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Apple wins mobile tech battle

28-08-2012

Apple won its long-fought battle with Samsung in regards to their patents claims, and it has taken the win as an opportunity for more injunctions against Samsung. The Globe and Mail reported that “On Monday, the company sought preliminary injunctions against eight older-model smartphones, including the Galaxy S2 and Droid Charge. Apple’s lawsuit had encompassed 28 devices…”

Apple will stay in news headlines for a while, as the expected launch of the iPhone 5 is September 12. Further, this could mean mobile technology innovation will be held to a higher standard, which could be good or bad for consumers.

“Competitors may not think twice about how they compete in smart mobility devices with the industry’s clear innovator,” says Barclays analyst Ben Reitzes. “If Apple forces competitors to innovate more, it could take longer for competitive products to come to market, and make it more expensive to develop them.”

The company was awarded $1.05 billion (US) in damages from the most recent court case.

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RIM shareholders want answers at annual shareholder meeting

17-07-2012

RIM’s mobile offerings are in a heap of trouble on the stock market, and its shareholders sought answers at its annual shareholder meeting held in an auditorium on the Wilfrid Laurier campus last week. RIM has long been criticized for not diversifying itself as the mobile market evolved. While they may have had market share since smartphone adoption really got started, that is no longer the case. BlackBerry simply doesn’t have the apps, social networking, or even web browsing capabilities that iPhones and Androids possess. If you don’t allow your users to easily access their content from the cloud on their mobile device, you can’t expect to keep your them happy.

While the RIM senior executives and board members tried to ease shareholders concerns, it was clear that the relationship was in trouble. Voters withheld 15 and 30 per cent of the votes for election of a board member, which suggests they don’t like the candidates they were offered. “[The board] has to look at the break-up for the company into the handset business and the software and services platform, and a potential sale of either or both or private placement funding investments by giant competitors like Microsoft, IBM, Facebook and others,” says Vic Alboini, chief executive for Jaguar Financial. “That will save this company. Their whole focus continues to be on licensing the BB10 platform, joint ventures and partnerships. And again, you can’t put all your eggs in one basket.”

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RIM has customers running for the Silicon Valley hills

12-07-2012

The past decade has been the undisputed generation of the mobile device. Research in Motion was a leader in the infant stages of smartphone technology when it released its first Blackberry with email capabilities in 2003. Since then, RIM has remained a leader in the mobile technology world, especially in the corporate world. In the past year, the company has taken a serious beating, with a 70 per cent slump in its stock. It dropped 19 per cent on June 29 after they posted a big quarterly loss and announced a delay in the launch of the BlackBerry 10 operating system. Needless to say, customers are running for the Silicon Valley hills occupied by iPhone and Android smartphones. Most analysts agree that the best route for the company to take is to sell off its assets, which could create disruptions in the BlackBerry service. Corporate companies who use BlackBerry heavily are now looking at contingency plans in the event that BlackBerry service gets disrupted.

“We are well on our way to having a dual environment, so if RIM did go out, we’d be ok,” says Robert Burkhart, director of new technology innovation at Nationwide Mutual Insurance. “If people are starting contingency plans now, they are behind the eight ball. They should have been looking at this all along.”

“RIM’s situation is dire, but even in a worst-case scenario, RIM’s servers aren’t likely to get turned off anytime soon,” says Avi Greengart, tech research director at Current Analysis. “Still, IT managers are looking more seriously at alternatives to BlackBerry. There’s a whole industry ready to provide security and management around Apple and Android.”

If you want a cloud content management system that is accessible from your smartphone – not just BlackBerries, but Android and iPhones - check out WebPal’s features to see what it can do for your content management needs.



Why mobile?

28-06-2012

The rise of the cloud is directly tied to the spread of mobile device usage. Our personal lives have undeniably been changed with mobile technology. Dr. Larry Rosen, professor of psychology at California State University has written a book on how constant access to socialization and data may be affecting us, called iDisorder: Understanding Our Obsession With Technology and Overcoming Its Hold on Us.

We’re in the middle of a grand experiment here,” says Rosen. “We’re at the early stages of understanding a society that carries the world in its pocket. It’s good – you can always connect with someone – but it also means you’re there, 24 hours a day… Our brains have not developed to be constantly engaged like this.”

