Pokémon Go brings attention to consumer data security in apps

Since its release earlier this month, Pokémon Go has quickly become one of the most popular apps of all time. The app has created a new way to encourage users to get out and be active with technology, but its use of location services and account access requests raises questions about data safety. At the…

HOBI News of the Week 7/11-7/15

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 7/11-7/15 Study indicates school districts are struggling with proper classroom technology integration A study conducted by Edgenuity indicates a substantial amount of schools around the country are struggling with successful classroom technology integration. This survey interviewed teachers of various grade levels around the…

Study indicates school districts are struggling with proper classroom technology integration

A study conducted by Edgenuity indicates a substantial amount of schools around the country are struggling with successful classroom technology integration. This survey interviewed teachers of various grade levels around the country about their opinions about educational technology. Of the participants, 91 percent agreed with the statement, “Technology provides a greater ability for teachers to…

Two questions to ask a prospective enterprise IT asset managemer

Enterprise IT is a quickly-evolving platform. As more technologies are released and more threats are perceived, enterprise IT departments may feel overwhelmed. One way to navigate the constantly-evolving enterprise IT landscape is to work with an IT asset management provider. Certified ITAM professionals ensure devices are properly managed, repaired, refurbished and recycled, and protect enterprise…

ISRI issues response to pending SEERA legislation

Billy Johnson, chief lobbyist for ISRI, issued a formal response to the pending the Secure E-Waste and Recycling Act (SEERA) legislation last Friday. SEERA, proposed by the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER), is currently in the drafting stages and  aims to regulate the exportation of used electronics. SEERA’s framework aims to forbid the export…

Samsung sees highest quarterly earnings in 2 years

Samsung’s reported second-quarter earnings indicate consumers are still willing to spend on innovative smartphones. This is a positive development after a forecast of slowing smartphone sales in years to come. Samsung reports an overall 17 percent profit increase since last year. Their Q2 earnings reached $7 billion, the highest quarterly amount in two years. Along…

Tech companies raising prices in response to Brexit decision

Tech companies Dell and OnePlus have enacted plans to increase prices in response to the Brexit decision. An overall 10 percent blanket increase has been reported for Dell products being sold in the U.K. Aside from Dell, OnePlus has indicated plans to sell their newest handset, the OnePlus 3, for £329, a 6.5 percent increase…

New e-scrap bill proposes framework for exports, addresses counterfeit material

A new bill has been proposed by the Coalition for American Electronics Recycling (CAER) as an effort to introduce extended guidelines for e-scrap exports and bring attention to the dangers of counterfeit material. This bill, tentatively named the Secure E-Waste Export and Recycling Act (SEERA), is the second recent attempt at establishing legislation to control…

The easiest enterprise data security mistake

In an article from Entrepreneur, Brett Relander lists 10 data security mistakes startups cannot afford to make. These mistakes include: Identifying personal and professionals borders Ignoring two-step authentication Not making security a top priority Insufficient exit protocols Forgoing SSL from the beginning Failing to prioritize security Having no policies for cloud storage Disregarding security best-practice…

Google expected to launch first in-house designed, manufactured device this year

A report issued by The Telegraph indicates Google plans to completely manufacture their own device. In the past, Google’s Nexus devices have been created  in conjunction with other mobile manufacturers. The Nexus 6P was manufactured by Huawei and the 5X was manufactured by LG. It has not been revealed if the newest device will be…