Applications & Apps Business

BlackBerry Intros Enterprise Services, Devices

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Mobile World Congress 2014 sees BlackBerry refuse to throw the towel as it launches new services and products-- a new version of BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES), the enterprise BBM (eBBM) suite and the Z3 and Q20 handsets.

BBM MWCThe company claims BES12 unifies the best of BES10 and BES5 in one backwards-compatible platform. It allows the development and quick deployment of enterprise-grade app on BlackBerry and other devices, with flexible and scalable architecture handling secure movement from on-premise to the cloud.

It comes in two tiers-- Silver (includes device, app, email and security management for BlackBerry, iOS and Android devices) and Gold (adds Secure Work Space containerisation separating work and personal data).

Addressing recent NSA-fueled privacy concerns on messaging services is the eBBM suite, a mobile communications solution that "brings together the core strengths of BBM with features and capabilities aimed at enterprises." The first eBBM product is BBM Protected, a messaging service equipped with end-to-end communications encryption via symmetric encryption keys.

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Apple Buys SnappyCam Developer

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SnappyCamApple confirms the acquisition of SnappyLabs, the one-man team behind SnappyCam, an app allowing iPhone users to rapidly take high-resolution photos, for an undisclosed sum. 

“Apple buys smaller technology companies from time to time, and we generally do not discuss our purpose or plans,” the company states to Re/Code. 

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Enterprise Mobility for iOS 7

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Cortado launches Cortado Corporate Server 7-- the first enterprise mobility solution taking advantage of the business functions making part of iOS 7, at least according to the company.

CortadoThe software allows mobile application management (MAM) for every app within the app store without further modifications or restriction, thus sidestepping the legal issues involved with app wrapping while keeping the iOS usability intact.

Admins can easily set policies and make use of security features such as the iPhone 5S fingerprint sensor. Simplifying administration even further is the integration of mobile device management (MDM) with a company's Active Directory.

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The LG Take on Enterprise

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As BlackBerry appears to be on the way out LG goes for a slice of the enterprise mobility market with Gate, a technology package combining the company's virtualisation, security and BYOD offerings. 

LG GateCurrently available for the G2 smartphone, Gate provides a "seamless" virtualisation experience by simultaneously running 2 operating systems (one handling personal data, the other business) on the same device. 

It also includes data encryption, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, VPN and jmobile device management (MDM) capabilities. 

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Samsung, Orange Team Up in Enterprise Tablets

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Orange and Samsung sign a "strategic partnership agreement" for the development of enterprise tablets and services with emphasis on European territories, specifically Belgium, France, Poland and Spain. 

Galaxy The agreement has the two companies co-developing business solutions, with Orange connectivity, services integration, device management and security expertise to Samsung services and devices. 

"The tablet is revolutionising the enterprise market providing a new platform to rethink business processes," Orange says. "The partnership enables enterprises to seize this opportunity and is part of our ambition to support companies' digital transformation."

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