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BlackBerry 10: Re-designed, Re-engineered, and Re-invented

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BlackBerry 10 Platform Launches on Two New Smartphones 

BlackBerry® today launched BlackBerry® 10, the re-designed, re-engineered, and re-invented BlackBerry platform that creates a new and unique mobile computing experience. Available on two new LTE-enabled smartphones, the BlackBerry® Z10 (all-touch) and BlackBerry® Q10 (touch with physical keyboard) smartphones powered by BlackBerry 10 offer you a faster, smarter and smoother experience than any other BlackBerry you have used before. 

BlackBerry unveiled the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones at events held simultaneously in New York, Toronto, London, Paris, Dubai, and Johannesburg. 

“Today sees a re-invented BlackBerry launching an entirely new mobile experience,” said Thorsten Heins, President and CEO of BlackBerry. “We are thrilled to be introducing BlackBerry 10 on the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones, to deliver a faster, smarter experience that continuously adapts to your needs.  Every feature, every gesture, and every detail in BlackBerry 10 is designed to keep you moving.” 

Highlights of BlackBerry 10

BlackBerry 10 is a robust and reliable platform that is smooth and responsive. It has a modern design and a gesture-based interface that is highly discoverable. It is designed to support, learn, and adapt to the way you work and share with features like: 

  • The ever present BlackBerry® Hub, which is a single place to manage all your conversations whether personal or work email, BBM™ messages, social media updates or notifications, and the ability to “peek” into the BlackBerry Hub from anywhere, so you’re always only one swipe away from what matters to you.
  • BlackBerry® Flow, where the BlackBerry 10 experience excels by enabling features and apps to flow seamlessly together, helping you complete the task at hand effortlessly and efficiently. For example, you can tap on an attendee listed for a meeting to see their latest tweet or LinkedIn profile. Or tap the thumbnail of a picture you just took to launch the Picture editor and quickly apply a transformation or filter, then instantly share it with your contacts.
  • A keyboard that understands and adapts to you, that learns what words you use and how you use them, then offers them up to you so you can type faster and more accurately.
  • BBM (BlackBerry® Messenger), which allows you to share things with the people that matter to you in an instant. BBM in BlackBerry 10 includes voice calling and video chat, and introduces the ability to share your screen with another BlackBerry 10 contact.
  • BlackBerry® Balance™ technology, which elegantly separates and secures work applications and data from personal content on BlackBerry devices.
  • Time Shift, an astonishing camera feature that lets you capture a group shot where everyone is smiling with their eyes wide open. Story Maker, which lets you bring a collection of photos and videos together, along with music and effects, to produce an HD movie that you can instantly share.
  • The new BlackBerry 10 browser, which sets the industry benchmark for HTML5 support on smartphones, is incredibly fast. Scrolling or zooming is fluid and responsive. The browser includes many advanced features, supports multiple tabs, lets you browse sites privately, includes a reader mode, and integrates with the platform for easily sharing content.
  • BlackBerry® Remember, which combines memos, tasks and much more into a single experience. It helps you organize and manage information you have on your smartphone around projects or ideas, letting you collect content such as websites, emails, photos, documents, and other files, and then like a To-Do list, lets you create tasks, assign due dates, and track your progress. If your BlackBerry 10 smartphone is set up with a work account, your Microsoft® Outlook® Tasks will automatically be wirelessly synced with BlackBerry Remember.  If you have configured an Evernote account with your smartphone, BlackBerry Remember will sync Evernote workbooks as well.
  • BlackBerry® Safeguard technology that helps protect what is important to you, and the business you work for.
  • Built-in support for Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync® so your BlackBerry Z10 or BlackBerry Q10 smartphone can be simply connected and managed as other ActiveSync devices in a company, or enabled with BlackBerry® Enterprise Service 10 to gain secure access to work email, “behind the firewall” applications and data, and benefit from other security and enterprise mobility management features.
  • The BlackBerry® World™ storefront, which now includes 70,000 BlackBerry 10 apps and one of the most robust music and video catalogs in mobile today – with most movies coming to the store the same day they are released on DVD. In addition, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Foursquare apps for BlackBerry 10 are preinstalled, and BlackBerry 10 customers will have access to leading applications from across the globe. Leading application providers including Disney, Cisco, Foursquare, Skype and Rovio have committed to the platform. 

