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Content tagged with Analytics posted in December 2007
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iPhone 1.1.3 Firmware Features Peeked
Commentary  |  12/31/2007  | 
An early working version of firmware update 1.1.3 for the iPhone has been spotted in the wild and given the full video preview treatment over at Gizmodo. A short list of the confirmed new features includes multiple-recipient SMS and Google's new faux GPS maps application.
Is Apple Planning To Launch An Ultra Mobile PC Next Year?
Commentary  |  12/28/2007  | 
We've been hearing rumors for months that Apple is working on some kind of tablet PC, most likely an ultramobile PC (UMPC) of some kind. One of my colleagues, Mitch Wagner, thinks that Apple has no plans for a tablet. Other industry insiders, like futurist Mark Anderson, think
E-Mail Is The Center Of The Universe
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
Seems that way sometimes, doesn't it? Well, a Canadian outfit called Kryptiva aims to make it almost literally true with a Collaboration Suite that links file sharing, application sharing, and instant messaging to your Outlook inbox.
BlackBerry Maker Proposes An Angular Keyboard For Mobile Devices
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
Apple stole the show this year by introducing its touch-screen-only iPhone. But mobile innovation doesn't stop there. Many device makers are stepping up their game, including Research In Motion, which, according to a recent patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is proposing an angular keyboard for (what appears to be) future BlackBerry smartphones.
Are Cell Phones Replacing Landlines?
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
It's not uncommon for a household to bypass landline phones and use cell phones as the primary means of communication inside and outside the home. In fact, U.S. households are forecast to spend more on cell phone services than landline services this year.
Intel: Apple Likes Our Mobile Device Chips, Hungry For More
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
According to word from Intel, Apple will be relying on the processor company more and more in the future. In fact, Apple has committed to Intel's Menlow Mobile Internet Device platform and
The Top 5 Mobile Stories Of 2007
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
This year has been a heck of a ride in the world of mobility. We've seen success and failure, love and hate, and tons of new technology. Here are the five biggest stories of the year. I'll bet you'll never guess what number 1 is.
AT&T Disables Windows Live On Treo 750 Smartphones
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
Palm earlier this month released a Windows Mobile 6 update for AT&T customers with Treo 750 smartphones. But it turns out that Treo 750 users are unable to utilize Windows Live. Instead, they're restricted to using AT&T's Xpress Mail and instant messaging, as one very unhappy AT&T customer pointed out.
More BlackBerry 9000 Details Leaked
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
The Boy Genius Report has the scoop on the much-anticipated BlackBerry 9000 smartphone, yet again. Let's take a look at what this touch-screen smartphone promises.
Are Google iPhone Apps Also Beta Apps For Android?
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
It seems that lots of Googlers are really into the iPhone, including Googler-in-Chief Eric Schmidt. Google has been launching new mobile applications specifically for the iPhone, just as the company also prepares its own Android platform. Is there a hidden connection between the iPhone and Google Android?
Brits Caught Talking While Driving To Be Jailed
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
Talking, texting, or otherwise using a mobile device while driving is becoming illegal in more and more states here in the United States. None of the penalties here are as severe as those ab
RIM Closes 2007 With 10% Of Worldwide Smartphone Market
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
RIM saw yet another year of strong growth in 2007. It will finish the year as the world's No. 2 supplier of smartphones, behind only behemoth Nokia. RIM is going to have to do better outside of North America if it wants to keep it up.
T-Mobile Promises To Support SunCom Customers
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
T-Mobile this week issued a letter to SunCom customers, updating them on its upcoming acquisition of the southeastern wireless carrier and outlining its plan to support the customers going forward.
An Easy -- and Guilt-Free -- Way to Make Room for That New Smartphone
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
With the holidays fast approaching and images of brand new electronics -- smartphones, PDAs, laptops or anything that makes it easier, or more fun, to conduct your business -- dancing in your head, there is one obvious question: What are you going to do with the old stuff?
Now You Can Own A Ferrari For A Few Hundred Dollars
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
The latest Ferrari won't go from 0-60 in under 4 seconds, nor top out at more than 200 mph. But it will make pretty good phone calls, let you watch video, and browse the Web. Did you think I was talking about a real Ferrari? Nope. I'm talking about the Motorola Z8 Ferrari Edition mobile phone (which isn't going to really compensate for anything).
5 Tips for Green Data Storage
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
Everyone wants to be green these days, and so does your data. Apparently, though, tape-based backup just doesn't cut it, environmentally speaking.
Why Is Palm Still Standing?
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
In view of the latest earnings report from Palm Inc. -- a quarterly loss of $9.63 million (compared with a $12.8 million profit a year earlier), revenue down 11%, and a stock in free fall -- it's time to ask, Why does this company still exist as an independent entity?
