Nadella seeks to axe failing hardware

Brad Chacos by Brad Chacos - July 23rd, 2014

Microsoft’s quarterly financials are out, and they paint a startlingly clear picture of why new CEO Satya Nadella is in such a hurry to scuttle away from the “devices and services” mantra rolled out by former honcho Steve Ballmer just last year.

Beta BBM coming to Windows Phone

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 13th, 2014

Blackberry has announced that it will bring its BBM messaging app to Windows Phone.

A safe bet

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - July 7th, 2014

The OS wars are nothing new. Every user has a laundry list of reasons why their operating system is king. One of the key points in determining which OS reigns supreme is security. CNME investigates the security successes and pitfalls of the most commonly used operating systems.

Safety first

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - July 1st, 2014

Three-day IT security conference GISEC 2014 gave the masses a chance to meet first class security vendors as well as listen to presentations from internationally renowned security professionals. CNME reports from day one of the show.

Google’s Nest acquires Dropcam for $555M

Zach Miners by Zach Miners - June 23rd, 2014

Nest, the Internet-connected thermostat and smoke detector maker owned by Google, is acquiring home security system developer Dropcam as part of a push to connect a wider range of devices in people’s homes.

Google unseats Microsoft as U.S. browser powerhouse

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - June 8th, 2014

Google has unseated rival Microsoft as the leading browser maker in the U.S. for the first time, Adobe said this week, citing data from its analytics platform.

Managing the cloud

Annie Bricker by Annie Bricker - June 5th, 2014

As storage and computing power move from traditional bare-metal solutions, the next step is to find managing software that maintains the resource conservation, cost savings and agility that is the very draw of cloud computing. CNME investigates the benefits of open-source cloud management and what to look out for when choosing a management solution.

Apple and Samsung fail to settle patent dispute in California

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - May 22nd, 2014

Apple and Samsung told a court in California that they had failed to reach a settlement in their patent dispute, suggesting that a deal akin to that between Google and Apple may not be on the cards anytime soon.

PCs and smartphones drive Lenovo Q1 growth

Michael Kan by Michael Kan - May 22nd, 2014

Lenovo’s net profit grew 25 percent year-over-year in the first quarter as the Chinese company continued to make gains in the PC and smartphone markets.

Apple and Google agree to drop all patent suits

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - May 18th, 2014

Apple and Google have agreed to drop all current patent infringement lawsuits between them, they said Friday.

MoFA calling

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 15th, 2014

With the security and reputation of the UAE at stake, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ IT department knew it had to implement a secure communications channel for its delegates. A project that began in 2012 now sees 69 UAE foreign embassies connected to a secure WAN, which has made huge operational savings, and ensures sleepless nights for MoFA’s IT team.

Microsoft Mobile: Restored glory?

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - May 15th, 2014

Microsoft has finally closed its $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s handset business, and now has an added opportunity to impose its ‘Microsoft Everywhere’ approach on technology, writes James Dartnell.

BlackBerry opens management of its smartphones to rivals

John Ribeiro by John Ribeiro - May 15th, 2014

BlackBerry is allowing rivals AirWatch, Citrix, SAP and IBM to directly manage its smartphones with the Blackberry 10 operating system as part of its strategy to open up management of its devices to third parties.

Android tops mobile ad traffic for first time

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - April 23rd, 2014

Devices running Google’s Android operating system have dethroned Apple’s iPhones and iPads as the biggest drivers of worldwide mobile ad traffic, according to a new study from Opera Mediaworks.

Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - April 22nd, 2014

They say that good things come in small packages—diamond rings, the crown jewels, keys to an exotic villa. When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, big is beautiful, writes James Dartnell.

Gartner: Top 10 mobile technologies and capabilities

Nick Jones, Vice President and Analyst, Gartner by Nick Jones, Vice President and Analyst, Gartner - April 22nd, 2014

Nick Jones, Vice President and Analyst, Gartner, shares the research firm’s top 10 mobile technologies and capabilities that organisations must master in 2015 and 2016.

Microsoft to wrap up Nokia deal on Friday

Gregg Keizer by Gregg Keizer - April 22nd, 2014

Microsoft today said that it will close the $7.2 billion acquisition of Nokia’s handset business on Friday, about eight months after revealing the deal.

