Consumerization of IT

News and advice on consumerization of IT and BYOD strategies, mobile security, mobile device management, data protection, smartphones, tablets, and more.
  • Samsung's SAFE for Galaxy SIII aims to help IT embrace Android

    Posted June 18, 2012 - 3:29 pm

    Samsung announced a new program on Monday to help enterprise IT shops feel more confident about allowing workers to use the coming Galaxy S III smartphone on the job.
  • Why Samsung might be walking out on Android

    Posted June 18, 2012 - 2:33 pm

    If you think the Samsung Galaxy SIII is just about the best Android phone ever made, you'll be glad to hear Samsung wants to make the company's phones even Samsung-ier.
  • Microsoft-branded, Barnes & Noble built tablet 'makes sense,' analyst says

    Posted June 18, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    A Microsoft-branded tablet made by Barnes & Noble makes sense if the tablet is focused on the same market as the $200 Kindle Fire, analysts said Monday.
  • Amazon upgrades Kindle apps for comics, children's books

    Posted June 17, 2012 - 7:11 am

    Amazon announced updates to its Kindle for iOS, Kindle Cloud Reader and Kindle for Android apps on Thursday. The three apps now support children's books, comics and graphic novels, a spokeswoman said.
  • Android users: Microsoft debuts a version of its My Xbox Live app for Android

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 4:30 pm

    Android-wielding Xbox fans, rejoice! Microsoft debuted a version of its My Xbox Live app for the platform Wednesday. Also released: A significant upgrade to the iOS version of the app.
  • Acer Iconia Tab W500 review: an adaptable Windows 7 tablet

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:55 am

    Hybrid designs are not new in the world of tablets, but they aren't exactly common either. The Acer Iconia Tab W500 tablet is a slate-style machine--all of its guts are behind the screen, and it can stand on its own as a tablet--but it also comes with a keyboard dock for occasions when you want a laptop-style experience. Unfortunately, rather than offering the best of both worlds, the W500 presents you with a lot of compromises.
  • Verizon's new Share Everything Plans: the devil's in the details

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:54 am

    Computerworld sorts out the details in Verizon's new Share Everything data, voice and text sharing plan for customers who own several mobile devices, but want only one bill for their phone and data services.
  • Microsoft Q&A: with Windows 8, the choice is yours

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:47 am

    Day two at Microsoft TechEd 2012 was all about Windows 8. caught up with Windows corporate VP Antoine Leblond, who discussed why CIOs should test Windows 8, why developers should love it, and why we'll all be touching our laptop screens sooner than we think.
  • Pingbot might be tiny, but it'll beat you in a dance-off

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:46 am

    Meet Pingbot: It's a tiny remote-controlled programmable robot that looks a bit like a bug. And when I say little, I mean it: It's only 38 millimeters in diameter. Of course, what makes Pingbot so pretty sweet is that not only can it bust some pretty impressive dance moves, and you can also make one yourself.
  • Build a 360-degree camera crown on the cheap--and look ridiculous in the process

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:41 am

    Panorama modes on smartphones are becoming increasingly common and easier to use, all while producing better and better images. The panorama setting on my Galaxy Nexus produces some pretty decent results.
  • Why you should be excited about iOS 6

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:41 am

    In case you missed it, Apple had a little media event yesterday. Of course, I kid. Yesterday was the keynote presentation at Apple's WWDC (Worldwide Developer Conference) and it has dominated tech news for the last week.--including the obligatory unveiling of all things magical, like iOS 6.
  • Review

    Fujitsu Stylistic Q550 review: Windows 7 tablet offers tons of flexibility and features

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:40 am

    Fujitsu is a veteran in the tablet PC game, and that experience shows to good advantage with the Stylistic Q550 (price as of June 1, 2012, starts at $729; as reviewed, $849). This Windows 7 tablet incorporates an Atom processor, and comes crammed with features--a fingerprint scanner, a smartcard reader, Trusted Platform Module, and a removable battery--that make it especially attractive to business users.
  • Will you pay $650 up-front for an iPhone 4S to pay less monthly?

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:35 am

    How many pre-paid buyers will pony up $650 for a new 16GB iPhone 4S to be able to get no-contract service starting at $30 a month? Some analysts believe there won't be very many.
  • Adult video content on tablets to triple by 2015

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:31 am

    Fueled by an increasing number of tablet computers, the number of users of adult video content on tablets is expected to triple by 2015, Juniper Research said Monday.
  • Dual core processors wasted on Android, Intel claims

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:23 am

    Current versions of Google's Android operating system for smartphones make woeful use of their dual core processors, according to an Intel executive.
  • Verizon car collective may bring in-vehicle LTE to the masses

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:22 am

    Verizon has brought together several global automakers in an effort to speed the rollout of so-called "connected" cars, signaling broader availability of in-car Internet in the near future.
  • Want to build your own electric go-kart? Now you can

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:20 am

    Remember the Chibikart, the electric go-kart that goes up to 20MPH that we covered a few weeks back? Its creator Charles Guan has designed a new version, known as the "Democratic People's Republic of Chibikart", that excludes parts (hand-wound motors, factory-special batteries) and building techniques (CNC milling and lathe-work) that are hard to obtain outside a university or research setting. Even better: he posted step by step instructions so you can make your own.
  • Acer takes on Apple with high-res Iconia Tab A700 Android tablet

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Calling a new Android tablet a potential iPad killer is a cliche. But make no mistake: Acer's Iconia Tab A700 has its sights set on doing just that thanks to an impressive set of specs that includes a 1920 by 1200 resolution display and 32GB of storage; and a $450 price that comes in at 25 percent under the price of a same-capacity iPad.
  • iPad installations at airports take some of the stress out of traveling

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:13 am

    The next time you're waiting to catch a flight, an iPad could be on hand to make the wait a little easier.
  • Apple adds iPad to back-to-school promo

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:12 am

    Amid the hurly-burly of Apple's sweeping announcements Monday, the company also quietly launched its annual back-to-school promotion, offering $100 gift cards to customers who buy a qualifying Mac and $50 to those who purchase a third-generation iPad.
  • The week in iOS accessories: making everything better

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:11 am

    This week’s roundup of iOS accessories includes products that help you play better, work harder, listen more clearly, and simply do more of what you like to do with your iPhone and iPad.
  • Never lose your keys again with the Kinsight Kinect hack

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:10 am

    We all lose or misplace our phones, keys, or wallets at some point. If it's not the mad scramble in the morning to recover your keys, it's the heart-stopping moment you reach for your phone to find it's not in your pocket. If you have a Kinect, though, no longer will these precious items be misplaced.
  • Dell 'super excited about Windows 8,' vows no Dell smartphones

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:10 am

    Michael Dell talks plans for a bevy of mobile device to launch with Windows 8, weighs in on company's strategy for security, cloud computing.
  • This vacuum backpack lets you climb any type of wall

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:07 am

    Climbing up vertical walls is usually not a daily affair for everyone, except for maybe cats. But for troops who need to quickly scale walls, the Utah State University (USU) "Ascending Aggies" team created a portable vacuum pack with suction gloves.
  • 5 'Evil Siri' videos that may make you chuckle

    Posted June 16, 2012 - 7:05 am

    You're likely familiar with the wealth of online content that pokes fun at Apple's Siri, the virtual personal assistant feature on the iPhone 4S. There's even a genre that imagines the dark side of Siri, nodding to the Terminator mentality that someday the world really will be taken over by computers. Check out these fun videos that portray Siri as a dark force -- even Apple fans have to admit the concept can be humorous.
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