How enterprises find and provide enterprise mobility management services varies greatly from organization to organization, creating a number of distinct product strategies.
Mobility, digital-work culture, and collaboration own the ever-evolving work-media landscape in 2015, and influence the business tools we use each day.
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The world of online gaming has become big business, and now fans of e-sports have their own mobile news and stats-tracking app, which was just launched by a Canadian company called Score Media
Today’s retailers must understand and service customers that operate both online and in-store and expect their chosen brands to be available anytime and on multiple devices.
The technology’s ability to combine real-world images with the vast amounts of online data in real time promises to change the way work is done across many industries. But short-term implementation challenges remain.
Enterprise IT will face harsh realities around BYOD, Desktop as a Service will grow rapidly, and questions about Microsoft’s future market share will abound.
Mobile Backend as a Service (MBaaS) bridges traditional application platforms and mobile applications, allowing developers to rapidly build new mobile apps and mobile-enable legacy enterprise applications.
Health and fitness apps, the future of mobile payments, and the future of the mobile enterprise will dominate discussion in 2015.
Immersive, seamless web experiences that attract and engage customers for lasting relationships require updated platforms and flexible infrastructure.
Getting big data to senior executives requires the business intelligence community to help them overcome reservations around the technology.
As mobile data demands grow, carriers, municipalities, and businesses are looking to small cells where legacy macrocell networks fail, but growth inhibitors could derail mass adoption.
For Netflix, the concept of personalization doesn’t just apply to what movies or television shows tickle your fancy; it also applies to the way you watch video, especially as it pertains to your mobile device.
Elliptic Labs showed off its ultrasound tech on mobile devices last year, letting you navigate with gestures. Now, the company has new multi-layer gesture support so you can dive deeper at data by moving your hand closer to the screen.
Samsung may be a winner in the mobile space, but it has clearly not been having a good time in the European PC market.
While every development project requires a different set of skills, and the internet of things is still in its earliest stages, there are certain tools with which budding IoT developers should be familiar.
Next-generation wide-area-network optimization, designed with a radically new philosophy, has the right characteristics to offer unprecedented scalability, better latency management, and uncompromised link utilization.
Tracking customers through today’s data-driven shopping journey provides retailers a fresh take on doing business and the chance to deliver the best customer experience and build loyalty.
As digital takes an increasingly large chunk of marketing and advertising spending, major enterprise software and CRM players, as well as digital marketing specialists, are putting together suites of products in an effort to provide marketing-technology platforms.
Oculus and Samsung have been working together on a virtual reality headset that uses a phone as a screen. New photos show it is fairly far along ahead of an expected September reveal.
Health and fitness emerged as the newest major platforms in the mobile industry during the second quarter of 2014. The flurry of activity illustrates how quickly the mobile-health industry is maturing beyond a concept into a market teeming with potential.
Wow. Just wow. The long-reported Microsoft job cuts are here and they are deeper than expected. Microsoft will eliminate 18,000 jobs over the next year and consolidate its phone efforts.
Many acknowledge the need to manage mobile content, but there is currently no consensus on how to do so. Enter the mobile content management software market, which holds a number of strategies and tactical approaches for vendors with important go-to-market decisions.
While a mobile app must fulfill its core function, it must also continue a dialog with its users to remain relevant. Doing so requires ongoing, intelligent, targeted outreach to customers and an extension of customer-service strategy into the app itself.
Until businesses understand and harness the context in which consumers use mobile devices, they will continue to fall short of customer expectations.
Today’s mobility management services market is wide, varied, and confusing. For businesses wanting to employ a strategy here, what matters most is finding a clearly defined strategy, the right partners, and a host of other interdependent aspects.
Companies often rely on mobile-device management systems as a key element in their protection strategy. But they also need deep and broad visibility across mobile devices combined with the capability to detect security incidents, and most important, the ability to resolve them in a proactive fashion before major damage is done.
For some time now, businesses have faced many challenges when it comes to the infrastructure needs of consumer-facing applications. But today there are metrics that can help them justify and benchmark the success of their investments.
The problem of unsanctioned use of consumer-grade file-sharing services in the enterprise is a long-known problem. Here’s what managers can do to combat the conflicts and ensure maximum productivity from their employees.
Internet providers are about to face a connectivity crisis. Micha Benoliel, CEO of Open Garden, says software-based mesh networking is the solution. According to Benoliel, soon every smartphone, tablet, computer and wearable device will become a node in the global internet.
Building compelling applications is a complicated task, and maintaining that application’s appeal over time is even more daunting. Here’s what B2C companies and other businesses should know when doing this.
The M2M market is growing rapidly and has enhanced the disruptive capabilities of enterprises by equipping them with the tools to better optimize costs and grow revenues.
IDC says macroeconomic issues including continued unrest in Ukraine and China’s sluggish economy are taking their toll on IT sales growth.
