Many mobile apps still ask for unexplained access to device data

Too many mobile apps are collecting private subscriber data without explaining why they need it, according to a study by international government privacy commissioners. Dubbed the Global Privacy Enforcement Network Privacy Sweep, examiners from

Published on: September 11th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Samsung unveils two Note phablets

Smart phones are a boon to the busy business user, with cellular connectivity and big screens enabling some executives to claim all their work can be done on the devices. But some applications

Published on: September 5th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Motorola pushes out 2nd gen Moto X

While Lenovo is preparing to buy the Motorola smart phone division from Google, the manufacturer still has to make money. This week at the IFA consumer electronics conference in Berlin it touted the

Published on: September 5th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Revenue Canada issues tax app

Some CIOs have trouble talking to chief financial officers about technology -- those routers, IP addresses, software licences, service-oriented architectures, virtual machines do have a way of making the eye glaze over. So

Published on: August 27th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Huawei drops WinPhone, Tizen

The smart phone market's ability to support more than three operating systems has taken a hit with the decision by China's Huawei to close the door on devices running Windows Phone. The word

Published on: August 26th, 2014 Howard Solomon

Bluetooth beacons could solve mobile 911 location problems

Those marvellous computing devices we clutch in our hands 20 hours a day called smart phones can do amazing things -- call around the world, carry books, photograph things we want to buy,

Published on: August 17th, 2014 Howard Solomon

IBM’s Simon, world’s first smart phone, is 20 years old

Most Canadians think the BlackBerry was the world's first smart phone. Not so, according to IBM, which accords the honour to its Simon, introduced in 1994. To mark the 20th anniversary, London's Science

Published on: August 15th, 2014 Howard Solomon

A quick look at BlackBerry’s Passport

Coming back from New York two weeks ago, where I covered BlackBerry's announcement of the acquisition of Secusmart, I noticed a guy in the row ahead of me with an unfamiliar handset. Then

Published on: August 15th, 2014 Howard Solomon

iPhone market share drops in Q2, BlackBerry up slightly

BlackBerry CEO John Chen's strategy might be showing a  little bit of traction. After three consecutive quarters of sequential decline, shipments BlackBerrys  rebounded slightly in Q2 of this year from the previous quarter, market research

Published on: August 14th, 2014 Howard Solomon