The latest technology news from Amicus ITS

Doctors prescribing the iPad mini
A study by Epocrates suggested that 1 in 3 doctors have the intention of buying the iPad mini in the coming year. The study suggests that the tablets smaller size and lighter frame is the perfect fit for doctor’s lab coats. However, without appropriate Mobile Application Management to secure patient data, we are concerned about a expensive missed opportunity.

Nokia bringing location services to competing devices
Nokia announced they are bringing “HERE” their recently named world-class location services to competing phones running iOS and Android enabling free maps and navigation. This shows once again that we are in a war of ecosystems not devices.

4G services release go live date
Ofcom have now produced their rulings for the auction of 4G services in the UK. The white space needed, is on auction for £1.3 billion with major carriers Vodafone and O2 expected to be amongst the bidders for this 4G auction. Network operator EE currently holds UK exclusivity of 4G which gives ‘WIFI-like’ speed on a cellular data connection, enabling mobile workers to be more productive.

President of Windows division leaves Microsoft
Only weeks after Microsoft’s launch of Windows 8, Steven Sinofsky President of Windows division left the company on November 12th. Julie Larson-Green has been promoted to lead all Windows software and hardware engineering. Her previous experience is in programming and developing and she had vast input into Windows 8. It will be interesting to see how Microsoft’s strategy develops with her input, especially in the hardware sphere.

 

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Apples release iPad mini
Apple has now unveiled their highly anticipated (and predicted) iPad mini. The latest device, revealed at the launch event in California on Tuesday, saw Apple produce their much lighter, thinner and more affordable tablet. Mounting pressure from competitors such as Google and Amazon are driving reasons for Apples change of heart. However, with the higher than expected £269 price tag, how will the iPad mini fetch up in the current market?

Google puts positive spin on decreased revenue
Although Google’s Q4 results were lower than predicted, CEO Larry Page chose to focus on the positives, pointing out Google’s ‘enormous opportunity’ for growth in the coming year. Page pointed out that the company has great prospects lined up, especially surrounding the mobile device market and the advertising opportunities these present.

Have IT departments got their heads in the clouds?
A study by Gartner has found that cloud based products and services are expected to be worth around $207 billion by the year 2016. Gartner nominated cloud computing as one of the top trends of 2013 and stated that we will see a growth rate of 100% between now and 3 years’ time. IT Principles need to observe this fast growing trend and make sure they have the right procedures to manage the ever growing environment.

Windows 8 anticipation sees PC sales fall
Prior to the highly anticipated Windows 8 launch on the 26th October, the PC market saw its sales revenue decrease. Microsoft saw one of the largest drops, with a 22% fall in quarterly profits, where others PC venders also saw profits slip. This drop in sales is suspected to be due to the consumer wait for the Windows 8 unveiling.

Amazon breaks even for hardware devices
Amazon bosses have confirmed that they don’t make any money on their hardware devices. Instead, the company have stated how they use these hardware devices to create a loyal basis of customers and make money from users purchasing apps such as games, books and movies. Amazon officials noted how they are more interested in “making money by people using their device, than by people simply buying them”.