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Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 22:58

It’s quite common for people to look at the cellular industry as a bunch of phones from different companies competing on features and functions but the reality is the towers are often the glue that connects these devices when they aren’t near WiFi hotspots. Towers are rife with innovation and in order for consumers to get better service they need to be upgraded with better radio frequency equipment, antennas and backhaul bandwidth.

3M Communications Markets Division is one company which focuses on perfecting the base station by making them easier to work on while ensuring they need less ongoing maintenance. I spent a good deal of time with the company recently speaking with Omar Flores, Steve King and others at the company to learn about how they are applying many of their innovations directly to the towers and other equipment responsible for interconnecting our tablets and other devices.

This is more of a commercial on what this division of 3M does but it's still instructive

By leveraging their massive R&D; spending they are producing a number of products used by ILECS and MSOs. Recently they announced The Slim Lock Mini and the Slim Lock Nano which join the Slim Lock Classic creating a family of varying sizes for wireless weatherproofing needs. The newest releases support the wireless industry’s move toward using Mini-DIN and N-Type connectors on Multiple In and Multiple Out (MIMO) antennas and radios for LTE deployments which of course are responding to the macro site densification trend.

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The new closures free up valuable tower space and offer a re-enterable weatherproofing solution that installs in less than a minute using just one hand. They showed me how easy it is to close these enclosures and how tower workers won’t need to use tape. They also offer cold-shrink tubing/gel which can be applied to enclosure to ensure the connections are waterproofed.

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Another interesting item they have is a camouflaged base station for small cell deployments. As the trend towards small cells continues, think about the fact that carriers don’t share these today. This means in the US you may have four base stations every few blocks in some cities.

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The company also makes a cleaver which is designed to cleave about 120 times before locking and getting thrown away. In fact there is little user training needed and a carrier may save $800 cleaver they no longer have to purchase. These new cleavers lock up after 120 cleaves and come free with specific connectors sold by the company. Most interestingly, the technology they use is diamond-wire instead of a blade.

 The new Easy Cleaver from 3M provides approximately 120 precise flat cleaves with an innovative fibe ...

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    Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 19:26

    We live in a sharing society which seems to be divided by generational lines which dictate your level of privacy. 30 and under? You likely share virtually everything about yourself online. Older than that and you probably guard your privacy more. Interestingly there are also companies that look at their internal confidentiality the same way. Some start-ups will not share anything about their plans for years – preferring to stay in stealth"mode. Others start the tweeting their plans from the moment they get the idea – through funding and potential IPO.

    The one thing both sides have in common however is the need to confidentially share trade secrets with some people. In other words, when you are seeking funding for your idea to launch “Tinder for pets” you want to ensure your potential investors keep the secret until the time is right.

    This gets us to the non-disclosure agreement or NDA… At one point or another, every company runs into situations where they need to sign these or produce them. Currently this involves going to your legal team or in many cases hiring an outside attorney if you are too small to have a team. You could always use the last one you came across and modify it accordingly but who knows if that is the best way to go about easy-nda-logo.pngensuring your trade secrets aren’t shared improperly.

    Then there is the challenge of managing it all. Has it expired? What are you obligated to keep secret? For how much longer? Who in the company is allowed to sign it? Where do you store it once its signed?

    In a recent conversation with Crick Waters, co-founder of EasyNDA, he explained to me the idea came about because he himself needed to deal with the challenge of making and sending out NDAs. Now he says, the company’s SaaS-based platform gives small companies the ability to quickly produce NDAs and lets large companies deal with the complexity of knowing what NDAs have been distributed and signed – and of course to whom.

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    In addition, there is mobile-support allowing two people at a lunch to quickly agree to and sign and NDA with their fingers on a smartphone.

