Welcome to this week’s edition of my Weekly Technology News. technology
Few Gleanings from my perusing the Internet.
Boeing, BlackBerry Working Together on Self-Destructing Smartphone – BlackBerry is working with Boeing on Boeing’s high-security Android-based smartphone, the company said on Friday. The Boeing Black phone being developed by the Chicago-based aerospace and defense contractor, which is best known for jetliners and fighter planes, can self-destruct if it is tampered with. The Boeing Black device encrypts calls and is aimed at government agencies and others that need to keep communications and data secure. “We’re pleased to announce that Boeing is collaborating with BlackBerry to provide a secure mobile solution for Android devices utilizing our BES 12 platform,” BlackBerry CEO John Chen said on a conference call held to discuss its quarterly results.
Apple Makes Up 51 Percent of Device Activations on Christmas – According to a new report from Flurry Analytics, Apple accounted for 51 percent of the new device activations worldwide in the week leading up to and including Christmas Day. Samsung held the number two position with 18 percent of new device activations and Microsoft (Nokia) rounded out the top three with 5.8 percent share for mostly Lumia devices. After the top three manufacturers, the device market becomes increasingly fragmented with only Sony and LG commanding more than 1 percent share of new activations on Christmas Day. Xiaomi, Huawei and HTC all received less than 1 percent share on Christmas Day.
Google’s Gmail Service Blocked in China – Google’s Gmail service was blocked in China in what may be a new government attempt to limit or even ban access to the firm’s services. Data from Google’s Transparency Report show that online traffic from China to Gmail fell sharply on Friday and dropped to nearly zero on Saturday. Taj Meadows, a spokesman for Google Asia Pacific, said Google has checked its e-mail service and “there’s nothing technically wrong on our end.” China has taken steps previously to limit Google’s search and email services as part of a broader effort to limit Chinese citizens’ access to information on the Internet. It has not acknowledged or explained such actions.
Internet Users Top 3 Billion, Led by China, U.S. – This year will end with 3.03 billion Internet users worldwide, up 12 percent from 2013 but with a lot of room left to grow. That’s about 40 percent of the global population, up from just 20 percent in 2007, according to Live Internet Stats. China has the largest Internet population, at 667.5 million — more than double the U.S., which has the second largest number of users. However, by percentage of population, about 87 percent of the U.S. population has an Internet connection vs. 46 percent for China.
Sources: Reuters; Gizmodo; SlashGear; The Verge, The Wall Street Journal ,CNET; Engadget; Gigaom; Re/code; SlashGear,The Wall Street Journal, online; The New York Times, online; Washington Post, online; Reuters; Investor’s Business Daily, online; Gizmodo; SlashGear; The Verge.
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