Top News for April 16, 2014

Samsung

Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for April 16, 2014:

  1. Samsung revealed some unexpected future mobile and wearable plans yesterday. Samsung is unique in the wearables industry because it makes, not one, but four different smartwatches. Yesterday, Reuters learned that the company will soon come out with a fifth smartwatch -- this time, supporting Google’s Android Wear platform. We also found out that Samsung plans two new Tizen smartphones, for some reason. Read more at theverge.com.

  2. The mobile tech industry is volunteering to support the smartphone kill switch idea. Apple, Samsung, Google, HTC, Huawei, Nokia and Microsoft have all agreed to build kill switches into future mobile devices. Read more at fiercewireless.com.

  3. A French company called LaCie, which is a subsidiary of Seagate that sells hard drives, says nearly everyone who shopped on their web site over the past year is at risk from personal data theft. Read more at krebsonsecurity.com.

  4. As we’ve reported in a past episode, Google is developing an experimental Android phone called Project Tango. The phone can map indoor environments in real time using some special cameras, processors and other exotic hardware. Read more at ifixit.com.

  5. Google today rolled out a previously announced ad format called +Post ads. The format takes a regular Google+ post on a Page account, rather than a personal account, and turns it into an interactive display ad. Read more at adwords.blogspot.com.

For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for April 16, 2014.