With plenty of news to cover this week, it was clear that, as ever, there was plenty going on in the realm of gadgets and technology. To that end, we've got our Week in Review coverage ready to help make the huge influx of news a little more accessible. So settle in and let's run down what was big this week in gadgets and gear!
First, we had a look at five major tech trends in the enterprise market for 2013. While there are always plenty of trends powering enterprise tech, five major sources of product offerings and speculation alike are emerging in the Bring Your Own Device — BYOD — sector, as well as the upcoming obsolescence of Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, thanks to the cloud. Further, expect Applications-as-a-Service —AaaS -- to improve desktop management capability on the IT level, improvements in the big data concept, and a better way to handle data to fuel business intelligence and analytics systems.
Next there was a look at the discovery of miniFlame, also known as SPE, a particularly potent piece of malware threatening to do some very unpleasant things indeed. The miniFlame system can work alongside several other pieces of malware as a plug-in, including for both Flame and Gauss, but it can also work independently. Worse, it has several known variants, as discovered by Kaspersky Labs, some of which are still active. Some have speculated that it may have a special meaning for cyber-espionage, making it dangerous stuff.
Then came a special report about the value of telecommunications management in business, and how, more specifically, the use of same can make businesses more efficient. Telecommunications management solutions can help with this on several key fronts, including the integration of several key IT / telecom processes, better security specifically geared for a mobile work force, improved management capability and reduced waste, with better cost control and visibility for better tracking and, where needed, interdiction. Improvements will vary, of course, but the introduction of telecommunications management has very big potential for dividends.
Next came a closer look at a recent question in the telecommunications markets; should Facebook become a mobile service provider? Since there has been more than a little pushback between mobile service providers and application providers on just who's bringing more to the table—mobile service providers point out that no one can reach said apps without their bandwidth on a mobile basis, and app providers point out that there would be no reason to have mobile service in the first place without their programs — the idea of Facebook providing its own service and getting in on both ends of the revenue stream isn't out of line, but isn't without its difficulties.
Finally, we had a look at a leak that detailed updates to Gmail for Android. Most appear to be very happy about this development, and hope that the leak will actually come to pass. New features suggested to be included as part of the leak include pinch zoom, regarded by many as the most wanted Gmail feature, but also improvements to navigation and visibility alike.
There's always plenty of news to go around in the mobile technology market, and this week proved to be no exception. Our global online community turned up a laundry list of items, and next week is likely to be just as filled with news as ever. So be sure to join us back here next week for lots more technology news, capped off as ever by our Week in Review every weekend!