HOBI International, Inc. Weekly Recap 1/16-1/20

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 1/16-1/20 PC shipments continue to decline PC shipments continued a four-year decline last year. Gartner reports 72.6 million units shipped during Q4 2016, a 3.7 percent fall from Q4 2015. Stanford researchers design battery including fire extinguisher Combustible batteries are one of the…

Financial malware attacks increased more than 22% during Q4 2016

A report from Kapersky Labs indicates financial malware attacks increased 22 percent during Q4 of 2016. Financial malware is a type of malware that focuses on stealing money directly, or valuable information needed to access a person’s finances, including online banking credentials and credit card information. At least 319,000 users were targeted by financial malware,…

Apple celebrates the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary

Today marks the iPhone’s 10-year anniversary. Steve Jobs, Apple founder, called the device “revolutionary,” and the “ultimate digital device.” Blackberry was the leading mobile device provider at the time, but ultimately could not compete with the iPhone’s innovative design, through which users could email, scan the Internet, text message and talk on the phone simultaneously.…

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…