mattydread23 writes: The PC isn't dead. But Microsoft tried ambitious and ahead of the curve with Windows 8 and got a resounding "huh?" from the mainstream market. If the next version plays it safe, tones down the vision, and makes enterprises comfortable with the more secure and easier to mobilize WinRT runtime, while accommodating cheap tablets for people who don't want to pay for iPad and want something more powerful than Android, Microsoft can hold onto its 14% while it builds out cross-platform versions of its apps to take advantage of the services where it's actually doing something exciting — like Power BI and Project Spark and Skype Translator and Azure ML and lots of things that have nothing at all to do with Windows.
Gamoid writes: I talked to Matrix, an open source initiative that's trying to build a new, open, federated standard for chat, voice, and video that enables rich applications to be built but that still allow users of different clients to talk to each other. It's only two weeks old, but Matrix has a lot of potential.
mattydread23 writes: Apple has added a list of rules about how developers can use HealthKit, HomeKit, and keyboard data, and they demonstrate Apple's commitment to ensuring that the most private and personal data of its users is respected and protected. In a year where Facebook admitted that it experimented with the mental state of hundreds of thousands of its users, it's refreshing to see a company that remains focused on what its users want and need, and doesn't rely on selling information about them.
Gamoid writes: At VMworld today, VMware introduced the Workplace Suite, a platform for securely delivering applications and content across desktops and mobile devices from the cloud. The really cool part, though, is a partnership with Google and NVIDIA to deliver even graphics-intensive Windows applications on a Chromebook. I was on the scene.
rfran writes: Consumer products will be far more than just inanimate objects. They will be part salesperson and part customer service rep. They'll even do a bit of cross-selling and upselling for you if the situation is right.
mattydread23 writes: One of the biggest challenges for IT with enterprise mobility is winning and retaining employees' trust. Some companies are letting users peek behind the IT curtain to help build that trust.
mattydread23 writes: The BlackBerry Security Summit gave the company a chance to announce its acquisition of Secusmart and affirm its commitment to delivering and expanding highly secure devices and services. While there were high points, it also demonstrated that BlackBerry is still out of touch in some key areas.
mattydread23 writes: The IBM deal isn't just about helping Apple sell more iPads. IBM has deep connections and expertise in the health care industry, where IT departments still rule. The deal could help Apple establish HealthKit as a widely accepted standard, paving the way for a big win with iOS 8 devices and the rumored iWatch or other wearables.
Gamoid writes: This past school year, the Coachella Valley Unified School District gave out 20,000 iPads to every single student. The good news is that kids love them, and only 6 of them got stolen or went missing. The bad news is, these iPads are sucking so much bandwidth that it's keeping neighboring school districts from getting online. Here's why the CVUSD is considering becoming its own ISP.
Copy that 2 writes: Citeworld reporter Chris Nerney examined his mobile device to see what is the biggest battery sucker. His advice: by being aware of the various features, functions and apps that consume large amounts of battery power, laptop and mobile device owners can better avoid disaster scenarios.
Copy that 2 writes: Want to start a software hardware manufacturer? Look at how Toyota and Volkswagen do it. Both of them have premium brands--Lexus and Audi--that give them margin and the opportunity to invest in new technology, which then subsidizes the mass market brands, which in turn give the economies of scale to lower costs across the board, including in the premium segment. People buy premium products not just because they utilize better technology, but also because they're fashion statements. That strategy, executed well, is why companies such as Fiat, Renault, Chrysler, GM, Peugeot and others can't compete.
mattydread23 writes: Android Work is Google's most concentrated attempt yet to stop iOS from dominating the enterprise. In this piece, longtime IT and Apple writer Ryan Faas explains exactly what's in Android Work, how it compares with Apple's current enterprise mobile management offerings, and what they mean for existing IT policies. A must-read for anybody who has to deal with Android devices at work.