Sophos’ latest MDM software aims to encourage BYOD

Sophos has announced the release of their Sophos Mobile Control 2.5 mobile device management (MDM) software, which will aim to further encourage BYOD.

The software incorporates several facets, including the ability to wipe a corporate device after an employee leaves a company or breaks the security regulations, being operable from a web-based administrative console.

For more minor violations, IT administrators can still send alert messages if a mobile device is non-compliant.

This was inferred in a whitepaper...

By James Bourne, 13 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, MDM.

BYOD on increase but raises security fears, says Juniper

A recent report from Juniper Research has shown that there are more and more smartphones in the enterprise and that the BYOD trend is increasing, which in turn raises security fears.

According to Juniper, by 2014 there will be 350 million employee owned smartphones and tablets in the enterprise, a substantial increase on the 150m there currently are.

The study, entitled “Mobile Security Strategies: Threats, Solutions and Market Forecasts”, focused on four rubrics which contribute to a greater need...

By James Bourne, 06 August 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility.

Is BYOA going to steal the thunder of BYOD?

According to Australia-based research from advisors Telsyte, the rise of bring your own app (BYOA) could challenge the prevalent bring your own device (BYOD) trend and cause headaches for IT staff.

Having surveyed more than 800 IT decision makers, Telsyte found that 28% of Australian companies allow a variety of BYOA, with the trend expected to only get higher.

Yet aside from the official figures, the unsanctioned usage of BYOA would be “significantly higher”.

Telsyte believes that BYOA has the...

By James Bourne, 30 July 2012, 1 comment. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, MDM.

Meteor raises over £7m in enterprise app fund drive

The innovative idea of a start-up helping a start-up is in evidence with Meteor Development Group’s multi-million pound fund to aid enterprise app development.

Meteor – described as ‘Silicon Valley’s newest star’, is an open-source platform which allows developers to utilise their JavaScript framework to build apps on their PCs without having to fight with other non-Java codes.

And during this round of fund-raising,...

By James Bourne, 26 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development, Enterprise Mobility.

7 traps to avoid when creating an enterprise app

A new eBook from mobilisation specialists 5APP has revealed their take on the pitfalls executives need to steer clear of when developing a mobile business app.

5APP, who offers a toolkit for hosted app development and management services, noted the nascent BYOD trend as the primary factor behind enthusiasm for employers to effectively mobilise their workforce.

Indeed, one of the points notes the main difficulty associated with...

By James Bourne, 25 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise Mobility, Mobile.

Tips for enterprise app stores – how to make employees stay

According to Aaron Freimark, chief technology officer of accessory specialist Tekserve, enterprises looking to build an internal app store should look at two main factors to improve their chances of success:

  • Enterprise app stores should include links to recommended public apps alongside their internal company apps.
  • They should also only show users apps they can tangibly use - in other words if authentication blocks access to an app, then a user shouldn't be able to download it.

Freimark has extensive experience in this field in his...

By James Bourne, 19 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: BYOD, Enterprise App Stores, Enterprise Mobility, iOS.

Is there no ‘perfect answer’ on enterprise smartphone liability?

A new report from connectivity experts iPass attempts to shed light on whether the corporation or the employee should own enterprise smartphone data.

The report focuses primarily on the aspect of ‘liability’ and its associated sub-categories, including privacy, regulatory and financial liability.

According to Forrester analyst Ted Schadler, workers should be divided into categories based on their data usage as part of a wider strategy on smartphone ownership and control:

  • Those who use the most sensitive...

By James Bourne, 13 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Employees, Enterprise Mobility.

Facebook’s App Center rolled out globally

It was rolled out a month ago to impressive fanfare in the US – now, Facebook’s App Center has been released worldwide.

Well, not completely ‘worldwide’, but seven other countries with a combined population of 1.38 billion is still a fairly hefty number.

The vast majority of that number comes from India, with various other English-speaking nations included in this week’s rollout including Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, South Africa and the...

By James Bourne, 10 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise App Stores, Social.

Samsung’s US Galaxy Nexus ban temporarily lifted

Last week, AppsTech mused that Samsung was “in the patents equivalent of the last chance saloon” amidst their bitter battle with Apple.

Whilst Samsung hasn’t won the battle or the war, they’re ready to fight another day for now with the news that an American court has temporarily agreed to Samsung’s stay on the Galaxy Nexus US ban.

The Northern District of California...

By James Bourne, 09 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: iOS, Samsung.

Is Amazon about to bring out a smartphone?

Amazon already has a cloud service, film and TV streaming service and ereader, so a smartphone would be the next logical step, wouldn’t it?

