You may want to send out a note to iPhone clients. Those who are on iOS 6 may be encountering a bug with the Do Not Disturb feature as of yesterday.
Do Not Disturb (DND) is a feature that allows users to schedule a period of time during which the phone will not receive texts, calls, or make any type of notification sound. DND is supposed to turn itself on and off automatically according to a schedule set by the user. As of 2013 a bug became apparent where DND is not turning itself off. Users should check their home screen to see if a little crescent moon appears at the top-centre. If it does, and you want to receive calls etc., go to Settings/Do Not Disturb and turn it off. Note that to change the actual schedule you will need to go to Settings/Notifications/Do Not Disturb. For more information: http://9to5mac.com/2013/01/01/check-your-iphones-do-not-disturb-it-might-not-have-turned-off-last-night/
Top SmartPhones of 2013 from Makeuseof.com. They do offer some great suggestions in this well thought out document. I disagree about BlackBerry but many people listen to the media. Their current BlackBerry devices are valid but BlackBerry10 may be a game changer. Time will tell. It you are interested in alot of info on technology, sign up for their newsletter.
Check this out and would love your thoughts about what the author says.
Have you or a staff member ever come back from a business or personal trip with an enormous roaming bill? Who really would want to pay or could afford to pay a$200,000roaming bill? We train smartphone users on understanding what they are doing that ‘could’ potentially give you and them a heart attack when they view their phone bill after a trip! Even a$500.00overage leaves a bad taste in your mouth after a business or personal trip. We have had too many clients come to us after the fact with enormous overages; $400, $2500 , $17,000 or more. Each of these could have been mitigated had they understood their plans, how their smartphones work and some confusing industry terminology. We have several online training session and one specifically on how to Avoid Roaming Costs. Could $39.00 save you $200.000?
So I know that a lot of our clients and workshop attendees hear me back RIM 100% for 12 years or so. What you didn't know is that because my company is independent that every new OS I purchase for our team, think about that for a bit. :-) I use to have some connections within RIM (most are gone) that would provide me with devices as I need to know how each one works and how each new update impacts the devices. Thought they have simulation software it just isn’t the same as testing BIS and BES differences. I wish I had kept track of how much research I do and have done around roaming, cost savings, devices, updates, how it impacts BES users and consumers. If I had a dollar for every..........ha ha... Over the last few years I have emailed and called numerous folks at RIM to let them know how I am essentially helping THEIR customers stay loyal and would be great to have RIM back me somehow. If someone was out there saying how great your company was wouldn’t you want to know? No go.....nothing, nada, so once again, in a roundabout way from a client I got an invite to the BlackBerry Enterprise Forum. Lots of clients my company had trained were there and I chatted with a few after. More about that at the bottom. I took notes, on my blackberry, here they are:
Sent: October-17-12 11:25 AM To: Darci LaRocque Subject: BB enterprise forum 2012
Is it bad to start 10 minutes late? Started with a video which I think was lame. Which makes me a bit sad. The MC should have been up there with a rah rah attitude but it was also kind of sad.
·80 plus mill global subscribers
·3 plus billion bb app world downloads
·60 plus mill BBM users
·90 percent fortune 500 use bb solutions
·2 million subscribers in last quarter
BB 10 is a platform for mobile computing. Like IPV4 to 6. Stay true to heritage and help customers with BYOD.
Asking for patience and forgiveness. They know they have tested patience.
Best in class MDM
Unsurpassed user experience for balancing Work and Play Best enterprise app Worlds leading mobile computing platform
How to solve privacy issue with byod? Do we want IT seeing our photos and web history?
BB10 is great for developers and please go google their comments.
This platform will support many things.
Lots of competitors and our value is to enterprise customers.
Eric on MDM 13 years working there
Didn't take the easy route. Desire to be leader in MDM.
BES not going away. Always evolving product until at least 2015.
·Bb, ios and androids.
Bb cloud services since 1999
503 or newer manages all devices. Touchdown is android 3rd party for mdm. Now fusion can use androids and ios6. Greg Lederman gives demo. (He was the best presenter)
Great web app and demod how to lock. Unlock, delete only work data, delete all data. Add IT policy. Ie disable camera, passwords, detects jail broken, add software, etc.
Bb ent service 10 2nd quarter of 2013
Byod and corporate deploy.
25000 users rather than 2000
From MAPI to active sync
Standardizing on active sync
Two tabs on bb . Personal and Work. File manager in personal and one in work. Belongs to end user. Commands to remove only work stuff
Personal side I can buy appworld apps and on work u have appworld for work. Easy of deploying device. Called workspaces.
Working with webex, citrix, etc and bbcommon dev tools like cascades. Download scrapbook on playbook to see what cascade is capable of.
Webworks and html5 can be used for development. 80 percent less to develop than ios. 100 million investment in development. They have the products with the os on it. Get 10000 if your app generates 1000 dollars.
Integrate with box.net. Revenue generation - more paid for apps than android.
Another Demo of bb playbook. Accessing you desktop with citrix. Save to network share and can run any app. Citrix on bb10 too.
Works today on playbook
Payments (visa and mc)
Partner with hid. Id reader.
QNX. Stable OS. This will be on 10 too. Also cars. 60 percent has QNX. Radio, temp, etc. Healthcare, industrial equipment. Check inventory on vending machine. End to end solution.
·Bes to install fusion to manage other devices come May 2013 install BES10 over other OS and under 1 hour upgrade.
·Connect with active sync if you don't want BES.
·Upgrade existing licenses to 10 at no charge. Until dec 31 2013.
7 by 24 by 365.
Install fusion today? 60 days of free support Health check program for free
5000 out in field.
·Bb hub is like unified messages. Where everything is. Integrated with social media.
·Html 5 browser score 484 out of 500 on mobile.
·Has reader mode without having to pinch.
·Has active frames.
·Updates to bbm groups
·Keyboard virtual but same as regular keyboard. Predictive text within context. Looks good
·Calendar is hybrid.
·Apps for work that work allows and personal app world.
·Timeshift photo. Very cool. closed eyes, no problem time shift to open users eyes.
Will bb10 that is integrated with Office 365 work with fusion? Not currently
Will BBM be personal or workspace? Not sure
Will there be a Physical keyboard? Yes
Will there be ‘something’ that users can use for video, Skype, etc? Not sure
How will the personal side of the BB10 be backed up? Not sure
How will they manage BlackBerry ID with 2 spaces, personal and business? One ID
Here are some comments from one IT Manager:
“I was a little disappointed with the presentation, I was at one almost a year ago and it hasn’t changed much in my opinion. It was good to see a BB 10 in action although even with that did you see anything you haven’t already seen on the web? They really need to do something to generate some excitement…I talked with some of the RIM sales team that I know and they just don’t seem that engaged to me. I’ve been off the BB for about 6 months”
I sadly agree. It pains me to make any negative comments about RIM but it was a little disappointing. The OS looks good or rather the new platform as they say and I hope they can amp up the marketing and have the public believe! If this was a prelude to what is coming around marketing….hmmmm…not much to say.
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