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4 ways tablets and mobile can keep tech savvy travelers coming back

August 6, 2013

You see everything from a grandmother with a tablet to a teenage boy holding a smartphone. Both enjoying some leisurely reading or game playing to occupy them while waiting for a flight.

I can imagine the same travelers, but in a busy hotel lobby. Or even myself…waiting in a long line to check in. I see the manager feeling frantic. He reaches for his smartphone to contact all appropriate front of the house staff to assist with the rush.

Then with a push of a button he can request assistance in the lobby. As one of the staff members approaches the lobby, they grab a tablet device from the main office to assist with check-in. The tablet is used to review room [...]

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New Mobelisk case aims to make Android tablets tough enough for business

May 20, 2013

The new case is called the MoGo Chimera and is essentially a modular case which can fit around an off-the-shelf Android tablet to offer greater enterprise features and a tougher exterior.

Mobelisk showed the new case to PCMag at CTIA today and told the technology magazine that the MoGo Chimera can support ports, card readers, barcode scanners, payment systems and an embedded thermal printer.

The waterproof case also boasts a separate 4000mAh battery for all-day use and can be customized with business logos. The case fits a selection of leading tablets in the market — including the Nexus 7, Galaxy Tab 2, Galaxy Note 8 and iPad mini — and starts from under [...]

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Why boom times are ahead for mobile broadband on tablets

May 9, 2013

WiFi-only tablets have been ‘good enough’ for most consumers and business buyers who couldn’t justify the extra expense of buying a higher-priced model and monthly fees similar to what they’re already paying for their smartphone. For example, the latest WiFi-only 16GB iPad is $499, but the same model with cellular included is $629.

But Strategy Analytics says new service pricing is helping stimulate a big expansion of mobile broadband on tablets, predicting an 8x jump in the number of subscribers from 2012 to 2017 when over 165 million new tablets will activate mobile data services.

This could well be great news for road warriors and any business [...]

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Verizon Wireless teams with Asurion, McAfee on mobile security app for Android smartphones

September 12, 2012

Available for Android smartphones running Android 2.1 or higher, Verizon Mobile Security combines security capabilities of Asurion and McAfee.  

Among other features, the app gives users the ability to remotely locate, alarm, lock and wipe data from a misplaced or lost Android device.

Verizon Wireless is offering three options starting with a free set of basic security features that's available via the Google Play store:

Verizon Mobile Security Basic – Provides antivirus protection, powered by McAfee, to detect viruses and malware, and McAfee SiteAdvisor to identify and warn users of suspicious websites.  You’ll need to be on a [...]

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AT&T has stopped offering subsidized tablets: report

August 20, 2012

According to an internal document published by Engadget, AT&T has stopped offering subsidized pricing of tablets when bought on a two-year data contract, but will continue to offer tablets at standard prices, along with its DataConnect and MobileShare plans.

“Customers purchasing a tablet after August 19, 2012, no longer has a two-year pricing option,” reads the document. “The only option available will be the no commitment pricing.”

The document goes into reveal changes to AT&T’s DataConnect mobile broadband services.  The firm has now lowered data pricing plans for tablets by $5, taking a 250MB package to $14.99 a month, 3GB [...]

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Report: Tablets to drive mobile broadband to $15 billion in revenue by 2017

August 8, 2012

A new report by Strategy Analytics says the mobile broadband market will add 150 million new data subscriptions in the next five years for a total of 172 million worldwide by 2017.

This should all come as good news to developers working on cloud-based applications and services that depend on fast connectivity.

Average data traffic per subscription will grow substantially as use of video intensive services increases. Mobile data traffic from tablets will surge to more than 2.7 million Terrabytes in 2017, the research firm says.

“Less than 13% of the global tablet installed base will have active mobile broadband service in 2012, yet in the US, both AT&T [...]

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GoPago offers retailers, restaurants free Android tablet and payment system

August 7, 2012

In fact there are a couple of gotcha’s in the GoPago LIVE system, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t a good deal for merchants. 

The so-called Payment as a Service (PaaS) system is “free” for merchants, but GoPago takes a 2.85% cut of each transaction. Also, customers have to use the tablet and GoPago app to pay for their purchase. That fee covers both GoPago’s cut and the credit card company’s fees. 

The payoff for the merchant, such as neighborhood stores and restaurants, is free set up and support and the GoPago system without incurring the upfront costs normally associated with the adoption of new [...]

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Verizon prepares family data plans, but don’t expect good value

June 12, 2012

Verizon’s plans will include shareable data, unlimited phone calls and unlimited text messages, and will allow for these features to be shared among up to ten Verizon Wireless devices. The packages will launch on June 28.

The sad fact is that these family plans are well over-priced at this point. Data costs an astounding $50 for 1GB (to be shared among devices), and goes up to $60 for 2GB, $70 for 4GB for $80 for 6GB. Those with deeper wallets can also go to $90 for 8GB or $100 for 10GB.

Users who approach their data limit will face a $10 upgrade for an additional 2GB of data, or will be forced to pay $15 for 1GB if they don't upgrade and exceed their [...]

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iPad 3 model will include 4G LTE via Verizon Wireless and AT&T

February 14, 2012

Current iPad 2 suppliers, carriers Verizon Wireless and AT&T, are on tap to offer a 4G LTE version of the iPad, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Earlier reports suggest Apple is gearing up to unveil the new device March 7 in San Francisco. 

Sprint Nextel also now offers the iPad in the U.S. but the Journal said it couldn’t confirm whether other carriers, specifically Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile, will offer a higher speed, 4G version of the device in the U.S. Sprint Nextel currently offers the iPhone, but not the iPad 2. 

Apple hasn’t commented on anything related to a new iPad release which is consistent [...]

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