Matt Hamblen

Senior Editor

Matt Hamblen is a multi-media journalist covering mobile, networking and smart city tech. He previously was a senior editor at Computerworld.

Hacked Dallas sirens get extra encryption to fend off future attacks

Hacked Dallas sirens get extra encryption to fend off future attacks

Dallas city officials have added extra encryption to bolster the security of outdoor warning sirens hacked early Saturday.

New guidelines point to an augmented future

New guidelines point to an augmented future

The augmented reality guidelines will promote interoperability, their creators said.

Hack of Dallas emergency sirens prompts more warnings to bolster cybersecurity

Hack of Dallas emergency sirens prompts more warnings to bolster cybersecurity

Dallas emergency management officials continue to investigate a hack that activated all 156 emergency tornado sirens citywide for about 90 minutes early Saturday.

What C-level leaders need to know about cybersecurity

What C-level leaders need to know about cybersecurity

Corporate boards are rarely prepared for cyberattacks -- and when they occur everybody likes to point fingers at everyone else.

Pairing Galaxy S8 with Microsoft apps seen as benefit to business customers

Pairing Galaxy S8 with Microsoft apps seen as benefit to business customers

Samsung and Microsoft? Yes, they are indeed working together on providing access to Windows apps for Galaxy S8 phones.

U.S. businesses jump on trend to buy unlocked smartphones

U.S. businesses jump on trend to buy unlocked smartphones

The notion of buying discounted phones with a locked-in two-year service plan is going away, welcomed by both companies and consumers alike.

As March Madness wraps up tonight, security tech is ready

As March Madness wraps up tonight, security tech is ready

From an undisclosed downtown Phoenix location, public safety officials in a command-and-control center will monitor and react to metadata from up to 900 video feeds, as well as to data from various sensors.

Sleek new Galaxy S8 phones feature facial recognition, Bixby intelligent agent

Sleek new Galaxy S8 phones feature facial recognition, Bixby intelligent agent

Samsung launched sleek new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones with features including facial recognition, an intelligent agent called Bixby and Samsung Pass for secure e-commerce mobile payments.

Samsung announces DeX dock for new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones

Samsung announces DeX dock for new Galaxy S8 and S8+ smartphones

Smartphone docks haven’t done well historically, but analysts say this one might catch on.

Refurbishing Samsung Note7s for resale is a 'disastrous' plan, analyst says

Refurbishing Samsung Note7s for resale is a 'disastrous' plan, analyst says

Just two days before Samsung's launch of the Galaxy S8 on Wednesday, the company announced it will consider using some recalled Galaxy Note7 smartphones for re-sale as refurbished or as rental phones.

 Samsung may retake momentum with the S8 smartphone

Samsung may retake momentum with the S8 smartphone

Samsung has a lot riding on its next smartphone, the Galaxy S8, which debuts on Wednesday at an event in New York City.

Totem streetlight poles to combine wireless with power on city streets

Totem streetlight poles to combine wireless with power on city streets

Many companies are developing smart streetlights that combine energy-efficient LED lighting with wireless communications and sensors. Totem Power is taking that concept a step farther.

 Most Android devices lack latest security patches

Most Android devices lack latest security patches

Nearly three-quarters of Android devices on the five biggest U.S. carriers are running on security patches that are at least two months old, putting them at greater risk of being hacked.

L.A. and NYC still rank behind smaller cities in wireless performance

L.A. and NYC still rank behind smaller cities in wireless performance

The two biggest cities in the U.S. continue to rank well below many smaller U.S. cities in overall wireless performance, according to RootMetrics.

Samsung unveils Bixby voice assistant for upcoming Galaxy S8

Samsung unveils Bixby voice assistant for upcoming Galaxy S8

Samsung revealed Monday that Bixby, an intelligent voice assistant, will run on the Samsung Galaxy S8 smartphone being unveiled next week.

Credit-card breach hits another restaurant chain

Credit-card breach hits another restaurant chain

Several high-end eateries run by Select Restaurants in Cleveland were the victims of fraudulent cards used by customers at its eateries.

Augmented and virtual reality to see aggressive growth by 2021

Augmented and virtual reality to see aggressive growth by 2021

AR and VR are slowly catching on among early adopters, and some analysts envision a 10-fold spike by 2021 in the number of headsets sold.

Startup works on safer carbon-ion batteries

Startup works on safer carbon-ion batteries

ZapGo is planning on its batteries showing up in smartphones in two years.

Los Angeles tests gunshot sensors on light poles

Los Angeles tests gunshot sensors on light poles

Los Angeles is testing sensors attached to streetlights to wirelessly detect gunshots and other noises, and may expand the service to include sensors to recognize air pollution and earthquakes.

MWC protest asks about the fate of 4 million recalled Note7 batteries

MWC protest asks about the fate of 4 million recalled Note7 batteries

The environmental group more broadly is raising questions about the enormous amount of energy used to make smartphones since 2007 and the significant contribution batteries make to electronic waste.

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