Design gets shareable themes, drag-and-drop data
Having leaked it yesterday, today Apple-owned FileMaker has formally announced FileMaker 13, the next major edition of its database creation software. One of the major additions is WebDirect, an HTML5-based method of publishing databases to the web without special programming. When developing iOS frontends, users can now generate them in a single step, and add things like slide controls, popovers, gesture controls, custom keyboards, and barcode capture functions.
Valentina Studio 5.5 released, Paradigma offers Black Friday and Cyber Monday specials
Paradigma's cross-platform database management software for Linux, Mac OS X and Windows, Valentina Studio has been updated to v5.5 and 5.5 Pro. Offering new features for administration of database servers, Valentina Studio has improved report design features for datasource Microsoft SQL Server, additional administrator functions, and more. Valentina Studio Pro is regularly available for $200, and includes 12 months of free updates, while Valentina Studio is free.
eBay Now's same-day delivery service free until Christmas Eve
Auction site eBay announced today that its local shopping and delivery service, eBay Now, is offering free delivery from now until Christmas Eve on orders more than $25. The eBay Now service is available for customers in San Francisco and the Bay Area, San Jose, parts of New York City and Chicago for delivery of local products within an hour of ordering online.
ESPN's SportsCenter app offers personalized ESPN content, optimized for iOS 7 and Android
ESPN Digital Media today launched its SportsCenter app for iOS and Android. The app provides sports fans a comprehensive, personalized mix of preferred ESPN content. ESPN SportsCenter is considered to be an update to ESPN's popular ScoreCenter app.
Company has 90,000 employees, most currently on BlackBerry
Like many federal agencies and other large businesses, Pfizer - one of the world's largest pharmaceutical manufacturers with unprecedented influence in the healthcare industry - has asked its employees to transition away from BlackBerry phones and towards their choice of iOS or Android products instead. The company, in a memo announcing the change, said the transition was due to BlackBerry's "volatile state" and advised employees to make the change as soon as contracts allow.
New distribution option lets organizations control individual app use
Apple has made two new improvements to its Volume Purchase Program for business and education. The first is a concept called Managed Distribution, allowing organizations to assign or revoke app licenses for individual users, instead of operating through redemption codes. A school, for instance, can assign apps and books to select groups of students, or one student at a time. The function supports iOS 7 and Mavericks clients, and can be controlled through OS X Server's Profile Manager or updated third-party device managers.
Collection of Parallels tools to help manage virtual machines in enterprise
Virtualization solutions provider Parallels has introduced a new suite of tools and updates for mixed Mac and Windows environments, aimed at enterprise. Parallels Business Solutions rolls together the Parallels Management Suite, Parallels Desktop for Mac Enterprise Edition, and the Parallels Access iPad app, with the entire collection meant to help IT managers use the existing Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) infrastructure to manage both Macs and virtual machines.
New drives increase data density, lower operating temperatures
Western Digital today announced that after a year in development, it is shipping the 6TB Ultrastar He6 enterprise-class hard disk drive. Taking advantage of the inherent benefits of helium, which is one-seventh the density of air, the new Ultrastar He6 drive features Western Digital's 7Stac disk design with 6TB, making it the world's highest-capacity HDD aimed at cloud storage, massive scale deployments, disk-to-disk backup, and replicated or RAID environments in a data center environment.
Works with phones, tablets, computers
Logitech has announced the Mobile Speakerphone P710e, a peripheral for phones, tablets, and computers. The unit connects via USB or Bluetooth, and props phones and tablets up for easier viewing. It can pair with up to eight Bluetooth devices, two of them simultaneously; in the case of NFC-equipped devices, Bluetooth pairing can be done simply by tapping against the speakerphone.
95 percent of enterprise apps, 90 percent of tablets, 72 percent overall
A new report by Good Technology notes that in addition to dominating the competition in corporate adoption, Apple's iOS platform is also gaining share as it sees a new wave of enterprise device adoption and activation. Overall business mobile device activations are up 60 percent, while iOS percentage of the market has grown to 72 percent, up from 69 percent in Q2. Apple's platform is also responsible for an astonishing 95 percent of all enterprise app use, and holds 90 percent of the tablet share.
