Consumerization of IT

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  • Asus ships quad-core Transformer Pad 300 tablet for $379

    Posted April 22, 2012 - 3:09 am

    Asustek on Sunday started shipping its Transformer Pad 300 tablet in the U.S., with the company pitching the tablet as a gaming device and laptop replacement.
  • Microsoft Windows RT tablets will be more security friendly than iPad, Android devices

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:58 am

    Microsoft can perform a type of network access control on Windows RT devices as a way to protect corporate networks from harm these devices might inflict if put to corporate use, making them a cut above iPads and Android tablets in this regard.
  • Are Boy Scouts prepared for the iPad?

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:57 am

    The Northern Star Council Boy Scouts of America believes a bring-your-own-device approach and a cloud-based virtual private network service are the right tools to explore iPads in the enterprise.
  • Tech clash: The iPad vs. Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:23 am

    If you're trying to decide whether to get the new iPad or spring for an Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime TF201, check out our video clash between Computerworld Editor-in-Chief Scot Finnie and News Editor Ken Mingis about which one is better.
  • Cube 3D: A 3D printer for the home

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:23 am

    If you have $1,300 to drop on a gizmo that builds plastic prototypes of shoes, bracelets, piggy banks, and assorted knick-knacks, 3D Systems' new Cube 3D home printer will certainly put you on the cutting edge of consumer tech.
  • AT&T sweetens prepaid smartphone data plans, but not enough

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:17 am

    Consumers have an increasing appetite for wireless data whether they're on a contract or not. AT&T responded Wednesday by doubling its data plans for prepaid customers to bring them more in line with competitors.
  • Embracing mobile site visitors: Early detection is best

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:16 am

    When you think about your company's websites -- whether internal or customer-facing -- you most likely picture the sites rendered on a computer screen, the environment Web development teams typically target. But there are more than 4 billion mobile phones in use worldwide, more than the total number of TVs and PCs combined, and that doesn't even include tablets. The reality today is your websites are being visited by people using hundreds of kinds of devices, the vast majority of which are mobile.
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    HTC Titan 2: Impressive camera, not so impressive screen

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:15 am

    Walking the line between "phablet" and phone, the HTC Titan 2 ($199 with a new two-year AT&T contract as of April 18, 2012) is a monster-sized Windows Phone handset. We first encountered the Titan 2 at this year's CES, and back then we liked its 16-megapixel camera and LTE connectivity. The Titan 2 is certainly an impressive phone, but it has a few quirks that you should take into consideration before you buy.
  • Five tech companies going green for Earth Day

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:12 am

    For the past 42 years, environmentalists have used the Earth Day to promote greener living and conservation. The date--Sunday, April 22 this year--has also become a popular one for companies looking to show off its environmentally-friendly products.
  • Michael Gartenberg: Today, a device's ecosystem trumps feeds and speeds

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:12 am

    Sheer performance can't compete with the ecosystem of applications and services that a particular platform exists in.
  • iPad 4 rumor rollup for the week of April 16

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:11 am

    With the New Unnumbered iPad or NUiP just weeks old, rumors of the Next New iPad or NNiP are still thin on the ground. But the iOSphere, like nature, abhors a vacuum.
  • Review

    HTC One S review: T-Mobile's new shining star

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:07 am

    With its sleek design and excellent camera, HTC's One S sets a new standard for smartphone greatness for HTC and for T-Mobile.
  • Why sub-$300 Windows 8 tablets don't make much sense

    Posted April 21, 2012 - 7:04 am

    The first Windows 8 tablets may not be exclusively for big spenders, at least according to Taiwanese trade publication Digitimes.
  • Windows 8 Enterprise to embrace 'bring your own device' culture

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 9:20 am

    Microsoft has bowed to the age of consumerisation and ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD), announcing features in the next version of its business OS, Windows 8 Enterprise, it hopes will fit in with the trend towards device hopping and home working.
  • One in ten men prefer iPads to women: poll

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 7:38 am

    Research has found that 11 percent of bachelors would rather get their hands on the recently released gadget than a new love interest.
  • Windows RT tablets will add to the BYOD nightmare

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 7:17 am

    If supporting iPads makes IT pros lose sleep at night, the Windows 8 tablet edition won't be any better.
  • Microsoft evangelist corrects comment that Windows Phone 7 devices will get upgrade to Apollo

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 7:08 am

    A Microsoft developer evangelist has corrected his earlier comments that all Windows Phone 7 phones, including Nokia's new Lumia 900, will be upgraded to the next major version of the operating system, Windows Phone 8, dubbed Apollo.
  • Sony to launch 5GB online photo sharing service next week

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 6:50 am

    Sony said Friday it will launch its online photo sharing service, "PlayMemories Online," next week.
  • HTC rejigs smartphone with TV, WiMAX, cute email for Japanese market

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 5:11 am

    HTC announced Friday a smartphone designed specifically for the Japanese market, compatible with the country's TV broadcasts for mobiles, touch payment system, and decorative emails.
  • Apple in talks with iPad trademark challenger to try and settle dispute

    Posted April 20, 2012 - 12:22 am

    Apple and a Chinese company have started talks to try and resolve an ongoing legal dispute over the iPad trademark, according to a lawyer involved in the case.
  • Malware-infected download knocks last trace of hipster gloss from Instagram

    Posted April 19, 2012 - 4:43 pm

    Instagram, once the not-very-exclusive artistic vision of the hipster iPhone photographer community, lost most of its shine when it was ported to Android, then sold to Facebook. Fake downloads with Russian malware put it out to pasture for good.
  • HTC One S reviews: Critics are drooling

    Posted April 19, 2012 - 12:23 pm

    T-Mobile announced that the Android 4.0-powered HTC One S will arrive in the carrier's stable on April 25, and so far reviews say this phone is the Android device to beat in 2012. Reviewers are going gaga over the phone's camera, battery life, responsiveness, design, and sound. However, not everyone is thrilled with the device's storage size or the usual bloatware that manufacturers and carriers love to add to new Android handsets. Here's a quick round-up of what the reviews are saying about the HTC One S.
  • 82% of data breaches due to staff errors; 4% of IT trusts users; IT is still to blame

    Posted April 19, 2012 - 11:33 am

    Only 4 percent of IT people surveyed by Sophos trust end users, and with good reason. Eight of 10 data breaches are due to their mistakes. Less than half of IT organizations even teach users about basic security and even fewer encrypt the data being lost. You decide who's to blame.
  • 7.85in iPad mini to launch this year

    Posted April 19, 2012 - 7:53 am

    Apple will launch a new, smaller, cheaper iPad in the third quarter of 2012, according to new reports from China.
  • Nokia reports loss in face of stiff competition

    Posted April 19, 2012 - 7:13 am

    Nokia reported a sales drop and a loss during the first quarter, as it struggles to sell cheap phones as well as Symbian-based smartphones, and Windows Phone sales remain small.

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