Each Monday, I 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 real developments that could impact your business. Post in the comments if you spot other essential headlines!
1. Take the iPhone 5S for a speed test
Don't miss this speed comparison test of every iPhone ever made. It's quite fascinating to watch so many phones shutting down, booting, running apps at the same time. But there's an even more important reason to watch. If you're wondering about whether or not to deploy the iPhone 5s in your company, you might find it convincing (imagine the productivity increases!).
2. Google releases powerful Web designer
Google is serious about HTML5 being the standard for Web design and development (as opposed to tools like Java that may or may not work right on mobile devices). A brand new tool called Web Designer is like Photoshop for the Web in that it's easy to use and yet powerful enough to create a real company website without a ton of training.
3. Ride (and learn from) the console wave
A new report about next-generation console interest is helpful to any small business trying to capture some of that intense momentum leading up to the November launches. Only 15 percent of respondents say they are interested in the Xbox One while 26 percent say they plan to buy the PS4. The report says the blame falls squarely on Microsoft's mixed marketing message. The lesson: come out strong before launch with one clear message and stick with it. Also--if your company can attach to the console craze in any way, do so.
4. John McAfee announces D-Central security device
The famed security company founder, who has made headlines recently for various shenanigans, announced he wants to make a new device called the D-Central. It's a gadget that will cost about $100 and form a private, secure network between other gadgets--in theory, blocking access from government agencies on the public Internet. The idea sounds interesting. For those concerned about business security, you could form a network to share files and messaging without touching the outside world. There are no details on the tech involved or a firm release date.
5. Facebook to hand over private data to TV networks
Facebook is planning to share users' "likes" with the TV networks. While this will be done anonymously, it's worth considering how this move is another step away from the closed, secure network much of the world has come to trust. According to reports, Facebook is offering the data to entice networks to place targeted ads.