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A look at the latest in mobile matters

Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona has transitioned from a telco industry specific event to a platform for announcing and demonstrating advancements in global mobility, including devices, enterprise business, infrastructure and extending into internet of things (IoT), vehicles and wearables. Some of this year’s MWC highlights include:

Samsung S6 Edge “ This beautiful device promises to make up for the 5S deficiencies and slow the progress of the iPhone 6 market share. Some of the new features include curved edge display, wireless charging, 16 megapixel camera, super fast Octacore CPU and a new fingerprint scanner along with Samsung Pay. 

Google Android for Work Built on Android 5.0, “Lollipop�, Google launched Android for Work (AfW) which enables IT administrators to create separate workspaces to isolate work apps and data on a personal BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) device. Citrix was named by Google as a leading partner in AfW, along with a few other Enterprise Mobility Management vendors that can provide integration with existing IT management systems. Just as Apple recognized the opportunity to target businesses, Google is now getting serious about it as well. 

Virtual Reality Not a new concept, but now closer to reality. HTC announced the Vive headset that provides an immersive experience for gamers that allows them to navigate virtual spaces. Samsung demonstrated the Gear VR headset based on their partnership with Oculus, now owned by Facebook. Beyond Virtual Reality is – Cinematic Reality – which is being developed in South Florida by Magic Leap. This enables virtual experiences to merge with normal vision to enable not only gaming but potentially a new interface for computing. Google’s SVP Sundar Pichai highlighted Magic Leap in his keynote, providing some insight to the company’s massive contribution to the recent $542 million investment round. 

Wearables in 2015 With the upcoming release of the Apple Watch, many competitors took the opportunity to release new smart watches to gain attention. The unexpected Huawei Watch gained a lot of attention in addition to updates from Pebble and a variety of Android wear devices.

MWC also kept to its core of providing the latest vision for 5G networks capable of 100 times faster than 4G and 1,000 times the number of devices based on IoT. I can’t wait for MWC 2016! ?

Chris Fleck is on the board of the South Florida Technology Alliance and vice president of mobility systems and alliances for Citrix Systems (NASDAQ: CTXS), a Fort Lauderdale company that provides secure remote access to data and applications.

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Drew Limsky joined Lifestyle Media Group in August 2020 as Editor-in-Chief of South Florida Business & Wealth. His first issue of SFBW, October 2020, heralded a reimagined structure, with new content categories and a slew of fresh visual themes. “As sort of a cross between Forbes and Robb Report, with a dash of GQ and Vogue,” Limsky says, “SFBW reflects South Florida’s increasingly sophisticated and dynamic business and cultural landscape.”

Limsky, an avid traveler, swimmer and film buff who holds a law degree and Ph.D. from New York University, likes to say, “I’m a doctor, but I can’t operate—except on your brand.” He wrote his dissertation on the nonfiction work of Joan Didion. Prior to that, Limsky received his B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from Emory University and earned his M.A. in literature at American University in connection with a Masters Scholar Award fellowship.

Limsky came to SFBW at the apex of a storied career in journalism and publishing that includes six previous lead editorial roles, including for some of the world’s best-known brands. He served as global editor-in-chief of Lexus magazine, founding editor-in-chief of custom lifestyle magazines for Cadillac and Holland America Line, and was the founding editor-in-chief of Modern Luxury Interiors South Florida. He also was the executive editor for B2B magazines for Acura and Honda Financial Services, and he served as travel editor for Conde Nast. Magazines under Limsky’s editorship have garnered more than 75 industry awards.

He has also written for many of the country’s top newspapers and magazines, including The New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Boston Globe, USA Today, Worth, Robb Report, Afar, Time Out New York, National Geographic Traveler, Men’s Journal, Ritz-Carlton, Elite Traveler, Florida Design, Metropolis and Architectural Digest Mexico. His other clients have included Four Seasons, Acqualina Resort & Residences, Yahoo!, American Airlines, Wynn, Douglas Elliman and Corcoran. As an adjunct assistant professor, Limsky has taught journalism, film and creative writing at the City University of New York, Pace University, American University and other colleges.