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Today in international tech news: Beijing has decided to lift China's ban on foreign videogame consoles -- at least partially. Also: Samsung introduces a curved TV; China Telecom spices up China's iPhone sales competition; and BlackBerry sues over an iPhone keyboard case that harkens to the BlackBerry design.
It's time for Google+ users to consider their privacy settings again. Google has introduced new functionality that will allow Gmail to be sent via the social network by people who don't otherwise have access. This is likely to push the buttons of privacy advocates, but with ample opt-out provisions, it shouldn't ruffle any feathers for too long. Marketers, in the meantime, are delighted.
Mobile device security is a major issue for the enterprise as the BYOD trend gains momentum, because personally owned mobile devices increasingly are being used to access enterprise systems and cloud-based data, according to the Cloud Security Alliance. The leading mobile threat is data loss from lost, stolen or decommissioned devices, it found. Information-stealing mobile malware is second.
"The Flir One was one of the more impressive devices I saw at CES this year both for its features and for the clever ways it extends the iPhone's functionality," said tech analyst Charles King. "In fact, I'd argue that this is just the beginning of a larger trend. It isn't unusual to hear people referring to smartphones as companion devices due to the way they complement PCs and tablets."
Unlock iPhone 5: Top Reasons To Do It
The iPhone 5 is a touchscreen smartphone developed by Apple Inc. It is the sixth generation of the iPhone, succeeding the iPhone 4S and preceding the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. Formally unveiled as part of a press event on September 12, 2012, it was released on September 21, 2012