    For larger companies not using such an automated system, the process can be even more complicated. In one scenario, a person fills out a form which is turned into an NDA which is given to a salesperson who gets it signed and then returns it for scanning and filing. Let’s spell that out in steps:

    1. Identify the need
    2. Fill out the form
    3. Deliver the form
    4. Legal develops the NDA
    5. Sales gets it and potentially prints it out
    6. Sales delivers it to a customer who signs it
    7. Sales brings it back for processing/fax/email/scan etc.
    8. Legal files it

    The main benefit of automation is not just NDA-management but the lubrication of business… Currently, if you want an NDA signed before you share an idea, you have to take potentially a few days to deal with the production and signing of the document. With a “standard purpose” NDA from EasyNDA, both parties will feel generally confident that the wording won’t take away their first born child and will hopefully sign without much thought. This should allow more focus on business and less on legalese. Moreover, since information is stored in the cloud, the rest of the organizations will be aware of the new development.

    easy-nda-ecosystem.gifWhile there are expensive systems on the market to handle things like this for mega-corporations the target audience here is the small to medium business.

    For now the service is available for free but going forward you will still be able to use the system for free to receive, execute and store NDAs. Otherwise, to produce and send EasyNDAs, you can purchase an individual subscription for $4/month, $19/month for a team of six or $79/month for a team of 25.

    The latter plan allows you to also use your own NDA if you so choose.

    Users

    Price

    More Details

    Single-use receive & sign

    free

    Store and upload signed NDAs

    Single-user send

    $4/month

    Unlimited sending

    6 team members

    $19/month

    Add inside or outside counsel as administrator

    25 team members

    $79/month

    EasyNDA converts your PDF-based NDA to an e-NDA

    If you’re wondering why his name sounds familiar, Crick was Co-founder and EVP Strategy and Business Development at Ribbit, the trailblazing programmable telephony network purchased by BT. The service offered "features" used to create customized "communications enabled" business processes and consumer business services. In some ways this is similar to GENBAND’s Kandy today.

    It will be interesting to see if Crick can turn this new company into the industry-standard for NDAs. If he does, I Agree to Disclose it to you at some point in the future. smiley-laughing

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    Date: Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 16:51

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    Will the combination of the ARM processor coupled with 14 nm FinFET process thanks to Samsung change the dynamics of the mobile processor market? That is certainly the logic being put forward by Mark Hibben at Seeking Alpha.

    As he explains:

    The term FinFET stands for Fin Field Effect Transistor because one of its structural features is a vertical silicon fin. FinFETs have a power efficiency advantage over previous generation transistors that goes beyond process node size. Processors built with FinFETs run faster while allowing for increased battery life.

    His point is that Samsung is on the record saying they will soon be producing Apple A9 chips using this fabrication process. This coupled ARM’s architectural-efficiency advantages and Apple’s chip-design know-how gives Cupertino a significant edge in the market.

    Moreover, he argues Intel is losing about $1 billion per quarter subsidizing their mobile device business, hoping to eventually be profitable. While most ARM chips are fabricated on a 28 nm process which is one generation behind Intel.

    Subsequently, when ARM chips are produced utilizing a 14 nm FinFET process, Intel will not have the advantage it has today – one which is helping it gain success in mobile but at a tremendous cost.

    Hibben further argues ARM chips will eventually find their way into Macs – starting with the MacBook Air.

    Without getting too deep into the weeds of disruptive technologies, ARM seems destined to own the desktop and eventually the server markets. It seems it’s always the low-cost provider that moves upmarket and takes share from the market leader. We are used to seeing this happen. A simple example is how Toyota, once considered a poor manufacturer of cars competes head-to-head with Mercedes with its Lexus division and Hyundai is taking on the luxury segment today while a decade ago no one would consider saying the word premium and Hyundai in the same sentence.

    Another simple fact is Samsung has to bet on other markets as the smartphone wars have become more challenging thanks to Xiaomi and others commoditizing the Android market.

    In other words, the high margins in the smartphone space for companies other than Apple are likely coming to an end. Want proof? Well the iPhone 6 Plus can be approximated by an Android tablet from Amazon which sells for $115! Starting price for the iPhone 6 Plus? $749!

    Apple has cash, tons of it to throw at designing the best processors and Samsung has no choice but to continue processor investment in order to keep the profits coming in as the Android smartphone market becomes even more commoditized.

    As this happens, expect ARM chips to become more competitive than ever and eventually permeate servers, desktops and anything in-between.

    It seems inevitable.

