tkaneshige

tkaneshige

Senior Writer

Tom Kaneshige has been covering business and technology in Silicon Valley for two decades. As senior online writer at CIO.com, Tom covers Silicon Valley culture, BYOD and consumer tech in the enterprise.

Articles by tkaneshige

Apple Enterprise Now

Apple Blocks Sony’s Reader App: Smart or Stupid?

Apple tightened its grip on the App Store after rejecting Sony's Reader iPhone app this week, the New York Times reported. The surprising move spurred bloggers to condemn Apple for its nefarious and draconian ways. Truth is, Apple made a sound business move, at least in the short-term.
February 1, 2011
Apple Enterprise Now

Why Can’t We Let Steve Jobs Go?

In sports, we've watched the great ones retire. Michael Jordan. Wayne Gretzky. Joe Montana. It was tough and their teams were never quite the same, but that's the way the game is played. And so it is in the business world, only executives have longer careers than athletes.
January 19, 2011
News

15 Best iPhone Apps for Newbies

For years, many have longed to own an iPhone, only to be turned off by AT&T's dodgy network. The wait is over: A Verizon iPhone 4 will hit the market Feb. 10. So what will you download first? Here are 15 can't-miss iPhone apps.
January 13, 2011
News

15 Best iPhone Apps for Newbies

For years, many have longed to own an iPhone, only to be turned off by AT&T's dodgy network. The wait is over: A Verizon iPhone 4 will hit the market Feb. 10. So what will you download first? Here are 15 can't-miss iPhone apps.
January 13, 2011
Apple Enterprise Now

What We Learned About Tablets at CES

More than 80 tablets walked down the proverbial red carpet at the Computer Electronics Show, or CES, in Las Vegas last week. Some flashed cool hardware features, others showed off brand new interface looks. So what did we learn from all this tablet pomp and pageantry?
January 10, 2011
Apple Enterprise Now

Apple Global Service Providers Behaving Badly

Dimitris Papadimitriadis, a physician in Greece, recently complained in an online forum about receiving less-than-stellar customer service from Systemgraph, an Apple-authorized service provider. He described Systemgraph as "dodgy" when trying to fix his broken iMac.
January 7, 2011
Apple Enterprise Now

iPad in the Workplace: What Are the Hottest Apps?

If you're one of five Americans who currently own a tablet computer or plan to during the next three years, there's a good chance you'll use the tablet for work, according to Harris Interactive, which released the results of an iPad app survey today. But what will you use it for?
December 21, 2010
Apple Enterprise Now

Grinch Who Stole the iPad

The latest Apple rumor landed under the Christmas tree with a thud: Apple's Chinese manufacturer, Foxconn, will begin shipping the next version of the iPad, dubbed iPad 2, within the next 100 days, sources told DigiTimes. This means a spring launch, which makes sense given that the original iPad debuted last spring.
December 10, 2010
News

12 iPhone (and iPad) Accessories That Define You

What do you get the geek in your life who already has an iPad or iPhone? An accessory, of course. Critics say Apple's one-size-fits-all approach to products leaves little room for individual expression, but an iPad or iPhone accessory can say something about the owner. Here are 12 identity-defining accessories (and related apps).
December 6, 2010
News

One Enterprise’s Two-Year Apple Mobile Makeover

Apple gadgets aren't fit for the enterprise? RehabCare begs to differ: This healthcare provider embraces iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches and relies on custom-built iOS apps to improve patient care and beat up the competition.
December 1, 2010
News

Emerging Tech: Alternatives to Apple App Store, For Enterprises

Apple's App Store and iTunes are great for consumers but kludgy for companies. Yet only recently have enterprises been able to find an enterprise app store of their own -- for better mobile app deployment and management.
November 19, 2010
News

Why One Company is Ditching Sales Laptops for iPads

Take a look at the decision process behind one company's move to replace laptops with iPads and embrace the consumerization of enterprise IT - plus the training and security issues that have popped up.
November 18, 2010
Apple Enterprise Now

Apple iPhone Kill Switch: Can CIOs Trust Apple?

