Mobile News Roundup: Phonebloks, Marissa Meyer’s Insecure Phone, iPhone 5C and 5S

Phonebloks: A Concept for a Modular Smartphone

What if phones could be assembled out of detachable blocks held together by a base, like Lego? That’s the idea behind Phonebloks, Dave Hakkens’ concept and social media campaign for a modular phone that would allow users to customize their phone using the components they want. In order to turn this dream into a reality, Hakkens is rallying people to lend their social media reach by the end of October in order to convince hardware and software vendors to get behind the Phonebloks concept. As of this writing, he’s reached over 147,000 of the 150,000 supporters he’s seeking, and he’s still got over a month left!

i don’t know which hardware vendors will buy into the idea, but I think it’s an opportunity for Ubuntu Touch to shine.

Marissa Meyer has the Tech Industry’s “Must-Steal” Phone

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Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer doesn’t lock her phone with a passcode, and to make matters worse, everybody knows it now. At the TechCrunch Disrupt conference, she said “I can’t do this passcode thing 15 times a day.” I’ve heard similar from other “C-suite” people, whose rank often gets them exempted from IT rules that the rest of us mere mortals must follow. Unfortunately, these are the people who get the most sensitive email, from simple messages to spreadsheets with sensitive financial information and presentations outlining confidential plans and initiatives, and an unlocked phone is the gateway to all those goodies. As Tom Cochran, CTO of Atlantic Media (which owns the site Quartz) puts it, the leak of information through a smartphone is like a car accident: it may be low probability, but the cost is high enough to merit protection, whether it’s a seatbelt or a passcode.

The iPhone 5S’s thumbprint scanner is Meyer’s favourite new feature, and Yahoo’s IT department will probably breathe a sigh of relief when she gets hers.

iPhone 5C and 5S

Speaking of the iPhone 5S, here’s yesterday’s keynote featuring both it and its cheaper sibling, the iPhone 5C:

If you haven’t got time to watch the whole keynote, here’s The Verge’s “Under 4 Minutes” summary of the keynote:

And with these announcements, came the jokes:

star wars iphone 5S

iphone 5c crocs

nokia - imitation in the best form of flattery

2 replies on “Mobile News Roundup: Phonebloks, Marissa Meyer’s Insecure Phone, iPhone 5C and 5S”

[…] In an earlier article, I wrote that Yahoo CEO Marissa Meyer doesn’t lock her phone with a pass… She’s breaking a cardinal rule of corporate smartphone IT, and she’s not alone. I’ve talked to a number of executives during consulting sessions, asked for shows of hands at speaking gigs, and simply asked people at meetings over drinks if they lock their phones with passcodes, and a lot of them simply don’t. Even those who use passcodes go with terribly simple, easy-to-guess ones like this one from Spaceballs: […]

The match between the 5S and Star Wars is awesome.

With the Windows Phones though it just repeats the tragic truth… iPhones in colours is a big deal because people love iPhones. Nobody cares about Windows Phones even if they were the ones who innovated on software, or hit the trend of colour first and personalization (If this were the fashion industry I would have writting “colour is in this season”).

Regarding Meyer it’s refreshing to see a CEO care about the details, which you don’t really hear about from anybody except for Jobs. The bad part is how she has not power or connection to details like the iPhone passcode, when Jobs cared about the details, he went after the problem. And then there’s the Yahoo! logo, which Meyer cared about, and from what I read actually worked on personally, to lukewarm results.

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