Totem streetlight poles to combine wireless with power on city streets

Many companies are developing smart streetlights for cities that combine energy-efficient LED lighting with wireless communications and sensors.A startup called Totem Power is taking that concept a step farther by adding battery storage to each pole…

Most Android devices lack latest security patches

Nearly three-quarters of Android devices on the five biggest U.S. carriers are running on security patches that are at least two months old, putting them at greater risk of being hacked.

That finding was made in an analysis released Thursday by Skycure, a mobile threat defense vendor. 

The report also found that the city of Boston has had the biggest recent increase in smartphone and other wireless device threats — including malicious attacks — among 11 major U.S. cities. Incidents in Boston climbed by 960% in the fourth quarter of 2016. The analysis is based on millions of readings from network sensors that Skycure monitors globally.

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L.A. and NYC still rank behind smaller cities in wireless performance

The two biggest cities in the U.S. — New York City and Los Angeles — continue to rank well below many smaller U.S. cities in overall wireless performance, according to millions of field tests performed by RootMetrics in the second half of 2016.The…

‘Hearables’ and clothing to grow fastest in wearables market, IDC says

Wearable devices that double as clothing or get worn on the ear will grow the fastest of all wearables in the next five years, market research firm IDC said Monday.Earworn devices, sometimes called “hearables,” will grow by 43% every year over that …

Samsung unveils Bixby voice assistant for upcoming Galaxy S8

Samsung revealed Monday that Bixby, an intelligent voice assistant, will run on the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone slated to be announced March 29 in New York.Bixby will be activated using a special physical button on the side of the phone, different…

Augmented and virtual reality to see aggressive growth by 2021

Augmented and virtual reality are catching on, even if it is still early days for both.While some analysts at Strategy Analytics worry there aren’t enough engaging 360-degree VR movies and other content on the market, IDC analysts on Thursday said t…

Startup works on safer carbon-ion batteries

New non-flammable, quick-charging batteries being demonstrated by private startup ZapGo Ltd. could begin showing up in popular smartphones in the next two years.
ZapGo’s carbon-ion batteries promise to be a safe replacement for the billions of lith…

Los Angeles tests gunshot sensors on light poles

Los Angeles is testing sensors attached to streetlights to wirelessly detect gunshots and other noises, and may expand the service to include sensors to recognize air pollution and earthquakes.Dozens of cities globally, including New York, began mon…

MWC protest asks about the fate of 4 million recalled Note7 batteries

The question of how the electronics industry recycles or disposes of old batteries came up again due to a Greenpeace protest of Samsung at Mobile World Congress this week.
Greenpeace protestors appeared at a Samsung press event in Barcelona on Sund…

Classic smartphone brands get a spring in their step at MWC (+video)

BARCELONA — Venerable smartphone brands Motorola, Nokia and BlackBerry got new life at Mobile World Congress 2017, but that was primarily due to the influence of Chinese and Finnish manufacturers that have licensed the names.

One new Android smartphone, the BlackBerry KEYone, was launched by TCL Communication, based in Huizhou, China. The phone has both a touchscreen and a physical keyboard, with 52 keys that can be used as shortcuts to find apps and functions. It goes on sale in April for $549.

HMD Global of Espoo, Finland, launched three budget Android phones under the Nokia brand — the Nokia 3, 5 and 6, starting at $147 with screens ranging from 5 inches to 5.5 inches in size. A 2000 classic handset was revised — the Nokia 3310 — but with a slimmer size and a color screen.

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