ProntoForms for BlackBerry 10 Smartphones Launches

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 22, 2014 by itnerd

Ottawa based BlackBerry partner ProntoForms announced today that its mobile form application is now available for BlackBerry 10 smartphones. This app enables users to collect and record information such as signatures, images and barcode scanning in real-time from any location. ProntoForms and BlackBerry are giving customers an exclusive offer through AT&T. When a customer buys five BlackBerry 10 smartphones along with annual ProntoForms from AT&T subscriptions, they get two additional BlackBerry 10 smartphones and two annual ProntoForms from AT&T subscriptions free of charge. The offer will be available until the end of June 2014.

For full details on the ProntoForms BlackBerry offer, visit www.prontoforms.com/blackberry.

 

Telus To Provide Mobile Device Chargers In Cabs For FREE

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 22, 2014 by itnerd

If you sometimes need to travel by cab and you often have a smartphone that needs a boost, Telus can now help you with that. In a partnership with Play Taxi Media, Telus is introducing smartphone and tablet chargers in taxis.  Taxi-goers in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver will now be able to charge their devices while on-the-go, free of charge. You’ll find the chargers in 1,000 active cabs in those cities over the coming months. Taxis will be equipped with a power docking station located on the backside of the passenger seat headrest that will work with any smartphone or tablet. It’s as simple as docking your device, sitting back and enjoying the ride.

The in-taxi device chargers will be available through 2015 with Blacktop & Checker Cabs in Vancouver, Mayfair Taxi in Calgary, Ambassador Taxis in Toronto and Taxi Union in Montreal. The program will grow to include additional taxi companies over the coming months. That will make life easier for many who rely on both cabs and their mobile devices.

 

Getting iCloud To Work On An Android Device

Posted in Tips with tags , on April 22, 2014 by itnerd

I got an interesting call from a new customer recently. She got a new Windows 8 PC running Microsoft Office 2013, an iPad Mini, and a Samsung Galaxy S4. She was already using the Windows 8 PC with Outlook 2013 and she wanted the contacts and calendar entries from that to replicate to the other devices. This on the surface wasn’t easy as we’re talking about three different ecosystems here. Windows, iOS, and Android. Now getting the Windows PC and iPad Mini to speak to each other was easy. I could simply install the iCloud Control Panel For Windows and have it replicate the calendar and contacts from the Windows 8 PC to the iPad Mini. The question was, how do I do the same thing with the Galaxy S4?

I did some research and came across some apps made by Marten Gajda on Google Play that would do what I wanted. Specifically these:

Because She was running a Galaxy S4, she also needed two additional pieces of software. That’s because of this bug:

“The bug causes accounts of paid apps to be removed when Android boots up. To work around this issue this app pretends to provide the same account type that SmoothSync for Cloud Calendar provides. That’s enough to convince Jelly Bean to keep the account.”

So after installing everything and setting up her iCloud accounts, everything worked as expected. All the devices were able to data and update data to and from iCloud. Thus proving that it is possible for an Android device to sync to iCloud, strange as that may seem. If you have the need to sync an Android device to iCloud, feel free to try this method and let us know what happens. The apps are ones you have to pay for, but the total price is under $10 for all of them and the results indicate that it’s well worth it.

 

 

Apple Carplay Starting To Appear For The Aftermarket

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 18, 2014 by itnerd

Up until now, the only way that it seemed that you’d be able to get Apple’s Carplay system in your car is to buy a new car with it already installed. But if you don’t wan’t to do that, both Pioneer and Alpine can hook you up with systems that you can install into your car to get Carplay. I don’t have any details about what Alpine is offering beyond the article that I linked to. But Pioneer systems that are compatible with Carplay include:

  • AVIC-8000NEX
  • AVIC-7000NEX
  • AVIC-6000NEX
  • AVIC-5000NEX
  • AVH-4000NEX

If you already own one of these, you can update your system later this year to get Carplay. If you are looking to replace your existing car audio system, you now know what systems to get to give you Carplay in your ride.

Viewsonic Announces Two Citrix Verified Smart Displays

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 18, 2014 by itnerd

Viewsonic announced yesterday that their new Virtualization Smart Displays are the first Android-based displays to earn Citrix Ready–HDX Verified status from Citrix Systems, Inc. These award-winning, next-generation ViewSonic multi-touch smart displays come with the Citrix XenMobile enterprise mobility management solution pre-installed, to allow administrators to remotely configure and manage the Smart Displays.

Here are details on the two Smart Displays

  • The SD-A245 is an award-winning, 24-inch HD LED Smart Display Client. A touch-based, multi-media ready display, the SD-A245 comes with a powerful NVIDIA Tegra 3 1.7GHz processor and is pre-installed with Citrix XenMobile to run on an Android 4.2 operating system. It is a completely locked-down, secured and manageable device, with the ability to use a single software tool to seamlessly manage mobile and desktop devices. It has a MSRP of $549.00 (US).
  • A 22-inch HD Smart Display Client, the SD-A225 features HD resolution and a Dual Core OMAP processor from Texas Instruments. It runs on an Android 4.1 operating system with Citrix XenMobile pre-installed. The SD-A225 is a locked-down and secure device that can be easily managed and deployed. Control and operate access to information from the SD-A225 and leverage mobile and cloud-based tools through this thin client. The SD-A225 has an MSRP of $449.00 (US).

Both these Smart Displays are available now.

WeMo App Updated With New Functionality

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 18, 2014 by itnerd

If you have Belkin’s WeMo home automation gear, you should check the Apple App Store or Google Play for an update. The new WeMo app introduces new features including:

  • The away mode, or simulated occupancy, setting allows users to schedule lights to turn on and off at random intervals, making it appear that someone is home even when the house is vacant. Away mode is a useful security tool and provides greater peace of mind when traveling.
  • There is now a sunrise/sunset offset so users can program lights to turn on or off at a preselected interval before the scheduled sunset/sunrise time for their particular zip code. This is extremely useful in circumstances where the house gets dark before the sun sets in the evening.
  • The programmable backlight dimmer allows users to dim the backlight that illuminates on the WeMo Light Switch wall plate when the switch is turned off.
  • The WeMo App now features a new benefit exclusively for users of IFTTT, a customizable long press option. The long press lets WeMo users program an additional setting for a press longer than two seconds on the physical light switch button. This feature is programmed through the IFTTT WeMo Light Switch channel and allows users to create recipes that can interact with other IFTTT channels. For example, program the long press to automatically send a text to your phone when deployed or have the long press control lamps plugged in to WeMo Switches in other parts of the house at the same time.

The updated app is available now for iOS and Android. Check it out.

Rogers Lights Up 700Mhz Spectrum

Posted in Commentary with tags on April 18, 2014 by itnerd

Rogers yesterday announced that they have turned on their 700 MHz spectrum in areas of in Vancouver, Toronto and Calgary. It means better coverage in deep basement apartments, concrete office buildings, underground parking garages, elevators, high rise condos. This rollout will continue into 2015 and will give Rogers customers across Canada access to more services in more places which means that those customers can stream videos and get customers in places they never have before. This should force others who bought 700 Mhz to start to roll it out or risk giving Rogers a huge advantage in the marketplace.

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