News & Commentary
Content tagged with PC & Servers posted in September 2012
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iPhone 5 Crushes Samsung Galaxy S3 in Crash Tests
News  |  9/30/2012  | 
We show videos from three different organizations who did comparative drop tests of the new iPhone 5 versus the Samsung Galaxy S3. The pattern is clear: The iPhone 5 is an especially resilient phone and the Galaxy S3 breaks without a lot of provocation.
Apple's Top 20 Public Apologies
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Apple Maps mea culpa continues a tradition of atonement. Here's a list of the company's top 20 promises to do better.
Acrobat XI Boosts Mobile PDF Support
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Acrobat XI will work better with cloud services and improve PDF support for phones and tablets, said Adobe Monday in announcing the next generation of its document creation and management tool.
Top Five 4G LTE Cities In The U.S.
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Kansas City emerges as a winner for wireless broadband, as RootMetrics helps us break down the top 4G LTE cities in the U.S. by carrier.
AMD, BlueStacks Bring 500,000 Android Apps To Windows
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
AMD's AppZone taps BlueStacks tech to bring popular Android apps to PCs. What does that mean for Microsoft's new Windows app marketplace?
Intel, Hardware Partners Show More Windows 8 Devices
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
Intel eyes more share in mobile market with new Clover Trail chips that promise longer battery life for Windows 8 smartphones, tablets, and hybrid devices.
Apple Apologizes For iOS 6 Maps
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
In a letter posted to the company's web site, Apple CEO Tim Cook has apologized to customers for "the frustration" caused by the disappointing experience of Apple Maps on the iPhone 5 and iOS 6. The letter suggests that customers use alternatives such as Bing, MapQuest and Waze, or use Google or Nokia maps.
RIM Beats Earnings With Narrower Loss
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
RIM surprised analysts and investors by reporting a smaller loss than expected for its second fiscal quarter. What saved it? Emerging markets.
RIM Video Shows BlackBerry 10 Devices Including Keyboard
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
A marketing video with the first clear images of BlackBerry 10 devices, with and without the full QWERTY keyboard, were posted Thursday on Vimeo and then removed. The video lives on at other sites. Appearing in the video are celebrities such as Lady Gaga, J. K Rowling and Thorsten Heins. We also have some images of the BB10 phones taken by CrackBerry.com.
Cool Factor: Future Of Computing Looks Like 'Minority Report'
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Minority Report might soon be coming to a conference room near you. BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson pays a visit to John Underkoffler, builder of the movie's technology and chief scientist at Oblong in San Francisco, to see the future of computer interfaces.
How To Get Google Maps Back On Your iPhone
Slideshows  |  9/27/2012  | 
So you've installed iOS 6 or bought an iPhone 5, and Apple Maps is making you miserable? Join the club. While we wait for Google to release a Google Maps app for iOS 6, here's a simple workaround: Put a browser link to Google Maps on the Home page.
Without The Keyboard It's Not A BlackBerry
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Everyone, even RIM, knows that time is running out and that in spite of what today's earnings announcement shows, if it has one last chance, it's with BlackBerry 10. What's really hard is that not only does RIM have to change to survive, it also has to stay the same, and that means keeping what people like about the BlackBerry: the keyboard. RIM won't get out of its hole by trying to out-iPhone Apple.
Perimeter E-Security To Offer MDM In The Cloud
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Perimeter E-Security will offer cloud-based mobile device management based on AirWatch to manage bring-your-own-device deployments. The system works with Perimeter's Exchange-based email security service.
Tablets And PCs Square Off
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Tablets do work better than laptops for some people and tasks. Tailor the device to the workload.
Google Play Store Downloads Surpass 25 Billion
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Google has nearly caught up with its Apple iTunes rival, plans to put apps on sale to celebrate.
VIDEO: Quick Hands-On With the iPhone 5
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
With all the complaints coming out about the iPhone 5, BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson got her hands on an iPhone to get a quick look at it.
NFC Smartphones Replace Card Keys In Pilot Program
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
Secure identity provider HID Global announced Tuesday it has completed two pilot programs that enable employees to open doors using near field communications (NFC)-enabled Samsung Galaxy S III smart phones. The trials were conducted at the headquarters of Internet subscription service Netflix and enterprise mobility provider Good Technology.
