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BlackBerrry Presents Priv Android Phone

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BlackBerrry Presents Priv Android Phone

Customers missing the hardware keyboard from BlackBerry smartphones but want to keep Android as an OS are in luck-- the company presents the Priv, the first Android-powered BlackBerry handset.

Revealed as part of the BlackBerry fiscal Q2 results report, CEO John Chen says the Priv "combines the best of BlackBerry security and productivity with the expansive mobile application ecosystem available on the Android platform."

Further details on the "flagship slider device" will only be available in the coming weeks, but rumours suggest it features a Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge-style curved display, 18MP camera and, of course, a QWERTY keyboard.

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BlackBerry Acquires Good Technology

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BlackBerry Acquires Good Technology

BlackBerry eliminates a cross-platform enterprise mobility management (EMM) rival from the market through the $425 million acquisition of Good Technology.

The buy makes sense for BlackBerry, since Good will allow the expansion of cross-platform BlackBerry EMM solutions. Good has strong multi-OS management expertise, with iOS devices make 64% of Good technology activations, followed by Android and Windows. On the other hand BlackBerry expertise lies in BlackBerry 10 (obviously), as well as Android management.

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Apple Goes For Enterprise With iPad Pro

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Apple Goes For Enterprise With iPad Pro

As previously announced Apple held its traditional September event-- one featuring the announcement of the much awaited iPad Pro, a larger version of the popular tablet with an obvious focus on enterprise customers.

In fact, the device was revealed only after talk on enterprise partnerships with IBM and Cisco. As repeatedly suggested by rumours, the iPad Pro is the biggest (12.9-inch) and most powerful Apple tablet yet.  It is powered by a specially designed 64-bit A9X chip promising double the graphics, memory bandwidth and disk performance of the A8X, as well as 10 hours battery life, for "desktop-class performance." Audio comes through a 4-speaker array.

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Apple and Cisco Partner in iOS Fast Lane

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Apple and Cisco Partner in iOS Fast Lane

Apple forms a partnership with Cisco in the creation of a "fast lane for iOS business users"-- essentially the optimising of Cisco networks for iDevices and apps.

The partnership involves the integration of iPhones within Cisco enterprise voice and video environments, as well as "unique" collaboration via iOS-optimised versions of Cisco mobile, cloud and premises-based tools such as Spark, Telepresence and WebEx.

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WSJ: Apple Uses Partners for Enterprise iPads

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WSJ: Apple Uses Partners for Enterprise iPads

According to the Wall Street Journal Apple is working with over 40 companies in an effort to turn the iPad into a more appealing enterprise tool as part of the Mobility Partner Program (MPP).

One part of effort involves smaller companies (named examples include accounting firm Xero, digital cash register company Revel Systems, and field-service software firm ServiceMax) training Apple business specialists. Other unnamed companies have even been invited to Apple sales conferences normally closed to non-Apple staff.

In addition the WSJ says Apple is pushing developers into creating a more cohesive ecosystem of interoperable iPad business apps based on feedback from the aforementioned partner companies.

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