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BlackBerry, Samsung, IBM Intro SecuTABLET

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BlackBerry, Samsung, IBM Intro SecuTABLET

BlackBerry and IBM join forces at CeBIT 2015 to present the SecuTABLET-- a "high security" tablet based on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 (not BlackBerry's own Playbook) aimed at public sector and enterprise use.

The tablet features a combination of the Secusmart Security Card and IBM secure app wrapping technology, and can be seamlessly integrated in existing BlackBerry SecuSUITE infrastructure. It is currently undergoing certification at the German Federal Office for Information Security for VS-NfD (classified - for official use only) security rating.

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Bloomberg: Apple Delays Larger iPad

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Bloomberg: Apple Delays Larger iPad

Customers hopeful for the rumored "Pro" iPad will have to wait further for the device Bloomberg reports, as display panel supply issues delay the production of the larger "Pro" tablet to September 2015.  

Apple was hoping to start production on Q2 2015, at least according to Bloomberg. 

For those not in the know, the larger iPad is said to have a 12.9-inch display. It is aimed primarily at the enterprise market, where tablets still find use as laptop replacements, as opposed to a consumer market cannibalised by larger smartphones. 

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Android Goes to Work

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Android Goes to Work

Google launches its long brewing enterprise smartphone program-- Android for Work, a collection of applications, online services and industry services involving use of the mobile operating system on the workplace.

As Google puts it, Android for Work essentially provides a dedicated work profile on the user's device. Building on the built-in multi-user support and SELinux security in Android 5.0, Android for Work allows IT to deploy work apps alongside personal apps, without employees worrying employers are snooping on personal data.

The technology comes from Divide, a BYOD software startup Google swallowed back in May 2014.

An enterprise-managed version of the Google app store, the imaginatively titled Google Play for Work, handles app distribution. Android for Work also includes a built-in productivity tool suite with email, contacts and calendar complete with Exchange and Notes suite.

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The Android-Powered Remix Ultra Tablet

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The Android-Powered Remix Ultra Tablet

Jide, a company founded by a trio of ex-Google engineers, believes Android tablets are "terrible at getting real work done." Enter the Remix, an "ultra tablet" running on a custom version of the OS launched at CES 2015.

At first glance the Remix looks like the Microsoft Surface-- or, rather, it looks very much like the Surface. Like the Windows-powered device it features an 11.6-inch 1920x1080 display, magnetic power connector, detachable keyboard cover and a built-in dual-angle kickstand. The OS (a modified version of Android 4.4 dubbed "Remix OS") also borrows some elements from Windows, including a taskbar, file manager, multiple on-screen windows, improved mouse support and a clean look surely inspired by Microsoft's Metro UI.

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BlackBerry Takes on Wearables, IoT

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BlackBerry Takes on Wearables, IoT

BlackBerry announces an Android Wear version of the BBM application at CES 2015-- allowing users of a wide range of Google-powered smartwatches to access the popular communications software.

In other words, BlackBerry expects its (mostly) business customers to start buying smartwatches to quickly access notifications without need for digging into their pockets or purses. As well as alerts and message navigations, the Android Wear BBM app also allows users to respond to messages either hands-free via Google Now or pre-defined messages, as well as accept BBM invites from their wrists.

Devices compatible with the app include the Moto 360 and the Samsung Galaxy Gear S.

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