The tablet is a hybrid device occupying the space between laptop and smartphone, but within that narrow gap it has the potential to outperform its competition — especially in the enterprise.
The time for enterprise-wide expensive solutions for collaboration has passed. Today’s collaboration tools are cloud-based and driven by more immediate mobile and video formats, and by companies such as Adobe, Blue Jeans, and Clarizen.
Carnegie Mellon researchers have created an application that visualizes tabular data and lets users analyze it using hand gestures. It’s not the first attempt to rethink analytics for a mobile world, but it’s interesting and a sign of things to come.
During the first quarter of 2014, changes in technology meant new products on the market, new roles in the enterprise, and structural changes for the IT department.
Although tablet prices are dropping and devices are getting smaller, competition from emerging connected devices such as wearables, phablets, and convertible laptops is slowing market growth.
Leading mobile operators are further personalizing the mobile customer experience in order to improve support outcomes, efficiency, and ultimately increase customer satisfaction.
Will the emerging app economy reboot a struggling Europe, jump-starting job growth and infusing European Union countries with startup energy? Signs are promising.
Growth for IT spending in 2014 will be an improvement from last year: up 4.9 percent. Smartphones and tablets will continue to be the main drivers.
The online payments firm has provided a breakdown of the traffic it handled in the fourth quarter of 2013, showing from the e-commerce side how tablets are taking over from desktop PCs.
After investing in a sapphire glass plant last year, a new patent shows what Apple might be planning to do with it.
T-Mobile became the focal point of acquisition rumors, Android grew its massive market share, and Windows Phone overtook BlackBerry as the third-largest mobile operating system worldwide.
In 2013 the real fireworks came over the division of revenue from legal, licensed streaming in the music and TV industries.
Identity management solutions need to be able to be adaptive to change, and those responsible for them must consider cloud, mobile, social networks, and other complications during deployment.
Changing the fabric of the long standing television industry is more than just a matter of convenience for Google – it’s clearly a goal and perhaps even a necessity.
Improving enterprise communication starts with mobile devices and applications with benefits that span the organization.
Publishing analytics startup Parse.ly has released a report highlighting the top screen sizes on which its customers’ readers are consuming news content. Desktops and laptops still dominate overall, but Apple is king of the mobile devices.
IT professionals inside the enterprise are driving a second wave of cloud-based IT disruption and displacement, which is aimed at the private branch exchange (PBX), the call center, and other core back-office functions.
Mobile apps are now the first and most crucial step for developing and deploying a comprehensive and effective strategy to empower users and engage customers.
Many believe in the idea that physical shape and interface of a device are the disruptive elements of design. In reality, the integration of hardware, software, service, and connection will shape the future of design.
Short of cellular voice calls at any time while flying, U.S. airline passengers will be allowed to use personal electronic devices more often on planes. Devices must be stowed during actual take-off and landing but the FAA says any other time is fine.
Enterprise mobility management is the collection of tools that allow businesses to deploy, secure, and manage policies, devices, and applications for a mobile workforce. The next 24 months will see its popularity increased, as well as new partnerships and consolidation.
Premise Data wants to change the way decision makers think about macroeconomic indicators by changing the way they consume that data. Thanks to a glut of e-commerce data and a network of smartphone-equipped price watchers worldwide, it’s making information a real-time affair.
Enterprise mobility means increased productivity and more collaboration in the workplace, but successful companies must strike a fine balance between the trend’s rewards and risks.
IT decision makers today must manage data of varying volumes, velocity, and variety from one end of the enterprise to the other. For now at least, that requires several types of databases, and understanding exactly how each works.
With its global dominance, Android will see its share of shipments increase in 2013. It will lose a little share after that, but to Microsoft and Samsung — not to Apple.
Smartphone adoption worldwide is creating more and more demand for mobile bandwidth, but it won’t be a mobile broadband-majority world until 2016.
For the smart home to ignite the IoT, home automation software platform vendors must provide open APIs. SmartThings and future open-API platforms could be the disruptive players that encourage a tidal wave of interconnected things.
For years enterprise leaders have been built on a core set of competencies. That is now over, and companies must figure out how to build strategies to enter new, bigger markets. This is the radical-adjacency approach.
Intel might have been slow to capitalize on fast-moving mobile markets, but it’s hopeful new products will propel the company upward into more markets.
Industry experts are racing to produce the next big conductive coating. They presented on materials like carbon nanotubes and graphene at the annual Semicon West conference today.
Seattle startup A.R.O. has figured out a way to do life logging with its Saga app without killing your phone’s battery. In fact, it uses less than 1 percent of it.
What can we expect the IoT landscape to look like, and how will its impact be felt? And is the attention being given by governments, manufacturers, and industry players merited, or is this just a fad? In this paper we look at the trends leading the growth of the internet of things, its components, and its characteristics. We examine the scale of the different opportunities and early examples of use cases. Finally, we look at potential inhibitors to adoption and potential challenges, notably around security, privacy, and system failure.
