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New Google Apps Mobile Management features for Android amp up productivity and security

By |May 26th, 2014|Categories: How To, Mobile/Wireless Devices, Tech News|

Posted by Clayton Jones, Product Manager, Google Enterprise

Bring your own device (BYOD) is no longer just a trend — it’s how business gets done. With thousands of mobile applications to choose from and an increasing number of websites optimized for mobile, today’s employees can work whenever and wherever they choose. It also means IT organizations now have the dual challenge of both helping employees be more productive and protecting corporate data.

We’re adding new features to Google Apps Mobile Management for Android to help your organization meet these challenges head on:

  1. Inactive account wipe: Set policies that will wipe an inactive account from a device if it has not been synced for a predetermined number of days, so a lost device that wasn’t reported or the old device left in a drawer does not cause a security risk.
  2. Support for EAP-based WiFi Networks: Configure settings and […]

Lenovo set to launch cloud-based services for mobile devices, data centers

By |May 18th, 2014|Categories: Cloud Computing, Data Storage, IT Industry, Mobile/Wireless Devices, Tech News|Tags: , |

IDG News Service – The ability to come up with cohesive cloud offering has eluded Lenovo for years, but the company is taking steps to offer more services that it can wrap around its mobile devices and enterprise products.

Lenovo subsidiary Stoneware is planning to offer hosted application services that will build on existing secure cloud and virtual desktop services. Lenovo opened its first public cloud service just a year ago, building it around technology acquired from Stoneware in September 2012.

Stoneware’s current WebNetwork virtual desktop offering is more like a cloud desktop, with a browser-like interface providing access to remote applications, storage services and other Web application services. The tiled user interface provides access to applications like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop, which are hosted in data centers and don’t need to be downloaded and installed locally on mobile devices and PCs. The cloud desktop […]

BlackBerry SDK confirms plan for new smartphone with high-resolution screen

By |May 17th, 2014|Categories: Mobile/Wireless Devices, Tech News|

IDG News Service – BlackBerry is working on an unannounced smartphone that has a 4.5-inch screen with a 1440 by 1440 pixel resolution, as evidenced by the latest version of the company’s SDK (software development kit).

“I know, I know…you want more details on that new device, but we’re not quite ready to give them yet, so hold tight and watch the blog for more information!,” wrote Tim Neil, director of application platform and tools product management at BlackBerry, in a blog post on Wednesday.

Neil doesn’t mention the screen’s size in his post, but he does confirm that it has 453 dots per inch, which equals 4.5 inches.

For now, BlackBerry won’t reveal any other details about the device, but with the 10.3 beta simulator developers can see how their applications will behave in the new resolution, according to Neil. His tip to […]

Samsung shows business customers how to be high tech

By |May 17th, 2014|Categories: Mobile/Wireless Devices, Tech News|

The Korean electronics giant operates a showroom in New Jersey to demonstrate technology it has for hotels, financial firms, retailers, and other businesses.

dsc09149.jpgSamsung’s North American headquarters in Ridgefield Park, NJ, has an executive briefing center to show potential customers what they can do with Samsung electronics. Shara Tibken/CNET

RIDGEFIELD PARK, NJ — Samsung’s pretty sure it knows just what business customers need, and it’s happy to show them.

The Korean electronics giant last year opened an “Executive Briefing Center” on the sixth floor of its North American headquarters in Ridgefield Park, NJ. The facility is used to show potential customers the sort of Samsung technology they can use to update their businesses. That includes everything from monitors that connect with tablets and smartphones to special screens that overlay displays to make them touch-compatible.

Samsung’s briefing center doesn’t just show the different technologies, […]

Hands On: Lenovo’s New Chromebooks

By |May 17th, 2014|Categories: Computer, Mobile/Wireless Devices, Notebook PCs, Tech News|Tags: , |

Lenovo’s newest laptops come with Chrome OS and your choice of touch or non-touch displays.
Lenovo Chromebooks

Chromebooks are bigger than ever, and today, Lenovo announced two consumer Chromebooks of its own, the Lenovo N20 and Lenovo N20p. Made for students and budget shoppers, the new laptops offer several options, all for under $400.

The two systems are quite similar, with Intel Celeron processors, 2GB of RAM standard, with the option of upgrading to 4GB, and the same 16GB of storage offered on most competing Chromebooks. Lenovo estimates battery life of up to eight hours. Both systems have a portable design, measuring just 0.7 inches thick and weighing under 3 pounds, but they don’t sacrifice comfort, thanks to a full-size keyboard and wide touchpad.

