the enterprise market, but has plans for enterprise-focused devices beyond that.
Apple's new enterprise mobility partnership with IBM could put more pressure on BlackBerry and Microsoft as well as Google and OEMs that use Google's Android software, according to industry analysts.