There has been an ongoing debate as to whether apps or cloud computing would be the future for mobile smartphone software. But enterprise cloud computing maker LTech has proven that the two can live side-by-side. This week it announced two new noteworthy releases that could be of interest to businesses that are trying to do more with their mobile smartphones.
The first is LTech Single Sign-On for Google Apps, a cloud enablement product designed for the Google Apps platform, which enables small-, mid-sized and even large organizations to use their existing ActiveDirectory or LDAP-based directory with a cloud-based Google Apps platform. This offers enterprise ready encryption with configuration for LDAPS and SAML support, and customizable templates for seamless integration for users. Best of all it can allow the IT staff to enforce password strength and change management policies across the company. LTech Single Sign-On for Google Apps is available now, with pricing starting at $5 per user in both on-premise and hosted configurations. The LTech Single Sign-On is available for browser, mobile device or third-party mail clients including Gmail, iPhone and Microsoft Outlook.
LTech also introduced its latest version of the Power Panel for Google Apps, which is an add-on product that provides IT and end-users with features to extend their Google Apps platform. Deployed on the Google Apps Engine, and secured within a customers’ Google Apps domain, the Power Panel offers QuickLinks for Information Workers, allowing managers and IT to distribute links to commonly used workflow applications, forms and documents directly to end users within an organization via the Gmail browser. Additionally, it can be used to provide new templates and macros for IT, including onboarding and offboarding templates, and macros for group-wide password reset. The LTech Power Panel for Google Apps is now available from the company, with pricing beginning at $3 per user, per year.
Questia Opens Books to iPhone
In the third movie in the series Dr. Henry “Indiana” Jones, Jr. explains that most research is done in the library, not in the field. And as someone who has had done a lot of research to write a book or two on obscure subjects, I for one can tell you that the Internet has really changed the way that this research is done. No longer are researchers or students forced to go to the library or archive in search of an elusive book often finding that it is currently checked out, or otherwise not available. If you rely on the Internet, you have the obstacles of needing to be in front of computer. And while there is always Wikipedia while on the go, the community Internet encyclopedia pales to actual source material.
This is why a new app from Questia Media might truly change the way researching is done. This new app for the iPhone and iPod Touch, which is available now from the Apple App Store for just $0.99, has made the world’s largest online library available to end-users. The Questia Library app offers the full text of 74,000 books and more than 2 million journal, magazine and newspaper articles, most of which is copyrighted material. The app makes it easy to navigate the Questia subject catalog, and offers tools to create project folders, quote and cite publications and even bookmark specific pages. Best of all, there is never the worry about a single copy, and of course you can even do your research out in the field, or just taking in the breeze while sitting in a field!
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