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Smartphone: Smartphones are a handheld device that integrates mobile phone capabilities with the more common features of a handheld computer or PDA. Smartphones allow users to store information, e-mail, install programs, along with using a mobile phone in one device. For example a Smartphone could be a mobile phone with some PDA functions integrated into the device, or vise versa.  (Source: Webopedia)

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

Do ‘Network Monitoring’ solutions Help or Hinder the Online Customer Experience?

Section: Articles
Considering the very large investments made by businesses and service providers in network monitoring solutions, why is poor service quality still the number one complaint from online customers? Have the customer demands for the online experience changed or is the prob ...   read more

1 in 4 Organisations affected by mobile malware in 2011

Section: News
Analysts Goode Intelligence published a new report yesterday that found the incidence of mobile malware has increased significantly within organisations, with a quarter of those asked reporting they had been affected. The survey asked 130 IT managers and CEOs in a cross section of industries around the world and found that malware has increased from 9% in 2009 to 24% in 2011. Goode also found that 71% of all organisations allow BYOD, but are not really paying attention to the se ...   read more

2014: The Year of ‘Madware’?

Section: News
2013 has, as always, brought new security threats thanks to the ever-increasing world of cybercrime. We’ve seen Cryptolocker, a type of ransomware that originally targeted businesses, before moving on to attack the more lucrative (and easier) home PC market. It’s thought that the malware has now infected around a quarter of a million Windows PCs worldwide, with UK infections coming in just behind the US on the worst affected leaderboard. read more

4G Auction Bidders Announced

Section: News
Ofcom has announced the companies who will be allowed to put in bids for 4G services in the upcoming 4G spectrum auction. The auction, which is the largest sale of mobile airwaves ever in the UK, will allow the following companies to bid for a part of the spectrum: EE (UK); HKT (UK) Limited; 3G; MLL Telecoms and Niche Spectrum Ventures (both subsidiaries of BT), Telefonica and Vodafone. The auction is due to take place next month and bidders will be "competing” to acqu ...   read more

4G Launch Disappointing in some Areas

Section: News
EE’s 4G launched today in ten cities across the UK and has received mixed reviews from those testing it, most due to reach, rather than speed, which appears to be as impressive in some parts as promised. However, a poll carried out by The Telegraph suggests that many people won’t bother switching until it becomes available from all ...   read more

4G Spectrum Auction Kicks Off

Section: News
The 4G spectrum auction has begun accepting bids from seven interested networks competing to acquire the new airwaves necessary to provide the new, superfast mobile broadband technology. Ofcom has announced that bidders include: EE Ltd, HKT (UK), 3G UK, MLL Telecom Ltd, Niche Spectrum Ventures Ltd (subsidiary of BT), Telefonica UK Ltd and Vodafon ...   read more

4G Spectrum Bidding Begins

Section: News
Ofcom has confirmed that applications have been opened for mobile operators to put in bids for the 4G auction, the largest ever sell-off of the mobile spectrum in the UK. The bidding process only had a short window into which to submit their applications, between 10:00am and 16:00pm yesterday, potential bidders also had to provide an initial deposit of £100,000. Ed Richards, Ofcom read more

50% of Mobile Apps Hybrid by 2016, say Gartner

Section: News
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

5G and Translation Glasses for Tokyo 2020

Section: News
A 5G network which is 100 times faster than LTE and glasses that make instant translations were just two of the innovations unveiled at this week's CEATEC 2013 IT and electronics show in Tokyo, with the promise that both will be available for the 2020 Olympic games to be held in Tokyo. NTT Docomo will be launching both products and it's thought that the company is currently hoping ...   read more

99% of Android Phones Vulnerable to Hackers

Section: News
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

App sales Reach 40bn for Apple

Section: News
Apple announced yesterday that their customers have now downloaded more than 40 billion apps from its store, including re-downloads and updates, and had a record-breaking December, with customers downloading over 2bn apps in that month alone. Indeed, at the App Store , the firm had a great 2012, with almost 20bn apps be ...   read more

Apple Preview iOS 8, Announce New Programming Language

Section: News
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

Section: News
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

Section: News
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

Businesses are adopting smartphones to boost mobile working

Section: News
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

Businesses 'want video conferencing to go mobile'

Section: News
Businesses want to extend their unified communications solutions - including video conferencing technologies - to the mobile workforce. According to Andreas Weinhold, vice president of Europe, the Middle East and Africa at LifeSize, the liberation of video conferencing from it ...   read more

Cisco see Drop in Videoconferencing Revenue

Section: News
Whilst videoconferencing is set to be the next big thing as faster connections and more collaboration takes place, market leaders Cisco, who in Q2 last year held a 49.3% market share, have reported a loss in revenue, despite increasing interest from enterprises. This is due, it has been reported, to the "uncertain global economy and ...   read more

Cloud and Mobility Top Game Changers in IT

Section: News
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

Section: News
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

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