News scan: Li-Fi smashes wireless speed records; BYOD firms plagued by rogue devices; more
>> Li-Fi smashes wireless data speed records
Researchers at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland are using LED light bulbs to reach wireless data speeds faster than 10 gigabits per second, according to a report by Tech Radar. The light fidelity (Li-Fi) technology transfers data using visual light rather than radio waves. LED light bulbs flash on and off, sending binary information to a recipient wirelessly. Li-Fi is more efficient than Wi-Fi and is not restricted by radio spectrum capacity, the report noted. At the same time, Li-Fi cannot penetrate walls, posing some in-building coverage issues but making less vulnerable to outside intrusion. Read more on the Li-Fi technology.
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>> Most BYOD firms see 100 rogue devices access their networks daily
Three-fourths of BYOD firms estimate that more than 100 unidentified devices access their networks daily, according to a survey of 1,700 IT decision makers conducted by Vanson Bourne on behalf of virtualization firm Citrix. The survey found 71 percent of companies polled allow employees to bring their personal mobile devices to work. Close to two-thirds of enterprises believe that mobility is the most important factor in giving them a competitive edge. Around one-half of respondents said their enterprises are implementing technology to support mobility, such as mobile device and application management platforms. Read more on the mobility survey.
>> Notebook suppliers fail to meet Asian desire for touch screens
Most Asian end users want touch-enabled notebooks, yet only 6 percent of notebooks shipped to the region are touch enabled, according to IDC stats. A full 82 percent of end users in the Asia Pacific region want to buy touch-enabled notebooks, according to an IDC survey. "Reasons causing this glaring discrepancy include bad timing, as panel prices earlier this year were high, deterring PC makers from producing more affordable options," observed Handoko Andi, research manager for client devices at IDC Asia/Pacific. Another driver, Andi noted, is the lack of touch-enabled applications. Read more on IDC's stats.
>> UK revs up mobile ad spending
UK mobile ad spending is forecast by eMarketer to be close to $1.6 billion (£1 billion) this year, increasing to $5.9 billion (£3.7 billion) in 2017. Mobile advertising is expected make up an increasing portion of digital ad spending and total media spending over the next five years. Mobile advertising is expected to make up 44.4 percent of digital ad spending and 22.9 percent of total media spending in 2017, up from 16.5 percent and 7.2 percent respectively, in 2013. Read more on eMarketer's forecast.
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>> Verizon to begin selling BlackBerry Z30 in November
Verizon Wireless, which has the exclusive right to sell the new BlackBerry Z30, plans to offer the smartphone for $199 with a two-year contract beginning next month, according to a report by eWeek. The Z30, the last of the BB10 smartphones being offered this year by BlackBerry, has two touch-screen focuses options and two keypad options. The Z30 has a 5-inch SuperAMOLED display covered with Gorilla Glass and a curved chassis, unlike the boxy Z10, which has failed miserably and prompted BlackBerry to write down between $930 million and $960 million for unsold Z10 inventory. Read more on the Z30.
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