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Tablet Users More Likely to Transfer Sensitive Data

Data BreachTablets, mostly Apple (AAPL) iPad2‘s are leading organizations into the cosumerization of IT.  Tablets are forcing IT managers to accept the idea of supporting employee-owned devices. Many organizations are struggling on how to secure the data on these consumer devices. eWeek recently pointed out data from Harris Interactive and Fuzebox which says that tablet users are transferring sensitive information at a greater rate than even smartphone owners. Harris Interactive polled 2,300-plus adults polled in late-January 2011.

Almost half (48%) of tablet owners in the survey admitted to using their tablet to transfer sensitive data

  • 42% of the surveyed said they transfer sensitive personal data on their tablets
  • 20% of tablet owners said they transfer sensitive data for business use,

According to Harris, the survey found results to skew according to age and gender.

  • 47& of men are confident in the security of the data transferred over their smartphone or tablet
  • 34& of are women are confident in the security of the data transferred over their smartphone or tablet

Younger adults are  more likely they were to transfer sensitive data via a tablet:

  • 61% of those surveyed ages 18-34 transfer sensitive data on their tablet;
  • 56% of those surveyed ages 35-44;
  • 33% of those surveyed ages 45-5 4;
  • 20% of those 55+ (20%) to use it to transfer sensitive data.

Not many users are confidence in mobile security

  • 18% are extremely/very confident in the security of the data transferred over their device(s).
  • 15% are not at all confident in the security of the data transferred over their device(s).

WhApple Computersile the Apple iPad controls the bulk of the tablet market where security is a concern, the advantage may go to Research In Motion (RIMM) says eWeek. The article cites data from Technology Business Research which is also studying enterprise use of tablets, and some of the initial findings show that these users continue to believe that RIM devices are the most secure.  The news could be a boon for RIM according to the author, at least in the short-term. The BlackBerry maker is expected to release its PlayBook tablet by the summer, and is aiming it at the enterprise. However, lurking in the background is Apple, which dominates the tablet space with its iPad and is growing its reputation for secure products.”IT departments like the ability to manage the devices and data on the devices remotely, including the ability to control access and to securely wipe the devices if they’re lost or stolen,” TBR analyst Ken Hyers told eWEEK. “RIM has succeeded in establishing a high threshold in what is expected from an enterprise-class device in terms of security.”

Research In Motion“RIM’s reputation for security will give it a near-term advantage and help it sell more PlayBooks directly to the enterprise,” Mr. Hyers added. “But over time that advantage will steadily erode.

“From a smartphone vendor standpoint, Apple is establishing its own reputation as a secure device, though not up to the level of RIM,” Mr. Hyers told eWeek. “Apple (and Android mobile devices) also have a distinct edge in usability and appeal; they’re simply easier to use and more fun to use.” Where this becomes a problem for RIM is when businesses let their employees choose the mobile devices they use, as they tend to go for the “sexier” ones, he explained.

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I have been a Blackberry users for 7+ years, but I have wonder if RIMM gets “it” anymore. Is RIMM going to turn into the Novell of the mobile market? A technically better product, but never able to close the deal, getting left in the wake of pretty shiny objects over substance. Given the increasingly crowded market RIMM operates in, the company is facing the same challenges as Novell.

 

 

Wireless Charging Market Amped Up

Wireless Charging Market Amped UpThose of us tired of dealing with tangled cord and bulky wall warts may get some relief in the near future. iSuppli Corp. is predicting that a flood of new electronic gizmos with wireless charging capabilities will be inundating the market. The market research firm believes that the global market for wireless charging devices for smart phones like the RIM (RIMM) Torch, tablet computers such as the Apple (AAPL) iPad2 media players like the Apple iPod Touch will drive global market for wireless charging devices to 234.9 million units in 2014, up 65% from 3.6 million in 2010, according to iSuppli.

iSuppli Wireless Charging Units Tina Teng, senior analyst for wireless research at iSuppli told Itnewslink.com, “Over the next five years, wireless charging devices will find their way into an increasing number of applications, including mobile phones, portable media players, digital still cameras and mobile PCs.”

Mobile phones will drive wireless charging acceptance according to Ms. Teng, ” …mobile phones will contribute the largest share of revenue to wireless charging-not only because of the large volume of mobile devices expected to benefit from the technology, but also because of participation by name brands in manufacturing the device, providing much-needed market recognition in the process.”

