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Content tagged with Healthcare posted in January 2007
Blogger Smackdown At AlwaysOn
Commentary  |  1/31/2007  | 
Last night's final panel at the AlwaysOn conference in NYC, "Panel: Can Brands Get Away with 'Buzz Marketing' in the Blogosphere?", was the best session so far at this show. It was chock-full of emotion, idealism, and all the kinds of ideas you hope to see on stage at a conference. The session was moderated by CKS Partners founder Bill Cleary and included super-bloggers Jeff Jarvis and
Mobility At AlwaysOn: If You Personalize It Will They Come?
Commentary  |  1/31/2007  | 
Mobility took the stage this morning at the AlwaysOn Media conference in New York City. Panelists tried to tackle the question of the third screen: Will consumers respond to mobile ads? How can marketers capitalize on such a small space? Are cell phones too personal a space to hit with marketing messages? The panelists agreed that a couple of factors will contibute to the success of mobile marketing. The first is the personal connection consumers have w
PTT By the Minute?!?
Commentary  |  1/31/2007  | 
Correct me if I am wrong here, but wasn't the major premise of push-to-talk technology (PTT) that it would help save people (enterprises) money by allowing them to avoid using their monthly minute allotment because they were using the walkie-talkie instead? If so, AT&T's new plan to allow customers to use PTT on a per-minute basis negates the entire appeal. Sorry, but if I have to pay by the minute to use the PTT s
And Away We SVGo!
Commentary  |  1/30/2007  | 
Yesterday in NYC the Mobile Monday organization hosted a half-day seminar on scalable vector graphics (SVG). According to the fine collection of speakers the little group huddled at the Samsung Experience had the pleasure of listening to, this tiny little computer language is promising to revolutionize the mobile web experience. Some day. The take-away message for the afternoon was: SVG is grrrrrrate!
Hello, Vista. Good-bye Tablet OS?
Commentary  |  1/30/2007  | 
In case you didn't know, Microsoft's Vista operating system launches today. Though there are 80 gazillion different versions of Vista, I didn't see any of them labeled "Tablet OS". What gives, Ballmer? In scrolling the headlines today, I noticed a small blurb from HP about a new TouchScreen PC they are working on. You can read about it here. As I was perusing the article, I thought to myself, "Hmm, is there a Tab
Major Vista Facts? Please!
Commentary  |  1/29/2007  | 
There's an article floating around the Internet today called "Facts About Windows Vista." In it, you'll find 4 genuine pieces of information (which are not all that exciting, by the way) about the world's most expensive operating system, following by some inane statistics on how many dopes will use it. C'mon, Reuters. You call this news? The entirety of their article tells us this: new look, easier search, g
Is Palm Losing Its Grip on Business Customers?
Commentary  |  1/29/2007  | 
With tight integration to back-end systems becoming more and more necessary, is Palm OS on the verge of extinction? As nifty as the Palm OS is to use, it seems fewer and fewer businesses take it seriously, opting instead for Microsoft-based platforms. There was a time when I was addicted to my Treo 650. It was my first qwerty keyboard device, but more than that, it was my first smartphone. I loaded it chock full of contacts, synced it with my calendar, stuck some tunes and applications on there
Mobile Spam Finally Arrives
Commentary  |  1/26/2007  | 
It's the day many of us wireless industry insiders have been waiting for, the day mobile marketing spam finally hits North American shores. And it appears mobile spam may be here to stay.
Nokia Mobile Enterprise Still Losing Money
Commentary  |  1/26/2007  | 
Nokia's enterprise group, Nokia Enterprise Solutions, is still in the red. Why can Nokia make so much money off its core business of cell phones, but not from business mobility? Is it that mobile enterprise is still the little engine that could? Or is the company's focus off? To be fair, Nokia said that it expects its mobile enterprise business to
"Cough! Cough!" Yes, That Was Your Smartphone Wheezing At You
Commentary  |  1/26/2007  | 
Believe it or not, the first mobile viruses began appearing back in mid-June 2004. The Cabir worm and Mosquito Trojan both targeted smartphones that run the Symbian Series 60 operating system, which is the most widely used smartphone platform across the world. Others targeting Windows Mobile appeared later. Should the enterprise be concerned? Hell, yeah!
HP, Alas, Why Did Ye Stray?
Commentary  |  1/26/2007  | 
That the weight of the spying scandal continues to cause small implosions and aftershocks over at HP isn't terribly surprising. What does surprise me is the lack of a battle cry from other journalists and the complete silence from HP's press team.
How To Improve Your VoIP Service
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
Ferenc Veres over at VoIP.com offers some advice on how to improve your VoIP service.
Adobe Does VoIP And P2P
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
Om Malik over at GigaOM analyzes Adobe's acquisition of P2P firm amicima and Adobe's subsequent move into the VoIP and peer-to-peer online spaces.
Mobile Phones Pass Major Sales Landmark and Shoot for the Cosmos
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
If Carl Sagan were still alive, all the wireless associations around the world could have tapped him for his famous, though-never-actually-uttered, catch phrase.
Will 2007 Finally Be the Year of Mobility?
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
IDC seems to think so. Sure, there are some hurdles that remain to be cleared, but a reasonable amount of interoperability already exists. Mobile devices themselves are finally powerful enough to handle just about anything business app we can throw at them. The real question is, when will enterprises realize this and adopt the technology that's going boost their business into the next realm?
Meet Your New Spouse: The PC
Commentary  |  1/25/2007  | 
Just in time for Valentine's Day hype, a new survey claims that 65% of US consumers over the age of 18 spend more time with their computers than with their spouses or significant others. Talk about tech love.
Hey, Are You Reading this Blog While You're At Work?