Let's say your company depends on an enterprise iPhone app that Apple suddenly deemed inappropriate. Apple may be able to hit a "kill switch" that puts a quick end to the app. Is this a good or bad thing?
November 15, 2010
Apple Enterprise Now

Rumors Swirl Around Apple’s $50 Billion War Chest

Last month, Apple CEO Steve Jobs hinted that a big acquisition is in the works—that is, Apple might tap into its $50 billion war chest. I've been trying to wrap my mind around $50 billion ever since.
November 1, 2010
Apple Enterprise Now

Verizon iPhone Coming Soon? Bet on It.

Rumors of a Verizon iPhone have landed on the front page of the Wall Street Journal Online. People briefed by Apple told the Wall Street Journal that Apple plans to produce CDMA-enabled iPhones, the kind that run on Verizon's wireless network, later this year.
October 6, 2010
News

6 Ways to Improve Your WiFi Network

Can your wireless network handle the rising tide of mobile devices? Can your company survive shoddy performance? Time to shore up your WiFi by utilizing these tips from Cisco.
September 22, 2010
Apple Enterprise Now

iPhone and Android Owners Most Sophisticated Apps Users

It's surprising that the iPhone spawned a billion dollar industry for mobile apps when only 35 percent of U.S. adults have apps on their smartphones, according to a Pew Internet Research Center survey released earlier this week. More shockingly, only 25 percent of adults regularly use the apps.
September 15, 2010
Apple Enterprise Now

Apple Relaxes App Store Rules: Going Soft or Playing Safe?

Apple's rigid ways and paranoid ideas about secrecy have led to confusion among iPhone and iPad app developers. Even Apple's own employees toil in a cloak-and-dagger corporate world where the latest projects are covered with black cloth and specially-worded memos ferret out leakers.
September 9, 2010
Apple Enterprise Now

Apple vs. Google: Shootout on the Small Screen

Google CEO Eric Schmidt showed off Google TV at the IFA conference in Germany on Tuesday, which followed fast on the heels of Apple CEO Steve Jobs unveiling the new $99 Apple TV last week.
September 7, 2010
Apple Enterprise Now

Apple’s Music Social Network: Is “Ping” a Productivity Killer?

Apple's refresh of its entire consumer iPod line (Shuffle, Nano and Touch), as well as its new social network for music, called Ping, announced Wednesday is geared to the upcoming holiday shopping season. But companies and enterprise IT groups will also be impacted by the Apple onslaught of new devices and services.
September 2, 2010
Feature

CIO 100: How to Build an IT Culture of Trust

What makes one IT team perform better than another? Trust. From the CIO 100 Symposium this week, here's expert advice on how IT leaders can foster a culture of trust, not fear.
August 24, 2010
Feature

The Policeman’s New Partner: iPhone

It's not "Minority Report" time, but new iPhone apps are moving from the military to police forces and emergency response teams. Think geo-location and surveillance.
August 11, 2010
Apple Enterprise Now

Apple Manufacturing Guru Out: Antennagate Fall Guy?

Clad in his trademark black turtleneck, Steve Jobs glared at the press while firing back at allegations about iPhone 4's "antennagate" in a hastily called press briefing at Apple headquarters last month.
August 9, 2010
News

Where the Gadgets Are: Top Tech-Consuming States

Which state is leading the nation in iPad sales and which boasts the most laptops? Hint: California is the wrong answer to both questions. Read on for a look at where consumers are leading the gadget charge and where they're hanging back.
August 3, 2010
News

iPad at Work on Dirty Jobs: 5 Lessons Learned

A small consulting firm in the construction business deploys iPads in the field, and learns plenty about the pros and cons of Apple's consumer device in the enterprise. Check out the lessons learned on cases, heat, set-up, and more.
July 29, 2010
News

Will Legal iPhone Jailbreaking Spur X-Rated Apps?

