Consumerization of IT

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  • Apple, Foxconn slammed by SACOM on worker abuse in China

    Posted May 31, 2012 - 2:03 pm

    A watchdog group has slammed Apple and its supplier Foxconn for failing to take corrective action on the plight of factory workers in China, saying the companies continue to abuse employees while providing poor working conditions.
  • Freescale wants to make wireless charging cheaper, more ubiquitous

    Posted May 31, 2012 - 2:02 pm

    With the introduction of three new reference designs, Freescale Semiconductor wants to cut the cost of wireless charging and offer the technology for tablets and power tools, the company said on Thursday.
  • Adjustable eyeglasses may be obsolete before they even ship

    Posted May 31, 2012 - 10:23 am

    A British company is making glasses using a dual-lens design that lets wearers adjust the focus to fit their vision, as a way to address shortages in the third world. Contact lens makers and DARPA are working on smart lenses with HUDs built in. How can clear vision compete?
  • Gartner: Bosses will spy on workers without demanding Facebook passwords

    Posted May 31, 2012 - 9:46 am

    Gartner published a report this week that looks like a warning that employers are too smart to continue demanding Facebook passwords. Instead they'll spy directly by searching social networks for employees' activity; Gartner's warning is a guide to how to do that legally.
  • Intel's first smartphone goes on sale in Europe June 6, courtesy of Orange UK

    Posted May 31, 2012 - 7:18 am

    The Intel-based San Diego smartphone, previously known as Santa Clara, will go on sale in the U.K. on June 6 via Orange, the operator said on Thursday.
  • Intel reaches for China's high-end market with new Lenovo smartphone

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 10:49 pm

    Intel announced on Wednesday the availability of another smartphone built around its processors, this time in China. But the high price of the new Lenovo LePhone K800 could make it a tough sell in the country, where many consumers are buying low-cost smartphones, according to an analyst.
  • BYOD: Time to adjust your privacy expectations

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 9:48 pm

    Some employees thought they were pretty sneaky downloading confidential data from corporate computers to thumb drives days before they turned in their resignations and bolted to a competitor.
  • Mobile payments still slow to catch on in U.S.

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 9:34 pm

    Even if the next iPhone has a mobile wallet app and a Near Field Communication chip inside, don't expect contactless payments to suddenly explode in the U.S.
  • Windows 8, ultrabooks to get top billing at giant trade show

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 6:05 pm

    Windows 8 and ultrabooks are expected to take center stage at the Computex trade show in Taipei next week, as industry giants Microsoft and Intel try to develop products that can compete better against Apple's iPad.
  • Asus' Transformer Infinity Pad tablet to ship in a month

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 5:05 pm

    Asus' highly anticipated Transformer Pad Infinity TF700T tablet, a challenger to Apple's new iPad, will become available in late June or early July, a company spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
  • Lenovo ships $349 IdeaTab S2109 tablet with Android 4.0

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 2:13 pm

    Lenovo on Wednesday finally shipped the IdeaTab S2109 tablet after months of teasers, calling the US$349 tablet one of the lightest in the market with a 9.7-inch screen.
  • Cook: Apple will "double down" on Siri and secrecy

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 1:41 pm

    Apple CEO Tim Cook kicked off the Wall Street Journal’s tenth annual D: All Things Digital conference, appearing at the same event that his predecessor, Steve Jobs, had headlined several times before. Answering questions from conference hosts Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher, Cook said his company is doubling down on Siri, played coy about Apple’s approach to the gaming and television markets, and spoke emotionally about Jobs’s death.
  • Mobile device management: Getting started

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 1:29 pm

    The rapid-fire spread of mobile devices being used by enterprise employees can be a huge boon for businesses in productivity and customer service gains, but those advantages don't come without a price.
  • Absinthe iOS 5.1.1 jailbreak downloaded 1 million times

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 1:22 pm

    Absinthe 2.0, the first untethered Jailbreak for iOS 5.1.1, has been downloaded almost 1 million times over the weekend, Chronic Dev Team has announced.
  • IPCom fails to stop sales of Nokia's phones in the UK

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 12:52 pm

    The U.K. High Court has dismissed IPCom's attempts to obtain an injunction against the sales of Nokia's 3G phones.
  • Question

    Can you think of a BYOD item that you would be less likely to support than a Facebook phone?

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 12:31 pm

    The first thing I though of when reading about Facebook possibly producing its own smart phone was "why." The second thing I though was, "Good luck getting IT to support that!" Other than a thumb drive with STUXNET stenciled on the side, I can't think of many devices that I would be less inclined to support.
  • iPhone 5 rumor rollup

    Posted May 30, 2012 - 7:05 am

    Perhaps iPhone 5 should be called iPhone 3.999, the finely calculated diagonal measurement of what many in the iOSphere believe is the new, bigger, better display of the next iPhone.
  • HTC smartphones pass U.S. Customs inspection

    Posted May 29, 2012 - 11:06 pm

    HTC said on Wednesday its newest smartphones models had all passed a required U.S. Customs review, clearing device shipments to the country after they were previously delayed because of the inspection.
  • Facebook could buy Nokia to build 'FacePhone,' expert says

    Posted May 29, 2012 - 8:40 pm

    While a potential Facebook smartphone was ridiculed by analysts, one Paris-based marketing expert predicted a "FacePhone" will happen in 18 months, and the social networking giant will buy Nokia for $10 billion to make it happen.
  • 'Flame' malware may be less troublesome than Windows

    Posted May 29, 2012 - 6:17 pm

    Sure it's invasive, sure it's malware, sure it's an act of war, cyberespionage and digital trespassing all in one. But think how smoothly an app would have to install, do its work and copy itself elsewhere without being discovered. Then compare that to Windows. Cyberweapon FTW!
  • Enterprise tablets and their imminent doom

    Posted May 29, 2012 - 3:05 pm

    Enterprise tablets seem to be heading towards their doom even before one could say 'enter'.
  • NSA security expert worries about mobility, cloud

    Posted May 29, 2012 - 3:04 pm

    Approaching its 60th birthday, the National Security Agency (NSA) has a staff some 35,000 strong worldwide, and an impressive building complex in Fort Meade, Md., where the walls are lined with copper mesh to prevent electronic eavesdropping. True to its origins dating back to breaking enemy code during World War II, the agency has two primary missions: signals Intelligence (SIGINT) and information assurance (IA).
  • Wireless charging to be combined with TransferJet

    Posted May 29, 2012 - 2:47 pm

    The TransferJet Consortium will show devices at the Computex trade show in Taiwan next week that wirelessly charge and transfer data simultaneously.
  • NFC doesn't cut it on the London Tube, says public transport exec

    Posted May 29, 2012 - 1:50 pm

    Read speed is very important when using contactless payments in public transport and the NFC technology still isn't fast enough to be used in the London Underground, an executive from the local transport authority said at the Open Mobile Summit conference in London on Tuesday.
  • The coolest Android accessories around

    Posted May 29, 2012 - 10:23 am

    Who doesn't love swag? We tracked down some of the coolest Android-themed knickknacks, gizmos, and fashion items around. Get ready to get seriously Googley.
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