Mobile Weekly Recap: MWC 2016, AppConfig Community, and Nissan Leaf's Cyber Misdemeanor

Hey folks, we’re back with the latest around mobile, security, and more. What was the buzz this week? Check it out below.

Mobile World Congress 2016

The biggest mobile event of the year wrapped up on Thursday this week. Mark Zuckerberg and Oculus aside, the biggest announcements from the trade show this year included:

  • Samsung’s unveils their two newest flagship smartphones, Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge
  • LG comes to bat with the reveal of LG G5, which some are deeming to be the “most innovative smartphone in years” 
  • HP makes a Phabulous entrance back into the smartphone market with the Elite x3
  • Huawei's TalkBand B2 gives wearable technology a boost with new bluetooth headphones that double as a fitness tracker and a portable media player 

AppConfig Community Brings Together MobileIron, IBM, JAMF, and VMware

We’ve joined forces with IBM, JAMF, and VMware to form the AppConfig Community to establish a common approach for enterprise app config and security based OS native standards. In other words, that means simplified app development and deployment. More on AppConfig Community here.

Apple and the FBI... the Plot Thickens

Apple files its legal response to the FBI’s request for Apple’s assistance in unlocking the phone of a shooter involved in the San Bernardino incident last December.

Both the First and Fifth Amendment are cited in Apple’s filing, the motion reads, “This is not a case about one isolated iPhone. Rather this case is about the Department of Justice and the FBI seeking through the courts a dangerous power that Congress and the American people have withheld: the ability to force companies like Apple to undermine the basic security and privacy interests of hundreds of millions of individuals around the globe.” You can take a look at Apple’s 65-pager legal filing and read more details on the case on Wired.

Microsoft Announces Xamarin Acquisition

Microsoft is entering the world of cross-platform support with the recent acquisition of Xamarin, a mobile app development platform, used by developers to build, test, and monitor their consumer and enterprise apps.

Nissan Leaf - No Longer “Green“

Computer security researcher Troy Hunt discovered earlier this week that the app allowing Nissan Leaf car owners to connect to their car contains a number of cyber vulnerabilities. This would allow any hacker in a remote location to control your car’s heating/air-conditioning and battery functions from a web browser. Yikes! The full story is available on Autoblog.

And that’s a wrap! Join us next week as we cover RSA, one of the biggest infosec conferences of the year and more!

Stacy Chen