'A place for the most creative teams ... to innovate for decades to come'
Apple's Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer may have at first seemed to be an unusual choice for hosting a sneak-peek at a very large 3D architectural model of Apple's forthcoming Campus 2, known already as "the Spaceship" three years before it is even planned to open -- but like his colleagues, Oppenheimer has a gift for selling dreams. Along with Senior Director of Real Estate and Facilities Dan Whisenhunt, the CFO gave reporters a tour of the model ahead of a Cupertino City Council vote.
Updated client adds mobile OS to Windows, RT, OS X roster
Microsoft will be releasing a new version of its Remote Desktop software to Android and iOS in the future, as part of a raft of enterprise cloud computing launches. The app, which allows users to control a PC or virtual desktop remotely, will appear on the mobile operating systems at the same time as updated versions of the software ship for Windows, Windows RT, and OS X.
BlackBerry today launched a new cloud-based, multi-platform mobile device management (MDM) service. The technology lets organizations manage BlackBerry, Android, and iOS devices simultaneously on their networks, tackling functions like security policies and app distribution. Administrators can create catalogs of "public" apps culled from BlackBerry World, Google Play, and the iOS App Store, and track both distribution and usage.
Adoption of iOS 7 hits 67 percent after only two weeks
Ongoing tracking by analytics company Mixpanel has revealed that iOS 7 has been adopted by fully two-thirds of the entire active iOS userbase, just two weeks after its initial release. The overhauled revamp for Apple's mobile devices, having delivered a fresh new look and substantive under-the-hood improvements and changes, become the most widely-used OS version within three days its debut.
Gartner to recommend enterprise buyers find different option
Industry analyst firm Gartner will recommend to its enterprise customers that they find a different mobile solution to go with instead of BlackBerry. In an email interview picked up by Computerworld, Gartner analyst Bill Menezes gave a six-month ideal window for clients to find alternatives to the struggling Canadian manufacturer's platform. A full report from the analyst firm is expected in the coming weeks.
Locations range from Detroit to Denver
Google has announced a new initiative that will provide support for entrepreneur spaces around the US and Canada. The "Tech Hub Network" will initially include seven partners, which will be provided with financial support and access to Google technology and mentorship.
Apple Configurator 1.4 supports iOS 7, configures new features
Alongside the release of iOS 7, Apple on Thursday updated its mass-configuration utility Apple Configurator to version 1.4 (free). The update adds support for iOS 7, and also gives administrators the ability to turn (or off) some of the new features such as AirDrop or allowing Notifications Center or Control Center on the lock screen -- the latter of which has turned out to be a small security risk. In addition, version 1.4 allows the configuration and control of AirPrint Printers and AirPlay mirroring destinations and passwords among other improvements.
Gets support for bonded and virtual network interfaces
Apple has issued a rare update for OS X Server, an add-on for Mountain Lion. The v2.2.2 release enables use of bonded or virtual network interfaces. Otherwise the update concentrates mainly on bugfixes, for instance dealing with administering Profile Manager from the iPad mini. It also copes with SSL errors during setup, and difficulty upgrading from Lion Server.
Text editing tool brings Box in line with Google Docs
Cloud storage service Box has revealed a future update to its apps and service which will bring it more in line with offerings from Google and Evernote. Box Notes is a word processor which, in a similar way to how Google Docs operates within Google Drive, allows users to create and edit documents directly in Box storage accounts.
Samsung makes pitch for enterprise with added security
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on its smartphones, reports the Wall Street Journal. The move is the latest attempt by the Korean company to gain a foothold in the enterprise smartphone market wary of Android's reputation for being more vulnerable to viruses. A US Department of Homeland Security report (pdf) published in July showed that Android is the target of 79 percent of mobile threats with Apple threatened by just 0.7 percent of mobile malware.
E-commerce platform aims at Square, Groupon
E-commerce platform Shopify has announced the launch of an iPad-based point-of-sale system. The system combines an iPad app and a card reader. Store owners can use the pair to take Visa, Mastercard, and American Express transactions, including partial, multiple, and deposit payments. Customers can opt for print or email receipts, although the former require connecting a separate printer. Shops can also connect peripherals like a cash drawer or a barcode scanner.
