Stories by Ryan Faas

Four industries Apple is set to disrupt

Though Apple tends to focus on the consumer aspects of its devices and software, the new iPhones and Apple Watch unveiled this week could shake up everything from healthcare to retail and even media.

Written by Ryan Faas14 Sept. 18 21:18

The rise of virtual assistants in the office

Between Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, the workplace is getting rather chatty. Expect that trend to continue in 2018.

Written by Ryan Faas04 Jan. 18 07:00

The rise of virtual assistants in the office

Between Apple's Siri, Google Assistant and Amazon's Alexa, the workplace is getting rather chatty. Expect that trend to continue in 2018, but don't count on voice-activated assistants to tackle just any task.

Written by Ryan Faas01 Jan. 18 22:08

Why companies needs to embrace augmented reality

Apple is doubling down on the technology, which means it'll be showing up soon on millions of iPhones and iPads and could be a boon to collaboration and workplace productivity.

Written by Ryan Faas04 Aug. 17 20:06

How businesses can use Pokemon Go to succeed

Pokemon Go has been a phenomenon since its launch and its location-based, augmented reality nature could make it a boon for small businesses.

Written by Ryan Faas26 July 16 20:01

Here's what Apple's planning for 2016

As 2015 draws to a close, it's a good time to look back at what Apple did this past year with an eye on what that means for 2016.

Written by Ryan Faas30 Dec. 15 14:15

In iOS 8, Medical ID could be a life-saver

Of all the new features in iOS 8, one hasn't gotten a lot of attention -- and it's the one feature that all iOS 8 users should at least consider.

Written by Ryan Faas22 Sept. 14 20:32

Apple and IBM: A winning combo for IT

One thing is clear about the Apple-IBM partnership: It will change the dynamic of the enterprise mobility market in significant ways.

Written by Ryan Faas17 July 14 20:06

'Oleg Pliss' hack makes for a perfect teachable IT moment

Earlier this week, a number of iOS device owners woke up to discover that someone had locked them out of the iPhones, iPads, and iPod touches. The attack, primarily aimed at users in Australia and New Zealand (though there are now reports of users in North America and other countries being hit), demanded a ransom be paid to unlock each device. Ironically, the PayPal account referenced in the demand did not seem to even exist.

Written by Ryan Faas29 May 14 06:52

Microsoft gets strategic with its Enterprise Mobility Suite

With its Enterprise Mobility Suite, Microsoft will make it easier for companies to manage a range of devices, including those running Apple's iOS and Google's Android. It's a smart move, says columnist Ryan Faas.

Written by Ryan Faas04 April 14 21:15

Apple and the enterprise: A complicated relationship

Over the past 15 years, Apple has worked, and at times struggled, to figure out the best way to integrate its products into enterprise environments. Columnist Ryan Faas takes a look at that complex relationship.

Written by Ryan Faas21 Aug. 13 10:59

iOS 6 device management: What companies should know

Apple is clearly making it easy for businesses and IT departments to secure new iOS 6 features and is ramping up devise security in several ways. Columnist Ryan Faas offers an overview of what's new.

Written by Ryan Faas21 Sept. 12 10:17

How Mobile, BYOD and younger workers are reinventing IT

Despite big changes in technology over the past couple of decades, IT departments and the duties of their staff have stayed pretty consistent. The classic model involves helpdesk agents, desktop support staff, systems and network administrators, DBAs and developers, and managers at various levels reporting to a CIO or technology director. It's a system that has worked pretty well, surviving the arrival of the Internet and related shifts in both technology and culture with very little change to the actual duties of staff and running of a department.

Written by Ryan Faas24 Feb. 12 23:50

OS X Mountain Lion: A big cat for business?

Apple surprised the tech world by unveiling a developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion, the next generation of its desktop operating system set to ship this summer - just a year after OS X 10.7 Lion arrived.

Written by Ryan Faas19 Feb. 12 09:13