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posted in March 2013
Formerly known as the "iPod Touch" Apple is recasting this product as an affordable, easy-to-handle micro tablet. "It's the best 4-inch iPad we've ever made!" says Apple's Phil Schiller.
The new Calendar and Contacts apps in Windows 8 will not synchronize with Google at all, and Google email is limited to IMAP from now on. Google users will probably have to use the browser versions because Google has no plans to write Windows 8 apps.
The BlackBerry Z10 is a good phone, but it doesn't get really cool until you use it as both your work and personal phone. BlackBerry 10 has a series of features the company calls "BlackBerry Balance," to make both roles work well and to protect each from the other.
A leak of an allegedly major revision of Windows 8 hit the web last week. Microsoft's focus seems to be on developing the Metro interface, but will they ever actually remove the desktop? Absurd!The desktop is a major strength of Windows!
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
Mobile Application Management vendors all perform containerization, wrapping apps in a security management layer of code. 3rd parties like Box that distribute lots of apps would want to be able to distribute a wrapped version in the app stores, but every MAM vendor uses a different wrapper. Will one win out? Is there a role for standards?
BlackBerry 10 — not just the phones, but the BlackBerry Enterprise Server 10 software — will make or break the former smartphone giant. BYTE obtained an BlackBerry Z10 for evaluation. We haven't yet tested the most interesting enterprise features, but some features of the phone, especially the predictive soft keyboard, have already won us over.
Until today — March 12, 2013 — Internet Explorer 10 in the new Windows UI allowed Adobe Flash content only when the site was on a special Microsoft-controlled whitelist. Now all sites are allowed except those on a special Microsoft-controlled blacklist. It's probably a concession to usability problems.
Following the BlackBerry announcement of BES 10 as a general-purpose mobile management solution, Samsung has expanded their SAFE program to include EMM features like MAM and business/personal partitioning. These companies are advancing the technology for customers. Where are Microsoft and Apple in this? Microsoft is doing a little, but Apple seems to think that management of their devices is not their problem.
The need for the BlackBerry Enterprise Server that's still in almost all large organizations has been declining, but BES 10 changes everything. Instead of being a legacy server to manage legacy phones, BES 10 can be the cental console for managing all mobile devices.
After detecting a coordinated intrusion into their network, Evernote forced a system-wide password reset today. The attackers were able to access Evernote user information, which includes usernames, email addresses associated with Evernote accounts and encrypted passwords.