The Weekly Digest – Week 51/15

Written by Matthew Jones

In our weekly digest, we’ll look to summarize some of stories from the past week you may have missed.

Life in the old dog yet?

Blackberry announced better than expected results on Friday, raising their share price by over 10%. Whilst a rise in software sales has been the main contributor, it’s clear Blackberry feel as though enterprise and their focus on security will bring back the glory days. Such a strategy will result in Blackberry never coming close to dominating the market like it once did. They’ll manage to carve out a niece and survive for so long but that’s it.

– Matt

Concerning security

Blackberry have a made a shrewd, albeit niche, move to security focused products. The Priv has sold relatively well for them and, whilst we won’t see the giddy heights of the BBM days, there is ground to be made as users become more aware of privacy and what it means to them and the criminal world. The battle for privacy is being played out extremely publicly and it’s interesting to see the demands being made by governments and the expectations they are placing on the tech companies to do their digital snooping work for them. Worrying, is the primary demand for a “master key” to our data. Who would you trust to look after such a thing? For the companies willing to stand up and continue to offer the end-to-end security of our data, there may be lucrative rewards.

– Stu

Apple takes point in the fight against the Snooper’s Charter

The UK Government’s draft security bill will have far reaching implications for Smartphone developers- particularly those who are servicing the Enterprise. With security being a chief concern for anyone looking to use technology as part of their business operations, the gauntlet has been picked up by Apple. Cupertino is heading up the opposition toward the deeply unpopular measures, allying with technology rivals to try and encourage lawmakers to comprehend what their proposals will mean in reality. Having already dealt with the fallout from the NSA revelations, Apple is particularly wary of Governments interfering with their customer’s data.

This is a good thing for all of us. It’s encouraging to see a tech giant try and demonstrate why the proposed bill is unworkable and unnecessarily punitive, even if it is out of self interest. This bill could have enormous long term effects on the mobile industry, both on the consumer side and for business- all of it negative and needless.

– Michael