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With malware attacks on the rise in all parts of the industry, and the growth of enterprise mobility practices such as BYOD on the increase, it seems a good time to publish a primer on the subject, covering what threats to expect and how to guard against them. 

Malware: The Basics

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Earlier this month, Deutsche Telekom rejected a $15 billion offer for a controlling 56.6% stake in T-Mobile US. The offer – which has been described as ‘inadequate’ and even ‘preposterous’ – was made by French telecom provider Iliad and was always unlikely to be accepted. T-Mobile is only too aware of its own value as the fourth largest mobile provider in the USA, especially after they revealed that profits had increased by more than a third in the quarter leading up to the bid in response to effective campaign strategy and marketing. 

Deutsche Telekom has been trying to exit the US market for some time but is hoping for an offer that adds further value when compared to retaining their stake in T-Mobile US. Talks with Sprint, another highly successful US mobile provider (the third largest in the country) have also been called off after months of negotiation proved fruitless in the face of regulatory opposition. There was great enthusiasm for the deal from Softbank Corp (Sprint’s parent), who felt that acquisition of T-Mobile would enable them to take on the leading US wireless providers Verizon and AT&T. 

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On 15 July, Apple and IBM announced they had formed an exclusive partnership to transform enterprise mobility. The two giants (who have worked together before on a number of projects) feel their joint expertise will benefit both parties and help them gain a solid footing in the enterprise mobility market. 

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The cost of international calls has long been the bane of traveller’s lives, particularly from a mobile, whether they are holidaying abroad or away on business. For large organisations with operations in several countries, such charges can make a significant contribution to telecom expenses as employees travel for training or meetings with colleagues overseas. It isn’t surprising that many find the cost of international calls unjustifiable, especially in the days of services such as Skype.

Although many would use Skype, FaceTime (or similar online services) for communication in preference to telephones when abroad, patchy Wi-Fi and expensive roaming connections make this impractical in some cases. For this reason, the arrival of the new free Roamer app for iOS and Android has been met with delight by holiday makers and companies alike. 

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In October 2013, the UK telecommunications regulator Ofcom published a consultation concerning the proposed increase in 900 and 1800MHz spectrum airwave band license fees for mobile providers. 

The changes would have seen Treasury income from users of these bands increase by a very useful factor of almost five, from approximately £65million to an estimated £309million per year. Under the proposal, Telefónica and Vodafone’s annual fee would have increased from £15.6million to £83.1million each. EE and Hutchinson 3G’s fees were predicted to soar from £24.9million to £107.1million and from £8.3million to £35.7million, respectively. 

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Google Glass is an Android device resembling a pair of glasses, which can be controlled by your voice or via a capacitive touch pad. The optical head mounted display shows information directly into the wearer’s field of vision such as photos, web searches, messages, apps, texts and more.

Based on a version of Android, the operating system can run apps that are optimised specifically for the device, called Glassware. The wearable technology can be connected to a smart device by Bluetooth or through Wi-Fi when at home or in a hotspot. 

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Anniversary of Yell Rebranding to hibu

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Yell hit the headlines on 30 July 2012 when the online marketing services and directories provider announced it’s rebranding to hibu. With operations throughout the UK and USA in addition to Spain and Latin America, the organisation had come a long way since its establishment as a telecommunications division of the General Post Office (GPO). Here, we take a look at the history of hibu and explore how businesses can best manage online directory access for employees who travel. 

Yellow Pages made its first appearance back in 1966 with Brighton the chosen location for the initial edition of the publication. Over the coming years coverage of the business directory was expanded to serve across the UK, with the big yellow book quickly becoming a key information resource for households and businesses alike.

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Brand Spotlight – Samsung

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Samsung is currently one of the world’s leading companies specialising in electronics. They are known by consumers and competitors for their product innovation and quality, especially within the fields of digital appliances, components and system integration. 

In 2013, Samsung began to construct the largest mobile phone factory in the world set in Vietnam’s Thai Nguyen province. The construction reflects Samsung’s enviable position in the mobile market. In Samsung’s native South Korean tongue, the name means ‘Tri Star’ and conveys things great in size, power and number; so far, Samsung is definitely living up to its name, though the name’s other meaning – eternity – has yet to be demonstrated. 

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Celebrating Marconi’s Contribution

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20 July marks the anniversary of the formation of a pioneering business and something of a legend in telecommunications. 

