New products, led by iPhone 6s and iPad Pro, provide small boost
The annual refresh cycle that this year introduced the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus, along with the enterprise-oriented iPad Pro, has given Apple's gently-falling enterprise marketshare a boost ahead of the holiday buying season, with the iOS platform accounting for 66 percent of enterprise device activations in the quarter ending September 30 -- a rise of two percent from the quarter before, according to new statistics from BlackBerry's Good division (formerly Good Technology).
New Square reader accepts Apple Pay, costs $49
Square has revealed its updated mobile card reader with support for contactless payments and transactions from mobile payment platforms. The new reader is an NFC-equipped device that supports Apple Pay, Android Pay, and other similar payment platforms, as well as allowing retailers to offer payment via credit and debit cards equipped with 'Chip and PIN' (EMV) security, giving retailers two new ways to accept payment for goods and services.
New tablet could push revenue share back up, analyst predicts
On Monday, Apple debuted its first iPad TV ad since the initial blitz announcing the iPad Air 2, this time for the forthcoming iPad Pro. The ad, dubbed "A Great Big Universe," shows off a third-party app specially optimized for the new 12.9-inch tablet, Sky Guide. Separately, Adobe has released a video that shows artists using the iPad Pro and Apple Pencil with iOS apps Photoshop Fix, Photoshop Mix, Photoshop Sketch, and Illustrator Draw.
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Threat is greatly reduced, but still present through variant versions
Although Apple "quickly reacted" to a threat emanating from China last month where altered, pirated versions of Xcode found to contain non-threatening spyware were in use that could have been used to launch a greater attack, variant versions of the XcodeGhost malware are still present, and have been found on servers in the US in the enterprise sector. The actual danger is greatly reduced, as the command-and-control networks have mostly been disabled, but there is still some potential risk.
Break-up of HP aims to make companies more competitive
Hewlett-Packard has split up into two separate companies, dividing itself into firms aimed at two different markets, just as it advised last year. One, HP Inc, will be a consumer-focused company offering PCs, printers, and other devices for home use, while the other half will become Hewlett-Packard Enterprise (HPE) will deal with business customers, with the change aiming to make the two companies smaller and more nimble, and in theory more competitive.
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Enterprise IT giant is deploying 1,900 Macs per week to employees
Although to veteran Mac users this will sound like a report from the Obvious Department, an IBM senior executive has revealed that Apple products -- both Macs and iOS devices -- are proving popular with IBM employees under a new employee-choice program, and that users of Apple products need much less help and service, are more productive, and while the up-front cost of Macs are higher than some competing platforms, "every Mac that we buy is making -- and saving -- IBM money."
Combined entity will have deep penetration into enterprise; VMware discrete
Dell and EMC Corporation today announced they have signed a definitive agreement under which Dell, together with its owners, Michael S. Dell, MSD Partners, and investment company Silver Lake, will acquire EMC Corporation, while maintaining VMware as a publicly-traded company. The deal is record-breaking, and is valued at $67 billion, the biggest technology company acquisition to date.
Cloud storage company announces alternative camera app for secure shoots
Enterprise-focused cloud storage company Box kicked off its BoxWorks 2015 conference with a pre-keynote chat with Apple CEO Tim Cook before announcing a new, iOS-only app called Box Capture that works as a substitute for Apple's own Camera app by automatically sending snapped images securely to private Box storage for team members, who can comment on the images directly. Cook focused his "fireside chat" with Box CEO Aaron Levie mostly on enterprise topics.
Updated for iOS 9 and OS X 10.11 El Capitan, both updates address notable bugs
Yesterday, Apple released its delayed watchOS 2 update -- but more quietly updated two of its workhorse programs to address some significant flaws. The company issued OS X Server 5.0.4, which addressed a serious flaw in 5.0.3 that broke most web-related services, while iAd Producer 5.1 fixes an issue where part of an ad could be displayed in the opposite orientation to what was intended. Both programs have recently seen major 5.0 versions, with Monday's updates addressing issues discovered since then.
App integration allows for photo, GPS monitoring of employee check-ins
Replicon, the leading provider of time asset management solutions, today announced that it will deliver iOS-based business applications. Replicon has also unveiled a new mobile application in the App Store, which helps businesses of all sizes book time off, approve time sheets, time off requests and expenses, and transfer data to payroll for instant processing.
Four-bay solution provides up to 32TB of storage, with provided SAS PCI-E card
Today, storage solutions vendor HighPoint has released the RocketStor 6414 series four-bay External SAS Turnkey Solution. The array supports up to 32TB of SAS or SATA storage,and features an external 6Gb/s Mini-SAS port, and four removable hot-swap bays, which support any 2.5-inch or 3.5-inch enterprise class SATA or SAS storage media.
