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Mobile Device: A mobile device (also known as a handheld device, handheld computer or simply handheld) is a small, hand-held computing device, typically having a display screen with touch input and/or a miniature keyboard and less than 2 pounds (0.91 kg). Early pocket sized ones were joined in the late 2000s by larger but otherwise similar tablet computers. As in a personal digital assistant (PDA), the input and output are often combined into a touch-screen interface.  (Source: Wikipedia)

4G Won't Affect Short-Range Devices


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Concerns that the introduction of 4G will affect short-range devices, such as hearing aids and alarm clocks, have been allayed in a new study by Ofcom which found LTE handsets won’t be powerful enough to produce enough interference. The auction for the 4G spectrum is to begin later on this year, although it’s unlikely that we will see any 4G services until late next year. The concern over interference has come about due to one of the "uplink bands” being close to the spectrum ...   read more

50% of Mobile Apps Hybrid by 2016, say Gartner


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According to the latest research from analysts at research firm Gartner, hybrid apps will be used in over 50% of mobile devices by 2016. This is due to the growing use of HTML5-based web apps which unlike native apps, do not have to use multiple versions of an app for different devices. However, HTML5 with offline capabilities haven’t really come up to scratch, causing developers to consider using hybrid architectures. "The BYOD trend and the increased pressure on orga ...   read more

75% of Mobile Security Breaches Due to Misconfiguration


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According to analysts at Gartner, 75% of all mobile security breaches in the enterprise are due to the misconfiguration of mobile apps. This is a worrying statistic, not least because the analysts believe that by 2017 the focus will shift for attackers from PCs onto mobile and tablet devices as attacks on mobile devices continue to "mature”. In order for an attack to do any "significant damage” to a mobile device, it must have been altered at an administrative level. ...   read more

99% of Android Phones Vulnerable to Hackers


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A research team at Bluebox Security has found that all Android phones released in the past four years have an operating system vulnerability, which could allow complete control by hackers and malware to be easily planted on a device. The bug allows the APK code to be modified without breaking the cryptographic signature of any application. This means that there is the potential for any legitimate application to be turned into a malicious Trojan. "A hacker can exploit th ...   read more

Android Overtakes iOS in Tablet Wars


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Android tablet devices have surpassed those of iOS according to the latest figures from Gartner, seeing a 68% increase in shipments in 2013, compared to 2012. Apple’s iOS on the other hand saw a decline, giving them just a 36% share of the overall market last year. The growth in Android devices was driven by low-end, smaller screen devices and the entry of more "first-time buyers” into the market. This has given Android a total market share of 62%, according to Gartner analysts. ...   read more

Android Platform Fails to Raise Businesses


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A lack of support from Google is cited as the main reason that many businesses won't be using the Android platform, a survey from Gartner has found. The researchers found that many firms regard Android as being too complex to manage in a survey conducted on mobile device management (MDM) software vendors. 58% of respondents said that they would make use of the iOS platform in the coming year, compared to 20% using Blackberry devices and just 9% considering Android. It's thought ...   read more

Android Responsible for Unresolved Mobile Video Issues?


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Whilst new research from Cisco indicates that video accounted for more than half of mobile traffic last year, according to a report from TechCrunch, people are still missing out on "tremendous opportunities to make money”. This is because, at the moment, "the mobile landscape is too fragmented and frustrating and this, the reports says, is mainly due to Android. However, the problem goes deeper than mobile operating systems, as many of the "power players” are refusing to work to ...   read more

App developers 'increasingly reliant on cloud scalability'


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Application developers are increasingly relying on the cost and scalability benefits of cloud computing - particularly as the infrastructure solution becomes a mainstream technology. As a result, according to Datapipe, cloud computing is a vital part of enterprise IT strategic planning and software developers are slowly adopting this mindset.Ed Laczynski, Datapipe's vice president f ...   read more

