This week, the mobile enterprise gains security, a beloved browser sync and the iPad continues to wreak havoc on e-Readers.
Google Mobile Apps Gain More Security
In the past year, Google has brought more and more of their apps to mobile devices. Accompanying the great many cloud computing tools, now accessible via smartphone or tablet device, is security.
Last week, Google announced the addition of new features to their mobile management apps, designed to help administrators and providers manage the Apple iPhone, Nokia and Windows Mobile smartphones.
New administrative controls offer the best of both worlds -- the ability for employees to access data from a mobile interface, while letting administrators sleep soundly knowing that their data is secure. By providing new security features, Google is making it easier for administrators to manage their mobile workforce.
Admnistrators can now require the use of data encryption; auto-wipe devices after a specified number of failed password attempts; disable a phone's camera, as well as data synchronization when devices roam to reduce wireless overage charges.
Google Apps Premier and Education customers will be the first to benefit from these updates.
Multitasking Apple Users Make Life Hard for e-Readers
According to the results of a new survey by Resolve Market Research (reported in-depth by Mashable), the iPad is edging out e-Readers and game consoles. Of those who plan to purchase an iPad, 60 percent indicated that the tablet was most enjoyable for playing games. Subsequently, 38 percent say they won't buy a dedicated portable game console after picking up an iPad.
image courtesy of Mashable
Not surprisingly, after buying an iPad, most owners don’t see a need for much more. The convenience of the iPad and the intrigue of the Apple brand, make it a coveted device for many reasons, where as e-Readers like the Nook and Kindle, serve the needs of a niche audience of e-bibliophiles, not those seeking a plethora of entertainment services.
Of course the iPad was not designed to be just one thing. To some that’s the beauty of it. For others, its downfall. Those who want just an e-Reader will probably seek out the Kindle. Those who want strictly to play games, will buy a portable gaming device. Those who want to read, play games, watch videos, listen to music and check email, will buy an iPad.
FireFox Gets a Mobile Home
Mozilla, has released a Firefox application designed for iOS devices, like the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad, which lets users access their browsing history, sync bookmarks, share tabs between devices and have direct access to their favorite sites regardless of their location.
Firefox Home stores information securely in the cloud and shares it between two or more devices, allowing users to enjoy the features of their desktop on their mobile devices, making the process of moving from desk to mobile practically seamless.
Though prohibited from launching a full browser on Apple’s products, Firefox Home produces web pages using Apple's proprietary mobile browser, Safari Mobile. Available for free from the iTunes app store, Firefox Home is sure to bestill the hearts of its loyal fans and followers.