Acquisition helps BlackBerry bolster cross-platform enterprise services
BlackBerry has attempted to bolster its enterprise services, by acquiring a competitor in the mobile security business. Good Technology is being bought by the mobile phone producer for $425 million in cash, with the purchase expected to help Blackberry shore up its own enterprise messaging and security platform by using Good's knowledge of iOS, Windows, and Android management and applications security.
Collaborative effort aims to make work to mobile phone transition seamless
[Update: Cook's surprise appearance at sales conference added] Apple and Cisco today announced a partnership to optimize Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps. The pair's first effort integrates the iPhone with Cisco enterprise environments for collaboration in business, with the goal of providing employees with a seamless experience between iPhone and their desk phone. In addition, Apple CEO Tim Cook stunned the 20,000 attendees at Cisco's annual sales conference with a surprise appearance to discuss the announcement.
Problem troublesome in data centers, other enterprise SSD deployments
The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) and its Solid State Storage Initiative (SSSI) have announced the formation of a new Data Recovery and Erase Special Interest Group (DR/E SIG) to accelerate awareness and adoption of recovery technology in the solid state storage marketplace. The first meetings, held earlier in August, brought together manufacturers as well as data recovery specialists, to hammer out a charter and a path for the group to standardize techniques, technologies, and best practices for SSD recovery and erasure, previously unique to each manufacturer.
New beta includes support for latest iOS 9, OS X 10.11, watchOS 2 betas
On Monday, Apple alerted developers that a new beta of Xcode 7 was now available, the sixth beta of the IDE program. The new build, 7A192o, includes an XCTest user interface testing tool, and fixes issues with watchOS app installation protocols and Xcode source control management. The beta also updates its support for forthcoming iOS, watchOS and OS X versions and the latest betas of same.
Drive array takes up to 16 3.5-inch drives, three PCI-E cards
HighPoint technologies has launched a Mac mini server chassis -- the HighPoint NA338TB 16-Bay, Ultra-Compact Storage and PCIe Expansion Rackmount Solution. The NA338TB features a removable rear panel that can accommodate a complete Mac mini system, and -- with expansion card -- a 16-drive RAID in 0, 5, and 50 storage configurations.
Apple adds 20 more Flyover locations to Maps
Apple has added more locations to its Flyover feature in Apple Maps, for the second time this summer. The feature, which provides a visual overview of a city combining aerial photography with 3D data, now includes 20 more cities and sites for users to view in both the iOS and OS X versions of Maps, with the collection primarily including areas of Europe, as well as Mexico and Japan.
Initiative in place internally at IBM for some time, now publicly available
IBM has announced a series of new cloud-based IT services to help clients quickly, easily and securely integrate Macs with enterprise systems and applications. This new offering is an enhancement to IBM's MobileFirst services portfolio. It complements existing IBM enterprise services supporting iOS devices, including iPad and iPhone, creating a comprehensive suite of services for enterprise deployment and management of Apple products.
Enterprise-class drive intended for enterprise, data centers
Storage company Seagate and Micron Technology have released the first product from the strategic alliance the pair forged in February. Available today for enterprise customers is the 1200.2 Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) Solid State Drive (SSD) available in up to 4TB in a 2.5-inch size.
Apple CEO greets visitors to celebrate debut of Apple Watch in Turkey
Over the weekend, Apple CEO Tim Cook took a surprise visit to Turkey on Saturday to be present at the two Apple Stores in the country's largest city, Istanbul, to celebrate the arrival of the Apple Watch to the country. The Apple Watch Sport starts at 1,249 Turkish Lira (TRY), which translates to about $450 US at the current exchange rate. The company now has two stores in Istanbul, a flagship store at the Zorlu Center mall, and another at the Akasya Shopping Center.
Hugely-recommended overhaul, but few new features
It's no longer enough for Microsoft to add the odd new feature and scrub up the appearance of an app: the world has moved on, not least in that we now call them all "apps" instead of "applications." With Office 2016 now available to Office 365 users (if their companies have enabled it, or if they sign up themselves), our attention did go first to the new version of Microsoft Word. Office for Mac really contains four major applications (and OneNote, which we'll call a minor one) though, and while we personally might lump PowerPoint and Outlook together into the guest-cast category, Microsoft Excel 2016 15.11.2 is definitely a star of the show.
App available for both Android, iOS; allows access through enterprise firewall
Barracuda has today announced the release of CudaLaunch, an application for both iOS and Android devices that provides mobile workers secure and remote access to an organization's private cloud applications and networks through the widely-used Barracuda NG Firewall. The application is designed for both mobile workers and IT administrators, with end-user features for productivity, as well as management features for administrators.
