Here are today's top stories from Tech News Today for February 24, 2014:
- It’s after 7pm in Barcelona, Spain, where Mobile World Congress is winding down Day One. Nokia rolled out three Android phones this morning called the Nokia X, Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL. Sony announced a new Xperia Z2 Android waterproof smartphone, which has a 5.2-inch screen and the ability to capture image-stabilized 4K video with its 20.7 megapixel camera. Sony also announced its Xperia Z2 tablet, which the company claims is the world’s thinnest and lightest tablet. China’s Huawei unveiled a wearable wristband device called the TalkBand B1, which has a pop-out earpiece for making calls via Bluetooth. These are just a few of the many announcements that have already taken place at the event. Read more at cnet.com.
- Netflix will pay Comcast for a direct connection, which should boost Netflix performance for Comcast customers. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. The move has been slammed as a blow against net neutrality. That claim is probably an exaggeration, but the deal does raise concerns. In fact, such arrangements are commonplace with the exception of one detail: Netflix is paying. Usually, so-called “peering” deals are seen as a mutually beneficial arrangement to improve service and no money changes hands. Another reason this is big news is that Netflix is a big user of network capacity, gobbling up about 30 percent of all Internet traffic during peak hours. Read more at streamingmedia.com.
- The Wall Street Journal reported over the weekend that Google is working with LG Electronics to create a smartwatch. Read more at wsj.com.
- Microsoft’s Joe Belfiore announced nine new hardware partners over the weekend. The company also said they plan to lower some requirements for the device with the intention of enabling lower-cost Windows Phone handsets for emerging markets. Read more at venturebeat.com.
- Apple fixed a security flaw in iOS Friday, but temporarily left its OS TEN open to attack, according to a story by James Temple on Recode. Security researchers say the bug, called “Go to fail,” could have made Apple’s own Safari browser and Mail application vulnerable. Apple said they’re working on a patch. Read more at recode.net.
- WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum announced at Mobile World Congress today that his app will add voice calling by June. He also confirmed that WhatsApp still has no plans for advertising. The company is being acquired by Facebook. In related news, Koum announced yesterday that a network router knocked out WhatsApp for more than three hours on Saturday. Read more at cnet.com.
For insight, analysis, and discussion of these topics and more, check out Tech News Today for February 24, 2014.