Apple and IBM target corporate sector with 8 new enterprise apps

apple unveils 8 new business focused apps as part of ibm partnership
As part of its business-focused ‘MobileFirst for iOS’ initiative, Apple and IBM have this week added eight more enterprise apps to its existing offering of 14. The new apps, built exclusively for the iPhone and iPad, take the software collection to two new industries – healthcare and industrial products.

Apple and IBM announced last year they were joining forces to push into the corporate sector in a big way. The strategy involves building and distributing at least 100 enterprise apps by the end of this year, as well as offering enhanced cloud computing services to business customers.

The move is a bid by the Cupertino company to sell more of its mobile devices to corporate clients, with IBM helping to introduce its products to its own customers around the world. IBM, meanwhile, is working to optimize its cloud services for iOS, including device management, security, analytics, and mobile integration.

By combining their skills and experience, the pair hope to take on established rivals in the sector such as Hewlett-Packard, Dell, and Oracle.

One of the new apps, called Hospital RN, “frees staff nurses from multiple pagers and phones, and gives them the ability to access any patient’s records from anywhere in the hospital,” Apple says on its website.

In total, the pair have so far created  iOS apps for 10 industries, among them finance, law enforcement, transportation, and retail.

While Apple is still shifting millions of its iPads, the sales trend for the device is downwards. By working with IBM and switching its attention to the corporate world, the Cupertino-based company is hoping to drive more sales of its tablet, as well as its smartphone.

As part of its push into enterprise, the tech firm is also expected to be prepping the launch of a huge, 12.9-inch tablet that could be popular among certain industries where a larger screen would be beneficial.

In addition, reports toward the end of last year suggested Apple had hired a dedicated sales team for approaching potential customers across a range of industries.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Apple’s major rival in the mobile space – Samsung – is also hoping for a piece of the corporate pie, partnering with BlackBerry to offer improved Android security for business users, and last month launching Samsung Business, a dedicated brand designed to unify the Korean company’s end-to-end business solution portfolio.

[Source: 9to5Mac]

Home Theater

Yesterday’s Apple event was a whiplash-inducing parade of copycat services

Apple showed off a massive barrage of news, streaming, and gaming bundles at its Showtime event aimed at boosting its services and adding more revenue. But while the services are big on celebrities, they appear short on innovation.
Home Theater

From the Roku Ultra to the Fire TV Cube, these are the best streaming devices

There are more options for media streamers than ever, so it’s more difficult to pick the best option. But that’s why we're here. Our curated list of the best streaming devices will get you online in no time.

These are the must-have games that every Xbox One owner needs

More than four years into its life span, Microsoft's latest console is finally coming into its own. From Cuphead to Halo 5, the best Xbox One games offer something for players of every type.

Fibaro smart devices are now compatible with the Samsung SmartThings hub

Samsung SmartThings now supports even more devices with the integration of Fibaro, a company known for its smart home sensors. Several Fibaro devices are already compatible, with more on the way.

Scientists wreck a smartphone in a blender, but not just for fun

It’s oddly mesmerizing to watch a smartphone get torn apart inside a blender. Researchers recently did just that in a bid to find out which materials make up a handset, and also to encourage people to think more about recycling.
Movies & TV

Apple’s next big event is minutes away: Here’s what you can expect

Apple's next big event takes place on March 25 in Cupertino, California. The company is expected to make several announcements related to its services, including Apple TV, so follow our guide to get ready for the big event.

This $76,000 Grand Seiko watch has something in common with a plug-in hybrid car

How can a watch that costs $76,000 possibly have anything in a common with any car, let alone a plug-in hybrid? It's all about the complex, technically incredible Spring Drive movement inside this Grand Seiko watch.

The excellent Apple iPad gets even deeper price cuts on Amazon

The humble iPad from 2018 is still one of the best tablets around -- and a solid choice for most people. Amazon has seen some great price drops for these tablets recently, and now you can own an iPad for even less than before.

More than a screenshot: How to record the screen on an Android device

If you've ever want to record video of your Android screen, there are plenty of apps that can help. Here's an easy guide on how to record the screen on an Android device with the right settings and apps.

Apple March 2019 Event Coverage

Apple’s next event will take place March 25 at the Steve Jobs Theater in Cupertino, California at 10 a.m. PT. We’ve got a handy guide on how to watch, but don’t expect to see any new iPads, iMacs, or AirPods at the show, all of…
Product Review

Want to see how powerful the Snapdragon 855 chip is? Just rev up the Xiaomi Mi 9

How fast do you want to go? If the answer to this is “as fast as possible,” then take a long look at the Xiaomi Mi 9. It’s one of the highest performance smartphones you can buy. It’s a real monster, and we’ve been using it.

Apple Card is a credit card you can sign up for and start using with your iPhone

Apple is getting into the credit card business. Apple Card is a credit card you can sign up for directly on your iPhone, and it doesn't have fees. There's a lower interest rate and you can even get Daily Cash from all purchases.

Apple Arcade might be the new game subscription service worth signing up for

Apple Arcade will launch this fall bringing a new game-subscription service with cross-platform support for iOS, Mac, and Apple TV. At launch, the service will feature more than 100 exclusive games, with more added to the service regularly.

Check out 22 of the best iPhone 7 cases and covers for your shiny new phone

The iPhone 7 might be attractive, but it’s not rugged. To keep your device in pristine condition, you really need to think about proper protection. That's why we've rounded up some of the best iPhone 7 cases and covers available.