Dr. Hendrix is an Analyst for Gigaom Research and the head of the Institute for Mobile Markets Research (immr), a research organization…
The mobile devices of tomorrow will be shapeshifters, and experimentation in the design space will make them a reality. Morphees are prototype devices that incorporate smart materials and can morph into different shapes.
“Social customer service” refers to those services that provide customer support via social media channels. Providing such services is no longer merely a niche or specialty sideline. Challengers, or disruptors who were early with the new technology, are working to expand and integrate their offerings into enterprise systems and processes.
Social business technologies remain in the foreground of discussions about business transformation, but the events of the first quarter of 2013 raised as many questions as they answered, or more.
Two former Salesforce.com employees who founded AppMesh have developed iPad and iPhone apps salespeople can use to tackle email and track sales deals on the go.
For bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies (and mobile devices in general), enterprises have focused on resolving issues related to the security and control of corporate resources loaded onto personal devices. What is not talked about often is expense management — a crucial component for implementing successful policies.
The latest GigaOM Research podcast examines the value of BYOD in enterprises and how companies can address security, privacy, and the latest technologies.
Sharing content between mobile devices can be a pain, especially when you’re mixing iOS and Android. However, a new app called RemotePlay is bridging the divide.
How does a business go about implementing a new BYOD strategy when the wheels are already turning? However you slice it, hitting a moving target is more work than starting from square one, but you can maximize return by locking down three key steps.
U.K. digital satellite TV service Sky has launched Sky Go Extra, which lets customers download shows like Girls and Game of Thrones and movies to mobile devices for offline viewing.
The usability of Microsoft Windows 8 on a tablet is so bad that one expert says he’s sticking with Windows 7 until Windows 9 arrives. After using the Surface RT, I understand, but the real issue is lumping together an OS for tablets and PCs.
Zoomdata has a plan for business intelligence that involves tacking the difficult problem of streaming data, and doing so with a mobile-device-first mindset. The result is pretty and compelling in theory, but it’s technologically challenging and will face tough competition from new and old vendors alike.
Once you subtract all of the M2M connections and factor out all of the people who don’t own mobile devices, the number of devices owned by the typical U.S. wireless user comes to one-and-a-half per person.
The demand for mobile data is increasing at an amazing rate. A challenge of this magnitude needs more resources and, more importantly, radically new ways of acquiring, deploying, managing and optimizing these resources. Qualcomm’s Prakash Sangam looks at what’s needed to keep up.
YouTube wants to give mobile phone users a chance to find music video content by artist, discography and genre, with the goal of bringing music content to hundreds of millions of its users. These plans could be an answer to Vevo’s mobile music initiatives.
What this proposed new standard could do for or to the mobile industry is nothing short of monumental, says Erik Lagerway, cofounder of Hookflash. In the wake of WebRTC, the usual suspects will struggle to find a lifeboat while some faster-movers will rise to the occasion. ?
As the iPad’s popularity continues to grow and security concerns increase, providers of cloud-based single-sign-on (SSO) solutions face a prime business opportunity: to make their tools the weapons of choice for next-generation mobile identity management and authentication. By replacing multiple user names and passwords with one-click access to cloud-based apps like Google Apps and Microsoft’s Active Directory, cloud-based SSO solutions have earned a reputation for enhancing end-user convenience, easing the pressure on IT administration, and cutting help-desk costs. Not all cloud SSO technologies, however, come with the same platforms, standards, and feature sets. The following is a breakdown of some of the key players and what each is doing to raise the bar on authentication, mobile, and otherwise.
The wireless industry has been racing to keep up with consumers’ ever-increasing reliance on mobile technologies. Jonathan Spalter, chairman of Mobile Future, argues that it’s now time for the government to respond with the same sense of urgency.
There will be over 700 million cellular-enabled machine-to-machine (M2M) device adoption and system deployments in the U.S. by 2017. As the volume of M2M devices and associated data increases, so too will the probability of hackers and malware writers targeting these systems to exploit networks, steal data, hijack systems, and compromise workflows. Security specialists recognize the potential risks and are already developing technologies and methodologies for hardening M2M systems from attack. This report examines some common M2M attack vectors and provides solutions for safeguarding against them.
Some of the largest companies in the world use Tenable Network Security’s vulnerability-management software, and now the company has a $50 million investment from Accel Partners. Between its voluminous vulnerability database and its ability to track mobile devices, Tenable thinks it’s poised to grow even more.
Hey, mobile developers, have you ever wondered where users are when they interact with your apps — like down to the level of whether they’re in a Starbucks or the McDonald’s right across the street? A startup called Placed can tell you so you can act accordingly.
Netflix put the finishing touches on mobile-device rollouts in the regions it’s aggressively expanding into. The company announced Wednesday that its streaming video service is now available on Windows Phone in Latin America, the U.K. and Ireland.
The Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) movement has gained unstoppable momentum. And thanks to the burgeoning mobile app market, employees have high expectations for these tools. According to Matt McLarty of Layer 7 Technologies, companies need to invest in building apps, period.
Apart from a few tired old services like eHow, there aren’t many places you can go to find how-to guides for a range of different things complete with photos and video. Snapguide, which just launched its iPhone app and web service, wants to fill that void.
Nine days after monologist Mike Daisey was exposed as a fabulist, a man who manufactured personal stories about Apple’s supply chain in China in hopes of selling a message and theater tickets, he finally apologized for his actions. He once again left out a key detail.
Al Jazeera has just launched a multi-lingual educational campaign about social media, with YouTube videos explaining how to use Twitter, Facebook and other online platforms. The goal is to make people more media-savvy and, in the long run, raise a new generation of citizen journalists.
Join us Wednesday morning as we live blog Apple’s iPad event in San Francisco starting at 10 a.m. We will kick things off here at around 9:30 a.m. PT, so be sure to bookmark this page and come back then.
In 2012, the next big thing will be what we do with the millions of iPhones and iPads that have infiltrated the office. When it comes to the iPad specifically, one of the most useful ways to incorporate the touchscreen device into your workflow is as a tool to visualize and manipulate data. That is why it is so exciting that there are a growing number of apps that give us new ways to gather, absorb and manipulate data necessary to get our jobs done. Here are a few of the more interesting ones out there that take advantage of Apple’s tablet.
The New York Post claims that Apple plans to launch a new streaming TV service this year. But take a closer look at the supporting evidence, and it doesn’t seem like Apple is actually trying to create its own bundle of video channels at all.
Microsoft debuted its Windows 8 Consumer Preview on Wednesday at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. Although people think “desktop” when they hear Windows, there are several mobile features to be found in Windows 8 that will get Microsoft back in the tablet game.
We know consumerization is eating away at the dominance of PCs, but Forrester Research has released fresh numbers on the phenomenon. The results are bad news for Microsoft, with Forrester finding one-third of work devices are non-Microsoft and a quarter mobile.
With its new iOS app, Clear, Realmac Software has taken the “less is more” axiom to its ultimate conclusion. Fjord’s Alfred Lui and Aynne Valencia explain why we’ll soon see more of this stripped-down approach to interface design, thanks to three big industry trends.
It’s no secret I like large-screened phones and 7-inch tablets. Although I own an iPhone, I use my 4.65-inch Galaxy Nexus far more often. The same goes for my Galaxy Tab 7.7 as compared to my iPad 2. Why? I’m a two-handed phone user. Are you?
Mobile usage is the fastest-growing part of LinkedIn’s business, but it’s not a big revenue driver — yet. That could soon change, as LinkedIn plans to test out advertising across mobile devices, now that it has gotten the product and user experience right on those platforms.
As the world goes mobile, it’s prompting a boom in mobile advertising, which is poised for a huge year in 2012. The winners include companies such as Nexage, a real-time bidding exchange provider which told me that it hit 100 billion ad requests today.
The biggest manufacturers of electronic devices spent more in total on wireless chips than on standard computer chips last year, according to a new report. Device makers spent $58.6 billion on chips for wireless devices, compared to $53.7 billion on chips for desktops and notebook PCs.
IBM is stepping up its mobile profile, buying up Israeli mobile app provider Worklight and releasing a new device management tool for enterprise customers. The moves help IBM capitalize on the push toward mobile by enterprises as they manage an exploding number of devices and apps.
Today Spool is mostly being used to bookmark and sync content that you want to consume later across multiple devices. But there is an opportunity for it to go beyond managing interesting content and enable its users to share content with relevant groups.
Toronto-based Polar Mobile, which provides a digital media distribution platform powering the apps of some of the biggest media companies in the world, including Conde Nast, Sports Illustrated and The Wall Street Journal, announced a new $6 million funding round on Monday.
Yes, it’s possible for IT departments to manage the consumerization of IT without stopping it. Huddle’s Andy McLoughlin offers a simple approach that allows corporate IT departments the flexibility to give employees choices about mobile devices and the control to ensure that networks are safe.
In just a short time, modern tablets have become potent shopping tools that generate an outsize effect on online commerce. 2011 was the year that the tablet became an online retailer’s best friend as it emerged as the preferred device for many shoppers to make purchases.
Apple has apparently re-introduced code references to Facebook integration to the most recent iOS 5.1 beta that were once present in pre-release software but later removed. It doesn’t mean we’ll necessarily see Apple include Facebook sign-in at the system level, like it’s done with Twitter, but it definitely makes it more likely than before.
Got an old netbook? For a $225 Kickstarter pledge, you can turn a netbook into a telepresence robot, remotely controlling it over from a web browser or a smartphone. Over a web connection, you could even use the Oculus robot to speak with remote workers.
