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Content tagged with Analytics posted in November 2008
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Nokia Gives Up On Japan, Starts Shipping Its Touch-Phone
Commentary  |  11/28/2008  | 
Some interesting news out of Finland this week. First up, Nokia announced that it will cease making mobile phones for the Japanese market. Second, the touch-based XpressMusic 5800 is now shipping in some markets.
Down To Business: Google's Schmidt: An Economic Solution Is Within Our Grasp
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
He calls for bold government-supported R&D and infrastructure programs, starting with energy and extending to other tech sectors. But how far should the government reach -- and meddle?
Researcher Trims Forecast For LCD-TV shipments
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
Given the seriousness of the global economic slowdown, iSuppli lowered its 2008 forecast for LCD-TV shipments by 6%.
Samsung Sees Cell Phone Market Squeezed
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The company joins a long chorus line of handset makers who say the economic slowdown will cut into the growth of the global cell phone market.
IBM Plunges Into 'Business Event Management,' Helping Define Field
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
The fairly new field of complex event processing sets parameters around a software event and triggers alerts if the rules governing it are violated.
Mac Resellers Launch Black Friday Discounts
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
Best Buy, MacMall, and even Apple itself are lowering prices on Macs, iPods, and accessories.
Apple Allows Some MacBook Videos To Play On External Displays
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
Apple released a QuickTime update that allows standard-definition iTunes movies to play over new MacBooks' DisplayPort to older displays, according to reports on Apple blogs. However, high-def movies are still blocked, which is unfair to owners of MacBooks and other systems by other vendors that use the same technology.
Panasonic, Sanyo Far Apart On Acquisition Price
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
If combined, a Panasonic-Sanyo company would rival Japan's Hitachi, which has some $110 billion in annual sales.
Apple's 'Really Fast' Ad Banned In U.K.
News  |  11/26/2008  | 
Apple was asked to drop another commercial for the iPhone 3G that promised the handset could access "all parts of the Internet."
Sony Ericsson Adds Facebook, Windows Live To Xperia Smartphone
Commentary  |  11/26/2008  | 
Looks like developers have taken advantage of the SDK that Sony Ericsson made available for its Xperia X1 Windows Mobile smartphone. This week, Sony Ericsson added two more panels to the X1's user interface: one for Facebook and another for Microsoft's Windows Live.
Blockbuster Takes On Netflix, Apple With Direct-To-TV Player
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
To lure customers, Blockbuster is offering the player at no charge for people who rent 25 online Blockbuster movies in advance for $99.
PayPal Adds SMS Authentication Service
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
In a bid to add more security, the online payment company will offer the option of having a unique code sent to the user's cell phone prior to logging in.
Nokia's Symbian Acquisition Reportedly On Schedule
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
In preparation, Nokia said it would port its Qt cross-application framework to Symbian in a move to attract developers of other platforms.
Are Netbooks On Your Company's Shopping List?
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
If your company occasionally sends workers out of the office, you might want to consider a having a "loaner" Netbook available to keep them productive without weighing them down. Especially since holiday sales are pushing prices down below $300 on Black Friday.
Opera Mini Gets Update, Lands On Android
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Version 4.2 of the Web browser can now be downloaded for the T-Mobile G1, improving speeds up to 30%, the company claims.
Dell Adds 3G Option For Mini 9 Netbook
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
The device, powered by AT&T in the United States, supports download speeds of up to 7.2 Mbps and upload speeds of 2 Mbps.
IBM Launches New Cloud Computing Services
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
IBM has announced new services aimed at helping businesses take advantage of cloud computing. And small- and midsize-business owners that have been thinking about making the leap to the cloud will be most interested in the industry-specific consulting service that assesses the cost of building a cloud.
Fewer Than Half Of Available PCs Reused
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Transportation costs, import tariffs, and environmental legislation are among the hindrances cited by refurbished PC exporters.
HTC: We're Gonna Sell 1 Million G1's In 2008
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
Forecasts for sales of the first Android phone from HTC have been all over the map. HTC now says demand is so strong that it is doubling the number it originally projected to sell.
Samsung, InterDigital Settle Cell Phone Patent Suit
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
The multimillion-dollar arbitration involves Samsung's sale of 2G products and 3G patent licensing.
Program TiVo From Your Cell Phone
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
TiVo has launched a mobile site that lets Series 2 and Series 3 owners schedule recordings from any Internet-enabled cell phone.
Online Retailers Launch Early 'Black Friday' Sales
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
With the economy in the tank, retailers have decided there's no time like the present to start the bargain shopping.
Apple Sued Over iPhone's Browser
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
The latest iPhone lawsuit claims Apple is infringing on a patent for how the handset navigates the Web.
Worldwide Wi-Fi Social Network Takes Off
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
WeFi's free software download enables users to connect to 10 million Wi-Fi access points around the world.
Cisco Joins HP In New Year's Cost-Cutting Shutdown
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
Except for some critical teams like technical assistance, channel partner, and customer product ordering, Cisco will close shop later this year.
Verizon Snags Omnia Smartphone
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
With integrated Wi-Fi, 3G, 8 GB of memory, Bluetooth, and a 5-megapixel camera, the Samsung Omnia gives Verizon another strong touch-screen smartphone.
