In a few weeks the BlackBerry 10 with a physical keyboard will be available to buyers. People love the BlackBerry keyboard, but is the device obsolete anyway?
40 years ago today, April 3, 1973, the first cell phone call was made by Motorola engineer Martin Cooper. He called his competitor at Bell Labs to gloat at having beat them.
Next up for BlackBerry is the Q10. It has a smaller screen than the now-available Z10, but also has the hard keyboard that made BlackBerry famous. Here we have a short video demo of the Q10 and its differences from the Z10
Too many people won't give BlackBerry 10 a fair chance because they're emotionally invested in other platforms, probably the iPhone. Those people are doing themselves and their companies a disservice. Observed dispassionately, BlackBerry 10 appears to be a compelling phone platform for business users, and if BlackBerry has earned anything over the years, it's the right to be taken seriously in meeting business needs.
Mozilla's Firefox OS is continuing on in development, and a significant milestone has been achieved: Mozilla has announced their Firefox OS developer preview phones. The phones are being developed by Geeksphone in partnership with Telefonica, a major Spanish broadband and telecom provider with worldwide operations, including the US.
At CES, I visited the Internet of Things Consortium to see what was happening with startups in the Internet of Things, also known as machine-to-machine, or M2M, space were talking about.
At CES, BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson caught up with NQ Mobile CEO Omar Khan to talk about mobile security and the recent popularity of Samsung in the marketplace.
Hypochondriacs rejoice: California-based Scanadu has built a smartphone accessory and a smartphone/tablet app that can perform visual examinations and monitor vital signs and then displays them on a smartphone. It looks like a medical tricorder from Star Trek.
At CES, Robotex showed off its latest robot, made with BYOD in mind. This watered-down consumer robot is significantly cheaper than the line of robots Robotex sells to police departments, the military, and corporations.
Noah Dentzel, designer of ChargeCard sat down with BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson to discuss why he decided to do all manufacturing for his USB charger connection in the US and why Kickstarter was a great way to raise $161,000 to get his startup off the ground.
Fleksy is an app that can predict what you are typing without requiring you to type accurately. It is used by thousands of blind and visually impaired users. At CES, BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson interviewed Justin Thornton about how he uses Flesky.
Smart TV apps publisher Flingo announced its second screen platform Samba at CES. BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson interviewed Flingo's Ashwin Navin about Flingo's new product that recommends content to TV watchers and allows them to share content on social media. Haier is one of the first two companies that will offer Samba on their TV.
BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson spoke to Oliver Bussmann, Global CIO and corporate officer at SAP, about BYOD and consumerization of IT. Bussmann talked about how the tablet environment has changed since he first deployed iPads. He also talked about how important it is to be social to build a community online.
The new Ford Developer Program allows programmers to create apps to interact with the Sync systems in their cars. At CES, BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson went to check out how Ford is going straight to the developers to foster an app ecosystem.
Dan Kaminsky thinks it is important to build as well as to break software, and finds that ability through art. BYTE had a rare look at his crib in the Mission, where he lives with artists and musicians. That night, Kaminsky was focused on using technology, in the form of an unconventional text message auction system, to sell his roommate's art.
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.
Using mobile technology to arm mobile workers, services such as Exec, GigWalk, oDesk, and Uber, are changing the very nature of knowledge-based work. How will you cope?
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.
In the collaborative consumption culture, Exec and other services let you use your phone to outsource physical tasks. BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson tested the service out while staying at the luxurious W Hotel. In a follow up interview, Exec co-founder and CEO Justin Kan appeared on Valley View to discuss the inspiration for building an executive concierge service and future direction of the company.
A new Microsoft ad for Internet Explorer entitled "Do you know this guy?" shows an IE-hating, "IE Sucks"-tweeting, basement-dwelling techno-geek finally moved -- a little -- by the progress made by Microsoft's web browser.
BYTE spoke to IT manager Brent Shinn at Double Fine Productions to see how he operates the lean IT department, what he thinks about Windows, and his feelings on BYOD in the workplace. While producing a video game traditionally costs millions of dollars and takes years to make, companies such as Double Fine are using consumer tools like Kickstarter to raise money and to speed up production.
James Bond spends most of his time during Skyfall fighting a cyber terrorist. The latest James Bond flick might be unrealistic, but it reminds us that losing data, especially to hackers, can be a very bad thing.
Looking for a Microsoft Store? Go to an Apple Store and look around. A survey of store locations shows that Microsoft is purposefully locating its stores as close as possible to Apple's.
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.
Romo is a mobile dock for smartphones that you control with another smart phone or other device, such as an iPad, or a Web browser. Crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have made it easier to get a hardware startup off the ground.
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