What the Apple Cisco partnership means to you

partnershipWhat happens when two tech giants come together? A new era of networking and integration.

On Aug. 31, 2015, Tim Cook and John Chambers, the respective CEOs of Apple and Cisco, announced a partnership that creates a fast lane for iOS business users by optimizing Cisco networks for iOS devices and apps.

“iOS is the world’s best mobile platform, and nearly every Fortune 500 and Global 500 company today has put iOS at the center of their mobile strategy,” said Cook. “iPhone and iPad have become essential tools for the modern workforce and are changing the way work gets done. Together with Cisco, we believe we can give businesses the tools to maximize the potential of iOS and help employees become even more productive using the devices they already love.”

Before the digital ink was dry, questions about the partnership’s ramifications were being asked in IT departments around the world. What does the partnership mean to customers? What implications does it have on the broader market? How will other ecosystem partners be affected? (more…)

Staff picks for the week of Oct. 5, 2015

Staff Picks GeneralTechnology is constantly pushing limits and today’s Staff Picks show how far, from apps for your cat to a potential mushroom-powered smartphone. Read on for our take on these stories and more.

Why your cat needs an iPad (read by Camillia S.)

Nothing is safe from the digital era. We wear technology and give our toddlers iPads to play with while we take on the rest of the duties of the day. So it’s only right that pets are the next marketing target for tech toys and gadgets. Technically, pet parents are the targets, but pets are the beneficiaries of all the new animal-friendly apps and gadgetry. Friskies, a popular brand of cat food, has been creating digital cat games since 2011. Who knew? Instead of sitting on your couch and having your cat chase a laser beam, now there’s an app for that. I always thought that we looked forward to spending time with our pets, but with the introduction of apps and tech toys I’m starting to think we may see them as more of a nuisance. (more…)

Staff picks for the week of Sept. 28, 2015

Staff Picks GeneralAs technology advances, many people wonder just how far it’ll go. Will machines and robots become self-aware? So far that answer is no, but artificial intelligence is being applied in new and interesting ways. At the same time, other technological advances are aimed at increasing our safety. That said, technology isn’t always applied to good intentions. Read on for this week’s Staff Picks. (more…)

6 Apple product upgrades that can impact your business

appleApple’s “Hey Siri, Give us a Hint” event on Sept. 9 gave us plenty of ideas about how businesses can use the new lineup of Apple devices. Updated models of the iPad Pro and Apple TV have powerful new features, and iOS 9 Management is a marked improvement for organizations that want control over their devices.

Plenty of news came out of Apple’s event, but here are six products or features that businesses and organizations need to keep on their radar. (more…)

Staff picks for the week of Sept. 14, 2015

Staff Picks General

Check out this week’s staff picks for some powerful and innovative applications of technology.

9 tech podcasts so addictive, your friends should start planning the intervention (Read by Camillia S.)

When did listening to non-musical entertainment become so popular? It’s a reassurance that all things old become new again in some way or another. Forbes contributor The Muse identifies nine tech podcasts that almost anyone — from the super fan to the tech novice – can enjoy. Podcasts are great to listen to while you drive and while you work, if you’re up to multi-task. I think I’ll get started on the list this week! (more…)

Staff picks for the week of Aug. 25, 2015

Staff Picks GeneralToday we look at new tech, a new tech hotspot, and an unfolding challenge for tech startups.

The Noise Around You Could Strengthen Your Passwords (Read by Heidi B.)

Who knew the clink of a dish could better protect you from hackers? The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology is making that possible with its new Sound-Proof authentication tool. When users log in to a Sound-Proof-enabled site, the tool automatically (read: you don’t have to do anything!) pings both your browser and your phone, captures a few seconds of ambient sound from each, and compares the two to ensure they are indeed in the same room. This is in contrast to standard two-factor authentication, which requires you to enter a code from your phone to access a website on a PC. An effortless way to better protect yourself – that’s something I can get behind! (more…)

Legacy and emerging partner performance fuel first half revenue jump

Earnings ReleaseSHI President and CEO Thai Lee kicked off SHI’s Global Sales Conference this morning by confirming what most employees had already suspected: SHI’s strong start to 2015 continued into Q2 resulting in a record first half performance in our 26th year in business.

Through June, SHI’s year-to-date revenue was up 15 percent over the same period in 2014 with double-digit growth experienced in all domestic sales verticals. SHI also saw significant increases within international divisions, notably in Canada, the United Kingdom, and France. (more…)

Staff picks for the week of Aug. 3, 2015

Staff Picks GeneralLike the people who use it, technology constantly evolves. Today’s staff picks show just how far it’s come in the last decade.

The evolution of Windows startup sounds, from Windows 3.1 to 10 (Read by Nick G.)

For years Windows users heard a distinct sound every time they started their computers. But the times are changing, and this startup music has been cut from the new version of Windows. Whether you’re sad or overjoyed, take a walk down memory lane with Mashable and enjoy the nostalgia.

Today’s Kids Have No Idea How the First iPod Worked (Read by Heidi B.)

It seems like it was yesterday that I got my first iPod, so it’s hard to believe that today’s kids don’t know how to use the click wheel device that was such a big innovation at the time. In this video, you’ll see kids tinkering with a first generation iPod and the confusion that follows — the lack of a touch screen and the music-only functionality boggles the minds of these little ones. It’s amazing how quickly technology has advanced; less than 10 years ago we were taught how to use a touch screen, yet today’s youngsters have never known life without it. It makes me wonder what tech will be like 10 years from now.

The US Navy is 3D-printing custom drones on its ships (Read by Camillia S.)

The U.S. Navy is combining two of the trendiest technologies to make drone missions easier for sailors at sea. Naval ships will leave for sea with the necessary parts to make a drone (like motors, controllers, and GPS units) but the body of the device will be emailed, printed, and assembled on board. With more ships being equipped with 3D printers for medical supplies, it seems like custom 3D-printed drones are the next wave for Navy missions.