IBM Mail Next update for July 2014

IBM Mail Next updates as of July 2014 as presented by IBM for a SocialBizUG webcast.  Design Advisory Program updates, web updates and timelines. These are my notes as they happened.

Key announcements
  • Kramer talked IBM Mobile First and iOS-ready apps and the Apple announcement

Now on to the good stuff.....  a long list with tons of screen images
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    On Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014   by Chris Miller        

D-Link Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router & Charger review

The D-Link Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router & Charger (DIR-510L) is the next step in portable routers for the road warrior. With AC band, profiles, USB charging ports, USB 3G/4G support, router, access point and more.
D-Link Wi-Fi AC750 Portable Router & Charger (DIR-510L)

I have numerous portable routers, repeaters and access points now (most with reviews up). D-Link is trying to bridge together more than a few features in one device and has done so very well. This also adds the newer AC band for improved speed but you need your devices and network to support it or just plan on the more common 5Ghz speeds. Let's dig into each capability they brought together into one device.
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    On Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014   by Chris Miller        

New in Blackberry OS 10.2.1 is IBM Lotus Traveler connection type

I upgraded my Blackberry Z10 to OS 10.2.1 to get my hands on a ton of new features. IBM Lotus Traveler now shows as an account type when adding email, calendar and todo.

Blackberry 10.2.1 IBM Lotus Traveler

I was surprised at the number of new features, not just fixes, that are available in this release.
See my posting comparing the Blackberrry Z10 and Q10 devices. See more updates and hands-on with the BlackBerry 10 devices on BlackBerry Today.
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    On Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014   by Chris Miller        

Brydge iPad Keyboard & Speaker case review

We review both the aluminum and carbonate Brydge iPad Keyboard and Speaker case.  These are made for the iPad 2nd through 4th generations and connect via Bluetooth.  (The iPad Air has a different case that is available)
Brydge iPad Keyboard with Speakers

The full QWERTY keyboard on the Brydge iPad Case was responsive with many hotkeys already available. We had no issues paring the keyboard with the iPad. Indicator light on the switch tells you if it is in pairing mode, low on battery or charging. Make sure you place the iPad into the case as we show in the video for best results.
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    On Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014   by Chris Miller        

 IBM Connections 5.0 Workshop - FREE

IBM is offering a free IBM Connections 5 instance on SoftLayer and workshop materials as a lab environment for business partners. You can request to provision a server or use the lab materials on your own server.
IBM Connections logo

The materials were written using an IBM Connections 5.0 device on SoftLayer but they also outline it so your own Linux based system could be used.
In the IBM Connections 5.0 Workshop, you will learn about the new and existing capabilities of IBM Connections and IBM Connections Mobile.  You will learn how to implement external collaboration in your environments and gain an understanding of both the internal and external user experiences in these deployments.  If you are an administrator or a developer, you will also learn about the following topics:  UI Customization, Mobile UI Customization, iWidget Development for Profiles, and Activity Streams Integration using the Social Business Toolkit SDK.

Access the Greenhouse Workshops to register and get materials right here.
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    On Monday, July 21st, 2014   by Chris Miller