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Mobile Device e-Discovery: Can Your iPhone Keep a Secret?

Information Management, Mobile Device e-Discovery: Can Your iPhone Keep a Secret?Your email is blowing up. Your phone is buzzing. You are not even done with your commute and you've already lined up two conference calls, a chat session and a cooperative exchange of Google Docs. You know you are forgetting something so you flip to your to-do list app, then your calendar, then back to your to-do list. And finally you remember that it’s in your reminder app. You want to throw your phone out of your car but you are also terrified of that thought because your phone is your office when you’re away from your desk.

IBM Buys Fiberlink to Secure BYOD Strategies

IBM is aggressively expanding its mobile management capabilities with the announcement last night that it is buying Fiberlink Communications. The acquisition will enable it offer clients the ability to develop secure Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) strategies through IBM’s MobileFirst applications.

Research Shows Android Wins Market Share, But Apple Gets the Money

Grand Central Terminal by Asa AaronsTwo heavyweights — International Data Corporation (IDC) and Gartner — just released quarterly statistics on smartphone shipments and market share.

The consensus: Android is running away with market share, now accounting for four out of five mobile phones sold worldwide. But Apple continues to rake in most of the money and Nokia is moving up in the rankings. What could change in 2014?

The App Marketplace has a Target on Its Back

Everyone claims the jury is in — and the app marketplace has won. But the browser and those who support it are fighting back with a vengeance. I saw a bunch of fun and interesting stuff at last month's Velocity conference in New York City. One semi-veiled theme kept coming up: The app marketplace has a target on its back.

For Multiple Devices, Alpha Anywhere Adds Responsive App Design

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With a world full of mobile device types and platforms, app developers may be forgiven their stress levels. To help bring those levels down a notch or two, this week Alpha Software is releasing the latest version of its Alpha Anywhere app development environment, which now has code-free wizards for building HTML5 mobile apps using responsive app design.

Out of Nowhere, the iPad Mini Retina Goes On Sale

iPadminiretina.pngRather than announce a release date and get iFans stoked, Apple sneakily updated its  online store overnight. Now available: its latest and likely most sought after mini tablet.

The starting-at-$399 iPad Mini Retina will sit alongside the iPad Air as two of this season's hot sellers, although there is even more competition than last year.

Russian Startup Launches All-in-One Mobile App Analytics Platform

With so many new and existing mobile apps to track, comprehensive app analytics is essential for developers and publishers. This week, a Moscow, Russia-based startup launched a free, all-in-one mobile analytics suite for reporting and marketing analysis. 

Pebble Skips On as Majors Stutter in the Smartwatch Battle

Thumbnail image for pebblewatchrange.jpgWhile Samsung and Sony make no noticeable impact on a nascent market with their smartwatch offerings, crowdsourced favorite Pebble continues to make headway. Boasting a new SDK and improved support for iOS 7, a major new update improves its utility as a filter for notifications arriving on your phone and adds features on the software side, including coming FourSquare support.

Thanksgiving Is the New Black (Friday), Adobe Predicts

Adobe Predicts Thanksgiving to be the New Black Friday within 5 YearsThanksgiving is about to be the new black, according to data from Adobe. Black Friday that is. Online holiday retail sales are growing faster on Thanksgiving Day than on either Black Friday or Cyber Monday — and Thanksgiving could surpass those big ticket shopping days within five years. So much for enjoying a family holiday ...

Shake Up at BlackBerry: Fairfax Deal Crumbles, CEO Out, More Cash In

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Trading in BlackBerry shares was temporarily halted this morning, as the company put out a major announcement. Because of the failure to close a deal with Fairfax Financial Holdings — and perhaps emboldened by the success of the BBM launch for iOS and Android — the company has abandoned plans to find a strategic partner. Instead, it is setting out details for new funding. 

Is this the start of a much-predicted move to a software and services company? Certainly a shake-up of the board is just the start, with incumbent CEO Thorsten Heins to be replaced by John Chen, and other executives on their way out.

Although Fairfax failed with its original bid, it will take part in the $1 billion investment that should help the company refocus and restructure under the new management. 

Social Media Briefs: Snapchat Wins, Facebook Loses, Instagram Gains

Snapchat is worth billions. Facebook loses teens. Instagram gains brands. Thinkr uses only #hashtags.

November Brings the Perfect Storm for Tablet Buyers

generictablet.jpgOctober saw its traditional raft of mobile device launches, but November is when the sales will really fly. It's when all those buying for the holidays enter the market.

With Black Friday looming, expect buy buttons to be clicked and registers rung at record speeds. And it is likely to be tablets all the way as second and third screens become the norm in homes and among the most requested tech gift ideas. 

With so many high-class models to choose from, the field has never been more open. So which will win in the battle for sales?

Nexus 5 Officially Launches With Android 4.4 KitKat, Sells Out

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Those tasty fingers of chocolate biscuit take on extra meaning today as the latest version of Android arrives to add flavor to the new range of devices and upgrade those that were losing their bite. 

Google's $349 Nexus 5 smartphone has also been made official, challenging rival devices to a major selling fight over the holiday season.

What else does the company have to offer fans and users increasingly tempted by less-expensive Apple devices, a wide range of Nokia Windows phones and others? 

File Share Won't Solve Enterprise Content Management Problems

The fragmenting Enterprise Content Management (ECM) systems market has file share vendors eager to take the place of production-ready ECM suites. But agile and effective as they may be, file share applications fall flat when compared with an Enterprise CMS for securely managing content.

The Next Big Social Networks Aren't Social Networks Yet

shutterstock_134112389.jpgGrowth for big social networks like Facebook and Twitter will inevitably flatten as users look for options that better match their needs.

Enter the likes of Steam (a PC gaming service stretching out to TVs) and BlackBerry's BBM (a popular app looking for bigger things). Steam has more than 60 million users and BBM has more than 80 million. What else could come along to shake up social networks in the near future?

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