Verizon's Flagship Media Phone Receives Firmware Update To Fix Bugs
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
Turns out the iPhone isn't the only high-profile device to receive regular firmware updates. Today, LG and Verizon Wireless made a firmware update available for the LG VX-10000 Voyager,
Wish You Could Listen To That MP3 At Home On Your Smartphone? WeBot Can Help
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
Have you ever wished you could access that one song you can't get out of your head, but realized it's on your PC at home and not on your MP3 player? Well, one startup could be the answer to your problem.
Developers: Android Doesn't Work
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
Looks like Google doesn't have the Midas touch after all. According to reports, a sizable number of developers who've been working with the SDK for Google's Linux-based Android platform say it is full of bugs and often
Google's Flight Tracker: Better Than Fruitcake On The Holidays
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Google is rolling out a new search feature at the time of year when Americans need it most: A service to let you know whether your flight is running late. There are several sites on the Internet already offering that service, but Google’s looks like it’ll be easier to use when you’re on the run and accessing from a smartphone. Which is, of course, when you need that information most.

Report: People Will Send More Text Messages Next Year Than This Year
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Gartner took quite a leap of faith in predicting that SMS usage in 2008 will top 2007's numbers. In fact, Gartner goes so far as to say that the number of messages will top 2.3 trillion worldwide. That's an average of 767 messages per mobile subscriber over the course of 12 months. I think we can all do better than that.
Vista is Bad. Should Smaller Businesses Go For it Anyway?
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Vista's adoption rate among businesses is much lower than anticipated, largely because of difficulties many businesses have had with its deployment. So why are analysts urging more businesses to get on board? Is there a compelling reason for smaller businesses to abandon XP?
iPhone Second Only To RIM In U.S. Smartphone Market
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Canalys released some interesting stats regarding smartphone sales in the third quarter. The iPhone has jumped to the number two spot, grabbing 27% of the market, handily beating out Windows Mobile, Linux, Symbian, and Palm devices. Will RIM ever lose the to
Finally, an Easier Way to Retrieve Your Voice Mail Messages
Commentary  |  12/18/2007  | 
Having trouble hearing your phone messages? Are you ever in a crowded room so listening closely is not an option? Alltel rolled out a new service, so small and medium businesspersons have a new option for retrieving their voice mail messages.
Verizon's $399 Price Tag Of The Palm 755p Is Out Of Touch With Reality
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
Has Verizon Wireless looked at the competition lately? Almost every smartphone in its own roster of devices is hundreds of dollars cheaper than the newly launched 755p. Sprint sells the same phone for $249. Why on earth does Verizon think people will be dumb enough to pay $399 for a tired device like t
Vista is the Year's Biggest Tech Disappointment? Ouch
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
The end of the year lists are coming fast and furious but who would've thought that the much ballyhooed and much maligned Vista would end up on the top of anybody's list? Well PC World is calling it the biggest tech disappointment of the year. That's gotta hurt.
Report: Mobile Phones To Be Primary Means Of Accessing The Internet In 2008
Commentary  |  12/17/2007  | 
M/C Ventures is predicting that 2008 will see more people access the Internet via their mobile phones than via desktops or laptops. That's globally. In the developed world, PCs will still be the primary means of access. But in developing regions, most Internet use will come from mobile phones, helping to bridge the digital divide.
iPhone Beats Windows Mobile In Browsing Use
Commentary  |  12/16/2007  | 
Market statistician Net Applications says on its Web site that Apple iPhones currently account for .09% of Web browsing, while all Windows Mobile devices put together account for only .06%. That's pretty astonishing, given the relative numbers of handheld devices running each OS in the marketplace.
A Hack Turns iPhone's Still Camera Into Camcorder
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
Many mobile phones currently on the market come with both a built-in camera and camcorder. I haven't been able to figure out why the iPhone doesn't. But reportedly there's a new hack that allows the iPhone's camera to capture video. Perhaps it's a preview of things to come?
Apple Officially Lets You Create Your Own iPhone Ringtones For Free
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
Finally! Apple has added the capability to allow users to create their own ringtones in GarageBand and export them to the iPhone. You need to have the latest 4.1.1 version of GarageBand 8 running. It takes about 5 minutes from start to finish, and you can even use songs from your
One In Seven Have Been Dumped By A Text Message Or E-Mail
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
"I Don't Wanna Go Out W/U N E Mor." If you haven't seen a text message like this yet, you may soon. According to a new survey, roughly one in seven say they've been dumped by a boyfriend or girlfriend via text message or e-mail. I guess Kevin Federline isn't alone.
Canadian Man's Phone Bill Costs More Than A BMW M5
Commentary  |  12/14/2007  | 
Some poor Calgary man thought the $10 unlimited mobile browser plan he subscribed to meant he could tether his phone to his laptop and download movies. So he was rather shocked when he received a phone bill for $85,000 in the mail -- more than the price tag of one of Germany's finest sports sedans.
