News Scan: Mobile chip makers look to boost security; Marketers look at mobile under a new light; more


>> Mobile chip makers look to boost security

Acknowledging that mobile devices are an easy target for hackers and criminals, chip makers are looking at ways to build security levels right into the hardware of smartphones and tablets. Engineers from AMD, ARM and Intel discussed the necessity and its inherent challenges during the Hot Chips conference held in California over the weekend. They say that well-designed chips can go a long way toward minimizing security risks and possibly preventing them altogether, but both hardware and software must be tightly integrated for it to be truly effective. Read more

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>> Mobile marketing moves past traditional means

Now that it's so difficult to get eyeballs on email marketing messages, many companies are turning to private mobile messaging as a way to bolster their marketing campaigns. It's hard to believe that consumers opt in to receiving private messages enough to make this approach lucrative, but Everypost CEO Fernando Cuscuela says it could be the next big thing--as long as brands understand that with great power comes great responsibility. Read more

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>> Some in Britain call for better mobile system

The Guardian's Owen Jones says mobile networks are an abysmal failure and calls for the British government to nationalize the entire industry. He says rather than let government officials run a public mobile network, "consumers could elect representatives on to the management board to make sure the publicly run company is properly accountable." Jones posits that, in the long run, a nationalized network would lead to improved service, stronger technology and better R&D for a lower cost to the consumer. Read more

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>> Unlocking phones in the US gets easier with dedicated app

The ink is scarcely dry on the bill that (re-)legalized the unlocking of mobile phones in the U.S. and T-Mobile has already sprang into action with the release of a new app called Device Unlock. In the rush to get the app on the market, however, T-Mobile hamstrung all but a small handful of users. Device Unlock only works on one phone, Samsung's Galaxy Avant, and the device must meet a list of yet-to-be-published requirements to be eligible for unlocking. Read more

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>> What airports are the best for mobility?

For business travelers and road warriors, fast and reliable internet access at the airport is vital. RootMetrics pitted 50 U.S. airports against each other to find out who had the best performance, broken down by both carrier and speed. Verizon and Southwest Florida Airport in Fort Myers took top honors. Check out the article to see where your favorite airports ranked. Read more

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