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posted in October 2012

Mobility Tips: Planning For The Next Power Outage

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.

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Microsoft Uses Office To Push Windows Phone 8

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.

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Windows Phone Users, Rejoice: More Apps On The Way

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.

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Windows 8 As It Was Meant To Be

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.

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Microsoft: Windows 8 Ends Tablet Era

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.

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Bring Your Own iPad mini?

10/23/2012
If the iPad would work for you as a BYOD device, the iPad mini is an easy choice to make. But you'll pay for the privilege. Saving money doesn't seem to be the point for Apple. $329 is a lot of money, but Apple doesn't play by everyone else's rules.

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Verizon Data Collection Doesn't Bother Me

10/21/2012
There is a deep, dark, secret on the Web: Advertisers are trying to sell you products and services. To do this they will stop at nothing, even paying ISPs to show you advertisements designed to match your interests! Naturally we are helpless against these wiles and will buy whatever we are told to. The latest privacy Nazi? Verizon, who (gasp!) aggregates user data.

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Android A Bad Deal... For Google

10/19/2012
Android is a raving success if you're a customer or Samsung or HTC or some other OEM. But Google's latest earnings report shows nothing but bad Android-related news. What was the point of it all again?

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Google Nexus $99, iPad Mini $249, Surface $499

10/17/2012
Positions in the Great 4Q2012 Tablet War are beginning to take form. Microsoft and Apple seek the pricing high ground, while Google pushes for bargains. For now, Windows 8, Windows RT and Android OEMs have to feel out what consumers are willing to spend in this crowding market, but I don't think there's much doubt that OEM prices will trend down.

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How Touch Screens Work

10/17/2012
It seems like everything comes with a touchscreen these days. How do they work? There are really cheap resistive screens, mainstream capacitive screens, and fancy AMOLED displays like in the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Motorola Droid Razr M.

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Why Is iPad Mini Headphone Jack On Top?

10/14/2012
Much was made of the fact that the iPhone 5 headphone jack has been moved to the bottom of the device. Samsung even ridiculed the decision in one of their Galaxy S III ads. But if it's such a good idea for the iPhone and iPods, why not also the iPad Mini?

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Apperian Delivers Remote Control of iPhone, iPad

10/10/2012
The first solution to allow administrators, developers and help desk to control iPhones and iPads of users for management, technical support and app development comes as part of Apperian's mobile application management (MAM) platform.

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Bootleg Lightning Devices Coming For iPhone 5

10/10/2012
Watch out for cheap, bootlegged iPhone 5 accessories. A Chinese tech company claims to have obtained "cracked" chips for iPhone 5 accessories that support the Lightning connector--but bypass Apple's authentication functions.

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Will the iPad Mini Succeed? Can it Possibly Fail?

10/8/2012
The easy and obvious prediction to make about the iPad Mini is that it will fly off the shelves, just like all other Apple devices. Will it really? Consumers have many choices for tablets that size, most probably cheaper and some, like the Amazon Kindle Fire, very popular. We asked our team of writers to give their considered opinions.

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Interop: MDM Is Dead, Long Live EMM

10/4/2012
Updated:Here at Interop in New York, it's clear that classic mobile device management (MDM) tools are on their way out. Not only has MDM become commoditized, it is probably counter-productive: It's all about constraining users, when mobility strategies should enable users. There are better approaches to protecting your company and they fall under the umbrella term of enterprise mobility management (EMM).

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Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Rumored

10/4/2012
The invitation to a press event in Germany seems to indicate that on October 11 Samsung will reveal an already-rumored smaller version of the hot-selling Galaxy S3 phone. The rumors say that it will have the same screen size as, but cost noticeably less than the iPhone 5.

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Good Technology Acquires AppCentral

10/2/2012
Good, known for a sandboxed environment and apps custom-written to it, will also offer the main alternative approach to Mobile Application Management security and MDM, 'wrapping' the app in a secure, managed shell.

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Microsoft Guides Help You Build BYOD Test Lab

10/1/2012
Wondering how to implement your own BYOD or consumerization-of-IT strategy? Here's how to do it, at least the Microsoft way, in a test lab. Microsoft offers background materials and instructions for a safe and efficient BYOD/CoIT setup using Windows Server 2008 R2.

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