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RIM Loses Down Under As Qantas, IBM Australia Ditch The BlackBerry

RIM Loses Down Under As Qantas, IBM Australia Ditch The BlackBerry

Qantas becomes the latest company to ditch the BlackBerry in favor of the iPhone.

While most CIOs and IT leaders are taking steps to reduce their reliance on RIM’s BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), some major BlackBerry business customers are ready to abandon RIM’s services and its BlackBerry smartphones in one fell swoop. The latest company to announce such a migration is the Australian airline Qantas.

The company told the Australian (registration required) that it had made the decision to trade its 1,300 BlackBerry devices and related service packages for iPhones. The move, which Qantas expects will deliver significant cost savings, follows a company-wide survey in which a “large majority” of employees said that they’d prefer iPhones.

Like other companies and organizations that have announced similar transitions this year, Qantas chief information officer Paul Jones pointed to the iPhone’s ease of use and popularity as reasons for selecting the iPhone.

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Was IBM Right? Is Siri A Threat To Businesses? [Feature]

Was IBM Right? Is Siri A Threat To Businesses? [Feature]

IBM bans Siri use on the iPhones of its employees

Apple has gotten a fair amount of flack over Siri – most of it relating to Siri not recognizing words or phrases, misinterpreting requests, or providing incomplete or inaccurate answers. Apple is even facing a class action lawsuit over Siri not working as promised by iPhone 4S ads.

For IBM, however, the concern isn’t that Siri won’t work as advertised. Big blue is worried that Siri will work exactly as advertised and that confidential and sensitive information will leak outside IBM’s network as a result. For those reasons, the company disables Siri on the iPhones of its employees.

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IBM Adds iOS Management To Its Existing Enterprise Tools [Mobile Management Month]

IBM Adds iOS Management To Its Existing Enterprise Tools [Mobile Management Month]

IBM recently entered the mobile management market with its first device management tools

May is Mobile Management Month at Cult of Mac, where we will be profiling a different mobile management company every weekday. You can find all previous entries here  and read our Mobile Management manifesto here.

IBM is one of the newest entrants to the mobile management market. The company launched its IBM Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices in March. At the moment, IBM’s feature set is focused on device management with limited app management capabilities. It will appeal most to companies that are already using other IBM solutions. Although Endpoint Manager for Mobile Devices can be used as a stand alone mobile device management tool, it will be most effective when integrated with IBM’s various Tivoli enterprise solutions including endpoint management and help desk packages because it will be able to key off existing organizational systems making for easier setup and a streamlined overall management experience across the board.

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Steve Jobs The Ghostbuster

Steve Jobs The Ghostbuster

Back in 1985, Big Blue (IBM) was the big bad competition for Apple. So, of course the sales team at Apple, including Steve Jobs, decided to make a video. It being the mid-eighties, the theme obviously had to be the hit of the season, Ghostbusters.

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Steve Job Cosplays FDR In This Bizarre WWII-Style Apple Ad [Video]

Steve Job Cosplays FDR In This Bizarre WWII-Style Apple Ad [Video]

Did you know that Steve Jobs played the role of FDR in a colossal World War II styled Apple commercial? We’ve seen glimpses of Steve in his FDR costume from a video made to celebrate Jobs’s 30th birthday, but we never knew the context of why Jobs was dressed up like the former-U.S. President until now.

After the success of their 1984 Super Bowl commercial, Apple created a broad-cast quality production titled “1944’ that was designed to motivate Apple’s international sales force during a 1984 company meeting in Hawaii. Apple supposedly spent $50,000 on the production that used a mix of professional actors alongside prominent Apple figures. The 9-minute commericial uses a World War II theme to focus on the battle between Apple and IBM, with El Jobso taking up the mantle of FDR. The entire video is pretty bizarre and terribly corny, but definitely worth watching.

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Apple Suffers More Vulnerabilities Than Google, Microsoft, Adobe In Last Quarter

Apple Suffers More Vulnerabilities Than Google, Microsoft, Adobe In Last Quarter

Think Apple's software is free from vulnerabilities? You couldn't be more wrong.

Apple’s operating systems and its software are generally believed to be the best available in terms of security and stability, but a new report from Trend Micro reveals that’s a huge misconception… at least in recent months. In fact, the Cupertino company suffered more vulnerabilities during the last quarter than rivals like Oracle, Google, Adobe, and even Microsoft.

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Walter Isaacson: Larry Page Is Wrong; Steve Jobs’s War On Android Was Real

Walter Isaacson: Larry Page Is Wrong; Steve Jobs’s War On Android Was Real

This Samsung handset would probably still have buttons if it wasn't for the iPhone.

Following comments made by Google co-founder Larry Page yesterday, which suggested Steve Jobs’s thermonuclear war against Android was simply “for show” to rally the troops, Walter Isaacson has confirmed that Page is wrong, and he has insisted that Steve’s war against Android was real.

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IBM Offers Insight Into Its BYOD Program And iPhone/iPad Management

IBM Offers Insight Into Its BYOD Program And iPhone/iPad Management

IBM relies on user education, device management to leverage BYOD

IBM, once known as on of the most straight-laced companies in the world, has jumped on the BYOD bandwagon with a level of enthusiasm rarely seen in such large and established enterprises. The company has big plans for BYOD – rolling out a program out that covers all 440,000 employees worldwide.

That’s a big challenge and one that Big Blue has yet achieve. However, the company currently has mobility solutions deployed to about a quarter of its workforce (120,000 users) two thirds of whom (80,000)  are supplying their own devices and service plans. The company, which had been a predominantly BlackBerry shop, began to shift gears as iPhones and other devices began showing up in its offices.

While not a model for every company, IBM’s BYOD policies can serve as a great starting point.

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IBM’s Using Their Weather-Predicting Supercomputer To Power An iPad App

IBM’s Using Their Weather-Predicting Supercomputer To Power An iPad App

Thanks to IBM's supercomputer and an iPad app, you'll never be surprised by the weather again.

In Phoenix, Arizona, rain is a commodity scarcer than a purple elephant slowly lumbering down Main Street. Consequently, people go straight up loco when their iPhone’s weather app predicts rain. Most of the time the hours sadly glide past and the clouds and precipitation never show up. A collective mourning rumbles across the city, and meteorologists cower under their desks, ashamed at their disastrous predictions. They never can quite seem to predict the rain.

It’s sad that we can put a man on the moon but still suck at predicting the weather. IBM’s mind-blowing “Deep Thunder” iPad Weather app is seeking to change all that though, by becoming the most insanely accurate weather predicting tool ever.

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Apple Is World’s Most Admired Company For Fifth Year In A Row

Apple Is World’s Most Admired Company For Fifth Year In A Row

image via Tropico Station

Another year, another title. Fortune announced their list of the world’s most admired companies this morning, and Apple swept away the competition for the fifth year in a row. Each year Fortune surveys the business community to find out which company has the best reputation in the eyes of their peers. Apple has ranked at the top of Fortune’s annual list for the last five years which ties them with General Electric for the number of most appearances in the top spot.

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