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Content tagged with Mobile Devices posted in November 2012
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Unlocked iPhone 5: Worth The Cost?
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Apple is now selling an unlocked version of the iPhone 5 starting at $649. Make sure you know the pros and cons involved in buying an off-contract device.
5 Ways Microsoft Can Save Windows 8
Commentary  |  11/30/2012  | 
Microsoft's new OS holds plenty of potential, but so far consumers aren't loving the radically redesigned desktop. Microsoft should consider these changes.
Apple To Sell iPhone 5, iPad Mini In China
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Sales of Apple's latest tablets kick off December 7 in China, with the iPhone following December 14.
Unlocked iPhone 5 For Sale At Apple
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
You can now buy an iPhone 5 from Apple with no carrier contract committment. There is no CDMA support and what LTE support they have is unclear. The phone should work on AT&T and T-Mobile, but perhaps not on Verizon and Sprint.
Ballmer: Hardware Key To Microsoft's Future
News  |  11/30/2012  | 
Facing tablet pressure, Microsoft CEO tells shareholders that company needs to bring hardware and software together to speed up innovation.
10 Essential Android Apps For Work, Home
Slideshows  |  11/29/2012  | 
Do you use your own Android phone at work? These 10 apps go the distance between home and office.
Microsoft Reveals Details of Intel-Based Surface
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
The Surface tablet with Windows 8 Pro from Microsoft will look like the ARM-based Surface RT, only slightly thicker and heavier. On the other hand, unlike the RT, it will be able to run existing Windows apps. It will start at $899 and be available in January. These tablets are based on Intel Ivy Bridge chips, and so do not have the superior battery life of ARM or Intel Clover Trail systems.
911 Centers Not Ready For Mobile App Era
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Some of the latest public safety apps offer to let you send texts, photos and even videos to 911 centers. There's just one problem: They don't work. According to the National Emergency Number Association, 911 centers still live in the telephone era, not the Internet and smart phone era.
Valley View: Windows Phone 8 Up Close
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Our most recent episode of Valley View took a deeper look at Windows Phone 8 with Microsoft's Greg Sullivan and checked out some intriguing startups. See all the highlights.
T-Mobile May Score iPhone Next Week
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Is the time right for T-Mobile to launch the iPhone? At least one analyst thinks so.
Wireless Carrier Rankings: AT&T Vs. Verizon
News  |  11/29/2012  | 
Verizon outscored its rivals in Consumers Reports' annual rankings of wireless network operators, but not in every category.
Windows Phone 7 Users To Get Cosmetic Update
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Users of Windows Phones prior to the new generation of devices will not be upgraded to the new operating system, Windows Phone 8. Instead, they will receive an update early next year that makes their OS look like Windows Phone 8, but not get any of the other new features.
Where Are All The iPhone/iPad Lightning Accessories?
Commentary  |  11/28/2012  | 
Where are all the Lightning accessories? It's now almost December -- two months after Apple's new Lightning connector debuted on the iPhone 5 -- and there is still practically no Lightning-compatible iOS hardware available. Owners of the new Lightning-equipped iPad Mini, iPad 4 and new iPods are waiting, too.
Samsung Loses In Latest Apple Patent Decision
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Dutch court rules that Samsung violated Apple patents as the two firms' legal battles continue.
Google Nexus 4 Ships In 4 To 9 Weeks
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Crush of orders for Nexus 4 Android smartphone leaves Google's servers gasping for breath. It's not sold out, but you face a wait.
Windows 8 Enterprise Antivirus Market Starts Off Slow
News  |  11/28/2012  | 
Test lab AV-Test finds only 6 corporate antimalware / endpoint protection solutions for enterprises. By contrast, they count 60 consumer anti-virus products available and compatible with Windows 8, including some big names -- like Kaspersky, McAfee and Symantec -- not yet available in corporate editions.
Nokia Apps Make Windows Phone More Fun
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
The 822 is a second-tier model in Nokia's Windows Phone resurgence in the market. It's inexpensive and has a top-notch camera and intriguing software, like a music app that streams 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 display that's clearly a class or two below iPhone quality. If you want a much better screen, you might want to move up to AT&T's Nokia 920.
Is Apple Maps Salvageable?
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Apple is dealing with the crappy mapping launch by firing the manager in charge of the software. But can this repair the damage that is already done and can Apple ever catch up to Google?
Black Friday, Cyber Monday: 4 SMB Lessons
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
SMBs should mind these tech-focused takeaways from the annual shopping craze.
iOS Squeaks Past Android In U.S.
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Strong iPhone 5 sales helped Apple's iOS platform eke out a lead over Google's Android platform in U.S. market share.
Drop Your Cell Plan And Still Use Your Phone
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Here's how to hack a free mobile phone plan. The downsides include having to change your number and not being able to make 911 calls.
Nexus 4 Returns To Google Play Store Tuesday
News  |  11/27/2012  | 
Those unable to snag a Nexus 4 when the smartphone went on sale Nov. 13 have a second chance beginning Tuesday afternoon.
Samsung Slammed Over Labor Abuses
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
New Samsung guidelines at China supplier factories are insufficient to protect workers, says labor watch group.
Microsoft Surface: My First Month
Commentary  |  11/26/2012  | 
During the first week, I wanted to throw Microsoft's Surface tablet out the window. Now, my opinion has changed.