MobileFirst for iOS partnership now offers 32 vertical apps
The partnership between Apple and IBM that targets the enterprise sector continues a steady stream of new app releases, with 10 more announced on Tuesday that brings the total of the year-old partnership to 32 apps for specific industries. The latest batch include apps designed for managers, business travelers, the mortgage industry, government inspectors, and field technicians and professionals, among others.
Thousands of Macs can be managed from central software server
Parallels today unveiled Parallels Mac Management 4.0 for Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM), which extends Microsoft SCCM functionality to manage and control Mac computers. The new version of Parallels Mac Management adds the capability for IT administrators to create OS X images which can be customized via Microsoft SCCM, or deploy a single OS X image to all users universally.
ImageRunner Advance C350P, 1435P offer high capacity prints, small footprint
Canon has added two more enterprise-focused printers to its ImageRunner and ImageRunner Advance lineup. The color ImageRunner Advance C350P and the black-and-white ImageRunner 1435P both take up a small footprint in an office, have high-capacity toner bottles, can be easily integrated into managed document services, and while they both have separate drum and toner-based print engines, they share consumables with others in the range to help minimize support costs.
Deal expected to close in 1Q 2016 after regulatory approvals are met
Today, Cisco announced its intent to acquire OpenDNS, a privately-held security company based in San Francisco. OpenDNS provides advanced threat protection through domain name system extension, adding phishing protection and content filtering to the vital service. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of fiscal year 2016, subject to customary closing conditions.
New printer brings A3-sized printing to a desktop-size printer
Ricoh today introduced a new compact black-and-white LED printer that brings paper handling up to 11x17 inches to small businesses and enterprise. The new Ricoh SP 6430DN printer produces up to 38 pages per minute using Ricoh's new LED imaging technology, which delivers 1200x1200 dpi resolution.
Partnership will build developer resources, materials for mobile migration
Linux provider Red Hat and Samsung Electronics America today announced a strategic alliance to deliver the next generation of mobile solutions for the enterprise. The partnership will fuse Samsung's mobile device portfolio with Red Hat's open source middleware, mobile and cloud technologies to deliver mobile solutions that enable rapid development and integration of enterprise applications for organizations.
Dual 5MP cameras in Moverio Pro BT-2000 headset provides depth sensing
Epson is continuing to work on its own attempt at Google Glass-style eyewear, with an update to its Moverio headset. The Moverio Pro BT-2000 improves upon last year's model, with the device now including a five-megapixel stereo camera with depth sensing, as well as a new inertial measurement unit, allowing the headset to create more accurate augmented reality images than earlier models were capable of.
Not just the betas, but what's going on behind them, plus Oculus Rift VR
WWDC has come and gone for another year, and with it a plethora of new announcements and betas. Despite our fairly abysmal "wild guess" record, we did come up 90 percent right on our list of things we "knew" would happen (Tim Cook skipped his usual run-through of how great Apple is doing just to spite us). This time, we look at what actually happened at WWDC, in the larger tech industry, Apple Music, and what it all might mean.
Report claims BlackBerry considering switch to alternative mobile operating system
The next smartphone from BlackBerry may not run on BB OS, switching out the operating system for Android. Reuters claims the manufacturer is contemplating switching over to producing Android devices because of the extremely low adoption rate of current BlackBerry devices compared to other popular smartphones on the market, and will form part of a change in focus for the company towards being a software-driven entity.
Doug Morris confirms Apple streaming music debut at WWDC in Cannes interview
As with the expected announcement of Apple Pay expansion into other countries, another likely reveal during tomorrow's keynote at the Worldwide Developers Conference has been said to be a revamping and re-branding of Apple's various streaming music services. Today at the Cannes Music Industry festival, Sony Music CEO Doug Morris was interviewed on stage, and when the subject of Apple's streaming music service came up, Morris responded, "it's happening tomorrow."
Amazon UK users can order books from local shops for pickup or delivery
It's certainly possible to buy books from independently-owned shops through Amazon, but these businesses have registered to sell their stock on Amazon's platform, a sometimes-contentious act that has resulted in some bullying by the online retailer. Just as an Amazon app allows shoppers to scan a barcode in a brick-and-mortar bookstore and order that book online, a new Chrome plug-in, Bookindy, adds local shop options to Amazon's listings to give a shopper the option to support a local, independently-owned business, while using Amazon to "showroom" the product.
IBM allows works to select Mac notebooks as workstation options
Only a few months into the program, The Apple and IBM enterprise alliance has already scored one major client, a company that could become the world's largest Mac-supporting business outside of Apple itself: IBM. Big Blue last week decided to practice what it preaches, and embrace the changes that have come about in corporate workplaces since the introduction of the "Bring Your Own Device" movement. A new memo announced that workers could opt for a MacBook Pro or Air when updating or getting a new workstation device.