    Looking for a counterpoint? Well, as I have written in the past, the Intel Atom Z3745 processor is an impressive product which shows Intel can produce low-power processors that are still powerful in environments which aren’t choc-full of RAM.

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    Date: Monday, 06 Oct 2014 17:30

    After spending a good deal of time with the iPhone 6 Plus, I feel confident enough to point out its pros and cons. Hopefully you’ll find this list useful when making a decision regarding a smartphone purchase.

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    Pictured above: iPhone 6 and big brother/sister iPhone 6 Plus

    1. Perhaps the best feature of the phone is the superior antenna, thanks in part to the larger size of the phone and technological improvements by Apple like support for 802.11ac. If you used a 5s or smaller device you have likely experienced the challenge of seeing a WiFi signal but not being able to connect with it in a meaningful way. In other words, the phone is receiving a signal from an access point but doesn't have a strong enough signal to establish a connection of any value. The challenge of course is in such a situation, your phone’s broadband stops working as it favors WiFi over cellular. As a result, the user is forced to turn off WiFi or go into settings and "forget" the network in question. Sometimes, there are multiple networks which are related and cause the same problem but repeatedly. For example, OptimumWiFi and CableWiFi. This means from practical experience you could spend a few minutes dealing with connectivity issues at a traffic light instead of doing what you were hoping to do. The good news is the iPhone 6 Plus has a far better antenna and this hasn't happened to me nearly as often in the areas where the 5s suffered from this issue.
    2. Next up is better battery life. You can easily get a full day and perhaps two of use if you manage your settings properly. I’ve had a few days where I used less than 30% of the battery during the day. Many moderate users of the 5s can't even get a day of use out of their phones so this is a huge improvement. Personally, to save battery, I don’t use the Auto-Brightness setting, I turn the brightness down as low as I can stand and I do not use push email.
    3. Screen size is amazing. In portrait mode you can type comfortably and see lots of screen at the same time. I found I had to type in landscape on the 5s but not with the 6 Plus. In other words, the wider screen is comfortable enough to type on without turning the phone. In fact I haven’t yet gotten used to typing in landscape on this device. It may be too big actually. Moreover, in portrait mode, you can see enough of the screen above the keyboard to allow you to even write long posts or articles like this one. After using the device for about a week, picking up a 5s will seem like you borrowed a child’s toy. This is likely why those Android users think they are superior. smiley-tongue-outIt’s worth pointing out the screen may be as large as the one in a premium car, making things like phone-based GPS much more enjoyable.
    4. In fact, you can easily opt-out of the navigation package on your next car and not even feel like you have sacrificed anything.
    5. All apps look good on this screen. I have read reports which complained about the form factor of this device and how some apps haven’t been able to adapt to this new resolution. Either I am not using the right apps or the speed of app updates has been quite rapid. Most likely, a bit of both.
    6. Speaker placement means that gaming may present a challenge if you aren’t using a wireless headset. The issue is the phone is so big you hold it in your hands in such a way that your palm covers the speaker. If you try to leave a gap, your thumb can’t easily reach the center of the screen. Again, this depends on the size of your hands.
    7. Speaking of which, this is not a one-handed device. You simply cannot access the entire screen with just five digits unless your hands are huge. Couple this with a slippery feel and you will clutch your phone like it’s a newborn child covered in baby oil. On the flipside, you get a user-experience which is more like a tablet or desktop. For example, you can text in landscape mode while seeing messages from multiple users coming in on the left panel. Moreover, you can see documents far more easily than on the 5s... I have already approved a marketing postcard on the phone while I was walking in the hallway of a conference. I likely would never have done this with the 5s.
    8. Productivity is greatly increased with the 6 Plus over the 5 as you no longer need to save emails for when you get to a larger screen. You can comfortably absorb much more content thanks to not only the new screen but Apple’s attention to detail in providing an excellent reader option in Safari. While I have duplicated this functionality on a Samsung Galaxy Note 2 using Firefox, Apple’s reader is far better.

