HTC One X: Big Screen In Thin, Fast Phone
HTC's new HTC One X packages a big, beautiful screen in a thin and light phone. Although not perfect, it's a compelling smart phone we'd consider buying ourselves.
4G Case Turns iPod Touch Into an iPhone
The FreedomPop case for the iPod Touch gives it 4G connectivity and the company provides a free plan. Add a VoIP service like Skype and you've got the equivalent of an iPhone. The case is actually a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot that supports up to eight other devices.
Good, Bad And Ugly Of Fingerprint Scanning
Apple's recent purchase of Authentec points toward the possibility of a fingerprint-secured iPad. There are some advantages to the technology, some disadvantages, and some dangers.
Long Island Railroad Rolls Out NFC Pilot Project
Soon, commuters on the Long Island Rail Road might be able to use their smart phones to pay for passes. Test stations have been rolled out in the first step of an ambitious plan to use near field communications (NFC) for payments and information.
Will Olympics Streaming Video Take Your Network Down?
If Michael Phelps swims his way toward medal history, people will be able to see it as it happens on their computers. For the first time, NBCUniversal is streaming live all 302 events and all 32 sports of the Olympics. Can your network handle it?
Company Policy Be Damned: Employees Love Dropbox
Thirty-one percent of IT pros say their users frequently use Dropbox, according to a new survey. Half the respondents think it's led to loss or theft of confidential documents. Forbidding employees from using such services isn't practical anymore. DCS--data-centric security--could be the answer.
Windows RT Won't Run Some Old Printers
Windows on ARM was always going to need a lot of new driver work, but it appears that Microsoft's commitment to supporting devices on the low-cost Windows version is tentative. Only some printers will be supported.
NFC Phone Hacking and Other Mobile Attacks
Just by getting a few centimeters from a phone running NFC (Near Field Communications) with a malicious NFC tag you can take control of that phone. Charlie Miller demonstrated the attack at Black Hat using an Android phone and some test devices he created.
Google Now Points To Future Of Mobile
I've been testing Google Now for a few weeks on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 tablet. Search innovation is alive and well.
Apple Earnings: All About iPad
Apple's latest quarterly earnings revealed tremendous iPad sales, solid Mac sales, and good iPhone sales, but fell short of analyst expectations.
How Health Data Is Changing The Way We Live
Practice Fusion digitizes medical records and provides a way to structure the data. Kaggle discovers algorithms that look at data patterns to identify trends. 100Plus personalizes the data to recommend lifestyle changes. I spoke to data scientists from those companies at a panel held at Practice Fusion yesterday.
Shared Data Plans Complicate BYOD
The end of per-device billing by AT&T, Verizon, and soon others means that accounting for BYOD in a company will become trickier. The answer probably is to change the nature of employee reimbursement.
Nexus 7 Arrival Incites 7-Inch Tablet Brawl
Apple's 9.7-inch iPad set the gold standard on tablet size. Competitors have offered a variety of different screen sizes, but none have had as much impact as the Google Nexus 7.
Barack Obama Takes on Cybersecurity
After years of courageously studying the matter, Congress has come up with a cybersecurity bill that's inoffensive enough that it may pass. If it does, don't expect it to make much of a difference. It's not like Washington really cares.
Dell Outlines Big Software Ambitions
Dell software chief John Swainson explains how Quest Software acquisition is key to Dell's big plans for security, systems management, and business intelligence software.
BYOD Warrior? Have Contingency Plans For Disaster
Smartphones fail. tablets get damaged, and Internet services go down. Knowing that you have a backup plan and that it works brings peace-of-mind. In this article we tell you how to keep yourself protected.
AT&T To Offer Shared Mobile Data Plan
Like Verizon Wireless' Share Everything plan, AT&T's Mobile Share data plan will let multiple mobile devices belonging to one customer pull from the same data pool. All devices will have unlimited talk and messaging and mobile hotspot service.
Why Google, Microsoft Got Into Tablet Business
Google and Microsoft have watched the performance of their respective operating systems suffer on underpowered, hastily built hardware. If you want a job done right, sometimes you just have to do it yourself.