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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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MDSL featured recently in an independent customer research survey, conducted as part of its submission to AOTMP for certification under its Telecom Expense Management Efficiency First® programme. In the results, it was good to read about some of the major performance gains Smart TEM Enterprise customers cited themselves as having made from deploying MDSL’s TEM solutions. 

A resounding 90+% of responding clients reported enjoying positive financial increases as a business benefit, while 82% went on to say that they had also achieved major operational efficiency gains.

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On July 17, MDSL’s Marc Straussberg is pairing up with GEMA’s (Global Enterprise Mobility Alliance) Nick McQuire to run another of our popular series of TEM webinars, this time covering ‘Global Mobility Strategy & Roll-out – Key Challenges and Considerations’. 

The webinar takes place at the following times: New York: 9.30-10.30am; London: 2.30-3.30pm; Paris: 3.30-4.30pm. 

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Samuel Morse’s electrical telegraph

The electrical telegraph was the successor to the popular optical semaphore telegraph system and had a widespread impact across the globe, with almost instant message transmission being made possible, as opposed to the slower message speeds of the semaphore system.

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The 17th May marks World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, the focus of which is to raise awareness of the benefits that are offered to economies and societies through information and communications technologies, as well as encouraging stakeholder commitment in crucial development areas in order to bridge any gaps in the digital divide.

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This blog is based on the recent MDSL webinar: “Switching from regional to global TEM deployment" presented by Felix Lau, MDSL. Click here to watch the full presentation.

There are four major trends driving today’s TEM developments: technology changes, the demand for more detailed business analytics, the growth of the mobile workforce and social collaboration. Let’s go through them in detail.

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Samuel Morse

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Born on 27 April 1791 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an accomplished painter who in later life would revolutionise telecommunications through his telegraph invention and famously the development of Morse Code.

Following the completion of his studies at Yale, Morse travelled to England where he stayed for 3 years perfecting his painting technique before returning to America. On his return he completed many notable works as well playing a key role in the establishment of the National Academy of Design.

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A new report written by Dr William Duckworth from Creighton University in the USA claims that consumers could save as much as $2.6 billion a year if a "kill switch" was introduced for all new smartphones sold in the USA. This oft-discussed feature, which has also often been considered by UK and European telcos, has been on the wish lists of lawmakers and consumers for some time. Theoretically, it would allow any device to be remotely disabled if it is lost or stolen.

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Sir William Fothergill Cooke, born 208 years ago in May 1806, was co-inventor of the Cooke-Wheatstone electrical telegraph, co-founder of the Electric Telegraph Company and holder of a number of patents related to products and technology in the telecoms industry.

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Brand Spotlight – Samsung
Samsung is currently one of the world’s leading companies specialising in electronics. They are know...
Celebrating Marconi’s Contribution
20 July marks the anniversary of the formation of a pioneering business and something of a legend in...
Calling All Managers! Which model is best for your company – BYOD vs COPE? Part 2
Benefits of COPE Unlike Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) which is, essentially, a personal device with ...
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 impro...
Remembering the iPhone 3G on July 11
For many, the latest iPhone is a must-have item. Since its launch in 2007, several incarnations have...
Samuel Morse
Born on 27 April 1791 in Charlestown, Massachusetts, Samuel Finley Breese Morse was an accomplished painter who in later life would revolutionise telecommunications through his telegraph invention and...
MDSL’S Top 10 Telecom Trends For 2014
Top Trend 1If it can happen to Apple (twice) how can mere mortals prevent it? Our first prediction for 2014 will not be a great surprise. Given the inability of many users to follow the fairly simple ...
Anniversary of the Motorola MicroTAC – A Mobile Revolution
Telecommunications giant Motorola hit the headlines on April 25th 1989, when it unveiled the first analogue mobile phone in the form of The MicroTAC.  Marketed as the MicroTAC Pocket Cellular Tel...
Making a Virtual out of a Necessity – Why VMware bought AirWatch and why it’s good for TEM
VMware announced last week that it has acquired AirWatch, one of the leaders in the enterprise mobility management (EMM) market, in a deal worth US$1.54Bn. Why would VMware want to do this? VMware’s ...
BYOD – The Mystery of the Missing Mobile’s Kill Switch
Although a similar feature is already present on iOS devices and some Android phones, it’s not widespread. The university surveyed 1,200 smartphone owners to obtain their opinion on such a security ...
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