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Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in October 2012
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Mobility Tips: Planning For The Next Power Outage
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Hurricane Sandy cut off millions of people from the power they needed for their mobile devices to call and text friends, relatives and coworkers. You can be ready for the next power outage with a little forethought and equipment for battery charging.
RIM Seeks Carrier Approval For BlackBerry 10
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
Research In Motion has given BlackBerry 10 to more than 50 carriers around the world for certification.
Windows 8 Upgrade: No Touch, No Good
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
BYTE's Chris Spera has been using Windows 8 since the first preview version. There's a lot to like about it on the new touch PCs and tablets, but upgrading Windows on your old non-touch PC to the new OS isn't worth the trouble.
4G World: AT&T Plays Consumer Catch-Up
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Wireless industry can't stay ahead of consumers, but it can plan its networks to keep pace more effectively, says AT&T Labs executive.
6 Reasons To Want Windows 8 Ultrabooks
Slideshows  |  10/31/2012  | 
Ultrabooks got off to a slow start -- but thanks to new Intel chips, Windows 8 and creative form factors, 2013 might be the breakout year.
California Targets Mobile Apps For Missing Privacy Policies
News  |  10/31/2012  | 
Mobile app developers that don't post conspicuous online and in-app privacy policies will face $2,500 fine per download.
4G World: The Need For More Spectrum
Commentary  |  10/31/2012  | 
The wireless industry may run out of spectrum in three years, and it needs government help to find more to realize the promise of mobile broadband.
Microsoft Uses Office To Push Windows Phone 8
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
On iOS, Android and Symbian Microsoft provides Lync and OneNote, but on Windows Phone 8 you also get Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The company wants Windows Phone 8 to be the best phone platform for Office document use.
Google's Play Store Closes In On iTunes
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
Google Play Store now has nearly as many apps as the Apple iPhone App Store, and new content deals give it access to more digital music and movies.
Google Nexus 4: Why No LTE?
Commentary  |  10/30/2012  | 
LTE 4G is conspicuously missing from Google's brand new Nexus 4 Android smartphone. What's the deal?
Slick Windows Phone 8: An Acquired Taste
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson spent some time using the Windows Phone 8X by HTC and found that it is relatively easy despite some problems along the way. Watch her video interview with the engineer in charge of Windows Phone 8 development to find out more about the phone's security features.
Windows Phone 8: Star Features
Slideshows  |  10/30/2012  | 
Microsoft pulled out all the stops to introduce its new mobile OS -- but will it be enough to tempt iOS and Android users?
Google Gmail Learns New Tricks
News  |  10/30/2012  | 
Revised Gmail interface makes it easier to write messages.
iOS Designer Forstall Pushed Out At Apple
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Scott Forstall, responsible for Apple's iOS platform, has been shoved out the door following the iOS 6 Maps flap.
Google Nexus 10 Bests iPad's Retina Display
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Google and Samsung aim for Apple's jugular with the Retina Display-beating Nexus 10 tablet.
Windows Phone 8 First Impressions: Snappy Redesign
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Latest version of Microsoft's smartphone OS offers just as many useful features as iOS and Android.
Google Debuts 3 Nexus Devices
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
Two tablets and a phone arrive carrying Android 4.2, a new flavor of Jelly Bean operating system.
Google Announces Android 4.2, New Nexus Tablets, Phone
News  |  10/29/2012  | 
The new Nexus 4 phone and Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets keep the competition fierce in the tablet world. Google claims the Nexus 10 tablet has "the highest resolution tablet on the planet," meaning higher than the Retina display in the iPad.
Windows 8 Momentum: Will Pop-Up Stores Help?
Slideshows  |  10/29/2012  | 
Microsoft opened dozens of temporary stores to showcase its new Windows 8 and Surface tablets. Take a look at our opening day tour.
Surface With Windows RT: A Winner Despite Apps
Slideshows  |  10/29/2012  | 
Microsoft's Surface tablet with Windows RT is the first worthwhile post-PC device in our post-PC world. What it lacks in apps is compensated for by a near-desktop-class browser.
Windows Phone Users, Rejoice: More Apps On The Way
Commentary  |  10/28/2012  | 
The biggest weakness Windows Phone has is the weakness of the Windows app store. Why will Windows Phone 8 make any difference? Because, in most cases, developing a Windows Phone 8 app gets you almost all the way to developing an app for Windows 8, a product almost certain to sell hundreds of millions of units.
Ceglia To Face Facebook Fraud Charges
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
The government says Ceglia forged evidence to support his claim to own most of Facebook.
Phone, Tablet Insurance Set To Flourish
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
With the launch of the iPad Mini this week and overall tablet sales expected to skyrocket in 2012, industry observers say it's time to consider buying insurance for your devices. [Corrected]
8 Cool Windows 8 Tablets
Slideshows  |  10/26/2012  | 
As Microsoft and its hardware partners produce Windows 8 devices in droves, here's a look at some of the more noteworthy launches.
DOD Pushes Military's Mobile Strategy Forward
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
Defense Department is serious about getting smartphones into soldiers' hands, according to new mobile device management and app store vendor solicitations.
