Profile of Boonsri DickinsonAssociate Editor of BYTE
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Boonsri Dickinson is the Associate Editor of BYTE
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At CES, I visited the Internet of Things Consortium to see what was happening with startups in the Internet of Things, also known as machine-to-machine, or M2M, space were talking about.
At CES, BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson caught up with NQ Mobile CEO Omar Khan to talk about mobile security and the recent popularity of Samsung in the marketplace.
At CES, Robotex showed off its latest robot, made with BYOD in mind. This watered-down consumer robot is significantly cheaper than the line of robots Robotex sells to police departments, the military, and corporations.
Noah Dentzel, designer of ChargeCard sat down with BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson to discuss why he decided to do all manufacturing for his USB charger connection in the US and why Kickstarter was a great way to raise $161,000 to get his startup off the ground.
Fleksy is an app that can predict what you are typing without requiring you to type accurately. It is used by thousands of blind and visually impaired users. At CES, BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson interviewed Justin Thornton about how he uses Flesky.
Smart TV apps publisher Flingo announced its second screen platform Samba at CES. BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson interviewed Flingo's Ashwin Navin about Flingo's new product that recommends content to TV watchers and allows them to share content on social media. Haier is one of the first two companies that will offer Samba on their TV.
BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson spoke to Oliver Bussmann, Global CIO and corporate officer at SAP, about BYOD and consumerization of IT. Bussmann talked about how the tablet environment has changed since he first deployed iPads. He also talked about how important it is to be social to build a community online.
The new Ford Developer Program allows programmers to create apps to interact with the Sync systems in their cars. At CES, BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson went to check out how Ford is going straight to the developers to foster an app ecosystem.
Dan Kaminsky thinks it is important to build as well as to break software, and finds that ability through art. BYTE had a rare look at his crib in the Mission, where he lives with artists and musicians. That night, Kaminsky was focused on using technology, in the form of an unconventional text message auction system, to sell his roommate's art.
Why did the founder of Mobile CRM company DoubleDutch give his employees Android Nexus 7 Tablets for XMas? He wanted to inspire them to develop for the platform not just for the iPad and explained how enterprise app development is fundamentally changing the way enterprise business is done.
eBay has decided that advertising inside mobile apps is not worth the effort and that they will end all ads inside their own mobile apps. What does this mean for the future of mobile advertising?
Dell announced today its acquisition of data security company Credant Technologies to beef up its BYOD security toolset.
Apple is talking to Foursquare about using its local data. Can the move restore Apple's maps reputation?
As smartphones go mainstream, Samsung is moving well past Apple and Nokia, according to research firm.
Using mobile technology to arm mobile workers, services such as Exec, GigWalk, oDesk, and Uber, are changing the very nature of knowledge-based work. How will you cope?
Startup Yerdle lets you trade stuff with Facebook friends. By extending the lives of things by giving them a place to be found on the Internet, Yerdle challenges the for-profit marketplace.
When people think biometric security, they think verification through fingerprints or voice. A company called EyeVerify is working on software to bring eye vein verification to your smartphone, providing a safe way to conduct banking transactions as well as other BYOD functions.
In the collaborative consumption culture, Exec and other services let you use your phone to outsource physical tasks. BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson tested the service out while staying at the luxurious W Hotel. In a follow up interview, Exec co-founder and CEO Justin Kan appeared on Valley View to discuss the inspiration for building an executive concierge service and future direction of the company.
Apple is dealing with the crappy mapping launch by firing the manager in charge of the software. But can this repair the damage that is already done and can Apple ever catch up to Google?
BYTE spoke to IT manager Brent Shinn at Double Fine Productions to see how he operates the lean IT department, what he thinks about Windows, and his feelings on BYOD in the workplace. While producing a video game traditionally costs millions of dollars and takes years to make, companies such as Double Fine are using consumer tools like Kickstarter to raise money and to speed up production.
Transit Wireless is bringing Wi-Fi and cell service to the dark subways of New York City, keeping the city that never sleeps connected underground.
Good Technology has filed patent infringement lawsuits against competitors MobileIron and Airwatch citing four of the company's 75 patents. Good's patents are broad and basic to mobile device management functionality, raising the question of whether all of the scores of players in the MDM space have to go through the Good tollbooth.
