It’s been another incredibly difficult month for the former darling of Canadian mobile communications, Research in Motion. The latest blast against the Waterloo-based company sees them paying out $147.2 million in a patent litigation case against Mformation, a mobile device management firm.
While some (notably the victors) see this legal victory as a win for the little guy–the small business, inventors and innovators who often feel bullied by larger companies over technology patents–there’s no question its yet one more nail in RIM’s coffin.
There’s no question that the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) movement is here to stay, having quickly become an inexorable part of the corporate technology scene. While companies continue to struggle to get a handle on this new BYOD trend, Avaya has responded with its latest upgrade for IP Office, Release 8.1
Simply put, to traverse the dangerous waters of the BYOD ocean one needs a safe and secure platform, and in a BYOD market where everyone brings whatever device they want to work the only way to ensure network integrity is to employ secure software, like IP Office 8.1 and its incorporated Flare Communicator, that bridges the BYOD gap.
For a company that prides itself on being Brilliantly Simple, ShoreTel continues to impress with its ever expanding video conferencing and instant messaging capabilities.
Following several impressive upgrades and additions, the company unveiled its latest software release, ShoreTel 13, which includes enhanced capabilities for video communications and instant messaging. The best part – the ShoreTel 13 software upgrade is included at no charge to all existing customers with a maintenance agreement.
The company claims ShoreTel 13 offers significant performance improvements in deployment, management, scalability and use across a single-image system. It also reaffirms ShoreTel’s commitment to open standards as the software upgrade brings compatibility with products based on SIP, XMPP and H.264 along with enhanced capabilities for video communications and instant messaging.
It began with the controversial decision to pull its products from the EPEAT environmental registry, a rating system designed to rate the environmental impact—particularly the ease of disassembly and recycling—of technological devices, and ended with Apple flip-flopping on its decision, bowing to heavy scrutiny.
This past month Apple, as mentioned, requested to remove its certified products from the EPEAT registry, no doubt because the companies current cutting edge ‘retina display’ products don’t conform to the registry’s standards. Facing intense criticism and the loss of several large corporate clients, Apple rescinded its request…although did nothing about the products that still fail to meeting the standard.
Once simply called the ‘hybrid’ smartphone/tablet device, larger screen multi-purpose smartphones have now been dubbed the ‘Phablet,’ and Samsung is looking to take the new mobile niche by storm. The world’s largest mobile company announced the upcoming release of the Galaxy Note 2, the next iteration of the world’s first successful phablet device.
While currently not to everyone’s taste, Samsung (and many analysts as well) envisions a future where the mobile market is defined by ‘phablet’ simplicity, one device that can do everything you need it to do…and as tablets get smaller and smartphones get bigger, it certainly looks like Samsung might be right.
Since the arrival of the iPad the tablet market has grown exponentially. Earlier this year, Cisco published a report which indicates that smartphones and tablets will outnumber humans by 2016. Gartner predicts that Apple will continue to dominate the tablet market for the next few years, although Android and Microsoft will start to mount a significant challenge.
Earlier this week, research firm NPD published a report which suggests that tablets are expected to overtake notebook PCs by 2016 as consumers shift to newer devices like the Apple iPad. In fact, tablets will be ‘the growth driver’ for mobile computing devices over the next few years.