Each Monday, I'll cover the tech trends, gadgets, business services, and apps of note. The goal is to highlight not just consumer flash-in-the-pan ideas, but actual developments that could impact your business. Post in comments if you know of any other trends!
1. SIM Card Crack
Be on guard for this one. Later this month, researcher Karsten Nohl will present a new finding at the Black Hat conference in (where else?) Las Vegas. Using a couple of hidden text messages, he will show how someone might hack your SIM card by exploiting an old security code. The worry for business owners? The hack can cause an employee's smartphone to start sending premium text messages and rack up a huge bill, record calls, or steal payment info.
2. SanDisk Connect
As chips get smaller and smaller, it makes sense that one device will have more on-board capabilities. SanDisk announced this week its new Connect line, which includes a portable flash drive and a larger media drive. The idea is to store your files for an office or in a hotel room and share the data over Wi-Fi without the need for a separate hotspot or router.
3. iPad Giant?
I really want this one to be true. Apple suppliers, who are not supposed to spill the beans about anything, have said they are working on prototype versions of the iPhone and iPad with larger screens, possibly around 5 inches and 13 inches, respectively. (The current iPhone 5 measures about 4 inches and the iPad 4 is about 10 inches.) Why should you care? As we move to the age of portable productivity, the larger sizes might mean more power, better battery life, more useful apps, and less eye strain for longer work periods.
4. More Microsoft Woes
Late last week news reports showed Microsoft in a terrible freefall. The earnings report revealed poor Microsoft Surface sales and a 11 percent drop in share price. Is it time to rethink your office strategy by embracing Chromebooks or the Mac, ditching a total reliance on Microsoft back-office products, or at least ditching Windows 8? Let me know in the comments if Microsoft's performance has encouraged you to make any changes to your IT strategy. (I still stand by my prediction that Windows 8 will be considered the tech fail of the decade, by the way.)