“At Foursquare, we are extremely excited to launch our new BlackBerry 10 application and to continue developing on the platform,” said Dennis Crowley, Co-Founder and CEO of Foursquare. “Our team built the app just for BlackBerry 10, and the result is an amazing Foursquare Explore experience to help people around the world make the most of where they are.” 

“We’re delighted to bring Angry Birds Star Wars to BlackBerry fans around the world,” said Petri Järvilehto, EVP of Games, at Rovio. “It’s a great platform that gives a fantastic gaming experience, so fans can experience the struggle of Rebel Birds vs. Imperial Pigs to the fullest!” 

“Bringing Where’s My Water? and Where’s My Perry? to BlackBerry 10 smartphones will introduce some of Disney’s most popular mobile games to new audiences,” said Tim O’Brien, VP of Business Development, Disney Games. “The new BlackBerry 10 platform is an exciting opportunity to expand Disney’s network of mobile players.” 

“We’re proud to extend Cisco’s WebEx technology to the BlackBerry 10 platform letting customers of any size join, start, view content, and stay connected to WebEx meetings right from their BlackBerry 10 smartphone,” said Raj Gossain, Vice President of Product Management, Cloud Collaboration Applications Technology Group at Cisco. “Our customers access Cisco collaboration capabilities, such as instant messaging, IP voice calling and conferencing on BlackBerry smartphones to stay connected anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. RIM and Cisco have worked together to develop an application that is user friendly and meets the needs of our global customers.” 

“We are excited about our plans to bring Skype to smartphones running the brand new BlackBerry 10 platform,” said Bob Rosin, VP & GM of Business Development for Microsoft’s Skype division. “We are working closely with BlackBerry to ensure Skype runs great on BlackBerry 10 devices. This will give BlackBerry 10 users a great Skype experience, including free voice and video calling, sending instant messages and text messages, sharing photos, videos and files, and calling to landlines and mobiles at Skype’s low rates.” 

BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 Smartphones

The new BlackBerry 10 smartphones are elegant and distinctive, and the fastest, most advanced BlackBerry smartphones yet. They feature 1.5 Ghz dual core processors with 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and an expandable memory card slot. They include the latest enhancements in high density pixel and screen technology to display clear, sharp, and incredibly vivid images. Both feature a micro HDMI out port for presentations, and advanced sensors such NFC (near field communications) to support mobile payments and the exchange of information with a tap of the smartphone. They also have a removable battery. 

Models of the BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 will be available from carriers to support their respective 4G LTE or HSPA+ networks, and all the available models include connectivity support for global roaming. The BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones will also each come in White and Black. For more information about the new BlackBerry Z10 and BlackBerry Q10 smartphones powered by BlackBerry 10 please visit www.blackberry.com/blackberry10 

A range of accessories for the new BlackBerry 10 smartphones, including the new BlackBerry® Mini Stereo Speaker as well as a variety of carrying and charging solutions including a unique charger that provides on-the-go charging, will be available from select carriers and retailers. 

Pricing and Availability

Worldwide, we have several key markets that are revealing pricing and availability today, including the UK, Canada and UAE.

  • In the UK, the BlackBerry Z10 will be available beginning tomorrow on pay monthly contracts and pre-pay plans from EE, O2, Vodafone, Phones 4u, BT, 3UK and the Carphone Warehouse. BlackBerry Z10 smartphones will be available fully subsidized on competitive monthly pay contracts. Price points will vary according to carriers and retail partners.
  • In Canada, the BlackBerry Z10 will be available on February 5th. Pricing will vary by carrier partner, but it will retail for around $149.99 on a 3 year contract.
  • In the UAE, the BlackBerry Z10 will be available on February 10th. Pricing will vary by carrier partner, but unsubsidized it will retail for AED 2,599.
  • In the U.S. market, we expect availability with most carriers for the BlackBerry Z10 to be in March. Today, U.S. carriers will start announcing pre-registration and price plans. 