James Bond spends most of his time during Skyfall fighting a cyber terrorist. The latest James Bond flick might be unrealistic, but it reminds us that losing data, especially to hackers, can be a very bad thing.
Social media savvy has become a success indicator, says Mark Fidelman, author of the new book Socialized! How the Most Successful Businesses Harness The Power of Social. Fidelman shares social tips for businesses in a BYTE Q&A.
Startup Lumosity designs games to boost brain function. VP Joe Hardy shares his top 10 list of what you can do to be feel smarter and more productive.
Microsoft's decision to integrate Windows Live Messenger with Skype will bring a better instant messaging experience. Users can make video calls and ring contacts on their mobile or land lines, among other new options.
At Cisco, almost 100% of employees' mobile devices are BYOD. Cisco's senior manager of IT mobility services Brett Belding shares the company's BYOD strategy with BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson.
Once again, disaster — this time Hurricane Sandy — reminds businesses and consumers that they should be backing up their data. Backblaze, a new online backup service, uses a fully encrypted system to back up your data and safely store it offsite.
Looking for a Microsoft Store? Go to an Apple Store and look around. A survey of store locations shows that Microsoft is purposefully locating its stores as close as possible to Apple's.
Smart phones already have been widely adopted. Tablets are next and the iPad Mini will close that gap, according to the latest report by mobile app analytics firm Flurry.
BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson spent some time using the Windows Phone 8X by HTC and found that it is relatively easy despite some problems along the way. Watch her video interview with the engineer in charge of Windows Phone 8 development to find out more about the phone's security features.
Microsoft finally makes its mark in the new smartphone and tablet era, but will enterprises adopt the Surface as quickly as they have the iPad, and will developers create apps for it?
Romo is a mobile dock for smartphones that you control with another smart phone or other device, such as an iPad, or a Web browser. Crowd funding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo have made it easier to get a hardware startup off the ground.
Say goodbye to privacy: In the future, advertisers, app makers, the government, and even our employers might be able to assess our personalities and react based on what we do with our phones.
Amazon's new Whispercast for Kindle is expected to help schools and companies buy and distribute apps, books, and other content across a number of Amazon devices. The tool also includes some mobile device management capabilities.
Good Technology announced two new products today, flowing from their Copiun acquisition, that give employees more ways to collaborate on the go, expanding beyond email to instant messaging and file sharing.
If you are a small business owner who is clueless about cyber security risks, you're not alone. BYTE spoke to Visa's chief enterprise risk officer to find out 5 things you should know about, so you don't become a fool when you accept payments in our increasingly digital and mobile world.
Jive moves into the cloud and empowers social, mobile workers with new announcements, including a partnership with Box. What does the BYOD and consumerization of IT mean for the future of collaboration?
PC shipments are down 8%, according to Gartner, because more consumers are choosing tablets and smartphones. Only 87.5 million PCs were sold in the third quarter of 2012.
54th David Packard Media of Achievement Award winner Reid Hoffman believes that making the world better should be a core mission in every organization, not just an afterthought.
Box adds editing, search, and new partners as it strives to position itself as a cloud content management platform.
At BoxWorks conference Box declares its dedication to addressing enterprise needs with secure sign-in and more integration with third parties such as SAP.
BYOD is a small part of the consumerization of IT, says Intel IT CTO Ed Goldman. Employee choice, built-in mobility in new apps, and fewer security walls to leap are critical to keeping employees happy.
Globant is the fastest growing company in Argentina's history. At the Intel Capital Global Summit last week, Globant co-founder Guibert Englebienne talked about what makes his firm such a popular choice for outsourced app development, and how he helps companies keep BYOD employees happy.
Paul Fejtek, a managing director at Hunter Wise Financial Group, is the only person with branchial plexus palsy to reach the summit of Mt. Everest. In an interview with BYTE, he talks about the gadgets--and personal resolve--that made it possible.
In an interview with CIO.com, Electronic Arts CIO Mark Tonnesen talks about his plans to take the games giant from a "burning oil platform" to modern business tactics, with BYOD and consumerization of IT leading the way.
Minority Report might soon be coming to a conference room near you. BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson pays a visit to John Underkoffler, builder of the movie's technology and chief scientist at Oblong in San Francisco, to see the future of computer interfaces.
