Infosec 2013

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Infosec today was surprisingly more interesting that I was expecting this year. 

The last time I went in 2011 it was all Anti-Virus and Secure Memory Sticks but this time there was a lot more about Mobile and BYO, to be expected I suppose. Of course all the suppliers there can do it all and you have to sift through looking for the Gems but generally it seemed well attended and the company names where there that mattered.

MobileIron, Airwatch, Cisco, Blackberry, Symantec to pick some of the popular stands and the usual from the likes of Sophos and BeCrypt.

 

Overall BYO and managing your data were big themes, many products and dashboards claim to be able to manage the problem but what we saw were many distribution companies who offer products from many sources.

The sign here is that there are not many, if any that can do the lot, a bit of this and a bit of that is required.

You also need to know what your approach is going to be to ensure you pick the right technology. 

For example ForeScout have an amasing solution to managing your network, you have profiles for machine types and get routed the right place, if your a personal laptop with no AV you get less access than a corporate build. This is cool of course if you want to manage your network. Remember NAC?

The other option is to put Wireless Internet everywhere in your offices, secure the core and let the riddled filthy machines sort themselves out,  no need for Forescout in that scenario.

So overall then enjoyed the day, got a reasonable amount out of it and met up with lots of old acquaintances.

 

 

 

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Galaxy S3 World Tour kicks off in London

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At a seemingly quiet part of Kensington Olympia a subtle 4 had been erected outside, this being the venue for the start of the Samsung Galaxy S4 World Tour, it was rather appropriate.

Inside a cavernous area where minimalist furniture and tables were waited on by an army of waiters and waitresses, this was going to be fun I thought while swigging a Becks from the bottle.

After a short time we were ushered up stairs to an auditorium and the fun started with a video of the original unveiling in NYC a few weeks earlier.

Jason Bradbury, the guy from the gadget show who looks like Harry Hill came on stage and introduced a senior bod from the Korean management team who, after a few words handed over to a colleague, the brains behind the demos. Jason asked scripted questions (not that well) and the Samsung guy did a good job to showcase some utterly amasing features,

The camera features, the array of sensors, innovations like touchless gestures, swipe a picture without touching the screen, read a document and it auto scrolls, the screen even works with a gloved finger were all shown off, some canned video demos, a few real ones.

Samsung used the moment to launch the Samsung Galaxy Mega, a 6.3′ Phablet to create yet another device segment and after moving the audience into a hands on showcase to touch and feel we were treated to a set from Gary Barlow.

Samsung do it in style, there must have been upwards of a thousand people in attendance and more staff that you could ever need, thanks Samsung for a fun evening.

To sum up … This device is packed to it’s eyeballs with tech, 9 sensors, 2 HD cameras and the ability to monitor your health.

Apple need to sit up and take note, some serious innovation is required to match this beast.

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Jason Bradbury, MC, I would say organiser of ceremony rather than the master.

Attending the London Samsung Galaxy S4 UK Launch tomorrow evening …

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Let’s hope its another event like the Galaxy Note 10.1 launch at One Mayfair, mixing with all those celebs was rather cool, but a hard act to follow. That was a hefty marketing budget.

So tomorrow then, Olympia West Hall so perhaps a larger venue is required?

Will Blog the excitement as it unfolds …. watch this space, looking forward to eye balling the device up close.

 

Bargain of the Century, well year maybe?

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Google have launched their new Nexus phone and it’s bursting with tech and at a great price point it has the power to change the entire segment.

We have seen tablets start at a high price and quite quickly come down and phone form factors have not followed suit remaining expensive. The Nexus 7, Kindle Fire and the new Samsungs have redefined value for money and it was about time someone came along and messed up the phone segment for a change. Initial bets were on the likes of Firefox or Ubuntu but with early version 1 devices they wouldn’t appeal to mainstream. Meanwhile back on planet Android LG have helped create this master price for £239 (8Gb) £279 (16Gb)

Presenting the LG Nexus 4, that should do well to scare off all those 2 year contracts, this has the power to redefine how we buy, which in recent years has changed from annual to bi-annual thanks to more expensive devices moving from 12 – 18 then to 24 month contracts.

Take an iPhone, yesterday on O2 you could walk away with the 16Gb newest version in white for £32 a month for 2 years, but you would also need to stump up £159.99 up front, ouch!

The equivalent LG Nexus would cost you £279 in total, no contract and the freedom to negotiate unlimited internet for example, rather then the stingy 750Mb data.

With a quad core Snap Dragon CPU, 8MP rear facing and 1.2MP front facing camera, 4.7′ screen, all the usual sensors, and communications options this is a great device. Nexus also means you get the latest Android releases as they arrive and this one is no different, shipping now with Jelly Bean 4.2 and updates arriving on your device as quick as they get released, no waiting for your manufacturer to integrate them, this is a potential game changer for how we procure our hardware and wireless services.

Bravo Google, let’s hope this is the first of many aggressively priced handsets.

Check out the detail here http://www.google.co.uk/nexus/4/

Indoor GPS, no more aimlessly searching in the supermarket

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Remember the first time you experienced GPS navigation and how impressive it was? Now we don’t think about it for a second, just type the postcode into a super cheap device and go without a second thought. Lots of us have them in our phones that we don’t even use!

The next natural progression for this technology is to go indoors. You’re wandering around a shopping mall, airport terminal or event and not knowing where something is, even looking for something you don’t usually buy in a supermarket, you pull out you phone and find your way, sounds great to me.

The traditional GPS market is pretty buoyant in GPS gadgets for cars, even though many of us have them in our phones. Nokia and Android provide a pretty good implementation of a turn by turn solution free and built-in. With indoor it will be the same as walking the streets with GoogleMaps, you use you phone, and the apps will all be able to exploit other sensors in the phone to, accelerometers, compasses and thermometers.

With Apple recently acquiring WiFiSlam, an indoor positioing company this area is set to hot up, and considering the Cupertino heavy mob took the WiFiSlam website down immediately after the acquisition went through, they really don’t want us to know, yet.

Looking forward to this one going mainstream, we already said goodbye to the paper map, soon it will be RIP to the “You Are Here” sign, that’s the one you can’t find when you need it.