Many of our global partners have already launched or will be launching pre-registration and pre-order sites today.

We expect the first global carriers to launch the BlackBerry Q10 in April. We will announce new pricing and availability information as carriers roll-out around the world.

Turn Up The Bass Megamix 1994 (CD/VA) Topzustand!!

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With VoIP there is life after 1 March

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Change to VoIP, or the next rate cut could be your last

In 2010 Icasa, South Africa telecoms regulator, announced that call termination rates, the price telcos may charge one another for carrying their calls, would drop each year over the next three years.

By 1 March 2013, the rate will be 40c per minute for mobile calls, 19c for national fixed-line calls, and 12c for local fixed-line calls.

But what will happen beyond 2013? Recent events suggest that customers of the fixed and mobile networks have reached the end of the line with sustainable price cuts, says Rob Lith, Director of Connection Telecom, and may have to hasten their inevitable move to Voice over IP, following telcos and enterprises the world over.

Thin margins
On 30 November 2012, Alt-X listed Huge Telecom reported a decline in half-year earnings and profit, citing thin margins at the top-end of the market.

Three weeks later, TeleMasters, another least-cost routing group, reported a large slump in net profit for its financial year and announced a move out of LCR, saying the model no longer made any sense.

Indeed it does not. What LCR providers have to cope with is the same thing legacy fixed and mobile networks are saddled with – the high cost of the operator infrastructure legacy requires them to charge high call rates.

We are now reaching the point where the interconnect rates that the mobile networks are allowed to charge each other is so low relative to their actual cost of carrying calls that little advantage can be had by re-routing a call via the same mobile network on which the call will terminate.

The writing on the wall
By contrast, VoIP carriers have low cost structures (zero-rated on-net calls or call portions) that allow them to charge rock-bottom retail prices at a small margin over the prevailing call termination charges imposed by Icasa.

The writing is on the wall: VoIP is the future, and the future gets properly under way on March 1. The mobile and fixed networks, Broadband Infraco and SITA have all invested in network telephony for quite a while now, a resounding endorsement of this fact.

LCR providers could also theoretically turn to VoIP as their primary interconnect route, but for that to be a reasonable prospect their network investments would have had to be quite significant by now. To piggy-back off another providers network robs the provider of margin and the customer of the price breaks they are entitled to and can get from the right provider.

The interconnect cliff
As things stand, a number of interesting things are happening and could still happen in the market.

Cell C
Cell C has caused consternation with its 99c per minute flat rate, to any network (fixed or mobile), any place (even international), and at any time (peak as well as off-peak).

Let us analyse that in terms of the looming interconnect cliff. Anytime essentially means nothing, as the distinction between peak and off-peak disappears this March. Happy New Year!

Any network seems a bold move, but in reality the drop is relatively small. Currently the average mobile retail call rate per minute, after discounts, is about R1.15, so 99c represents a small sacrifice. And all of that will be made up with the expected deluge of Cell C incoming calls.

LCR providers
Huge has opted for the lower end of the market where margins are higher.

TeleMasters will get out of LCR and move customers onto the VoIP network, Digital Direct. The higher capital installation and new resourcing costs will however add time to its recovery journey from the fallout of margin erosion.

LCR players have resisted margin erosion in the past with long-term contracts (as long as two years) that lock customers into rates that are low at the time of signing, but are gradually outperformed by rates from more agile players. To call themselves least-cost providers in the circumstances is a contradiction in terms.

VoIP providers
The agile players in this market are the VoIP providers.

The best among them have the quality assurance and confidence of their innate price advantage to allow month-to-month customer relationships, with automatic price reviews as interconnect rates drop.

Go VoIP!
It is simple, really. The big gorillas are currently playing at 99c per minute, while the leading VoIP players are rocking 75c per minute. Come the first of March, VoIP calls can go down to below 60c.

How much lower than 99c can the legacy networks go? And more to the point, where will you go?

Security Predictions for 2013

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by Doros Hadjizenonos, South Africa Sales Manager at Check Point Software Technologies

As you round out your 2013 business and IT plans, cybercriminals are resolving to implement increasingly sophisticated threats targeting specific computer systems and organisations big and small.