Reports from Bloomberg suggest that Chinese mobile manufacturer Foxconn is collaborating with the retail giant over a potential Amazon phone running on Android which could be out by the end of the year.

The reports have certainly done both companies’ stock good –...

By James Bourne, 06 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android.

Samsung has one last try at stopping US Galaxy Nexus block

This case has rumbled on, but it appears Samsung is in the patents equivalent of the last chance saloon as they attempt to overturn the banning of their Galaxy Nexus model in the United States following Apple’s court victories last week.

It’s not been a particularly good week for Samsung’s revenue streams, and one wouldn’t expect US District Judge Lucy Koh to be on the Korean manufacturer’s Christmas card list soon.

Having...

By James Bourne, 02 July 2012, 0 comments. Categories: iOS, Samsung.

No Flash for Jelly Bean, Adobe says

Adobe has officially announced they are not going to be supporting their Flash software for Google Android 4.1, otherwise known as Jelly Bean.

Jelly Bean was unveiled at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco earlier this week, and promises to be an altogether better experience than the current OS, Ice Cream Sandwich when it gets rolled out to various devices in July.

Even though...

By James Bourne, 29 June 2012, 2 comments. Categories: Android, Development.

Google’s augmented reality glasses – an eye on the future?

The Google I/O conference promised to be an eye-opener and this announcement warranted it: Google has spectacularly demonstrated its virtual reality glasses as part of the ‘Project Glass’ venture.

The technology includes a postage stamp-sized screen on the left of the glasses, and can in theory allow users to access email, record video and use the Web with ease. Google also claims that the futuristic goggles are no heavier than...

By James Bourne, 28 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Development.

Why did Facebook shelve its Find Friends Nearby app?

In one of the shortest-lived app releases in history, Facebook’s Find Friends Nearby app was quietly released by developers, and then even more quietly pulled in a matter of days. But why?

Truth be told, it’s all been a bit of a mess for the iOS app.

The idea of Find Friends Nearby was to make it easier for Facebook mobile users who have location services enabled to friend those they had only just met.

All well and good, but a wave of negative publicity – including...

By James Bourne, 27 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: iOS, Mobile, Social.

It's Yammer time for Microsoft with latest buy

Yammer, the social network which “brings the power of social networking to the enterprise”, has been bought by Microsoft for an estimated $1.2bn (£768m).

The move comes as Microsoft tries to expand upon its complementary cloud services and, more importantly, fend off competition from Google for its influential Office products.

The money involved is hefty, but small change compared to the $8.5bn (£5.4m) Microsoft shelled out for Skype last year.

From Microsoft’s perspective, Yammer will be...

By James Bourne, 26 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Cloud , Enterprise Mobility, Microsoft, Social.

Apple vs Samsung: Samsung wins Dutch patent battle but may lose the war

A court in Netherlands has ruled that Apple infringed on Samsung’s patents in the creation of various devices, including the iPhones 3G, 3GS and 4, as well as the iPad 1 and 2.

The ruling comes amidst the various patent battles between the two electronics giants; Apple accused Samsung of ‘slavishly’ copying its design, while Samsung counter-sued with similar accusations.

The patent in question was related to a 3G technology owned by Samsung and used by the abovementioned Apple devices to...

By James Bourne, 21 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: iOS, Samsung.

Is Spotify's new radio app trying to shoot Pandora down?

Spotify has taken aim and fired at Pandora following the rolling out of the Swedish streaming giant’s free iOS mobile radio app.

The new app is planned to only be available in the US for iPad and iPhone, but is expected to be available on Android within the coming weeks. Users outside the US will still need a premium subscription to utilise mobile radio.

Spotify claims that mobile radio...

By James Bourne, 20 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Android, iOS, Mobile, Social.

App claims to cure writer's block by sabotage, but does it work?

Need to knuckle down on your work? Well, an iOS app claims to cure procrastination by performing increasing levels of annoying acts on your text unless you comply.

The Write or Die app – with the superb tag line “putting the ‘prod’ in productivity” – aims to instil fear in those whose work is slacking.

The app, created by the requisitely-named ‘Dr. Wicked’, carries the frankly scary introduction: “As long as you keep typing you’re...

By James Bourne, 15 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Enterprise App Stores, iOS, Mobile, Social.

Is the Skout case another warning shot for app safety?

The news that social mobile app maker Skout has had to temporarily suspend its teen community after rape allegations may come as a shock, but did they realistically have any other option?

Skout, billed as the “largest and fastest growing network for meeting new people and having fun”, allows users to make new friends, flirt or find a date.

The company made the decision to install a separate under-18s community after noticing there were many underage...

By James Bourne, 13 June 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Mobile, Social.