Users are most concerned about security when using a smartphone, survey shows

A survey conducted by Creative Strategies indicates users are most concerned about data privacy and security when using a smartphone device. The survey interviewed 800 U.S. consumers about the importance of data security and privacy when using various devices and services. According to the firm’s findings, 60 percent of interviewees indicated security matters the most…



More than 340 million smartphones shipped during Q2 2017

IDC reports 341.6 million smartphones were shipped during the second quarter of 2017. Overall shipments decreased 1.3 percent from second quarter 2016, but major OEMs including Samsung and Apple maintained their number of shipments, or saw positive shipment growth. Samsung led last quarter’s shipments, shipping 79.8 million units, with Apple following behind, having shipped 41.0…



HOBI weekly blog recap 7/31-8/4

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 7/31-8/4 Smartphones added to EPEAT program’s registry EPEAT, a Green Electronics Council program, announced the addition of mobile devices to their environmentally-friendly electronics registry on Monday. Previously, the EPEAT registry included computers, displays, TVs and imaging equipment. Global E-Waste Statistics Partnership begins new…



Smartphones added to EPEAT program’s registry

EPEAT, a Green Electronics Council program, announced the addition of mobile devices to their environmentally-friendly electronics registry on Monday. Previously, the EPEAT registry included computers, displays, TVs and imaging equipment. The EPEAT program provides environmental ratings for electronics that “makes it easy to select high-performance electronics that meet an organization’s IT and sustainability goals.” These…



Samsung Galaxy Note FE now available for puchase in South Korea

During late 2016, Samsung recalled millions of Galaxy Note 7 devices following multiple reports of exploding batteries. The recall costed Samsung an estimated $5.3 billion and led to a lengthy investigation regarding battery safety. Samsung faced criticism regarding the design of the devices, testing protocols and future disposal plans for the recalled devices. Instead of…



Three signs a smartphone has contracted a virus

Malware, ransomware and other viruses are no longer a concern limited to personal computers. Smartphones and tablets are quickly becoming the main computing device choice among technology users, and malicious sources are targeting these devices to compromise the owner’s personal information. A virus can be downloaded unknowingly from email, unsecure websites, text messages and apps.…



HOBI weekly blog recap 6/26-6/30

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 6/26-6/30 New Petya ransomware attack spread to more than 60 countries A new ransomware attack is running rampant across PCs worldwide. The malware, identified as a type of Petya ransomware, began targeting organizations worldwide Tuesday morning. This attack follows the high-profile WannaCry ransomware…