Last year, businesses saw several serious hacks and breaches. As the arms race between attackers and businesses continues to evolve in 2013, IT departments and security professionals will need to stay on top of the changing tactics and approaches used by criminal hackers in order to protect their organisations.

Here’s our take on what security threats and trends we expect to see in 2013:

Threat #1: Social Engineering
This begins with focusing on a tried-and-true blackhat tactic in both the physical and digital worlds – social engineering. Before the computer age, this meant sneaking one’s way past a company’s defenses with the gift of gab as opposed to a cleverly-worded email. Now social engineering has moved onto social networks, including Facebook and LinkedIn.

Attackers are increasing their use of social engineering, which goes beyond calling targeted employees and trying to trick them into giving up information. In years past, they might call a receptionist and ask to be transferred to a targeted employee so that the call appears to be coming from within the enterprise if caller ID is being used. However, such tactics aren’t needed if the details the cybercriminal is looking for are already posted on social networks. After all, social networks are about connecting people, and a convincing-looking profile of a company or person followed by a friend or connection request can be enough to get a social engineering scam rolling.

Threat #2: APTs
Being aware of social engineering is important, of course, because it can be the precursor for a sophisticated attack meant to breach the wall of your organisation. This year saw a number of high-profile attacks (think: Gauss and Flame) targeting both corporations and governments. These attacks are known as Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs). They are highly sophisticated and carefully constructed. The intention behind APT attacks is to gain access to a network and steal information quietly. They take a low-and-slow approach that often makes them difficult to detect, giving them a high likelihood of success.

Additionally, APTs need not always target well-known programs, such as Microsoft Word; they may also target other vectors, such as embedded systems. In a world where a growing number of devices have Internet protocol addresses, building security into these systems has never been more important.

APTs will continue as governments and other well-funded organisations look to cyber-space to conduct their espionage. In fact, APT attacks are running as we speak so look out for those anomalies in your network traffic.

Threat #3: Internal Threats
But some of the most dangerous attacks come from the inside. These attacks can be the most devastating, due to the amount of damage a privileged user can do and the data they can access. In a study funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the CERT Insider Threat Center at Carnegie Mellon University’s Software Engineering Institute and the U.S. Secret Service, researchers found malicious insiders within the financial industry typically get away with their fraud for nearly 32 months before being detected. Trust, as they say, is a precious commodity – but too much trust can leave you vulnerable.

Threat #4: BYOD
The issue of trust comes into play in the mobile world as well, with many businesses struggling to come up with the right mix of technologies and policies to hop aboard the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend. Users are increasingly using their devices as they would their PCs, and by doing so are opening themselves up to web-based attacks the same as they would if they were operating a desktop computer.

For attackers, it is likely as well that there will be more attempts to circumvent the app review and detection mechanisms mobile vendors use to guard their app markets. All this means that the flood of iPhones, Google Android phones and other devices making their way into the workplace are opening up another potential gateway for attackers that needs to be secured. Think about it – your smartphone has a camera. It has a microphone. It can record conversations. Add these features to the ability to access your corporate network, and you have the ideal stepladder to climb the walls we are talking about.

Threat #5: Cloud Security
BYOD is not the only thing changing the walls corporations must build around critical data however. There is also this little trend called cloud computing. With more companies putting more information in public cloud services, those services become juicy targets, and can represent a single point of failure for the enterprise. For businesses, this means that security must continue to be an important part of the conversation they have with cloud providers, and the needs of the business should be made clear.

Threat #6: HTML5
Just as the adoption of cloud computing has changed the vulnerability surface, so will the adoption of HTML5. Earlier this year, it was noted at the Black Hat conference, a place where security pros can get a sign of attacks to come, that HTML5′s cross-platform support and integration of various technologies opens up new possibilities for attack, such as abusing Web Worker functionality. Even with an increasing amount of attention being paid to HTML5 security, the newness of it means that developers are bound to make mistakes as they use it, and attackers will look to take advantage. So, expect to see a surge in HTML 5 oriented attacks next year, hopefully followed by a gradual decline as security improves over time.