The Marconi Wireless Telegraph and Signal Company started out in 1897 after founder Guglielmo Marconi was granted a British patent for his wireless technology. The fledgling business opened a radio factory in Chelmsford the year after, followed by a specialist training college for recruits. Over the next few years, Marconi was responsible for numerous vital innovations in radio technology, paving the way for the modern communications and broadcasting systems upon which we now rely. To commemorate the founding of the Marconi business, it is interesting to explore the history leading to its creation.

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Benefits of COPE

Unlike Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) which is, essentially, a personal device with space created on it for corporate use, the Corporate-Owned, Personally-Enabled (COPE) model provides the complete opposite by creating space for personal use on a fully managed corporate device.

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Productivity. It’s a key focus for managers and an area which is becoming increasingly easy to improve, with smartphone and tablet devices allowing employees to work outside work. Wouldn't you work faster on a device with which you’re completely comfortable, without having to switch from one to another just to answer a few emails on the go? 

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) has been a cause for hot debate since the enterprise mobility strategy was first introduced into the corporate environment. Professionals argue over whether the significant social and monetary benefits outweigh the substantial risks involved regarding privacy, security and increased support. 

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Remembering the iPhone 3G on July 11

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For many, the latest iPhone is a must-have item. Since its launch in 2007, several incarnations have enthralled users the world over, not least the iPhone 3G, which was released on 11 July 2008. Available in black or white with a 16GB memory (or in black with 8GB of memory), the phone stands out to Apple fans because it was in use when the iconic App Store was introduced.

Now just part of iPhone history, the 3G was truly innovative on its release, providing the answer to some of the limitations of the first generation device. Designed to address the 3G failings of the original iPhone, the new iPhone 3G sought to cement Apple’s position in the phone market – and it most certainly did. 

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An Android bug found by security consultancy firm Curesec in Berlin late last year has the potential ability to manipulate a flaw found in around 60% of Android devices. This can allow malware to take control of your mobile phone to initiate unauthorised premium rate calls, disconnect on-going calls and activate other unapproved actions without any user interaction needed.

The vulnerability is believed to have existed first in Android version 4.1 x – also known as Jelly Bean to those of us slightly less technical – but was fixed in the newest version 4.4.4, released on 19 June.  Other versions in between are still potentially vulnerable and might remain so for a while, especially as Android patches are slow in coming out and many devices never get updated to newer versions. This is something of which companies implementing Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) in the workplace need to be aware.

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In 1876, the first official World’s Fair was held with the Centennial International Exposition in Philadelphia to mark the 100th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. The exhibition ran from 10 May to 10 November and welcomed nearly 10 million visitors during that time. Over 200 buildings were constructed to house an amazing array of exhibits, with the main exhibition hall being the largest in the world at the time, covering an area of 21.5acres.  

With focus on education and science, manufacturing, mining and metallurgy, the impressive event was the perfect platform to showcase pioneering designs and the latest innovations to a huge international audience. As a result, many well-known products were launched at the exhibition including Remington’s Typographic Machine, which would become the first commercially successful typewriter complete with a QWERTY key layout. As the Wallace-Farmer Electric Dynamo, Hires Root Beer and even Heinz Ketchup made their first public appearances, telecommunications history was also made in Philadelphia. It was here, on 25 June 1876, that Alexander Graham Bell unveiled his Centennial Telephone Transmitter and demonstrated its capabilities to an intrigued audience which included reporters and show judges.

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The Revolutionary iPhone

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The iconic 1st generation iPhone was released on 29 June 2007, and at the time of its launch visionary Steve Jobs declared that “the iPhone is a revolutionary and magical product that is literally five years ahead of any other mobile phone”. In the seven years that followed, Apple has sold over 500million iPhones with the rapid acceleration in sales growth, showing no sign of slowing down.

The month of June is significant in iPhone history, as in addition to the unveiling of many models and release of the 1st generation iPhone, iPhone 3GS was launched on 19 June 2009 and closely followed by the iPhone 4 on 24 June the following year.  With the latest models iPhone 5c and 5s released in September 2013, we explore the history of the iPhone and the unprecedented global success that it has achieved.

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MDSL is pleased to announce the addition of another major biopharmaceutical specialist company, based in the USA, to our roster of Smart TEM Enterprise customers.

