This year's focus is noticeably rooted in the significant improvements to chip architectures that are developing as mobile users increasingly demand richer functionality with greater processing power and anywhere, anytime connectivity with longer battery life. The answer to these demands is coming in increasingly complex and compact architectures.
From the ProMat 2013 show floor, Rob Armstrong of Motorola Solutions demonstrates how MSI technology can increase the efficiency and safety of workers picking inventory. Using devices like the WT41N0 Wearable Terminal, equipped with the SelectorPro application from SAE, and the RS419 Wearable Ring Scanner, Rob presents an efficient, scalable solution.
Unlike checking your NCAA bracket pool during business hours – business owners don’t have a problem with work going outside of the office, as nine out of ten manufacturers and distributors see positive results from employees’ use of mobile devices for work.
Valley Power Systems had been tracking the time and project work of its field service technicians on paper. Providing proof of their actual time and meal breaks when technicians worked remotely was nearly impossible. Customer chargebacks were costly without irrefutable timekeeping and location data.
The food manufacturing industry defines the kind of variable, often-extreme working environment in which a rugged tablet PC thrives. Refrigerated areas must be at or below 45 degrees, freezers at or below zero, and hot food must remain at 140 degrees or just higher. Rugged tablets have to endure these highly variable temperatures and move among them as needed.
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We’re in the midst of a radical shift in the way people live, work and communicate. New and continually improving technological advancements are opening the doors to a truly mobile workforce. Gone are the clunky mobile devices, wired telephones and dial-up Internet connections of the 20th century, and the amount of computing power we can fit into a few inches of space these days is nothing short of mind-boggling.
Samsung Electronics Co, Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, has announced Samsung KNOX, an end-to-end secure solution that provides security hardening from the hardware through to the application layer.
HTC Corp. and Apple Inc. have settled their outstanding patent disputes. In a joint statement Sunday, the two companies said they also signed a 10-year license agreement that will extend to current and future patents held by one another. Apple and Taiwanese smartphone maker HTC had battled over the patents for various smartphone features since March 2010.
BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion says it will hold a launch event for its much-delayed new BlackBerry 10 smartphones on Jan. 30. The Canadian company said Monday details on the smartphones and their availability will be announced at the event. RIM will unveil both a touchscreen and keyboard version.
Boston-based Strategy Analytics said Thursday that the S3 shipped 18 million units in the third quarter of this year. Apple Inc.'s iPhone 4S, meanwhile, shipped 16.2 million units, as many people likely held off to buy its successor. Apple launched the iPhone 5 on Sept. 21.
Research In Motion turned to core supporters Wednesday in Ottawa, hoping to upsell its new BlackBerry 10 operating system as the company's shares fell after a biting report from a securities analyst. The company invited federal politicians and their staff to a sneak preview of the yet-to-be-released devices.
And as the globe shrinks, and developing countries become more sophisticated with their businesses, it will be in the best interest of U.S. manufacturers to truly understand the value of mobility as a globally relevant competitive advantage. It is about visibility, efficiency, and actionable business transactions — and it's time we shine our light on the benefits rather than just the expenses.
Microsoft and Apple are garnering the highest profit margins for their tablets, followed by Google and then Amazon, according to research firm IHS. "Amazon and Google want to put tablets in consumers' hands — even if it means doing so at a minimal hardware profit," IHS analyst Andrew Rassweiler said in a statement.
Apple Inc. paid an income tax rate of only 1.9 percent on its earnings outside the U.S. in its latest fiscal year, a regulatory filing by the company shows. The world's most valuable company paid $713 million in tax on foreign earnings of $36.8 billion in the fiscal year ended Sept. 29, according to the financial statement filed on Oct. 31.
Google's Android software for mobile devices was running on 75 percent of smartphones shipped in the third quarter. Apple's iOS system, used in iPhones, was second with a market share of 15 percent, according to an IDC study. Apple's new iPhone didn't come out until late in the quarter.
The iPad mini, a smaller version of the popular iPad multi-purpose tablet computer by Apple Inc., hit stores Friday in Japan and other leading markets as competition further intensifies ahead of the year-end shopping spree. Global sales of tablet computers are expected to top 100 million units by the end of 2012.
Samsung said it has sold more than 3 million Galaxy Note II smartphones in a little over a month after its launch, as the company vies to keep its lead over rivals during the crucial holiday quarter. The South Korean firm, which was the world's largest maker of smartphones in the July-September quarter, said it took 37 days for the oversize smartphone to reach the sales figure.
Designed to enhance connectivity of executives and other staff who benefit from accessing and inputting management-level information, data is presented using displays optimized for the presentation capabilities of mobile devices. The initial applications supported are workflow, user support, corporate directory, expense tracking and contacts.
The devices announced Monday include the latest in Google's line of Nexus smartphones and a larger version of the 7-inch Nexus 7 tablet, which the company began selling in July. It's also adding cellular capabilities to the Nexus 7 and doubling the capacity of existing models.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Dell CEO Michael Dell show off Windows 8 on a new transformable Dell notebook. The new Microsoft operating system will work across all devices -- desktops, tablets, phones -- but won't be released until next year.
Nokia says its Windows 8 phones will hit stores in Britain and France this week, before reaching Russia, Germany and other select markets in November. The Lumia 920 and Lumia 820 are the ailing company's first handsets to use Microsoft's Windows 8 software, launched last week.
AVEVA announced today that it has formed an alliance with Microsoft Corp. to further the development of its ‘Future of Plant Design’ initiative. New funding and technical resources will accelerate the delivery of a tablet application supporting the ‘Future of Plant Design’ solutions announced earlier this year by AVEVA.
Microsoft's first tablet has a great hardware design, but the software and app store still need work to attract consumers. Here's a close look at the Surface, a tablet offering Microsoft hopes can complete with Apple's market-leading iPad. Upon first glance, it looks like a solid effort.
For Nokia, it comes down to this: Is Microsoft's new phone software going to get it back in the smartphone race, or is it going to be too late? After being the top seller of cellphones in the world for 14 years, Nokia failed to meet the challenge when Apple in 2007 introduced the dazzling iPhone that caught the imagination of design-conscious customers and rattled mobile markets.