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 With all of the buzz around apps & app stores it would be easy to assume that mobile apps have unstoppable momentum and that the mobile web is taking a back seat.

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Enough About Apple and Encryption: Let's Talk System Security

This week, the RightsCon Silicon Valley 2016 conference is taking place in San Francisco. Since the use of encryption in general and the Apple/FBI case in particular are likely to be debated, I want to share a perspective on system security. My phone as a system The Apple/FBI case resolves around a phone. Think of your own phone now. When I look at my own phone I have rather sensitive information on it. more»

The FBI and the iPhone: Important Unanswered Questions

As you probably know, the FBI has gotten into Syed Farook's iPhone. Many people have asked the obvious questions: how did the FBI do it, will they tell Apple, did they find anything useful, etc.? I think there are deeper questions that really get to the full import of the break. How expensive is the attack? Security - and by extension, insecurity - are not absolutes. Rather, they're only meaningful concepts if they include some notion of the cost of an attack. more»

Mobile Is Not Everything (and That's OK)

As I type these words, I am perched on one of the benches in the main thoroughfare of the cavernous venue hosting Mobile World Congress (MWC). Above me is a video screen warning me of the perils of the infamous local pickpockets, so I know I'm definitely in Barcelona! In its current form, MWC has been the mainstay event of the telecoms business for a decade, and its roots go back to the late 1980s. The slogan of this year's event is "Mobile is Everything". I believe this phrase is a symptom of an industry suffering from dangerous strategic drift. Here's why. more»

Over $1 Billion in Payments Made on Venmo in January 2016

I was fascinated to read today that over $1 billion (USD) in payments were made on Venmo in January 2016. What is Venmo, you might ask? Essentially it is a mobile app (on both iOS and Android) that provides an easy payment system, in many ways like a "digital wallet" where you can securely reach in and pull out some cash to give to someone... more»

Mobile Broadband Penetration in Asia

The advent of mobile broadband triggered a huge change in broadband access across Asia. Following more than a decade of strong growth in almost all mobile markets in the region, an amazing transition to new generation mobile networks and services took place. By end 2014 there were a total of 1.2 billion mobile subscribers and with annual growth running at over 40% coming into 2015 the numbers were expected to hit 1.7 billion by end-2015. more»

The Changing Mobile World

Today's Internet is undoubtedly the mobile Internet. Sales of all other forms of personal computers are in decline and the market focus is now squarely on tablets, "smart" phones and wearable peripherals. In 2014 these providers sold 1.5 billion such devices into the global consumer market, and doubtless 2015's numbers will be greater. Half of all Internet-visible devices are now mobile devices and they generate 75% of all access provider revenues. more»

ICT Sectors Are Merging Into a New Wholesale Platform for the Networked Economy

There certainly is a lot of interest in the IoT (personal devices) and M2M (industrial applications) market. But what we are seeing is only what is happening on the surface. Most of the IoT and M2M activities are taking place unseen. For example, all new electronic devices (smartphones, tablets, set-top boxes, game consoles) are now IoT devices. Wearable technology has also become a thriving part of the IoT industry, with an ever-broadening range of possible uses and devices, including smart watches, glasses, clothing items, skin patches, and even implants for health monitoring. more»

The Mobile App Trap

The Apple App Store was seven years old as of Friday, 10 July, marking a key -- and possibly critical -- evolution in how we use the Internet. First, the numbers, which are truly astounding -- there are now more than 1.4 million apps available, which have been downloaded more than 100 billion times. And that's just Apple. Add in Android and the other platforms, and we start talking about a new app economy, generating billions in revenues for developers from around the world. more»

Are Apps a Passing Phase?

At NetHui last week one of the most interesting sessions was "Is there an app for that?". The issue was that while apps can be easy to use, they are little walled gardens within an app store which is another level of walled garden. The Apple app store or Google play makes it easy to find apps, but it also means that you're limited to apps that your environment's corporate overlords approve and in Apple's case, charge to include. more»

The Directory Dilemma - Why Facebook, Google and Skype May Win the Mobile App War

As much as I am enjoying the new Wire app, there is a fundamental dilemma that Wire faces... as well as Talko, Firefox Hello, Subrosa and every other Over-The-Top (OTT) or WebRTC application that is seeking to become THE way that we communicate via voice, chat and/or video from our mobile phones and desktops. That is: How do they gather the "directory" of people that others want to talk to? more»

Rapidly Changing Triple and Quadruple Play Business Models

It is interesting to follow what is happening with triple and quadruple play broadband prices in competitive markets. Through triple and quadruple play, customers are increasingly getting more services for the same money. As most fixed telecoms markets are still largely monopolistic in nature, basic access charges remain high; but good prices are even available in markets with healthy wholesale competition, if one shops around. more»

Will Telcos Be Able to Harness the New Business Opportunities of 5G?

The industry would like to project 5G as a divergence from previous mobile technology evolution lines (1G-2G-3G-4G). They claim that this is a whole new ballgame, with completely new opportunities. But the big question will be whether this time round the telcos will be able to harness this new technology to create new business opportunities for themselves. 5G is only one element of a larger ecosystem that includes broadband access, IoT, M2M, cloud computing, data centres and data analytics... more»

Deadline of April 21 To Make Your Website "Mobile-Friendly" Or Drop In Google Search Results

Is your website "mobile-friendly"? If your site is NOT and you care about how your site ranks in Google search results (and let's face it, we pretty much all do!)... well... you need to get busy! As Google very clearly indicated: "Starting April 21, we will be expanding our use of mobile-friendliness as a ranking signal. This change will affect mobile searches in all languages worldwide and will have a significant impact in our search results." more»

Back from RightsCon Manila: Trading Freedoms for Security?

