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Is Google Launching A Wireless Service?

UPDATE: Yes, it's official. Google launched its own wireless service, aptly named Project Fi.

Google will leverage its new technology to “intelligently connect you to the fastest network whether it's Wi-Fi or one of our partner LTE networks.”

What’s interesting about the new service is that it will transition service between wireless and Wi-Fi networks so that you’re always connected in the least expensive way. And this is Google’s responsibility, not yours. (I say this because I have the Wi-Fi option on my phone right now, but after receiving a Wi-Fi alert, I have to manually OK the switch).

On the Fi Basics plan ($20 per month), customers get unlimited domestic talk and text, unlimited international texts, “low cost” international calls, Wi-Fi tethering and coverage in 120 plus countries. The data prices are $10 for 1GB, $20 for 2GB, $30 for 3GB and so on. So, a plan with 3GB would cost you $50/month. If you don’t use all your data, you get money back for the portion you didn’t use.

Google reports there’s no annual contract required.

What’s somewhat unique about the service is that, once you connect your number to Google Hangouts, you can talk, text, and check voicemail via any screen that supports it, regardless of what device the person on the other end is using.

There’s more information in yesterday’s story below.

HP Builds Mobile Compliance Cred With New Product

HP has planted a stake in the ground in a space of growing importance to companies: managing compliance and security in internal communications in the mobile environment.

Specifically, the company launched HP Connected MX, a product it describes as enabling "organizations to confidently deliver information accessibility to their mobile workforce while facilitating organization visibility, control and protection of information at the edge."

Translation: it is a connected back up solution that keeps employees and other internal users from accidentally or carelessly sending sensitive information to an insecure smartphone or laptop.

How You Can Cope With Email Overload

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Feeling overwhelmed by all that email?

Think fast, short and selective: When email piles up, most people send short responses to a small number of incoming messages as quickly as possible.

If you're the one sending the email, you have better odds of getting a response if you send your messages on weekdays, during regular business hours — especially if you can resist the urge to add an attachment.

These are some of the not-so-surprising findings of a large scale study by researchers at Yahoo Labs in Barcelona and the University of Southern California. The researchers analyzed the behavior of more than 2 million users exchanging 16 billion separate emails over several months, which they describe as the largest single study of email behavior to date.

What You Should Know About Enterprise Mobility

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With all of the research and resources being poured into mobile, you’d think every single company would have a mobile strategy in place — and be hard at work executing it. However, the number is probably lower than you think.

According to a study by Lopez Research, more than 75 percent of enterprise companies surveyed concede their e-mail, calendar and contact applications are all they have enabled for mobile.

“The vast majority of businesses are either just getting started or are just starting to realize they need to accelerate their mobility needs,” said Adam Stein, vice president of mobile solution and product marketing for SAP.

“Twenty-five percent are using apps for workforce management, productivity gains and to improve the customer experience. And that really helps them make gains in the mobile organization."

Here's a Portrait of Your Typical Mobile Microsoft User

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The typical mobile user of Microsoft's collaboration tools -- Office 365, SharePoint, Yammer and OneDrive -- isn’t a social media maven, according to a survey of user habits. But he can't live without document access.

While that may not be much of a surprise (Microsoft is the platform for the serious office worker, after all) the following finding is: iOS is the dominant mobile browser by far for accessing documents and collaborating with Microsoft tools in the enterprise.

That's an eye-opening factoid given the number of Android phones in general in circulation and the only relatively recent inroads Apple has made in the enterprise, David Lavenda, VP of product strategy at harmon.ie, told CMSWire. 

Still Sticking With Those Tried-But-True Marketing Tactics?

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It wasn't too long ago that being a marketer consisted of balancing multiple communication channels to reach, understand and attract customers. And by "not too long ago," we're talking fifteen years ago.

In the meantime, the Web and mobile drastically changed not only the marketer's job, but what it takes to be a marketing asset.

These changes don't mean you need to be a data scientist or a developer. But you will need to understand these concepts in order to make smart decisions.

Collaboration in the New Age of Intranets

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Intranets held such promise in the early days of the Internet. Then they became the butt of many a joke in the enterprise.

Q: Where does useful information go to die?
A: Our intranet.

But in the past two years we’ve seen an intranet resurgence, driven by the technology and the traction user experience has gained in the enterprise.