New drive comes in 480GB, 960GB capacities
At the 2013 Flash Memory Summit, Samsung introduced the first solid state drive (SSD) based on its industry-leading 3D V-NAND technology. The new drive uses a new fabrication technique, giving the drive an over 20 percent performance increase and over 40 percent drop in power consumption. The new line of drives is tailored for enterprise uses. Samsung said it began producing its new V-NAND SSDs earlier this month.
Mac gets Duplicate command, more
Marketcircle has launched Daylite 4.3, an update of its business management suite for Mac and iOS. Every component of Daylite has been affected, including Daylite for iOS, Daylite Mail Assistant, and Daylite Server. The iOS app for instance now has access to forms and attachments, letting users work on them remotely.
Several more languages supported
Keeper has released v.7 of its self-named, multi-device platform aimed at storing and sharing private information, such as passwords. In terms of protection, users now have access to 256-bit AES encryption and PBKDF2 password derivation, as well as two-factor authentication. A new auto-fill option has been added, but is still secured using HTTPS authentication.
Optical version of Kone Pure gaming mouse now available
Roccat has announced the launch of an optical version of its Kone Pure gaming mouse, as well as a reissue of its Sense mousepad. The Kone Pure Optical retains the design and ergonomic shape of the original Kone Pure, but exchanges the laser sensor for an LED optical sensor that maxes out at 4000 DPI. The Pro-Optic sensor is fully adjustable with a max DPI setting of 4,000. Meanwhile, the reissued Sense mousepad is the same 400 x 280mm pad, but now features a new Meteor Blue design. Both products are available from Roccat's website with the Kone Pure Optical retailing for $70 and the Sense Meteor selling for $20.
Native apps carry over browser features
Microsoft has rolled out native iPhone and iPad versions of Outlook Web App. The iOS apps are aimed at organizations using Office 365 subscriptions with Exchange Online support, and replicate the features of the browser interface while implementing some functionality only possible with native code.
System is iPad-based, offers portable and modular POS system
Square, the company that has offered various credit-card payment systems for Apple's mobile devices, is now partnering with the iPhone maker to bring a new Point-of-Sale (POS) system to market that will be featured in Apple retail stores. The Square Stand turns an iPad into both a credit-card terminal and full POS system that works with Square's Register app and external devices such as cash drawers, receipt printers and barcode scanners along side the payment card reader. The $300 device will begin shipping on July 8 from Square's website, and be available for sale at Apple's US stores on July 9.
Acquisition to bolster existing SanDisk enterprise storage devices
Storage manufacturer SanDisk is acquiring enterprise solid state drive developer Smart Storage Systems. The "definitive agreement" to purchase the company sees SanDisk paying approximately $307 million in cash and "equity-based incentive awards" to Silver Lake Partners, with the boardroom-approved deal expected to be completed in August.
Limbo iOS release date set
Limbo, a popular monochromatic puzzle-platformer, will be making its way to iOS devices next week. Planned for a July 3rd release, the game has already sold more than 3 million copies across the Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Steam, and Mac App Store. The game challenges players to explore a 2D world where they must solve environmental puzzles, and avoid numerous hazards, in order to progress. At launch Limbo for iOS will sell for $5 and will be available on the iPad 2 and later, as well as the iPhone 4S and 5, and latest generation iPod touch.
Touts features like forced file associations, VPN control
Apple has launched a new webpage promoting the enterprise features of iOS 7, which have otherwise been downplayed in marketing so far. Some highlighted features include app-by-app control of file associations and VPN functions, the latter of which let administrators decide which apps can connect to a VPN, and/or configure them to connect to a VPN automatically.
Android to outsell both combined by next year, says analyst
Predictions from Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi, a research vice president and the market analysis firm, will startle long-time computer users: essentially, Microsoft's long reign at the top of the technological heap is over. The company predicts devices using Apple's iOS and OS X will outsell devices running the various forms of Windows (including mobile) by 2015 -- even including business and enterprise sales that have traditionally been a stronghold for the Redmond giant. However, it will be Google -- not Apple -- taking the crown from Microsoft.