We won’t know the full impact of mobile technology for at least a few years, but businesses are still realizing its benefits. Enterprises want to use mobile devices to access their cloud content management systems, like WebPal, to create remote work environments. Before deploying a mobile technology strategy, it’s first important to ask if mobile should be employed.

Nothing is more doomed to failure as technology for technology’s sake. Mobility is no exception. By asking and answering “Why mobile?” you will be able to figure out how to maximize the opportunities mobility presents to your business,” says one strategist.



Google vs Apple: Mapping out mobility

26-06-2012

How important is it to you to access information on the cloud from a mobile device? Most people would rate it very important and have tablets and smartphones to do so. One of the most used apps on smartphones and tablets is Google Maps, which is used by Blackberry and Android users, as well as Apple users until a couple weeks ago. Apple announced it would no longer carry Google Maps on its phones and would have its own Apple service.

Although Apple is one of the biggest tech giants in the world, there are still plenty of space for them to fail in the map market. It is a very complicated process, consolidating maps for locations all over the world. Google has spent years developing this service, including their streetview feature. They have acquired a lot of companies with mapping features, but if it cannot meet or exceed the Google Maps app, “it will irk their power users,” who put weight behind Apple’s success.

Google can’t be happy about the change, because as one commentator writes “Being in maps and getting that data affects Google’s revenue from things like sponsored links, and it affects search quality.”

The mobile market is constantly growing and there are countless ways for vendors to reach consumers. Accessibility and ease of use will always affect who succeeds and who fails. WebPal understands that you need to access your important documents from your mobile device. Not only does it provide access in a secure environment, it can also connect with many of your favourite apps.



Obama tells federal agencies to go mobile

24-05-2012

Earlier this week, we discussed the innovative changes that mobile technology is bringing to health care and small business. Accessing data and content from anywhere at any time is one of the most appealing features of the cloud and mobile technology, and it seems that the U.S. government is taking note. On Wednesday, President Obama issued a directive to all major government agencies to make key services available on mobile devices within a year.

“Americans deserve a government that works for them anytime, anywhere, and on any device,” said Obama in a statement. “By making important services accessible from your phone and sharing government data with entrepreneurs, we are giving hard-working families and businesses tools that will help them succeed.”

One of the biggest incentives for developing this mobile strategy is the prediction that more people will access the internet from phones rather than from desktop computers by 2015. Another aspect of the mobile strategy is the Presidential Innovation Fellows program, which will encourage collaboration between federal employees and top technology innovators on projects like open data initiatives and personal health records. Being such a large and long-established organization, the U.S. government will have to fight against more traditional perspectives to make sure the transition to mobile is smooth.

One of the primary challenges will be overcoming the ‘trust factor,’” says Kevin Kelly, the COO of LGS Innovations. “Utilizing a shared-services approach will definitely yield improvements in cost efficiency. However it requires one agency to trust another with the handling and delivery of its critical information.”

The WebPal Cloud Content Management system allows you to access your data from any device in a safe and secure environment. To find out more about what it can offer your business, go to our features page.



How to deploy a BYOD policy

08-05-2012

As mobility becomes a primary concern for CIO’s and head executives, Bring-Your-Own-Device policies are becoming the most popular trend in mobile and IT strategy. Consumer demand for smartphones and tablets are not going away anytime soon- their share of the mobile and personal device market increased to 46 per cent last year - and if your employees are using those devices anyways, you might as well use them to create a remote work environment. Forbe’s has some valuable advice for companies looking to layout a BYOD policy that will maximize savings while maintaining security.

The first consideration is your business objectives, or figuring out why you are supporting a BYOD policy. If it’s cost-savings, having an ‘employee-pays’ policy is crucial – this includes paying for the device, as well as part of their voice and data service costs. Although you may be skeptical over employee acceptance of this policy, it can work if you apply the right amount of oversight to the program.

“An ‘employee pays’ model can and does work – but not if the company expects to monitor and/or restrict what they can do when they’re in ‘personal’ mode,” says the Forbes blog.

