Archive for February, 2012
MaaS360 platform was honored with the 2012 Global Mobile Awards for “Best Enterprise Mobile Service” at Mobile World Congress. The Global Mobile Awards is one of the most prestigious in the mobile industry and fiberlink took top honors in a category that included MobileIron, Good Technology, Virtela Technology, Enterproid, Portugal Telecom and Click Software.
MaaS360 was selected Best Enterprise Mobile Services for providing the “Most innovative mobile tools to help corporations or enterprise user to work smarter and do business better on the move.” The Global Mobile Awards recognizes innovators and market vendors that deliver best solutions to the enterprise. MaaS360 prevail over competitors based on its ease of use, benefits to users and enterprises, ease of implementation, international applicability, return on investment and customer satisfaction.
In selecting MaaS360, the judges noted, “This demonstrates genuine understanding of enterprise user issues, and enables straightforward and cost-effective mobile device management.” More than 170 independent analysts, journalists, academics and subject matter experts and 16 representatives from mobile operators throughout the world participated in the judging of the 2012 awards.
MaaS360 provides comprehensive enterprise capabilities to mange iOS, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone devices throughout the entire device lifecycle. As a true cloUd-based MDM solution, MaaS360 is faster to deploy and delivers far greater time to time value than any on premise or hosted solution.
In addition, smart phones and tablets, MaaS360 supports PC and Mac laptops in a single pane of glass for total enterprise device management.
MaaS360 is used to mange and secure more than one million endpoints globally.
February 29th, 2012
Today cisco announced that it is releasing a world first technology that will allow mobile phone users to roam between wi-fi hotspots and their mobile networks. Its industry first carrier-grade, end-to-end Wi-Fi infrastructure to deliver Next-Gen Hotspot (NGH), which allow users to roam freely without losing their data connections.
Murali Nemani Cisco’s Senior Director of Service Provider Mobility Marketing told CBR that this is the world first deployment of Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) technology alongside the release of its new Small Cell Gateway for operators. This will manage subscriber and service information, integrating 2G/3G and 4G LTE networks with Wi-Fi/femtocell networks seamlessly.
This means mobile devices will handshake across mobile networks and wi-fi hotspots similar to how a 3G network operators now have your unique user ID, which recognize you anywhere, between any compatible network seamlessly. Its invisibility to the end user is what makes it key – all the work is done on the back end.
Cisco assures us, that it adheres to the Hotspot 2.0 specification, that rival technologies will also be compatible, once they launch.
“That’s the beauty of this system. We’re complying with a standards based implementation – the Hotspot 2.0 specification. We helped write the spec, so we were the pioneers here tying the operating systems together between the operators and the handset manufacturers,” Nemani said.
For those already running Cisco hotspots, ‘the majority’ of these operators, ‘around 12 million’ will be compatible with the new technology through a simple software update.
The speeds of these hotspots will remain unchanged. Cisco’s tech uses the 802.11u spec but is backward compatible with 802.11n and g.
The mobile operators on the backend, just need to employ the new small-cell gateway. For those using Cisco’s ASR5000 packet core, which operators such as Vodafone and Verizon currently use, they will just need to add a software module which will integrate the wifi functionality.
The end user simply runs a free update on their phone.
(Source: Business Week)
February 29th, 2012
Orange and medical device vendor Sorin are to launch a cardiac implant that enables patients to wirelessly upload data about their heart condition to a doctor, according to Thierry Zylberberg, Executive Vice President, Head of France Telecom Healthcare, speaking to Mobile Health Live ahead of Mobile World Congress. The connected pacemaker will launch in Europe and the US from this summer.
The two companies have been working together for some time on the pacemaker, which enables users’ heart data to be sent to a doctor by 3G, 2G or landline. Currently patients have to visit a hospital every three or six months to have an implant’s memory downloaded. Read More
February 29th, 2012
Actor Ranbir kapoor, truly proved himself to be a rockstar, with his upcoming feature film having a duration of just 4 minutes. He was chosen as the brand ambassador of Nissan micra car in order to encapsulate the last moments of a bollywood movie. The basic idea was to have 100 cars aligned where the actor had to run and jump from one car to another thereby crashing through the windscreen of the fourth.
