IBM, Siri, And How MDM Can Save BYOD
Did IBM really need to shut down Siri on its company-issued iPhones? BYTE interviews Zenprise about mobile device management tools and the future of BYOD.
Keep UN Out Of Internet Regulation
A United Nations agency wants to insinuate itself into the governance of the Internet. Not even the Obama administration thinks enough of the UN to take this sitting down.
Slumping RIM Explores Strategic Options
RIM faces $1 billion inventory write-down, massive layoffs, and senior executive defections. Beleaguered smartphone maker hires bankers to analyze strategic options.
TSA Buys Into iPhones, iPads
Transportation Security Administration budgets $3 million for iPhones, iPads, and other Apple gear for IT security testing, mobile app development, and other uses.
Diet Coda: The iPad Text Editor That Satisfies
Diet Coda: Visual Tour Of An iPad Code Editor
Diet Coda lets Web developers leave their notebooks at home. The $19.99 code editor for the iPad from Panic, Inc., is portable friendly, including an adaptive keyboard that tunes itself to programming languages for making it fast and easy to work with remote files.
Virtualization Is Future Of Mobile Devices
Both for businesses' mobile security and user friendliness, no approach is more compelling than mobile virtualization. Virtualization, which lets both business and personal OS sessions run on the same phone simultaneously, might not become available until Apple "invents" it--but it's coming, one way or another.
Angry Birds Malware Sparks $78,000 Fine
British regulators crack down on Latvian company behind the RuFraud malware scheme that placed 27 fake versions of Android apps, including Angry Birds Space, on Google Play.
Tablet And Phablet Use Rises Steadily
Tablets and phone/tablet combos are here to stay, according to Millennial Media and ABI Research. More than 208 million phablets, like the Samsung Galaxy Note, will ship in 2015.
The Google/Motorola Deal is Done. What Now?
Google's purchase of Motorola Mobility is complete, but there are still many unanswered questions. Will Moto's Droid phones have some home field advantage for Android? Or does the real special secret behind this deal revolve around Motorola's popular line of TV set top boxes?
Machines Will Read The News For You, So You Don't Have To
Using machine intelligence, Wavii is a startup that might help you read less. But not in the traditional sense. Since Wavii launched, it has found that employees are already using it to help them keep up with the news flow. Byte interviewed Wavii founder Adrian Aoun to find out why he thinks machines will help sort through the information overload on the Internet and why he was inspired by Facebook's design.
Leap Motion: Control PC With Hand Gestures
Gesture-based computer interaction, as depicted in "Minority Report," looks like it will soon become commonplace. "The Leap" peripheral lets you control UI elements using gestures made in the air.
Charlie Miller Makes iPhones Better By Attacking Them
Apple products have gotten a lot more secure over the years, and Dr. Charlie Miller is one reason why. He is the leading authority on the vulnerabilities and exploits of Mac OS and iOS and has won awards in the field. How did he get to this place and what matters to him?
Is iPatch Tuesday In Apple's Future?
iOS devices are all over the enterprise. Security threats against them might or might not exist, but they are certainly possible. The only responsible course of action for Apple is to make its update process transparent and predictable.
Machines Make Cell Phone Calls To Each Other!
The world is secretly full of embedded cellular applications. It's called M2M for machine-to-machine, and it leads to new efficiencies for everything from the office coffee machine to the burglar alarm.
Oh, Facebook, Why Can't I Quit You?
Facebook sells your addiction to advertisers, hoping to make a buck off your personal information. Will you wake up in time to kick the habit, or do you "like" the security risks of blurring the line between personal and professional?
Verizon: Pay Full Price On Phone, Keep Unlimited Data
Company clarifies: users who want to upgrade phones to 4G LTE can keep their unlimited data plan, but they have to pay the full, unsubsidized cost of their phones in order to keep it. Comcast also to experiment with tiered data plans.
Keep Your Business Off Of Facebook
Facebook is so outrageously popular that many are tempted to use it for business, just like other consumerization trends. Resist the urge. Facebook will always be a poor choice for business functions.
Verizon To Sunset Unlimited Data Plan
Verizon customers who move to 4G LTE will lose their unlimited data plan. But let's not gripe about thieving carriers until we know the specifics. The new 4G LTE "data share" plan could easily turn out to be a better deal, especially for families.
Future Of Payments Is Right On Your Phone
At the CTIA conference in New Orleans, we got a demo of MasterCard's PayPass Wallet. You can use the digital wallet online or on your smartphone to pay for items in the real world, from cab rides to snacks from vending machines.
Google To Sell Android Phones Directly
Google plans to take back control of its Android OS from wireless carriers and sell phones directly to consumers. What better way to get OS upgrades to users quickly and keep Android on top in the mobile device wars?