Consumerization of IT

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  • NFC use growing outside smartphones

    Posted May 22, 2012 - 3:17 pm

    A growing number of smartphones have NFC (near-field communication) capabilities to make mobile payments, but accessories and ultrabooks also now increasingly have the same technology. DeviceFidelity is offering a protective case with NFC that allows iPhone users to make contactless payments, and Barclaycard is offering a sticker that attaches to a smartphone for users to make mobile payments. HP is offering an ultrabook with NFC for data exchange with mobile devices.
  • Sony demos wireless media hub for its computers, smartphones, game consoles

    Posted May 22, 2012 - 11:31 am

    Sony on Tuesday showed a digital media hub that uses Wi-Fi to connect its PCs, tablets, smartphones and PlayStation game consoles, a product that it hopes will be part of its comeback.
  • Tokyo opens world's tallest broadcast tower

    Posted May 22, 2012 - 6:34 am

    Tokyo Skytree, the world's tallest broadcast tower, officially opened to the public on Tuesday.
  • Mobile app standoff: Web app vs. native app

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 8:59 pm

    For resources-strapped companies that want to get in the mobile app game, a Web app tuned for smartphones and tablets is a wise choice. Just ask Texas insurance provider ANICO.
  • Judge deems Kodak digital camera patent invalid

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 8:14 pm

    A judge at the U.S. International Trade Commission has determined that a Kodak patent asserted in a complaint against Apple and Research In Motion is invalid, Kodak said on Monday.
  • IEEE specs way to turn body into a network

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 3:55 pm

    IEEE released the body area networking specification it has been working on since 2008. The spec is designed to work with Bluetooth, not replace it. How long can Bluetooth last against a competitor with better security, reliability and a sexier name (IEEE 802.15.6-2012)?
  • Windows RT management could be a key to success for Windows 8 tablets

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 2:04 pm

    IT management executives from large corporations worry most about how to manage employee-owned devices safely and securely, according to clients of the Directions on Microsoft analyst firm.
  • Review

    Android remote access app shootout

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 2:00 pm

    There are times when accessing another computer remotely can be convenient -- to check on the status of a download or code that is being compiled, to start or stop an application, or to load a document to view it. It can be really helpful to be able to do this from a smartphone or tablet. We tested three services that let you use your Android device to connect to your computer remotely.
  • Up-and-coming tech jobs

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 1:54 pm

    Big changes in IT are spawning a new class of tech job titles. Here are a few up-and-comers -- and a rundown of the skills you need to land these positions.
  • BYOD is driving IT 'crazy,' says Gartner

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 11:01 am

    IT managers grappling with bring-your-own-device policies can expect to see an explosion in the number of smartphones and tablets used by employees.
  • Extreme BYOD: When consumer tech goes to unexpected places

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 10:35 am

    iPhones and personal laptops aren't just sneaking into office settings; they're going high (into space), low (underwater), and everywhere in between.
  • Social networking security in the workplace

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 10:06 am

    At any given moment today, on-the-clock employees are updating their social media status, reading feeds and networking on business media sites. Moments can stretch to minutes: A recent study by the Ponemon Institute found that 60 percent of social media users spend at least 30 minutes a day on these sites while at work.
  • Certain HTC smartphones released to US carriers after passing customs inspections

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 5:09 am

    Taiwanese smartphone vendor High Tech Computer said on Sunday certain models of its newest smartphones have passed U.S. Customs and are being released to its carrier customers, after the company previously warned of a delay in product shipments because of an International Trade Commission (ITC) order.
  • Review

    Consider desktops in the cloud for BYOD

    Posted May 21, 2012 - 12:29 am

    Desktop-as-a-Service is an interesting way for IT execs to provide cloud-based Windows desktop sessions, as well as shared resources such as storage. DaaS can help companies roll out new desktops and support Bring Your Own Device policies.
  • Can Nvidia's Kepler processor revolutionize virtual desktop hosting?

    Posted May 20, 2012 - 7:52 am

    Nvidia recently demoed its long-awaited Kepler graphics processor with no less than a simulation of two galaxies colliding. On a practical level, though, the technology could answer many questions about virtual desktop hosting and, in the process, fill glaring holes in BYOD policies.
  • Android in enterprises 'severely limited' by weak management support from Google

    Posted May 20, 2012 - 7:48 am

    Adoption of Android tablets and smartphones in large businesses has been "severely limited" because of the complexities of managing the various Android models and versions, market research firm Gartner said in an evaluation of 20 mobile device management software vendors.
  • Smartphone security is heading for 'apocalypse'

    Posted May 20, 2012 - 7:02 am

    The meteoric rise in the smartphone market is creating a dangerous vulnerability in smartphone security - one that may not be patched until the problem expands into what has been dubbed an "apocalypse."
  • China approves Google acquisition of Motorola Mobility

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 6:29 pm

    Chinese regulatory authorities have approved Google's acquisition of Motorola Mobility, paving the way for the deal to close within the week, company officials confirmed Saturday.
  • Apple files for preliminary injunction against Galaxy Tab 10.1

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 2:07 pm

    In the latest move in a complex series of patent-related cases, Apple filed a motion in a U.S. district court late Friday to ban Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the U.S.
  • iPhone 5 said, again, to have 4-inch display

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:53 am

    The next iPhone, which may or not be called iPhone 5, will have a 4-inch screen according to several unidentified sources cited in news stories this week.
  • Review

    HTC Evo 4G LTE review: almost great

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:50 am

    HTC's Evo 4G LTE smartphone has a lot going for it, but other factors, including the lack of LTE service from Sprint, make it difficult to recommend.
  • How to make Android faster, more productive and more secure than iPhone

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:50 am

    IPhone users love to brag about their phones. They line up around the block and stand in line for hours when a new one is released. Yet, for many users, Android is clearly the superior platform. Yes, its Achilles' heel is a big one: security. Android's openness and large market share mean that it's a juicy target for attackers.
  • Apple's iOS 6 to bring Siri to iPad?

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:50 am

    iOS 6, internally codenamed Sundance, could bring Siri to the iPad at last.
  • Google Knowledge Graph: The birth of a Siri rival?

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:47 am

    On the surface, Google's Knowledge Graph seems like just another search feature, but connect the dots and it could become the brains behind a Siri-like virtual assistant.
  • An OS for the home and cool Kickstarter projects

    Posted May 19, 2012 - 7:42 am

    This week we start with something that has both intrigued and amused me: Microsoft Research has a new operating system in the works targeted at home automation called, with glaring dullness, HomeOS.

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