Sets up BB10-esque 'platform within a platform' for business users
BlackBerry is now allowing users of iOS and Android devices to sign up for a "trial" of its Secure Work Space app, a program drawn from a feature on its own BlackBerry 10 devices that lets users set up a "partition" for business use that is entirely separated from personal data -- a solution that lets administrators police business material on the phone without having full access or control of the users' personal "side." Built into the app is integrated email, calendar and contacts, along with a secure HTML5 browser and secured Documents To Go version.
Offers 'significantly improved' reliability, scalability and performance, more
Apple has updated its iOS mass-deployment configuration and management tool, Configurator, to version 1.3. The free app works with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch devices, and now offers "significantly improved" reliability, scalability and performance, the ability to cancel scheduled or even in-progress operations, and more. There is a new status view that includes time estimates and error information with recovery suggestions, and administrators can now install apps on devices configured to not allow users to install apps.
ARM server chip from AMD first step toward versions for tablets, phones
AMD will be taking its first steps in producing ARM-based processors, according to a new roadmap. The chip manufacturer will be creating "Seattle" processors for the server market which will use ARM Cortex-A57 cores, which could eventually lead to AMD creating ARM processors destined for tablets in the distant future.
LINE update introduces themes and in-app browser
LINE, a mobile messaging client designed for iOS, has been updated with an in-app browser and extended language support. Unlike previous releases, web links are now opened directly within the app's own browser which features a minimal interface to maximize the display of content. Also new in this release are coloured themes. While currently limited to two options, the default theme and an all pink variant, developers have promised more options will be made available in the near future. Finally, a photos button has been added to LINE's Chat room menu, giving users a place to view all sent and received photos.
UK's Yo! Sushi uses iPad quadracopters as drone servers
Daily Mail reports that London's sushi chain, Yo! Sushi, has employed a new, unorthodox method of food service. Yo! Sushi now delivers its patrons' meals to their tables by way of iPad-controlled quadracopters, aptly named iTrays. The devices are made of light-weight carbon fibre, and fly trays of food to tables up to 50 yards away from the kitchen at up to 25 mile an hour. The chain's Soho branch in central London is trialling the high-tech service style, and if proved successful, it could be carried out to all 64 of Yo! Sushi's UK restaurants next year. The drones join the chain's other novelty tech services offered, such as conveyor belt service, and speaking robot drink carts.
New tracking, gauges, charts, maps, mobile support, 400 updates
Business software developer Ntractive has unveiled a major update to its Element CRM (Customer Relationship Management) software, now at version 5.0. The program is a cloud-based, Mac-only CRM solution for businesses from small-scale sellers to enterprise outfits, and the new version sports 400 updates along with a new edition aimed at enterprise-level large businesses. The Enterprise Edition offers over 100 analytic maps, charts and gauges, including opportunity tracking, enhanced mobile apps, additional document storage and much more.
Printing options allow multiple projects in one print job
CS Odessa has posted a minor update for ConceptDraw Project, the developer's project management software. The v6.4 release adds new resource types, which should let organizers better describe both resources and resource behavior. Separately, new filters can be used to generate custom views of a project, which in turn can be saved for later use.
FIPS 14-2 certification, STIG approval opening DoD doors
Apple's iPhones, iPads and other devices running iOS 6 or higher are officially cleared for use on the US government's secure networks, the Department of Defence announced on Friday. The final approval, which we first reported on in March, also grants Samsung Android devices that are running the Korean company's Knox security lockdown, as well as BlackBerry devices running BB10 the ability to be used on secure networks. The move is expected to further hurt BlackBerry, as it faces competition in the military space for the first time.
Prizmo now Universal app
Creaceed has released the next major version of its Prizmo iOS app, complete with an all new user interface and support for PDF files. Version 2.0 is now a Universal app, working on both the iPhone and iPad, and offers iCloud integration for automatically syncing documents between multiple devices. The document scanner has also been improved with automatic frame detection when taking images, as well as enhanced tools for better corner positioning when cropping. Other new features includes 30 new OCR languages, voice guidance for positioning documents within the camera's line of sight, and multipage document handling. For the next few days Prizmo 2 will be offered at the discounted price of $6, after which it will rise to $10.
