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6 Best Enterprise apps for Android

In past, the people used mobile phone for only communication purpose but at present this situation has completely changed after the emergence of android smartphone. This android guy has brought many changes in our personal and professional lives. This handset comes with speedily growing application market named as Android market or Google play. From this store, every person can grab one application of his choice. However, it’s me who will today focus on enterprise applications. The main purpose of introducing these applications for android platform is to enhance the overall productivity level of employees and workers. So, let’s peep into the detail of famous and useful applications for corporate environment.

 1. Think Free Mobile

When you imagine an office, first thing which come into your mind is an office with table having many files. In old days, employees needed to compose and to store a lot of files physically but after android tablet and smartphone, they are capable to create, edit and store as much files as they want. For their assistance, android market comes with Think free mobile application. It’s a word processor that makes it simple for you to compose file and then to store them in your personal or public cloud storage. In addition, you can share between personal cloud and mobile devices.

2. Quick Office Pro

The employees need to work with presentations and different databases along with word files therefore; it’s Quick Office Pro that adds ease into their life. This enterprise application will make it simple for them to create, edit and share their Microsoft word, spreadsheets and presentations on the move. A businessman will definitely find it a handy application as he can check his office work while travelling.

3. Egnyte App

No matter where you actually are, this application allows you to access, edit, store and share files from any where any time. Just you need to have a smartphone for getting the most from this application. I really like the permission control feature of this application which permits the user to limit the access of files to only authorized people. One more special feature of it is file synchronization from smartphone with computer.

4. Critix Receiver

There are many enterprises which have started using critix receiver as it enhances efficiency of worker in a robust manner. This application permits the authorized users to access enterprise files, desktop and application from anywhere. Sharing of file through this receiver is indeed a delightful task.

5. Mango Apps

The real-time collaboration between employees is made possible with the help of Mango applications. When a company gets this application for employees, it becomes simple for every worker to get news and updates from the same platform. In addition, there is an instant messenger available on every interface just to make sure that employees can communicate with one another in an instant manner. They can make groups and then share files with their group members in a comfortable way. You can create the modules of your choice like collaborations, tasks, groups, files, applications, ideas, etc. The company can create private groups and projects for maintaining collaboration with customers and partners.

6. Yammer

It is one of the best enterprise applications available in Google play. This application lets you to create a private social network for your company. Co-workers can easily communicate with each other through a private social platform. They can update their status and get latest news of business right from here.

Kiran Khan is an expert business consultant. She advises entrepreneurs to download best enterprise applications for enhancing workforce productivity.

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Microsoft to sell Surface at retail stores


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Surface Tablet (Photo credit: SpicaGames)

Microsoft said Tuesday it would make its Surface tablet available to outside sellers as soon as mid-December.

“The public reaction to Surface has been exciting to see. We’ve increased production and are expanding the ways in which customers can interact with, experience and purchase Surface,” said Surface general manager Panos Panay, without providing any specific sales figures.

A Microsoft statement said retail stores in the United States and Australia would be the first to sell the introductory Surface model with Windows RT, which has many features of a tablet along with an attachable cover-keyboard.

Retail availability in other countries will be announced in the coming months, said Microsoft, which began selling the Surface through its website, its “pop-up” holiday stores and permanent branded stores.

“Our plan has been to expand the retail presence for Surface after the first of the year,” said Steve Schueler, head of retail sales for Microsoft.

“Based on interest from retailers, we are giving them the option to carry Surface with Windows RT even earlier.”

Microsoft also announced that some of its pop-up stores would remain open past the year-end holidays and several would become permanent Microsoft retail outlets.

“These stores will transition into either permanent brick-and-mortar retail outlets or specialty store locations,” a company statement said.

Surface, with a starting price of $499, is now sold at Microsoft retail stores in the United States and Canada and online in the US, Australia, Britain Canada, China, France and Germany.

Microsoft said last month that its Surface Pro, a version of its new tablet aimed at business users, would be available in January starting at $899 for US customers.

