This week’s technology news from Amicus ITS – Friday 14th June 2013

Office finally arrives on iPhone
Microsoft Office finally arrives on iPhone. After much deliberation Microsoft has ported over Office to Apple’s popular mobile platform. The App is free but there are several caveats to be aware of; currently the App is only available in America and only on the iPhone with no iPad support yet. In addition the App is reliant on a paid Office 365 subscription. If you meet all these requirements you can now use the ‘real’ office experience on your phone. It’s a bold move and with Office being subscription free on their own Windows Phone 8 platform they are in no danger of losing one of their biggest mobile advantages.

Google buys Waze for $1.1 Billion
Google has purchased social-mapping company Waze for the high price of $1.1 Billion this week. Following the purchase Waze has spoken out that “We are excited about the prospect of working with the Google Maps team”. Although both services should see benefits from working with the other, naturally Google has big plans with making Google Maps more social to secure their lead in the mapping market. The key to success with this is making the new functionality easy to use, without taking away from the current services millions use and to provide it on as many devices as possible.

When big buy-outs go bad
Former Palm CEO Jon Rubinstein is still proud of Palms work on their webOS smartphone and tablet operating system, which was later purchased by HP for $1 billion. However shortly after the purchase and release of HPs first WebOS device, they abandoned the platform altogether. Jon Rubinstein now admits his regret of the sale of Palm to HP calling it a ‘wasted opportunity’. Not all buy-outs have happy outcomes for either party, and with light of similarly priced recent acquisitions this should show as a warning for big buy-outs.

Apple unveils iOS 7 to a mixed response
The first major change to the iPhone was at this year’s WWDC as Apple showed off for the first time iOS 7, which is the next iteration of the operating system that powers the company’s popular iPhone and iPad. Both the graphical interface and how you interact with the device has changed dramatically, which may make more than a few users double take at their phones new appearance. Users will have no option to roll back to how their system worked before. Apple could have another ‘apple maps-fiasco‘ on their hands which stopped users upgrading and purchasing new devices when it was forced on users in their last big update.

This week’s technology news by Amicus ITS

Intel expands BYOD program
Intel is expanding its own Bring Your Own Device program, claiming it has been a resounding success and said that over the last year that had gained 5 million hours of additional productivity gains. Intel had 23,500 mobile devices in total in the program, an increase of 38% from 2011. The BYOD program consists of phones, tablets and ultra-books. It has also stated although productivity has been improved it has had less of an impact on cost savings. Given the perceived problems around data security and BYOD, it’s great to see a company being so flexible and letting employees choose their own devices.

Apple CEO promises device innovation to shareholders
Speaking at a recent shareholders meeting, Apple CEO Tim Cook promises new innovation and a new product line but strangely failed to confirm when they are planning to unveil this! The promise of innovation was surely needed to calm shareholders as Apples shares and phone market share has been steadily declining despite continued strong sales. There are rumours from numerous sources that claim this new line of products could either be a smart TV or a smart watch. Out of these two the smart watch seems more likely but we are unsure if Apple could convince the mass market it is something they need.

€561 million euro fine for Microsoft
Microsoft has been fined by the European Commission for failing to comply with 2009s commitment to let users choose their default browser. EC’s competition commission determined Microsoft had an unfair advantage in the browser market as 95% of machines would come pre-installed with Internet Explorer. The failure to keep this commitment was a technical one which Microsoft brought to the attention of The EC. The software would only run on specific versions of the Windows OS, which was not update to include SP1 of Windows 7, resulting in millions of users not getting the browser choice prompt. Microsoft said it took “full responsibility” for the technical error that caused the problem, and apologised for it. Looking at the modern technology trends, could we be expecting Apple to receive a similar notice relating to browser choice for the tablet sector?

HP sells WebOS to LG for Smart TVs and Smart devices
In 2010 HP picked up the gesture friendly mobile OS: WebOS in its acquisition of Palm for $1.2 billion. However shortly after releasing its own WebOS tablet, HP publically stated its immediate plans to stop all future production for WebOS hardware. WebOS has now been picked up by LG, who has stated its focus for WebOS will be on smart TVs. WebOS has its roots in both phones and tablets and LG may be using Smart TVs as a low risk move to develop the OS further and test user feedback before releasing their own WebOS smart phones and tablets. We believe this is a clear attempt to differentiate from the current Android crowd.

Evernote hacked, 50 million accounts compromised
Last weekend Evernote revealed it was the latest victim of a cyber-attack which potentially compromised the passwords of 50 million users. Evernote quickly forced all 50 million accounts passwords to reset to combat this and promises it is accelerating its plans to roll out two-factor authentication, to make the note storing platform more secure. This recent data breach provides more evidence that a single password isn’t secure enough and we stress all readers to use different passwords across online accounts.