In Asia -- a region that at various points in its recent history has been a hotbed for civil unrest, secessionist movements and political instability -- the line between national security and public interest can be difficult to draw. A session organised by the Internet Society at the recently held RightsCon Southeast Asia in Manila shed some light on the perceived trade-offs between national security objectives and digital rights, in particular freedom of expression and privacy. more»

Driving Force Behind Mobile Connect Initiative

Increased pressure is being exerted in different parts of the industry to create a more secure and a more private environment for a range of mobile activities. Whether it is women in developing economies who need to be certain that their communication is kept private, especially in relation to their husband and male relatives, or the 100 million users, mainly in developing economies, which rely heavily on mobile payments; there are now 16 countries that have more citizens with mobile bank accounts than the traditional ones. more»

News Briefs

EU Accuses Google for Using Android to Skew Market Against Competitors

New Data Suggests Americans Abandoning Wired Internet Access

Head of UK Intelligence Agency Says Tech Companies Should Provide a Way Around Encryption

Mozilla Announces End of Firefox OS, Will Put Focus on IoT

Audio and Video Traffic Passes 70% in North America

China Seeking to Construct Its Own Uncrackable Smartphones

Apple App Store Hit With Major Cyberattack

Research Finds Mobile Malware Infections Overblown

Google Working on Global Network for Cheap Overseas Calls

Worldwide Smartphone Shipments Grow 23.1% Year over Year in 2nd Quarter of 2014

China's Internet Users Pass 632 Million, 83 Percent Online Via Mobile

Annual Internet Traffic to Grow More Than 20 Percent, Reaching 1.6 Zettabytes by 2018

3 Billion Internet Users by End of 2014, Two-Thirds from Developing World

European Parliament Votes to Drop Mobile Phone Roaming Fees While Abroad

Global M2M Connections Reached 195 Million in 2013, Expected to Reach 250 Million In 2014

A Research Finds Banking Apps Leaking Info Through Phones

Network Outages Costing Mobile Operators $15B Annually

Google Plans Wireless Access to Remote Regions Using High-Altitude Balloons and Blimps

China Soon to Have World's Largest Base of Mobile Users, 150% Increase Over Last Year

M3AAWG, London Action Plan Release Best Practices to Address Online and Mobile Threats

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The Latest Mobile Web Report Q4 2015 from DeviceAtlas

DeviceAtlas recently released a new edition of its quarterly Mobile Web Report based on web traffic during Q4 2015. The new issue reveals various trends on the most popular operating systems, device vendors, device models with the main focus being comparison of Android and iOS web traffic throughout the whole of 2015. ›››

DeviceAtlas Brings Device Awareness to HAProxy

DeviceAtlas, the market leader for device detection software, today announced the immediate availability of its device detection capabilities within HAProxy, the world's most widely used load balancing and proxying solution. ›››

DeviceAtlas Granted Patent on Device Detection Accuracy Method

DeviceAtlas maker Afilias Technologies today announced that it has been granted US patent number 9,043,289 B2 on a new method for deriving the most accurate device identification results from multiple data sources. ›››

SpotXchange Chooses DeviceAtlas to Target Ads to Specific Devices

DeviceAtlas is now powering all of SpotXchange's video ad requests ensuring that the right ads are delivered to the right audience, and campaign statistics are available at a device level. ›››

5 Ways Google Brillo Can Change the Device Landscape

While it is generally agreed that the Internet of Things could improve the way we interact with devices, its integration into everyday life is somewhat slow. This process may soon accelerate with the introduction of Brillo. ›››

Standards and Browser Compatibility

Browser compatibility is hard. Especially on mobile. If you thought things were difficult 10 years ago when there were only a handful of browsers to contend with, then thinking about the situation for mobile may make you dizzy or depressed. ›››

36 Must-Know Mobile Market Statistics For 2014

Getting to know the ins and outs of today's mobile landscape is crucial for every business. Mobile web search was predicted to surpass desktop, while the number of smartphones worldwide was expected to hit over 1.3 billion during 2014.  ›››

Industry Updates

Best Practices from Verizon - Proactively Mitigating Emerging Fraudulent Activities

The Latest Mobile Web Report Q4 2015 from DeviceAtlas

2015 Trends: Multi-channel, Streaming Media and the Growth of Fraud

DeviceAtlas Brings Device Awareness to HAProxy

DeviceAtlas Granted Patent on Device Detection Accuracy Method

SpotXchange Chooses DeviceAtlas to Target Ads to Specific Devices

5 Ways Google Brillo Can Change the Device Landscape

Sophia Bekele's Keynote Speech on "Africa: The Next Frontier for Mobile Technology"

Standards and Browser Compatibility

36 Must-Know Mobile Market Statistics For 2014

Mobile Web Traffic: A Dive Into the Data

Mobile Web Has Now Overtaken PC in 40 Nations, Including India, Nigeria and Bangladesh

New Chinese "Mobile" Top-Level Domain Now Available

Ofcom Benchmarking UK Broadband Performance Welcomed, But Needs Considerable Improvement

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