RIM Hints BB10 Debuts In January: Too Late?
Commentary  |  9/25/2012  | 
Research In Motion CEO gives away a clue that the earliest possible sale date for BlackBerry 10 devices is mid-January. Can RIM hold on that long?
Foxconn Factory Riot Blamed On iPhone 5 Rush
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
Workers' advocates say Apple's shiny new gadget is being produced in unsafe conditions, sparking tensions between offshore assembly crews and guards.
Samsung Phone Flaw Lets Attackers Remotely Reset Device
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
A researcher at a security conference in Berlin has shown how USSD codes can be used in cyber attacks against Samsung phones. The Galaxy S3, for instance, could have its SIM card wiped merely by browsing a malicious website.
Apple iPhone 5 Teardown: Visual Tour
Slideshows  |  9/24/2012  | 
Apple's greatest challenge with the iPhone 5 has to do with its software. Take a look inside the red hot smartphone.
HP Trickles Traditional Business PCs, Pre-Windows 8
News  |  9/24/2012  | 
HP's new desktop and mobile PCs offer budget-friendly options for enterprise users.
iPhone 5 Maker Shuts Plant Amid Labor Strife
News  |  9/24/2012  | 
Apple and contractor Foxconn are mum on whether facility's closure will impact production of iPhone 5, which is sold out across the country.
Apple: 5M iPhones Sold, 100M iOS 6 Upgrades
News  |  9/24/2012  | 
Apple supply constraints seemed to limit new iPhone sales, while 100 million Apple devices got the new mobile operating system over the weekend.
iPhone 5 is Hot - Too Hot to Hold
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
The hot new phone on the market is living up to its billing. Normal use got my iPhone 5 up to 111 degrees F. At this temperature it's too hot to hold.
BYOD Tablets, Smartphones: About To 'Disrupt' The Classroom?
News  |  9/23/2012  | 
Can BYOD tablets and smartphones fix our education system? An executive at McGraw Hill Education predicts that mobile computing will help make education more predictive and immersive than it is today.
Companies To Employees: Don't Check Email After Hours
News  |  9/23/2012  | 
New office rules? In a bid to combat burnout, some companies are asking employees not to check their email after leaving work.
Don't Like AT&T's FaceTime Policy? Go Elsewhere
Commentary  |  9/23/2012  | 
So now access to FaceTime on one's current cellular data plan is a human right. Net neutrality proponents always played a weak hand, both legally and logically, and the controversy over AT&T and FaceTime on the iPhone and iPad just exposes further the vacuousness and arbitrariness of their positions.
Verizon iPhone 5 is Unlocked
News  |  9/22/2012  | 
The iPhone 5 sold by Verizon is unlocked, which means it can accept SIM cards from other carriers including AT&T. You still need to buy a Verizon data plan contract to get the phone at a discount, but after the plan is over you can change carriers easily.
Windows Fits in on the Mac With Parallels 8
News  |  9/22/2012  | 
Parallels Desktop 8 for Mac is the best way to turn your Mac into a Windows machine. The new version lets Windows running in a virtual machine, including Windows 8, take advantage of Mountain Lion features such as dictation.
GAO, RSA: Malicious Mobile Apps Almost Triple
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
More cyber criminals are jumping on the mobile bandwagon, say reports from the RSA and the Government Accountability Office. As a result, companies who embrace the bring-your-own-device trend could be giving hackers access to corporate communications.
AT&T Blocks FaceTime, Net Neutrality Complaint Filed
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
AT&T is not allowing Apple's FaceTime on its network unless mobile users subscribe to the carrier's new Family Share plan. Public advocacy groups say AT&T's decision breaks the FCC's Open Internet rules.
Nokia Kicks Apple's Map In The Apps
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
Apple issued a mea culpa late Thursday in an attempt to deflect criticism of its Apple Maps application, which is a core part of iOS 6. Nokia took the opportunity to jump on Apple's mistake.
iPhone 5 Crowds Kick Off Sales
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
Apple's newest smartphone is being welcomed the world over with large crowds and long lines.
