Consumerization of IT

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  • Lenovo launches smart TVs for China, bringing apps and games

    Posted May 8, 2012 - 4:20 am

    Lenovo on Tuesday launched its K-series of smart TVs in China, marking the PC vendor's entry into another hot devices market with a product that boasts Google's Android 4.0 OS, along with access to free on-demand videos and 1,000 apps.
  • VeriFone to announce new mobile payment processing system

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 9:31 pm

    Startups like Square and PhoneSwipe spotted a lucrative opportunity to empower the smallest of merchants to accept credit card payments, and they've made the most of it. If you have a product or service to sell, all you need to get paid by credit card is a smartphone or tablet, a tiny card swiper, and an account with one of these vendors.
  • Verizon's HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE Makes Its Debut

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 9:23 pm

    HTC and Verizon kicked off CTIA 2012 in New Orleans with the arrival of the HTC Droid Incredible 4G LTE. This is the third member of the Droid Incredible family, after the Droid Incredible 2 and the original Droid Incredible.
  • Spotlight on BYOD

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 3:00 pm

    Learn how to take control of and benefit from the bring-your-own-devices (BYOD) phenomenon--without losing corporate data. This free, downloadable special edition describes what your BYOD policy should cover and outlines the risks you need to manage.
  • MasterCard, startup PaidPiper tap into credit cards for mobile payments

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 2:27 pm

    PaidPiper, a startup that will debut at the CTIA Wireless show this week, is developing a mobile money transfer system suited to developed economies where the credit-card infrastructure is dominant.
  • Google liable for copyright infringement, jury finds

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 2:20 pm

    A jury has found Google liable for copyright infringement in its use of Java in Android, but has not managed to decide whether that infringement was protected by rules governing "fair use."
  • AT&T launches Samsung Focus 2 for $50

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 1:40 pm

    AT&T on Monday announced another low-priced Windows Phone, the $49.99 Samsung Focus 2, which will run on 4G LTE and will go on sale May 20.
  • HTC Droid Incredible coming to Verizon 4G LTE

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 1:37 pm

    HTC and Verizon Wireless Monday announced that the Droid Incredible 4G LTE smartphone will go on sale 'in the coming weeks.'
  • Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy S III Android phone

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 12:39 pm

    Samsung appears to have accidentally leaked its carrier partners for the popular Galaxy S III smartphone through a sign-up form on its U.S. site.
  • Facebook acquisition points to future of more phone tracking

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 12:35 pm

    Facebook is likely to take its location-sharing feature further and recommend you connect with new people in the real world following its acquisition of Glancee, an app for finding others nearby who share the same friends and interests as you.
  • BlackBerry World roundup: What to know about RIM's '12 show

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 11:43 am

    I just got back from Orlando and the Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry World 2012 conference. The BlackBerry-maker made a ton of major announcements during the three-day event, but a number of things really stand out in my mind.
  • Apple wants domain handed over

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 9:52 am

    Apple is disputing ownership of the domain, sparking speculation that the company will use the long-rumored name for its next smartphone.
  • CIOs: Will you be relevant in 2017?

    Posted May 7, 2012 - 7:38 am

    CIOs are in danger of becoming irrelevant if they focus on old technologies and practices. Forget what worked in the past and focus on technologies that will delight employees and customers in the future.
  • Lenovo building industrial center to develop tablets, smartphones

    Posted May 6, 2012 - 11:22 pm

    Chinese PC maker Lenovo plans to invest more than 5 billion yuan (US$796 million) to build facilities for the development and production of tablets, smartphones, and other mobile devices, it said Monday.
  • How to stop your social networks from distracting you

    Posted May 6, 2012 - 7:40 am

    Facebook, Google+, Twitter, and other social networks help you stay connected with friends and family, but it's easy to overdo the connecting and end up distracted and unproductive. Worse, many social networks notify you every time someone tries to interact with you, making it even harder to concentrate on productive tasks. Turning these helpful reminders off can be tricky in some instances, but setting up a way to tune out mobile and e-mail notifications is well worthwhile. Here's how to stop your social networks from distracting you, so you can get your working life back on track. And don't worry--you can still peek at your Twitter page once in a while.
  • Samsung Galaxy S III FAQ: everything you need to know

    Posted May 6, 2012 - 7:30 am

    After all of the rumors and speculation, the Samsung Galaxy S III is finally here but you probably have a few questions about this new Android phone.
  • Guy puts Ice Cream Sandwich on his laptop--the OS, not the dessert

    Posted May 6, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Android seems to be everywhere these days. While we're still eagerly awaiting for it to appear on toasters (and toaster-fridges), at least we now have it running on full-fledged laptops.
  • Windows RT may be Microsoft's answer to Apple and Google in the BYOD game

    Posted May 6, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Columnist Rob Enderle says enterprises won't rush to roll out Windows 8. However, they may see the new OS in the form of Windows RT, the ARM version that combines the snazzy UI that users like with management and security controls that IT likes. In other words, Microsoft may finally make a foray into BYOD endeavors.
  • Spec smackdown: Samsung Galaxy S III vs. iPhone 4S vs. HTC One X

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    Samsung Thursday unveiled the Galaxy S III, the highly-anticipated successor of the popular Galaxy S II, and of course, the iPhone’s newest big rival. The Galaxy S III is like a sequel to the Galaxy Nexus that was made in collaboration with Google, but has a bigger screen, a beefier processor, and a better camera.
  • Samsung's Galaxy S III: four things to know

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 4:00 pm

    Samsung executives today claimed that their new Galaxy S III was "enhanced with nature and human emotion." While we can't exactly verify that claim, we can take a look at some of the specifications and features on Samsung's latest smartphone.
  • RIM after BlackBerry 10 debut: dead or alive?

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:55 am

    Research In Motion recently unveiled its next-generation mobile operating system, BlackBerry 10, giving critics a little more insight into the company's future prospects. BlackBerry 10 is a significant break from previous BlackBerry operating systems that focused on physical keyboards and smaller screens; BB10 is designed for touchscreens first. The new BlackBerry platform will still include RIM's traditional enterprise-focused hallmarks such as stability and security. But the company is also making a play for app developers so it can woo consumers by offering popular apps for gaming and social networking.
  • Review

    Tablet face-off: budget models from Acer and Asus vs. Apple’s iPad 2

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:55 am

    It appears that $400 or less marks the new sweet spot for 10-inch class tablets. First Apple reduced its iPad 2 to that price, and now we have a pair of Android tablets, the Acer Iconia Tab A200 and the Asus Transformer Pad 300, coming in at $350 and $380, respectively. If you have four bills and want a 10-inch tablet, which of these represents the better deal? The answer may surprise you.
  • Angry Birds Land theme park opens in Finland

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:50 am

    Angry Birds Land, based on the bestselling game, catapults its way into Finland's Sarkanniemi Adventure Park
  • The week in iOS accessories: sleep like a baby

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:50 am

    This week's roundup of new iOS accessories includes gear to help you listen to music, make music, or simply get some rest. Read on for the latest.
  • Location-based services: are they there yet?

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:50 am

    Mobile apps that use your location to offer services are no longer new. But are they truly useful to businesses? We look at Facebook, Foursquare, Google Latitude and Yelp to see how they're doing.
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