5 last-minute high-tech gifts for road warriors

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Tony is principal analyst with the Bradley Strategy Group, providing analysis and insight on tech trends. He is a prolific writer on a range of technology topics, has authored a number of books, and is a frequent speaker at industry events.
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With its long airport lines, endless string of hotel rooms, and fat-saturated meals, work travel is hardly glamorous. So why not give the road warrior in your life something to ease the many miles they'll rack up in 2014. Here are a few ideas to help you out if you need some inspiration.

1. Timbuk2 Hudson Laptop Briefcase

This bag is functional and durable, made of water-resistant waxed canvas with leather trim. It has a rugged, distressed look that gives it some character. One side opens fully, like a briefcase, and has padded pockets for a laptop and/or tablet.

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Box strategy holds lessons for other businesses

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Tony is principal analyst with the Bradley Strategy Group, providing analysis and insight on tech trends. He is a prolific writer on a range of technology topics, has authored a number of books, and is a frequent speaker at industry events.
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When the topic of cloud storage comes up, Box is usually mentioned as one of the chief players along with rival services like Dropbox, SkyDrive, Google Drive, SugarSync, and others. However, storing data in the cloud is one of the only similarities Box has with these competitors, because Box is marching to the beat of its own drum.

On the surface, Box seems like a cloud storage option, and it is. It’s also much more than that. Box does not think in terms of providing cloud storage. Box has a larger vision: “To make sharing, accessing, and managing content ridiculously easy.” Storing data in the cloud is just one element of how Box strives to achieve that goal.

This week, Box unveiled some significant updates to its service, along with the announcement of a new consulting practice to guide customers. Box now includes basic data loss prevention functionality, and introduced features for the IT admin console that can automate document workflow. In addition, Box is now offering professional consulting services—partnering Box Consulting with Capgemini to offer expert guidance to help customers get the most from Box cloud services.

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Study finds most mobile apps put your security and privacy at risk

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The average smartphone user has 26 apps installed. If recent research conducted by HP is any indication, approximately, well, all of them, come with privacy or security concerns of some sort.

The HP study focused purely on custom business apps, but there's no reason to believe the issue doesn't extend to commercial apps you find in the Apple App Store or Google Play. Many apps have access to data or permission to perform functions they shouldn’t.

Almost every app HP tested contained some sort of privacy issue.
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Why mobile and cloud will converge to become Mobile Cloud

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Everything’s coming up mobile these days. Gartner estimates that PC sales will make up only about 13 percent of device sales in 2013—and some undisclosed portion of those PCs are notebooks. The more we rely on small, mobile devices to get things done, the more we also depend on cloud storage and services to extend functionality beyond what the mobile device itself is capable of. That’s why mobile and cloud will become mobile cloud.

The IEEE Computer Society lists mobile cloud as one of its Top Technology Trends for 2014. IEEE explains, “Mobile devices are constrained by their memory, processing power, and battery life. But combined with cloud computing, data processing and storage can happen outside of mobile devices.”

Storage is a major constraint for most mobile devices. Smartphones typically have only 8GB or 16GB of local storage, while tablets tend to have 32GB or more but still max out at 128GB. Ultrabooks, and many notebook PCs, have abandoned traditional hard drives in favor of solid state drives (SSD), which are typically only 128GB or 256GB. There are larger SSDs, but they’re prohibitively expensive for most purposes.

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Do your homework before buying a new smartphone this Black Friday

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The clock is ticking down to Black Friday, the official kickoff of the holiday shopping season. Granted, the definition of “Friday” has been blurred as retailers continue to leapfrog each other to be first to offer unbeatable holiday deals, but sometime this week you should be able to find some excellent deals on a new smartphone if you’re in the market.

Some people go into a smartphone purchase knowing what they want. They know up front that they want the new iPhone, or the latest Samsung Galaxy S model. However, most people aren’t that dedicated to one platform and are open to buying whichever device meets their needs and seems like the best deal. For those people, the survey data from FixYa will come in handy as a shopping guide.

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Fixya's survey identifies the leading user complaints about popular smartphones.
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OneNote Windows Store app adds Share charm integration, camera scanning

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OneNote is one of the best applications Microsoft has developed in recent years. With yesterday's update of the OneNote Windows Store app, it just got better, with the ability to capture notes using the Share charm and scan physical documents with your device's camera.

The Windows 8 OneNote app from the Windows Store just got even better.

 

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How to find everything in Windows 8.1

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It’s inevitable that upgrading to a new version of an operating system or application comes with a bit of a learning curve. With Windows 8.1, though—and its predecessor Windows 8—the curve is steep, and just finding simple tools and features can be a challenge.

Windows 8 isn’t just a new version of Windows, it’s a completely different OS in many ways, with its own unique features and conventions that may confound even the most ardent Windows users. Under the hood, most of the familiar Windows tools are still there, but they’re buried in strange places where they can’t be easily located, especially not when Microsoft took away the coveted Start button.

Sifting through the apps in Windows 8.1 can be a tedious process.
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