Though Apple continues to be coy regarding business-minded tweaks to the next iPhone, slated for unveiling next week, enterprise users have plans of their own: They want the iPhone--even if the IT department's still a bit weary.
Stories by Al Sacco
Though technology becomes more pervasive in the lives of young people each day, technology jobs aren't high on the lists of what they want to do when they grow up. Consider the 90 per cent of girls between the ages of 11 and 16 who think computers and cutting edge gadgets are cool, according to a recent survey of 1,000 UK adolescents: Only 28 per cent of those girls are considering careers in the technology industry.
Last week, Microsoft subsidiary Tellme launched an upgraded version of its mobile search application that lets Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerry users speak into their phones to search the Web for information, maps, driving directions and more via Redmond's Live Search services.
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approved a framework for delivering text messages to Americans' cell phones and other mobile devices in times of emergency.
Just how secure is your voice over IP (VoIP) telephony system? If it's from Avaya, Cisco or Nortel, you may be in for a surprise. According to new research, popular products from these leading vendors contain upwards of 100 flaws that could let nogoodniks access your corporate system and steal information, or even launch denial of service (DoS) attacks in attempts to extort money from your company's coffers.
Wi-Fi in the US has already made its way onto airplanes and commuter rail trains, and soon the technology will be built directly into the radio units of some new cars. But I'm not so sure that's a good thing. Can't I just disconnect for a few minutes each day? Is that really too much to ask?
If you're using your Windows Mobile smartphone or Pocket PC with only the out-the-box applications like the media player or calculator, you're missing out on a world of value. Your handheld is, after all, a tiny computer.
Can you see your way to wasting less time? One new study says yes: Organizations that upgrade their employees' standard-format monitors to widescreen displays can realize productivity gains equivalent to 76 extra work days a year per worker, as well as annual cost savings of more than $8,600 per staff member, according to a recent survey. (That math assumes a staffer who makes $32,500 annually.)
We've all heard the expression "BlackBerry Addiction." CrackBerry is a common word nowadays. But more often than not, these terms are used in humorous contexts and not to describe real issues that seriously affect people and their loved ones. For many of us, "quitting" our BlackBerrys or smartphones, or simply leaving them at work once in a while, isn't even a consideration. And that's really not good.
Margaret Genet knows BlackBerrys. Though officially dubbed "operations analyst", she's the first Aflac employee to hold the unofficial title of "technology concierge". Genet's job number one: Teach executives how to be more efficient with mobile devices and applications
A projector that's tiny enough to fit inside mobile phones, digital cameras, multimedia players and other small gadgets is being demonstrated at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas this week. 3M mobile projector
A recent poll of more than 800 people suggests that IT departments are spending more time and resources supporting Research In Motion (RIM) BlackBerrys than any other mobile devices. In fact, the poll suggests that IT's spending nearly six times as much effort on BlackBerry support than on other mobile gadgets-though there are a number of reasons to question the finding.
Isn't technology grand? Japanese consumer electronics behemoth Sanyo and another lesser-known electronics manufacturer called NS-ELEX have created a mobile phone headset that goes in one ear and not only delivers sound from callers on the other end of the line, but picks up users' voices as well, cutting out ambient noise in the process.
Nowadays it seems like there isn't much mobile phones can't do. Such devices deliver audio driving directions, in both male and female (electronic) voices. Phones with calendar applications remind you to wish your mother a happy birthday. Smartphones keep you connected to necessary corporate and personal information 24/7.
Roughly 500 million of the world's mobile phones, or more than 40 percent of the global total, were or will be produced in China this year, according to the country's Ministry of Information Industry.