Intel looks to Android for growth in tablets

Agam Shah by Agam Shah - April 17th, 2014

In case it wasn’t clear already, Intel and Microsoft are no longer joined at the hip. Intel is trying desperately to grow its share of the tablet market, and with Windows flunking out on those devices, Android is the flavour of the month.

Trend Micro: Heartbleed flaw affects mobile apps

Jaikumar Vijayan by Jaikumar Vijayan - April 13th, 2014

Android and IOS mobile applications are just as vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug as websites are, security vendor Trend Micro warned in a blog post on Thursday.

Qualcomm adds fastest ever 64-bit Snapdragon mobile chip

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 9th, 2014

Qualcomm is getting high on 64-bit chips with its fastest ever Snapdragon processor, which will render 4K video, support LTE Advanced and could run the 64-bit Android OS. The new Snapdragon 810 is …

Google envisions Glass in businesses

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 9th, 2014

Google wants to put its Glass headmounted computer system to work. The company is looking to partner with enterprise software developers and businesses as part of a push to get Glass into the …

Nokia Unveils Photo-Centric Lumia 930, Plus Midrange Lumias 630 and 635

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - April 7th, 2014

Nokia phones took their turn at Microsoft’s Build 2014 developers’ conference, too–and not a moment too soon, given the latest smartphone announcements from Android rivals. At the Wednesday keynote, Nokia’s Stephen Elop announced the Nokia Lumia 930, the international variant to the Nokia Lumia Icon that the company recently launched on Verizon Wireless in the US.

Gartner: Digitalisation unavoidable

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - April 3rd, 2014

Gartner kicked off its annual Symposium/ITxpo conference at Madinat Hotel on 1st April, and the overriding emphasis of the event was digitalisation.

Intel taps Chinese tech hub to fuel mobile processor business

Michael Kan by Michael Kan - April 3rd, 2014

As devices powered by ARM chips flood the Chinese market, Intel is hoping to popularise its own mobile processors with a new centre built in the heart of one of China’s major technology hubs.

Microsoft to give Windows away for phones, small tablets

Juan Carlos Perez by Juan Carlos Perez - April 3rd, 2014

Hardware vendors making smartphones and tablets with screens smaller than 9 inches will get Windows for free, the latest aggressive move by Microsoft to increase the use of its OS on those devices.

Apple demands over $2B from Samsung for patent infringement

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - April 2nd, 2014

Samsung should pay more than $2 billion for repeated infringement of Apple patents in more than 37 million smartphones sold in the U.S., a Silicon Valley jury was told Tuesday as a trial between the two companies began after more than two years of preparation.

Dell unveils BYOD product plans

Ellen Messmer by Ellen Messmer - April 2nd, 2014

Dell has unveiled enterprise mobility software for Google Android or Apple iOS that supports BYOD use by selectively applying VPN controls only to the corporate apps on the device, not the employee’s personal apps.

Microsoft launches Office for iPad, iPhone and Android

Chris Martin by Chris Martin - March 30th, 2014

Microsoft has finally released Office for iPad alongside Office Mobile apps for iPhone and Android.

Nokia releases X smartphone family in UAE

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 24th, 2014

Nokia has released its Nokia X Android smartphone family – which has a tile-based interface inspired by the Lumia family – in the UAE.

Will Satya Nadella launch Office for iPad next week?

James Niccolai by James Niccolai - March 18th, 2014

Satya Nadella will hold his first press conference as Microsoft’s CEO next week, and reports are emerging that he’ll unveil a version of the Office suite for Apple’s iPad.

IDC: MEA tablet shipment booms in Q4

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 17th, 2014

Shipments of PC tablets into the Middle East and Africa expanded 111% year on year in the final quarter of 2013, according to the latest results released by IDC, as the overall MEA tablet market reached a total of 3.45 million units for the quarter.

Acer takes on the Nexus 7 with 7.9″ Intel tablet

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - March 13th, 2014

The new A1-830 tablet ticks all of the right boxes for people interested in a functional tablet sporting the sub 8-inch form factor. The tablet sports a 7.9-in, 1024×768 resolution screen at a 4:3 screen ratio; ideal for web browsing and reading e-books.

