News Scan: Franken says Galaxy S5 security isn't good enough; Jasper Wireless, Ericsson top M2M platform providers; more


>> Franken says Galaxy S5 security is not good enough or smart enough

Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) has sent a letter to Samsung expressing concern about the security of Galaxy S5's fingerprint scanner after researchers in Germany were able to hack into the phone using a rubber mold made from latent fingerprints on the screen, according to a report by Re/code. The iPhone 5s suffered a similar hack, but Franken complains that Samsung allows for unlimited attempts to access the device without requiring a password and the use of the fingerprint scanner to access apps, which increases the security risks from the vulnerability. Read more.

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>> Survey: Jasper Wireless and Ericsson are most popular M2M platform providers

The automotive, transport, logistics and utility sectors together account for nearly half of all machine-to-machine, or M2M, connections, according to Infonetics Research. Jasper Wireless and Ericsson were the most popular M2M platform providers, according to a survey of 20 leading M2M service providers conducted by the research firm. "The leading tier of M2M players have committed meaningful resources to developing their M2M businesses and now have significant scale to show for it--between 2 million to just under 10 million M2M connections," relates Godfrey Chua, directing analyst for M2M and the Internet of Things at Infonetics. Read more.

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>> Enterprise wearables to generate $18B in revenue by 2019

The enterprise wearables market is forecast by ABI Research to reach $18 billion in revenue by 2019, which represents a 56 percent compound annual growth rate. ABI identified six kinds of enterprise wearable devices: smartglasses, cameras, smartwatches, healthcare devices, sports and activity trackers, and 3D motion trackers. "Wearable technology such as smartglasses and those used for healthcare are better suited for the enterprise as corporate-liable devices. Smartwatches, on the other hand, will most likely follow the trend of BYOD into the enterprise," observes ABI senior enterprise analyst Jason McNicols. Read more.

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>> Android dominates with 81% of first quarter smartphone shipments

A strong 81 percent of the 279 million smartphones shipped in the first quarter of 2014 were Android devices, while iOS accounted for 16 percent and Windows Phone, 3 percent, according to the latest stats from Canalys. Smartphone shipments increased 29 percent year-over-year in the 2014 first quarter. Half of the top 10 smartphone vendors were Chinese: Huawei, Lenovo, Xiaomi, Yulong and ZTE. Shipments of smartphones with 5-inch screens or larger soared 369 percent year-over-year in the first quarter. Read more.

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>> Bertolli, Thinaire launch in-aisle mobile marketing campaign

Bertolli has worked with Thinaire to launch a mobile marketing campaign that enables shoppers to get ingredient lists and instructional videos for meals that use the company's olive oil. All the shopper has to do is tap an NFC-enabled mobile phone on tagged signage to get that content, according to a report by Mobile Marketer. "While NFC has been around for decades as a chain-of-custody tracking tool for CPG and apparel brands, contactless mobile engagement is now becoming the darling of shopper marketing agencies," says Mark Donovan, chief operating officer at Thinaire. Read more.

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