AT&T’s Moto X 2013 is next up for a soak test

The 2013 Moto X on AT&T is up next for a soak test of new software, according to the flood of tips in our inbox. That should be the Android 5.1.1 update that’s been hitting other variants of the original Moto X.

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Microsoft’s HoloLens big for business? Object Theory thinks so

Object Theory is a startup that’s part developer and part services firm for augmented reality apps for Microsoft’s HoloLens.

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Getting rid of the bloatware on the ASUS ZenFone 2

Saying goodbye to those apps you never wanted to begin with.

Let’s be honest — the ASUS ZenFone 2 ships with a lot of applications that many of us are never going to use, and never wanted in the first place. A few of them are essential, like the dialer and messaging app for dual-SIM users, and others are done well and worth keeping if you’re going to want the functionality they bring to the table. Always look at an app before you try to nuke it out of existence.

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Power Nap, un módulo para Xposed que emula el ahorro de energía de Sony Stamina

Sony dispone de tecnologías muy reconocidas para sus equipos Sony Xperia. La imagen y el sonido son dos parcelas donde destacan con BRAVIA Mobile Engine, xLoud o Hi-Res, por poner algunos ejemplos. Sin embargo, existe otro detalle técnico con resultados sobresalientes en lo que al ahorro energético respecta. Nos referimos al Modo Stamina, con el que podemos aumentar notablemente la autonomía de nuestro smartphone Sony Xperia. Sin embargo, ahora es posible trasladar esta mejora al resto de dispositivos Android con Power Nap.

Como podéis intuir, el modo Stamina es tecnología propietaria y exclusiva de Sony. Sin embargo, no hay muro que detenga a la Scene Android y Xposed es una de las herramientas que mejor definen la potencia de la que hablamos. De hecho, los desarrolladores involucrados en el desarrollo de esta herramienta han añadido el módulo Power Nap para emular los resultados de Sony Stamina en todos los dispositivos Android con versiones Ice Cream Sandwich en adelante.

¿Quieres disfrutar de las prestaciones y resultados de Sony Stamina en cualquier dispositivo Android? Xposed tiene la solución y se llama Power Nap. Como podéis intuir, se trata de un módulo para ser cargado a partir de Xposed, por lo que implica no solo que tengamos instalada la herramienta, sino que del mismo modo es preciso disponer de permisos de superusuario para que sea posible su instalación y correcto funcionamiento.

Al igual que Sony Stamina, este módulo Power Nap lo que nos permitirá será configurar los permisos de ciertas aplicaciones y servicios de modo que éstos no realicen conexiones a Internet cuando se apague la pantalla del dispositivo. La configuración afecta tanto a la conectividad 4G como WiFi. De este modo se consigue que el equipo entre en un modo latente que reduce significativamente el consumo de energía en reposo. Según el desarrollador que ha compilado el módulo, tras una correcta configuración puede aplicarse un modo de ahorro energético tal que el consumo de energía haga descender tan solo un 0.2% de la batería por hora.

Para su instalación es preciso solicitar unirse a la comunidad de usuarios como tester de la app.

El artículo Power Nap, un módulo para Xposed que emula el ahorro de energía de Sony Stamina se publicó en MovilZona.

Source : MovilZona http://www.movilzona.es/2015/07/06/modo-stamina-en-cualquier-smartphone-android-con-power-nap/

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Moto X (2014) users, how do you feel about the 5.1 update?

Moto X 2014 owners on every US carrier ended June with a big update, and now it’s time to talk about whether it was worth the wait.

Excited doesn’t begin to describe a lot of Moto X (2014) users out there when the phone was quickly updated to Lollipop, but it didn’t take long for that excitement to sour. The update to 5.0.2 introduced software lag, battery drain problems, and several isolated issues that turned a fantastic phone into a mediocre burden for many.

