News Scan: Smartphone users fret about privacy; Hyundai integrates Google Glass; more


>> Most smartphone users are worried about privacy

Most smartphone users are concerned about privacy, according to a survey of 12,000 U.S. adults by TNS for KS Mobile finds. More than 80 percent of respondents say they have reasons for keeping files on their smartphone private. For smartphone users under 30, the percentage jumped to 88 percent. The top thing that users want to keep private is bank account information, with emails or text a close second. The survey finds that women are less likely than men to use a security code to keep their phones private. Read more about the survey.

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>> Google Glass will be integrated into new Hyundai car

Google Glass and other wearable devices will be integrated into Hyundai's 2015 Genesis car, Hyundai tells eWeek. Wearable devices will be able to control some Genesis functions through Hyundai's cloud-based Blue Link platform. Hyundai is still developing the BlueLink app for Google Glass, but it expects the app to be ready for the 2015 model Genesis. "The scenarios pop up and then you're able to use hand gestures to move through the screens" to select features and options using a touch and a swipe of a finger, says Miles Johnson, a Hyundai spokesman. "You can lock the doors, start the car or look for a destination and put that route into the car from Glass," he adds. Read more about Google Glass and Hyundai.

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>> Lenovo unveils small ThinkPad tablet for the enterprise

At the Consumer Electronics Show being held this week in Las Vegas, Lenovo is unveiling an 8-inch ThinkPad tablet designed for the enterprise, relates James Kendrick with ZDNet. Starting at $399, the ThinkPad Tablet 8 runs the Windows 8.1 operating system on a 1920x1200 display and boasts Intel's Bay Trail chip, he writes. The ThinkPad Tablet 8 includes Microsoft Office but not a keyboard. It does include a Quickshot Cover, which can be folded down to take photos using the 8 megapixel rear camera. Read more about the ThinkPad Tablet 8.

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>> Gartner predicts convergence of PCs and mobile devices

Research firm Gartner is predicting the convergence of PCs and mobile devices, including smartphones, tablets and ultramobiles (cross between a PC and a tablet). Going forward, differentiation of devices will be based on price, rather than ability to perform specific tasks. Overall, Gartner forecasts IT spending on devices will increase 4.3 percent this year after contracting 1.2 percent in 2013. Read more on Gartner's forecast.

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>> Microsoft to ship Surface Pro 2 fix on Patch Tuesday

Microsoft plans to ship a firmware update for Surface Pro 2 tablet owners on January's Patch Tuesday, according to report by Computerworld. The update is intended to fix problems that arose after an update last month. The December 10 update caused Surface Pro 2 tablet owners to consume battery power much faster than previously, to have problems with the battery charging function as well as sleep mode. Microsoft pulled the update a week later, the report explains. Read more on the Surface Pro 2 snafu.

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