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…

Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) strategies are replacing traditional Mobile Device Management (MDM)

Enterprises worldwide are deploying more mobile devices each year, thanks to the increasing sophistication of mobile technologies. Allowing employees to utilize the smartphone or tablet of their choice as a primary computing device brings opportunities for increased productivity and a decreased learning curve. Increased mobile adoption is causing enterprises to turn to enterprise mobility management…

Apple announces plans to release iPhone repair machines

Last week, Apple, Inc. announced plans to release multiple iPhone screen repair machines to third-party repair companies worldwide. The company will release their Horizon Machines, previously only available to Apple retail stores and mail-in repairs, to 400 authorized repair shops in 25 countries around the world. The machine does not completely replace an iPhone’s screen,…

HOBI weekly blog recap 6/5-6/9

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 6/5-6/9 Three steps to prepare for a data center relocation Enterprise data centers are constantly evolving with new technologies and new approaches to maximize value. Whether it’s taking the plunge and committing to a cloud-computing centric data center, or just overall consolidation, data…

The sixth overlooked IoT and mobile security component

Earlier today, ZDNet published an article detailing five common security mistakes when implementing IoT and mobile technologies in the enterprise. More businesses will continue to introduce IoT and mobile in their tech strategies more advanced devices are introduced, but enterprises are not always fully prepared to use these devices. ZDNet lists the five major pitfalls…

Equipment Installation Plans (EIPs) continue to drive mobile device trade-ins

HYLA Mobile, a mobile device reverse logistics company, recently released  a study regarding mobile device trade-ins from Q1 2017. The study shows device trade-ins are continuing to increase with the introduction of leasing models instead of traditional two-year contracts. HYLA estimates more than one-fourth, or 26 percent, of mobile users remain on a two-year contract,…