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My iPhone Diary: A Thrill-Packed Friday Night Search For Steve Jobs' Latest Brainchild
Commentary  |  6/30/2007  | 
This journal of my Friday-night search for an iPhone has everything you look for in summer entertainment: suspense, fast driving, crime, sex, Eastern mysticism, finance, humor, and adventure.

How iPhone May Change How We Carry Phones
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
Perhaps it's our Star Trek communicator roots, but North Americans are obsessed with clamshell designs. That may change dramatically if Apple's iPhone takes off with consumers.
Congress Says Homeland Security Has Insufficient 'Exit' Plan
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
The Government Accountability Office says it could take up to a decade to find a practical way to implement biometric exit capabilities at land ports of exit.
AMD Preps Barcelona Amid Clock-Speed Concerns
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
It's a good news, bad news kind of day for AMD. On the plus side, the scrappy semiconductor vendor is confirming it will ship its quad-core Barcelona processors in August. However, clock speeds of the initial crop won't exceed 2.0 GHz, which is well short of what many had expected for what'll mark the debut of AMD's new "10h" architecture.
Should The iPhone Make Telcos Tremble In Fear?
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
The iPhone is a stylish gadget, but it kowtows to the established telecom industry, Slate Magazine argues. But Slate dangles an intriguing possibility as an afterthought: Is the iPhone a Trojan horse?

Can Microsoft Office Front-End Your Business Processes?
News  |  6/29/2007  | 
Microsoft is set to kick off an Office-for-business-processes strategy, focusing on composite apps called Office Business Applications, or OBAs, starting next month.
Video: The Daily Show Looks At iPhone-Mania
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
Correspondent Rob Riggle will do anything to get his hands on an iPhone in this funny, raunchy short video.

We Can't Stop Talking About The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
There is no escape from the iPhone. I have never seen a consumer-electronics device dominate public discourse as much as this gadget. In my many years of writing about cell phones, I always thought the buzz surrounding the launch of the Motorola Razr was unique. But that was nothing compared to the iPhone.
Getting My Hands On An iPhone -- I Hope
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
What are you doing this weekend? As I write this, it's Friday morning, and I'm hoping I'll be working this weekend, posting image galleries and writing reviews of the iPhone. Of course, to do that, I need to get my hands on an iPhone.

The Enterprise Content Management - SOA Divide
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
In the content management world, I sense something of a backlash brewing against SOA (Service Oriented Architecture), but I wonder how real it is. With most Fortune 2000 firms already way down the SOA path, there seems to be no turning back. At the enterprise architecture level, there is no Plan B. So the issue for me is not whether SOA is the way forward for ECM, but rather how seriously some of the ECM vendors are embracing it.
Research: In-Building Wireless Coverage Critical
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
A report from ABI Research says that more work and important communications takes place indoors rather than out, and that propels the need for better wireless coverage inside.
AT&T Boosts EDGE Speeds On iPhone Eve
Commentary  |  6/29/2007  | 
First rumored a couple of weeks ago, it turns out that AT&T has indeed enhanced its EDGE network for faster speeds. Yesterday, on iPhone eve, users of AT&T's EDGE network
The 'Real Web' Kills The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Apple CEO Steve Jobs was so happy to show off the fact that the iPhone's browser lets users experience the "real" Internet that he forgot one important fact: The "real" Internet requires speed. As early reviews of the iPhone are pointing out in hordes, speed is one thing the iPhone doesn't have over AT&T's EDGE network<
Google Offers Cash For Gadgets
News  |  6/28/2007  | 
The catch is that the cash is available only to those with gadgets already garnering 250,000 page views per week or more.
The Only Thing That Matters About The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Yes, there's a lot of hype about the iPhone. Yes, it's a very expensive piece of equipment. But neither of those things really matter. The only thing that really matters is: How good is it?

