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Content tagged with Mobile Business posted in December 2012
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BlackBerry 10 Will Be Great, Please Wait, Says RIM
News  |  12/31/2012  | 
With just about a month to go until the rollout of BlackBerry 10, RIM is reaching out to customers and the public about how great it will be, hoping, no doubt, that customers will hold off buying an iPhone or Android phone or Windows Phone. BlackBerry 10 could be the great, ironic BYOD product of 2013.
6 Things Microsoft Must Do In 2013
Commentary  |  12/31/2012  | 
This could be a make or break year as Microsoft looks to establish itself in mobile, cloud and other hot new markets while fending off challenges to its Windows franchise.
Battery Life Boost Coming From New Antenna Tech
News  |  12/30/2012  | 
The amplifier for the data transmission on a mobile phone's antenna is the device's biggest power guzzler, wasting up to 65 percent of its juice through heat. Large increases in battery life may be coming soon through new technology designed to use power for data transmission more efficiently.
Where SDN Is Going Next
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
Well, it seems to be going everywhere, but here are some guesses as to what might come of that.
Apple's Education Phenomenon: iPad
News  |  12/28/2012  | 
iPad's popularity with students and instructors helped Apple break its own education market sales records in 2012.
Nokia Lumia 810 A Win For T-Mobile
News  |  12/27/2012  | 
The Nokia Lumia 810 is an excellent, if not top-of-the-line Windows Phone available on T-Mobile. It's reasonably priced, has a top-notch camera and intriguing software, including two music apps that stream free tunes, "augmented reality" to show you what points of interest are right in front of you, and Nokia's highly-regarded maps. It also has a screen that's clearly a class or two below the best ones on the market, such as the iPhone 5. If you want a better screen on a Windows Phone, choose th
Top 10 Tech Fails Of 2012
Slideshows  |  12/27/2012  | 
Sometimes technology disappoints. Here are some of the products, services and companies that let us down in 2012.
China Tries Again To Control Internet
Commentary  |  12/25/2012  | 
The Great Firewall of China is increasingly effective in stopping anonymous VPN-based access in and out of the country after a recent upgrade, and now the government is considering another attempt to strengthen authentication of users before obtaining Internet connections. The proposed law is being cynically framed as a privacy protection measure. As offended as I am at the ideas behind these proposals, I'm confident that they can't be implemented practically.
Nexus 7 Android Tablets for Christmas At DoubleDutch
News  |  12/24/2012  | 
Why did the founder of Mobile CRM company DoubleDutch give his employees Android Nexus 7 Tablets for XMas? He wanted to inspire them to develop for the platform — not just for the iPad — and explained how enterprise app development is fundamentally changing the way enterprise business is done.
Why One SMB Sticks With Windows XP: Truckload Of Toner
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
For budget-constrained small businesses, the decision to upgrade from XP is complicated by older networks, peripherals, applications, and, in this case, a multi-year stockpile of printer supplies.
5 Ugliest Smartphones Of 2012
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
Not every smartphone is a charmer. Here are five handsets with some seriously questionable designs.
HTC Prepping Windows 8 Rival To iPad Mini?
News  |  12/21/2012  | 
HTC 7-inch tablet could pit Microsoft's Windows 8 OS against Amazon's Kindle Fire and Apple's iPad mini.
Mobile's Biggest Losers In 2012
Commentary  |  12/21/2012  | 
The last twelve months have been turbulent for smartphone makers and wireless network providers. Here's who took it on the chin hardest.
Red Hat Buys ManageIQ, Gains Hybrid Cloud Tools
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
Red Hat will pay $104 million to fill out self-provisioning and performance management for its virtualization environment, get multi-hypervisor capability.
Last-Minute Tablet Shopping Tips
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
Need to score a tablet for someone on your shopping list before Tuesday? Here's advice on what you might be able to find in the nick of time.
Android Fails in Mobile Malware Research
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
There are many more malware-infected Android devices out there than you might think. It's all because the Android ecosystem and Google Play store are more friendly to malware and exploits than iOS and the Apple App Store or Windows 8, Windows Phone and the Windows Store. There's some, but not much reason, to think things will improve for Android in the near future.
Flipboard Android Tablet Version Debuts
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
Flipboard now runs on Android tablets, including the high-resolution Nexus 10.
Microsoft's Big Hits And Misses Of 2012
Commentary  |  12/20/2012  | 
The past year saw some big wins, and big setbacks, for Microsoft. And then there's the special case of Windows 8.
Samsung Acknowledges Severe Android Vulnerability
News  |  12/20/2012  | 
A serious vulnerability in the Android kernel for their Exynos processors in many of their phones, including the Samsung Galaxy S3, has been found by the Android hacking community. It may be used by any application to root (jailbreak) or unroot the device, brick it or even silently modify arbitrary memory or other applications.
Apple Must Settle With Samsung
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
Apple Needs To Cut The Patent Nonsense. If Apple really thinks they need to sue the competition out of the market then they must think they're in worse shape than anyone else thinks. Recent legal setbacks, including the reexamination by the US Patent and Trademark Office of the 'pinch and zoom' and other patents, have the potential to embarrass Apple severely and embolden the competition. Now's the time to scale back in their settlement negotiations.
