Fresh off its full plate of announcements at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain last month, Samsung continues to make post-MWC waves, this time with the company’s latest efforts in the realm of mobile security.
Samsung Electronics recently touted the launch of KNOX 2.0, the evolution of KNOX, the company’s end-to-end secure mobile platform solution designed to provide “advanced data and privacy protection for enterprise users.”
The new features, we’re told, better support IT departments looking for reassurance and convenience as they implement and manage their Bring Your Own Device strategies.
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Over the last two months, researchers and analysts have poured over data from 2013 relating to tablet shipments. And the findings are convincing. No matter how you look at it, 2013 was a banner year for tablets.
Worldwide sales of tablets to end users topped 195 million units in 2013, a 68 percent increase on 2012.
According to Gartner, while sales of iOS tablets grew in the fourth quarter of 2013, iOS’s share declined to 36 percent in 2013. The tablet growth in 2013 was fueled by the low-end smaller screen tablet market, and first time buyers; this led Android to become the No. 1 tablet operating system (OS), with 62 percent of the market.
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Earning its fair share of media attention even amidst intense competition for the spotlight at Mobile World Congress this week, Visa has just announced it is offering clients new options to deploy mobile payment programs.
Among the offerings, we’re told, is an option to host Visa payWave-enabled accounts in a secure, virtual cloud.
Visa says its latest move expands the payment provider’s support for mobile payments globally and will give financial institutions greater choice in offering consumers “secure ways to pay with smartphones.”
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Samsung wowed audiences in Barcelona and around the world Monday with the unveiling of its next-generation flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5.
The South Korean tech giant confirmed at Mobile World Congress that the refreshed state-of-the-art handset will, as previously rumored, challenge the security superiority of Apple’s iPhone 5s by delivering a fingerprint sensor of its own.
The company says its water-resistant 5th generation Galaxy S redefines how technology innovation enhances our lives.
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If you own a smartphone, the next time you travel you may not need a key for your hotel room. In fact, you may be able to bypass the registration desk altogether.
This, we’re told, is what the future holds for the hospitality industry. As a result, the industry’s biggest players are speeding ample sums of money to ensure that the full potential of mobile can be leveraged to make their respective properties as cutting-edge and convenient for travelers as technology presently allows.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts, which owns more than 1,150 hotels in nearly 100 countries, tells CNN that it will debut smartphone-based hotel keys within the next three months at two of its Aloft hotels, in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City and Cupertino, California where Apple is based.
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And the victory goes to Android.
According to the latest research from Strategy Analytics, global smartwatch shipments reached a record 2 million units in 2013. Of the devices shipped last year, Android captured an impressive 61 percent share.
“Global smartwatch shipments reached a record 1.9 million units in 201,” says Matt Wilkins, Director at Strategy Analytics. “It is very early days, of course, but the smartwatch market is starting to take shape. We estimate less than 1 percent of all smartphones shipped worldwide were bundled with smartwatches in 2013, so there remains huge scope for smartwatch growth in the future.”
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With smartphone adoption reaching record levels across the United States and the world at large in 2013, it’s no great shock that mobile applications also enjoyed a banner year. In particular, mobile augmented reality apps were hot commodities across iOS and Android. And the trend is expected to not only continue, but accelerate throughout 2014 and beyond.
Juniper Research now projects that annual revenues from mobile augmented reality (AR) services and applications will reach $1.2 billion by 2015, substantially more than the $180 million generated last year.
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