Plenty of good things made it into the update as well, especially for those who are a fan of Motorola’s enhancements to an almost Nexus-esque experience, but it’s easy to let the negatives get you down when the phone performed so well out of the box.

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Government and Businesses ‘Down Under’ Get Mobile and Secure with BlackBerry

BlackBerry continues to work with multiple government departments in Australia, to secure BlackBerry and multi-OS devices for users such as Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo credit: Gary Ramage/News Limited (The Australian)

BlackBerry continues to work with multiple government departments in Australia, to secure BlackBerry and multi-OS devices for users such as Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo credit: Gary Ramage/News Limited (The Australian newspaper)

Mark Twain said never to do it, but isn’t it funny how sometimes the truth still gets in the way of a good story?

Here at BlackBerry we are used to seeing headline-grabbing stories based on few facts, which we responded to recently.  So we were surprised to see yet another bold and sweeping headline, this time in Australia, claiming that Australian politicians are ditching BlackBerry.

Again? OK, let us set the world to right by giving you the bigger picture.

Along with all other G7 governments around the world, Australian Federal, State and Local Governments continue to trust BlackBerry, and for good reason. The Australian Federal Police recently told the ABC that more than 3,500 cyber-attacks on Australia from foreign countries and criminals were reported in April 2015, and the threat is only going to increase.

Australian politicians spotted wielding BlackBerry devices include the New South Wales State Premier, Mike Baird, Federal Minister for Industry and Science, Ian McFarlane as well the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott – all secured by the gold standard in security, BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES).

However, what this story does not fully acknowledge is that BlackBerry today is an enterprise mobility company that manages any device. We are making this transition in the government sector with a number of key Federal and State Government departments which continue to use BES as a management platform for both BlackBerry and other mobile operating systems.

Some Federal Government organizations that have deployed BES12 to manage BlackBerry 10 and multi-OS platforms, such as iOS and Android, include:

  • The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) which carries out financial statement audits of every government body that receives Commonwealth funding, has a mobile team that works in various locations and handles extremely sensitive information
  • The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, (ATSB) is responsible for improving national public safety in aviation, marine and rail travel.  The ATSB conducts investigations into ship collisions, plane crashes and rail disasters – sharing information from often extremely remote or environmentally hostile areas.

At the State level, the New South Wales Government named BES its Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution of choice in 2014, over other vendors. However, beyond the MDM debate, BlackBerry offers services specifically designed for regulated industry to maintain the highest levels of security; without inhibiting productivity. This includes DRM-protected document management, secure archiving and auditing and encrypted voice.

Further, BlackBerry is in a unique position to help governments and organisations future-proof their strategy to prepare for the next wave of mobility, the Internet of Things.

Australian Enterprises of All Sizes Embracing BlackBerry

Analyst firm Telsyte reports the demand for enterprise mobility is on the rise Down Under with a growing number of government departments and businesses selecting BlackBerry to get their organizations mobile, productive – and secure.

Outside of government, BlackBerry continues to win Australian customers for its security, productivity and collaboration. Managing Director for BlackBerry in Australia and New Zealand, Matthew Ball, shared an update with The Australian this week; and today, BlackBerry announced it is enjoying strong momentum in Australia due to its cross-platform strategy, including:

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AEG Ogden is responsible for the management of Australia’s most iconic venues, including Allphones Arena, Sydney Exhibition Centre, the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and Suncorp Stadium. Dirk Hoffman, AEG’s CIO for the Middle East, Asia and Pacific says, “As Airwatch could not meet our security requirements, we have rolled-out BES12 as our enterprise mobility platform. We have also deployed BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic devices, and now in the process of making BES12 our one-stop solution to manage all other mobile devices in our APAC network, including those running iOS and Android.”

BMD Group is one of Australia’s largest privately-owned construction companies with more than 1,700 employees. John Mulder, Group Information Technology Manager says, “BMD Group migrated from BES10 to BES12 knowing that we had the flexibility and scalability to add and deploy any smartphone or tablet we wanted to – all managed through a single console.”

