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Save The Date: BlackBerry for Business and Government Webcast Nov. 29th


The demo given at RIM’s BlackBerry Innovation Forum was an amazing opportunity to check out what’s in store for the PlayBook OS 2. RIM showed off the native PIM features such as email, calendar and contacts. The demo was smooth and the PIM features were all imbued with some Gist magic. RIM is hosting a BlackBerry for Business and Government webcast, and who knows, maybe they’ll show it off again.
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ITU Telecom World 2011 Mobile App Launched


Active Network has announced the launching of the ITU Telecom World 2011 Conference mobile app.

The International Telecommunications Union is the United Nations’ specialized agency for telecommunications. The Telecom World conference draws industry leaders as well as regulators from around to world to its yearly event.

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RIM Releases BlackBerry Client for Microsoft SharePoint


Microsoft SharePoint is an essential tool for many large organizations and for a long time RIM hasn’t had much support for it. In the meantime, many organizations have looked to solutions such as WICKSoft, a company that we have covered extensively on BBCool. More about RIM’s SharePoint solution after the break.
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BlackBerry Smart Card Reader Achieves FIPS 140-2 Certification Level 3


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The PlayBook Will Be the First Tablet to Truly Enter Government


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RIM has just announced that the PlayBook has received FIPS 140-2 certification, making the BlackBerry PlayBook the first tablet certified for deployment within U.S. federal government agencies. No other tablet on the market has gained FIPS (Federal Information Processing Standard) certification from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), which is required under the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA). While some sites will claim that the iPad has made significant moves in government, from what we can tell it’s for very minimal use cases such as presentations and there doesn’t seem to be any significant deployment to date.

According to Bloomberg, the US Military has been testing tablets across all branches. The services are looking to tablets to replace laptops as well as paper manuals, maps, biometric devices and some communications tools. The U.S. Army is leaning toward the PlayBook because RIM “addressed security concerns from the get-go,” said Lieutenant Colonel Matthew Dosmann, who oversees mobile device pilot- testing for the Army’s cybersecurity division. Security remains an issue for Apple and may hold back wider use of iPads, he said.
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Federal Government Getting an Increase of Unsecure Devices on Network


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A recent WaPo article talks about the growing shift from a single device (BlackBerry), to a multi-platform environment including iPhone, iPad and Android devices. The strange thing about the article is that the author barely touches on the subject of security, an issue that is becoming increasingly important in light of recent announcements that Lockheed Martin was hacked and the Pentagon said hacks could be an act of war.

While the WaPo likes to paint the picture as a massive shift in the way government is doing business, it seems the ways they’re actually implementing the use of these devices is pretty minimal. One such example was that the sign-in book at the reception desk was replaced with an iPad. Another example was showing video of an arrest to ATF employees with an iPad. These devices aren’t exactly transmitting highly sensitive data but do we trust employees using these devices to keep data safe?

Another question we should be asking ourselves is whether or not federal employees should even be able to use tax dollars on these devices just because of consumer hype. While many will claim that tablets increase productivity or the latest Android device has more processor power, allowing them to work faster, it’s probably just excuses to get the latest toy. There’s a reason governments shut out their devices from downloading apps and fooling around on the web: because it’s tax dollars and they have to be accountable for the time spent and security possibly compromised.

In fact, these new devices are actually impeding some federal employees from doing their jobs properly. For example, presidential recordkeeping:
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