Evelyn Beatrice Longman--“Genius of Electricity,” 1915, Gilded Bronze, Bedminster, NJ.  Photography Lee sandsteadDespite the optimism, iSuppli believes there are still barriers to widespread adoption of wireless charging. Manufacturers will have to make wireless charging in their devices down to the circuit board level which will drive down costs. The wireless charging industry will need to adopt a common standard to ensure interoperability among products. Currently, all products are proprietary. Skins made by one company, will not work with the charger pad of another. “Until the industry finds a standard to follow, the wireless charging industry will be fragmented, and consumers will hesitate to adopt any solution that could be compromised by the rival companies,” Itnewslink.com quotes Ms. Teng, “However, an open, standardized system will create a healthier competitive environment and prompt manufacturers to join forces-which will enhance consumer awareness and lead to adoption in the markets.”

There are four wireless charging technologies. The wireless charging technologies include Near-field magnetic resistance, Far-field magnetic resistance, Conductive magmatic resistance and Inductive magnetic resistance wireless charging systems.

  • Far-field magnetic resonance, a technology that has raised safety as well as health concerns and for which no commercial products are available for the time being.
  • Inductive wireless charging utilizes the principle of electromagnetic induction where current generated from the induced magnetic field in the receiver coil charges devices is the most widely wireless charging technology adopted by the value chain.  the technology enjoys wide support from semiconductor vendors, device manufacturers, accessories makers as well as retailers according to the Wireless Design and Development web site. The most successful proponent of magnetic induction is Powermat, a Michigan-based company which I wrote about in 2010, that also owned 62 percent share of the wireless charging market as reported by Wireless Design and Development.

iSuppli notes that most companies are not ready with commercial products yet, several high-profile manufacturers are looking at producing wireless charging solutions. The companies include Texas Instruments (TXN) and ST-Ericsson from the semiconductor side; Nokia Corp (NOK) . and Research In Motion Ltd. from the device manufacturer side; and Logitech (LOGI) and Case-Mate from the accessory manufacturer side.

Product-specific wireless charging systems consist of a charger as well as a so-called “skin” or receiver sold for specific devices. These product-specific devices contrast with aftermarket solutions, which are universal chargers and various skins that can be used with multiple consumer electronics. Growth is also projected for aftermarket wireless charging, with revenue rising at a massive five-year Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 133.4 percent.

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I hate the cluttered cluster of cables on my desk. The wireless chargers should clean up that mess, but until the manufacturers get their act together and build in some interoperability from the factory, they still got a problem.

What do you think?

Is wireless charging a practical technology?

Do you have a wireless charging rig?

 

 

Ralph Bach has been in IT for fifteen years and has blogged from his Bach Seat about IT, careers and anything else that catches his attention since 2005. You can follow me at Facebook and Twitter. Email the Bach Seat here.

Apple Disrupts Mobile PC Market

Compaq PortableApple is riding a wave of success now and is disrupting the mobile PC market for its competition. KPCB says that social networking will drive the mobile PC market for the rest of this decade. Facebook has 662 million users and Twitter has 253 million users which will continue to grow. TechEYE points out that mobile products now have more processing power, improved user interfaces and lower prices meaning that there are now ten times more mobile devices globally than a decade ago.

Social networkingTechEYE says that the link between social networking and mobile devices can be seen clearly in the Japanese market where a general rise in access to social networking sites has increased, while the amount of people accessing them from a traditional PC has steadily decreased – 85 percent of users accessing sites from mobile devices in the last quarter of 2010.

Surging iPad shipments have propelled Apple (AAPL) to a 17.2% share of the global mobile PC market.  ITnewsLink reports that this puts Apple at the top of the Q4’10 DisplaySearch market share ranking of worldwide mobile PC shipments. The preliminary results from the Quarterly Mobile PC Shipment and Forecast Report says Apple shipped more than 10.2 million notebook and tablet PCs combined. This was nearly a million more units than HP in Q4’10. ITnewsLink quotes Richard Shim, Senior Analyst at DisplaySearch on Apple’s success.

“While we anticipate increased competition in the tablet PC market later this year with the introduction of Android Honeycomb-based tablets, Apple’s iPad business is complementing a notebook line whose shipments widely exceed the industry average growth rate. Apple is currently benefiting from significant and comprehensive growth from both sectors of the mobile PC spectrum, notebooks and tablet PCs. Cannibalization seems limited at this point.”

Apple ComputersThe top five brands in the mobile PC market Q4’10 are:

  1. Apple
  2. HP (HPQ)
  3. Acer (ACEIF)
  4. Dell (DELL)
  5. Toshiba (TOSBF)

The top five brands accounted for 65.4% of the total mobile PC market. In Q4’10, worldwide mobile PC shipments (including tablet PCs) reached 59.6 million units according to DisplaySearch.