Threat #7: Botnets
But even though the arms race between researchers and attackers favors innovation, expect cybercriminals to spend a lot of time perfecting what they know best, such as making sure their botnets have high availability and are distributed. While the legal takedowns being launched by companies such as Microsoft succeeded in temporarily disrupting spam and malware operations, it is naïve to assume attackers aren’t taking what they have learned from those takedowns and using it to shore up their operations. Botnets are here to stay.

Threat #8: Precision Targeted Malware
Attackers are also learning from the steps researchers are taking to analyse their malware, and techniques were recently demonstrated that can help render analysis ineffective by designing malware that will fail to execute correctly on any environment other than the one originally targeted. Examples of these attacks include Flashback and Gauss. Both have been successful, especially Gauss, at stopping researchers from automated malware analysis. In the coming year, attackers will continue to improve and implement these techniques and make their malware more dedicated so that it only attacks computers with a specific configuration.

One thing is for certain – 2013 is sure to bring an army of exploits and malware through vectors ranging from social networks to mobile devices to employees themselves. As computer and operating system security continues to improve so will cybercriminals’ new techniques to bypass these defenses. All the more reason to make security one resolution we keep.

Samsung gives employers access to online portal

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Provides Employee Purchase Programme for all its products

Samsung South Africa is offering companies the opportunity to provide members of staff with the ability to purchase Samsung products through an Employee Purchase Programme (EPP).

This gives organisations additional benefits to offer employees and can also be used as a rewards programme to assist with staff retention in an increasingly competitive job market for skilled professionals.

“Samsung is not just one of the leading consumer electronics companies in the world offering people a variety of innovative solutions to meet their diverse requirements for the digital lifestyle but it also gives companies solutions tailored to meet the requirements of their staff,” says Matthew Thackrah, Deputy MD and Director of Consumer Electronics at Samsung South Africa.

Through the EPP, Samsung provides a secure purchasing portal which employees can access to purchase all Samsung products ranging from fridges, digital cameras, and printers, to televisions, tablets, and notebooks. Based on pre-arranged agreements with the employer, products can be financed through monthly salary deductions or third-party financial institutions.

“One of the advantages of the EPP is that Samsung is uniquely positioned as a manufacturer of a comprehensive range of consumer electronics devices and that customers can get all of them from one convenient and secure source,” says Thackrah.

The EPP has been designed to be as easy as possible to use. The employer signs up to be registered on the Samsung e-commerce portal and can select from a range of products to be loaded as per their requirements.

“We work closely with the human resources departments of companies to set the parameters which will ensure that both the employer and the employees can get the most benefit out of the EPP,” adds Thackrah.

Once an employee has selected the product to purchase and the transaction has gone through the HR and finance departments for approval, delivery will take place within seven days as soon as payment is received.

“Unlike a traditional store, the EPP is available to employees around the clock. We frequently update the portal with new product releases to make sure that users are always able to select from the latest solutions in the market. This gives all the advantages of online procurement and provides an automated platform that takes care of checkout, billing, payments, inventory management, and the like to reduce the costs of the products,” concludes Thackrah.

For more information, email ecommercesa@samsung.com or contact 011 549 1500.

 

 

Classified advertising gets a boost from the mobile generation

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The classified advertising business is busier than ever before, according to Felix Erken of Junk Mail, with new mobile channels bringing a younger audience to a well-established marketplace.

Offering users their choice of print, web or mobile access to the same large database of classified ads has boosted traffic substantially, says Erken. “Ten years ago we thought we were doing well running 35,000 ads a month. Now we’re easily doing double that number.”

“There’s a generational shift in the media that people prefer,” adds Erken. “The 20-somethings who enjoyed Junk Mail in print when it launched in the 1990s have now partly moved to the web, but their grown-up children prefer to buy and sell via their mobile phones. It’s still the same experience at heart, just through a different medium.”

Erken adds that South Africa is a very classifieds-friendly market. “In some wealthier countries people tend to give their old stuff away. Here we have a large middle class of people who on the one hand want to make some extra cash from stuff they don’t need or want anymore, and on the other hand really enjoy a bargain. Classified ads fill a real need.”

