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January 2014, Volume 3, Number 1

First look: Five new smartphones and tablets you should know

Smartphones and tablets are some of the most popular holiday gifts these days -- a trend that doesn't thrill some corporate IT departments. Here's a look at five new smartphones and tablets that are making their way from Santa's sack to the corporate network and what IT can do to prepare: Amazon Kindle Fire HDX   Early Kindle Fire tablets weren't exactly ready for the enterprise -- they didn't even have a native email client. Amazon has wised up since then, to the point that the new Kindle Fire HDX carries the tagline, "Built for work and play." The new tablets ship with the OfficeSuite productivity app installed, and additional enterprise features, such as built-in virtual private network and hardware-based encryption, are on the way. Apple iPad Air and iPhone 5s   Most of your company's Apple users have likely updated to iOS 7 by now, so the post-holidays influx of the iPad Air and iPhone 5s won't pose much of a challenge for IT. But there are some device-specific features to pay attention to, such as the Touch ID fingerprint ...

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