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Esther Shein has extensive experience writing and editing for both print and the web with a focus on business and technology as well as education and general interest features.
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Communication and Collaboration Startups Win Innovation Awards

3/6/2013
At the Enterprise Connect conference in Orlando later this month, four startups focused on enterprise communication and collaboration - Nexistant, Plivo, Scoop App and ÜberConference - will receive awards for Enterprise Connect's Third Annual Innovation Showcase competition. Enterprise Connect explores unified communications, network video, SIP trunking and BYOD for an IT audience.

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How To Decommission BYOD Mobile Devices

12/12/2012
Employees with smartphones and tablets used in a BYOD scenario often leave confidential data on them when they replace them with new devices. This is a big mistake and exposes the company to great risk. Here's how to establish a policy for securely moving forward with a new BYOD device.

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911 Centers Not Ready For Mobile App Era

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.

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NFC: A Bust Already?

10/6/2012
Near field communications (NFC) is too expensive for most stores to implement, says one major point-of-sale vendor. Despite the fact that shipments of NFC-enabled devices should reach nearly 100 million this year, analysts are divided over whether retail will use it any time soon, especially now that the iPhone 5 has landed in stores without it.

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NFC Smartphones Replace Card Keys In Pilot Program

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.

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Samsung Announces Windows 8 Phone, PC and Tablet

8/29/2012
Samsung announced a new line of Windows 8-based devices under the ATIV brand Wednesday, including the first publicly-revealed Windows Phone 8 smartphone. The company said the lineup will include the Samsung ATIV Smart PC and ATIV Smart PC Pro, an ATIV tablet and ATIV S smartphone.

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Evernote Smart Notebook Helps Digitize Handwritten Notes

8/24/2012
The new Evernote Smart Notebook--the paper kind, not computer--lets you jot notes and sketches, then snap a picture of the page to easily digitize it for use in the Evernote app. At its second annual Trunk Conference Friday Evernote also introduced a new business service that makes the app easier for companies to adopt.

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Mobile Developers Prefer iOS Over Android

7/24/2012
Mobile developers would rather create apps for iOS than Android, according to the Appcelerator/IDC Q2 2012 Mobile Developer Report. Why? Android has done a poor job of courting the enterprise with mobile device management solutions.

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Mobile Devices Raise IT Labor Costs

7/16/2012
Think BYOD smart phones should lower IT costs? Think again. IT labor costs per user for managing mobile devices are expected to rise from $229 in 2011 to $339 in 2013, according to survey.

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Verizon Wireless Reveals 'Share Everything' Plan

6/12/2012
As expected, Verizon Wireless will move data customers over to a "family share" plan that offers unlimited voice. Many customers will pay more, but the new plan will encourage the adoption of multiple devices such as iPads that use mobile data plans.

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New Technology Adds Keyboard Feel To Touchscreens

6/7/2012
Tactus Technology harnessed microfluidics to create a special new tactile layer in touchscreens. The technology dynamically produces physical bumps on soft keys to approximate the experience of typing on a real keyboard. But will it really make typing on a phone or tablet easier?

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Creative Launches Android Tablets

12/17/2010
The entertainment-focused ZiiO 7" tab includes the Pure Android Audio application and Creative's X-Fi Crytalizer, which the company claims provides a superior experience over "conventional tablets that offer mediocre sound."

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NEC Intros LifeTouch Cloud Tablet

11/11/2010
The "cloud communicator," powered by Android 2.1 and an ARM Cortex A8 processor, features a touchscreen, navigational buttons, 3-megapixel camera, GPS, accelerometer, and light sensor.

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