Iíve been following developments at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week as I like Ďgadgets.í Well, donít we all!
Now that most smartphones are looking pretty much the same, from a physical point of view, the manufacturers are going to be fighting harder for market share amongst each other. If companies such as Apple canít block another manufacturer from selling in their markets through litigation, itís going to be open warfare for market share, and to be more about what you can do with your smartphone.
At the MWC I noticed another push for remote control of household equipment, which seems to come around each year. Another technology lauded as adding value is NFC (Near Field Communications). Many smartphones already have NFC built in, and itís been in use in several countries for some time. Iím concerned about some of the uses demonstrated at MWC. Security is a major issue for me, and if someone gets hold of your phone and uses the NFC they could charge goods and services to your account, or use the phone for identity theft. I didnít see a demonstration of the security, so iíd like to know more, but as it stands, I like the concept, but Iím not keen on the execution. If NFC is built in to new smartphones I do hope it can be turned off.
In the meantime, iíll keep watching the developments and the latest gadgets.
An Italian court ruled this week that Google could not be expected to check every single upload. The court said, "The possibility must be ruled out that a service provider, which offers active hosting can carry out effective, pre-emptive checks of the entire content uploaded by its users,"
In another case in the EU, Google said the public should have access to "valid, legal content." Google's Head of Free Expression for Europe, the Middle East and Africa William Echikson, said, "There are clear societal reasons why this kind of information should be publicly available," continues Echikson. "People shouldn't be prevented from learning that a politician was convicted of taking a bribe, or that a doctor was convicted of malpractice. The substantive question before the Court today is whether search engines should be obliged to remove links to valid legal material that still exists online. We believe the answer to that question is no."
Once again, I hope this week's round-up helped keep you up-to-date. If you've spotted some news that we haven't covered or discussed, drop me a message, or post it yourself and let me know. Until next time, have a productive week!