Is it a smartphone or tablet? Samsung led the trend early -- but Apple and Microsoft want in now.
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You want big? The 6.4-inch Xperia Z Ultra comes dangerously close to tablet territory. Sony's monster phablet struts some impressive hardware, most notably the sharp 1920 x 1080-pixel (342 ppi) display. A mere 6.5 millimeters thick, it's amazingly thin for a big phone. (By comparison, the iPhone 5s, a device regarded for its svelteness, is a relative fatty at 7.6 mm.) The Xperia Z Ultra is waterproof up to 1.5 meters (just under 5 feet) and dust resistant, Sony says. The device ships Oct. 14, but it's unclear when it will make it to U.S. wireless carriers. Some retailers are already taking pre-orders, though. Prices start at $700.
Building A Mobile Business MindsetAmong 688 respondents, 46% have deployed mobile apps, with an additional 24% planning to in the next year. Soon all apps will look like mobile apps – and it's past time for those with no plans to get cracking.
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial ServicesIT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
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