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    9. Kids will tell you it bends in your pocket. I was at a function with my kids recently and virtually every one of their schoolmates that saw me using the device (ages 9-13) told me with the confidence of a Hollywood actor preaching politics that the phone will bend in my pocket. When I countered that it will not, they told me with even greater confidence (is that even possible?) that it will heat up and then bend eventually. Some of the gained productivity from this device will undoubtedly be zapped in this way. Perhaps it’s better to just agree and thank them for sharing the immense amount of wisdom they've no-doubt gained from spending countless hours on Instagram and Facebook.
    10. Driving is dangerous with the iPhone 6 Plus because if you are used to a one-handed phone, you will find yourself reaching for the top of the screen by sliding the phone in your hand. You will undoubtedly take your focus off the road because you’ll find you’ll need to balance the device to keep it from falling. To make access easier, you can gently double-touch the home button to bring the items on the top-half of the screen within reach but for some reason, I haven’t gotten used to doing this myself. Hopefully I will catch on soon or just use the phone in the car less or rely on speech-recognition.
    11. It's worth mentioning speech recognition is now far better. This isn't unique to the 6 Plus. iOS 8 improved this function on the 5s and other devices as well. The point is, you can now use speech as an input device and experience greater accuracy. It’s by no means perfect but it’s far better than it was.
    12. The phone is slippery. It isn't terrible but I feel like it could fall out of my hands. Still, it feels good to hold. I believe a thin silicone case might help without adding too much bulk. I ordered one and will report back if it makes a big difference.
    13. It is an Android rip-off. Apple was at one-time suing Samsung into oblivion because they claimed they were copied. They likely buried the hatchet when they realized the impending iPhone 6 Plus was a Galaxy Note 2 clone. Specifically, the screen size is the same but the phone is a bit taller and thinner.
    14. You can drain the battery and heat the device nicely by simultaneously using FaceTime and a graphic-intensive game like Modern Combat 5 on maximum screen brightness. In other words, even though battery life is tremendous, you can cut into it significantly with the right GPU-intensive apps.
    15. iPad use will be reduced. If you have any-sized tablet, you will take it with you less as a result of this device. I have an informal rule – if I am going to be sitting for more than 15 minutes, I’ll take the iPad or Surface Pro 3. Otherwise the phone works great. This really is an iPad mini killer.
    16. The camera is better than the 5s but only fanatics will notice a difference.
    17. Consider getting more memory than you thought you would need as higher resolution images supporting Retina HD means larger file sizes. Also, more screen real-estate means you will benefit from many more applications than you might have used on a smaller phone.
    18. I still stand by my comments that the Super-AMOLED screen technology on the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge is superior to the 6 or 6 Plus LCDs. If you want to learn more, here is a great source. If you aren’t absolutely convinced you need an Apple device, consider the Note Edge as it is a really innovative phone as you can swipe the side of it to do amazing things like see news, weather and messages – while still doing something else on the main screen. Once developers start to innovate, we will likely all be amazed. Apple may even be forced to copy some more.
    19. I am still struggling to find a suitable case for this device for running. I do not want an armband - I prefer something which goes around the waist. I have tried one featured on another news site but am so unimpressed, I don't even want to write about it. Tune Belt has been around long enough to supply great running cases for Sony Walkmans. They are soon going to bring a case for iPhone 6 Plus to market. It may be a great option. They say they have an armband solution now if you're interested.
    20. If however you are 100% in the Apple camp, the 6 Plus is an amazing device. It gives you “fits in most pockets” portability with tablet functionality and one-day-plus battery life. I have written two blog entries on the phone already and this post began life on the iPhone – using Microsoft Word and OneDrive. There has been much talk of how smartphones are replacing computers for common activities – this is the first Apple phone which in my opinion allows you to do the majority of things a PC can do. I still am waiting for iOS to get better at selecting text. Android has a way to go in this arena as well. This minor quibble aside, you will lose some one-handed functionality for sure but will more than make up for it with the increased productivity you get using two hands.

    Tags: amoled, android, apple, bendgate, displaymate, galaxy, galaxy edge, galaxy note, ios 8, iphone, iphone 6, iphone 6 plus, lcd, samsung, super-amoled Related tags: speech recognition, samsung galaxy, using device, phone, screen, device

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    Date: Sunday, 05 Oct 2014 20:20






    Hewlett-Packard will once again split its company into two, basically spinning off the low-margin PC and printer business according to reports. We have seen IBM pull this off with its PC and later server business thanks to Lenovo.