It’s all about mobile

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - March 10th, 2014

Around 75,000 people descended on the Catalonian city for the 2014 Mobile World Congress, which showcased faster and more flexible mobile networks and shiny new smartphones, among other connected things.

Android topples iPad in fast-growing tablet market

Chris Martin by Chris Martin - March 5th, 2014

The iPad has been the king of tablets for a number of years but Android has taken top spot, according to new figures from Gartner.

BlackBerry’s enterprise chief talks BES12

By Martyn Williams by By Martyn Williams - February 27th, 2014

The head of BlackBerry’s enterprise services business is plotting an aggressive launch of a new version of the company’s core enterprise server later this year as BlackBerry seeks to regain some of the ground it’s lost over the last few years.

Symantec rolls out mobile security solutions

James Dartnell by James Dartnell - February 27th, 2014

Symantec showcased its most recent mobile solutions for both businesses and consumers this week at two industry conferences, Mobile World Congress and RSA Conference 2014.

Battle of the fives: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 5S vs. Google Nexus 5

Jon Gold by Jon Gold - February 26th, 2014

Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S5 on Monday at a Mobile World Congress presentation in Barcelona, touting a slimmed-down approach to the latest flagship’s feature set and simplified design.

FireEye: New iOS flaw increases risk of spying on enterprises

Antone Gonsalves by Antone Gonsalves - February 26th, 2014

FireEye has uncovered an iOS vulnerability that an attacker could use to run a monitoring app on Apple devices and record all touches on their screens.

BlackBerry CEO Chen: ‘We are here to compete, regain lost ground’

Martyn Williams by Martyn Williams - February 26th, 2014

BlackBerry will launch a new version of its enterprise management server software later this year that the company hopes will strengthen its business with major corporations and help turn around its flagging fortunes.

Intel ends wait for 64-bit Android on smartphones

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 25th, 2014

The long wait for a 64-bit version of Android on smartphones is coming to a close, with Intel on Monday showing a version of the OS running on a handset. The OS was …

Samsung reveals Galaxy S5

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 25th, 2014

Samsung has revealed its Galaxy S5 will be resistant to water and dust, will feature a finger scanner and will have a 16MP camera at Samsung’s Unpacked event in Barcelona. The company’s president …

Nokia unveils affordable smartphones

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 25th, 2014

At the 2014 Mobile World Congress, Nokia has released five new affordable handsets, including Nokia X, a family of smartphones that run Android apps, Microsoft services and signature Nokia experiences. Stephen Elop, executive …

With voice calls, WhatsApp can tap new growth

IDG Reporter by IDG Reporter - February 25th, 2014

WhatsApp’s voice calling service, planned for later this year to augment its hot text-message offering, could yield an influx of customers and strengthen the service’s already firm standing in mobile messaging. WhatsApp will …

The Eye Tribe debuts first-ever eye tracker SDK for Android

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 25th, 2014

The Eye Tribe, a Danish multiplatform eye tracking software firm, today announced the beta release of the world’s first affordable eye tracking software development kit (SDK) for mass market Android devices. Previously only …

BlackBerry rolls out BES12 for enterprise mobility

Jeevan Thankappan by Jeevan Thankappan - February 25th, 2014

BlackBerry has unveiled plans for BlackBerry  Enterprise Service 12 (BES12), a new enterprise mobility solution that is application-enabled and unifies BES10 and BES5 to one platform. In addition, a new promotional program will …

  • Review: Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    They say that good things come in small packages—diamond rings, the crown jewels, keys to an exotic villa. When it comes to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, big is beautiful, writes James Dartnell.

  • Acer takes on the Nexus 7 with 7.9″ Intel tablet

    The new A1-830 tablet ticks all of the right boxes for people interested in a functional tablet sporting the sub 8-inch form factor. The tablet sports a 7.9-in, 1024×768 resolution screen at a 4:3 screen ratio; ideal for web browsing and reading e-books.

  • Battle of the fives: Samsung Galaxy S5 vs. Apple iPhone 5S vs. Google Nexus 5

    Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy S5 on Monday at a Mobile World Congress presentation in Barcelona, touting a slimmed-down approach to the latest flagship’s feature set and simplified design.

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