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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Intel announces mobile deals with Lenovo and Motorola Mobility

Intel Atom processorIntel Corporation has announced two new mobile-related deals for its Intel Atom processor. There’ll be a new handset from Lenovo and what’s described as “a multi-year, multi-device strategic relationship” with Motorola Mobility. The company says several smartphones based on the new Atom processor are expected to be released in 2012, with the Motorola deal also including the possibility of tablets.

Lenovo’s Intel-powered smartphone will be called the K800. It’ll run Android with Lenovo’s LeOS user interface and will be released in China.

Paul Otellini, President and CEO of Intel, said “The best of Intel computing is coming to smartphones. Our efforts with Lenovo and Motorola Mobility will help to establish Intel processors in smartphones and provide a solid foundation from which to build in 2012 and into the future.”

In addition to the two manufacturer announcements, Intel also demonstrated the Intel Smartphone Reference Design - an Android device designed for developers.

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Mobile & Contactless Payments

James Rosewell offers his opinion on the current state of mobile and contactless payments.

The banking and mobile industries have big plans for Near Field Communication (NFC) as the mobile payment mechanism of the future. Barclaycard has been leading the way from the credit card sector forming a partnership with Orange, having previously worked with O2, and running a catchy TV advert prompting contactless cards using VISA’s paywave system.

However the reality of NFC payments appears a lot further away. The Point of Sale (POS) technology appears to be badly deployed by some of the first-phase retailers mainly made up of low-value high-volume businesses like coffee shops, fast food outlets and newsagents.

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Insecure Mobile Browsers

James Rosewell writes: I note with interest Barclays mobile on-line banking home page extolling the safety of mobile banking whilst claiming it’s as secure as their non-mobile equivalent. This is on the same page that recommends customers use Opera Mini to access Barclays mobile on-line banking.

Yet following the link to the operamini.com web site and looking at the help section we can read Opera’s answer to the question “Is there any end-to-end security between my handset and — for example — paypal.com or my bank?” and the answer is “No. If you need full end-to-end encryption, you should use a full Web browser such as Opera Mobile.”

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