Consumerization of IT

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  • Android breaks crucial 50% of smartphones in use, says comScore

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:45 am

    Android may be lagging behind in the enterprise market, but in the consumer market it's still going full speed ahead.
  • Review

    HTC One X: beautiful, but not without its shortcomings

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:45 am

    It was love at first sight: From the moment I unboxed the HTC One X ($200 with a new two-year contract on AT&T; price as of as of 5/1/2012) I immediately fell for its slim profile and brilliant 4.7-inch display. But it was more than just the phone's good looks that snagged my heart, as the HTC One X came with a tasty serving of Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4) and a long enough battery life to keep me satisfied for hours on end. But like all romances, this one was not without its sour spots, and even the One X's smoking-fast LTE connectivity was not enough for me to overlook the phone's poor call quality and its clunky HTC Sense overlay running over Android.
  • MIT's glare-free glass doesn't fog up, cleans itself

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    MIT scientists have found a new way of surfacing glass in such a way that it virtually eliminates its reflective properties--and that could mean glare-free screens!
  • Using FTP with an iPad

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Reader Gregg Andrews has an iOS device here and files there and wonders how to bring the two together. He writes:
  • Lab tested: The new iPad 2 and old iPad 2

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    When Apple's third-generation iPad ( Macworld rated 4.5 out of 5 mice ) was released in March, the company kept the iPad 2 ( Macworld rated 4.5 out of 5 mice ) as a more affordable option. It turns out, however, that the iPad 2 sold prior to March 16 and those sold after the launch of the third-generation iPad differ in more ways than the $100 price drop.
  • Opinion: Does BlackBerry still have the juice?

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Research in Motion faces huge challenges in its battle to survive and they'll all be on attendees' minds at this week at RIM's annual BlackBerry World conference in Orlando. What will also be on our minds: the ticking clock counting down the time RIM has left to turn around its fortunes.
  • Review

    Review: Quickoffice Connect is a poor iCloud clone

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Stick with the original Quickoffice HD app and either Dropbox or Box instead for a more reliable, cheaper alternative
  • Three alternate iOS music player apps

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    While the Music app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch might be sufficient for you, there are plenty of other apps you can use to listen to music on your iOS device. Some offer unique ways of organizing and listening to music, and others focus on providing better sound. Here’s a look at three apps that you can use to listen differently to music on iOS.
  • 5 LinkedIn features you may not (but should) know about

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    If you're job hunting or looking to expand your professional network, many people turn to LinkedIn and its portfolio of features and tools to browse job listings, connect with colleagues, ask questions, join groups and more.
  • Seamless transitions your music from Mac to iOS effortlessly

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Back when I had a morning commute, I would often pop in some earbuds before hopping on the bus and rock out to one of the many tunes on my iPhone as we rode through Chinatown. The problem, of course, came when I reached my desk mid-song: Did I pause and try and find the song on my Mac's iTunes library? Or did I continue to listen through my iPhone, only to look up hours later and realize I'd drained my phone's battery when I should have switched to my desktop?
  • This new wind turbine produces electricity and water

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    In our pursuit of clean, renewable energy, wind turbines seem to always take a backseat to solar energy. We're constantly looking into new ways to harvest the Sun's energy, but what can you do with something that is essentially an oversized fan?
  • Now with more RAM, the 'Vivaldi' Linux tablet Is almost ready

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    There was plenty of excitement earlier this year over the news that a fully open tablet was in the works, and late last week some new revelations were made about the device that are sure to step up the anticipation even more.
  • Nook Simple Touch and color e-reader prices slashed for Mother's Day

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    Barnes & Noble is dropping its Nook e-reader prices for a limited period leading up to Mother's Day, May 13 for its Nook Simple Touch and Nook Color. The price drops come on the heels of news that B&N will take a $300 million investment from Microsoft to do battle against Amazon and Apple and craft a Nook app for Windows 8.
  • Spotify comes to the iPad

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:30 am

    As of Wednesday, Spotify customers have yet another device they can stream their songs to: The music subscription service is now available as a native app for the iPad.
  • Nook deal lets Microsoft integrate e-bookstore with its software, services

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:25 am

    Barnes & Noble will distribute its free Nook Metro app through Microsoft's Windows Store, putting to rest talk of Microsoft embedding the program in Windows 8.
  • iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending May 4

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:20 am

    The iOSsphere sees the world in a grain of sand, or at least, in obscure internal electronic components. The discerning eye can see the true implications of an unchanged SIM card tray design, for example.
  • 8 more new uses for your old smartphone

    Posted May 5, 2012 - 7:00 am

    If you’re searching for a new GPS navigator or a touchscreen remote control, a good place to find one is at the bottom of your desk drawer. Old smartphones, long forgotten after being buried under a pile of debris, still pack some punch with a decent processor, GPS, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth--and the devices can run apps that transform them into a new stand-alone machine.
  • Review

    Dell XPS 13: Gray with MacBook Air envy

    Posted May 4, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    Using Dell's flagship Ultrabook isn't quite like driving a MacBook Air, but it's still a sweet ride
  • Daniel Hooper fixes Apple iPad's lousy text editing

    Posted May 4, 2012 - 11:08 am

    Georgia Tech student Daniel Chase Hooper fixes the lousy text editing on Apple's iPad. Heck of a job application as an Apple developer.
  • IT shops sifting RIM's bold promises and plans

    Posted May 4, 2012 - 7:43 am

    Research in Motion executives and managers practiced staying "on message" at BlackBerry World this week, repeating a series of mantras about the company's directions and product plans. Yet the simple message is running into the hard practicalities of enterprise IT customers, and they want details and nuance.
  • Smartphone screens are getting bigger

    Posted May 4, 2012 - 7:23 am

    Smartphone screens are getting larger, although vendors will likely continue to offer many sizes to woo a wide variety of users.
  • Juniper joins Cisco, Enterasys in BYOD management fray

    Posted May 4, 2012 - 7:21 am

    Juniper this week unveiled new and enhanced products designed to secure mobile device access to enterprise networks.
  • Handset vendors face 'brutal fight' for China's low-end smartphone market

    Posted May 4, 2012 - 5:23 am

    As China leads the world in smartphone shipments, top handset vendors are raising their stakes in the nation, and will likely bring more exclusive products and lower-end devices to the market, resulting in fierce competition, according to analysts.
  • Samsung launches the Galaxy S III smartphone

    Posted May 3, 2012 - 2:24 pm

    Samsung Electronics has launched the Galaxy S III, which comes with a quad-core processor, a bigger screen and a host of software features, including voice recognition, the company said at an event in London on Thursday.
  • NotCompatible Android trojan: What you need to know

    Posted May 3, 2012 - 2:15 pm

    Android smartphone users should be on the lookout for hacked websites that automatically download an app onto your phone in an attempt to trick you into installing malicious code. For what may be the first time ever, analysts at Lookout Mobile Security are warning of a so-called drive-by download attack specifically targeted at Android devices. The attack uses infected websites to try to install a Trojan horse called NotCompatible onto your phone. If installed, the Android malware could let hackers use the phone as an intermediary access point, or proxy, to break into private computer networks. There is also

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