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Android the phone for the Enterprise

Mobile Phone SecurityWhen it gets to security, portable equipment has long been a major problem for the corporate world. Mobile phones in particular have been a specially problematic area. They spend most of their life’s out of the physical control of the IT Department. This means that making sure data on them does not fall into the wrong hands is a daunting challenge.

Google seems to have accepted that challenge, and have announced a new suite of administration controls for Android phones using Google Apps.

Features including:

  • Password Quality Checks – Length and Combination of Letters and Numbers Control
  • Remote Data Wiping
  • Withdraw access to corporate data
  • Lock the phone.

The security suite will become available free to premium and education users of Google Apps within the next few days. They are not the only company out there to develop security systems for mobile phone users. However for users already working with Google Apps this might prove to be a more economical patch than going to the competitors. Experts suggest that Google will soon be in a position to compete with Research in Motion, the people behind Blackberry.

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ZDNet

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The iPad has been replaced

Chrome Tablet Apple and HTC/Google have been fighting quite a lot lately. Is it possible that this could really stir up the problems between the three companies.

The new pad on the market ,or at least coming to the market is developed by HTC which has a strong relationship with Google.

If the rumours are true the device will have quite an impressive specification: NVidia Tegra 2 processor, with a 1280×720 multi touch display, 2Gb of RAM, a 32Gb or more of SSD storage, webcam, GPS, and Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and 3G networking.

The device is expected to be far cheaper given the special relation ship with US carrier Verizon and is expected that it may ship for as little as the cost of a standard data contract. Given what it does, and the superior operating system over the iPad this could quite easily replace the iPad completely as the next big thing.

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PCWorld
cNET

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HTC Strong Player in Mobile Phones

A year ago or so, many of us had not even heard of an HTC let along what they do. Now it seems they are one of the stronger players in the mobile phone market. With a huge 140% increase in shipments presummably backed up with actual product sales against the same period last year it has thrown them into a strong position as a top 10 mobile phone manufacturer.

It would appear that the launch of the iPad has actually had no effect on the mobile phone sector at all.

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InformationWeek

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Espionage at heart of Palm Pre

Experts at MWR Labs seem to have uncovered a highly disturbing bug in the Palm Pre. Indeed it literally is a bug. Or has the potential to be a bug in the sense of a listening device.

Security risks in the Android operating system apparently make it possible to use the phone to listen into conversations anywhere in the world. The flaw works in the way of opening a backdoor for intruders to install malicious software by simply sending a well formed and equally malicious message to the phone.

The MWR Labs people seem to believe this is just the start of a huge range of security issues in relation to mobile phones. Which, given the number of security related posts I’ve made recently, I can entirely believe this to be truthful.

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eWeekEurope

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Google leads Apple in Phone Sector

With the many problems that exist with iPhone even if they may not be entirely unique, is it any wonder then that people are considering alternatives to the expensive shiny toy produced by apple?

Google’s Android operating system based phones are according to sources the operating system is far more customizable than the OS installed by apple. This is really useful for developers and nosey people alike!

The guys over at Cisco have apparently seen a benefit from it too, as they have announced the Business tablet based on Android.

With the jail break threat on the iphone many have perhaps been worried by the security aspect of using the iphone.

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ZDNetUK
ZDNetUK