Tag : devices

Dell’s “Project Ophelia”

Another product that seems to have grabbed some attention at this year’s CES is Dell’s 3.5-inches long by 1.5-inches wide device that they named “Project Ophelia”. Dell is attempting to have a release date set for sometime this summer and will cost under $100.

While its size is quite small it claims to pack a lot of punch doing a lot of work through Dell’s PocketCloud. There are 2 usb ports on the device designed for a keyboard and mouse on this thumb size “computer” of sorts. You can utilize the USB the device has and plug it into your computer at home or you can use the MHL port allowing users to convert and computer or TV monitor to a computer. One downfall to that is MHL is roughly four years old and only a handful of companies offer it in their products.

Personally once this type of device becomes a little more fine-tuned it may turn out to be a handy thing to own, but until then I see it as just another small gadget to loose. It seems like a great concept but if you don’t have the right set-up you’ll be using a computer anyways or have to carry around a mouse and a keyboard which defeats its purpose. The team here at BVA will keep our eyes on “Product Ophelia’s” next step and we will see where it goes.

 

Cool Lenovo Ideatab A2107

All of us here at BVA love to hear about great devices especially when they come with a good price tag. The Lenovo IdeaTab A2017 is the latest to catch our eye. This Android 4.0 tablet comes packed with 3G, 7″ screen, up to 8 hours of battery life, HD Video with 720p playback, front and rear webcams for taking photo’s and video chatting plus more all in this 0.9 lb. lightweight machine. You also have the app options through both Google Play and Lenovo App Shop to keep your mind and fingers busy. AT&T currently has a deal that if you buy a two year service agreement they will knock off $100 off of the price of the tablet. Not a huge fan of signing contracts? Well, AT&T is selling this tablet for a mere $199.99 without a contract. Either way it’s a good deal if you’re shopping around for a deal on a tablet. http://www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=23663&cdvn=news&newsarticleid=35928

Mobile Security

Have you ever thought about mobile security for your business? Well you should? Mobile security is going to be a huge concern for companies in the next few years because of the masses of new smartphones and tablets coming to the market.

According to a Q4 2010 report done by McAfee, cybercriminals have a “window of opportunity” to attack multiple mobile platforms. The biggest of the threats is Nokia’s Symbian OS. The report also included the fact that there is a direct correlation between device popularity and criminal activity.

The new mobile devices are hitting the market months before security software even exists for them. The sheer amount of mobile devices without security could lead hackers to target these devices for botnet infections. According to McAfee there has been a 46 percent increase in the amount of threats than in 2009.

What can you do? Well at BVA, we believe that your network is first priority whether it be your server, workstations, or mobile devices. We suggest that you thoroughly evaluate the devices that you are allowing on your network. Don’t be afraid to do a little research and look into possible security holes that may be found, or if anyone has found issues with the devices. It is not a bad thing to standardize the devices that are allowed on your network, especially when there are so many that it is hard to keep up with them all. It is always a good idea to ask your IT vendor if devices are safe.

Also, establishing a company wide mobile security policy is another great feature. When using ActiveSync, you have the option of setting certain security features on your mobile devices, such as allowing or denying the use of removable storage, cameras, Wi-Fi, internet sharing and more. You can also allow or deny the use of unprovisional devices and enforce password policies. In today’s small to medium sized businesses, these policies are often overlooked and can potentially put your network and data at risk.

iPhone on Verizon

Its been quite some time, back and forth between when and how this was going to happen.  A lot of blogs and gossip articles have been written between many reputable websites.  After years and years of speculation, the Verizon iPhone is real. As Verizon president Lowell McAdam put it, “If the press writes something long enough, eventually it becomes true.”  I find this really funny after all the publicity that Verizon put in the media.  It’s ironic how Mac really stayed out of the subject matter and for the most part never drew a line in the sand with a yes or no.  The word comes fresh out of Verizon’s press conference in New York City, where the company has confirmed that they plan to offer the iPhone 4 early next month. Update: February 10th, to be specific.  From what has been published so far, the Verizon iPhone 4 appears to be identical to the AT&T iPhone 4 .

It does not support Verizon’s 4G/LTE network, and Apple took their standard “We don’t talk about future products” stance when questioned on the matter. The 16GB iPhone 4 will set you back $199.99, while the 32GB model will cost you $299.99 (both prices on a 2 year contract.  Additionally, it looks like it’ll have at least one feature that the AT&T model doesn’t (currently): WiFi hotspot, which allows the iPhone to act as a Cell-Data-Fueled-Wi-Fi router for up to 5 devices.

Can You Print Wirelessly From an iPad – Process for Printing Wirelessly Using an iPad – Hewlett-Packard Printer Integration With iPad | BVA IT Consulting Blog

Apple announced that the company is releasing the beta version of its AirPrint wireless printing for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch, a key component of Apple’s iOS 4.2 software update, illustrates the extent to which the ability to print wirelessly is being taken by hardware and software developers alike. Although Apple’s products don’t find their way into the offices of small to medium size businesses nearly as often as brands such as HP, Dell and countless others, the capability to print wirelessly, particularly from your mobile device, is becoming of greater importance.  Apple announced Hewlett-Packard printers would be the first to support AirPrint with compatible devices to include HP Photosmart, Officejet Pro and LaserJet Pro series ePrint-enabled printers. However, HP offers its own line of printers offering Bluetooth wireless technology, and many more HP printers can be upgraded to support Bluetooth with the purchase of the HP bt500 Bluetooth Adapter. HP notes on its mobile printing Website that while many phones no longer require any further steps, some phones require users to pair their devices prior to printing for the first time.