Apple iWork causing iPhone 5S to crash; 'Shark Tank' gives mobile app a boost; more
>> Corporate and personally owned tablet use in the workplace on the rise, says Ovum
Around 17 percent of employees have received tablets from their employer, up from 12.5 percent in 2012, according to a multi-market survey conducted by British consulting firm Ovum. Of respondents who owned a personal tablet, 70 percent used that device at work. The number of personal tablet owners increased 44.5 percent in 2013 from 28.4 percent in 2012 and many of those are finding their way into the work place, the survey found. "Tablet deployments have the potential to change the way that businesses operate. The primary challenge for the enterprise is to turn tablet usage into a genuinely transformative deployment, taking into account but not just reacting to demand from employees that are bringing their own tablet or want to be provided with one," commented Richard Absalom, Ovum analyst and author of the report. Read more on the Ovum study.
>> Apple's iWork causing iPhone 5S running iOS 7 to crash
Users of Apple iPhone 5S running iOS 7 have been experienced the "blue screen of death" when trying to use iWork apps, according to a report by eWeek. Apple's answer to Microsoft Office, iWork provides Pages word processing, Numbers spreadsheets, and Keynote presentation software while iDrop enables workers to store and share documents. One the Apple support forum, one user asked: "How do I resolve the blue screen error while using iWork on my iPhone 5S? When I use Pages, for example, and press the home button to switch apps, my iPhone restarts after a blue screen." Another user suggested turning off the iWork apps from iCloud's documents and data. But another forum user said he tried that solution but it "did not solve the issue." Read more about the iWork issues on the iPhone 5S.
>> Will short mobile battery life be a thing of the past?
Short battery life, the bane of many a smartphone and tablet user, may be a thing of the past thanks to advancements in mobile device hardware and software, according to James Kendrick with ZDNet. Mobile device processors, particularly Intel's Haswell and ARM, are becoming less power hungry and hardware manufacturers are switching to low power flash memory from power-draining hard disks. In addition, mobile software is improving so that programs running in the background do not drain the battery as much as they used to. In addition, device makers are eliminating brick-type batteries and moving to "free form cells that can be fitted to the sealed casing now in favor," Kendrick related. "With just a little additional improvement we should soon see all mobile device owners leaving the power adapters behind, without giving it a second thought," he concluded. Read more on mobile battery life.
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>> Lowe's customers can now look up purchase history with their mobile devices
Lowe's customers are able to look up their purchase history using their mobile devices. In an interview with eMarketer, Sean Bartlett, director of mobile strategy and platforms at Lowe's, said that purchase history is part of the MyLowe's program, which has recently been expanded to mobile devices--both for customers and sales associates. In fact, Lowe's has distributed 42,000 iPhones to its stores, averaging about 25 iPhones per store. "Being able to bring up your purchase history--and essentially, your home profile--is especially valuable. One example of this coming in handy is if you can't remember the dimensions of a room and decide to repaint," Bartlett explained. Sales associates also use their iPhones to check product availability as well as speed checkout lines by scanning items, he added. Read more of Bartlett's interview.
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>> QR-code-scanning mobile app gets big boost from "Shark Tank" appearance
Garrett Gee's startup Scan, which makes a QR-code-scanning mobile app for individuals and a code-creating service for businesses, made an appearance on the ABC show "Shark Tank" last week. While Gee was pitching the panelists for $1 million, he was really looking for public exposure by going on the show, he told AllThingsD in an email interview. That strategy worked. Scan's $1.99 app shot up to the top Utilities app on Apple's App Store and the top app among the paid apps on Windows Phone store. Gee did not get $1 million from the "Shark Tank" judges, but has already raised $7 million at a $21 million valuation for Scan from Google Ventures, Menlo Ventures and Entrée Capital, AllThingsD noted.