Windows Phone 8 Update Details Revealed
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
An update to Windows Phone 8 should be out soon sporting messaging improvements, the ability to text replies to incoming callers, bandwidth-saving IE changes and favorite Wi-Fi connections, among other improvements not yet specified.
eBay Drops Mobile Advertising
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
eBay has decided that advertising inside mobile apps is not worth the effort and that they will end all ads inside their own mobile apps. What does this mean for the future of mobile advertising?
Dell Acquires Credant For BYOD, Data Security
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Dell announced today its acquisition of data security company Credant Technologies to beef up its BYOD security toolset.
6 Dell Storylines To Watch In 2013
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
With Tuesday's purchase of Credant, Dell has bought 19 companies in the last four years. But what does all the activity mean for the company's future?
11 Amazing Apps Of 2012
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Here are 11 applications that mattered in 2012 -- and a hint at what's to come. Each underscores meaningful software trends.
7 SMB Technology Predictions For 2013
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
What's in store for small and midsize business technology in the New Year?
Maine HIE Prepares For Pay-For-Performance World
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
HealthInfoNet and Arcadia Solution's new partnership will marry insurance claims to clinical data in Maine's health information exchange.
DARPA 'Pack Mule' Robot Takes Load Off Soldiers
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Latest Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency robot, capable of carrying 400 pounds, travels through wooded area with Marine unit and responds to verbal commands in first trial.
IBM Gets $4.5 Million Tax Break On Analytics Center
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Columbus grants Big Blue incentive package as IBM pledges to create hundreds of new jobs in big data analytics.
BlackBerry 10 Builds Carrier Support Ahead Of Launch
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
RIM's forthcoming smartphone platform received another bid of confidence, as a handful of European network operators have voiced their support for BlackBerry 10.
London Firefighters Pursue Twitter Monitoring
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
London Fire Brigade moves to allow people to summon rescuers via Twitter, parallels "text to 911" efforts in the United States.
Oracle Q2 Results: Ellison Spins On Sun
Commentary  |  12/19/2012  | 
CEO Larry Ellison talks up Oracle's Sun acquisition even as hardware sales slide 23%. Software sales rise.
Google Maps Spurs iOS 6 Adoption
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Data from mobile advertising networks suggests that many iPhone owners updated their devices to iOS 6 after Google Maps became available again.
Dell, HP Windows 8 'Atom' Tablets Delayed Until 2013
News  |  12/19/2012  | 
Dell Latitude 10 among Windows 8 systems not yet available, as tablet makers struggle with drivers for energy-efficient Intel Clover Trail chip.
Can Foursquare Check Ins Save Apple Maps?
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
Apple is talking to Foursquare about using its local data. Can the move restore Apple's maps reputation?
Samsung Leaps Past Apple, Nokia
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
As smartphones go mainstream, Samsung is moving well past Apple and Nokia, according to research firm.
Blue Jeans Offers Free Videoconferences For Military Families
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
Home for the Holidays allows up to 25 military members and their families to connect from PCs, mobile devices or videoconference rooms during the Christmas season.
Smartphone Race's Third Horse: Microsoft Or RIM?
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
Apple and Google are the two strong leaders in the smartphone wars. Microsoft recently kicked off its comeback bid, and RIM follows next month. Which one has the best shot of being the third horse in this race?
Microsoft Slams Google Decision To Axe ActiveSync
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
Microsoft says Gmail users who want real-time e-mail on Windows devices should switch to Outlook.com.
12 Expert Health IT Predictions For 2013
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
Better care coordination technology, the explosion of mobile health and the downfall of independent physician practices are just a few of the health IT predictions experts are making for 2013.
Google Nexus 10: My First Month
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
After almost two years of iPad use, I've been living with a Google Nexus 10 tablet for the past month. Google's iPad rival does not disappoint.
10 Million iPhone Users Find Way To Google Maps
News  |  12/18/2012  | 
Google crows about Maps' triumphant return to the iPhone, scores millions of downloads in just two days.
Microsoft Surface RT Best Tablet Ever, 'Reviewers' Gush
Commentary  |  12/18/2012  | 
Windows 8 tablet may not be posting big sales numbers, but everyone who bought one from Best Buy claims to love it unconditionally.
Oracle Upgrades NoSQL Database, Big Data Appliance
News  |  12/17/2012  | 
Oracle NoSQL Database 2.0 gains management features, while the Oracle Big Data Appliance gets new software, more powerful Intel chips.
Should You Buy A 7-Inch Or 10-Inch Tablet?
Commentary  |  12/17/2012  | 
Hear me out on this one, tablet shoppers: You should buy a 7-inch tablet and a 10-inch tablet.
Windows 8 Enterprise: Signs Of Life
News  |  12/17/2012  | 
Enterprises never adopt new Windows versions right after they ship, right? Times may have changed. IT may now have good reasons to move quickly with Windows 8, at least for some deployments.
Big Data Tip: Don't Save Everything
News  |  12/17/2012  | 
No wonder you're overloaded by ever-growing volumes of data. You're saving too much, advises Digi International exec.
HTC Big Screen Windows Phone: Not Now
News  |  12/17/2012  | 
Don't hold your breath waiting for HTC to launch a Windows Phone 8 smartphone with a 5-inch screen.
Personal Mobile Heart Monitor Gets FDA OK
News  |  12/17/2012  | 
AliveCor specialized iPhone case and monitoring app lets users record data and wirelessly send to doctors.
IBM: PCs By 2018 Will See, Hear, Touch
News  |  12/17/2012  | 
IBM predicts that in five years artificial intelligence will be able to mimic the five human senses.
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