Morea Architects – small business enjoys big benefits 

With BES®12 Cloud now available in both Australia and New Zealand, small and large businesses are tapping into the multi-platform benefits of BlackBerry’s enterprise mobile management offering.
Morea Architects is an innovative and fast-growing Melbourne-based architecture firm with a mobile fleet that includes BlackBerry Passports and BlackBerry Classics, as well as iPads and Android devices – all of which are managed by BES12 Cloud.

Driven by a need for employees to access architectural tools while out and about, Morea required an affordable mobility solution that was flexible, reliable and secure.  As a business without an IT team, it also needed something that was easy to manage.

 

Constantine Dionysios Moschoyiannis, Director at Morea Architects says: “With BES12 Cloud, we take advantage of BlackBerry’s security architecture, and can manage any device our staff members choose to use, without the need for dedicated in-house technical support, saving thousands of dollars in IT costs. We also save valuable time and money with BBM Meetings, which lets our small team conduct meetings from anywhere, show the building site, share plans with the office and the client, make changes and get client approval – securely, in real time.”

Of course we acknowledge that smartphone preferences have changed and many people use alternative handsets. That’s ok. We secure them too. There is still nothing more secure than a BlackBerry device on BES. However BlackBerry today is a different company – truly cross-platform, bringing those security benefits to iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows Phone 8, Samsung KNOX-enabled devices and Android for Work, too.

The moral of the story:  Mark Twain was a great bloke, but a skilled fabricator. In our book, which has many more chapters to tell, the truth always wins.

Source : Inside BlackBerry http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/InsideBlackberry-TheOfficialBlackBerryBlog/~3/QHjXvJQx4CM/

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Government and Businesses ‘Down Under’ Get Mobile and Secure with BlackBerry

BlackBerry continues to work with multiple government departments in Australia, to secure BlackBerry and multi-OS devices for users such as Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo credit: Gary Ramage/News Limited (The Australian)

BlackBerry continues to work with multiple government departments in Australia, to secure BlackBerry and multi-OS devices for users such as Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Photo credit: Gary Ramage/News Limited (The Australian newspaper)

Mark Twain said never to do it, but isn’t it funny how sometimes the truth still gets in the way of a good story?

Here at BlackBerry we are used to seeing headline-grabbing stories based on few facts, which we responded to recently.  So we were surprised to see yet another bold and sweeping headline, this time in Australia, claiming that Australian politicians are ditching BlackBerry.

Again? OK, let us set the world to right by giving you the bigger picture.

Along with all other G7 governments around the world, Australian Federal, State and Local Governments continue to trust BlackBerry, and for good reason. The Australian Federal Police recently told the ABC that more than 3,500 cyber-attacks on Australia from foreign countries and criminals were reported in April 2015, and the threat is only going to increase.

Australian politicians spotted wielding BlackBerry devices include the New South Wales State Premier, Mike Baird, Federal Minister for Industry and Science, Ian McFarlane as well the Australian Prime Minister, Tony Abbott – all secured by the gold standard in security, BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES).

However, what this story does not fully acknowledge is that BlackBerry today is an enterprise mobility company that manages any device. We are making this transition in the government sector with a number of key Federal and State Government departments which continue to use BES as a management platform for both BlackBerry and other mobile operating systems.

Some Federal Government organizations that have deployed BES12 to manage BlackBerry 10 and multi-OS platforms, such as iOS and Android, include:

  • The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) which carries out financial statement audits of every government body that receives Commonwealth funding, has a mobile team that works in various locations and handles extremely sensitive information
  • The Australian Transport Safety Bureau, (ATSB) is responsible for improving national public safety in aviation, marine and rail travel.  The ATSB conducts investigations into ship collisions, plane crashes and rail disasters – sharing information from often extremely remote or environmentally hostile areas.

