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HTC One (M8)

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HTC One (M8)

I spent some time with HTC’s flagship Android phone, the HTC One (M8), on launch day and I have to say I’m really impressed.

The larger, 5 inch, 1080p screen and all-aluminum body is truly a sight to behold.  The build quality has no equal in the smartphone space and the same was true last year with the M7.  With its quad-core, Snapdragon 801 chipset and 2 GB of RAM, the M8 was super-responsive and the KitKat OS never lagged no matter how many apps and web pages I loaded.  Those of you that like to take pictures will love how it allows you to refocus after you taken the picture.  It pulls off this feat by utilizing a second lens to perform depth-sensing operations.  The camera snaps pictures blazingly fast and the sensor lets in more light which makes it perfect for low-light settings.  With Selfies being all the rage these days, HTC stepped up to the plate for a 5 megapixel front-facing camera.

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I’m really digging the optional Dot View case.  With the case closed, you can see things like the time, temperature and current weather.  You can also receive notifications for things like SMS, the phone, email, and calendar.  It’s a very innovative way to protect your phone while increasing its utility.

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It’s fair to say that I’ve barely scratched the surface of the few features found in the 2014 model of the HTC One.  The high-end Android market is extremely competitive and Samsung’s Galaxy S5 will be launching soon.  In the brushed aluminum vs. plastic competition, the new HTC wins hands-down.  I just returned from Mobile World Congress and all I saw was an endless sea of rectangular, identical Android phones.  Like the first HTC-designed device I ever used, the Compaq iPaq, this new smartphone is a refreshing departure from the rest of the pack.

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Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8 and the Enterprise Feature Pack

Posted by Rob Tiffany on
Windows Phone 8 and the Enterprise Feature Pack

I’m pleased to announce that we are enhancing the business capabilities of Windows Phone 8 with the Enterprise Feature Pack.

Building on technologies like Secure UEFI Boot, BitLocker, and TPM, an update to Windows Phone 8 will arrive in the first half of calendar year 2014 that increases IT control while boosting employee productivity.  The Enterprise Feature Pack includes:

  • Virtual Private Network (VPN) connections that are automatically triggered by the apps that need them.  This means you won’t have to manually create a VPN tunnel in advance of running an app that needs to connect to your corporate network.
  • Certificate management to enroll, update, and revoke certificates for user authentication.
  • Enhanced mobile device management (MDM) policies to lock down functionality on the phone for more enterprise control.  Additionally, richer mobile application management (MAM) including allowing or blocking the installation of certain apps.
  • Enterprise Wi-Fi support with EAP-TLS that uses a client-side certificate.
  • Secure/Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions (S/MIME) to sign and encrypt email.

We’re also boosting our commitment to corporate customers by increasing the length of our support lifecycle from 18 months to 36 months.  This means that starting with Windows Phone 8, we’ll make feature, functionality, and security updates available for 36 months.

With Windows Phone 8, your investment in our mobile platform is secure.

– Rob

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Windows Phone 8

Proximity Sensors and Bluetooth in Windows Phone 8

Posted by Rob Tiffany on

During this video, Andy and I cover local communication with Windows Phone 8.

After a Bluetooth overview, we show you how to use Bluetooth from an application, Near Field Communications (NFC), bump-to-connect, as well as the proximity API functionality.

Be sure to check out previous Windows Phone 8 Jump Start videos from Rob and Andy:

– Rob

Windows Phone 8

Network Communications in Windows Phone 8

Posted by Rob Tiffany on

During this video, Andy and I show developers how to leverage patterns for the asynchronous use of networking APIs in Windows Phone 8.

Topics include WebClient, HttpWebRequest, Listener Sockets, Web Services, OData V3, Data Compression support, Simulation Dashboard, Data Sense and apps. Storing data in Skydrive, encryption and authentication are also covered. Accessing services running on localhost from the emulator is demystified.

Be sure to check out previous Windows Phone 8 Jump Start videos from Rob and Andy:

– Rob