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Good news for Microsoft’s Surface: Most workers want tablets with keyboards

In a study of 1,070 information workers across North America and Europe, Forrester admits that the bulk of tablets on the market are designed to offer “distinctly touch-first experiences” but reckons that it is not the case in the working world. The firm found that two-thirds of workers prefer a keyboard with their tablet so that they can do things like word processing, email and work with custom apps from their employers.   Over one in three workers (35%) want their tablet to come with a keyboard while 27% added that they would rather have a wireless keyboard. Another third (34%) said that they would stick to touch-only but only on the basis [...]
avatarby Tab TimesAugust 16, 20130 comments

Apps are the new Internet – here’s what your company needs to do next

I hear this trend all over Silicon Valley. Everyone wants to be a software company. Everyone is starting software companies. Apps are the new Internet is a phrase I hear often. There is much truth to this trend and I see companies large and small wresting with it. Of course when Marc makes his point about software eating the world, he's not talking about the bygone era of the desktop PC browser, which was so central to the early startup boon of the early 2000's.   This new software revolution is being driving by smartphones and tablets and, I believe, more importantly by tablets. A brilliant tablet app I say this because tablet apps, in which our [...]
avatarby Tab TimesMay 12, 20130 comments

Teburu’s tablet ordering system is now being used by several U.S. restaurants

The start-up explained to TechCrunch that the web-based ordering solution, which comprises a 7-inch tablet, a mount and the software, is now being used by Gondolier Pizza, Pita’s Republic and Little Greek Restaurant. The company has also recently signed a contract with an undisclosed Middle Eastern restaurant management company. The Android tablet runs Teburu’s software, which integrates with the online and mobile ordering system on retailers’ websites, meaning that no existing point-of-sale (POS) system is required. Teburu offers to tie the service in with a restaurant’s existing website, but can also build a completely new website if [...]
avatarby Tab TimesDecember 3, 20120 comments

Four ways tablets can help the modern sales rep

The effective use of mobile technology is increasingly becoming a driver of selling success. In competitive industries, sales reps need anytime, anywhere access to account information, collateral and other materials – the kind of access that can be achieved through tablet deployment. Many sales teams have been slow to fully embrace this technology and instead rely on the sales tools with which they are inherently most comfortable. But bulky catalogs and printed marketing materials can’t deliver the speed or quality your company needs to compete in today’s marketplace. Regardless of the size of the organization, sales teams need to either integrate [...]
avatarby Tab TimesNovember 20, 20120 comments

Off-the-shelf app vs. custom app: which is right for your business?

Mobile pricing models vary by software vendor, but customers typically need to pay a per-user per-month fee to enable these out-of-the-box CRM apps. Most of these mobile apps cover the basic customer needs, but many customers will find that the generic CRM apps don’t provide enough value and customization capabilities to meet their unique needs. Consequently, enterprises might want to build their own custom apps to deploy to their CRM users. So how do the two main types of apps measure up in the following scenarios? Timeline or resources are tight. Buying an out-of-the-box mobile app lets enterprises deploy the solution almost immediately. This speed of [...]
avatarby Tab TimesAugust 21, 20120 comments

Veteran Affairs to give 1,000 iPads to the carers of injured military veterans

Nextgov says that the pilot program, called ‘Clinic-in-hand’, will see the 1,000 iPads come pre-installed with a range of medical apps, before being given to carers or family members. Some of these custom apps can integrate with VA medical systems, meaning health data can be transferred between the VA department, veterans and caregivers. Military veterans will be chosen for the scheme at random over the summer, although the program is mainly targeting those who suffered injuries and disorders when on duty after 9/11. As part of the move to equip carers with iPads, the VA is also taking moves to ensure there are a healthy number of custom apps available [...]
avatarby Tab TimesMay 21, 20120 comments

Print Plus: How digital publishing is moving beyond eBooks and into the enterprise

The capabilities of the devices themselves and the software platforms that power them allow anyone with a catalog of content to provide a “print plus” experience that truly engages users and warrants the transition beyond the physical world of printed books. After all, contents of a physical product are simply individual assets that can often stand alone on their own merit. With the addition of rich multimedia content and interactive features, content providers can build a wide range of solutions that simply can’t be achieved in print. What makes this opportunity especially unique is that with apps on tablet devices, you have complete control of the [...]
avatarby Tab TimesApril 7, 20120 comments
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