iPad with A7 chip hurts PC sales; Dodd-Frank rule takes effect Dec. 21; more
>> iPad with 64-bit A7 chip could cut into PC corporate sales
An iPad with a 64-big A7 chip could be an attractive tablet for the business market--cutting into corporate demand for PCs, warns Chris Whitmore, an analyst with Deutsche Bank Equity Research. As FierceMobileIT reported this week, the fifth-generation iPad is likely to include the 64-bit A7 chip that was included in the new iPhone 5S launched last month. The power of the new chip is expected to be an attractive selling point for IT shops considering whether to spend money on tablets or PCs. "We expect AAPL's [Apple's] iPad refresh to include 64 bit architecture, which should enable a greater array of enterprise app development and facilitate greater enterprise penetration over time," Whitmore was quoted by CNET. Read more on Whitmore's research note.
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>> Dodd-Frank mobile recording rule takes effect Dec. 21
The Dodd-Frank law, passed in 2008 to crack down on Wall Street abuses, contains a mobile recording compliance requirement for swap traders, which takes effect Dec. 21, 2013. Under the law, financial institutions and other firms engaged in swap and derivatives trading are to keep detailed records of all trading-related discussions with clients, including mobile phone conversations, text messages and voicemails. The data needs to be stored for at least 12 months. "The recording of mobile devices creates a whole new set of challenges for IT managers, who must now manage complexities related to regional variations in policy and the inconsistent and variable nature of mobile networks globally," explained Paul Liesching, senior vice President of Truphone mobile recording, in a release. Although not mentioned by Liesching, BYOD will add further complexity to the issue as IT managers grapple with recording conversations on the personally owned mobile phones of traders. Read more on Liesching's advice on complying with the Dodd-Frank recording rule.
>> Startup EXMO targets smaller conferences with mobile events platform
Startup EXMO is launching a mobile events platform targeting industry conferences and other events with fewer than 1,000 attendees. EXMO emerged this week from beta with an app that enables event organizers to engage attendees within the app, such as feedback, real-time polls and other social media features, explained a report by TechCrunch. The EXMO app provides Twitter integration, user-created social events and an Activity Wall, which enables organizers to display social media content, event content and polls using computers, TVs and projectors at the event. Read more on the EXMO app.
>> M2M, big data will help overcome supply chain challenges in retail, says Frost
Machine-to-machine communications, combined with big data analytics, will increasingly be used in retail to improve communication between supply chain actors and promote better inventory management as well as improve customer experience and client communication. "Implementation of M2M technologies, on wireless or wired networks, specifically, promotes remote management of workloads thereby reducing time spent on regular operational work. Furthermore, M2M connectivity allows data collection on various parameters which can be analysed to provide better insight into the market and in particular customer behavior," observed Shuba Ramkumar, Frost & Sullivan research analyst for information and communications technology. Read more on M2M and retail.
>> iCloud glitch my four-year-old daughter would love
A glitch on Apple's iCloud servers is turning iOS and OS X users' calendars into a pink and purple palette that one customer called "Barbie Dreamhouse" colors, according to a report by Network World. The same glitch occurred in August, according to user complaints on Apple's support forums. The iOS and OS X native calendars enable users to choose their color palette for different calendars, such as ones for work and homes, in order to easily distinguish them. The iCloud glitch turned the users color choices into pink, blue, mauve, purple and aquamarine. When users tried to change the colors, they reverted back to the default Barbie colors. According to Apple engineers conducted by some users, a fix is in the offing. Don't tell my daughter that! Read more on the Barbie Dreamhouse color calendars.