MP3.com Founder Michael Robertson Says iPhone Will Flop
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
"I think it's going to be a flop. It's beautiful, no doubt, but people need the tactile feedback of keys."--MP3.com, Linspire, and SIPphone founder Michael Robertson. Who the heck is Robertson to speak? For those whose memory of the first Internet bubble is hazy--of the mid-1990s, like the '60s, one can say that if you remember them, you probably weren't there--Robertson reportedly walked away with $
Get Real About Marketing Performance Management
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
Nick Sharp, a VP and general manager at WebTrends, recently wrote a piece for mycustomer.com entitled "Web Analytics is dead!" The gist of the article is that Web marketers should not look at Web analytics data in a vacuum, but rather, use it to drive campaigns and solutions. No disagreement with the premise... but then I came across the term term "Marketing Performance Management." What is MPM exactly?
Nokia Looks To Ease The Cost Of Entry For Developers
Commentary  |  6/28/2007  | 
For companies or individuals interested in developing for Nokia phones that don't necessarily have the resources to join Forum Nokia, a new opportunity has arisen. Today Nokia announced its Launchpad mobile software developer offering for the closet developer in everyone.
GM, Boeing Faced Uphill Battle To Reach Global Identity Management
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
Managers from two multinational companies share their tips on connecting employees, parts suppliers, other business partners, and outsourced software developers.
Review Scorecard Reveals That EDGE May Ruin The iPhone
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Are you desperate to see how well the iPhone is coming out in early reviews? Do you need a comprehensive scorecard? Well, look no more.
Intel Offers Tools, Cables For Building High-Performance Computers
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The company revealed its Cluster Ready program and Connects Cables products at the International Supercomputing Conference in Dresden, Germany.
IPhone Net Searches Surge Before Launch
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The most popular queries for iPhone focused on price, reviews, news, and the release date, with price queries accounting for 4.23% of all U.S. iPhone searches.
Simple Web Design And Discoverability Are Keys To Mobile SEO
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Now that the mobile Web is mainstream, everyone is launching mobile Web sites. The problem is no one seems to know how to drive traffic to them. As a result, mobile search engine optimization has emerged as a big topic for everyone from marketers to online editors and publishers. The mobile Web, though, is not as developed as the desktop Web and as a result, optimizing mobile sites for search is far from easy.
Google Helps Nonprofits Conquer Google Earth
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The project also includes online forums to enhance communications and connect interested users of Google Earth with experienced developers.
Microsoft Plans E-Mail, IM, Blog, And Photo Sharing Suite
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The common theme for the Windows Live suite is that all of its apps combine a rich Windows client application with Internet services that add power to those apps.
Google And Yahoo Add Photo Features
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
The two search engines upgrade their respective online photo services to give consumers a more integrated experience.
Enterprise 2.0 Won't Fix 'Broken E-mail Culture'
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
I'm still thinking about last week's Enterprise 2.0 conference in Boston, which ranks as the most exciting and thought-provoking event I've attended thus far this year... Blogs, wikis, text messaging, presence awareness and all things social networking received a lot of attention... but rich Internet applications, Ajax, mashups, SOA, SaaS and composite applications are also a big part of the Enterprise 2.0 mix.
Universities, Businesses Agree On Guidelines For IP, Shared Research
News  |  6/27/2007  | 
Team announces a new set of guidelines that will continue to encourage research sharing, while adding licensing terms and conditions.
T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home Service Graduates From Test Markets And Launches Nationally
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Today marks the official national launch of T-Mobile's HotSpot @Home service, whereby subscribers can use their cell phones to roam between cellular and Wi-Fi networks for calls. Just who is this service for, and is it worth the $19.99 per month?
Sprint All But Cans Nextel Identity
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Sprint is launching a new marketing campaign, and it is all about speed. Conspicuously absent? Any real references to Nextel, which Sprint paid big bucks to merge with a couple of years ago. Does this spell the end of Nextel?
Are You Ready for (Google) Location Intelligence?
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
Google is offering its mapping capabilities as a potential source of enterprise-class business intelligence in the area of location intelligence. Google has made its Google Maps for the Enterprise available at a low cost while providing telephone and e-mail support. The challenge for you is to decide whether this offering can meet your enterprise needs.
Google Is The Top Mobile Web Site
Commentary  |  6/27/2007  | 
According to new findings from researcher M:Metrics, Google is the top mobile Web site in terms of smartphone users in the U.S. and the U.K. Is anyone really surprised that Google is the top mobile site?
Early iPhone Review Confirms Keyboard Is Difficult To Use And EDGE Is Too Slow
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
While the iPhone may be the it gadget of 2007, it looks like the so-called "Jesus Phone" is far from perfect. NY Times columnist David Pogue published one of the first reviews to hit the Web and he confirms what many bloggers have long suspected: The virtual keyboard is difficult to use and AT&T's ED
iPhone To Cost $2,000 To $6,000 Over Two Years
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
Wired has the breakdown: The 8-Gbyte iPhone for $599, plus $36 activation fee, plus $220 a month for the highest-priced, highest-usage plan. The 4-Gbyte iPhone with the basic plan, at $60 a month, adds up to about $2,000 over two years.

