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The Best Games to Enjoy on the Go on a Surface Pro

The Surface Pro is an unusual device from Microsoft that aims to bridge the gap between mobile computing and on-the-go computing. This is a device that marries a touchscreen interface and sleek proportions with a full desktop environment that allows you to run all your legacy software as you normally would. If it’s successful and if more devices like it emerge (such as the Iconia W3 – an 8” Windows 8 tablet!) then it will change the face of computing and mobile gaming forever.

When you game on the Surface Pro you’ll find that you have two main options: one being to play games from the Windows Store that are designed for a touchscreen interface and the short-bursts of gameplay that suit mobile gamers, the other being to play full PC games that can run on the device and that still work well on the move. Here we will look at the very best from each camp – install these games and you should be able to enjoy a whole new kind of mobile gaming.

1. Halo: Spartan Assault

It’s strange to me think that more fuss wasn’t made about this one: a completely new Halo designed specifically for Windows 8 to support a touchscreen input. Okay, so it’s not on a par with Halo 3 by any means, but this dual stick top-down shooter works brilliantly with thumb controls and supplies all the same atmosphere and action as the FPS games in the series. It’s a fantastic showcase for gaming on a Surface Pro or RT and really does ‘bridge the gap’ between PC games and conventional ‘mobile’ games. It’s only cheap too, so I highly recommend checking it out!

2. Super Meat Boy

Super Meat Boy is a fantastic Indie Game available on Steam that lends itself perfectly to being played on the go thanks to the short-yet-super-challenging levels. It doesn’t support touch input, but if you have the touch cover then it’s completely playable on the train or wherever else you happen to be.

3. Gravity GunMobile best games

Gravity Gun is an endless runner game, but one of the ones that features different levels rather than tedious randomly generated challenges. What makes it great though is the seriously high-octane nature of this challenge which will have your heart racing and your palms sweating. Tons of fun in a great pick-up-and-play mobile games.

4. Jetpack Joyride

Okay so this one is one of those randomly generating endless runners, but again the high speed of the game combined with the variety on offer here makes it a rare instance where that doesn’t go against it. There are plenty of challenges to keep you going, and it feels almost as though it was made to be played on the Surface on your commute.

5. Bleed

Bleed is an insanely intense indie shooter that’s once again available through Steam. This one is impossible with anything but a controller, but that doesn’t stop it being one you can play on the go – just get a receiver on Amazon and you can play on the move with your Xbox 360 controller.

There are plenty of other great games to enjoy on a Surface Pro that lend themselves to its mobile nature, including Darksiders through OnLive (which lets you use a touch screen input), Portal 2 (with the Xbox controller to show off the 3D capabilities of the Surface), Chimpact and of course Angry Birds. Check out reviews online and step into the future of mobile gaming!

 

Author Bio:

Jason Haddad, the author of this guest post, works as a tester for wellresearchedreviews.com. He enjoys playing mobile games in his free time. Being a fervent writer, he often shares his views and opinions on the latest mobile games that hit the market via his articles.

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Sandboxing in the workplace

Whether your company has an official policy on bringing your own device or not, employees are increasingly doing work on their own tablets, smartphones, laptops and personal computers. CIOs reported 28 percent of their employees were working on their own devices at least part of the time, According to a recent global survey reported by PWC. Gartner predicts that this number will rise up to 70 percent by 2018.

Security issues, data integrity, MDM (mobile device management) logistical problems, and compliance difficulties all arise from bring your own device. BYOD policies benefit from reducing technology overhead and learning curves, as well as increasing employee satisfaction since they’re using a device they prefer personally. The education sector in particular has been heavily promoting bring your own device, for both students and faculty. According to Ed Tech Magazine, 85 percent allow some form of BYOD. This allows the schools to expand the way students learn, although it does open up major security issues. One way to mitigate a number of the issues that come with this concept is through sandboxing.

What is Sandboxing?

A sandbox, in this context, refers to creating an isolated virtual environment on the smartphone. It doesn’t interact with the operating system, apps or data on the personal device. It limits access to system files and other device resources, making it harder for viruses and other malware to gain a foothold, according to TechHive. One of the leading forms of sandboxing in the mobile environment is Blackberry’s Enterprise Service, which handles mobile device management.

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Blackberry has always had a reputation for solid, enterprise level mobile technology that puts security concerns as the top priority. Blackberry Enterprise Service 10 is a powerful tool for a system administrator who is tired of pulling his hair out over unsecured personal smartphones connecting to company network resources. It supports Blackberry 10, Android and iOS platforms, so you can integrate pretty much anyone’s device who wants to use it on the network.

How it Works

All of the devices are managed through a central control panel, making the IT administrator’s job much easier, as the application is also capable of being run on a single server. The main feature of Blackberry Enterprise Service is the Secure Work Space. This is a sandboxed environment that can be controlled by the administrator to meet any government compliance policies and regulations. It also includes a firewalled connection, so you don’t have to put out any additional funds for a virtual private network to connect your mobile devices with. The Blackberry phone already has a sandboxing feature built in called Blackberry balance. It creates two distinct work spaces, one personal and one business. The work space side of the app is completely encrypted and secured to mitigate potential security issues.

If you’re going to allow or promote bring your own device policies in your workplace, you need to have mobile device management in place ahead of time. Otherwise, you’re going to come into work one way with everyone shouting about a massive customer data breach that’s tanked your stock numbers.

Have you used a form of sandboxing in your workplace before?