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posted in October 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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
One of Microsoft's key marketing points for Surface is the tablet's durability. A couple of Microsoft videos demonstrate the point.
Are you missing calls because you don't hear your phone ring? DrBlinky, clipped to your bag, could alert you to that message you would otherwise miss.
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?
Few people are buying Windows Phones and no surprise. It's official that the current models have no future. Starting in a few weeks that may change.
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.
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.
The event will be in San Jose next Tuesday. The iPad Mini is expected to be 7.85 inches and include the latest from Apple, including the Lightning docking port.
Apple still may not have said word 1 about the iPad Mini, but manufacturers in China are already openly selling iPad Mini cases, wholesale, on Alibaba.
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?
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.
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.
Three new notebook-tablet hybrids from Lenovo are among the first in a wave of fresh designs intended to showcase the Windows 8 operating system and Windows RT.
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.
Security giant Symantec at the MobileCON 2012 conference in San Diego Tuesday announced product updates to its enterprise mobility management strategy, covering MDM, MAM and managed PKI.
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).
Perhaps it's just an error, but a 32GB version of the Asus Nexus 7 tablet with 32GB showed up on a vendor's product list. The product has only been officially release in 8GB and 16GB.
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.
For people with more money than common sense, a British company is selling an iPhone 5 with a case made of solid gold and diamonds.
A report in the Wall Street Journal says that Apple component suppliers in Asia are beginning in earnest to produce a tablet smaller than the current iPad.
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.
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.