Most smartphones are vulnerable; Doctors use Google Glass in ER; more
>> Most smartphones are vulnerable to malware attacks
More than 80 percent of enterprise and consumer-owned smartphones are vulnerable to malware and other types of attacks, according to a report by Juniper Research. The lack of protection is attributed to low user awareness about the risks of mobile malware and user perception that the price of mobile security software is too high. The research firm expects only 325 million smartphones to have mobile security software installed on their mobile devices by the end of this year, a number that is forecast to reach 1.3 billion by 2018 as user awareness and mobile threats grow. Read more on the Juniper report.
>> Google Glass puts vital medical information in front of doctor's eyes
Philips Healthcare is collaborating with Accenture to create a healthcare application for Google Glass, in which patient information, including vital signs, to a surgeon who is wearing a pair of Google Glass, according to a report by Mobile Enterprise. Philips' Digital Accelerator Lab built an Android app that they then transferred to the Google Glass platform. In a demonstration video, the doctor in the ER observes, "If you have to turn away to look at the monitor, it makes it a little more difficult. If someone is that critical that you have to keep on looking, it's nice that with one glance you can find that information again." View more in the Philips Healthcare video.
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>> Should you text at work?
Is texting for business a good idea? No, says ZDNet's James Kendrick. He gives three reasons why employees should use email rather than texting to communicate with colleagues: text messages can give the impression that the message is not important; communicating using both email and texting sends a fragmented image for work teams and email leaves a digital paper trail that resides with all email about the particular subject. "The lure to send text messages is particularly strong for those using their own phones in a bring your own device shop. That urge should be pushed back in favor of the email," Kendrick stressed. Read more on Kendrick's views.
>> Google chief says Androids are more secure than iPhones
Eric Schmidt, Google's executive chairman, bragged this week that Android smartphones are more secure than iPhones--a claim that drew laughter from the audience attending the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, according to a report by ZDNet. Schmidt was responding to the following question from Gartner analyst David Willis: "If you polled many people in this audience they would say Google Android is not their principal platform [...] When you say Android, people say, wait a minute, Android is not secure." Schmidt replied: "Not secure? It's more secure than the iPhone." Schmidt's claim is not supported by a number of studies by security firms that have found that Android malware is exploding. In the latest estimate, Trend Micro predicted that the number of malicious or risking Android apps reached one million last month. Read more on Schmidt's remarks.
>> BlackBerry buyout rumors spur jump in stock price
Finally some good news for BlackBerry. Reports that the likes of Cisco, Google and SAP might be interested in buying parts or all of the struggling mobility firm has pushed up the company's stock price to close to $8 per share at close of trading Monday--up from a low of $7.52 last Wednesday. However, this is still down from a 52-week high of $18.00 back in the halcyon days of BlackBerry, when the market was still excited about the release of the BlackBerry 10 smartphones and BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10. BlackBerry has given potential suitors until this week to submit expressions of interest. Read more about BlackBerry's stock price.