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BlackBerry’s return spells doom for the IT iron curtain

Regardless of where on this spectrum your opinion may lay, there is something far more profound that occurred this week that warrants all of us who make our livelihoods in the enterprise to pause and take notice: the mother of all walled gardens has now fallen. The once mighty Research In Motion (RIM) that touted it would rule the corporate world with a totally closed system enabling a so-called “iron curtain” around the enterprise and the iron fist of IT is no more. BlackBerry has been forced to concede. The BlackBerry 10 mobile operating system, along with all the pomp and circumstance surrounding it, is this once giant’s last gasp to maintain some [...]
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New name, new phones and Alicia Keys: BlackBerry makes big enterprise play at BB10 launch

After two delays to the mobile operating system, the Canadian handset maker finally launched BlackBerry 10 at a press conference in New York today. In an event which touched on everything from the company's new name, new phones and how these could help businesses with the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend,  RIM promoted the new OS as ‘redesigned, reengineered, reinvented’ as well as something which will power ‘one device for work and play’. RIM renames to BlackBerry After a short introduction to the event, CEO Thorsten Heins took to the stage and was quickly detailing how his short tenure in charge at the company has not been without [...]
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Samsung makes big enterprise push as Galaxy Tab maker mocks BlackBerry

Despite the firm’s Galaxy Tab tablets being criticized for being weak on enterprise security in a study towards the end of last year, Samsung has been talking up its enterprise features in recent weeks. The company this week launched a new video ad which promotes how the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Tab can be used in business and the benefits of its Samsung for Enterprise (SAFE) technology. The video also pokes fun at the falling number of BlackBerry users in the enterprise. The video focuses on a team of game developers seen using Galaxy smartphones and tablets for multi-tasking and collaborating on work, and also makes a point of highlighting the [...]
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Study: Forget corporate deployments, BYOD will drive business adoption of Windows 8 tablets

Illustrating the latest trends via an official blog post, analyst David Johnson explained that IT decision-makers are nowhere near as interested in Windows 8 as they were with Windows 7, with just 24% of firms looking to migrate to Windows 8 but have no current plans to do so. This compared to 49% of firms for Windows 7 back in 2009. Johnson pointed out that only 5% of firms have specific plans in place to migrate to Windows 8 over the next year, compared to 10% for Windows 7 three years ago, and added that 10% of companies plan to miss Windows 8 altogether to wait for Windows 9. However, Forrester found that employees had something of a different take on Windows 8, [...]
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Hybrid Windows 8 tablets: The reason Ultrabooks will struggle to take off

OK, this is just one event, hosted by one company (the Consumer Electronics Association) ahead of one show (CES), but the point is out there; what is the future for Ultrabooks? Just over two years ago the first of these devices was introduced by Acer at the IFA exhibition in Germany. Acer’s floor space was huge yet all the journalists and photographers were condensed around a handful of slim devices which looked a lot like a notebook. The model in question was the Acer Aspire S3 Ultrabook. Other vendors like Asus and Toshiba soon followed suit with their own models and questions started being asked if the Ultrabook replaced your laptop, your tablet or both. [...]
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