Some enterprise-level apps from Apple, IBM now offer Apple Watch support
On Thursday, Apple updated its enterprise app solutions web page to announce updates to some of the MobileFirst for iOS apps, developed in partnership with IBM, to offer Apple Watch support. Three of the 22 current MobileFirst apps -- Field Connect, Incident Aware, and Hospital RN -- now include Apple Watch versions of the apps, with push notifications, iBeacon support, notifications, and weather conditions, among other information available to front-line workers.
New version simplifies business automation, improves tablet browser experience
In parallel with the Apple spin-off's 30th anniversary of its flagship product, FileMaker on Tuesday announced Filemaker 14, its flagship database program for OS X, Windows, and iOS. New features in the update include a new Script Workspace to speed up common business processes, and also includes a redesigned WebDirect optimization for tablet browsers, a Launch Center for more app-like visual icons for FM-based programs, an enhanced iOS experience, and general speed and interface enhancements.
Amazon Business includes industry-only products, corporate credit lines
Amazon is extending its existing business services, by offering a version of its store meant for corporate use. Amazon Business is similar to the normal consumer store, except it has been customized to show work-related products and product categories, is limited to business customers, and has a number of features made specifically with corporate customers in mind.
Watson Health to provide analytics, secure cloud for medical app data
IBM and Apple, already in a partnership to service the enterprise sector, have announced an expansion of the deal that will see IBM utilizing its Health Cloud and Watson Health initiatives to support and secure data gathered or entered by users through apps using Apple's HealthKit and ResearchKit technologies. The partnership will work with the Watson Health business unit to offer developers a secure place to store gathered health data, and analytics to help researchers analyze it.
Phone calls, taptic reminders focus of model-athlete's latest blog entry
Continuing her blog series documenting her use of the Apple Watch while training for the London Marathon, model and activist Christie Turlington Burns went outside of her training routine to discuss the role of the Apple Watch in her business and social life, up to and including taking some phone calls on the device, Dick Tracy-style. She also mentioned the "hey Siri" active listening function for quick messaging, and the devices' ability to be used as an airline boarding pass.
Heathcare, risk management, transportation, order management among new offerings
Continuing its partnership with Apple, IBM has launched eight new iOS-exclusive apps for its MobileFirst initiative covering a range of industries, including healthcare and enterprise management, airline travel, insurance risk management, and more. Since first partnering in July, the two companies have now produced more than 20 specialized apps, alongside hardware leasing initiatives, analytics, and AppleCare support.
May have plans to integrate services into iTunes, Apple TV, iCloud
A new report claims that Apple has purchased FoundationDB for an undisclosed sum. The company was best known for its NoSQL, ACID-compliant database software, which offered super-fast speeds that Apple may want to improve its database-related web services, ranging from Apple TV and iTunes in the Cloud to iCloud generally.
Flat rate per line introduced in T-Mobile Un-carrier for Business scheme
T-Mobile's latest Uncarrier event, teased with the statement "This one's a real piece of work," revealed new initiatives to help businesses, as well as individuals. A simplified price plan is being offered to companies with a few unexpected extras, while the carrier's consumer announcement involves paying the cost of devices for new customers transferring from elsewhere, as well as a major change to the way T-Mobile deals with contracts.
Adobe Document Cloud includes touch-enabled apps, file synchronization
Adobe is attempting to update the way documents are handled between users and devices, by launching a cloud-based service. Adobe Document Cloud is a collection of online services which can be used to manage various forms and other documents, with the entire system basing itself on the company's prevalent Adobe Acrobat software, refreshed and rebranded as Acrobat DC.
iPad Air 2 and 'appflows' reveal the real power of Apple's post-PC paradigm
We recently had the opportunity to learn about how iPad Air 2 is being used in small business. There are several apps being used by small businesses on the iPad Air 2 to enable them to undertake tasks themselves, where they might otherwise outsource at considerable expense. We also looked at real-world case studies, where the same apps had been used to excellent effect. Perhaps the most interesting aspect was how a series of different apps could be used together to powerful effect. What we were really exploring could best be called app workflows, or "appflows," if one is looking for a catch phrase.
Advisor Alerts, Passenger Care, Dynamic Buy added to MobileFirst for iOS collection
IBM and Apple have used their partnership to release three more iOS apps for enterprise, under the IBM MobileFirst for iOS initiative. The new apps, called Advisor Alerts, Passenger Care, and Dynamic Buy, will join the existing 11 apps already brought out under the partnership, with more enterprise-specific apps expected to launch in the coming years.
Second-gen phone improves enterprise integration
Privacy company Silent Circle has revealed the second-generation Blackphone and announced plans for a security-focused Blackphone Plus tablet. The Blackphone 2 features a range of hardware upgrades, but many business buyers will also welcome expanded support for enterprise mobile-device management systems, such as Citrix.