One Lousy Day So Far With iOS 6
Commentary  |  9/21/2012  | 
iOS 6 might turn out to be a great product, but Apple has released it half-baked. The screwed-up Maps is only the most obvious, sometimes funny, example.
Apple iOS 6: 10 Most Interesting Features
Slideshows  |  9/20/2012  | 
Apple's iOS 6 has some great tweaks and a few misses. Take our visual tour of the must-know changes.
Baseball Fans Use Passbook Mobile Wallet To Buy Tickets
News  |  9/20/2012  | 
The San Francisco Giants, already one of the most high-tech teams in baseball, now lets fans buy tickets on their iPhones. To take advantage, fans must have upgraded their iPhones to iO6. The upgrade includes Passbook, Apple's new mobile wallet app.
AirWatch Updates MDM, Configurator Support For iOS 6
News  |  9/20/2012  | 
Leveraging the new version of iOS, AirWatch admins can disable features such as the Shared Photo Stream and Passbook; control the synching of recent contacts to the mail server; and control many other configuration options.
Why No Ultrabook Pep Rally At IDF?
Commentary  |  9/20/2012  | 
PC vendors expect Windows 8 Ultrabooks to reverse PC sales that are eroding to tablets. So why didn't Intel rally the developer troops to start placing component orders at IDF?
iOS 6: 5 Things That Disappoint
Commentary  |  9/20/2012  | 
Apple's new mobile operating system offers some much-needed improvements, but plenty of things still need polish.
iOS 6: 5 Things To Like
Commentary  |  9/20/2012  | 
Apple's new mobile operating system is finally available. Here are five great things about iOS 6.
Dell Unveils Windows 8 Enterprise Tablet, Ultrabook
News  |  9/20/2012  | 
Dell bets that its new enterprise-oriented Latitude devices can help it reclaim market share from the BYOD crowd.
Former U.S. CTO Chopra: From Technologist To Politician
News  |  9/19/2012  | 
Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer, wants to become Virginia's lieutenant governor so he can turn the state into a policy blueprint for expanded broadband, better healthcare, and other serious issues affecting the country.
My iPhone 4S Upgrade To iOS 6 In Pictures
Slideshows  |  9/19/2012  | 
The iOS 6 update for iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S users is here! I threw caution to the wind and dove into the upgrade. I found some problems in Apple's new mapping app and experienced a big glitch with my home Wi-Fi. Here's what happened.
HTC, Microsoft Debut New Flagship 8S, 8X Phones
News  |  9/19/2012  | 
Microsoft hopes HTC's new Windows Phone 8S and 8X devices, announced Wednesday, will set a new standard for its mobile OS. Designed "from the inside out" for Windows Phone, the two consumer-oriented handsets land in a market crowded with the latest from Nokia, Apple, and Samsung, but they are well equipped and will be available on Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile.
HTC Debuts Windows Phone 8 Smartphones
News  |  9/19/2012  | 
HTC hopes to resurrect sales with Windows Phone 8X and 8S smartphones, which have vibrant colors, Beats Audio, and Gorilla Glass.
Is Apple Or NFC The Bigger Loser With iPhone 5?
Commentary  |  9/19/2012  | 
The potential applications for near field communications (NFC) are numerous and appealing. But now that Apple has decided not to put NFC in the iPhone 5, the rest of the world might hesitate. If it doesn't, and NFC becomes popular anyway, Apple could have a problem.
iPhone 5 Gets Gushing Early Reviews
News  |  9/18/2012  | 
Apple's iPhone 5 receives nothing but glowing early reviews. Everyone who's used it loves the bigger screen and LTE, but dings Apple Maps as inferior to Google's navigation app.
Bank Of America Under Cyberattack
News  |  9/18/2012  | 
A Muslim hacker group claims responsibility for crashing the Bank of America website on Tuesday. The bank website and mobile access both were inaccessible for several hours.
More iPad Mini Photos Emerge
News  |  9/18/2012  | 
More photos of an iPad "mini" have appeared on another Chinese site, and the iPhone 5 pattern of leaks seems to be repeating. If so, the new smaller iPad, to be announced in October, will have a 7.8-inch screen, close to that of the Kindle Fire, and the new Lightning connector.
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