The largest difference between the two, aside from some cosmetic differences, is the N20p’s touch screen and 300-degree hinge. The […]

4G: Ten Times the Speed with Twice the Risk?

By |May 16th, 2014|Categories: Mobile/Wireless Devices, Security, Tech News, Virus Alerts|Tags: , |

Time and chance overtakes us all, especially when it comes to technology. But the latest and greatest iterations aren’t always a steady stream of improvements on both ends, and can sometimes create new issues in the place of old ones.

This situation rings true when it comes to mobile phones. Ten years ago, consumers could safely place a call—albeit a slower one with less reception coverage—without worrying about putting their identity at risk. Today, consumers are likely checking Facebook, watching a video and surfing the web, in addition to making calls on improved networks. However, broadcasting information over a network using the same communication standards as the Internet may come at a price. That’s right, 4G uses the World Wide Web to transmit data, giving hackers more opportunities to intercept sensitive information.

4G is an important evolution providing amazing bandwidth enabling mobile users to stream music, […]

Jury: Apple should duke it out with Google

By |May 15th, 2014|Categories: Mobile/Wireless Devices, Tech News, Wireless Access|Tags: |

Jury members say Google didn’t factor into the verdict for this Apple v. Samsung case — but the Android maker’s role should be addressed.

tomdunham.jpgTom Dunham, the jury foreman in Apple v. Samsung, talks to reporters following the patent infringement trial. Shara Tibken/CNET

SAN JOSE, Calif. — If Apple believes Android features infringe its technology, it should battle directly with Google instead of handset makers, jurors from the Apple v. Samsung patent-infringement trial said.

Apple took pains to make its patent-infringement suit all about Samsung, not Android, but the jury wasn’t quite convinced. Members of the jury, who spoke with reporters and attorneys Monday following the end of the trial, said Google didn’t factor into their decision for damages and for what patents infringed and what didn’t, aside from testimony by certain developers who had created Google features.

But they also believed […]

Is the smartphone ‘kill switch’ really bad for business in California?

By |May 14th, 2014|Categories: Mobile/Wireless Devices, Tech News, Wireless Access|

Senators who nixed mandatory antitheft software on phones sold in state say it’s bad business. But many won’t say why.

Sen. Mark Leno and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascon introducing the “kill switch” bill in San Francisco in February

When 17 California senators voted last week against a new law that would require that antitheft software be included on every smartphone sold in the state, many of them said the legislation would be bad for business in California.

But it’s hard to get them to elaborate as to why they think that. Fourteen of the senators who voted down the bill either did not return calls or emails requesting comment or said they were unavailable for comment when asked for specifics about the business harm. Of the three senators who commented on their vote, one said he voted against the bill because he […]

Microsoft offers $399 Xbox One, opens apps to all Xbox owners

By |May 13th, 2014|Categories: Gaming & Entertainment, Microsoft, Mobile/Wireless Devices, Tech News|Tags: |

Responding to feedback, Microsoft announced a cheaper Xbox One that comes without Kinect and drops the Xbox Live Gold requirement for apps like Netflix, Hulu, and Twitch.

$399 Xbox One

$399 Xbox One sans Kinect

Today Microsoft announced a cheaper, $399 model of its Xbox One system, which will be available June 9. The price cut comes from removing the Kinect, previously thought to be a required accessory. As to why Microsoft made this sudden change, the company said: “Since the beginning, we have focused on delivering great games and entertainment experiences for you. Your feedback matters to us and it shapes the products and services we build.”

In another big policy change, all Xbox owners will get access to entertainment apps previously available only to Xbox Live Gold subscribers for a $60 annual fee. These apps include Machinima, […]

Amped Wireless High Power 802.11ac Wi-Fi Range Extender (REC15A)

By |May 12th, 2014|Categories: Mobile/Wireless Devices, Tech News, Wireless Access|

By Samara LynnAmped Wireless’ High Power 802.11ac Wi-Fi Range Extender (REC15A) is an update to the 802.11n-only Amped Wireless High Power 600mW Compact Wi-Fi Range Extender (REC10) . The REC15A ($99.99) offered decent range extension, delivering a signal up to nearly 100 feet into a Wi-Fi dead zone, but its large antenna limits your placement options, and there are better performing 802.11ac devices, as well as less expensive 802.11n extenders. In fact, the REC15A even lagged behind its predecessor, the REC10, on some measures. Additionally, the setup isn’t nearly as smooth enough for networking newbies.