Samsung's new Galaxy Gear is an interesting entrant into what is sure to be a growing device category.
Wrist watches, smart or otherwise, are simply not for everyone. Despite the limited market, however, Samsung has released what it hopes smartwatch-inclined users are hungry for. The Galaxy Gear is finally official. The centerpiece of the new device is a 320 x 320-pixel, 1.63-inch AMOLED touchscreen. There's a speaker and a pair of mics for recording and playing back video content and communicating with a caller via the built-in dialer, which works with the native phone app in your connected Galaxy device. The Gear includes an 800MHz processor, a 315mAh battery and--in a somewhat surprising twist--a BSI sensor and autofocus lens mounted in the wrist strap that can capture 1.9-megapixel stills and 10-second video clips. Sound cool? A video evaluation runs the smartwatch through its paces.Full Storyengadget.com READ MORE
Despite lots of hype, smartwatches will not be the next big thing in the mobile universe.
Samsung and Qualcomm announced competing smartwatch products, likely just the opening salvo of many announcements from companies such as Google, Microsoft and Apple. Smartwatches, the latest next big thing, bring some of the capabilities we have grown to love in our smartphones and place them conveniently our wrists. However, unlike smartphones, smartwatches will not gain ubiquity--not any time soon, anyway.Full StoryremotelyMOBILE READ MORE
Microsoft's bid for Nokia was driven by consumer-market competition, but there are implications for the enterprise.
There are lots of people making lots of predictions about whether Microsoft's planned $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia will work. One thing to consider is the way in which the acquisition could help bolster the software giant's position in the federal market, especially when it comes to filling growing demand for mobile computing devices.Full StoryFederal Computer Week READ MORE
Microsoft is going where Apple has succeeded but many others have failed.
Microsoft’s decision to purchase the devices and services segment of Nokia is a ringing endorsement of the kind of vertical integration that Apple so ably offers. Others, however, have not been as successful with this model. Will Microsoft beat the odds? The enterprise waits with bated breath.Full StoryMobile Marketer READ MORE
A baker's dozen of mostly free apps aid in IT tasks from Windows Phones.
The choice of apps for the Windows Phone platform pales in comparison to the choices that iPhone and Android users have. However, IT pros will find a number of useful apps for tasks including server monitoring, remote access, network troubleshooting, password management and even scripting.
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More and more companies are implementing BYOD programs, but users aren't upping security ante.
Businesses are increasingly accommodating BYOD, but that doesn't mean employees are increasingly implementing device security. Research shows that less than a third have PINs or passcodes set up, and just 26% have either a company data encryption service in use or an online self-service user portal connected to their devices. Perhaps more worrying, only 21% of BYOD owners say they would be concerned if they lost their devices.Full StoryReal Business READ MORE
Apple's invitation to Sept. 10 event provides clues as to what will be announced.
It's been rumored for what seems like forever, but Apple has now sent out official invitations to the media for a news event set to take place Sept. 10. The colorful invitations provide some clues as to what will be announced at the event, which many believe will be the launching pad for a new iPhone 5S and a line of cheaper, plastic iPhone devices.
Microsoft's announcement that it is acquiring Nokia seriously limits BlackBerry's hopes for survival.
If misery loves company, BlackBerry had a friend in Nokia while both companies were struggling to adapt to a changed mobile phone world. With Microsoft's announcement that it is acquiring Nokia, BlackBerry's hopes of salvation are dimming. For one thing, Microsoft was a possible (if unconfirmed) suitor. For another, the Nokia buy will now make it harder for BlackBerry to leverage the option of going private, if that's that road it chooses.Full StoryThe Age READ MORE
Companies must embrace multiple apps and multiple devices across different backend systems.
To meet growing demand for simplicity, speed, security and scalability, companies must shift their focus to mobile and cloud for the development, deployment, and management of their mobile apps. To do that, companies must embrace multiple apps, multiple devices and increased interfacing with different backend systems. How? How? Here are four steps that must be taken to achieve that mobile Holy Grail.Full StoryWired.com READ MORE