Category Archive: Mobile Computing

First Impressions: Acer Iconia W3 8″ Windows 8 Tablet

AcerIconiaW3Acer has recently released an 8.1″ Windows 8 tablet called the Acer Iconia W3.  Due to a few different reasons this model has received mixed reviews.  Keeping in mind that this is the world’s first Windows 8 tablet in the 8″ form factor, and the retail price is currently $299 for the 32 GB and $379 for the 64 GB model, I wanted to review this device for myself.  Acer was nice enough to send me a new unit (64 GB version) to evaluate.

In the iOS and Android realms the 7″ and 8″ tablets seem to be outselling their larger counterparts.  The smaller form factor of the mini tablet seems to be more natural to hold than the larger 10″ models.  I am excited to see whether the same is true with this Windows 8 tablet.  I will be reviewing this Acer Iconia W3 on both a personal and professional level. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Is BYOD Bad for Your Company?

Microsoft Surface RT Tablet

Microsoft Surface RT Tablet

Until recently when we thought of computing devices, we usually thought of PCs and laptops. Today, with tablets and smart phones selling in the millions on opening weekend, we have a very different picture of what a computing device is.

If you’re not familiar with it, BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) is the idea of using a consumer computing device (such as an iPad or Surface RT tablet) to get work done, either in the office, at home, or on the road. Most of these devices were not designed to “get work done”, but instead to consume content (ex: checking email, reading news websites/apps, etc.). These devices are not managed, and may not have even the most basic security features enabled. This can spell disaster for any corporate network. Read the rest of this entry »

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How to remotely access you home or office PC

There is no shortage to the number of methods one can use to remotely access another computer.  Now I’m not talking about any kind of Spyware, but rather remote control software or services which are perfectly safe, legal, and on the up and up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Consolidation for the mobile worker: How many phones do you carry?

Android, iPhone, and Windows Phones make it possible to consolidateFew can argue that carrying a cell phone is very convenient for both us and the people trying to contact us. For many of us it is an absolute necessity to be reachable for at least part of the day regardless of whether you are in the office, home, or on the soccer field with the kids. For many years IT Pros have been forced to carry multiple devices. Some were personal devices (cell, iPod, etc…), while others were work related (work cell, PDA). Luckily, now there are some new technologies which allow us to consolidate to one or two mobile devices. Read the rest of this entry »

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