Gogo's fee-based Wi-Fi misses a big opportunity

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Long flights are an ideal time to get some work done. You have hours to kill, few interruptions, and little else to do aside from taking a nap or reading a book. Thanks to in-flight Wi-Fi services like those offered by Gogo, you can even stay connected as if you were on the ground. But it will cost you.

Gogo allows you to connect your devices to the onboard wireless network, which communicates with Gogo’s towers on the ground, which route the connection to the Internet and let you surf the Web while traveling hundreds of miles per hour at cruising altitude. Now, Gogo is also adding the ability to use text messaging and place voice calls from a flight.

In-flight Wi-Fi is a great service, but Gogo
charges too much to make it practical.
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Microsoft expands Office Web Apps functionality, adds real-time co-authoring

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Microsoft has declared Thursday, Nov. 7, to be “Get It Done Day,” and in that spirit it’s rolling out significant changes for Office Web Apps, the free Web-based complements of the core Microsoft Office applications.

Traditionally, Microsoft has viewed Office Web Apps as a companion to the full suite of desktop applications—tools with limited functionality designed to allow those with Microsoft Office to continue to get things done even when they’re not at their primary PC. The new and improved apps are designed to provide a standalone productivity experience closer to the “real thing.”

What’s new

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Wrangle your paper documents with a free MaxxDocs account

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It's no secret that the paperless office we were promised at the start of the PC revolution has yet to actually materialize. In spite of all of the technology at our fingertips, most people are still organizing and filing reams of physical documents on a regular basis. MaxxDocs wants to change that, and it is offering its document management system for free to small businesses in the United States and Canada.

The new free version of MaxxDocs includes up to five named users and works with a wide variety of standard scanners. You can store up to 10,000 documents with the free MaxxDocs.

MaxxDocs is offering a new free service for small businesses and educational institutions.
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Citrix streamlines mobile productivity with new XenMobile

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In case you haven’t been paying attention, the rules for IT admins have changed. Companies generally don’t call the shots any more for which technologies are used by employees, and the boundaries of the network have all but disappeared. Citrix recognizes this culture shift and believes the latest release of its XenMobile platform is just what companies need.

XenMobile itself isn’t new. Citrix has been in the enterprise mobility management game for some time now. The new XenMobile, however, includes a number of new features and capabilities that make it easier for IT admins to manage and simpler for employees to use.

You can join a meeting or call from your mobile device with a single tap.
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Survey: younger employees break the rules and put your company at risk

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Despite the freewheeling autononmy implied by the "bring your own device" movement, companies that embrace the consumerization of IT still have policies in place to govern the management and security of those devices. According to a new survey from Fortinet, though, a majority of younger employees are more than willing to ignore those policies if they don’t agree with them.

Fortinet survey finds younger workers more willing to break the tech rules.

Fortinet surveyed 3,200 individuals between the ages of 21 and 32 in 20 countries. The respondents were all college graduates, employed full-time, who own their own smartphone, tablet, and/or laptop.

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Good Technology helps businesses break the BlackBerry habit

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BlackBerry has been in a death spiral, and it’s immediate future is a mystery. That is cause for concern for companies that rely on BlackBerry, and has forced businesses to start considering an exit strategy. But the real challenge is finding an alternate platform that doesn’t compromise on security. Good Technology thinks it has the solution.

Choosing another smartphone platform is simple. Android and iOS are the leading platforms, and Windows Phone is a distant, but certainly viable, runner up. The challenge is finding a platform that can meet the same needs in terms of security, especially for companies in sensitive and highly-regulated industries like finance or healthcare.

Good for Enterprise can help companies transition off of BlackBerry.
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Safari sets the bar for mobile browser usability

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People are increasingly relying on smartphones and tablets for their computing needs, which means that those users also depend on the mobile browser for their Web surfing. A new survey from FixYa compiles customer input to rank how users feel about the different mobile browser options.

There are other browser apps available for the various mobile platforms, but the report from FixYa focuses on the top five: Stock Android, Safari, Opera, Chrome, and Internet Explorer. Of those five, Safari stands out in two categories: market share and usability ranking.

mobile browsers
Safari blows the mobile browser competition away in both market share and usability.
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