Stories by Mikael Ricknäs

New smartphone OSes bet on Web techs and improved UIs

In the next 12 months, smartphones with five new operating systems are scheduled to go on sale, leaning on Web technologies and improved user interfaces to try and make a dent in the dominance of Apple's iOS and Google's Android.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 16 January, 2013 20:49

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, Google, Microsoft, smartphones, Samsung Electronics, Mobile OSes, mobile

Skytap hopes to simplify adoption of Hadoop with its cloud

To simplify the roll-out of clusters for big data applications, Skytap is now offering pre-configured Cloudera Hadoop templates that can run in the company's public cloud.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 16 January, 2013 13:37

Tags: Skytap, cloud computing, internet, Software as a service

Apple's iPhone, iPad lead the way as mobile BI matures, says Ovum

Apple and Google's Android have the widest adoption among mobile BI (business intelligence) applications, as the products are becoming more mature, according to a report from market research company Ovum.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 15 January, 2013 18:42

Tags: ovum, telecommunication, ios, Android, business intelligence, iPad, Blackberry, mobile applications, Apple, Android OS, consumer electronics, Google, Microsoft, smartphones, Mobile OSes, software, tablets, Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS, applications, iPhone, hardware systems, mobile, Android tablets

Swedish authority wants online defamation to be punishable by law

The Swedish Data Inspection Board wants to make "grave" defamatory remarks made online a crime, even in cases that are currently protected by the country's constitution.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 14 January, 2013 18:25

Tags: legal

Orange and Baidu introduce mobile browser for Africa, Middle East

Mobile operator Orange and Chinese Internet giant Baidu have developed a co-branded mobile browser for Android-based smartphones.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 14 January, 2013 09:03

Tags: telecommunication, Carriers,, orange, internet, search engines

Study identifies Galaxy S III and iPhone 5 users as biggest data hogs

Apple iPhone 5 users consume the most cellular data, while owners of Samsung Electronics' Galaxy S III upload more data than any other smartphone, according to a survey conducted by Arieso.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 14 January, 2013 00:24

Tags: telecommunication, applications, ios, iPhone, Android, mobile, Apple, Android OS, consumer electronics, htc, smartphones, Samsung Electronics, Mobile OSes

Nokia sold 4.4 million Lumia smartphones in Q4

Nokia sold 4.4 million Lumia smartphones during the fourth quarter of last year, as the company's Devices & Services unit exceeded expectations, according to preliminary data.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 10 January, 2013 14:59

Tags: business issues, consumer electronics, smartphones, Nokia, Mobile OSes, financial results, mobile, Windows Phone

SecurEnvoy and PasswordBank join forces on single sign-on for cloud services

SecurEnvoy and PasswordBank have joined forces to allow users to access multiple cloud services at the same time using their mobile phones.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 10 January, 2013 13:31

Tags: consumer electronics, security, PasswordBank, smartphones, Access control and authentication, SecurEnvoy, mobile, cloud computing, internet, mobile applications

Five smartphone trends from Las Vegas

In 2013, a high-end smartphone should have a full-HD 5-inch screen and a 13-megapixel camera to remain competitive, if products launched at International CES in Las Vegas this week are an indication of the state of the art for mobile devices.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 09 January, 2013 15:37

Tags: Huawei Technologies, CES, Android OS, consumer electronics, smartphones, ZTE, Android, sony

Video streaming gets a boost with new 802.11ac products

New 802.11ac routers launching at International CES promise users gigabit-speeds and better performance when streaming video.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 08 January, 2013 16:30

Tags: Securfi, CES, Linksys, Networking, wireless, routers, qualcomm, belkin, Quantenna, WLANs / Wi-Fi, D-Link, networking hardware, consumer electronics, smartphones

HTC's Q4 profit falls by 90 percent

HTC's net profit for the fourth quarter of 2012 fell by 90 percent year-over-year, as the Taiwanese smartphone maker continues to struggle amid heated competition.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 07 January, 2013 13:47

Tags: business issues, smartphones, iPhone, Mobile OSes, Android, financial results, mobile, Windows Phone, Android OS, consumer electronics, htc

USB 3.0 standard will soon allow up to 10G bps

An enhanced version of USB 3.0 will deliver up to 10G bps, twice the data speed of current connections.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 07 January, 2013 12:28

Tags: peripherals, CES, USB Implementers Forum, Networking, USB 3.0 Promoter Group

Qualcomm promises improved WLAN performance with StreamBoost technology

Qualcomm Atheros is rolling out StreamBoost, a technology that will be used in Wi-Fi routers and gateways to improve the performance of movies and games streamed over wireless home networks.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 04 January, 2013 14:37

Tags: CES, Networking, wireless, qualcomm, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Cisco and NXP invest in connected car technology company

Cisco Systems and NXP Semiconductors have both invested in connected car equipment vendor Cohda Wireless, as they look to make the Internet of things a reality and take a piece of a quickly growing market.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 04 January, 2013 10:46

Tags: business issues, Cisco Systems, Networking, wireless, Cohda Wireless, investments, NXP Semiconductors

IT investments will increase in 2013 thanks to software and device spending

Enterprises buying new mobile devices and investing in security and storage management will give IT spending a boost in 2013.

By Mikael Ricknäs | 03 January, 2013 12:20

Tags: Gartner, consumer electronics, smartphones, hardware systems, tablets, software, laptops

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