Apple Preview iOS 8, Announce New Programming Language


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Apple has previewed the latest version of its mobile OS, billing iOS 8 as the biggest release for developers since the launch of the App Store at its worldwide developers’ conference. The updated operating system will have a host of new features including the ability for apps to share information and the new Health app, which is designed to give "a single comprehensive overview of your fitness”. The app also interacts with other fitness apps enabling users to be able to complet ...   read more

BBM Coming to iPhone and Android


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The popular Blackberry Messenger (BBM) app will be offered as a download to run on devices running iOS and Android in the summer. It’s thought that initially, the app will offer texts, MMS and group sharing, with further services such as voice and video calling to be rolled out at a later date. The app is expected to be free, both to download and use. "As we’ve chronicled on our Inside BlackBerry ...   read more

BlackBerry Plans to Enter IoT Market


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It would seem that BlackBerry are finally giving up on attempting to boost smartphone sales and have announced Project Ion, which it’s thought will deliver services and infrastructure for the Internet of Things (IoT). The move was announced at the O’Reilly Solid conference  which ends today and which "discusses ...   read more

Business Adoption of Mobile Devices


Section: Research
Some of the most rapid and exciting developments in technology are taking place around mobile devices at the moment. This is in theory presenting CIOs and business stakeholders with some great choices to help optimise the way people work. However, while some might refer to the landscape as being ‘rich and dynamic’, a more pragmatic description for planning and investment purposes would be ‘fragmented and volatile’. Against this background, formulating plans around mobile devi ...   read more

Businesses are adopting smartphones to boost mobile working


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Many businesses are planning on abandoning traditional phones in favour of integrated mobile technology and video conferencing solutions as they vie to boost read more

Cisco: Mobile data encryption 'essential for businesses'


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Data encryption is essential for businesses adopting mobile working strategies, particularly if firms allow employees to use their own devices, Cisco has claimed. The firm believes that companies should stand firm and make sure their staff adhere to mobile security best practice.Cisco said that current technology does not allow for the easy identification of unique devices connecti ...   read more

Cloud and Mobility Top Game Changers in IT


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A recent survey from CommScope has found that the increase in the take up of mobile devices and cloud services are the top "game changers” in IT at the moment, with many IT managers struggling to keep pace with demand. According to the read more

Cloud and virtualization technology make biggest impact in 2011


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Cloud computing and virtualization technology have had the biggest positive impact on UK companies in 2011, according to the majority of surveyed chief information officers (CIOs). A new study commissioned by BT Engage IT has indicated that 70 per cent of CIOs felt these developments were the most important to emerge this year.A mere 13 per cent cited mobile devices such as smartp ...   read more

Desktop virtualization has 'major security advantages'


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One of the major security advantages of desktop virtualization is that it allows firms to keep their employees' mobile devices free of sensitive company data, according to Citrix. The firm is already using its own products to bolster cloud security as its staff turn to mobile devices ...   read more

Doubts Resurface over BlackBerry’s Future


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Analysts have expressed doubt over whether BlackBerry will be able to regain a foothold in the smartphone market, following a drop of 7.8% in the company’s shares on Thursday. Whilst the stock reached a 52-week high in January, it’s since lost around a quarter of its overall value. BlackBerry's latest handset, the Z10, is already causing concerns over discounts given for the handsets, which were designed to take on Samsung’s Galaxy range and Apple’s iPhone. The company’ ...   read more

Enterprise Offers Tablet Opportunity for Microsoft


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New research suggests that enterprise adoption of tablet devices will offer opportunities for both Android and Microsoft, possibly knocking Apple and the iPad off its top perch. J Gold Associates recently carried out a "broad-based” survey of the use of mobile devices and the strategies that will be ...   read more

Enterprises Divided on BYOD


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A new study from Insight UK has found that opinion is still fiercely divided when it comes to BYOD schemes, with many suggesting that such schemes cause more problems in the workplace than they solve. Insight polled over 200 IT managers and directors in the UK with an average annual tech spend of between £50,000 to £100m, with up to 10,000 employees. Compa ...   read more

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