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This week was ripe for mobile, with the launch of two new BlackBerry devices and a fresh operating system, along with the very promising news of Facebook's increased mobile presence, revealed during the social network's most recent earnings call. Indeed, the mobile world is ringing with opportunity, an alluring sound for BlackBerry and Facebook as they take on a sector currently dominated by Apple on the device side, and Google Android on search and consumer engagement. To that end, we have a great collection of BlackBerry resources for new users, including top apps to check out, and a developer guide for app makers. See how the new BlackBerry... more »
One of this week's top NewsDesk segments featured Wikibon networking guru Stu Miniman, who discussed the new face of BlackBerry and what it means for the future of the company (full video below). Miniman starts by recapping on the latest news from the Canadian phonemaker: it unveiled the new operating system BB10, announced several new devices, and last but not least, changed its name from RIM to BlackBerry. The Wikibon analyst is critical of the changes and deems them as too little, too late; he even goes a step further and compares BlackBerry with Sun Microsystems, which changed its name to... more »
Like it or not, mobile computing has arrived. Like the PC revolution of the 1980s, it came in through the front door, carried in by C level executives in the form of the first iPads. And like the PC revolution, that led to client/server, the consumer Internet, telecommuting, and the ongoing revolution in retail, mobile computing will have far-flung and long-term impact on every aspect of how we live and work. One difference between the 1980s and today is that when the first PCs came into offices, IT for the most part resisted them. In 1981 I was news editor for... more »
Jessica Rosenkrantz of Nervous System has been working with 3D printed objects for some time now and she develops generated works of art based on generative design. Her newest project, Colony, which is still somewhere been the drawing board and production is all about producing 3D printed designs based on natural phenomena to produce interesting works of art. From the Nervous System website, Nervous System is a generative design studio that works at the intersection of science, art, and technology. We create using a novel process that employs computer simulation to generate designs and digital fabrication to realize products. Drawing inspiration from natural phenomena,... more »
Marketers today find they need increasingly nuanced solutions for their IT needs – in fact, Gartner has predicted that on average, marketing departments will have bigger IT budgets than IT departments in 2013. Increasingly, we see a career path for IT professionals inside the marketing organization, and many CMOs are appointing their own VP of technology. This means it’s all the more crucial for marketers to understand the risks in the technology they’re using, and how to plan for, and hopefully prevent, tech disasters. At best these debacles temporarily prevent marketers from doing good marketing work, and at worst they... more »
Mobile computing, including BYOD, is, according to Gartner, the “single most radical shift” in business since the PC revolution of the 1980s. Over the next decade it will have a huge impact on how people work and live, how companies operate, and on the IT infrastructure. This month ServicesAngle will focus on the issues and opportunities surrounding this new way to communicate and consume computing services. Mobile computing is not just PCs on the move. Mobile devices –smartphones, tablets, and the iPod Touch, the last PDA standing – are a radically different kind of device, designed from the ground up as... more »
How would you feel if you woke up in the hospital, post-surgery, and hear your doctor talking. But instead of looking at a human doctor, you are face-to-face with a machine that has your doctor’s face on it, looking back at you, inquiring how you are feeling? Would you assume that you’re having a sci-fi dream, or think someone’s pranking you? Believe it or not, we're reaching an era where both of those assumptions would be wrong. Your little doctor-machine is in fact the RP-VITA. The RP-VITA (Remote Presence Virtual + Independent Telemedicine Assistant) is a product borne of the collaboration... more »
Google has just beaten the deadline to submit its proposal on how it plans to conduct its search engine business in future, in the latest round of its ongoing European anti-trust probe. Antoine Colombani, spokesperson for the European Union's Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, confirmed that the regulatory body had received the files, adding that these are “now being analyzed” before any further response can be made. We probably won’t find out what Google has put forward for several days, or possibly even weeks, but the proposal will lay out the terms under which the internet giant is prepared to settle with the... more »
In today’s mobile news roundup: HTC M7 available on March 8; Apple files for ‘human ATM’ patent; Motorola job posting confirms X-phone; and Nokia gets $1.35B grant to develop Graphene. HTC M7 available on March 7 Rumors about the HTC M7 spread like wildfire when Pocket Lint reported that the company has confirmed a launch event on February 19, 2013 in London. It was rumored that the M7 would make an appearance at CES 2013 but the event came and went and M7 was a no show. Now, as Mobile World Congress draws near, rumors regarding the launch of the devices gets hyped... more »
It’s no secret that Kim Dotcom thinks he’s got this security thing nailed on with his new site Mega, but now the entrepreneur has gone and put his money where his mouth is, offering a €10,000 ($13,500) reward to the first person who can successfully hack into the site. Dotcom has made good on a promise he made last week, when he announced on Twitter that Mega would be offering a cash encryption prize “soon” in response to criticism leveled at the site’s security measures. This was quickly followed up by a blog post on Mega, in which Dotcom dismissed concerns... more »