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iPhone 5 rumour rollup for the week ending April 27

This week's announcement and almost immediate sellout of Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference in June ignited anticipation for, well, awesome stuff related to iPhone 5.

RIM's future hangs on developer support for "new BlackBerry"

With its future up for grabs, Research in Motion at its annual BlackBerry World conference next week will focus on simplifying development for its soon-to-be-unveiled BlackBerry 10 operating system. HTML5 is one key technology in that strategy to create a viable ecosystem of applications for a new generation of mobile devices expected to ship by year-end.

Apple WWDC set for June 11-16: Will iPhone 5 or iOS 6.0 debut?

Apple has finally announced the dates for its Worldwide Developers Conference (Apple WWDC): June 11-15 at San Francisco’s Moscone conference center. Now the race is on for developers to buy tickets for the event, which last year sold out in under 12 hours.

9 resources for IT pros to observe Shakespeare's birthday

Today is the accepted date, or best guess, of William Shakespeare's birthday, in 1564. This may seem far removed from the grueling work of IT professionals.

iPhone 5 rumour rollup for the week ending April 20

The iOSsphere quivered with anxiety about rumored iPhone 5 delays due to chips and quivered with pleasure at the mere thought of the wondrous liquidmetal.

Rush Limbaugh, Siri, and the wrath of the technocrati

On his Tuesday radio broadcast, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh described a technical problem with his iPhone and Apple's Siri voice assistant, encountered on his drive to work that morning.

Xirrus unveils rugged Wi-Fi 'super access point'

WLAN vendor Xirrus announced its first outdoor Wi-Fi products, a hardened access point and two sealed enclosures that can encase its indoor product line.

Enterprise iOS, Android apps can be outfitted with tighter security

Mocana will offer its "injectable" app security features for existing and new enterprise iOS apps as well as for Android. Developers don't need to access the source code or write new code to protect mobile apps.

Mobile apps can feature ready-to-use cloud services

Cloud-based app features and services now can quickly be included in mobile apps, with an improved toolset from Appcelerator.

New software bares iOS, Android app performance problems

New software lets IT groups deconstruct mobile apps running live on iOS and Android devices and uncover bottlenecks, glitches, and a whole lot of other pain points for enterprise mobile users.

iPhone 5 rumour rollup for the week ending April 13

iPhone 5 prototypes are popping up like Spring daffodils, and the iOSsphere is intoxicated with them even though none have yet turned up in a beer house.

RFID "starter kit" is low-cost entry to asset management

Nowadays, you don't have to be a Wal-Mart or Johnson & Johnson to deploy RFID. A kind of "RFID starter kit" from Tego lets much smaller businesses exploit the latest generation of large-memory, programmable tags.

New iPad app creates secure video conferencing, collaboration

A new iOS app lets enterprise iPad users set up secure video conferences with others both inside and outside their organization. The app also can leverage features such as instant messaging, presence, multi-party calling, and voicemail via a range of third-party unified communications servers.

Nokia lowers Q1 financial outlook, stock price plunges

Nokia's US depositary shares today dropped 13 per cent before the market opened, after the mobile phone maker lowered the first quarter 2012 outlook for its devices and services businesses. But it sold two million of its new Lumia phones during the period, about twice that of the previous quarter.

Is RIM blocking side-loading of apps on the PlayBook or not?

First RIM roiled its shrinking universe of users and developers with a single tweet about ending side-loading of apps on its PlayBook tablet. And then the company created more confusion with a blog post this week that was supposed to give "nuance" to the tweet.

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