Stories by John Cox

BlackBerry buying German firm for voice encryption

BlackBerry has always touted its mobile devices as secure. But now it plans to make them "more secure" by acquiring a German company that specializes in voice encryption.

Are IT groups really ready for BYOD security challenges?

A new survey of IT security professionals shows that many businesses are barely starting to exploit mobile technology, and some of them may be a mobile security nightmare waiting to happen.

Top 5 take-aways from Tim Cook on Apple's Q3 earnings call

During Apple's fiscal third quarter earnings call this week, CEO Tim Cook gave some hints about where the company is going and why.

Apple "inadvertently admitted" to iOS backdoor: forensics expert

Apple has "inadvertently admitted" to creating a "backdoor" in iOS, according to a new post by a forensics scientist, iOS author and former hacker, who this week created a stir when he posted a presentation laying out his case.

iPhone 6 rumour rollup for the week ending July 18

Summer temperatures are boosting the amount of hot air in the iOSphere, or maybe it's the other way round.

Apple, IBM join to make iOS the default mobile platform

It's hard to imagine a more unlikely partnership: Apple, the highpoint of trendy consumer-focused mobile computing and IBM, the high point of, well, the opposite -- the business mainframe computer hulking in a data center.

Say goodbye to desktop phones

"When are we going to get rid of these things?" said Ken Henderson's boss as he pointed at the corded desktop telephone that has been emblematic of the American office for decades.

In Pictures: 13 things to do with the sun besides getting a tan

How technology is bringing out the best and the oh-so utterly worst in solar innovation

What to expect from 11ac's next big deal: multiuser MIMO

The big deal about 802.11ac, or "gigabit Wi-Fi," is the promise of much higher speeds for Wi-Fi clients compared to the maximums under 802.11n today. But 11ac is actually several big deals, including something called multiuser MIMO [my-moe], which is part of the "Wave 2" 11ac features expected later this year.

iPhone 6 rumour rollup for the week ending July 4

The tropical deluge Hurricane Arthur dumped on the US East Coast was nothing to the deluge of rumours dumped by the iOSphere, most of them dealing with parts.

New tools let IT admins cut the cord to manage mobile users

The new release of MobileIron's software for managing mobile devices and data helps IT staff themselves be more mobile and lets management tasks be grouped and segregated to improve privacy and security.

iPhone 6 rumour rollup for the week ending June 27

We can now count the days until Winter ends in September with the expected unveiling of the iPhone 6. Pavlovian-like, the iOSphere seemed to salivate over a renewed spate of rumors, as if hearing them for the first time.

In Pictures: The one place where wearables actually make sense - on animals

Move over Google Glass and Fitbit: Dogs, cows, fish and even crabs are getting connected in their own wearable ways

New iPhone iOS 8 notifications to bring changes, annoyances

The new interactive notifications in Apple's iOS 8 promise to change how you use your iPhone. But some of the changes, at least at first, may not be ones you like."

In Pictures: iOS 8 - Way more open to your world

Apple unveils iOS 8 at its annual Worldwide Developers Conference