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“The App That Scares Me The Most is Evernote” #GTEC13

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At GTEC 2013, Citrix’s Chief Security Strategist, held a session titled “MDM: How to Develop and Implement Policies to Manage and Secure Mobile Devices”. There was a lot of really interesting discussion around the changing pace of mobile adoption and how IT should handle common problems such as BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) and CYOD (Choose Your Own Device).

One of the more interesting quotes from the session was: “the app that scares me the most is Evernote”. This quote came from a discussion around apps and how to protect data given the explosion of consumer apps and data storage fragmentation. Why does it scare IT so much? It’s actually a very pragmatic reason.
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5 Technologies That Will Disappear and 5 That Will Grow Exponentially #GTEC13

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The Government Technology conference is in Ottawa this week and it’s interesting to see what the hot topics are. This year, the biggest issues are centered around apps, BYOD, cybersecurity and general mobility. It got me thinking about what technologies will disappear in the coming years, and which will be increasingly important. What will governments be concerned about 50 years from now? As a discussion point, here are 5 technologies that are disappearing and 5 that are going to become ubiquitous.
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The Economic Implications of Making Cell Phone Unlocking Illegal

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The Librarian of Congress, though the Digital Millenium Copyright Act (DMCA) has decided that unauthorized unlocking of cellphones would be illegal and provided a 90-day window for compliance. The window closes tomorrow and with that, we’re curious about the implications for not only consumers, but the unlocking industry. There’s potentially thousands of jobs that are affected by an attempt on the part of the government to shut down the unlocking industry. Is this legislation good for the economy in the long run? We reached out to our friends at unlockcodes.com to get their reaction. Read on for more.
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How Does RIM Succeed in Enterprise/Government When All Smartphones Are FIPS Certified?

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Recently, RIM was at GTEC, Canada’s Government Technology Event, where Paul Lucier, Head of Global Government Solutions, was talking about BYOD, BES 10 and a little bit of BlackBerry 10. During the same day, RIM was also presenting its progress on BlackBerry 10 at the Fairmont Chateau Laurier. While there wasn’t much new on the BlackBerry 10 side of things (at least since what we saw at BlackBerry Jam), it was interesting to see RIM tout its FIPS certifications and announce that BlackBerry 10 was FIPS certified before launch (an industry first). But RIM isn’t unique in its ability to get FIPS certification. Other smartphones will get it. So what is RIM’s competitive advantage in a market where its competitors are also FIPS certified?
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Using Apps to Help Microfinance Political Campaigns and Charities

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There’s an interesting trend in the mobile industry right now of using apps to microfinance political campaigns and charitable donations. The idea is that you launch an app that gets your message and donation button in front of as many mobile eyeballs as possible. Mobile is a great market for conspicuous consumption and apps are a good way to tap into the market. So how do you best campaign on mobile, raise awareness and solicit donations?
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MU College of Engineering Create Network for Military Smartphone Apps

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Engineers from the MU College of Engineering, with funding from the US Army and Leonard Wood Institute, have created ad hoc networks so that soldiers can relay smartphone information without using the internet. This allows for targeting using sound or sight, as well as a host of other features to turn smartphones into tools for soldiers.
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