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Xbox SmartGlass app now optimized for iPhone 5

The Xbox SmartGlass app was updated for iOS yesterday. iPhone 5 users can finally interact with their Xbox 360.

Xbox SmartGlass first launched on Windows 8 devices back in October. That lengthy half-day exclusivity ended with an Android version on October 26, followed by the iOS app’s arrival in early November.

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Pakistani Google, Yahoo, Apple, eBay, PayPal Hacked

The Pakistani websites of Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, Apple, Visa, HSBC, Coca Cola, Blogspot, Sony, HP, eBay and PayPal have been hacked and defaced.

According to The Hackers Media, the sites have been defaced by a group of Turkish hackers.

On their defacement page, the Pakistani hackers reveal not only their reasons for breaching the sites, but also the vulnerability they exploited.

“Why we have wasted our time to hack Pakistani Sites? Just because let us convey our message. We warned you and we were willing to fix your vulnerability but you think we are jokers and you guys took it as a joke? Yes it’s time to bang you guys!!” the hackers wrote.

The Hackers Media reveals that the one “warned” is actually PKNIC, a registrar for Pakistani .pk domains. A security hole in the registrar’s systems allowed the cybercriminals to easily alter the homepages of the affected sites.

The Pakistani hackers utilized the same method to deface several high-profile Israeli sites a few days ago.

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Microsoft Surface Tablet Launches

Microsoft launched both Windows 8 and its own Surface tablet in the U.S. early Friday morning with the opening of the Microsoft Store in New York City’s Times Square.

“It’s definitely worth every penny I spent on it,” said Acosta, shortly after his purchase (the Surface starts at $499).

Acosta may have waited for hours and paid hundreds of dollars for his new Windows tablet. Some top Microsoft executives were on hand to autograph the boxes of the first Surface units sold, including Panos Panay, the general manager of Surface.

“We filled up Times Square pretty good,” Panay said. “The excitement is riveting — we’re very humbled by it.”

Microsoft also supplied the people in line with refreshments, and some lucky ones (including Acosta) even got Surface jackets.

Share your thoughts about Suraface Tablet in the comments…

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Rock Band Weekly: Matchbox Twenty

Next week’s Rock Band DLC twists time through Matchbox Twenty’s career. The first track, “Bent,” comes from the band’s early years and off their second album. “How Far We Come” is from 2007, and “She’s So Mean” is from their latest album, North.

Xbox 360 / Wii / PS3
Available: September 11, 2012

Matchbox Twenty Pack 01 (440 MSP / 550 WP / $5.99) “Bent” (160 MSP / 200 WP / $1.99)
“How Far We’ve Come” (160 MSP / 200 WP / $1.99)*
“She’s So Mean” (160 MSP / 200 WP / $1.99)
All tracks feature keyboard support.

*Pro Guitar/Bass expansion available (80 MSP / 100 WP / $0.99)

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Microsoft aims for Guinness world record

MUMBAI: Microsoft is aiming to create to a new Guinness world record by bringing together the maximum number of people under one roof to build apps for its new Windows 8 operating system (OS) releasing in October.

The site for this hackathon or codefest will be Bangalore, the city which is probably home to the largest number of coders across the world. Windows 8 is Microsoft’s first OS that will work across tablets, smartphones and computers.

The former king of consumer software is betting big on its return to glory after ceding place to Apple and Google’s Android. The success of the OS will to a large extent depend on the apps that are available on it.

The 18-hour, non-stop jam will happen on September 21-22 and is open to everyone, including developers from outside India. Developers will code non-stop during this period and will have access to special Microsoft mentors from over the world, the software firm said. If 3500 or more developers participate in the codefest, Microsoft will create a new Guinness record.

Apps can be submitted in more than 20 categories that range from food, finance productivity, books, social, photo, music and video and shopping, Microsoft said. “The Windows 8 App Fest is an international opportunity, for developers to build their apps, which will then be available for download across the world through the Windows 8 marketplace,” it added.

