ByLeopold Epstein:Now that Apple's (AAPL) growth trend has been broken, the world is no longer in denial about how the smartphone market is competitive. There are many companies that will increase competition based on price and new features.
As the world moves deeper into the digital space and people use handheld devices like smartphones to store more and more of their personal data, storing data remotely over cloud storage provided by smartphone makers has raised many privacy concerns.
Fighting across Iraq, Libya, Ukraine and Gaza, and an accelerating economy, should mean higher oil prices. Yet crude is falling.
Six years ago, oil soared to a record US$147 a barrel as tension mounted over Iran’s nuclear program and the world economy had just seen the strongest period of sustained growth since the 1970s. Now, West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark price, has traded below US$100 for 10 days and Brent, the European equivalent, tumbled to a 13-month low.
A free service launched on Wednesday called PrivateSky lets Internet users shield email, Facebook updates, and other online exchanges from hackers or other unwanted snoops.The service from startup CertiVox comes as hackers appear to be rampaging through the Internet, cracking defenses at companies, attacking public websites, and tricking their way into email accounts to spy on contents.PrivateSky works with Internet Explorer (IE) browsers to provide encryption for whatever people type into message boxes and decodes it only for those they chose.