Holiday Consumer Electronics Sales Expected To Take A Big Hit
News  |  11/25/2008  | 
While consumers planned to stay loyal to their favorite brand, they expected to buy less expensive models, a survey by the NPD Group found.
Samsung Adds Its Omnia To Verizon's Smartphone Lineup
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
With just three days before Black Friday, the phone manufacturers and network operators are rolling out the new phones in furious fashion. The latest? Samsung and Verizon Wireless jointly announced the Omnia, Samsung's Windows Mobile 6.1-wielding, TouchWiz-toting, touch screen titan.
To Remain Viable, Palm Plans to Cut Positions
Commentary  |  11/25/2008  | 
Remember Palm, the company that helped to define the smartphone market? While many may have forgotten about the company in the midst of all the hoopla about Apples iPhone and Googles Android, Palm still has a sizable customer base. The company plans significant moves to try and retain that base.
MySpace App Shatters BlackBerry Download Record
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
In a sign that BlackBerry is gaining traction in the mainstream market, the social messaging app has been downloaded more than 400,000 times in its first week.
HP Laptops, Services Boost Quarterly Revenue
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Dell, on the other hand, recently reported a 3% drop in revenue for the same period to $15.16 billion, while its profits fell 5% to $727 million.
Intel, Micron Start Mass Production Of 34-nm Memory Chips
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The product can fit 4 GB of memory on a core and eight cores on a layer for a total of 64 GB of memory on a two-layer stack.
Palm Forced To Cut Jobs As Competition Rises
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The one-time king of the smartphone market has lagged behind Research In Motion and Apple, and it will be cutting an unspecified number of positions.
Hot For The Holidays: 3-D Avatars, Gardening Gadgets
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Move over, avatars. There's a new technology that allows users to create digital versions of themselves for any number of applications in the online world.
BlackBerry Storm Sees Long Lines, Delays
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Analysts estimate the first touch-screen BlackBerry sold more than 100,000 units over the weekend, but the demand may be outstripping supply.
Dell Offers 'Black Friday' $349 Notebook
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Dell also slashed the price of the Vostro 200 Slim Tower and the PowerEdge SC440 single-socket tower server on its Web site.
Small-Town Tech Firm Reversing Outsourcing Tide
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Eleutian Technology, based in rural Wyoming, is poised to do big business teaching English to Korean and Chinese students over the Internet.
iPhone MMS App In The Works
Commentary  |  11/24/2008  | 
It appears that the iPhone may get the ability to send and receive picture messages after all...but not from Apple. A Swedish company called Mobispine is working on an MMS application that would be available through the iPhone Apps Store. Too little too late?
Nokia To Launch MVNO In Japan
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
The cell phone manufacturing giant is hoping to boost its miniscule market share in Japan with a high-end mobile phone service.
Sprint's CDMA Chief Garcia Leaves
News  |  11/24/2008  | 
Keith Cowan, who has been serving as Sprint's president of strategy and corporate development, takes his place temporarily.
iPhone Firmware 2.2 Breaking Some Apps
Commentary  |  11/24/2008  | 
Now that the iPhone firmware 2.2 is available, reports are trickling in about new issues brought on by the upgrade. Among the problems are disabled third-party applications purchased via the iPhone Apps Store.
This Presidential Blackberry Thing Is More Complicated Than We Thought
Commentary  |  11/22/2008  | 
Earlier this week, The rANT posted a screed blasting the powers that be for denying President-Elect Obama his prized Blackberry once he enters the White House. Well, it turns out that Blackberry has already been hacked.
Video-Game Consoles Also Waste Your Electricity
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
On average, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 use 150 watts and 119 watts of electricity, respectively, more than prior generations of the consoles.
Thoughts On The BlackBerry Bold
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
I know everyone has the BlackBerry Storm on their minds, but I haven't had enough time to really kick the tires and give a good review. I have been handling the BlackBerry Bold for a few weeks, though, and keep on reading to see if it's been worth the multiple delays.
Airvana Upgrades Software For EV-DO Wireless Networks
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
The company's Release 7 enhances the current boradband infrastructure that has been developed by Qualcomm.
Smartphone Business Apps On The Rise
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
One factor, according to J. Gold Associates, is that access to corporate applications from smartphones is expected to rise 71% in one year and 196% in three years.
First Look: iPhone 2.2 Makes A Great Thing Better
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
The biggest improvement in the iPhone software Version 2.2 is in the Maps application -- particularly the addition of Street View. It's a slick implementation that gets a lot of information into a very small screen. You can figure out the new Street View and other Maps features easily, especially if you've already used Maps.
Was There Really A Fist Fight Over The BlackBerry Storm?
Commentary  |  11/21/2008  | 
Reuters posted a piece this afternoon about how Verizon Wireless customers are lining up at retail stores across the country to buy the new BlackBerry Storm. Apparently at one midtown Manhattan location, a "ruckus" broke out. Really? Over a cell phone?
HP Offers AMD Shanghai-Based Workstation
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
The xw9400 is available with Windows Vista and XP Professional and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4.
Apple Releases iPhone 2.2 Update
News  |  11/21/2008  | 
The firmware upgrade adds the ability to download podcasts directly on the device, improves map applications, and fixes some bugs.
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