Apple and Cisco team up to give iOS a biz boost

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Cisco work phones are getting optimized for iPhone.
Cisco work phones are getting optimized for iPhone.
Photo: Camilo Rueda López/Flickr CC

As part of its ongoing effort to penetrate the enterprise market, Apple announced today that it is partnering with Cisco to create fast lanes for iOS business users that use Cisco networking hardware.

Apple revealed the new partnership this morning, detailing how Cisco’s enterprise environments will provide a unique experience for iOS devices and apps in the future.

These are the garden gnomes of the starship Enterprise

Even in a red shirt, a garden gnome is not safe.
In a red shirt, not even a garden gnome is safe.
Photo: Think Geek

Your garden may be seasonal, but part of it can live long and prosper with a set of Star Trek garden gnomes from the warped minds at Think Geek.

There are four, including a dead yeoman in a red shirt, lying on a slab that says, “Join Starfleet they said. It’d be fun they said.”

Imagine if Mr. Scott in the transporter room mixed up the energy patterns of Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock with elves and you would have the Think Geek creations.

Meet the 8 new Apple + IBM enterprise apps introduced today

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IBM and Apple, together at last.
Photo: Apple
Photo: Apple

Apple’s partnership with IBM has birthed eight new enterprise apps that the companies announced today on Apple’s Business apps page. The new MobileFirst apps focus mostly on healthcare by providing hospital techs and nurses new methods to access patients records, log data and track progress.

Along with the four new healthcare apps, IBM and Apple also created apps for insurance agents, flight attendants, retailers and industrial production.

Take a quick tour of the new apps below.

Apple and IBM add three more apps to MobileFirst portfolio

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IBM and Apple, together at last.
Photo: Apple
Photo: Apple

Apple and IBM’s partnership to bring iOS apps into the workplace produced 10 apps last year. Today at Mobile World Congress, IBM announced that it is launching three more MobileFirst apps aimed at the banking, airline, and retail industries.

The three new iOS apps are available for deployment and customization starting today. The apps are part of Tim Cook’s initiative to change the way people work by giving companies access to high-quality iOS apps. IBM says its clients for the MobileFirst apps include American Eagle Outfitters, Sprint, Air Canada, Banorte, and more than 50 others.

Here’s a quick look at the three new apps:

New Apple partner IBM prepares for another round of layoffs

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Tim Cook announcing Apple's partnership with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty last summer. Photo: Apple
Tim Cook announcing Apple's partnership with IBM CEO Ginni Rometty last summer. Photo: Apple

Update: Downplaying reports about the size of its impending layoffs, IBM says it will let go of only “several thousand people,” not the much-larger number reported by Forbes. We’ve updated this story and its headline to reflect IBM’s statements.

Things aren’t going well for IBM. Six months into its partnership with Apple, Big Blue is reportedly preparing for the largest corporate layoff in history.

After nearly three years of quarterly revenue decline, IBM is preparing to ax a staggering 111,800 employees, according to Forbes. Saying it does not respond to “ridiculous” rumors, IBM says the layoffs will be much smaller than that. How the layoffs will affect the company’s business with Apple remains unclear.