News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Devices 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.
Cisco Acquires ThinkSmart For Location-Based Customer Analytics
News  |  9/28/2012  | 
ThinkSmart's technology taps big data analytics to give brick-and-mortar retailers a better grasp on where customers are and what piques their interest.
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.
iPhone 5: My First Week
Commentary  |  9/28/2012  | 
After spending a week with the Apple iPhone 5, I have a clear picture of what has improved, evolved, and gone sideways.
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.
Six Tips For Navigating The MDM Jungle
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
As mobile device management and mobile application management choices become overwhelming, consider these key issues.
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.
RIM Earnings To Erase BlackBerry 10 Bounce?
News  |  9/27/2012  | 
Research In Motion reports quarterly earnings Thursday, and the news could erase the gains its stock price made this week on news of its BlackBerry 10 platform.
Nokia's Pricey Lumia Phones Hit Europe In November
Commentary  |  9/27/2012  | 
Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 go on sale in select European markets come November, with initial prices that are troublingly high.
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.
NASA Uses iPads To Train For Asteroid Exploration
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Astronaut visitors to an undersea training habitat use iPads to simulate time-delayed communications and emergency training for planned 2025 asteroid mission.
Google Maps Shows Underwater Sights
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Take that Apple: Google Street View map images are now available for a few underwater locations.
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 Chrome Second String On Tablets, Smartphones
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Android and iOS device users overwhelmingly prefer the stock browser on their mobile devices, where Google's Chrome browser barely registers, study says.
Nook E-Reader Headed To Windows 8
News  |  9/26/2012  | 
Barnes & Noble debuts Nook HD, plans to port e-reading and display technology to Microsoft's new operating system.
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.
In Apple We Trust, Blindly
Commentary  |  9/25/2012  | 
How secure are Apple products like iMessage and FaceTime? We have no idea. The protocols in those products have never been documented or scrutinized by outside experts.
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.
iPhone 5 Display Likely Culprit Behind Shortage
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
Apple's suppliers are having trouble producing enough displays for iPhone 5 to meet demand, thanks to new in-cell technology. The good news: Apple has a new reservation system to help score an iPhone 5.
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.
RIM Shows New BlackBerry Hardware Design
News  |  9/25/2012  | 
Research In Motion hints at the future of the BlackBerry as it shares a hardware reference platform device with a big screen and the latest version of BB 10 operating system.
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.
Apple's Proprietary Lightning Beats Standard Micro-USB Mobile Connector
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
Giving the iPhone 5 a micro-USB port instead of the incompatible Lightning connection would have been the logical and considerate way to go, but that's not the Apple Way. Luckily for Apple, we iPhone, iPod, and iPad users are used to this kind of abuse and we'll put up with it. Even with the inconvenience and extra expense of Lightning--which offers little in return--most true believers won't ditch Apple for Android or Windows phones.
iPhone 5 May Crunch Local Data Networks
News  |  9/24/2012  | 
Near-doubling of 4G users could push new U.S. LTE networks past their limits.
6 Features I Want In Future Smartphones
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
Apple's iPhone 5 makes design advances, but here's how vendors could make smartphones even more useful.
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.
iPhone Scuffgate: Every Launch Must Have Scandal
Commentary  |  9/24/2012  | 
Remember Antennagate? Apple can't launch an iPhone without coming under fire for some reason. Now it's chipped paint on the iPhone 5.
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.
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.
RIM Updates Mobile Fusion, Enterprise Server
News  |  9/21/2012  | 
RIM added new features to its Mobile Fusion and Enterprise Server products on Thursday, hoping to stop the bleeding as it heads toward BlackBerry 10 release.
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.
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