With all the complaints coming out about the iPhone 5, BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson got her hands on an iPhone to get a quick look at it.
Can BYOD tablets and smartphones fix our education system? An executive at McGraw Hill Education predicts that mobile computing will help make education more predictive and immersive than it is today.
New office rules? In a bid to combat burnout, some companies are asking employees not to check their email after leaving work.
More cyber criminals are jumping on the mobile bandwagon, say reports from the RSA and the Government Accountability Office. As a result, companies who embrace the bring-your-own-device trend could be giving hackers access to corporate communications.
The San Francisco Giants, already one of the most high-tech teams in baseball, now lets fans buy tickets on their iPhones. To take advantage, fans must have upgraded their iPhones to iO6. The upgrade includes Passbook, Apple's new mobile wallet app.
The latest startups to emerge from San Francisco-based Founders Den showed off their wares Tuesday, and the apps are pretty handy. Take Screenleap, which lets you share your screen with a few keystrokes.
Aneesh Chopra, former U.S. Chief Technology Officer, wants to become Virginia's lieutenant governor so he can turn the state into a policy blueprint for expanded broadband, better healthcare, and other serious issues affecting the country.
The iPhone 5 pre-sold out an hour after it was announced. The smart phone will show up in Apple stores on Sept. 21.
The demand for iPhones and Android phones is off the charts, but the available spectrum is shrinking, according to experts. FCC chairman Julius Genachowski and other spectrum experts are urging the government to rethink its 100-year-old policies.
Apple wants more than to stop Samsung's smart phones from launching. Mindful that Android already controls half the market, it is setting its sights on making a royalty on every Android phone sold.
Google has acquired free malware scanner VirusTotal for an undisclosed sum. The site runs submitted files through 44 different malware scanners and reports new findings to anti-virus software companies.
GetOutCall, created in one weekend by a nonprogrammer, is an example both of how easy it is to code these days and how technology can come to the rescue even in the most mundane of emergencies.
Good Technology announced Wednesday that it acquired file-sharing company Copiun.
According to USA Today, people don't leave as many voice mails as they used to. Does this mean voice mail is dying? In a word, yes.
If you have a laptop, smartphone, or tablet, you are a mobile worker. It is forcing you to stay connected, work longer hours--and sometimes get stuck with bigger phone bills. A survey conducted by iPass, the world's largest commercial Wi-Fi network, says the bring-your-own-device and bring-your-own-network movements are here to stay.
Uber is one of the hottest startups in San Francisco and continues to expand from city-to-city. Using your smartphone, the service allows you to request a car for a ride. As a regular user of Uber, BYTE's Boonsri Dickinson took Uber for a spin.
Google+ has new features that will allow employees to collaborate more, while making IT folks comfortable with privacy restrictions and control mechanisms.
Good Technology on Wednesday upgraded Good for Enterprise, an email and collaboration app that lets employees use personal smartphones without compromising data security. The major upgrade is focused on making GFE easier to use and require fewer clicks.
Glassmap puts your social streams on a map, hinting at a future when news won't live on a single scrolling page but will come alive on a map as you walk around in the real world.
It's a good time to be a mobile phone software developer: iOS and Android phones are being adopted at a rate never seen before in consumer tech history, according to mobile analytics firm Flurry.
Clutch Mobile's three-pronged approach to mobile security is to protect a company's devices, the apps on the devices, and the network the devices connect to. Its products offer the most complete security scheme yet for fending off mobile attacks, says the company.
After 25 years, Microsoft has a new logo. What do you think?
Looking for a legit DIY hacking project? Twilio developer evangelist Jon Gottfried describes some of the useful hacks the IaaS makes possible when you add a $40 Arduino and some creativity.
Mobile application policy can be tricky when there are rogue apps that can threaten your company's security. Here's how to create a corporate policy for the bring-your-own-device crowd, according to MobileIron.
The startup that helps companies manage their data is holding its own in the stock market. Is this a sign that more startups should consider starting real businesses, instead of trying to strike it rich in social media?
Samsung's new Galaxy Note 10.1 unleashes creativity with a pressure-sensitive pen and adds many tablet software innovations including true multitasking.
