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February 5, 2013

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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January 30, 2013

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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January 29, 2013

RIM hints at new tablet as BB10 launch nears

The Canadian handset maker confirmed in a press release that it will advertise the operating system during the Super Bowl, and went onto refer to BlackBerry 10 as a “new mobile computing platform that will power the next generation of smartphones and tablets”.

The company didn’t expand on that point with any specific details, although previous reports have suggested that a larger BlackBerry tablet could be launched in the autumn of 2013. The tablet, apparently codenamed ‘Blackforest’, is thought to be 10-inch in size and come with 128GB of storage.

RIM will announce BB10 as well as the BlackBerry Z10 phone at the press conference [...]

 
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January 23, 2013

RIM updates BlackBerry Enterprise Service ahead of next week’s launch of BlackBerry 10

Long-favored by corporations for its security features, RIM says the latest BES 10 “reinvents” the company’s Enterprise Mobile Management (EMM) solution by bringing together device management and mobile applications management as well. 


Among other new features, it supports both corporate-owned and personal-owned BYOD device deployments including mixed environments of BlackBerry and other devices. For IT and other managers RIM says BES 10 includes an intuitive, unified, web-based administration console to manage devices and users.

On the BYOD front, RIM is touting the new BlackBerry Balance technology, which is designed to separate and secure work [...]

 
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January 22, 2013

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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November 21, 2012

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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November 21, 2012

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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November 12, 2012

RIM will release BlackBerry 10 on January 30; has no news yet on PlayBook upgrades

Announcing the news via its official blog, the Canadian handset maker said that the operating system will run on two new smartphones to be announced on the same day, with the event to be shown “simultaneously” across the world.

Despite this news, it is not yet clear on when the new OS will come to the firm’s PlayBook tablets, or if this news could be followed up by a newer tablet running the new operating system. Previous rumors have indicated that RIM could launch a bigger PlayBook in the fall of 2013.

BB10 will bring about a number of improvements including an enhanced on-screen keyboard, better multi-tasking and a cascading user interface for [...]

 
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November 6, 2012

Business tablet adoption to grow 3X by 2016 but Windows 8 will still lag behind iOS and Android: report

The firm's latest data reveals that there will be 821 million ‘smart’ devices worldwide in 2012, with this forecast to jump over a billion in 2013, and indicates that these smart devices (consisting of smartphones and tablets) will account for 70% of all business purchases in 2012.

However, if that figure gives the impression that PCs are being dropped by businesses, Gartner research vice president Carolina Milanesi acted quickly to dispel such a view.

“For most businesses smartphones and tablets will not entirely replace PCs, but the ubiquity of smartphones and the increasing popularity of tablets are changing the way businesses look at their [...]

 
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October 30, 2012

Pentagon gives thumbs up to iPhone, iPad & Android devices in a potential blow to BlackBerry

A report in the Washington Post (via Bloomberg Government) says the Defense Department plans to hire a contractor to build a system that will manage and secure at least 162,500 Android devices as well as Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The system may be expanded to handle 8 million devices, the department said.

The Pentagon wants to allow employees to access its network with a broader range of mobile devices so it can “take advantage of the increasing wireless capabilities that exist and that are developing in the marketplace,” according to the contracting document. 

Paul Lucier, VP of government solutions for Waterloo, Ontario-based RIM, said in an [...]

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