The future of wearables is likely devices that provide features of both smartwatches and fitness trackers, writes Dan Rowinski. He says the Apple Watch is a rudimentary attempt at this combination, but Samsung and others are developing technology to revolutionize how watches track health.
Cambrios has developed a new set of silver nanowires it claims will improve the performance of touch screens in mobile devices and wearable electronics. The company has begun volume production at its facility in Sunnyvale, Calif., and counts Hitachi and LG Electronics among its customers.
The number of identified phishing sites targeting unsuspecting consumers grew by double digits in the first quarter of 2014, with the Anti-Phishing Working Group reporting 41,738 new phishing attacks per month -- continuing a trend of record-breaking growth from last year. PhishLabs found that the majority continue to target financial services and e-payment systems, but more than a third are now directed at social media and e-mail platforms.
Facebook is pursuing e-money technology that would allow mobile money transfers among its members in Europe, according to the Financial Times. Analysts say a move in this direction would give Facebook even more data on user buying habits while diversifying its business model.
IC design houses in China are generating foundry orders for bank IC cards and other chip cards, DigiTimes reports. Semiconductor Manufacturing International is said to have won orders from four of the six IC design houses that have China Union Pay certification. Huahong Grace Semiconductor is reportedly making smart-card chips for several IC design houses.