Telesphere, Panasonic SIP Phones

Enterprises are moving their communication services to the cloud for security and mobility, as well as redundancy and collaboration.

Telesphere offers businesses an expansive array of cloud solutions that push productivity beyond the conventional workplace. With a unified solution, moments on the go and outside the office become opportunities to add productive work hours with fewer operational risks.

Now Free: Office for iPad, iPhone & Android

Microsoft’s Office suite for iPad, iPhone, and Android is now free. In a surprise move, the software giant is shaking up its mobile Office strategy to keep consumers hooked to Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents. Starting today, you’ll no longer need an Office 365 subscription to edit documents or store them in the cloud. The move comes just days after Microsoft announced a strategic partnership with Dropbox to integrate the cloud storage service into Office across desktop, mobile, and the web. You can now download Office for iPad and store all your documents on Dropbox without paying Microsoft anything at all. Microsoft is also releasing a brand new iPhone app today, alongside a preview of Office for Android tablets, all with Dropbox integration.

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Forrester Offers Mobile App Development Predictions

Mobile developers change people’s lives every single day — they create innovative experiences, reshape how we spend our time, and give us continual access to Facebook and Twitter. The pace at which these new experiences are delivered continues to amaze, yet continues to speed up. As a recovering enterprise mobile developer myself, I’m always tracking the new tools and technologies that developers are using to maintain this pace and provide new innovation. With that in mind, we’ve published a report on the mobile development predictions for 2015; the changes that will allow developers to continue to produce amazing innovation at a continually faster rate. We’ve highlighted 8 in the report, but the ones that are especially exciting to me are:

Composition, Composition, Composition! Building base app functionality dominated the early days of enterprise mobility, but the bar for successful innovation on mobile devices has moved skyward while time-to-delivery windows are approaching zero. This combination is forcing mobile development shops away from a mentality of creating everything in-house. Instead, regardless if the experience is a mobile web site or a mobile app, successful teams will assemble pre-existing front-end components, or will create them where they don’t already exist. Fortunately we’re seeing incredible new opportunities in both mobile apps and the mobile web. Android has had Intents for quite some time, but with Apple’s iOS8 we now get app extensions to share experiences outside of the app container. The mobile web is getting it’s own composition help from HTML5 with web components, highlighted by Google Polymer.

Read the Forrester Blog Post.

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Android Lollipop Offers Major Enhancements

Material Design

A bold, colorful, and responsive UI design for consistent, intuitive
experiences across all your devices

  • Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar
    visual elements make it easier to navigate your device
  • Vivid new colors, typography, and edge-to-edge imagery help to focus your
    attention

Notifications

New ways to control when and how you receive messages – only get interrupted
when you want to be

  • View and respond to messages directly from your lock screen. Includes the
    ability to hide sensitive content for these notifications
  • For fewer disruptions, turn on Priority mode via your device’s volume
    button so only certain people and notifications get through. Or schedule
    recurring downtime like 10pm to 8am when only Priority notifications can get
    through
  • With Lollipop, incoming phone calls won’t interrupt what you’re watching
    or playing. You can choose to answer the call or just keep doing what you’re
    doing
  • Control the notifications triggered by your apps; hide sensitive content
    and prioritize or turn off the app’s notifications entirely
  • More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and
    the type of communication. See all your notifications in one place by tapping
    the top of the screen

Battery

Power for the long haul

  • A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins
  • Estimated time left to fully charge is displayed when your device is
    plugged in
  • Estimated time left on your device before you need to charge again can
    now be found in battery settings

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Panasonic Introduces FZ-B2 Tablet, Runs Android 4.4

The Panasonic Toughpad® FZ-B2 is a rugged 7-inch tablet powered by Android™ for field-based workforces. With durability, power and a range of configurability options — at a price within reach of any business — the Toughpad FZ-B2 is an ideal tool for field service professionals. Running the Android™ 4.4 operating system and powered by a Quad-core Intel® Celeron® Processor, the Toughpad FZ-B2 offers enterprise-grade features including a quick-charging, user-replaceable full-shift battery. With a fully rugged and sealed design, the thin and lightweight Toughpad FZ-B2 is built for long-lasting durability even when regularly used in harsh environments.

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Panasonic FZ-X1 Android Handheld Tablet

The Toughpad® FZ-X1 is the world’s most rugged 5-inch tablet and a whole lot more. For the first time, you can pair military-grade toughness and enterprise-class mobile computing power with Android®-powered 4G data and voice services.

Now field staff in the most demanding environments can have all the computing power they need in a handheld tablet small enough to drop in a pocket. Built on the flexible, secure Android 4.2.2 OS, the FZ-X1 lets businesses leverage their existing investments in enterprise applications without sacrificing performance and ruggedness.

And it is seriously rugged. Thirty minutes underwater rugged. Ten foot drops onto solid concrete rugged. Built-in heater for -4° F weather rugged. Whether you throw it in a toolbox or literally take it into battle, the FZ-X1 can handle whatever comes its way.

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