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What’s in Store for Mobility in 2013?

January 4, 2013


Well, it looks like we lived through the 2012 doomsday prophecies   Much like Y2K, there was much fanfare but little in the way of activity.  But will this year bring with it the unluckiness of its number 13?  Who knows.  But you can be guaranteed some action in the mobile ecosystem.

Let’s brush the doom and gloom aside and see what wonders await us.

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Mobile Security Solutions: Evolutionary or Revolutionary?

December 4, 2012

mobile security evolutionary revolutionary

 

Consumerization of IT has driven the corporate world into using more and more consumer-oriented devices.  With that comes concerns around interoperability, support, and last, but not least, security.  These devices have been a boon to employees and a bane to corporate IT.  To me, trends like BYOD are revolutionary, and evolutionary solutions may not be the best match.  Fortunately, there is hope on the horizon, and it’s coming from more than one area.

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The Votes are in on HTML5 and Mobile: LinkedIn, Yea; Facebook, Nay

November 4, 2012


No doubt that you’ve heard Mark Zuckerberg’s mea culpa regarding the use of HTML5 for their mobile platform.  He felt that they put too much of their strategy behind HTML5 and that they couldn’t get the performance that they could get from native apps on iOS and Android.  He even went so far as to cite it as “one of the biggest mistakes, if not the biggest mistake” that Facebook has ever made.  From a technical perspective, here is a link to a good article about the technology challenges encountered by Facebook along with comments from other technologists outside of Facebook.

On the other hand, LinkedIn’s iPad application claims to be 95% HTML5, and it is quite impressive.  The application is quite responsive.  The updates area appears as headlines a la Flipboard which gives your connections a bit of star quality.

How can two similar products (social networks) utilize the same technology and come up with different conclusions?
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Now Playing: September 2012 Mobile Industry Announcements Marathon

October 4, 2012

Well, this September turned out to be a huge month for announcements in the mobile world.  We all have come to expect the Apple fall announcement, but now everyone seems to be getting into the act.  So in case you missed any of them, here they are all are, in date order.  With over eight hours of video, better grab plenty of that favorite caffeinated beverage.

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Voice-Enabled Interactions for Mobile

September 4, 2012

While watching television recently I came across two favorite programs from my youth.  One was the cartoon The Jetsons.  I really enjoyed the space-age technology and futuristic designs.  The other was Star Trek (the original series).  The idea of travelling around at warp speed and ‘beaming’ from one point to another was always fascinating to me.  I realized that these advanced civilizations had at least one thing in common: they talked to their computers.  No bulky keyboards, no awkward mice, no fancy trackballs, just good old-fashioned speech.  And their computers not only listened, but they talked back, usually with good results.

Using speech to interact with your computer hasn’t really caught on.  Other than converting speech to text, there are not too many business applications where you talk to your PC.  With mobile technology, many of us have voice-dialed a name in our address book but not much else.  And then Siri comes along.

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The Microsoft Mobile Story Unfolds

August 4, 2012

Microsoft has certainly had a lot to say about mobile computing in 2013 and looks to be a watershed year for them.  Let’s take a closer look at their story.

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Media Tablets: One Year Later

May 4, 2012

I recently attended the TabTimes Tablet Strategy conference, an event specifically targeting the use of tablets in the enterprise.  End users, hardware and software vendors, and journalists descended on New York to discuss the highs and lows of tablet deployments in healthcare, education, retail, government, manufacturing and other industries.

I wrote on media tablets in my blog almost a year ago.  What a difference a year makes.

Just over two years ago in 2010, the first iPad was launched, creating a new form factor now being called a media tablet.  In 2011, the iPad 2 as well as dozens of other products hit the streets.  Now the third version of iPad (current called the iPad, the new iPad, iPad 3, etc.) is flying off of the shelves.

One of the mind-blowing things is how quickly media tablets have progressed from the consumer market to the corporate ranks.  Just a year ago media tablets were sort of a novelty or a status symbol.

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Mobile Virtualization: Hypervisors Go Small

April 4, 2012

smartphone hypervisor
Virtualization is a major industry trend. Server virtualization is especially popular in many corporate data centers. Veeam Software publishes a V-index which monitors server virtualization in the enterprise and their 2011 third quarter report showed that over one-third (38.9%) of all enterprise servers were virtual. While desktop virtualization is not as popular, surveys indicate that almost ¾ of organizations are evaluating or using virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) solutions. These products use hypervisors, which are software programs that manage multiple instances of the same operating system on one computer.

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What’s in Store for Mobility in 2012?

January 4, 2012

2012

There was no shortage of action in the mobile industry in 2011.  So what will 2012 bring?  There are plenty of 2012 doomsday prophecies, so you’d better go out and get that smartphone or tablet that you’ve been drooling over early in the year so that you can at least have some fun before the end is here.  Now, on to happier topics. (more…)

Lawsuits in the Mobile Industry: It’s a Battle Royal

November 4, 2011

battle royal

I came across this article about a lawsuit against Apple’s iPhone 4S for violating a VPN patent.  The patent was awarded to VirnetX on November 1, 2011.  The lawsuit was filed by VirnetX on November 1, 2011.  That’s not Internet speed, that’s mobile computing speed.

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Mobile Device Emulators and Simulators

October 4, 2011
 Android Emulator

When developing code for mobile devices, it’s always good to test it out on the targeted device(s).  However, it’s not always convenient or cost-effective to have access to the real thing.  That’s where mobile device emulators and simulators come into play.

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Smartphone OS Proliferation: The Madness Has Stopped

September 4, 2011

Smartphone OS Enterprise Aug 2011

I did a rant blog entry in August of 2010 entitled Smartphone OS Proliferation: When Will The Madness Stop?  The answer may be now.  What a difference a year makes.
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4G Networks: Smooth Sailing or Rough Waters Ahead?

August 4, 2011

4g sailboat

 Everyone continues to be excited about the advances in mobile computing technology, and 4G is no exception.  Who wouldn’t want blazing wireless speeds that rival old-fashioned wired connections? (more…)

Media Tablets in the Enterprise: Consumerization of IT Strikes Again

June 4, 2011

media tablets tug-of-war

Well, Apple did it again. On April 3, 2010, they unleashed the iPad, a thin, sleek, tablet that has excited consumers around the world. It borrowed a lot from its little sibling, the iPhone, including compatibility with mobile applications in the Apple App Store. Just to give you some perspective, it took 74 days to sell one million iPhones. We know how that product revolutionized the smartphone industry. It took only 28 days to sell one million iPads. Simply amazing.
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Android In The Enterprise: Here We Go Again

February 4, 2011

Android-desk

Way back in 2008, I attend a conference on mobile computing.  One of the events was sort of a focus group around sharing challenges that us IT folks have in the workplace.  The biggest issue was around people bringing in their personal iPhones and connecting them up to their corporate Exchange servers.  There were many questions around security and support of this new mobile platform (see blog post entitled iPhones in the Enterprise: What’s A Company To Do?).  Fast-forward to 2010.  I attended the same conference with a very similar focus group.  Many of the same concerns and question were shared, only this time the discussion focused on Android.

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