 

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Anniversary of the First 4G Mobile Phone Release

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On the 4th June 2010, the much anticipated first 4G smartphone was launched in the United States in the form of the HTC EVO 4G. Available exclusively through Sprint, the US telecommunications giant and the only wireless carrier to offer 4G at the time, the HTC EVO set the trend in Android phones, and achieved record sales on its launch day, surpassing other Sprint offerings such as the Palm Pre and Samsung Instinct in the process.

The phone itself delivered the fastest data speeds possible on any wireless device at the time of its launch, with the fourth generation technology allowing download times to be reduced from minutes to seconds. The HTC EVO 4G featured a 4.3 inch screen – an innovation at the time – offering one of the largest pinch-to-zoom displays on the market, and combined with the increased speed of delivery took live streaming and gaming to a different level. The HTC EVO 4G also featured dual cameras including HD video capability, enabling far greater picture quality. 

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Brand Spotlight: Nokia, “Connecting People”

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Nokia, once the world’s largest vendor of mobile phones and a huge player in the communications and IT field, has recently (as of April 2014) closed a €5.44 billion sellout to Microsoft, resulting in the formation of Microsoft Mobile. Following hard on the heels of the short lived Microsoft Kin venture, Microsoft Mobile will continue to sell mobiles based on the S30 and S40 series under the Nokia brand for the next ten years. For those at Nokia, this has been a deal three years in the making, and for the brand, a culmination of over 150 years in the field leading to where they stand today.

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Many technological breakthroughs in telecommunications and radio history took place in the late 1800s and early 1900s – from Heinrich Hertz’ pioneering work with electromagnetic waves and Marconi’s ground-breaking transmissions, to Lee deForest’s famous early broadcast of Enrico Caruso from the Metropolitan Opera House in January 1910. 7 June 1923 also marked a significant turning point with the first successful radio network broadcast featuring four radio stations taking place, all broadcasting coverage of a meeting held at Carnegie Hall in New York.

Following the introduction of vacuum-tube amplification technology for use with telephone lines, AT&T had been experimenting in the development of a radio network with the view to forming a national network of stations that could possibly be supported through advertising. In 1921, a memo by AT&T engineers from the Development and Research facility refers to linking a chain of 38 cities across America using the new technology and long distance telephone lines.  Successful test broadcasts took place in early 1923 combining radio transmissions via connected stations through the use of telephone circuits, one featured a successful 3-hour broadcast on 4 January with stations WEAF in NY and WNAC in Boston both transmitting a programme of music and song.

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Malware Attacks Are on the Rise – Is Your Business Ready?
With malware attacks on the rise in all parts of the industry, and the growth of enterprise mobility...
Christmas Comes Early? Fight for Controlling Stake in T-Mobile US Continues
Earlier this month, Deutsche Telekom rejected a $15 billion offer for a controlling 56.6% stake in T...
The Lion And Lamb Lay Down Together At Last – IBM And Apple Join Forces To Enter The Enterprise Mobility Market
On 15 July, Apple and IBM announced they had formed an exclusive partnership to transform enterpri...
The free Roamer app could help save money on international business calls
The cost of international calls has long been the bane of traveller’s lives, particularly from a mob...
Enterprise Mobility & Mobile Device Management - a visitor's view
MDSL was pleased to attend and sponsor the Enterprise Mobility & Mobile Device Management conference on March 19 in Russell Square, London and it proved to be a fantastic event. MDSL was showing ...
Brand Spotlight: Nokia, “Connecting People”
   Frederik Idestam, founder of Nokia   So how did Nokia come about? Founded in Finland in 1865 by Fredrik Idestam, a mining engineer by trade, the company was originally name...
Android Bug which allows apps to take control of your mobile can mean difficulties for BYOD in the workplace
An Android bug found by security consultancy firm Curesec in Berlin late last year has the potential ability to manipulate a flaw found in around 60% of Android devices. This can allow malware to...
Multinational Pharma Specialist Chooses MDSL’s Smart TEM Enterprise
MDSL is pleased to announce the addition of another major biopharmaceutical specialist company, based in the USA, to our roster of Smart TEM Enterprise customers.   The organisation has contrac...
Calling All Managers! Which model is best for your company – BYOD vs COPE? Part 1
Productivity. It’s a key focus for managers and an area which is becoming increasingly easy to improve, with smartphone and tablet devices allowing employees to work outside work. Wouldn't you work fa...
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