Monthly Archives: January 2016

5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Using MDM

5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Using MDM

Mobile Device Management also known as MDM is the solution that gives you high-level control and security of all the mobile devices entering your organisation, irrelevant of whether they are company devices or part of a BYOD programme.

1)  Introduce and enforce your Company’s very own telecoms policy – with minimal effort.

MDM allows you to set real-time compliance rules with automated actions. For example, you could prevent jail-broken or rooted devices from entering your company network, lock down SIM changes, enforce minimum OS versions, and even lock, block and wipe rule-breaking devices. You can also enforce policies based on your company’s personal roaming or data usage limits. With this system in place, you can ensure that your company devices will be used correctly, and you can rest assured that the correct actions will be taken without the need for constant, manual monitoring.

2)  Create virtual barriers with geo-fencing rules

5 Reasons Why Your Business Should Be Using MDMGeo-fencing is a tool that allows you to define geographical boundaries. These boundaries form virtual barriers that trigger when one of your company devices enters or exits the chosen area. For example, you could choose to be notified if a company-owned iPad leaves your grounds. With this notification, you’ll have the knowledge, and choice, about whether or not to disable the device.

Or you could restrict certain apps, such as games, when an employee is at your business location during working hours. When it’s lunch hours, the block could be automatically removed. A further example is blocking device cameras. Cameras can actually be automatically turned off at sensitive work locations, ensuring high-level security and privacy. With geo-fencing, the possibilities are vast, and offer you a high-level of control, customised to your business needs.

3)  Locate and manage lost or stolen devices, in an instance

Shamefully, smartphones are stolen in London every 5 minutes. Worse yet, half of all street crimes involve smartphone theft.  MDM gives you added security and a back-up plan if a device in your fleet is lost or stolen. With the ability to remotely locate and lock a lost device, you can buy yourself time to find it, and ensure it stays safe. You can also remotely wipe a device, to ensure company data is protected when a corporate device is missing.

4) Manage all of your corporate applications and documents in one central system

With MDM, you can advertise, distribute and update applications; to all of your users, a select group, or just the one device, all from a quick and easy central system. And with secure document sharing, you can build-in security to prevent your corporate data getting into the wrong hands. You can also receive visibility on who has downloaded the document, specify password protection, expiry dates, restrict sharing, and more. With MDM, you can significantly reduce the risks of data leaks, and rest assured that your company files are secure.

5)  Receive a premium level of service from our team

We can assist and help your business manage and deploy the MDM solution that is right for you. On a variety of devices, such as iPhones, iPads, Androids, Kindle Fire devices, Windows Phones, and BlackBerry Devices. Better yet, our solution will integrate with your existing IT infrastructure. Working seamlessly with Exchange ActiveSync, Lotus Notes Traveller, TouchDown and more. Saving you additional infrastructure or personnel costs.

Get in touch

If you would like high-level control of your corporate devices and added security, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone, send a email, fill out a contact form or even write a letter. We’re more than happy to give you more information on our MDM solution and answer any questions you may have.

You can also visit our MDM page for more information.

Google’s Face-Scanning Smartphone

Google’s Face-Scanning Smartphone

Rumour has it, Google is working on incorporating facial recognition software directly into the hardware of their smartphones – meaning relying on communicating with remote data centers over the web will not be necessary.

Alongside predictable uses such as security and device unlocking, reports say Google sees a wide range of potential applications for the new facial scanning technology, including

“identifying people to authorise transactions, aiding blind people and translating signs.”

Google’s Face-Scanning Smartphone

Teaming up with Movidious, the same company that previously assisted Google with their Project Tango 3D Mapping initiative, the Chief Executive Remi El-Ouazzane has suggested that this technology will be incorporated into Google smartphones in the “not-too distant future”. So you could see facial recognition technology featured in Google’s new Nexus products, which will be released later on this year…

Microsoft set to reveal it’s ‘last’ Lumia in February

Microsoft set to reveal it’s ‘last’ Lumia in February

Microsoft set to reveal it's 'last' Lumia in FebruaryMicrosoft is set to reveal its final Lumia phone, after its £4.6 billion takeover from Nokia in 2013, on the 1st of February 2016, which will be the ‘Lumia 650’. However the initial release date is not yet set in stone with rumours of a delayed launch in mid-February.

The 650 is expected to feature a 5” display, 1GB of ram, 8GB of storage, 8MP rear camera and 5MP front camera. With specs putting it below the last flagship devices, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL – please see review here, it looks like the Lumia 650 will be a Windows 10 device featuring mid-range hardware at an affordable price of around £199 for SIM-free users.

Lumia 650 spec overview:

  • 5″ 720p IPS touchscreen
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 1.1 GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of expandable storage
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • Weighing 150g
  • Running on Windows 10 Mobile.

However, for fans of Microsoft, the farewell of Lumia may not be the end of their mobile range with rumours of a switch to ‘Surface Phone’ branding. Meanwhile, Nokia is preparing for a return to the smartphone market that will kick into action once the agreement with Microsoft allows them to do so.

How to use Apple’s Personal Hotspot

How to use Apple’s Personal Hotspot

Setting up a Personal Hotspot allows you to share the cellular data connection of your iPhone or iPad (Wi-Fi + Cellular) so that you can still get on the internet with an iPad, iPod Touch or a computer, even when you’re not in range of Wi-Fi network.