“It’s in some ways a form of entertainment,” adds Erken. “There’s a strong community around Junk Mail and people are very loyal to the brand. There’s a certain element of trust built up. Here’s a typical story: A friend bought a used dartboard on Junk Mail from someone in another town and accidentally overpaid by R50. He told the seller to include the change with the dartboard when he mailed it – and sure enough, the dartboard arrived with a R50 note taped to the back. There’s a feel-good element to these interactions that keeps people coming back.”

The popularity of classified advertising and the relative ease of setting up an online platform also means there is lots of competition, says Erken. “A lot of entrepreneurs look at it and think it will be easy to do. Fortunately size really does count in this business: The bigger your user base, the more likely it is that each advertiser will make a successful sale, and the more attractive your community is. At Junk Mail we plan to make the most of our advantage.”

Enterprise Developers have Workplace Apps Ready for BlackBerry 10

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A host of applications for the workplace developed by enterprises and enterprise developers will be available when BlackBerry® 10 launches on January 30.

Cisco, SAP, Box, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, Truphone, and BigHand are just some of the companies whose applications, collectively used daily by millions of customers worldwide, will be available for BlackBerry 10 at launch.

“The developer community for enterprise and government has been incredible in the support of BlackBerry 10,” said Derek Peper, Vice President, Enterprise Partnerships, Research In Motion. “The community sees the potential of the BlackBerry 10 platform to help individuals and organizations make the shift from mobile communications to mobile computing, and have stepped forward with powerful, dynamic and user-friendly applications that can empower employees around the globe.”

RIM made a significant commitment to developers for BlackBerry 10, making it fast and efficient for organizations to develop and manage applications. Developers were provided with toolkits that included the BlackBerry 10 Native SDK with Cascades™, to create graphically rich, high performance native apps in C/C++ or the Qt Modeling Language (QML), and the BlackBerry 10 WebWorks™ SDK for HTML5 developers, allowing them to create native-like apps using common web programming technologies (HTML5, CSS and JavaScript).

RIM launched BlackBerry® Partners for Enterprise in 2012 to succeed the BlackBerry® Alliance program and increase support to the enterprise software and services community. RIM also rolled out the BlackBerry 10 Jam World Tour – Enterprise Edition to 11 cities to help enterprise application developers and partners develop for or port existing applications to BlackBerry 10.

What Partners are Saying

“We’re proud to extend Cisco’s WebEx technology to the BlackBerry 10 platform letting customers of any size join, start, view content, and stay connected to WebEx meetings right from their BlackBerry 10 smartphone,” said Raj Gossain, Vice President of Product Management, Cloud Collaboration Applications Technology Group at Cisco. “Our customers access Cisco collaboration capabilities, such as instant messaging, IP voice calling and conferencing on BlackBerry devices to stay connected anywhere, anytime, and with anyone. RIM and Cisco have worked together to develop an application that is user friendly and meets the needs of our global customers.”

“SAP is committed to building beautiful, easy-to-use mobile apps to help our customers run their business better,” said Pete Graham, Director of Finance Solutions & Mobility, SAP. “We are having a very good experience developing enterprise-grade finance apps on the BlackBerry 10 platform using the SAP Mobile Platform. With the SAP Mobile Platform the mobile app development community can build apps that can run on both the new BlackBerry 10 and the existing BlackBerry platforms and devices.”

“As a leader in enterprise mobility, Citrix provides secure apps and data for any device on any platform. With the BlackBerry 10 platform coming to the market, we are working with the RIM development teams to support BlackBerry 10 enterprise users with access to Citrix applications,” noted Chris Fleck, Citrix VP Mobile Solutions and Alliances.

“Mobility has completely transformed the enterprise, powering new levels of productivity for businesses and individuals around the world,” said Karen Appleton, VP of Business Development at Box. “Our deep integration with BlackBerry 10 connects users directly with all of their business content on Box, delivering a secure collaboration experience with intuitive features for fast and fluid file sharing. Box has built native apps for every leading mobile platform and we’re excited to continue our great relationship of innovation with the RIM team.”