    The issue of course is the company said it would do this a while back and abruptly changed course. They then reassured hte market that they would not spin off the units.

    The move does make sense from the standpoint of focus and valuation. The company is gargantuan and having to deal with PCs and printers is just one more area to devote precious resources.

    These same resources could instead be aimed at cloud,-software and services.

    Moreover, it seems the pressure is really on the the PC market to price devices at $99 or $199. H-P's own Stream announcements confirm this. Chrome book competition is forcing the market to rethink itself. Then there is Android - hundreds of thousands of apps are available and prices are plummeting. In short, Apple is at the high end of the market, commanding Tiffany-plus margins, then there is Samsung and then a huge gap before you get to the others.

    I said sometime back that Meg Whitman would have a short tenure at HP. The reality is she is doing an OK job - this move is probably the right one.

    In a weird way, I think the stutter- step towards this decision in the past has readied the market for this move.

    The news of this spin-off may result in loss of some customers but don't expect calamity.

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    Date: Sunday, 05 Oct 2014 20:04



    Hewlett-Packard will once again split its company into two, basically spinning off the low-margin PC and printer business according to reports. We have seen IBM pull this off with its PC and later server business thanks to Lenovo.

    The reason I say "once again" of course is the company said it would do this a while back and abruptly changed course. They then reassured hte market that they would not spin off the units.

    The move does make sense from the standpoint of focus and valuation. The company is gargantuan and having to deal with PCs and printers is just one more area to devote precious resources.

    These same resources could instead be aimed at cloud,-software and services.

    Moreover, it seems the pressure is really on the the PC market to price devices at $99 or $199. H-P's own Stream announcements confirm this. Chrome book competition is forcing the market to rethink itself. Then there is Android - hundreds of thousands of apps are available and prices are plummeting. In short, Apple is at the high end of the market, commanding Tiffany-plus margins, then there is Samsung and then a huge gap before you get to the others.

    I said sometime back that Meg Whitman would have a short tenure at HP. The reality is she is doing an OK job - this move is probably the right one.

    In a weird way, I think the stutter- step towards this decision in the past has readied the market for this move.

    The news of this spin-off may result in loss of some customers but don't expect calamity.


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    Reports from the Wall Street Journal say Google's labs are hard at work on tech which stitches together to form very large screens from smaller, less expensive ones. One wonders if this makes a lot of sense with prices so low. I saw this same technology in Microsoft's labs eight years ago or so. That is when this would have been most useful and cost-effective.

    Now, not so much.

    Then again, I imagine Google has been influenced by the Day Made of Glass series made by Corning and they envision a future where every surface is a touchscreen.



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    The enterprise mobility management space is bustling with activity thanks in large-part to the explosion of devices which companies must support. BYOD is something companies had no choice to accept – but this doesn’t mean they can’t manage the devices which are logging onto corporate systems and using company wireless networks. In fact, more than ever, they have to focus more on potential BYOD threats.

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    In a recent meeting with SOTI, a major player in the space, they announced they had 50 android OEMs using their platform. The companies include BQ, HTC, Intermec by Honeywell, Kyocera, Lenovo, LG, Motorola Solutions, Panasonic, Samsung and many others.

    Roula Vrsic, VP of Marketing was excited to talk about this growth. Some months back when I saw her last, the company had 35 Android OEMs – impressive growth. She says, company’s want the SOTI APK.

    Some of the benefits the company’s solution provides are geofencing, kiosk mode and URL filtering. She tells me some school districts have one device that the entire family uses and as a result they can use SOTI to relax URL filtering rules by grade. Moreover, they can have tighter restrictions on devices at schools than at home.

    In the healthcare market, the solution can be used to provide remote nurses with a tablet which utilizes HIPAA-compliant encryption to communicate with a specialist who could specify for example that a patient’s limb doesn’t look good and they need to be airlifted immediately for treatment.

    In terms of the fragmented market which Android plays in, she says her company can manage 75% of the Android market for now. Also, if you are a channel partner, its worth checking out coverage regarding the company’s Altitude Partner Program designed to help you sell enterprise mobility solutions.