It's a good bet that the new ruling making it legal to jailbreak an iPhone won't have much of an impact other than annoying Apple, analysts say. Or it could lead to a "red-light" app store that ultimately hurts the iPhone's image.
July 27, 2010
How-To

Apple Quick Tips: Set Up iOS 4 Folders Wisely

iOS 4 lets you consolidate your number of iPhone app screens, using app folders. But there are a few hitches. Here are 5 quick tips to move your apps into folder without headaches.
June 30, 2010
Feature

iPhone Restaurant Apps: 6 Alternatives to UrbanSpoon

Feeling a little hungry? UrbanSpoon is far from the only iPhone restaurant guide in town. Check out these 6 lesser-known options, with extras ranging from artificial intelligence to local contributors.
June 30, 2010
News

iPhone 4: Three Big Cons Beneath Sleek Design

Look beneath the super-thin case of the newest iPhone and you'll find a durability risk, reception improvements that may fall flat, and a videoconferencing feature that works only for a very limited set of people, says CIO.com's Tom Kaneshige. We go beyond the hype to look at the pros and cons of iPhone 4.
June 8, 2010
Apple Enterprise Now

A Shakespearean iPhone Tragedy of Epic Proportions

Players: Me, Old Man, Brother, Saleswoman Act One: Washed Up and RuinedIt's Memorial Day weekend, and we've gathered at the old folk's home in sunny Walnut Creek, Calif., about 20 miles east of San Francisco. Three days of bliss, or so I thought.
June 1, 2010
News

Four Fabulous iPhone Wishes

It's all but certain that the next-generation iPhone will be announced at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference. Will Verizon carry the new iPhone? Is video chat a sure thing? What about a Bluetooth keyboard? We're crossing our fingers.
May 25, 2010
News

Mobile Web Conferencing: Next Big Smartphone Trend?

Mobile web conferencing isn't for everyone - but IT leaders should remember that some of the most prominent business users are the ones who want it. Here's a look at why IT should support this niche feature.
May 18, 2010
News

iPhone Wins Over the Tech Crowd

IT staffers at Special Devices swapped BlackBerrys for iPhones because new apps make their jobs easier. And with more enterprise features expected from iPhone OS 4.0 this summer, Apple's smartphone is in an even better position to drive deeper into the enterprise.
May 11, 2010
News

Apple-Adobe Feud: Is Flash as Bad as Jobs Says?

CIO.com investigates the validity of the technical claims behind the Apple-Adobe feud over Flash, and whether Apple is truly, technically justified in banning the technology from its App Store.
May 6, 2010
Apple Enterprise Now

Ready for the Perp Walk, Gizmodo?

My bet is Gizmodo does the perp walk, and bloggers could get screwed with a legal precedent leaving them with slightly less protection than, say, print newspaper reporters. You just can't buy stolen property and then hide behind journalist shield laws.
April 26, 2010
News

MacBook Pro Core i5: Under the Hood

Do-It-Yourself website iFixit took apart a new MacBook and found a smartly designed, power-efficient system - and no more proprietary screws.
April 21, 2010
News

Once Burned, Mobile-Phone App Developers Hedge Their Bets

Contrary to popular opinion, Apple's iPhone doesn't have a lock on mobile app developers, states an Ovum survey. BlackBerry, Windows Phone and Android are all in the mix, as developers create apps across platforms.
April 14, 2010
Apple Enterprise Now

Apple: An Evil Empire in the Making?

Is the adored, charismatic Apple CEO Steve Jobs secretly the Dark Lord of the Sith in a black turtleneck? The buzz in the universe is that we're all being duped, like Jar-Jar Binks of the Senate Republic stupidly voting for our own enslavement. (Okay, no more Star Wars references.)
April 13, 2010
News

Can Rivals Force Apple iPad Price Drop?

Upcoming Microsoft, Google and Hewlett-Packard tablets might be too little competition, too late, analysts say. But consumers stand to benefit from competition driving down prices.
April 13, 2010