Top Tech Predictions For 2008
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
Yesterday I attended the Third Annual SNS New York Dinner, a gathering of tech professionals and investors at the famous Waldorf=Astoria Hotel hosted by futurist Mark Anderson. As usual, Anderson stirred controversy with a big dose of his high-powered brain candy.
Five Hot-Button Issues For Enterprise Mobility
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
What are the big issues for mobility in your business as you move into 2008? Is it device management, security, line of business applications, or just finding budget to deploy more smartphones?
Resisting Smartphones Is Futile, You Will Be Assimilated
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
Mobility is changing everything. Not only will sales of smartphones surpass laptops in a few years, but 1 in 8 U.S. households has cut their wireline telephone services in favor of wireless. Will enterprises ever cut the cord?
Smaller Businesses, Open Source is Going to Get Easier to Use. No More Excuses
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
Recent research indicates that one of the main reasons smaller businesses don't use open source applications is interoperability between solutions. If that improves, will more smaller businesses go open source? They should.
Google Takes Mobile Fight To Microsoft's Doorstep
Commentary  |  12/13/2007  | 
Google's latest mobile software offering takes aim at the heart of Microsoft Exchange. Google has made it possible to sync your Gmail, applications, your own domains, and now your Google calendar with your BlackBerry's on-board calendar application. No pricey Exchange servers and licenses required.
Is Your Computer Keyboard Dishwasher Safe?
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
My keyboard is pretty nasty. It just accumulates dirt. About a year ago, I made a new rule for myself: No eating at my desk. That helped a little, but my keyboard still looks like a fraternity house after homecoming weekend. So I was excited to see this news on the Internet: Most keyboards are dishwasher safe.

Will Business Use Of GPS And Location Services Go Vertical Next Year?
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Location and GPS seem to be on everyone's minds these days. Seeing as it's the end of the year, it's time to break out the crystal ball and see what lies ahead. Where will GPS and location services go in 2008? Will the market for these mobile technologies fragment into vertically specific applications or will there be one set of horizontal mobile GPS apps?
Nokia Goes Green
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Here's yet another example of how a tech company is "going green": The world's No. 1 phone maker, Nokia, has developed an Eco Sensor Concept that involves a wearable mobile phone and a sensing device that analyzes your health and surrounding environment.
A Look At Google Android Running On Prototype Hardware
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Still anxious to see what Google's Android will actually look like? While we've yet to see any Android-powered phones, Japanese wireless company Willcom has shown a prototype of hardware running Google's mobile OS. Check it out.
Case Study: Cornell To Blanket Campus With Wi-Fi
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
Cornell has decided that the 802.11b/g network it's had in place for several years is no longer cutting it. It will replace its existing wireless systems with 802.11n flavored Wi-Fi from Aruba Networks. The goal? Total indoor and outdoor coverage across the entire 745-acre campus. Wanna guess how many APs the deployment is going to take?
Sprint's XOHM WiMax Network Soft Launching This Week
Commentary  |  12/12/2007  | 
The day has finally arrived. Beginning this week, Sprint will roll out a very limited trial of its WiMax network in Chicago and Baltimore-Washington, D.C. It is a Neil Armstrong moment. One small step for Sprint, one giant leap for WiMax's future.
Dell's Aims New Tablet PC At Small And Midsize Companies
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
At the unveiling of Dell's new Latitude XT tablet PC last nite, I was told that the time was finally right for tablets to find a home in general applications in smaller companies. I'm not buying it.
Mobile Linux Gets Another Shot In The Arm
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
There's some good news for the development of mobile Linux lately. Today, Access was tapped to develop a Linux platform for NTT DoCoMo. Yesterday, the Linux Phone Standards Forum agreed to its first specification for mobile Linux. These announcements come just weeks after Google drops word of its
SaaS -- Smaller Businesses Should Proceed With Caution
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
A recent report indicates that software-as-a-service firms could be vulnerable in the next economic slowdown. Small and midsize businesses, who are attracted by SaaS's frequently low, or free, rates and ease of use, should be careful.
HTC: The Little Smartphone Maker That Could
Commentary  |  12/11/2007  | 
Begin Love Fest. HTC deserves some kudos. This innovative maker of Windows Mobile smartphones from Taiwan saw its best month ever in November thanks, in part, to a smartphone called the Touch. It also is the first OEM to announce it will make Android handsets for Google. HTC is on a roll, folks.
Free Wi-Fi At The Airport = Things To Do In Denver When You're Broke
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
Denver International Airport is one of the busiest in United States. And now that DIA has moved to free, ad-supported wireless service, its airwaves may be as bustling as its airspace.
Has The iPhone Jumped The Shark?
Commentary  |  12/10/2007  | 
While Apple's iPhone this year captured the imagination of the U.S. market and spurred a global dialogue about the future of smartphones, it's not taking Europe by fire in the sales department. In fact, if my colleague Eric Zeman is right, the iPhone could be a flop in Germany. What gives?
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