    A key takeaway from my latest meeting is the mobility market is more than just about gadgets – these solutions are being used to save lives. SOTI is one of the companies allowing this to happen.

    Here is a bit more on the company's MobiControl 11

    Tags: android, compliance, enterprise mobility management, hacker, hipaa, ios, ipad, iphone, mdm, security, soti Related tags: enterprise mobility, company, android, market, companies, devices

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    Date: Thursday, 02 Oct 2014 19:36
    The Internet of Things is transforming the world before our very eyes as the infusion of connectivity allows objects to capture enormous amounts of intelligence and subsequently use this information to drive businesses to run more efficiently and allow consumers to have better lives. Today, applications like smart thermostats save consumers money while ensuring their comfort thanks to motion-sensing and intelligence related to user preferences.

    One of the challenges the industry faces though is how to rapidly roll-out new applications. Perhaps just as important is how do you get developers to develop without making sure that your first train them on every type of wireless network? This is where OmegaDevCloud from RacoWireless comes in. Developers now don't need to start from scratch when developing new M2M and IoT applications as they can utilize the standardization-engine the company provides which interfaces with multiple wireless ecosystems.

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    In fact, in a conversation with company president John Horn and Landon Garner, Director of Marketing, I got to hear how RacoWireless wants to be known as the company that allows this transformation to happen by making it easy for companies to build, deploy and manage M2M solutions.

    The benefit for developers is obvious… They can get to market much more quickly. How much faster? Well John tells me that it could take five minutes instead of 2-to-3 days thanks to the drag-and-drop interface the system employs.

    Moreover, regardless of what network you're looking to connect to - whether it’s cellular, ZigBee or bluetooth, they're all included so once again, no need to know the actual wireless network protocols. Just develop and get to market quickly hopefully start making money.

    According to Carl Ford, Partner at CrossFire Media,

    The significance of the Omega DevCloud announcement is that the telecom standards and the platform limitations are bypassed in favor of giving the developer direct access to the sensors via their specific RESTFUL APIs and the JSON framework. Thus, direct app development to the sensors can be put in place that keeps the developer in their own sandbox rather than suffering telecom java (not script) and platform APIs. 

    Going forward, John tells me there's a couple things the company wants to do… They're going to add to the ecosystem while simultaneously simplifying it.

    And with ultimately billions of the devices out there that have to be managed, programmed and connected, it makes sense to use the easiest interface you can possibly find. One which allows you to speak to as many of these different devices and wireless networks as possible.

    Here is an insightful interview with John Horn from last year where he lays out much of the company’s strategy.

    To learn more about the company be at M2M Evolution January 27-30th 2015 in Miami, FL.

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    Date: Monday, 29 Sep 2014 10:41

    This morning, news broke that even more celebrity nude photos of haveclooney.jpg leaked and that George Clooney handed out burner phones to wedding guests to ensure any photos taken didn’t show up on the internet after accounts got hacked. The interesting point here is that what Clooney is saying is his wedding is only as secure as the weakest cellphone password. As you might imagine, TMZ was not amused.

    This security measure makes sense… George’s security team was able to remotely monitor all photos taken meaning they would also know who leaked a specific photo. But what’s even more interesting to me is, if celebrities can’t trust cellphone passwords to keep their wedding and nude selfies secure, can you trust them to be secure in your enterprise? The answer is obviously not… At least until cellphone passwords get a heck of a lot stronger or start using multifactor authentication.

    Yet, companies with BYOD polices – which is basically all corporations have done little since nude selfie-gate to reign in what confidential work their users do using third-party clouds. Having said that, one wonders if the solution for companies will be same as for Clooney… Burner phones for all.

    If this is a future trend we likely can’t expect these burner devices to be made by Apple… At $800 a pop, the bills get big fast. But a no-name Android device? Maybe.

    I don’t expect burner phones to become a standard giveaway at corporations immediately but the idea is intriguing and in a way would just be a simple reversal of BYOD policies. We’d be going back to a time when security was more in the hands of IT and less in the hands of Apple’s iCloud.

    Disclosure: This pic of George may or may not be with his new wife. I truly lack the interest in knowing who he married.

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