Patch fixes numerous bugs, requires OS X 10.5.8 or higher
A new update is available for Microsoft Office 2011, the most recent version of the widely-used office suite. Version 14.3.4 addresses numerous issues and bugs, adds a needed font for sharing documents, and most importantly further refines the interoperability of the Office 365 initiative, allowing the option for users to jump to the subscription version of Office if they want. In addition, the new version adds the built-in option of saving files to SkyDrive and SharePoint in Microsoft Word.
Express Dock now available for purchase
After months of delays Belkin has finally made its Thunderbolt Express Dock available for purchase through its online store. First announced at CES 2011, the Express Dock was originally expected to be launched in September 2012. However, various setbacks and revisions continually pushed this date back until Belkin finally began accepting pre-orders this past February. The final revision is being sold for $300 and features eight ports, one FireWire 800, one Gigabit Ethernet, three USB 3.0, one 3.5mm audio-in, one 3.5mm audio out, and one Thunderbolt port, that can simultaneously be connected to a computer through a single Thunderbolt cable.
Item libraries, Bluetooth scanners speed up checkouts
Square has issued a major update of the iOS and Android versions of Register, the app for the company's retail checkout system. Version 3.0 focuses on improvements for restaurants: customers can add custom tips, and the payment pad now supports multiple custom amounts, which can each have individual notes attached. On the iPad, customizable kitchen tickets can include a name or number, and orders can be modified at the counter.
Study files mobile devices being used indoors as much as on-the-go
A new study by Filemaker has found that mobile devices are being used for building management and other "inside" enterprise jobs as much or more than they are employed "in the field" or on-the-go. Businesses -- the survey of 500 Filemaker Go customers found -- are "mobilizing" automated processes including web and remote-device admin, maintenance reports and connection to in-house servers more and more, allowing even workers who don't leave the building the freedom to do their jobs at or away from their desks.
Enables more social interaction, showcases 'influencers'
Business-oriented networking service LinkedIn has unveiled version 6.0 of its iOS app, which brings an overhauled design to the iPhone and iPod version based on the design of the iPad app. The program allows more than 200 million professionals to post career histories and job information, network with colleagues and mentors, search for future employment opportunities, catch up on industry news and participate in discussions. The iPhone version can now be used to edit a user's profile and save recommended jobs, among other changes.
1,600 individual servers can fit in a standard rack
HP today unveiled the world’s first commercially-available Moonshot system, which the company claims uses up to 89 percent less energy, occupies 80 percent less space, and costs 77 percent less compared to traditional X86 servers with the same processing power. The 4.3-unit high system is tailored for "social, cloud, mobile, and big-data" uses.
Device integrates off the shelf servers with easy user setup
Cloud systems company Nebula today announced the availability of the Nebula One, a low-configuration enterprise cloud computer. The hardware is a turnkey private cloud system that provides computational, network, and storage services through a simple self-guided interface with familiar APIs, using industry-standard servers from vendors such as HP, IBM, and Dell.
iOS update improves Drive functions
Google has brought Quickoffice to the iPhone and Android devices for Apps for Business customers. Quickoffice lets users work with Microsoft Office files; previously, Apps for Business subscribers were limited to using an iPad app. The new releases still require an Apps for Business account, but are otherwise free downloads.
Shutdown of AMD, Cell-based supercomputer despite #22 ranking
The Los Alamos National Laboratory is shutting down its Roadrunner supercomputer, after deeming it too energy inefficient. Constructed by IBM in 2008, the five-year-old supercomputer was at one point the fastest in the world after achieving a speed exceeding one petaflop: one million billion calculations per second.
QuarkXPress upgrade promotion
Quark has announced an extension to its upgrade promotion that allows QuarkXPress version 3 through 8 users to upgrade to QuarkXPress 9 for $349. Customers now have until June 30 to take advantage of the $500 discount, which otherwise is only offered to QuarkXPress 8 users. Features of v9 include a number of processes that can automatically style content based on styling rules, a cloning tool for duplication design elements, and access to App Studio for creating HTML5-based apps for the iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, and Android devices.