How to set up a Personal Hotspot on your Apple device

1) From your home screen, tap Settings > Cellular or Settings > Mobile Data
2) Tap Personal Hotpot and toggle it on.

How to use Apple's Personal Hotspot

Once set up, you can head to Settings > Personal Hotspot to turn it on and off and change your password.

If the option for Personal Hotspot is not visible, we recommend you get in touch with your carrier to see if you can use the Personal Hotspot in your plan.

If you’re using iOS 8 or later, you can use Instant Hotspot to share your cellular data connection without having to turn on Personal Hotspot first. Instant Hotspot allows you to provide Internet access to your other devices without having to enter your password.

How to connect to Personal Hotspot with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or USB

To connect using WiFi 

1) Choose “iPhone” from the Wi-Fi settings on your computer or other device.
2) Enter the password when prompted.

Wi-Fi passwords can be changed by tapping Settings > Mobile DataPersonal Hotspot or Settings > Cellular > Personal Hotspot then tapping Wi-Fi Password.

Passwords should be at least 8 characters long, and use ASCII characters (All letters in English, both lower-case and upper-case, The digits 0 through 9 and some punctuation marks).

To connect using Bluetooth

1) Pair your iPhone with your computer.
2) On your iPhone, tap Pair or enter the code displayed on your computer.
3) Connect to iPhone from computer.

Make sure that the other Bluetooth device is discoverable. Go to Settings > Bluetooth to pair.

To connect using USB

1) Plug your iPhone into your computer.
2) Choose iPhone from the list of network services in your settings.

To plug in your iOS device to your Mac or PC, you can use the USB cable that came with your device.

O2 aims to reduce card fraud

O2 aims to reduce card fraud

Network giant O2 has teamed up with credit card provider MBNA, to introduce ‘World first’ technology that aims to reduce fraud and simplify using your debit and credit cards abroad.

O2 aims to reduce fraud

The World first technology means you will no longer have to notify your bank when you travel abroad but can opt in to O2’s ‘Travel Alerts’ service instead. Once activated, the service will detect when your device is roaming in a foreign country.  This will then link up to any transaction carried out with the designated credit card of your choice and if the service detects the two are in separate countries, your card carrier and issuer will immediately be notified.

Fraud committed abroad on UK-issued cards increased by 23% to £150 million during 2015, with the average amount stolen from each account nearing £2,000 – O2

O2 has reported success in improving both convenience and reducing the risk of fraud after trailing the Travel Alerts with thousands of MBNA customers – many of which have chosen to opt into the new service.

It’s hoped that Travel Alerts will be available to the wider public, regardless of their bank or mobile provider, before the summer holidays begin in 2016. Allowing you to save time updating your bank on your travel plans and reducing the risk of fraud, so you can enjoy your time away.

LG G4 Review

LG G4 Review

Design

The LG G4 sports a rather unique design, featuring premium back covers ranging from metallic grey, ceramic white, gold and even genuine, full grain leather. While the coloured backs feature an array patterned texture, the leather backs have a threaded stitch with the choice of brown, black or red shades. Featuring a 5.5″ display and durable arc design, the LG G4 allows for a natural, firm grip. Better yet, the LG G4 has both a removable 3,000mAh battery and removable Micro-SD Card Slot so you can swap in a full battery without stopping to re-charge and ensure you always have plenty of storage space.

LG G4 Design

Visuals

The LG G4 features a 16MP camera with an ultra-bright F.1 lens, making it ideal for low light conditions and snapping portraits with clarity and detail. In fact the infra-red-sensitive colour spectrum sensor analyses and measures all of the visible light within a scene before a shot is snapped, to ensure your image’s colour appears natural and vivid even in dim conditions. The G4 also includes a ‘light trail effect’ allowing you to capture blazing lights and laser detection auto-focus and OIS 2.0, an improved optical image stabiliser,  to reduce camera shake.

LG G4 Review

Smart, personalised solutions

LG has incorporated ‘Smart, personalised solutions’ into the G4 included Smart Notice, Gallery and Event Pocket.

Smart Notice

Smart Notice is a pre-installed widget on your LG G4 home screen that can be used to create action formulas to automate routine tasks, and allows you to receive personalised recommendations on the weather, travel and more.  The full list of Smart Notice features are:

  • New contacts — offers a card for frequent calls to a number not in your contacts (from this card, you can quickly add the contact)
  • Callback reminders — reminds you to ring back declined calls
  • Battery saver — reminds you when your battery is getting low
  • Birthday notifications — reminds you of upcoming birthdays
  • Smart Cleaning — reminds you when you should clean out your cache with Smart Cleaning
  • Memo reminders — notifies you on time- and location-sensitive reminders
  • LG Health — gives you status updates on your LG Health activities
  • Traffic notifications — helps you avoid traffic congestion
  • Weather alerts — gives you details on local weather
Gallery

The G4 has a redesigned interface to improve your photo gallery experience. Photos are now organised based on time and location and includes a search-by-date function for your convenience. While a final feature is occasional reminders for looking back on fond moments and memories.

Event Pocket

To increase productivity further, with Event Pocket, you can drag and drop your events straight into your calender and receive suggestions for venues and things to do based on the information you’ve provided.

Spec overview:

  • 5.5″ Quad HD Display
  • 16MP Camera Rear Camera with F1.8 Lens, 8MP Front Camera
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 808 Processor with X10 LTE
  • 3,000mAh Battery with Wireless Charging
  • 32GB ram – Micro-SD card slot: up to 200GB

LG G4