Facebook releases a version of Messenger that’s meant for the office

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 20, 2015

Facebook today launched a dedicated version of its mobile messaging software, Facebook Messenger, that’s meant to be used at work.

As reported on by TechCrunch, the applications is called Work Chat and available now for Android smartphones over at Google’s Play Store, while a version for iPhones is being worked on and scheduled to release soon.

The app is basically an expansion of Facebook at Work, the company’s business platform which has been in private testing for months now. Read More


Apple partners with Yellow Pages on local Maps business listings in Canada

By Christian Zibreg on Oct 19, 2015

Apple and Yellow Pages have partnered to bring Apple Maps customers in Canada rich business data like address, phone numbers, URLs, category, hours of operations, photos, ratings, reviews and more.

“We are pleased to bring our YP.ca local business listings data to Apple Maps,” said Matthieu Houle, Vice-President, Digital Media of Yellow Pages, in a media release Monday. Apple’s Maps acknowledgements page now lists Yellow Pages as a data provider in Canada. Read More


Pebble is in trouble

By Sébastien Page on May 20, 2015

No, I don’t mean Pebble is in trouble because the most obvious choice when looking to buy a smartwatch is now Apple Watch. Pebble is in trouble because despite the incredible success of its latest Kickstarter campaign, the company is having a hard time, financially speaking. Read More


Business owners can now claim POIs as their own via Apple Maps on iOS 8.3 and OS X 10.10.3

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 9, 2015

One of the welcome changes in the iOS 8.3 and OS X Yosemite 10.10.3 software updates, which hit yesterday, includes the ability for business owners to claim any point of interest as their own using an updated Report a Problem tool in Apple Maps for the iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Mac, as reported Thursday by AppleMapsMarketing.

The company began allowing local businesses to manage their listing in the service last October, but required them to use its Maps Connect web service.

At the same time, the iPhone maker appears to be removing some TripAdvisor hotel reviews which started showing up in its Maps service last week. Read More


Apple providing businesses with Apple Pay stickers for promotion

By Jake Smith on Mar 23, 2015

In an effort to drive support from businesses, Apple has updated the Apple Pay section of its website with a link to a new Apple Pay supplies website. The website, aimed at businesses and merchants, provides an Apple Pay decal that can be displayed on a storefront window.  Read More


iOS activation in enterprise jumps to 73 percent, increasing Apple’s lead over Android

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 26, 2015

Thanks in no small part to strong sales of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, Apple has been able to extend its enterprise lead over Android during the fourth quarter of last year.

According to the new Mobility Index Report data (PDF download) by research firm Good Technology, iOS activations in the enterprise market jumped from 69 percent in the third quarter of last year to 73 percent during the last three months of 2014, while Android activations fell from 29 percent to 25 percent. Read More


Google says Android is ready for work, launches Android for Work initiative

By Christian Zibreg on Feb 25, 2015

Google on Wednesday announced a new initiative aimed at making greater inroads in enterprise, where Apple’s devices are by and large the preferred choice.

Dubbed ‘Android for Work,’ the program revolves around four key technology components: work profiles, the Android for Work app, Google Play for Work and a set of built-in productivity tools. As is its wont, Google has partnered with a number of technology and solutions provider on the initiative.

Third-parties will help ensure consistent enterprise mobility management, Google said, adding it’s given devs ability to create a single version of any Google Play app which can then be securely deployed to any Android device without alterations or wrapping. Read More


How to quickly scan a business card and save contact info

By Sébastien Page on Jan 14, 2015

We recently published a post about the best apps to scan business cards, highlighting several applications that take advantage of Optical Character Recognition (OCR) to read the information of a business card, and save that information to the Contacts app. There are many options available, paid or free, but a new one recently got on my radar. Its simplicity and efficiency deserves its own post. Read More


Facebook@Work being worked on

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 17, 2014

Using Facebook in the workplace could soon become the new normal thanks to a new business product Facebook is said to be currently developing.

Dubbed Facebook@Work, the forthcoming service should permit users to collaborate on projects and connect with professional contacts through group chats and document collaboration with co-workers, three people familiar with the matter told The New York Times newspaper Monday.

As first mentioned by The Financial Times on Monday, Facebook began working on the project years ago, lead by a team based in the firm’s London offices. They’re currently testing Facebook@Work externally with a handful of outside companies and expect to roll it out “within the coming months.” Read More


Apple may bring iPhone to Iran, beginning talks with distributors

By Jake Smith on Oct 29, 2014

Apple is in preliminary talks to offer its iPhone in Iran, perhaps one day marking the company’s first entry in the country, the Wall Street Journal reports. The Cupertino-based company is said to be in contact with Iranian distributors in case “Western sanctions ease sufficiently” and it makes sense to enter the country for business.  Read More


Apple launches Maps Connect, a way for businesses to manage their Apple Maps listings

By Cody Lee on Oct 21, 2014

Apple has launched a new self-service portal for US businesses to add or edit listings within Apple Maps. Dubbed Apple Maps Connect, the portal aims to allow small business owners to ensure that their listings are up-to-date and accurate.

