Apple anticipates iPhones only remain functional for three years

An update to Apple’s environmental Q and A on their website indicates iPhones have a typical lifespan of three years. While this estimate is not the definitive cut-off, Apple retrieved this data from monitoring devices and their respective lifespans. The three-year lifespan may not come as a surprise to some, with Apple’s frequent OS updates…

HOBI President, Craig Boswell, speaking at 2016 IAITAM Spring ACE

HOBI President Craig Boswell will speak at IAITAM’s 2016 Spring ACE conference May 11-13 in New Orleans at the French Quarter Marriott. Boswell is contributing to the mobile session of this year’s conference on Tuesday, May 12,  from 11:15 a.m to 12:15 p.m. With more than 2.5 billion mobile devices shipped in 2015 alone, more…

Three educational technology implementation challenges and how to navigate them

Educational technology adoption is anticipated to see major growth within the next five years. School districts and universities will need to plan accordingly before implementing new technologies into the classroom, because without proper planning, educational technology implementation can go awry. Here are three possible pitfalls when not planning for implementation: Lack of training Implementing an…

Study indicates enterprises lacking proper credential security

A report issued by the Cloud Security Alliance indicates 17 percent of interviewed enterprises have reported a data breach. The study, called “Identity Solutions: Security Beyond the Perimeter,” interviewed 325 enterprises about their current security protocols. In addition to the 17 percent of interviewed companies that reported a data breach, 22 percent indicated they were…

Apple issues annual environmental awareness report, e-scrap numbers

Apple issued its annual environmental responsibility report this week. According to the report, Apple recovered close to 61 million pounds of e-scrap throughout 2015. The recovered material included 23.1 million pounds of steel, 13.4 million pounds of plastics, 11.9 million pounds of glass, 4.5 million pounds of aluminum, 3 million pounds of copper, 190,000 pounds…

Consumers are holding onto mobile devices for longer than ever

American citizens are now using mobile devices for longer period times than ever, the Wall Street Journal reports. The increasing amount of time between consumer phone upgrades is attributed to carriers’ abandonment of the traditional subsidized model and consumers seeing less benefit in upgrading devices frequently. The overall phone-replacement cycle is estimated to reach 29…

OpenText acquiring large portion of HP customer experience content management services

OpenText, a Canadian content management firm, announced their acquisition of large majority of HP Inc’s customer experience content management division earlier today. The $170 million purchase includes products from the HP Engage line: HP MediaBin, HP Qfiniti, HP Explore, HP Aurasma and HP Optimost. The extension of content management offerings can be seen as a…

Two environmental threats to data center success, and how to avoid them

Data center maintenance is commonly thought of as an internal process. While a large number of a data center’s success happens indoors, there are certain external events that can deter a data center’s operation. Here are two environmental threats to data centers: Temperature changes During the summer months or other unusually hot times of the…