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…

The Supreme Court reaches decision in Samsung design infringement case

After months of deliberation, the Supreme Court has reached a decision in Samsung and Apple’s design infringement case. Earlier today, the Supreme Court ruled Samsung only violated one component of Apple’s design patent instead of the entire device, meaning Samsung may not be forced to pay penalties. In 2012, a jury ruled Samsung’s smartphone design…

Three data security tips for online shopping this holiday season

With the holidays in a few weeks, shoppers everywhere are using their mobile and desktop devices for online purchases. While online shopping is a convenient option for holiday shopping, without the right precautions, shoppers personal data could be at risk. Here are four tips for protecting personal information while shopping online this holiday season: Protect…

HOBI News of the Week 11/14-11/18

Here is a recap of the HOBI blog for the week of 11/14-11/18 Study shows researchers can identify smartphone user qualities through screen residue A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California San Diego analyzed the residue left behind on smartphone screens from previous users. How leasing companies can benefit from Mobility…

Study shows researchers can identify smartphone user qualities through screen residue

A new study conducted by researchers at the University of California San Diego analyzed the residue left behind on smartphone screens from previous users. The study analyzed the phones of 30 participants, and took swabs from four areas of the devices as well as eight spots on the respondent’s hand. Through this analysis, researchers were…

How leasing companies can benefit from Mobility Managed Services (MMS)

A report by Deloitte predicts by the end of 2016, consumers will sell or trade-in up to 120 million used smartphones, generating $17 billion in revenue, at an average of $140 per device. This report also predicts used devices will comprise 7 percent of total smartphone sales in 2016, and grow four times faster than…

Five ways IT asset management has changed since 2008

This morning, USA Today’s Tech section published an article detailing five ways the tech industry has changed since 2008. The five changes they listed included smartphones, social media, transportation, dating and streaming. Within the past eight years, tech has become more efficient and convenient. People now rely on their smartphones, tablets and laptop computers to…