Commentary  |  1/24/2007  | 
A new study shows that the majority of office workers use their company's technology for personal reasons, including checking personal email and taking personal calls on their office telephone, despite express policies forbidding it. Tsk, tsk!
Cause We're All Phonies
Commentary  |  1/24/2007  | 
Sprint has our number. They know we use our mobile phones as excuses to get out of awkward social situations (bad dates, family funerals, meetings), and are launching a hysterical new service to help us all be better liars.
GPS = Gosh, People are Stupid!
Commentary  |  1/23/2007  | 
Is anyone else as astounded as I am with the outright idiocy of crooks, thugs and thieves? Some Babylon, NY, scofflaws found out the hard way that stealing cell phones often leads the police right to your front door.
802.11n(evermind)
Commentary  |  1/23/2007  | 
The eye-triple-e recently took another baby step toward ratifying the 802.11n standard, which is said to be finalized by this summer. I say, "So what?"
Mobile Messaging Madness
Commentary  |  1/22/2007  | 
A new report from Aberdeen says the best companies use varied means of mobile messaging to stay in touch with their employees and their customers. Do you?
Seamless Global Roaming? Don't Make Me Laugh
Commentary  |  1/22/2007  | 
We hate to burst your bubble, but there's just no way wireless enterprise users will be able to roam the entire globe without hitting a few snags here and there. Yet.
Casting Pearls Before The Swine
Commentary  |  1/19/2007  | 
Do people really care what color their cell phone is? Blinged out teeny-bopper Paris Hilton models aside, did we really need the new, white Pearl, from RIM?
Free Wireless, A Good Idea?
Commentary  |  1/19/2007  | 
Yet another municipality is announcing free Wi-Fi wireless access for its denizens. Is 802.11 becoming commoditized?
Cellular Component of Telecom Costs Becoming Killer
Commentary  |  1/18/2007  | 
A NJ-based research firm is saying that more companies are spending the bulk of the telecom services dollar on cellular services. Um, Duh!
Dell Gets Tough
Commentary  |  1/18/2007  | 
Mainstream PC maker Dell has not been known for its overly durable products. With competitors offering "ruggedized" hardware that's more durable, however, Dell decided to get its rough-and-tumble game on.
SNL Mocks Steve Jobs And The iPhone
Commentary  |  1/18/2007  | 
Just in case you had any doubts that the iPhone has trescended mere techdom to become the cultural trend du jour for January, perennial TV sketch show Saturday Night Live mocked both Steve Jobs and the iPhone in a recent episode.
What About An Enterprise MVNO?
Commentary  |  1/17/2007  | 
Daniel Taylor over at the Mobile Enterprise Weblog questions if 2007 will be the year of the enterprise MVNO.
Mobile Enterprise Takes Off In Latin America
Commentary  |  1/17/2007  | 
According to a new report from Frost & Sullivan, the market for mobile enterprise applications and devices is expected to show strongth growth over the next few years.
Communication Breakdown
Commentary  |  1/17/2007  | 
Unified communications has a new road map thanks to a partnership between industry giants Nortel and Microsoft. They suggest that by breaking down the barriers separating e-mail, voice, instant messaging and video conferencing, a new era of communications will arrive. Sounds so warm and cuddly. Can they really pull it off?
Vista, Schmista
Commentary  |  1/17/2007  | 
Last week while working the press room at CES I was afforded a sneak peek at Microsoft's new operating system, Vista. I have to be honest here and say that I was not all that impressed.
Top 10 Potential iPhone Problems
Commentary  |  1/17/2007  | 
Our friend Dave Greenfield at Network Computing came up with a list of top 10 potential iPhone problems. These include the low-resolution camera, slow data feeds, missing GPS, and lack of support for the most popular instant-messaging platform: AOL's.

Enterprise Admins Needn't Worry about iPhone Integration...Yet
Commentary  |  1/16/2007  | 
Don't worry, we heard you. That big collective groan from IT managers last week when Apple introduced the iPhone will not be ignored.
An Ironic User's Guide To The iPhone
Commentary  |  1/16/2007  | 
It seems everyone is talking about the iPhone these days, including Dave Eggers' hip literary journal McSweeney's. McSweeney's writer Darren Cahr offers some interesting and creative ways to make use of the iPhone.
CES 2007 = Snorefe...Zzzz
Commentary  |  1/16/2007  | 
You, Mr. Enterprise-Minded Reader, may ask yourself why on Earth the Consumer Electronics Show is relevant to yourself, as you ponder purchasing a million Dell laptops and RIM BlackBerry's for your mobile workers. Put your fears aside, because, in all honesty, it wasn't. But, that's not going to stop me from telling you why...
Sure The iPhone Is Cool But I Want A Google Phone
Commentary  |  1/11/2007  | 
While everyone was busy this week talking about the iPhone, I was left alone wondering: Where is the Google Phone?
I've Been Waiting For The iPhone For Three Years And It's Still Not Here
Commentary  |  1/10/2007  | 
I have covered the wireless industry for almost seven years. And in that time I have spent three years writing about the Apple iPhone. But how, you may ask, have I spent so much time writing about a device that wasn't announced until yesterday?
iPhone Hype: I Just Don't Get It
Commentary  |  1/10/2007  | 
Reading up on the Apple iPhone, I'm not seeing what's so exciting about it, and I'm even tempted to say that the thing is going to sink like a lead balloon and everybody who's jazzing about it now is going to feel foolish in a year. It's a cell phone that's also an iPod that does the Internet and takes pictures. Why is that exciting? I already have a cell phone and an iPod, and my cell phone -- a 14-month-old Palm Treo 650 -- is Internet-enabled and a cameraphone too. I grant you there will be a


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