31772a6dd13fa30012a6de614c7ac0fc9734955e5797a33812 Money And Knowledge: March 2013

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BlackBerry Balance Coming to iPhone and Android

BlackBerry Balance Coming to iPhone and Android is a post by Shawn Ingram from Gotta Be Mobile.
Today BlackBerry announced that it will soon bring BlackBerry Balance to both iPhone and Android in an effort to bring its secure services to both competitor platforms.
BlackBerry calls the apps BlackBerry Secure Work Space for iOS and Android. The service includes secure apps for email, calendar, contacts, tasks, memos, secure browsing and document editing. BlackBerry links the apps to BlackBerry Enterprise Service 10, companies will have to use the latest BlackBerry services to deploy the apps.
BlackBerry claims the apps use BlackBerry Balance technology, which just means they are separate from the user’s personal apps and files. The BlackBerry apps won’t interfere with personal email or calendars. The technology eliminates the need for two phones, one for work and one for personal use.
The BlackBerry Secure Work Space apps will help BlackBerry compete in the era of “Bring Your Own Device,” where users increasingly want to choose their own smartphone instead of relying on work to give them one. It means that companies can still get the security of BlackBerry services without giving employees phones they probably don’t want.
This is good news for just about everyone, but it also begs the question of why BlackBerry insists on pushing BlackBerry 10 with these new apps. Since iOS and Android took over the mobile industry, it seemed strange that BlackBerry continued to push its own devices, now it seems even stranger.
The new service will give BlackBerry leverage against Samsung which recently started taking shots at the company with its Unicorn Apocalypse ads. Those ads say Samsung phones are secure and great for personal use. Now BlackBerry can make almost any phone, including the iPhone, secure.
BlackBerry Secure Work Space is already in closed beta, and widespread availability will begin in the second quarter of 2013. BlackBerry will talk more about the program at BlackBerry Live in May 2013, so the rollout will likely come shortly after that event.
BlackBerry Balance Coming to iPhone and Android is a post by Shawn Ingram from Gotta Be Mobile.

Facebook begins rolling out updated Timeline

Facebook on Wednesday began rolling out new profile pages redesigned to clear away clutter from Timelines that chronicle member postings at the leading social network. 

"We heard from you that the current timeline layout is sometimes hard to read," Facebook's Rose Yao said in a blog post. 

"Starting today, all posts are on the right side of your timeline, with photos, music and other recent activity on the left." 

Sections at social network pages have been revamped to let people display music, books, films and television shows they are interested in alongside uploaded pictures, according to Yao. 

Pictures from Facebook-owned smartphone photo-sharing service Instagram can be streamed to timelines, and social network users can share their tastes in films by synching with apps from Flixster or Netflix. 

Netflix on Wednesday took the long awaited step of letting US users share with Facebook friends what they have been watching at the film and television show streaming service. 

A change made to the decades-old Video Privacy Protection Act late last year by Congress cleared the way for California-based Netflix to join the slew of music sharing services that have synched with the leading social network. 

Netflix has previously integrated its service with Facebook outside the United States. 

A week ago Facebook began transforming the stream of updates from friends at homepages into a "personalised newspaper," with news ranging from the personal to the global. 

The News Feed on homepages at the leading social network was revamped to get rid of clutter and present "bright, beautiful" stories, such as insights from friends or trending news of the day. 

"I think there is a special place in the world for this sort of personalised newspaper," Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg said in introducing the overhauled News Feed. 

"It should have a front page and top news section or let you drill down into any topic you want." 

Facebook is rolling out the new News Feed "very slowly" at its website reached by desktop or laptop, and will begin adding it to smartphone and tablet applications in the coming weeks.

Where's Apple's next OS X?

Computerworld - Last year, Apple surprised developers and analysts alike by debuting a preview of OS X Mountain Lion, then announcing it was shifting to an annual release schedule for its Mac operating system.
That was Feb. 16, 2012, a year and three weeks ago.
So where is OS X "Next," or whatever name Apple chooses for its latest operating system?
If Apple is on the same schedule as last year and the year before that -- a preview in February, a July ship date -- the company is running behind. In 2012, Apple offered registered developers their first look at OS X Mountain Lion on Feb. 16, then 161 days later shipped the upgrade. 2011's schedule was similar, but with 147 days between OS X Lion's developer preview and release.
Assuming Apple announced a preview of OS X today and stuck to those time lines, the upgrade would be released between Aug. 5 and Aug. 19.
That's later than the last two years, but within the "annual" cadence, according to one analyst. A year ago, Michael Gartenberg of Gartner Research, who was told by Apple that it was putting OS X on an annual pace, said, "There may be a month here or a month there," of flexibility in the schedule.
Gartenberg's take, as well as the timetables for the last two iterations, suggests that Apple will be releasing a preview of OS X Next soon, perhaps in the next few weeks.
Speaking of "Next," the naming of OS X 10.9, as the upgrade would be numbered, remains a mystery. Although some Apple enthusiast blogs speculated last fall that it could be designated "Lynx" or "Cougar" -- two of the trademarks Apple registered in 2003, along with the already-used "Tiger" and "Leopard" -- neither may be available.
Apple's Lynx trademark was designated "abandoned" in Dec. 2007, while Cougar met the same fate in May 2008. In both cases, according to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the trademarks were dumped because Apple failed to file an extension in a timely fashion.
The faster release pace will further fragment Apple's operating system as new editions are launched while older ones remain in widespread use.
According to online metrics company Net Applications, there are now four editions -- 2007's Leopard, 2009's Snow Leopard, 2011's Lion and 2012's Mountain Lion -- with a 7% or great usage share of all Macs.
That won't change much by summer: Projections based on Net Applications' data indicate that at the end of July, Snow Leopard and Lion will still power about one in five Macs each, while Mountain Lion will account for half of all Macs.

Samsung making 5.9 inch phablet

Samsung Electronics plans to introduce a 5.9 inch handset in the later half of this year to solidify its leadership in the phablet market.
A company official who declined to be named, told The Korea Times on Wednesday Samsung was working on introducing a new phablet using a 5.9 inch organic light-emitting diode (OLED) screen.
The new handset will be powered by its in-house Exynos octa-core chipset to meet the demand for faster data processing and downloading speed.
The move comes as part of South Korean electronics giant to further strengthen its hold over the phablet market, where Chinese firms  ZTE and Huawei have unveiled similar products. The firm also expects to see a rapid rise in its phablet business, which will help maintain its lead over rivals, including Apple, another inside source from Samsung, said.
When approached by ZDNet Asia, Samsung said it is "unable to provide comments on market rumors".
The report of Samsung's latest phablet comes on the heels of the company's expected Galaxy S4 launch on March 14 in New York, its latest smartphone which will target the enterprise market with a mobile device management software called Knox. It also launched an addition to the Note series, an 8-inch tablet Galaxy Note 8, at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona last month.
The launch of phablets had dominated the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas in January, including the 5-inch display Xperia Z by Sony and LG's 5-inch screen Optimus Vu. Industry watchers told ZDNet Asia phablets cater to a niche group of consumers looking for an immersive user experience on a mobile device small enough to fit their palm, they are still of little threat to smartphones or tablets as it is still an emerging product.