New report indicates unlocked smartphone market share continuing to increase

A new report from the NPD Group indicates unlocked devices comprise 12 percent of the U.S. smartphone market, and that number will continue growing within the next few years. The increase in unlocked phone purchases is a response to  carriers eliminating subsidized plans and users wanting more carrier flexibility. Unlocked devices are an attractive option…

Facebook reportedly purchases black market credentials for user safety

CNET recently reported Facebook buys credentials hackers sell on the black market. While this practice may seem unorthodox, Alex Stamos, Facebook’s Chief Security Officer, claims these purchases are for Facebook’s overall security effort. Credential theft is the number one cause of account and information hacking. Using the same username and password combination is a common…

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 recall brings attention to the need for safe battery design

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 devices have continued to make headlines this fall because of large-scale device malfunctions. Multiple reports of devices exploding and catching fire led to battery charge capping, and eventual recall of all Galaxy Note 7 devices. What caused the device fires is still unclear, but many industry experts think hasty construction of…

Apple reports iPhone 6S battery malfunction is more widespread than expected

Apple recently initiated a trade-in program for malfunctioning iPhone 6S devices. The program served as a response to multiple reports of iPhone 6S and 6S Plus devices shutting down without warning. Apple initially indicated the affected devices were manufactured between September and October of 2015, but now the company thinks the malfunction may be more…