AT&T Reportedly Turns FaceTime On For Cellular
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
The carrier had blocked FaceTime over mobile data for users not on their Mobile Share plans, generating outrage among some users and activists. A report says that some users are seeing the feature turned on for them, but we confirm that not all users have this feature available now.
iPad Is Top Black Friday Shopping Tablet
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Apple's tablet was the mobile device of choice for online shoppers looking to grab bargains during Thanksgiving weekend.
Windows Phone 7.8 Still MIA
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Microsoft and Nokia hint that Windows Phone 7.8 might see the light of day soon, but specifics are still ethereal.
Samsung Ships 5 Million Galaxy Note II Smartphones
News  |  11/26/2012  | 
Samsung's latest phablet has reached an impressive milestone after just two months. The company is on track for a record fourth quarter.
Microsoft To Support Surface RT Into 2017
News  |  11/25/2012  | 
Microsoft's official support lifecycle for Surface with Windows RT hardware ends 4/11/2017. They have not yet announced the end of support for the Windows RT operating system on Surface and devices from Lenovo, Dell, Toshiba and other OEMs, nor for Office Home and Student 2013 RT, which is bundled with Surface RT. The support lifecycle for Intel-based Windows 8 is longer and more complicated.
Are Windows 8 Sales Already Disappointing?
Commentary  |  11/23/2012  | 
It's way too early to declare Windows and Surface failures in the market, although it would be foolish to expect it to obviate Windows 7 any time soon, especially in business and double-especially on desktops. In the meantime, its job is to recover market share for Microsoft that has been lost to Apple iPads and Android tablets, and there's reason to believe it's doing that.
iPhone And iPad: My Top 5 Complaints
Commentary  |  11/21/2012  | 
I've never liked my iPhone. Apple's restrictions on interface customization, storage expansion, hardware interfaces and the battery make the experience disappointing. Chalk most of these problems up to Apple's arrogant design philosophy and its desire to make as much money as possible.
8 Essential Black Friday Apps
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Braving the Black Friday crowds? Don't even think of leaving the house without these applications on your smartphone.
Black Friday: 5 Tips For Online Traffic Surges
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Black Friday should remind SMBs to prepare for spikes in website traffic, not just during the busy holiday shopping season but throughout the year.
Black Friday: Unusual Apple Deals
News  |  11/21/2012  | 
Apple rarely discounts its products, but Black Friday is the one day of the year you can save some green on a new iPad Mini, iPhone, or Mac computer.
BYTE's BYOD Holiday Gift Guide
Slideshows  |  11/20/2012  | 
This year, get friends and family a gift they can really use: A bring-your-own-device -- BYOD -- gadget, something that makes it easier to use their favorite mobile device. They'll thank you every time they use it.
Symantec MDM Review: Familiarity A Selling Point
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
Users of Symantec security software will find similar interface.
RIM MDM Review: Beyond BES, Not There Yet
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
It's not an easy option unless you're a heavy-duty BlackBerry shop.
Good Technology MDM Review: Tight Grip On Data
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
Good's on its way to data-centric security.
BYOD: Why Mobile Device Management Isn't Enough
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
Here's what to look for in MDM software and what limitations IT still faces in letting employees use personal devices for work.
Skype For Android 3.0 Excels At Voice, Transfers
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
Skype for Android 3.0 improves voice quality and adds new tablet-specific features -- but requires the latest hardware and Android platform for the best results.
Android 4.2 On The Nexus 7: First Impressions
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
Google recently pushed Android 4.2 Jelly Bean to the Nexus 7 and other devices. Here's a first look at the newest version of Android on Google's 7-inch tablet.
iPhone 5 Shipping Times Improve
News  |  11/20/2012  | 
Apple slowly catches up to the demand for the iPhone 5. Google's Nexus 4, meanwhile, is still out of stock.
Fake Apple Apps In Google Android Play Store
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Garage Band, Keynote, Numbers, iPhoto and others for Android were all apparently for sale in the Google Play store, but it was not to be. The programs were fake and have been removed by Google.
More NY Subway Stations Will Get Wi-Fi, Cell Service
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Transit Wireless is bringing Wi-Fi and cell service to the dark subways of New York City, keeping the city that never sleeps connected underground.
5 Best Tablets For The Holidays
Slideshows  |  11/19/2012  | 
Looking for the perfect gift for your beloved this year? Something tells us a tablet might be just the ticket. BYTE looks at five: The Apple iPad 4, the iPad Mini, the Samsung Galaxy 10.1, the Microsoft Surface, and the Kindle Fire HD.
6 Risks Your BYOD Policy Must Address
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Strong company policies are a must for managing legal and other risks of personal devices used in the workplace. Are you addressing all the issues?
Online Backup Vs. Cloud Storage
Commentary  |  11/19/2012  | 
Online backup services such as Carbonite, Acronis, IDrive and Mozy might be a bad deal for some users when compared to cloud storage services Box, Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft Skydrive. The former usually just backs up files; the latter does backs up files and also gives you working access to them.
Windows Phone 8 Hit With Random Reboot Bug
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
Windows Phone 8 smartphone owners report crashes and reboots affecting their devices. Nokia says it is investigating; HTC has yet to respond.
RIM CEO: App Store Size Doesn't Matter
News  |  11/19/2012  | 
RIM CEO Thorsten Heins, pitching BlackBerry 10 in the weeks leading to its release, insists RIM is playing it smart with its app store.
Google Maps For iOS 6 In Beta
News  |  11/16/2012  | 
After the disastrous debut of Apple Maps on the iPhone 5, demand is sure to be high for the return of a Google Maps app on iOS.
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