Is the PC “dead”? Of course not, but if you don’t see the trend moving away from local / desktop computing and towards mobile / cloud computing, you’re missing the sales figures for each market: Nearly 50 percent of recent device sales are mobile.
There’s a trend building, and it’s not good for the PC industry. It’s not tablet and smartphone growth — although that’s part of the trend — but virtualization on mobile devices. This allows remote PC access from a tablet, for example, and could hurt already slowing PC sales.
Apple’s drive to put out greener products will cost suppliers cash in the short term but will result in big long-term environmental advantages. Volex, which makes power and USB cables for the Mac maker’s mobile devices, will switch to halogen-free designs during the coming year.
The big buzz out of CES on Thursday is that Intel has been “talking” to Apple, among other manufacturers, about using its new line of Medfield chips in upcoming mobile devices. But the discussions are clearly very preliminary, and Apple has good reason to remain aloof.
Apple delivers a highly satisfying online shopping experience not only to desktop visitors but also to mobile customers, according to a new study. In fact, Apple tops the list when it comes to mobile shopper satisfaction, edging out online shopping heavyweights like Amazon and eBay.
Just like every prior CES in the past few years, Intel is touting how its chips are ready for mobiles. The only difference in 2012 is that I’m starting to believe the company after seeing Intel’s Medfield chip power an Android tablet that runs all day.
Apple has finally confirmed its purchase of Israel-based Anobit, a company that makes digital signal processing tech to improve the performance of NAND flash used in the iPhone, iPad, and MacBook Air among other devices. It could help Apple extend its NAND flash empire further still.
Qualcomm CEO Dr. Paul Jacobs shared his mobile vision at CES Tuesday, with much of the focus on emerging markets. With half of all smartphones expected to be sold in emerging markets by 2015, it’s no wonder the chipmaker is looking to innovate beyond traditional borders.
Just about a month after going live with its iPhone app, Givit has dramatically increased the number of mobile devices that support its private video sharing service, with the rollout of an application for Android. Users can now upload, manage and view videos from Android phones.
Amazon has now broken out its touch-friendly shopping experience for the iPad from its Kindle Cloud Reader product, in an effort to make it easier for everyone to buy books from the Kindle Store, and quickly read those purchases in Amazon’s native iPad Kindle app.
Samsung spent most of its CES press event explaining how it will expand its app and media ecosystem to every screen in the house and going out the door. Perhaps that’s why Samsung has a smartphone or tablet available in practically every possible screen size.
Although devices that shoot high-definition video are cheaper and more ubiquitous than ever, amateur videos themselves have not gotten any better to watch. That’s where a new iPhone app called Magisto comes in: It turns any simple iPhone video into a fully edited movie in minutes.
Increasingly, websites and services are getting a bigger chunk of their traffic through mobile with some pushing past the 50 percent mark. That’s setting up a world in which developers and publishers have to think mobile first as consumption shifts to smaller devices.
Apple’s mobile devices tend to have much higher profit margins than the competition, as well as having a strong reputation in terms of build and component quality. A big part of that is due to its unique approach to using NAND flash memory.
Apple’s iPhone 4S is data-hungry, according to a new study released Friday by mobile network monitoring firm Arieso. In fact, it found Apple’s newest iPhone consumes twice as much data as the iPhone 4, and three times as much as the iPhone 3G.
Apple’s iPhone 4S wasn’t without its share of launch troubles, including complaints of poor battery life. But while Apple was quick to attempt to address said issues in an update, there’s a very annoying bug that’s become a source of considerable frustration for users.
Apple has a track record of taking products that work but haven’t caught on and redesigning them to give them the appeal that makes them catch fire with the general buying public. Now, there’s a new patent that suggests Apple could tackle facial recognition tech next.
Since I use multiple mobile devices on various platforms, it sometimes gets to be a chore trying to read saved web pages when offline. I’ve been bouncing back and forth between two great solutions: Instapaper and Read It Later. But both might be trumped by Evernote.
2011 has been all about personalized mobile apps, and Evernote has benefited handsomely: In the past 12 months, the personal note-taking software company grew its user base from 6 million to 20 million. GigaOM talked to CEO Phil Libin about the growth and Evernote’s 2012 outlook.
Connected mobile devices make life easier, but are our bodies paying too high a price? Eyewear retailer Mezzmer culled a number of datapoints in an infrographic that gives a glimpse into the health complications brought by small screens, speakers and the ergonomics of using handheld computers.
Samsung is reportedly in discussions to offer Android 4.0 software upgrades to its Galaxy S smartphones and Galaxy Tab slates. Perhaps Samsung’s TouchWiz software is slimmed down or eliminated, which may not be a problem. Getting carriers to support such an upgrade, however, may be.
