The proliferation of mobile devices - company-owned and BYOD - is boosting corporate productivity. But it also presents a new management issue to IT, which needs straightforward ways to ensure these devices are appropriately and securely configured and to oversee compliance with usage policies. Stephen Withers explains how mobile device management (MDM) tools can help.
The number of users of transactional mobile banking services will shoot from 185 million in 2011 to more than 550 million in 2016, according to a new report from Juniper Research. This surge will come from a confluence of two factors: a growing user acceptance of push mobile marketing and a sharp rise in smartphone adoption.
Optus today announced results of the first trial of its 700 MHz 4G network, which attained a peak download speed of 70 megabits in the field.
Organisations must employ apps custom built for tablet computers if they are to derive value from such devices, according to a new report from analyst firm Ovum.
Mobile download speeds have risen 10% in the last year, while mobile upload speeds have dropped 30%, according to a new report from analyst firm IDC.
Audiomate, from AirWave, wirelessly enables headphones or headsets allowing users to make VoIP calls as far as 30 m from their computer.
Telstra today launched a 4G tablet and a prepaid 4G LTE broadband modem. Until now, access to the 4G network was limited to post-paid mobile and post-paid dongle plans.
Huawei has announced the latest version of its MediaPad will come pre-loaded with the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. The company has also unveiled its new MediaPad colour series - MediaPads in three new colours: shadow black, classic brown and passion pink, running on Android 3.2.
The HTC Velocity 4G - the first 4G to launch in Australia - will be available on Telstra’s 4G LTE network starting 24 Jan. The phone features a 4.5″ touch screen, a 1.5 GHz dual core processor and an 8 megapixel camera. Keen customers can also pre-purchase the phone to have it delivered to them.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a 1 GHz dual core application processor and supports HSPA+ network speeds of up to 21 Mbps and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n connectivity to deliver fast mobile download speeds and reduce data transfer times.
The Royal Adelaide Zoological Society has deployed a 32 Mbps microwave data link to connect its head office in the Adelaide CBD to the Warrawong Wildlife Sanctuary, located 25 km away. The link is being used for videoconferencing, VoIP and to replace old cash registers with online point-of-sale systems.
The trend of employees bringing their own devices into the workplace will grow rapidly in 2012. This will create even larger stockpiles of data for IT to sift through and manage. Clive Gold*, EMC, reports on the impact of ‘the consumerisation of IT’ on big data - what he calls “the biggest opportunity of this decade” - and how organisations can best tackle it.
Perisher snow resort has implemented a paperless ticketing system, by deploying tablet PCs and radio-frequency identification (RFID) gates.
The Vision smartphone has an aluminimum alloy unibody measuring just 9.9 mm at its thinnest point, a 3.7″ curved touch screen, 3D user interface and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread.
NewSat, an Australian satellite company, has signed a 10-year contract with a Middle Eastern telco for the provision of US$67.2 million worth of Jabiru satellite transmission capacity. The Ka-band satellite capacity purchased will enable the customer, which wishes to remain nameless at this time, to provide high-speed internet and data services across several regions within the Middle East.