BYTE talked to security expert Raphael Mudge about how hackers "social engineer" their way into companies. Using a fake LinkedIn site, he showed us how all it takes is one computer to compromise the security of an entire organization.
A video interview summarizes the hacks we found at BlackHat and DefCon, where hackers revealed some surprising vulnerabilities.
Square and Starbucks partner to turn your mobile phone into a mobile wallet. As part of the deal, Starbucks is investing $25 million in Square and its CEO Howard Schultz is on the board.
In this Q&A, MobileIron's Ojas Rege discusses his company's role in providing a full set of tools for mobile device management and why enterprises need to establish mobile policies before BYOD gets out of hand.
BYOD is becoming more popular. The number of employees who use personal devices at work will increase from 150 million users to 350 million in just two years, according to a new report from Juniper Research.
Easy access to information in real time via Facebook, texting, and online services such as Wavii is changing how we enjoy events such as the Olympics.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is faster and smoother than Google's previous operating system, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. In our review of Google's latest OS on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus, we found the touchscreen to be more responsive and notifications more helpful, among many other improvements.
In San Francisco, BYTE stumbled on an entertaining case of BYOD. Somebody get this guy Square so he can accept payments!
Food vendors E la Carte And HMSHost partner to launch tablets in airport restaurants around the world.
At BlackHat and DefCon, hackers revealed some surprising vulnerabilities. Check out this infographic to find out the dangers of our digital world.
Robot problems? Here's a glimpse of some of the things that go down at Blackhat and DefCon.
Security researcher Dan Kaminsky says rewriting the rules of computer science is the way to avoid bugs, attacks, and other vulnerabilities.
After re-engineering how card keys are coded, Cody Brocious figured out a simple hack that can unlock millions of hotel rooms. Now he's sharing it with the world.
A Good Technology report reveals that enterprise companies are choosing Apples over Androids. On the flip side, Android activation is doubling in the enterprise.
The Samsung Slate hybrid with Windows 8 and the new Metro-enabled Office 2013 won't replace the iPad but it might be your next laptop.
Practice Fusion digitizes medical records and provides a way to structure the data. Kaggle discovers algorithms that look at data patterns to identify trends. 100Plus personalizes the data to recommend lifestyle changes. I spoke to data scientists from those companies at a panel held at Practice Fusion yesterday.
How will you watch the Olympics? Chances are if don't watch it on your computer, you'll catch it on your smartphone, or tablet--or both--according to a new survey.
At a Monday press event Microsoft said its goal was to let users work from anywhere on anything, using its new cloud- and touch-friendly Office 2013 productivity applications.
BoxTone lures new customers to its mobile device management tools with an introductory price of 99 cents per user per month. The company claims it's the lowest MDM subscription rate in an industry that includes the likes of MobileIron and familiar names such as Symantec and McAfee.
Stolen phones are a known problem in cities, but carriers are no longer turning a blind eye to it. This week, AT&T will launch a new service that will allow customers to report stolen phones or tablets. Besides blocking data, SMS, and phone calls, the initiative will make it more difficult for thieves to resell stolen devices.
No one wants to use an ugly or boring app. People deserve enterprise and mobile apps that are "human" and that can "turn you on," said execs on MobileBeat's design panel.
iPhones and iPads are great entertainment devices but when will they catch up in the productivity arena? Mobile app vendors and pundits try to predict a killer work app.
San Francisco Giants CIO Bill Schlough and AT&T work hard so you can BYOD to the ball park. Watch our 12 minute mini-documentary of Matt Cain's perfect game and the story it inspired of how technology is changing the game of baseball.
Ex-Google AdSense creator Gil Elbaz, one of LA's most talented entrepreneurs, is now collecting facts so his startup Factual can sell data to businesses. Elbaz believes building a database of facts will change the world, and he wants Factual to be the definitive provider.
Google's Chrome browser will be available for the first time on the iPhone and iPad. Google Drive is also available on the iOS and on Chrome OS.
Due to BYOD, Good Technology says it is seeing more consumers move away from BlackBerry and onto consumer products. Companies are turning to Good Technology and other MDM providers to keep their data secure.
Designed to compete with SharePoint, Huddle is an iPad app positioned as a content discovery and recommendation platform that can find documents for you.