“Even the most regulated and security-conscious enterprises and government agencies can broadly support BYOD, meet all of their security, data loss prevention, and compliance requirements, and never have to compromise employee privacy.”

Self-service by your employees is also crucial to cost-savings. Things like enrollment, policy acceptance, adding new devices, changing devices and wiping lost devices should all be regularly serviced by your employees.

“If you don’t allow your employees to self-serve for these routine activities, by definition, you’ll be driving calls and emails to your support desk that could have easily been avoided.”

WebPal understands the importance of mobility in your workplace, which is why we enable you to access your WebPal server and all your content from your mobile device. WebPal also connects with some of your favourite apps. To find out more about WebPal’s features, go to our webpage.

 



Finding the middle ground between PC’s and mobile devices is key to success

24-04-2012

For information technology companies, it has become increasingly important to be a master of all trades, especially in mobile and PC technology. While PC’s offer more functionality and can handle some more complex tasks, smartphones and tablets are important to help foster a mobile and remote business environment. The successful IT companies will be able to offer both to their customers.

On Monday, Intel announced at an event in San Francisco that it is launching its new Core microprocessors called Ivy Bridge for their thin laptops called Ultrabooks. Up until now Intel “has largely been shut out of the smartphone and tablet markets, where devices are most commonly powered by chips based on designs by Britain’s Arm Holdings.” Analysts say the new Ultrabook technology is an attempt to off-set moves by Arm Holdings to encroach on the PC market with the release of Windows 8 (the first Arm compatible version of Microsoft’s operating system).

“The ultrabooks and tablets are where Intel and Arm’s supporters are really going to be fighting for turf,” says Rob Engerle, a tech analyst with the Enderle Group. “Whoever wins this middle group is going to have a lot of momentum going into PCs or phones.”

As mobile content management becomes more crucial to giving businesses a competitive edge, The Globe and Mail has released some tips on developing a mobile strategy. This includes figuring out what work your employees typically use outside the office, which employees need mobile access for work, and how you expect to prevent a security breach in case an employee loses their phone or device. If it’s too far outside your company’s expertise, they suggest outsourcing.

WebPal has made sure to integrate mobility into its cloud content management systems by making your content accessible from a variety of smartphones and tablets. WebPal also connects with some of your favourite apps. To learn more, go to our features page.



Advertising on your mobile device

22-03-2012

As the smartphone and tablet markets surge, advertisers are jumping at any opportunity to benefit. A recent study of advertising in the U.K. indicates that mobile advertising jumped by 157 per cent in 2011, which is likely “driven by the adoption of larger-screen smartphones, such as Apple’s iPhone, and the many apps offering services and games.”

Free apps contain a lot of advertising, which is how they are able to be downloaded by users for free. But you may be noticing that your battery gets drained quickly when you are using these games. Microsoft and Purdue representatives have discovered why this may be happening.

“… in one case, 75 per cent of an app’s energy consumption was spent on powering advertisements.”

The study, conducted by running apps over a 3G connection, revealed that “many apps leave connections open for up to 10 seconds after downloading information… In Angry Birds, that brief period – described by researcher as a ‘3G tail’ – accounted for over a quarter of the app’s total energy consumption.”

It’s obvious that mobile marketing is bound to create brand new revenue streams and better business processes, and WebPal understands this. It is fully mobile-accessible, and connects with many smartphone apps. Find out if WebPal connects with your favourite apps by clicking here.



Gartner says cloud will replace PC by 2014

15-03-2012

When it comes to predicting trends in cloud computing, Gartner is the organization to look to. The research firm is now predicting that the personal cloud will replace the personal computer as early as 2014, as mobility becomes increasingly important. This includes the rise in prominence of the smartphone and tablet markets.

“Emerging cloud services will become the glue that connects the web of devices that users choose to access during the different aspects of their daily life,” says Steve Kleynhans, research vice president at Gartner.

This doesn’t mean personal computers will become obsolete; It just means that they will no longer be the dominant lifeline for business. If your organization isn’t already on the cloud, it’s time for a change. Along with the mobility shift, the rise of affordable and powerful technology has empowered users from every faction of society. This shift isn’t just for those tekkies in Silicon Valley, almost any kind of organization can benefit.

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