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BYOD? Try BYOA, New Study Suggests

Jeff Dunn

...In fact, almost 70 percent of small-to-medium sized businesses (SMBs) report the active use of user-driven apps in the workplace, according to a recent survey from software company LogMeIn and research firm Edge Securities. Those have ranged from social apps like LinkedIn to collaboration apps like Skype, productivity apps like Evernote and Google Docs to cloud storage apps like SkyDrive and Dropbox. ...Almost half (43%) of the surveyed SMB IT pros report being concerned over their lack of control over the apps, while just 22 percent of them say they feel adequately prepared to keep up with BYOA\'s rise. ... Read full article

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Google Cuts Free Version of Google Apps for Businesses

Jeff Dunn

...Google has announced that it will be discontinuing the free version of its Google Apps for Business, effective immediately. ...Every other version of Google Apps will remain unchanged. Those who created premium Google Apps for Business accounts before yesterday\'s announcement can downgrade to the free tier until January 9, 2013.  ...\"Businesses quickly outgrow the basic version and want things like 24/7 customer support and larger inboxes,\" said Google Apps\' director of product management Clay Bavor. ... Read full article

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U.S. Spending More Time In Apps Than Ever Before

Jeff Dunn

...The report notes that, while still not as much as the 168 minutes the average consumer spends watching television per day, app usage on smartphones and tablets is growing at an exceedingly fast clip. ...Well, even more apps. As Flurry notes: \"In just 4 years, mobile apps have overtaken the web and are beginning to challenge television, the top media channel.  As we enter 2013, the app industry shows no signs of slowing.  On the contrary, we continue to see a strong flow of new devices and new apps activated in our network.\" Source: Flurry ... Read full article

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Google Play Letting Businesses Host Private App Stores

Jeff Dunn

...A Google Apps for Business, Education, or Government domain is required to use a Private Channel, which will then have its internal apps uploaded via the Google Play Developer Console. Employees can get their fingers on the apps by logging into their Google Apps accounts and heading over to their company\'s Private Channel. ...And of course, no Private Channel apps are available on other mobile operating systems like iOS or Windows Phone. ... Read full article

Tablet Review

Amazon Kindle Fire HD 8.9 Review

Valerie Sarnataro

...Yet, the productivity of the device is surprisingly sophisticated, with Calendar and Contacts apps syncing perfectly with a variety of services, including AOL and Gmail. ... Read full article

Review

Wave Connections Review: Push to Talk Reborn

Valerie Sarnataro

... As Sprint continues to move away from its Nextel service and ultimately eliminates the system’s push-to-talk technology, a new app has begun to fill the void left by the riddance of the convenient connectivity. ...Yet, now anybody can be connected with a push of a button thanks to the Wave app. ...While the time it takes for a message to be delivered varies among different networks, the app works exactly as advertised and is worth a try, especially with the free plan allowing up to five users over a single Channel. ... Read full article

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147 Million Bargain Hunters Expected for Black Friday Sales

Sarah White

...\"Through sites like Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest, company blogs, emails and mobile apps, consumers can connect with their favorite retailers like never before,\" she said. ... Read full article

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What Are the Best Apps for Financial Pros?

Devon Portney

...Each year developers create newer, more efficient apps that can perform the most complicated or perfunctory financial tasks. ...The app can be customized for specific currencies based on user preference. ...The app can save and archive downloaded PDFs, charts, and any other visuals one might need for a board room presentation. ... Read full article

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You Don\'t Own Your Amazon Kindle eBooks

Andy Patrizio

...When you buy a Windows PC or Mac, you get an OS license, and all apps have license agreements. ... Read full article

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Microsoft Windows 8: Latest News Leading up to the Oct 26 Release

Sarah White

...Users will be able to download apps for Windows 8, which Windows promises there will be 100,000 of before the end of the year. ... Read full article

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BYO Security Threat: Empowered Employees Able to Ignore Policies in BYOD Era

Lynn Haber

...In this new IT world where the tech-centric employee is armed with their mobile device of choice, and cloud apps and web services of choice, what is clear is that companies have to adopt security strategies that move beyond shortsightedness and inconvenience. ...Practicing cyber safety, such as not forwarding corporate emails to personal accounts, storing business data in the cloud, or using mobile apps to collect customer data, for example, is vital to every businesses mission. ...Interestingly enough, today\'s mobile devices and web apps have raised the bar on the user experience side. ... Read full article

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Tablet Security Focus Shifts from Software to Hardware

TechnologyGuide Staff

...Biometrics and Tactivo have developed fingerprint scanners, and BahnTech, Empire Apps, iTankster.com, Kaufcom GmbH, and The Grizzly Labs have delivered fingerprinting applications. ... Read full article

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