Welcome to Mobile Nations Weekly, a look back at the important stories of the week in mobile tech and mobile life.
The week that was brought us news, rumors, speculation, fear mongering, and opinion valid and not from all across the mobile space. On the Android front they're dealing with the Stagefright compromise and the rapid response of manufacturers to patch the exploit as well as checking out the awesome-at-twice-the-price Moto G 2015 for under $200. BlackBerry launched their new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition and saw another leak of the Android-powered Venice slider.
Android Central — Stagefright, security and really good (cheap) phones!
Android security (or lack thereof, depending on your Chicken Little quotient) dominated the news this week. But do you really need to worry? The Stagefright compromise is still making the rounds, and while it's bad, it's not as scary as it has been made to seem, and the manufacturers and carriers are working to make sure as many phones get patched as they can. But there's a good chance that not everybody will see an update.
CrackBerry — Passport Silver Edition, Android Secured and Smart Hospitals
This week started off with the official unveiling of the brand new BlackBerry Passport Silver Edition and just kept rolling from there. In typical CrackBerry fashion, we went all out on the announcement with hands-on videos, photos and more. From there, BlackBerry revealed what they were doing buying Android-based domain names by launching the Android Secured portal plus, we we got to take a look at how BlackBerry and Mackenzie Health are working together to redefine the healthcare experience by creating secure, Smart hospitals.
The iPhone 6s is just one month away! Until then, we're suffering from bored reporters trolling the security conference speaker topics and publishing anything that lets them cram Apple into the headline. Witness ThunderStrike 2, DYLD, and the non-return of Masque Attack. Meanwhile, technology continues to make real lives better.
Windows Central — Gamescom, Lumia 950 leaks, and porting iOS apps
This week Microsoft dominated the European equivalent of E3 at Gamescom 2015. Many new titles were announced along with forthcoming DVR support for the Xbox One for over-the-air TV. You can read the recap of all of that news in our wrap-up article.
Windows Phone is still here too. In fact, we got our first glimpse of Microsoft's new flagship phone, which is either the Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL. A second image came out later revealing a different perspective of the device, expected for October. Microsoft also detailed 'Project Islandwood', a set of tools for developers to easily convert iOS apps to Windows 10. Going further, Microsoft open-sourced the project in an attempt to crowdsource features and bug fixing.
This week on Kicked, we look at some cool guitars made to look like retro oil cans. We also feature a camera, ice machine, space-age rice cooker and a folding electric bike. Plus take a guess at whose pretty face Dan thinks would look great in 4K. This will be the last you see of him for a while as he leaves the show for a month to travel abroad. (Although he may call in from Thailand as long as we accept the charges.)
This week on Connectedly we take a look at some of the best connected tech gadgets and devices including: Garage control from your phone, the best pocket camera ever made, how the Lexus Hoverboard really works and much more.
Kevin's been having too much fun driving around his Tesla Model S P85D. Anybody would — it's a car with insane mode, after all! But he's taken a few minutes out to outline his 11 favorite features (why stop at 10?) of the all-electric sports sedan, and, well, it's pretty awesome.