At the State level, the New South Wales Government named BES its Mobile Device Management (MDM) solution of choice in 2014, over other vendors. However, beyond the MDM debate, BlackBerry offers services specifically designed for regulated industry to maintain the highest levels of security; without inhibiting productivity. This includes DRM-protected document management, secure archiving and auditing and encrypted voice.

Further, BlackBerry is in a unique position to help governments and organisations future-proof their strategy to prepare for the next wave of mobility, the Internet of Things.

Australian Enterprises of All Sizes Embracing BlackBerry

Analyst firm Telsyte reports the demand for enterprise mobility is on the rise Down Under with a growing number of government departments and businesses selecting BlackBerry to get their organizations mobile, productive – and secure.

Outside of government, BlackBerry continues to win Australian customers for its security, productivity and collaboration. Managing Director for BlackBerry in Australia and New Zealand, Matthew Ball, shared an update with The Australian this week; and today, BlackBerry announced it is enjoying strong momentum in Australia due to its cross-platform strategy, including:

morea case study pic

AEG Ogden is responsible for the management of Australia’s most iconic venues, including Allphones Arena, Sydney Exhibition Centre, the Brisbane Entertainment Centre and Suncorp Stadium. Dirk Hoffman, AEG’s CIO for the Middle East, Asia and Pacific says, “As Airwatch could not meet our security requirements, we have rolled-out BES12 as our enterprise mobility platform. We have also deployed BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic devices, and now in the process of making BES12 our one-stop solution to manage all other mobile devices in our APAC network, including those running iOS and Android.”

BMD Group is one of Australia’s largest privately-owned construction companies with more than 1,700 employees. John Mulder, Group Information Technology Manager says, “BMD Group migrated from BES10 to BES12 knowing that we had the flexibility and scalability to add and deploy any smartphone or tablet we wanted to – all managed through a single console.”

Morea Architects – small business enjoys big benefits 

With BES®12 Cloud now available in both Australia and New Zealand, small and large businesses are tapping into the multi-platform benefits of BlackBerry’s enterprise mobile management offering.
Morea Architects is an innovative and fast-growing Melbourne-based architecture firm with a mobile fleet that includes BlackBerry Passports and BlackBerry Classics, as well as iPads and Android devices – all of which are managed by BES12 Cloud.

Driven by a need for employees to access architectural tools while out and about, Morea required an affordable mobility solution that was flexible, reliable and secure.  As a business without an IT team, it also needed something that was easy to manage.

 

Constantine Dionysios Moschoyiannis, Director at Morea Architects says: “With BES12 Cloud, we take advantage of BlackBerry’s security architecture, and can manage any device our staff members choose to use, without the need for dedicated in-house technical support, saving thousands of dollars in IT costs. We also save valuable time and money with BBM Meetings, which lets our small team conduct meetings from anywhere, show the building site, share plans with the office and the client, make changes and get client approval – securely, in real time.”

Of course we acknowledge that smartphone preferences have changed and many people use alternative handsets. That’s ok. We secure them too. There is still nothing more secure than a BlackBerry device on BES. However BlackBerry today is a different company – truly cross-platform, bringing those security benefits to iOS, Android, Microsoft Windows Phone 8, Samsung KNOX-enabled devices and Android for Work, too.

The moral of the story:  Mark Twain was a great bloke, but a skilled fabricator. In our book, which has many more chapters to tell, the truth always wins.

Source : Inside BlackBerry http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/InsideBlackberry-TheOfficialBlackBerryBlog/~3/QHjXvJQx4CM/

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Microsoft delivers Skype for Business app for Windows Phone

Microsoft is rolling out is Skype for Business unified communications app for Windows Phone 8.1.

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¿Quieres personalizar tu Sony Xperia? Este gestor de temas te ayudará

Aunque Sony dispone de su propio software para aplicar temas distintos a los incluidos de serie en los smartphones Sony Xperia, existen alternativas para ofrecer un look distinto a la interfaz. En esta ocasión os acercamos el gestor de temas Desmobox con el que un desarrollador propone decenas de temas nuevos para tus dispositivos Sony Xperia compatibles con Android KitKat y Android Lollilop.