Will The iPhone Support Microsoft Exchange?
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
For much of the last six months, bloggers and reporters operated under the assumption that the iPhone would not support major enterprise platforms like BlackBerry Enterprise Server or Microsoft Exchange. That may change tomorrow, though, if Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley is correct. According to her the iPhone will support Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync.
IBM Makeover Pursues Personalization In Revamped Site
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
The company used fundamental techniques for improving the navigation of what is sometimes viewed as an opaque, 3 million page site.
Apple Security Update Patches Safari 3 Beta
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
The download fixes remote code execution bugs and other flaws in both its Safari Web browser beta and Mac OS X.
C'Mon, Apple, Give Us Mac Users Some Love
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
With iPhone hype building to a frenzy, Mac users are feeling neglected and unloved. I can't remember Apple's last interesting Mac announcement. Instead, Apple's been giving its love to the mobile phone crowd, and even Windows users.

Composite Software Bolsters Scalability, Virtualization
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
Clustering option supports location-independent data services strategies by meeting demanding service-level agreements and backup-and-recovery requirements.
A Cell Phone Is A Woman's Best Friend
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
If you believe a new study from Samsung, women use cell phones for more than just security reasons. Young women are super savvy at using all the facets of a mobile phone to enhance their lives. When women want to flirt, they'll send a text message. When they need to avoid a stalker, they will fake technical difficulties. And more than a handful said they wouldn't date a man who had a big, bulky cell phone. I guess size matters in more ways than one.
Apple And AT&T Finally Announce iPhone Rate Plans
Commentary  |  6/26/2007  | 
If you've been hankering for a hunk of hot Apple gadget love on Friday, but were waiting to find out just how much the service plan for the Apple iPhone will cost before committing, there is good news. Voice and data plans for the iPhone start at the reasonable price
Sun Aims High With Constellation Blade-Based System
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
In terms of density, the system designed for high-performance computing packs a maximum of 1.7 petaflops of computing power in a 48-blade rack-size chassis.
Tech Vendors Publish BPEL4People Spec
News  |  6/26/2007  | 
A group of technology vendors published a specification that extends business process execution language to incorporate human interactions. BPEL is an executable modeling language for building processes within an SOA.
Rebutting The iPhone Critics
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
Daring Fireball has been doing some deliciously vicious rebutting of negative reporting on the iPhone. Here, he goes after an article in the New York Times.

AMD's Phenom Quad-Cores Pegged For November Debut
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
Now comes renewed word that AMD's quad-core Phenom desktop processor line is poised to hit the market in November. The news, circulating in stories out of Taipei this weekend, isn't actually anything new--AMD publicly copped to a planned 2H 2007 introduction back in May. But it is stoking industry interest in what looms as a new round in the architectural wars, between AMD's impressive "10h" design and Intel's equally strong "Core"
Google Apps Opens Door To Migrating E-Mail Users
News  |  6/25/2007  | 
The company reports adding new business customers at a rate of 1,000 per day since it launched in February.
Good Gets A Little Web 2.0 With Latest Upgrade
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
Mobile e-mail solution maker Good Technology today announced the latest version of its mobile business solution, Good Messaging 5. I was able to get a sneak peek of Good 5 a few weeks ago, and it looks like Good is ready for Web 2.0. Or at least moving in that direction.
Scientists Use BI Software And Inuit Trackers To Gauge Polar Bear Populations
News  |  6/25/2007  | 
Polar bear populations could be affected if global warming leads to less ice.
Zend To Release Rapid Development Platform For PHP
News  |  6/25/2007  | 
The framework will connect the application to databases and networks, leaving developers free to concentrate on user interactions and the business logic behind them.
Handheld Devices Need Handholding
Commentary  |  6/25/2007  | 
My commentary last week referred to data-related issues in identifying Iraqi insurgents for allied soldiers on the move. An obvious solution would be for the soldiers to carry mobile devices (e.g. laptops, PDAs) to verify identity on-the-spot. The trouble is, application and data synchronization for widely distributed mobile devices is still an imperfect science. It all boils down to the question: What's your poison?
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