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Al Sacco is an awarding-winning journalist and blogger who covers the fast paced mobile/wireless beat for and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al manages select contributors and frequently covers breaking news, shares insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings, writes a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offers up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, film buff and Red Sox fan.

Why BBM for Android, iOS Success will be short-lived

Can 20 million new BlackBerry Messenger users really be wrong? Yes, if a cross-platform BBM can't offering uniquely compelling features.

BlackBerry Enterprise Server to Get iOS, Android management features

BlackBerry-maker Research In Motion (RIM) has extended its reach in the mobile-device-management space with the acquisition of a German software company. The deal is expected to deliver BlackBerry Enterprise Server-like device management and control features for iPhones, iPads and Android smartphones and tablets.

Verizon forcing Microsoft Bing search on BlackBerry users

The only search engine option that’s currently available to some Verizon customers using the BlackBerry Browser is Microsoft's Bing, CIO reports.

iPhone 3.1 breaking Exchange e-mail for iPhone 3G users?

Reports suggest that a feature within Apple's brand new iPhone 3.1 software update is disabling corporate Microsoft Exchange e-mail access for some first-generation iPhone and iPhone 3G users.

Apple to kill Palm Pre iTunes media sync again?

CIO's Al Sacco wonders if Wednesday's Apple event means an iTunes update that could once again leave Palm Pre users without the ability to sync music files via the Apple software.

RIM BlackBerry Desktop Manager for Mac (v1.0.0) leaks

After years of struggles with awkward third party software offerings and/or virtual machines dedicated to BlackBerry management, Mac computers users with BlackBerry smartphones can finally download a full-featured BlackBerry desktop manager built specifically for Apple computers.

Paperless boarding passes for smartphones hit SFO

San Francisco International Airport has started using a barcode-scanning system that lets passengers with Internet-connected smartphones check-in for flights using their handheld devices.

BlackBerry Desktop Software for Mac: Four things to know

After a demo from Research In Motion, CIO's Al Sacco has the latest information on the Mac version of BlackBerry Desktop Manager, slated for a September release.

Why Palm needs to ditch iTunes and create a media sync

Instead of trying to get the Pre to sync directly with iTunes, Palm should focus on developing its own software that offers the same functionality.

Verizon to launch cross-platform app store

Verizon Wireless, which has traditionally taken a closed-door approach to developer relations, is trying something new with its forthcoming app store.

Boston plans iPhone app -- will anyone use it?

The city of Boston will soon release its very own iPhone app, letting residents send complaints about potholes, graffiti, and other indignities of urban life to City Hall.

The $99 iPhone 3G: Apple's most significant announcement

Forget about the iPhone 3G S, Snow Leopard, and new laptops -- the biggest news to come out of this week's Worldwide Developers Conference was Apple's decision to sell an iPhone for less than $100.

Six free Apple iPhone downloads you don't want to miss’s Al Sacco picks a half-dozen App Store downloads that will enhance your iPhone without costing you a dime.

Six essential Apple iPhone security tips

iPhone users who don’t think about security run the risk of having their Web mail hacked and losing valuable personal information. offers six tips for securing your iPhone.

What CIOs want in Apple’s next-generation smartphone polls CIOs and IT directors about the features they most want to see in the next iPhone in anticipation of next week’s Worldwide Developers Conference.