“BlackBerry users have had access to critical news and market information via the Bloomberg Professional service for over 10 years, enabling business and financial professionals to make real-time, informed decisions about the markets,” said John Waanders, Head of Bloomberg Anywhere Mobile. “We are pleased to deliver a high-quality, secure experience to our subscribers with our Bloomberg Anywhere app on the new BlackBerry 10, and look forward to working with RIM as the platform evolves.”

“The debut of The Wall Street Journal’s app for BlackBerry 10 is the latest evolution in our ‘WSJ Everywhere’ digital strategy to meet new audiences through new digital platforms,” said Alisa Bowen, Head of Product for Dow Jones & Company. “The global reach of the BlackBerry platform allows us to continue expanding upon our own international growth, particularly in Asia, Europe and South America.”

“BlackBerry 10 changes the game – while the platform conforms to modern standards and is easy to adopt, the applications can integrate with the mobile operating system and with other applications in entirely new ways,” said Adam Linford, Head of Truphone Labs. “This has provided Truphone with the opportunity to rethink how we approach mobile VoIP applications, and open up new avenues for development in the future.”

“With over 165,000 professionals using our voice productivity technology worldwide, BigHand is focused on providing applications that can help busy professionals get more done from anywhere in the world on their smartphone,” Jon Ardron, CEO of BigHand. “Our longtime relationship with RIM has helped BigHand bring some of the first enterprise mobile dictation apps to the marketplace years ago. The new BlackBerry 10 is a continuation of that relationship and reinforces BigHand’s commitment to providing first-to-market productivity apps for professionals, as well as, continuing to support our large mobile application user base that utilizes BlackBerry smartphones. As our clients and other organizations move to the BlackBerry 10 platform, BigHand will immediately be able to offer them support this newest and highly anticipated mobile platform.”

Canon’s innovation in imaging solutions recognised with three 2013 BLI awards

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CanonEurope, world-leader in imaging solutions, today announces that it has received two ‘Winter Pick’ awards and a ‘Line of the Year’ award from testing and research organisation Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) for software products within its imaging solutions portfolio.

Recognising Canon’s on-going investment in innovation, BLI has presented Canon with the following awards:

  • BLI Winter 2013 ‘Pick’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Innovation for Canon’s Universal Login Manager
  • BLI Winter 2013 ‘Pick’ Award for Outstanding Achievement in Innovation for Quick Print Tool in Canon’s iW Desktop
  • BLI’s ‘Solutions Line of the Year’ Honours for Canon’s solutions portfolio

This is the first time that BLI has presented ‘Solutions Line of the Year’ honours in Europe and follows the introduction of BLIs new ‘Solutions Center’ test facility. Canon has been recognised for offering the strongest solutions portfolio across the range of software categories that BLI covers in its facility.

“Customers are increasingly coming to rely on document imaging software solutions to streamline mission-critical business processes, increase the productivity of knowledge workers, and leverage their existing investment in imaging hardware,” said Jamie Bsales, senior product editor for solutions at BLI. “Canon offers an unrivalled catalogue of software products in the key areas that can make a real difference to a customer’s document-centric processes.”

Categories tested included Document Management / ECM, Document Capture & Workflow, Accounting / Cost Control & Recovery, Print Management, Device Management, Mobile Printing and Security. Many of the products covered, including Canon’s uniFLOW and Nuance Equitrac offering for Accounting, Cost Control & Recovery and Print Management, were awarded 5-stars in BLI’s hands-on Solutions Reports.

“Canon developed the iW Desktop Quick Print Tool to help address everyday office publishing challenges and our tool offers easy drag-and-drop print and PDF publishing right from your desktop. The development of our Universal Login Manager, meanwhile, was driven by the growing marketdemands for tighter control of print output” said Matthew Wrighton, European Marketing Manager at Canon Europe.

“Our primary goal is to address the key challenges that our customers are facing around controlling costs, securingconfidential information and enhancing user workflows. Our solutions deliver all of this in a simple but effective way. We are delighted that BLI has recognised our achievements in innovation for products across our solutionsportfolio.”

For more information on BLI’s Winter 2013 ‘Pick’ Awards, please visit: www.buyerslab.com/solutions

 

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