The privacy-centered Blackphone has started shipping to the device's first pre-order customers. The handset was developed in response to revelations about NSA spying. Google and Microsoft are doing something they've never done before -- incorporating a "kill switch" into the next generation of their mobile operating systems. Apple already has a kill switch in iOS. A cheap brand of Chinese-made smartphones carried by major online retailers comes preinstalled with espionage software, a German security firm says, with malware hidden deep in the software. A more secure messaging app known as BBM Protected is now available for BlackBerry users, with security features that can be key for some business users. Android and iOS apps are due later this year. While Apple dominates the consumer market, the tech titan has room to grow within the corporate world. New enterprise-centric features in iOS 8 and OS X Yosemite could help boost that market share.
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
Mobile Technology Spotlight
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions of Users at Risk Having this fake ID is nothing to brag about, even if you are a minor. The “Fake ID” Android flaw drops malware into smartphone apps. It can steal credit card data and even take over your device.