Logitech P710e mobile speakerphone lets you conference like a pro

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The mobile workforce faces a challenge. Smartphones and tablets work fine for most business purposes, but handheld devices with tiny microphones and speakers are not ideal for audio and video conferencing. Logitech is seeking to remedy that with the new P710e mobile speakerphone.

Logitech designed the P710e to enable mobile workers to engage in audio and video conference sessions as if they were sitting at their office desk or in the conference room. The speakerphone provides hands-free operation with optimal positioning for a mobile device, so the display is at a good viewing angle and the forward-facing camera is focused on your face.

The Logitech P710e lets you take enterprise-class audio and video conferencing anywhere you go.
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Windows Phone Update 3: Five things that make it better for business

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Microsoft unveiled the next generation of the Windows Phone mobile operating system this week—blandly named “Update 3.” The new version of Microsoft’s smartphone platform contains a variety of updates and new features—many of which will make Windows Phone smartphones better for business users.

This isn’t a comparison against rival platforms. The barometer for “better” in this case is simply how it compares to the current or prior versions of the Windows Phone OS, and the value the new capabilities have from a business user perspective, not whether or not it’s “better” than Android or iOS. That said, for businesses or individuals weighing a decision for a new smartphone, these features could potentially sway you to choose Windows Phone.

Update 3 is another step in the evolution of Windows Phone as a business tool.
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Webroot brings app reputation service to its mobile security suite

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Webroot announced a new release of the Webroot SecureAnywhere Business—Mobile Protection suite. The new version adds some key features and capabilities and blurs the line between mobile security and mobile device management. One element that stands out from the rest, though, is Webroot’s new service to help IT admins understand the risk posed by installed apps.

The new version of Webroot SecureAnywhere Business—Mobile Protection provides IT admins with device and group-level policies for both Android and iOS devices. Alerts are sent to the management console when a mobile device does not comply with the policy, giving IT admins an opportunity to address the situation. In this version, Webroot has extended the SecureWeb browsing protection for Android to apply to both the stock Android Web browser and Google Chrome.

Webroot SecureAnywhere Business—Mobile Protection adds new app reputation service
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Why Microsoft's Office for iPad strategy still doesn't make sense

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Ballmer has re-ignited anticipation for an iPad version of the Microsoft Office suite. Don’t get too excited yet, though. Ballmer told an audience at a Gartner event in Florida that the iPad version won’t come until after a touch-first version is developed for Windows.

My first reaction to the news was to shake my head and wonder if Microsoft is still stubbornly clinging to the idea that it can drive sales of Windows mobile devices by holding Microsoft Office hostage. As Microsoft has struggled to compete with iOS and Android, many have suggested that it would be foolish of Microsoft to offer Office on competing platforms because it would take away Microsoft’s only “carrot” for luring people to its own mobile devices.

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Ballmer promises an iPad version of Microsoft Office is coming ... eventually.
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Microsoft Patch Tuesday fixes two separate IE zero-day flaws

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Today is Patch Tuesday. It also happens to be the 10-year anniversary of the montly security patch update. For October, Microsoft released eight new security bulletins—four rated as Critical and four Important. There is one in particular, though, that deserves the most urgent attention.

MS13-080—the cumulative security update for Internet Explorer—addresses a total of 10 separate vulnerabilities affecting all supported versions of the Web browser. But, the urgency for applying this update stems from the fact that two of the vulnerabilities addressed are zero-day flaws that are already being actively exploited in the wild.

Microsoft released eight security bulletins for October 2013 Patch Tuesday.
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FortiGate 3700D: high performance firewall at low cost

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Quality, speed, or price—pick two. This is a common axiom applied to a variety of business issues, and it is generally true that you have to sacrifice one in order to have the others. Fortinet believes it may be able to deliver all three at the same time, though, with the launch of the new FortiGate 3700D firewall appliance.

For a business data center, the axiom changes some. It’s more like, “You can have performance or protection: choose.” Basically, anything you put in place to monitor and analyze traffic introduces lag that can impede performance. It’s difficult to have both at the same time, but that has been the challenge that Fortinet and its rivals have attempted to address.

The new FortiGate 3700D firewall appliance.
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Why Office 365 is a better value than Evernote Premium

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Evernote is hosting its third annual Evernote Conference—aptly dubbed “EC3”—in San Francisco this week. Evernote introduced a variety of partnerships and new features yesterday, many of which are very cool, but what you get with an Evernote Premium subscription doesn’t offer nearly as much bang for the buck as an Office 365 subscription.

At face value, those two things don’t go together. It seems like saying that a McDonald’s cheeseburger isn’t as good a value as a Schwinn bicycle. However, Office 365 includes Evernote’s biggest rival—OneNote—along with an array of other products and features that Evernote doesn’t offer.

Evernote is awesome, but $45 for Evernote Premium is a bit much for what you get.
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