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Oracle Magazine
July/August 2012



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Check-In Apps

12 percent1 of U.S. smartphone owners use check-in apps—geosocial services that allow them to announce where they are. Here are our favorites.

Your Turn

 What mobile-related security concerns keep you up at night? Take our Facebook poll.

Its huge user base makes Facebook’s check-in capability, called Places, hard to beat. This app lets you tell people where you’ve been, where you are right now, and where you are going. You can also check in other Facebook users. Free (iPhone, Android).

Don’t just check in at a restaurant—check in and snap pictures of the dishes you love. Share and search for favorite foods by location, with maps. Free (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone).

More than 20 million people worldwide use this app to check in at restaurants and other businesses, get recommendations, connect with friends, and score special discounts. Free (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Nokia, Palm, Windows Phone).

With 66 million users and 25 million reviews of local businesses in North America and Europe, Yelp lets users compare and share opinions on the places they go. Free (iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, Palm, Windows Phone).

Under Surveillance


Setting up a home or office video surveillance system is no small undertaking. Dropcam is trying to change that with Dropcam HD, a small monitoring camera that takes minutes to set up, is Wi-Fi enabled, and streams video to the cloud. With an account on, you can peek at live or recorded video using a computer or smartphone. Dropcam streams 720p HD video and has an 80-degree viewing angle. Cool features include infrared LEDs that let Dropcam HD see in complete darkness, and two-way audio so that you can actually hold a conversation with a person on camera from your smartphone or PC. US$149; viewing plans range from free to US$29.95/month.

Security Tops Mobility Concerns

A survey of 500 business and IT professionals in a variety of industries in the U.S. revealed that for 70 percent of respondents, security considerations are the greatest risk involved in supporting mobility. Respondents cited these concerns:

48% Downloading unauthorized apps
42% Lost or stolen devices
41% Mobile-specific viruses and malware
41% Open Wi-Fi networks
40% USB flash drives
40% Personal use of business devices

Source: CompTIA’s Trends in Enterprise Mobility study


bookcover “The average employee spends about 15 hours a month complaining about his or her manager. That’s basically 24 days a year, a full month of workdays, grumbling and getting nothing done. Right now employee teams and entire organizational cultures around the world are crumbling from misunderstanding and neglect.”

—Adrian Gostick and Chester Elton, authors of All In (Free Press, 2012)


You’re Not Alone

Ready to quit? 67% of IT administrators have considered switching careers because of stress. More than 200 IT administrators in U.S. organizations with 10 to 500 employees were surveyed.

Source: GFI Software and Opinion Matters

Security Threats Rising

83% of business and IT executives surveyed believe information security threats are on the rise. And 70% rated security as a higher or upper-level priority in 2011, compared to 49% in 2010. Five hundred U.S. IT and business executives who set or implement information security policies and processes were surveyed online in November and December 2011.

Source: CompTIA’s Ninth Annual Information Security Trends study


Write On

Typing on the iPad’s native keyboard is possible, but it’s not the most comfortable thing to do. Plus, the native keyboard covers half the screen, leaving very little real estate for you to work with. Logitech’s Ultrathin Keyboard Cover with Bluetooth technology addresses these issues and also doubles as an elegant and sturdy aluminum iPad cover. Thanks to a clever magnetic clip, the keyboard quickly attaches to the iPad. A built-in slot right above the keys lets the iPad stand at the optimal angle for reading or typing. The keyboard has a great feel when you are typing on it, and it makes functions such as text highlighting, copying and pasting, and searching a breeze. US$


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