This action packed sequence was eventually planned by Khalil Bachooali of Offraod films who also admitted that he had received a call from the Limca team in December. He also shared the fact that it was an in complacent situation to align 92 cars perfectly. Resources also quote that this move of the add makers took them around four hours.
The shoot wrapped up in a week, but took two weeks for editing and since last two-and-a half months 400 people have been working for the post production.
Since, it couldn’t be possible to run the film as an advertisement on television because of its duration that was too long for any add; a 30 second trailer has gone on air on 26th February, 2012. Khalil also stated that he laid the seeds of this project on his last birthday that was on august 11, 2011. He wanted to do something that wasn’t clichéd and so he came up with this idea of a crowd sourced short bollywood movie, featuring ranbir kapoor along with 20 co-actors and 100 cars.
The short film will soon be put up on facebook or will be attached to an upcoming film as stated before it couldn’t be aired as a commercial. In generic sense, it can also be said that the whole movie is for the audience, by the audience and of the audience be it the three original tracks that were posted on FB, wherein people were invited to download the original tracks n shoot their bollywood moves on that track using a webcam and then upload it as their auditions. And added to that was the stats that they received within a period of three weeks that was around 2600 entries after which the people were asked to vote for those whom they wanted to see in the film as co-actors with RK. Out of 76000 responses 100 were selected of which 20 were chosen.
Now, it’s time to wait and watch what will be the audiences’ reaction to this out of the box idea.
February 28th, 2012
Car maker cis to launch its SYNC voice-activated in-car mobile connectivity system in Europe with its new B-MAX small family car, unveiled exclusively at this week’s Mobile World Congress. SYNC can connect to mobile devices through Bluetooth, features an iPod and flash drive compatible USB connection and brings a potentially lifesaving feature in Emergency Assistance, the only feature of its kind which is designed to respond to a crash by using the customer’s connected mobile phone to call the emergency services directly, in their local language, with the location of the scene of the accident.
(Source: GSMA Mobile World)
February 28th, 2012
The Mobile World Congress is happening in Barcelona, is the world’s largest mobile phone trade show. Where technology companies discuss future of communications and the network society. MWC 2012, offering the world the fastest and most powerful new mobile devices on the planet. This conference has attracted over 3000 chief executive officers from the telecommunications sector around the world and expected to give a platform for players in the mobile industry to make announcements of their latest innovations. This year quad-core processors are likely to be a big theme from all the top manufacturers. On the opening day of Mobile World Congress, Nokia, HTC, Huawei, Samsung, and Sony Mobile announced more than a half dozen new phones.
Nokia Lumia 900: First announced in January for AT&T’s LTE network in the US, the Nokia Lumia 900 will now be available worldwide in an HSPA+ edition. The Dual Carrier HSPA phone will allow for downloads up 42.2 Mbps. With a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display.
Nokia Lumia 610: It’s aimed at young people who want access to a smartphone experience at the right price. Offering access to social networking, games, Nokia Maps and navigation, web-browsing and Nokia Music
Nokia 808 PureView: A 41-MegaPixel Nokia smartphone, the 808 Pureview offers enhanced low-light performance as well as sophisticated image compression designed to help users share pictures.
HTC One X: This is a killer phone. The One X features the Tegra 3 quad-core processor. It has four 1.5GHz main cores and a secondary core for low-power tasks. It boasts a 4.7-inch Super LCD display with 1280 x 720 pixels for full HD resolution. The 8-megapixel camera is aided by an ImageChip to help process images faster. It comes with Android 4.0.
HTC One S: This is also a killer phone, but not quite as killer as the One X. The display drops down to 4.3 inches and qHD (960 x 540) resolution, it has a dual-core SnapDragon S4 processor, and substitutes plasma-coated aluminum for the One X’s polycarbonate shell. It has the same camera and same software as the One X. The good news is that the One S will debut on T-Mobile’s network in the coming months with support for 42Mbps HSPA+.
HTC One V: The One V is a middle-of-the-road smartphone from HTC that still offers good looks and solid features at an affordable price point. The phone has a 3.7-inch display with 800 x 480 pixels, a 5-megapixel camera, a 1GHz S2 SnapDragon processor, and Android 4.0.
