Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Mozilla targets with $33 smartphone

Gartner: Security spending will reach $71B this year 
Gartner predicts spending on information security will rise 7.9% this year, with data-loss prevention increasing by 18.9%. Gartner says mobile, social and cloud computing are driving the expected growth.

Federal government to recruit in Silicon Valley 
Todd Park, currently the federal chief technology officer, reportedly will move to the West Coast and oversee recruiting of Silicon Valley employees for the federal government, which aims to attract talent for tech positions.

Mozilla targets with $33 smartphone 
Mozilla has introduced a $33 Cloud FX handset in India in partnership with Intex Technologies India. Aimed at first-time smartphone buyers, the Firefox-powered phone contains two SIM cards, has a 1 GHz processor and supports up to 4 gigabytes of memory. "Using HTML5 enables the operating system to be very lean and it requires less memory consumption," Mozilla's Jane Hsu said.

Analysis: Companies struggle to supplant human manufacturing with robotics 
Building gadgets such as smartphones remains human-dominated because intricate devices are difficult for robots to properly assemble. Experts foresee continued demand for tech jobs. "Many of the middle-skill jobs that persist in the future will combine routine technical tasks with the set of non-routine tasks in which workers hold comparative advantage -- interpersonal interaction, flexibility, adaptability and problem-solving," David Autor of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology wrote in a research paper.

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