One upon a time, a commercial promising an incredible graphic experience would have been a huge letdown when the actual hardware was released. We all have memories of useless console accessories that barely worked in the minds of our younger years.
Barcelona is once again playing host to the largest and most important mobile event of the year, the Mobile World Congress. Already, people are on the edge of their seats as we anticipate the year’s most crucial and interesting releases in the mobile market.
By its very nature, this event has plenty of surprises. Smaller producers, or even well known brands that have fallen from grace in recent years, can sweep in with some really cool tech. But there are some coming unveilings that are known, and much anticipated. A few have already been shown off. Let’s take a look.
In a stunning and exciting win for the open internet, the FCC has officially votes in favor of Net Neutrality, imposing restrictions on both government and corporate agencies in how they supply and run the web.
For years, the battle has raged on. ISPs such as Comcast and Verizon have gained further control in the industry, lobbying billions of dollars as they enforce shady policies and actions like throttling on consumers.
Reports that the US and UK’s NSA and GCHQ organizations gained access to the encryption keys of SIM chip maker Gemalto has once again underlined the reach and global nature of modern government surveillance.
The manufacturer is a Dutch-French security firm that specializes in encrypted SIM cards meant to protect the privacy of mobile calls and data. Without the code to that encryption, users could be assured that their conversations were being kept secure.
Users who have been hoping for faster browsing don’t have to turn to their ISP’s for the upgrade. HTTP/2 has been formerly approved after a long time in development, and it promises an increase in performance that has been a long time coming.
The new protocol is based on SPDY, the Google-created communication code which offered the bare bones for what has become HTTP/2. However, the final product came from IETF, a technology working group that put their blood, sweat and tears into this format.
Microsoft has announced that their Windows 10 platform will offer Fast IDentity Online (FIDO) support, in a bid to begin eliminating the need for passwords, and to provide an extra layer of cyber security to their users.
FIDO is believed by many to be the natural next step in securing the web. The reliance on passwords has long since been a concern, as experts admit that it is simpler than ever before to crack into accounts.
With the Samsung privacy issue fresh in everyone’s minds, the fears about the Internet of Things and the potential for an even more invasive surveillance culture is quickly becoming a reality. At least, that is what privacy advocates at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) address in their latest report.
There is no real way to avoid the issue any longer. We have devices that monitor pretty much everything we do. Fitness trackers create GPS routes of our runs. Nutrition trackers log everything we eat. Car navigation systems know where we drive. Online banking apps keep track of where we spend our money. Our phones are always on us, wearable devices are becoming more popular then ever, consoles are always connected to the web, and TV and other entertainment devices have both visual and audio access into our homes.