La personalización es una de las características más interesantes de Android. Si bien Google propone una interfaz liviana, sencilla, los distintos fabricantes han querido conseguir cierta diferenciación con interfaces gráficas personalizadas. Aquí podemos encontrar desde TouchWiz en los Samsung Galaxy, HTC Sense en los HTC One o MIUI en los Xiaomi. En el caso de los Sony Xperia, la interfaz se caracteriza por tener un toque sutil de cambios respecto a la interfaz nativa de Android. Sin embargo, esta personalización no siempre es del gusto de todos, por lo que un sector de los propietarios de dispositivos Sony Xperia requieren de alternativas a Xperia Themes, la app con temas oficiales.Temas para dispositivos Sony Xperia

Diversidad de colores

Para esa proporción de usuarios llega Desmobox con un catálogo de temas muy diversos que destacan por su variedad de colores. Si bien podemos acceder a la página web en la que se muestra el proyecto en todo su esplendor dado que el desarrollador amplia gradualmente el número de temas disponibles, tal vez la app Themes catalogue sea la opción más cómoda para rebuscar qué personalización aplicar desde el propio smartphone. Esta aplicación nos permite visualizar todos los temas disponibles, algunos gratis y otros de pago, desde una interfaz desde la que acceder a los mismos a partir de filtros. Algunos de los mismos están inspirados en características determinadas de otras plataformas como Windows Phone e incluso distintas versiones de Android. En esta última parte cabe destacar las alusiones a efectos y detalles gráficos de las últimas versiones de Android Lollipop. Del mismo modo aparece en catálogo un tema basado en la interfaz de Android M.

Catalogo alternativo a Xperia Themes

Una vez hemos seleccionado el tema deseado, Themes catalogue ofrece una serie de imágenes donde se muestran los resultados aplicados sobre la interfaz así como información referente a las novedades que implica la instalación del citado tema. A su vez encontramos un enlace que nos deriva a Google Play, desde donde tendremos ocasión de instalar el apk que ofrecerá el cambio de look a tu Sony Xperia. A este respecto cabe indicar que existen temas gratuitos y otros de pago por 0.99 euros.

WP-Appbox: Themes catalogue (Google Play) →

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Source : MovilZona http://www.movilzona.es/2015/07/06/personalizacion-smartphones-sony-xperia-desmobox/

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OnePlus Two will be pricier than the first, but not by much

OnePlus Two will be pricier than the first, but not by much

The upcoming OnePlus Two will be below $450. Or at least, that’s what OnePlus CEO Pete Lau has promised on the company’s Google+ page. What “below $450” will actually translate to is something we won’t know for sure until the phone is revealed in full on July 27th. But if OnePlus is being cheeky, the OnePlus Two could debut for $449. Don’t do that, OnePlus.

Looking back, the OnePlus One launched in 2014 at a price of $299 (£229, about AU$320) for the 16GB Silk White model and $349 (about £280, AU$465) for the 64GB Sandstone Black version. Just last month, OnePlus permanently reduced the price of each variation, dropping the price of the 16GB and 64GB models down to $249 (£179, about AU$332) and $299 (£219, about AU$398), respectively.

With the past in mind, $399 seems like a reasonable price point for the OnePlus Two. But looking forward, it makes a little more sense, especially when considering some of the features that have been revealed for the next ‘flagship killer.’ We know that it will come stocked with an improved Snapdragon 810 SoC and will utilize USB Type-C. We also know that it will feature a fingerprint sensor that’s ‘twice as fast as any iPhone.’

Lau teased that the phone would launch right around the $400 mark back in May, and now, he’s promised as much through a social media post. We’ll see if he kept to his word when the OnePlus Two is revealed later in the month.

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