Apple Mocks Samsung In Court-Ordered Ad
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
A U.K. judge's observation that Samsung's tablets aren't as cool as the iPad gets featured in Apple's required notification.
Windows 8 As It Was Meant To Be
Commentary  |  10/26/2012  | 
When I heard that Windows 8 would be a dual-use PC/tablet operating system, I had a vision of how I would want to use it. That vision has come to pass in the form of the Dell Latitude 10 tablet and optional docking station.
iPad Mini Vs. Nexus 7: Tablet Smackdown
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
Apple iPad Mini versus Google Nexus 7 sets up the tablet battle we've all been waiting for. We see who has the goods to come out on top.
Windows 8: The Legacy Apps Question
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
Support for legacy applications is a Windows 8 selling point. But Gartner says the need for such apps is declining and has little to do with upgrading to the new OS.
Apple Kicks Off iPad Mini Preorders
News  |  10/26/2012  | 
Apple is now taking preorders for the iPad Mini. You can get a black, entry-level model for $329 and delivery on November 2.
Microsoft: Windows 8 Ends Tablet Era
Commentary  |  10/25/2012  | 
With Windows 8, Surface, and the many OEM Windows 8 systems being released, Microsoft is attempting to redefine the personal computing market. In the new vision, tablets are PCs, and tablets that can't do the things PCs do--such as use a keyboard and mouse and multitask--are deficient. Windows 8 PCs and tablets can do these things; Android and the iPad cannot. If Microsoft can make the sale, then we are in store for an industry revolution.
Apple Earnings Prompt iPad Questions
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
Lower than expected iPad sales suggest limits to Apple's recent growth.
Microsoft Needs To Push BYOD For Surface, Win8
Commentary  |  10/25/2012  | 
Microsoft finally makes its mark in the new smartphone and tablet era, but will enterprises adopt the Surface as quickly as they have the iPad, and will developers create apps for it?
iPad University: IT Lessons From College Pilot
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
At Long Island University, iPads are changing the way information technology is managed and applied.
Ballmer: Windows Has Great Tablets 'For The First Time'
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
Windows 8 will make Microsoft and partners serious players in the mobile market, CEO says at launch event.
Windows 8: 4 Upsides For SMBs
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
What can Microsoft's new OS deliver to small and midsize businesses? Consider the mobile device angles, for starters.
iPad Mini Display: Not Good Enough?
Commentary  |  10/25/2012  | 
The iPad Mini's display has fewer pixels than many of its rivals. But there's more to consider when judging display quality.
Apple, Google, Microsoft, Samsung: Battle Of The Buzz
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
Tech's biggest rivals are all are making huge, splashy product debuts this week as they jostle for consumer attention--and dollars.
iPad Mini: How To Pick A 4G Operator
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
The new iPad Mini adds support for Sprint's LTE to AT&T and Verizon 4G, but which carrier is right for you?
AT&T Expects Tablet Boom
News  |  10/25/2012  | 
AT&T expects tablets, including the new iPad Mini, to contribute big in Q4, as smartphones dominate in Q3, and 4G LTE build-outs continue to expand.
Nuance Adds Voice Recognition To Mobile EHRs
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
Epic, Cerner electronic health records get free text transcription from smartphones and tablets; computerized physician order entry and natural language processing are in the works.
The Apple-ization Of Microsoft
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
As Microsoft prepares to launch Windows 8, the hardware world faces a big question. Is going it alone exactly what Microsoft wants?
Windows 8: A Bridge Too Far For Enterprises?
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Windows 8 may end up marking the moment when people stopped caring about PC operating systems.
FreedomPop: 4G Data For Free, If You're Careful
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
FreedomPop offers free -- yes, free -- 4G cellular data on the Sprint / Clearwire network. It can be a great deal, but you have to buy some hardware first and then you have to be careful to avoid the many traps they set to upsell you to pay services.
HP's Whitman Faces Skeptical CIOs At Gartner Event
News  |  10/24/2012  | 
CEO Meg Whitman faced tough customer questions during her keynote interview at the Gartner Symposium--but will CIOs be persuaded by her answers?
BlackBerry Loses Its Grip On Federal Government
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
RIM's BlackBerry platform has maintained a strong following in government for years, but that is changing.
iPad Mini Leaves Gaping Price Umbrella
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
The iPad Mini is a modest product at a premium price. That's good news for Google, Amazon, and Barns & Noble, but it probably won't prevent the iPad from slipping below 50% market share.
With iPad Mini Apple Sees Bigger Picture
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
Apple sees only itself as the competition. It now has a full range of tablets, plus the iPod Touch, to fill various needs.
iPad Mini: Apple Could Have Done More
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
It's Just A Smaller iPad. Yes, the components in Apple's devices keep getting better and faster, but they haven't really done anything bold and innovative lately. Eventually someone else will win over customers by thinking different.
iPad Mini: The Great Price Debate
Commentary  |  10/24/2012  | 
The entry-level iPad Mini costs $329, which raised some eyebrows. Here's why analysts say the iPad Mini is priced right--and will steal sales from $199 Android tablets.
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