This week, read about how Apple is grappling with the new security flaw ‘Freak’ and learn about Google’s wireless internet offerings. Also understand why HP is acquiring Aruba Networks and how Facebook’s Internet.org would help mobile operators. Finally, take a peek into the latest smartphone unveiled by BlackBerry.
Apple, Google to issue software update to counter ‘Freak’ bugTo combat a new security bug that may affect mobile devices and Mac computers, Apple and Google have developed security fixes. The ‘Freak’ flaw may enable web attackers to peep into the communications of users of Apple’s Safari browser and Google’s Android browser, according to software researchers who discovered the flaw. Apple said that the remedy has been developed and will be passed on to the customers and technology partners as a software update next week. The name ‘Freak’ stands for ‘Factoring RSA-EXPORT Keys’.
Link: Financial Post
Google to offer wireless web services in USThe search giant now plans to offer wireless Internet, although in a different manner. Sunder Pichai, Senior Vice President of Google, recently spoke about the innovative concept of blending Wi-Fi and cellular networks seamlessly, during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. Google wants to tap into its extensive fibre network that it has installed in various cities. The fibee network, Google Fiber, can be used by phones to place calls and use messaging apps. The company has plans to forge ties with the existing carriers for the service.
HP acquires ArubaHewlett-Packard has recently announced the acquisition of Aruba Networks, the Wi-Fi equipment maker, for about US$3 billion (€2.7 billion). The purchase, expected to close by 31 October, is an all-cash deal. HP will pay US$24.67 (~€22.23) for each Aruba share. Aruba specialises in wireless networking access point hardware and software used by hotels and shopping malls. The acquisition, HP’s first major transaction since it announced to split itself into two last year, will give a boost to its networking business.
Facebook chief says internet.org would help telcosFacebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg recently spoke on the potential of internet.org at the Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona. Internet.org, a web service backed by Facebook, intends to provide people in emerging markets free access to certain online applications. According to Mr. Zuckerberg, internet.org would help mobile operators persuade customers to spend more for data services. He also expressed his desire to work with Google in a collaborative manner on potential deals.
Link: The Australian
BlackBerry Leap: a smartphone for the mid-marketBlackBerry has unveiled a new smartphone, the BlackBerry Leap. The phone, which was made public at this week’s Mobile World Congress, is intended to serve customers in the mid-market range. Leap would be initially launched in the US and European markets around April and will come with a price tag of US$275 (€248). It might replace the Z3 device, launched a year ago. The company also plans to roll out two more models in the coming months.
The highlights from our Weekly Techno Briefs above do not necessarily represent the view of Capgemini Group.