The Samsung Galaxy S smartphone and Tab slate won’t see an upgrade to Android 4.0, leaving owners to decide between buying a newer device, sticking with Android 2.3 or installing a custom build of Google’s latest mobile operating system. Here’s a suggestion to make everyone happy.
f people are buying through online retail sites on mobile, they’re most likely doing so on Apple devices, according to a new report. iPads and iPhones accounted for over 92 percent of online retail not originating from a desktop device in December, according to the study.
Samsung introduced its first dual-SIM smartphones on Thursday, the Galaxy Y Duos and Galaxy Y Pro Duos. The Android 2.3 smartphones are aimed at emerging markets, but if they’re successful, Samsung could migrate the solution up the Galaxy line for the bring your own device crowd.
Travelers are getting a welcome gift from Skype in the form of free Wi-Fi access at more than 50 U.S. airports to place voice or video calls over Skype’s service on PCs, Macs, or iOS devices. The year-end promotion runs from Dec. 21 through Dec. 27.
Gen Y members may be natural telecommuters, as FlexJobs CEO Sara Sutton Fell has claimed, but it appears their natural affinity for mobile work doesn’t come equipped with natural instincts for data security, at least if a new survey from Cisco is to be believed.
This infographic, courtesy of Savings.com, brings together historical datapoints showing the decreasing cost and size of mobile devices, in conjunction with more capable hardware and services. Can you imagine (or remember) buying a phone for $4,000 in 1982 just for a few voice calls?
Apple’s iPhone, iPad and iPod touch are huge in the Middle East and North Africa, where they account for 55 percent of mobile Internet traffic, according to a new survey. The iPhone and the iPad trade honors as most popular device in many countries.
Mobile device owners in New York City have 50 bar locations to freely charge their smartphones, thanks to a deal between Patrón Sprits and goCharge, which makes device-charging kiosks. Batteries can be topped off in 10 minutes: just enough time for some cheesy pickup lines.
One of the interesting shopping trends this year the emergence of mobile devices helping front-load more online holiday sales, as shoppers aren’t waiting for those two days to kick off their spending. It’s another way in which mobile is redefining holiday shopping.
In the super connected world in which we live now, people often lament about the downfall of old-fashioned face-to-face interaction. But according to Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter and Square, technology done right can actually make us more human and empathetic, not less.
You’ve heard of the digital divide, but how about the app gap? A new study found there is a growing rift between the children from wealthier families who spend more time involved in mobile apps designed for children and lower income children who watch more TV.
What’s selling many people on Apple’s latest handset isn’t the impressive hardware: It’s the promise of an “invisible interface” through Siri, the iPhone’s personal assistant software. Siri is arguably the first working example of how everyday people will interact with connected devices in the near future. The ability to speak to our phones, televisions or homes and have them respond or take action is no longer a far-fetched concept.
Cloud-storage startup Dropbox has its eyes set on being the foundation of a future where we’re never without our data. Phone, tablet, TV, car, you name it. Dropbox wants integration into everything, with its icon becoming to file access what Facebook’s icon is to sharing.
Mobile health — the use of wireless devices to manage health conditions, collect health data, monitor vital signs, provide clinical decision support and access health information — is in its relatively early stages. Nonetheless, the field has witnessed accelerating growth since 2010 in the U.S. and has become a truly global marketplace. Rising health care costs, the proliferation of mobile devices, affordable sensor technologies and regulatory issues are all factors driving this growth. This research note examines each of those in detail and provides an outlook of the mobile health space over the next five years, including services and players to watch. Companies mentioned in this report include Epocrates, GenoMed and Mobisante. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.
At Mobilize, VMware CTO Steve Herrod laid out a mobile plan that reeks of success on par with what VMware has achieved in server virtualization. The trick to accomplishing that might be VMware’s quest to make its hypervisor technology a part of the core Android kernel.
Employees love using their own devices to do corporate work, but the practice, known as consumerization, is rife with security risks. Speaking today at Mobilize, Cisco’s Tom Gillis said consumerization is causing a fundamental rearchitecture of how networks look that requires a reimagining of security solutions.
Dashlane, a stealth start-up, is still a few weeks away from unveiling its product but the company announced today that it has raised $10 million. It is trying to tackle the problem of inputting information, passwords and payment data into websites from desktop and mobile devices.
During VMworld this week, VMware introduced a new Dropbox-like application called Project Octopus that will let users safely store, access and share corporate documents. It all so sounded so promising, and then someone asked me whether it will actually get used.
A new smartphone report shows Android growing and iOS flat. One stat stuck out: Among early adopters, 40 percent would opt for an Android device as their next purchase, while only 32 percent would go for an iPhone. Could that be why Apple is slipping?
Sometimes you need a plain old phone more than you need a smartphone. But with all the activities and apps you have running on your iPhone, your battery may not hold out when you need it most. Here’s how to help make sure it does.
Speaking to a jam-packed room of thousands, VMware CEO Paul Maritz kicked off today’s VMworld conference by declaring, once again, the advent of the cloud era. If you don’t believe him, just look at the number of virtual machines deployed. But cloud is more than virtualization.
