JetBrains make really good tools —ReSharper was indispensable during my days at Microsoft, I find myself using AppCode quite a bit for iOS development and I’ve been meaning to get my paws on IntelliJ IDEA to do Android programming to make Java (ugh) a little more bearable and ditch Eclipse (double ugh).
Here are the latest articles on Mobilize!, the blog of my company, CTS…
Decommissioning BYOD Mobile Devices: When coming up with a BYOD policy, it’s all too easy to forget about what should happen when employees replace their old BYOD mobile devices. If they’re not careful, they could be leaving both personal and corporate information on the device. This article looks at some statistics on how often people replace their mobile devices and what they do with their old devices, and it also provides a simple four-step plan for decommissioning old BYOD phones and tablets.
BYOA (Bring Your Own Apps) by the Numbers: Not only are employees doing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), they’re also doing BYOA (Bring Your Own Apps). A recent survey taken by Edge Strategies on behalf of LogMeIn in which 1,200 respondents from SMBs in North America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand shows some pretty interesting numbers.
CTS is in the business of helping enterprises and organizations make the transition to mobile tech and build a strategy for doing so, and the blog will be about that as well. If you manage mobile technologies, write mobile apps or just want to keep up with what’s up in the mobile world, you might want to bookmark Mobilize!
(And yes, a good number of articles on Mobilize! will also appear here on Global Nerdy.)
Judging from my hanging out with artists, designers, user interface specialists and other creative types, Moleskine notebooks have remained popular even though these same people often have very portable technologies including ultra-thin laptops (mostly MacBook Airs), smartphones and iPads. It seems that they’ve managed to find their old-school product into a world of smartphones and tablets. They’ve done some clever things including releasing their own app, the Moleskine Journal; they’ve also shown that they can fit in the Brave New Mobile World in a video titled Paper Notebooks vs. Smartphones:
In contrast, tablets are enjoying unstoppable growth, mostly thanks to the Apple iPad, which made its appearance in 2010. Tablet shipments will hit 120 million units in 2012 only after two short years of the device being on the market, and 340 million systems are expected by 2016—a magnitude of sales exceeded just by mobile handsets.
It seems that tablets are pretty good ereaders, in addition to being capable of doing a lot of things that used to be the sole province of multimedia-capable computers. The three areas in which ereaders have traditionally surpassed tablets are being eroded as well:
Size: With tablets like the iPad mini and the Nexus 7, the small-size advantage that ereaders enjoyed is going away. The Kindle Fire HD is Amazon’s answer to this challenge: as tablets get smaller and more ereader-like, the Kindle Fire HD is an ereader that got more powerful and tablet-like.
Price: Tablets are getting cheaper, especially the Android ones. With 7″ Android tablets dropping below the $200 mark (a 16GB Nexus 7 sells for $199), ereaders have to lower their price points in order to remain attractive.
Battery Life: The low power requirements of epaper and cheaper processors give ereaders a considerably longer battery life than any tablet. This is the one advantage that will ereaders will continue to have over tablets, given the current trend for tablets to get better processors and displays.
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Justin Angel and Yours Truly. Photo by John Bristowe.
The chart above is from the Guardian article Fragmented world: what two years of traffic data teaches you about mobile. In 2010, Apple devices were already accounting for over half the Guardian’smobile traffic; by 2012, they’re now accounting for about three-quarters. The Guardian serves about 3.3 million page a day to mobile devices, not counting those served to their iPad-specific app.
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