Research In MotionThe drive keep up with the Jobs’s will cause supply chain disruptions for Apple’s mobile PC competition TechEYE says. DigiTimes reports that supplies of notebook components are running short, including CMOS image sensors, chassis, batteries, and LED’s. TechEYE sources report that touchpads are suffering the most serious shortage as a result of Apple hogging the supply from manufacturers such as Wintek and TPK. Reports are that Apple has reserved 60% of global touchpad production capacity. RIM (RIMM), Motorola (MMI), HP. HTC, Samsung, LG and Dell now all have to fight it out for the remaining 40% of touchpads.

TechEYE predicts that panels will be like gold dust. Bob Raikes, Managing Director at Meko, The European Display Market Research specialist, told TechEYE , “Touch technology also tended to limit the visual quality of the display …  Then Apple’s iPhone started to use projected capacitive touch technology. which didn’t degrade the image and allowed a new level of user experience.

DellIn the last year, there has been a huge swing to use projected capacitive technology in high volume portable devices, and the supply chain has struggled to catch up.  Chunghwa Picture Tubes is teaming up with Compal, one of the biggest manufacturers of laptops for the multinationals, to piece together a business in touch panel glass. Compal recognizes that tablets are here to drain the world of its glass supplies and wants to capitalize.

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Looks like Steve Jobs is at it again. In the past, Apple bought up flash memory stores to secure an advantage for their iPod  MP3 players. You have to image that the rest of the tablet field is none too pleased with Apple’s tactics.

What do you think?

Do you have an iPad?

Are you waiting for another tablet?

Where do smart phones fit in this equation?

Apple, Google Picking Nortel 4G Bones

- Updated 04-04-11 - Google has offered Nortel $900 million for its patent portfolio. According to the Google Blog Nortel selected the Google bid as the “stalking-horse bid,” which is the starting point against which others will bid prior to the auction. They hope that the Nortel patent portfolio will “create a disincentive for others to sue Google.” I wrote about the litigation happy nature of the mobile telecom market  here .

NortelBankrupt Canadian telecom giant Nortel Networks is auctioning off its patents to the highest bidder. The sale of the patents is the last gasp of  bankrupt networking giant. Nortel, which Reuters says had a market capitalization of more than $250 billion and more than 90,000 employees. The bones of the one time king have been scattered across the landscape. But now Sweden-based network equipment maker Ericsson owns most of Nortel’s North American wireless operations, its multi-service switch business and a Chinese joint venture. Ciena Corp bought Nortel’s optical networking and carrier Ethernet business, while the Canadian government is taking over Nortel’s Ottawa campus.

AppleNortel had more than 4,000 patents, with a market valuation of about $1 billion. Nortel owns seven of the 105 patent families likely to be likely components of 4G wireless technologies to LTE and Service Architecture Evolution (SAE), research firm Fairfield Resources told Reuters.

RIMMApple (AAPL) and Google, ( GOOG) are both eyeing the patents in their escalating wireless wars, Reuters reported, citing unnamed sources. Von|Xchange says Research In Motion (RIMM) and Motorola (MOT) also are said to be eying the intellectual property.  Potential buyers will study how widely Nortel’s 4G-related patents have been licensed, since the company went into bankruptcy protection before 4G was commercially viable warns Reuters.

The due diligence for the Nortel Wireless patent pursuers may not be necessary because the ITU has redefined 4G all the way back to HSPA+, rubber stamping the marketing claims of the operators according to Connected Planet. The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has changed its definitions of 4G, bringing not just WiMax and long-term evolution (LTE) under the umbrella of 4th generation, but also evolved 3G technologies like high-speed packet access plus (HSPA+).

Smartphone Sales to Pass Computers in 2012

Wall Street investment firm Morgan Stanley predicts that by 2012 smartphone sales will be more than 450 million units, surpassing PC and laptop sales. Mary Meeker called “Queen of the Net” by Barron’s during the run up to the dot-bomb, made the prediction during her “State of the Internet”  presentation (PDF) at the Web 2.0 Summit in San Francisco. The Washington Post reports that Ms. Meeker further projected that by 2013, smart phone sales will approach 650 million units. Meeker spoke about growth in the smartphone market and its link to social networking sites, as well as about Internet video and advertising.

Ms. Meeker, says to watch out for mobile growth in China. The rehabilitated dot-bomb cheerleader says that China’s population of smartphone users is relatively nascent, with 14.5 million 3G users, or two percent of the population. That compares with 37 million in the United States. But that population grew by 941 percent in the third quarter compared with one year ago.

Techcrunch points out that Ms. Meeker’s predictions are reasonable. Smartphones are cheaper and phones, in general, are more ubiquitous. To the extent that all phones are becoming smartphones, they will be much more accessible and portable and than PCs (laptops included). They are certainly becoming just as capable, at least as far as surfing the Web is concerned, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of apps available for platforms like the Apple (AAPL) iPhone, Google (GOOG) Android, and Research In Motion’s (RIMM) Blackberry.