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Assassin’s Creed 3 will have new challenges and content every month

While Ubisoft has been quick to introduce Connor and focus on the single-player campaign in Assassin’s Creed 3, not much has been said on the multiplayer side, a staple of the series since being introduced in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Multiplayer developer Ubisoft Annecy says there will be a greater focus on multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed 3 ? both in terms of support from Ubisoft and its impact on the overall Assassin’s Creed lore.

Abstergo has turned the Animus into a commercial product, and you’ll play as one consumer who’s looking forward to “reliving the past in HD.” Every month, Ubisoft will give players new content to unlock through new challenges. “As you progress in the game and level up your character, you access these files and videos. Every month you’ll have new challenges to unlock new content that will continue the storyline throughout the year,” Ubisoft Annecy game director Damien Kieken told CVG.

The multiplayer environments themselves will now have a greater impact on gameplay ? weather effects such as sudden rain storms or blizzards can impact visibility and players can employ special environmental kills using objects like bottles and axes. Back at Gamescom, Ubisoft demoed Wolfpack and Domination, two modes we were able to . While Ubisoft has been quick to introduce Connor and focus on the single-player campaign in Assassin’s Creed 3, not much has been said on the multiplayer side, a staple of the series since being introduced in Assassin’s Creed: Brotherhood. Multiplayer developer Ubisoft Annecy says there will be a greater focus on multiplayer in Assassin’s Creed 3 ? both in terms of support from Ubisoft and its impact on the overall Assassin’s Creed lore.

Abstergo has turned the Animus into a commercial product, and you’ll play as one consumer who’s looking forward to “reliving the past in HD.” Every month, Ubisoft will give players new content to unlock through new challenges. “As you progress in the game and level up your character, you access these files and videos. Every month you’ll have new challenges to unlock new content that will continue the storyline throughout the year,” Ubisoft Annecy game director Damien Kieken told CVG.

The multiplayer environments themselves will now have a greater impact on gameplay ? weather effects such as sudden rain storms or blizzards can impact visibility and players can employ special environmental kills using objects like bottles and axes. Back at Gamescom, Ubisoft demoed Wolfpack and Domination, two modes we were able to sample ? a new wave-based co-op mode where players hunt down targets in the environment and take them down, and the more traditional four-on-four team-based mode, respectively.

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‘Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII’ headed to 360/PS3 in 2013

The “new direction” Square Enix is taking the story of Lightning is … actually kind of the same direction as before. As in, it’s another sequel to Final Fantasy XIII. “Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII” was unveiled at tonight’s Final Fantasy 25th anniversary event at PAX.

According to the game’s Japanese website, Motomu Toriyama is heading up the third game in the Final Fantasy XIII series (yes, we seriously just wrote that) ? a game that’s said to end Lightning’s story. A video was shown during tonight’s event that we’re expecting to see pop up any time now, but we’ve got a concept art gallery below for you to check out in the meantime.

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Airtel ties up with Microsoft to sell Office 365

In a sign of the increasing role being played by telecom operators in the emerging cloud computing ecosystem, India’s largest telco Bharti Airtel has tied up with Microsoft to sell the software giant’s office productivity suite to small and medium businesses in India.

For Airtel, the partnership will help boost its intent to derive a larger portion of revenue from data services and for Microsoft, the tie-up will give it easy access to a large pool of potential customers in India who prefer to pay for software based on what they use instead of the traditional model of high upfront investment for licences.

Currently, data services (excluding SMS) accounts for only 4.3% of Airtel’s revenues of $7.5 billion. Telcos around the world, like Etisalat in Dubai and China Telecom in China, are looking at such partnerships to drive data revenues. Microsoft has also inked similar arrangements with AT&T, Verizon, Telstra in US and Australia.

“There are 30 million small and medium businesses in the country. About 10 million of them use PCs, which gives us a ready market for Microsoft’s Office 365 and other products,” said Sanjay Kapoor, CEO of Bharti Airtel.

As part of the contract, Microsoft will sell its Office 365 Software – Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote – as a service, with the actual software hosted on from Bharti Airtel’s data centres.

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