Nothing beats watching Apple unveil iPhone hardware live at a media event, but some concept art created by Apple fans comes pretty close. Case in point: This new video from a San Francisco 3-D and digital content studio that shows off some amazing imaginary features.
We surveyed 400 of the newest generation, the Millennials, ages 20 through 29, on their attitudes and behavior around at-work technology and tech support, communications preferences and problem-solving styles. Here are the trends IT needs to address to make these workers productive and avoid potential problems.
While my iPhone 4 still mostly satisfies my needs, I have to confess: For the past two weeks, I haven’t been exactly faithful. I’ve been testing out Samsung’s latest and greatest, the Galaxy S II Android smartphone. Here’s how I feel about my indiscretion.
HTC says nearly all Apple product lines infringe on patents it owns, and it wants compensation. On Tuesday, the Taiwan-based Android smartphone maker filed a lawsuit against Apple, saying that Macs, iPads, iPhones, iPods, AirPort, Time Capsule and Apple TV infringe on three patents it owns.
The SF BART subway system admitted Friday it shut down cell phone service on several subway platforms during a planned protest Thursday. The subway operator said it was to guarantee passengers’ safety, but others are calling it “a chilling strike against free speech.”
I’m not sure if Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has been sniffing too much eInk from Kindles, but he has a patent for smartphones with airbags and springs. Ridiculous! Anyone who has dropped buttered toast knows a falling smartphone with airbags will land on the non-protected side.
Those hoping for iPad lightning to strike twice this year might be disappointed by a new report out Friday. The A6 processor, cited as the central component for a new, more powerful iPad won’t hit the public until next year, sources say.
After debuting at January’s Consumer Electronics Show, the ASUS Eee Pad Slider is nearing a release. An Australian blogger has one of the first units and shares his impressions. I’m not sold that many folks will want the extra weight and bulk of an integrated keyboard.
Novatel’s second quarter results Thursday included a 50 percent rise in overall revenue and showed off the tight relationship between better mobile broadband, Wi-Fi and consumers toting multiple broadband-enabled devices. But how will carriers and customers react to downloading more content at faster speeds?
Google and Microsoft traded more barbs today in their patent squabble. Google said Microsoft’s offer to jointly bid on the Novell patents was a trick. Microsoft said today Google is only interested in using patents against others. The rhetoric, however, doesn’t improve Google’s fighting position.
A new survey by GPS mobile apps developer TeleNav tries to gauge the American mobile obsession, especially among iPhone users. Findings of that survey are fun and somewhat surprising and have been summed up in this nifty infographic that is good for a giggle.
Sprint reported record low churn rates and its highest average revenue per user yet, but lost $847 million. Why? Although 1.1 million new subscribers were added, all were from wholesale and pre-paid customers. Postpaid subscriber numbers may turn around in the future though, thanks to LTE.
There’s a shift happening in the workplace. A significant and growing proportion of the workforce is now made up of “Millennials” But how can businesses support Millenials at work; how do they expect to communicate, collaborate and get things done?
Apple has included facial recognition technology in iOS 5, 9to5Mac discovered earlier this week. It’s not something Apple is advertising with the software update yet, but as it develops, it could become on of the most significant additions ever introduced to Apple’s mobile operating system.
Our collective addiction to smartphones translates into some big money for the consumer electronics industry. According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the industry is on track to surpass $190 billion in overall shipment revenues this year, and a primary driver of that growth will be smartphones.
Apple may rely less on Samsung as an iOS hardware partner, as TSMC is reportedly testing new chips it’s building for future Apple mobile products. This could be due to the current lawsuit between Apple and Samsung, but even if not, it simply makes sense.
Mobile devices, led by the iPad and Android phones and tablets, have overtaken computers on Wi-Fi networks, according to a new report. It’s another sign that when it comes to getting connected, people are leaving the laptop closed and reaching for their pockets.
Apple huge cash pile got bigger as of its last fiscal quarter, bringing its total liquid assets to around $65.8 billion. Market intelligence firm Asymco Tuesday provided some insight regarding what that number actually means in the context of Apple and its market position.
Samsung said it would answer Apple’s recent patent suit “actively,” using “appropriate legal measures” and it has made good on that promise. The South Korean electronics manufacturer filed suit in multiple cities. The complaints allege that Apple infringed on mobile communications tech patents held by Samsung.
When Cisco announced its decision to shut down its recently-acquired Flip portable camera division yesterday, I couldn’t help feeling that it was somewhat premature. In fact, it was actually my healthy stock of Apple devices and iOS apps that led me to feel this way.
According to a recent smattering of analyst reports, including one just released Tuesday from Susquehanna International Group, the iPhone 5 might not arrive until Fall 2011 instead of in June. Would delayed Apple hardware affect your choice of smartphone?