Huawei Ascend D Quad: Huawei claims that the Ascend D Quad is the fastest smartphone ever built. The company is using its own processor –rather than one from Nvidia or Qualcomm. Other features include a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, and a 1.3-megapixel user-facing camera for those video chats. Huawei plans to introduce several variants of this phone in a number of markets during the second quarter.
Sony Xperia P: Sony added two phones to its Xperia NXT line, and the P is the first of them. It’s not as amazing as the Xperia S, announced at CES earlier this year. It has a 4.0-inch Reality Display with Sony’s BRAVIA Engine and WhiteMagic, a new display technology for an ultra-bright and power efficient viewing experience. It also has a 1GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, 8-megapixel camera with HD video recording, and NFC (near field Communications). Unfortunately, it ships with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and owners will need to wait until later in the second quarter for Android 4.0 to arrive.
Sony Xperia U: The Xperia U is aimed more at the entry-level range and has the specs to back that up. It has a 3.5-inch Reality Display with BRAVIA Engine, 1GHz dual-core processor, and 5-megapixel camera HD video recording. It also has “xLoud” stereo sound. The Xperia U has the same Android 2.3 OS out of the box as the Xperia P, and will see Android 4.0 later in the year.
February 28th, 2012
I recently spoke to a Founder and CMO of a small mobile app development company in Noida (India). He was saying it’s tough to survive in Indian economy as most Indians want free apps and not much business is generated from enterprises. Thus, most if not all revenue generated by app development companies in India still comes from abroad which is also hard to get. Thus quite a few app development companies are going to vanish slowly. only 5 of a few thousand companies have been acquired so far in India.
Symantex recently conducted a survey, as a result of which the company pointed out that while most technology implementations do not bear much return on investment, mobile productivity is as high as 77percent. So much so that 59 per cent of employees are now dependent on their phones for industry-specific applications.
Symantec confirms the fact that companies have finally understood that ‘application culture’ is here to stay and in order to stay ahead; they can’t sideline the importance of being online and present in the App Store. Thus, almost almost 71 per cent of companies are looking at deploying their own mobile applications and hence mostly hiring manpower and developing in house.
Such high dependence on the device also leads to concerns of the device being stolen or lost, data breaches, misuse of proprietary information, malware, and a number of other issues. In fact 41 per cent survey takers mentioned mobile as one of the top three IT risks.
February 27th, 2012
The month of exams is round the corner and Samsung has released special applications to assist students deal with exam woes. The applications have been released for the company’s Bada OS and Android-based phones.
The five apps that have been released are Geometry Solver 3D, English to German, Basic French for Dummies, Dictionary.com and Periodic Table. While Geometry Solver can help solve major as well as basic school level geometry problems, Periodic Table is useful for students struggling with chemical elements.
And if foreign language is a part of your curriculum, then English to German and Basic French for Dummies can come handy. It does not only help brush up the language skills but also help in translations. Dictionary.com carries 1,000,000 words and 90,000 synonyms from Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com
February 21st, 2012
Barclays has rolled out Europe’s first person-to-person service for sending and receiving money using mobile phone numbers. Barclays Pingit allows users to receive and send money, for free, to anyone with a UK current account and UK mobile phone number, simply by using that mobile number, without the need to share bank details.
The Barclays Pingit service will be available to current account customers of all UK banks and building societies, not just those with Barclays current accounts. At launch, only Barclays current account customers will be able to send money via the app, but all current account customers (UK residents and over 18), will be able to register online to receive money. The app will be available to all by early March.
The service, which is free to use, links the user’s current account with their mobile phone number. This enables payments to be sent directly to that account but without the sender needing to know anything more than the recipient’s mobile phone number. Money is sent using the Faster Payments service. To send money, customers can use the free Barclays Pingit app available on iOS, Android and Blackberry, or they can register online to receive payments. Transfers are as safe as any other banking transaction and the app is protected by a five-digit passcode, set by the user.
It is expected that this will prove particularly popular for friends and family sending money to each other. Barclays Pingit can also be used by some small business customers of Barclays and other banks, for example sole traders such as window cleaners or plumbers, meaning customers can pay them quickly, easily and securely.
February 18th, 2012