Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington
According to The Washington Post, Google this week held a two-day-long pitch fest with nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers, agency employees, and military members eager to learn more about its products. Google has beefed up its sales operations in the Washington, D.C., area in the last year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies. Several gov
One Third Of Americans On The Web Have Used Wireless Internet
According to a new poll from the Pew Internet Project, one-third of U.S. Internet users have connected to the Web using a wireless network. The survey found that 20% of U.S. Internet users now have wireless networks in their homes. Just more signposts that wireless data, and not just voice, is going mainstream.
Smartphone Users Have Longer Workdays, Make More Money, And Want More Time Off
According to new findings from researcher Digital Life America, smartphone users work longer and earn more money than those who don't use such devices. The study found that 19% of smartphone users work more than 50 hours a week and that their average household income is $94,000 a year, roughly 50% higher than the U.S. national average.
Study: iPhone Too Darned Expensive
The results of an online survey conducted by market research firm Compete show that only 1% of people interested in the iPhone would pony up $500 for it. Drop the price, though, and 60% of respondents said they'd leave their current wireless carriers to get it.
What Happened To YouTube's Copyright Filter Initiative?
After almost four months of nonstop talk, it appears that YouTube has licensed copyright filtering technology from AudibleMagic. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Google will soon unveil the filtering technology as its solution to problems with copyrighted material. So, what happened to Google's internal efforts on filtering?
No 3G Support For Centrino Santa Rosa
It looks like Intel has flip flopped on its earlier support for built-in 3G. Intel in September said it planned to offer support for both Wi-Fi and 3G HSDPA networks in the next-generation of the Centrino mobile notebook platform, code-named Santa Rosa. But the company has since reveresed that decision. So why no 3G?
Can Businesses Remove Carriers From Their Mobility Efforts?
Let's admit it. You've thought about it before. Is it possible to remove carriers from the mobile enterprise equation? The promise of all-IP networks and better smartphones is that the role of carriers can be eliminated, or at least greatly reduced. Will this promised day ever arrive?
Learning To Speak The Same Language Of Mobility
I have almost recovered from the insanity that was the 3GSM World Congress last week in Barcelona. Not only did my airline manage to lose my baggage on the flight home, I also caught a nasty case of the flu -- so much for constantly using hand sanitizer and taking large doses of Vitamin C. As I sat down to digest the week that was, I kept thinking about how differently the carrier and the enterprise IT worlds see mobility.
Make Contingency Plans For Your Enterprise
Scientists estimate the chances of a catastrophic earthquake jolting Southern California in the next 30 years could be nearly 70%. An AT&T study asked L.A.'s IT execs if they were prepared for such an eventuality. Is your enterprise?
T-Mobile Finally Jumps on The Bandwagon
T-Mobile (and T-Mobile USA, in particular) has been an interesting organization to watch over the last few years. At a CTIA trade show about 3 years ago, I had a T-Mobile representative tell me flat out, "We don't care about the enterprise." My, how times have changed. T-Mobile recently revealed a push email service for its enterprise customers, and this week in Barcelona announced it is going to push email to consumers, as
Who Is Afraid Of Mobile VoIP?
Two years ago if you asked carriers about mobile VoIP -- the use of voice-over-IP services on cell phones -- they would ignore your question. There was an unwritten rule that mobile VoIP was taboo. Carriers seemed to be afraid that VoIP would disrupt their market they way it had affected the wireline telecom world. At this year's 3GSM, the carriers are finally talking about mobile VoIP, but they seem to be in denial about its potential.
Day 3 At 3GSM: Can I Party On Your Dime?
We're rolling into the middle of day three here at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona. There are many things that make 3GSM my favorite wireless industry trade show. There is the charming Mediterranean location (the show is in Barcelona; in years past it was located on the French Riviera in Cannes). The endless glitz and glamour of big announcements. Plush booths, swag, and a more relaxed attitude than similar shows in the U.S. But, the best
Hunting For Google At 3GSM
Be very, very quiet. We're hunting for Google at 3GSM. I have to admit, I am a little disappointed with Google at this year's show. Last year, they wowed the crowds with customer deals and announcements (I had to follow the news then online, since I wasn't here for the 2006 show). And for the last six months, they've been talking about wireless almost non-stop. So where is the Google news at 3GSM?
Adobe Adds Video Support To Flash Lite
Don't like browsing the Web on your mobile device because you can't stand missing all the video content that doesn't work on mobile phones? Adobe is looking to change that with a new and improved version of its Flash Lite product.
Gimme My Push E-Mail
According to a new survey from mobile e-mail vendor Visto, up to 70% of mobile professionals could use mobile e-mail by the end of this year. Is that possible?