What is usually the first thing everyone that gets a new iPad wants to know? Which apps to get. But there are still some cool things that you can do with your iPad, even without buying a single app. Here are 10 good examples.
Intel has bought Netherlands-based, system-on-chip startup Silicon Hive in an attempt to make Intel’s low-power Atom processor more appealing across a variety of devices. The most important market will be mobile devices, but it looks like the embedded processor and server markets could be potential targets.
Our phones will soon become a means of connecting the analog to the digital world of the web, and the way your wireless headset communicates with your phone, or the way your Nike shoes talk to your iPod, is shaping up to be the next standards fight for chip and device makers. But before smartphones can make the leap as our analog-to-digital converters, they need a means to transmit data from sensors to the phone. That means wireless protocols like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Direct, ANT and other proprietary flavors of networks will be the players in the big wireless standards war of 2011.
Mobile devices are surely improving. Cameras in phones are replacing point and shoots, while small tablets offer features that once were the realm of laptops. While that sounds great, am I the only one getting weighed down with more mobile gadgets, defeating the purpose of mobility?
The recent release of the iPad is also beginning to make waves in the medical arena as the high-resolution screen enables medical imaging applications. Stanford University School of Medicine, for instance, is now using the iPad for instruction with first-year medical students.
Google Instant-like search interfaces are all the rage with YouTube mash-up developers right now: First, there was YTinstant.com, and now there is Listandplay.com – a site that makes it possible to instantly search for clips, compile them to a playlist and share it with your networks.
As a result, IT fosters new levels of IT/Business collaboration, empowers employees and adds shareholder value.
More than 5 billion devices are connected around the world now, just 18 months after passing the 4 billion threshold. Most of the growth is coming from highly populous areas such as China and India, but emerging markets are adding to the connected device total.
There will also be opportunities for existing and new companies to provide new services to consumers and small businesses based on video chat communications.
Intel said on Tuesday night that it would release a dual-core Atom chip during the second quarter. Adding more cores to the Atom chip should boost the chip’s performance and make the chipmaker better able to compete with ARM-based processors already inside handsets, which have already begun closing the performance gap between their processors and Intel’s Atom chips. Of course, the race for better performance isn’t just about beating the competition; it’s also about the ever-increasing compute and performance demands placed on mobile devices. Many chip firms believe tomorrow’s phones will be powered by multicore processors that deliver the performance the consumer wants without destroying the lengthy battery life such devices need.
It’s the year of the tablet — again. But this time, there’s a good chance it’s true, no thanks to the segment’s long-time champion, Microsoft. Bill Gates demonstrated the first-ever Tablet PC prototypes, built by Acer, Fujitsu, Compaq and Toshiba, at the 2001 Comdex show. But nine years on, the year of the tablet still hasn’t arrived. Here’s a look at why Microsoft has failed where Apple appears poised to succeed, and what it can do to get back in the game.
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We’re all spending more time working from different locations on multiple devices (desktop, laptop and smartphone), and keeping all of our data in sync and accessable anytime, anywhere is becoming more important. Going beyond limited-use services like Google Docs, Salesforce, Zoho and MobileMe, a few startups are offering “web OSes” that try to replicate the desktop experience in a browser. But do we really need the full desktop experience wherever we go?
Since the ’80s, telecommuting has been championed as a better way of working. The phenomenon, which has been somewhat slow to catch on, is called by many names: remote working, telecommuting, teleworking, web working and open working (to name a few), but it’s increasingly being adopted by companies all over the world. Globally, there will be a mammoth 46 million telecommuters by 2011, according to Gartner.
What’s happened to push web working into the mainstream enterprise? In part, its the recession. Companies are realizing that implementing flexible working policies can mean a reduction in real estate costs and overheads. But it’s not just the recession. With the explosion of high-speed broadband, mobile devices and online tools, the technology exists to actually make it happen for a large percentage of the workforce.
The computing world is undergoing a significant shift as consumers and businesses access and store more of their information in web-based applications, get their software delivered as a service or even download music and movies to their PCs on demand. ome people refer to this shift as everything moving to the cloud, but whatever you call it, the trend of digitizing music, presentations and even books has made information portable and ephemeral enough that it’s rocking the world of chipmakers, device vendors and even server makers, whose products ground the cloud. This article looks at the effects of the cloud on the consumer and corporate client devices.
As automakers struggle to reinvent themselves amid falling demand, shifting regulations and, in the case of Detroit’s Big Three, decades of accumulated overhead, we’re seeing old lines between industries redrawn. In fact, it’s a web of alliances among automakers, utilities, insurers and nimble technology companies that may define our future mobility — how we get around and how we pay for it — as a set of services. Those who successfully package and sell these services could win big, as electric vehicles and the smart grid move toward the mainstream.
Motorola continues to lose market share and more importantly money in its handset business. And the way things are going, it might never be able to spin off the division that has bled over $2.6 billion in last seven quarters with no end in sight.