5 on Friday: Mobile Stories You Didn’t Mean to Miss

5 on Friday: Mobile Stories You Didn’t Mean to Miss

Hey, how did it get to be Friday, already? It’s hard enough to keep up with work; too often, in the daily shuffle to Must Get Done, we miss stories on topics we care about. This time: a round-up of mobile news, trends, and isn’t-that-cool.

U.S. Consumers Losing Interest in Smartphones as Demand FallsSmartphone demand in the U.S. has dropped by 8% since June 2014 and shows weakness, according to new research from Argus Insights. Blame it on “upgrade fatigue.”

Enterprise-Class Wi-Fi: 15 Ways to Improve YoursWhy can’t most organizations get Wi-Fi right? Pitiful Wi-Fi implementation is so prevalent these days that people take it for granted. From the hotels we visit, to the cafes we frequent, down to the offices we call home 9-5 daily. And that’s unfortunate, because when done right, Wi-Fi is an enabler for connecting us wherever, whenever. Here’s several suggestions that can help, no matter what your company size.

IoT and The Looming Mobile Tidal WaveIf you thought handling BYOD was hard, wait until you see what managing mobile devices for the Internet of Things entails. Here’s how IT can begin to handle that nightmare. (Hint: your BYOD plan, policies, and processes give you a head start, but you have to do more than tweak them)

Three Tips for Working Smarter with TabletsYou want to use your tablet for work. Here’s how you get the most out of it.

…and because we don’t always have to be pragmatic:

LED Lightbulbs Create Wireless Networks Wherever They Are InstalledEngineers at the University of Virginia have come up with a way to make almost any device fitted with standard visible light LEDs able to communicate with other equipment with similar LEDs. This could reduce the use of Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections, and increase available bandwidth.

It’s all too easy to relate to this image. But it needs a caption — and you get to supply one in the comments!


image credit: The World in Which We Live

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Esther Schindler

Esther Schindler, Druva's editor, has been writing for the tech press since 1992, and has been editor at industry publications since the late 90s. Her name is on the cover of about a dozen books, most recently The Complete Idiot's Guide to Twitter Marketing.

Esther quilts (with enthusiasm if little skill), is a top Amazon reviewer, and is an avid foodie. She works from her home in Scottsdale, Arizona, with one of two cats on her lap.


  1. They were right. I should have waited to change that light bulb.

  2. Keith Glass 1 year ago

    Consider the security implications of LED-LED networking. There go air-gapped networks. . . .

  3. Matt B 1 year ago

    “Quick, give him 10GB’s of IP, STAT”

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