According to Search Engine Land, who has used the service, Maps Connect is free, and listings appear in Apple Maps on both desktop and mobile versions. You simply login with your Apple ID, and either create or claim your business listing. Read More


Luca Maestri officially begins work as Apple’s new CFO

By Cody Lee on May 30, 2014

If you don’t know the name of the guy in the picture, you should probably learn it. That is Luca Maestri, and he is Apple’s latest Senior Vice President. Maestri used to be the company’s Corporate Controller, and is now its Chief Financial Officer.

Apple announced in March that its long-time CFO Peter Oppenheimer would be retiring this year, and Maestri would be taking his place. And according to SEC paperwork filed today, he officially became Oppenheimer’s successor as of May 29th… Read More


Carl Icahn files proposal to put $150B Apple stock buyback program up for vote

By Sébastien Page on Dec 4, 2013

Carl Icahn knows what he wants, and he usually gets it. These days, what Carl Icahn wants is Apple to initiate a $150 billion buyback program of its stock. Although Tim Cook hasn’t clearly expressed it, he’s been reluctant to follow Icahn’s request, which led him to file a precatory proposal.

A precatory proposal is a fancy term which, in clear English means a shareholder proposal for a stock buyback program to be voted on at Apple’s next annual shareholder meeting… Read More


Apple’s Volume Purchase Program expands to Macs with Managed Distribution

By Christian Zibreg on Nov 5, 2013

Early in the game, Apple took advantage of its Volume Purchase Program (VPP) to allow Business and Education customers to buy iPhone and iPad apps carried on the App Store in bulk and with volume discounts.

Following the free OS X Mavericks update earlier in the month, the company has now updated VPP rules to include Mac App Store apps as well. With this change, Education and Business customers can for the first time buy Mac apps in volume.

In addition, the company has introduced a new Managed Distribution feature for iOS 7 and Mavericks devices which lets businesses and education institutions easily assign and revoke app licenses to individual users. Previously, these high-value customers had to rely on redemption codes to distribute software in bulk… Read More


iPhone Inc. is bigger than Microsoft, Coca Cola, Nike and many more

By Sébastien Page on Sep 26, 2013

We already knew the iPhone is Apple’s number one revenue generator, but it doesn’t help us visualize how big it really is until you compare it to something else. As a matter of fact, it is so big that comparing iPhone revenue to other companies’ business units wouldn’t paint a good picture. In order to really see how big of a business the iPhone is, you have to compare it to full size companies.

That’s what the folks at Business Week did. So how big is iPhone compared to Microsoft, Nike or Coca Cola? Read More


Apple revamps iPad in Business mini-site

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 17, 2013

And the flattening continues. First iOS 7, then Jonny Ive’s title, followed by the iCloud Beta website, and now the iPad in Business website has been revamped to match Apple’s newly found approach to software design. Gone is the old column-based appearance, making way for a simpler one-column design which highlights specific benefits business users can expect from deploying Apple’s tablet, such as paperless office, dynamic data reports, transaction processing and more… Read More


Google launches new ‘Places for Business’ app for managing business listings

By Cody Lee on Apr 22, 2013

Good news for all of you local business owners out there today. Google has just released a new application called ‘Google Places for Business’ that should make managing business listings through its different services much easier.

The app allows business owners to update their business information (hours, address, contact info, description, etc.), as well as post pictures to their Google+ page and track web traffic for their listings right from their iPhone… Read More


3 out of 4 phones in enterprise bear the Apple logo

By Ed Sutherland on Feb 27, 2013

Remember the days when corporate IT departments looked at the iPhone as some kookie West Coast toy bound to mess up their networks? You know, when RIM – that is, BlackBerry – had a lock on big biz. Those days are definitely gone. Today, more than three out of four mobile phones in enterprises bear the Apple logo.

What’s more, Android’s presence in business has fallen to the point where Microsoft is nibbling at its heels. During the fourth quarter of 2012, Apple’s corporate presence rose to 77 percent of mobile device, up from 71 percent during the same period in 2011, according to Good Technology. Even better for Apple executives, the iPhone and iPad took five of the top five mobile devices in businesses… Read More


Foursquare for Business goes live on the App Store

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 29, 2013

If you own a business and spend time and money promoting it on the web, you should definitelly check out Foursquare’s brand new iOS app. Released Tuesday morning, Foursquare for Business is a handy sidekick that promises to help you get more customers walking through the door. The app can be used to post photo updates as your business, activate and deactivate specials, view customer tips, access analytics and more… Read More


Strong sales of older iPhones hurting Apple’s astronomic profit margins

By Ed Sutherland on Dec 3, 2012

Apple might need to rethink its decision to roll-out older iPhones at cheaper prices at the same time it introduces its latest version.

Compared to previous roll-outs, the iPhone 5 accounted for a smaller percentage of overall iPhone sales, according to one market observer.

The iPhone 5 comprised just 68 percent of overall iPhone sales, compared to as much as 90 percent for the iPhone 4S when it was released in October of last year. And as a result of more lower-priced iPhones selling, Apple could face a smaller profit margin – and nervous Wall Street investors… Read More

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