BlackBerry 10 Radically New, But Many Details Missing
BlackBerry, the company now formerly known as RIM (Research In Motion), formally announced the new BlackBerry 10 platform today along with two phones to run it. The software on these phones is radically different from the old BlackBerry OS and from existing smartphone operating systems. But many important details - technical specs like battery life and availability in the US - are still missing or unclear.
BlackBerry Debuts Z10, Q10 Smartphones
New smartphones from the company formerly known as RIM are the first to run its new BlackBerry 10 operating system. They won't go on sale in the U.S. until March.
RIM BES 10: Too Little, Too Late
What does BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10 really bring to the table in terms of new enterprise management, security and true enterprise mobility?
Next Generation, Let's Improve Phone Battery Life
Samsung, Apple and the other handset makers have been racing for years to add new, power-sucking features to their phones with no concern for the impact on battery life. Now that consumers are beginning to realize that last year's model is still pretty good, it's time for the industry to raise the energy efficiency standards from "good enough" to "much better."
Carrier Deals Fragment LTE Spectrum
AT&T, Verizon and other carriers use different ranges in the RF spectrum for LTE services. The recent deal between AT&T and Verizon illustrates the fragmentation of the LTE spectrum and the problems it creates for smooth operation of handsets.
Samsung's New Weapon Against BlackBerry, iPhone: Fixmo?
Samsung Ventures has bought a stake in Fixmo, which sells MRM, or mobile risk management solutions. Their SafeZone product creates a separate, secure area on iOS or Android devices for confidential data and apps, similar in some ways to Good Technology's solutions. It's especially well-suited to a BYOD environment, where the company can't completely control and trust the device. The move may reinforce Samsung's SAFE program for security standards in Android devices.
Dell Demos 64-bit ARM-Based Server
Dell unveils hyperscale server prototype with both x86 and 64-bit ARM processors, and management software that remotely controls the chips from a single console.
Mozilla Unveils Firefox OS Developer Preview Phone
Mozilla's Firefox OS is continuing on in development, and a significant milestone has been achieved: Mozilla has announced their Firefox OS developer preview phones. The phones are being developed by Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica, a major Spanish broadband and telecom provider with worldwide operations, including the US.
iPhone Math? Giant Phone Rumors Don't Add Up
The Apple rumor mill has been very accurate in recent times, but the latest stories of a 4.8 inch mega-iPhone. almost an iPhablet, don't sound right. With the iPhone 5 screen, Apple rejected the "bigger is better" school of smartphone design. Could they be changing their minds?
25 Years From Today: A Time for Bugs
25 years from today, January 19, 2038, at 03:14:08 UTC, a lot of software will fail if it's not fixed, and some has already begun to fail. It's not worthy of Y2K-level panic, at least not yet, but there are still many examples of programs that won't work, and the ensuing problems are beginning to crop up on us. As with Y2K, nobody really knows the extent of the problem and we will learn as time goes by, but with any luck, it will be as big a disaster.
Network Management Goes Cellular
IT folks normally can't track or manage devices once they go out on the cellular networks, but now there is a service that makes it possible. NetMotion Wireless's Locality service reports back to IT where their users are, what they are running, the quality of their wireless service, and many other data points that are otherwise out of IT's reach.
Apple's iPhone Share To Peak In 2013?
Apple's share of the global smartphone market will reach its zenith at 22% in 2013, says ABI Research. Thereafter, Apple will only be chasing Samsung's coattails.
Do Not Bring Your Own Surface
Windows RT devices, such as Microsoft's initial Surface, lack the manageability features available in business versions of Windows or the forthcoming Windows 8-based Surface Pro. The solution for such devices so far, as with the iPad, iPhone and other BYOD devices, has been MDM (Mobile Device Management). But while Microsoft says it's coming real soon now, the company has yet to document an MDM API for Windows RT devices. Unless you're using certain Microsoft products, they are unmanageable for
Satellite GPS Works Off Grid
The Delorme InReach is a combination GPS on steroids and satellite communications link for all those who go boldly where few others go, and want a way to track their movements and call for help if need be.
Why Apple Is IT's Arch Frenemy
Apple devices are supported in nine out of 10 companies, our research finds, but IT needs ways to manage them more efficiently and securely.