News Bytes: Lenovo's BlackBerry bid to face scrutiny; Apple to unveil Retina iPad mini; more
>> Canada likely to require concessions from China's Lenovo for BlackBerry
The Canadian government could impose national security-related restrictions on Chinese computer maker Lenovo if it ends up acquiring BlackBerry, according to a report by The Wall Street Journal. The newspaper reported last week that Lenovo is considering a bid for BlackBerry, according to people familiar with the situation. A spokesman for Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper told the newspaper that the government takes "national security" into consideration when reviewing foreign investment in Canada. BlackBerry, which put itself up for sale in August, has inked a preliminary $4.7 billion buyout offer from Fairfax Financial Holdings, one of its largest shareholders. A number of other parties are considering bids, including Cerberus Capital Management and BlackBerry co-founders Mike Lazaridis and Doug Fregin. Read more about BlackBerry's suitors (sub. req.).
>> Apple to launch Retina iPad mini, slimmed down iPad
Apple will be launching a next-generation Retina-version of the iPad mini and a thinner, redesigned iPad on Tuesday, according to AppleInsider. Pundits had expressed concern that Apple's supply chain would have trouble making enough 7.9-inch Retina panels for the iPad mini. Amit Daryani, an analyst with RBC Capital Markets, believes that a Retina-equipped iPad mini will outsell the fifth-generation iPad by a two-to-one margin. The fifth-generation iPad is expected to use GF2 thin-film screen technology to make it thinner and lighter. Apple is also expected to unveil its new operating system, OS X 10.9 Mavericks and new Mac products, the report notes. Read more about Apple's new tablet plans.
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>> Microsoft pulls Surface RT operating system from Windows Store
Microsoft has pulled the new Windows RT 8.1, the operating system that runs the Surface RT tablet, from the Windows Store for undisclosed technical problems. Windows RT 8.1, which uses the ARM architecture rather than the Intel chip that powers the Surface Pro tablet, was released last week along with the new Windows 8.1 update. On a support forum, Microsoft said that it is "investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1." According to WinBeta, which first reported the issue, some of the Surface RT users who downloaded the Windows RT 8.1 update were greeted by a blue screen that says, "Your PC needs to be repaired. The Boot Configuration Data file is missing some required information." The report includes a link to a website that offers a remedy. Read more on the Windows RT 8.1 troubles.
>> Startup Skycure unveils intrusion detection and prevention package for iOS devices
Startup mobile security firm Skycure unveiled last week an intrusion detection and prevention package for mobile devices that will initially support iOS devices, with Android support to come later, according to Network World. The package installs agent software on the mobile device which then connects to Skycure's cloud-based security service. The product is designed to prevent or mitigate an attack that exploits configuration profiles on mobile devices. "An attacker, in the wild, can configure the device to route all your traffic to their servers," explains Yair Amit, co-founder and chief technology officer at Skycure. This could result in a compromise of information the user shares on social networking sites or with colleagues in a BYOD environment. Read more on the Skycure product.
>> Former Nokia CEO owns up to mistakes that sunk the company
In his newly published memoir, former Nokia CEO Jorma Ollila admits that he made some key mistakes that lead to Nokia's decline, such as failing to predict changing customer preferences and to develop new software, according to a report by AP. Ollila wrote that under his tenure the company failed to anticipate consumer trends such as touch screen models. Apple "had managed to create something completely new; an excellent user experience and a solution in which the phone was a key to the ecosystem of services and applications," Ollila writes in the book. "A whole new ecosystem was born which Nokia had been unable to create," he adds. Read more about Ollila's memoirs.