Enterprise Mobile Messaging Not All the Rage

Enterprise mobile messaging is hot. Or is it?

Researchers at the Framingham, Mass.-based International Data Corporation (IDC) discovered sending messages through a mobile device may not exactly be setting the world on fire.

Business don't engage with mobile messaging technology (specifically SMS, MMS and push notifications) for operations, employee engagement and customer communications as much as some may think.

Understanding Our E-Commerce Obsession [Infographic]

Customers worldwide are moving faster than ever before, hopping from device to device, buying anywhere.

That's creating opportunities for digitally savvy retailers. But it is also creating challenges for those who fail to adapt to changing realities, according to new research from Demandware, a provider of Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) e-commerce solutions.

The Burlington, Mass.-based company just released its inaugural Shopping Index, which measures digital commerce growth and identifies the trends driving that growth.

Twin Prime Promises a Fast 'Wireless Mile' for Mobile Apps

Idea conceived. Mobile app developed. Mobile app deployed.

This is where Twin Prime promises to make things better. Its technology makes mobile apps faster, officials there promised.

They disrupt the content delivery network (CDN) space better than anyone, including Akamai, who they particularly cited.

"Twin Prime’s software makes mobile apps fast," said Kartik Chandrayana, the co-founder and CEO of Twin Prime, based in Redwood City, Calif.

The mobile data delivery optimization company releases a platform out of stealth mode today. It also announces $9.5 million in funding.

"Fast apps implies happy and engaged users," Chandrayana said. "In fact, Frontback, a Twin Prime customer, saw that its users were spending 50 percent more time in the app, and requesting more images because they were getting data faster. Twin Prime enables businesses to build fast, responsive apps which make more money for them."

Skip Your Vacation: Windows 10 Is Coming This Summer

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Just when you thought it was safe to escape from the office, Microsoft is trying to pull you back.

OK, not everyone is interested in skipping the beach to immerse themselves in bright and shiny Windows 10. 

But odds are some are so eager for the long-promised operating system from the Redmond, Wash.-based tech giant that they may at least be willing to skip a cookout or two. 

Just today, Microsoft announced Windows 10 will be made generally available this summer in 190 countries. The word came from Windows EVP Terry Myerson during a speech at the Windows Hardware Engineering Community (WinHEC) summit in Shenzhen, China.

In a blog post, Myerson steers clear of an actual date (don't cancel those travel plans yet, please). All we know for sure is that the product will hit the market between June and September.

Why You Can Probably Live Without a Shiny New Apple Watch

2015-9-March-dick_tracy_watch.jpgIt seems like we've been awaiting the Apple Watch for an eternity. But in reality it was just last September when Apple first announced the product.

Today the highlight of the Apple Live special event was the skinny on features and functions of the much-anticipated Apple Watch.

Most were nothing new. We were aware of the customizable face options and the ability to check notifications with a glance.

Even the digital health tie-ins were just moderately interesting. They were a large focus of original announcement. And although Apple provided much more detail today, the news was nothing unexpected.

Want Google Love? Then Make Your Site Mobile Friendly

No one has to tell you that mobile is one of the most important concepts in the digital landscape. Americans now spend 60 percent of their digital media time on mobile, according to comScore, an Internet analytics company.

If that's not enough of an incentive to persuade you to create a mobile-friendly website, consider this: Starting April 21, Google will again update its search engine algorithm.

This time, it plans to give higher preference to websites with mobile-friendly site elements than those sites that don't. 

Kate Cox: Why You Should Care About Net Neutrality

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Kate Cox says she "make words about tech, politics, government, regulation, consumer stuff, video games, and lots of other things, mostly for Consumerist, a site owned by Consumer Reports.

Consumerist offers consumer tips, like how to return products and how to confound a telemarketer, and covers shopper complaints, like excessive retail markups. And in recent weeks, it's also become one of my favorite sources of information on Net Neutrality, thanks to Cox.

10 Years in Cyberspace Security

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Ten years ago, I wrote a paper on the future of cyberspace. In it, I pointed to three areas that we needed to address to make cyberspace safe for information sharing: establishing strong cyber-trust, enabling secure mobility and striking a balance between security and privacy rights.

So much has changed since then. Or has it?

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