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Content tagged with Mobile & Wireless posted in February 2008
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Mozilla Making Strides With Mobile Browser
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Late last year, Mozilla promised to "rock" the mobile Web with a new mobile browser of its own. Mozilla admits that success won't happen overnight, but a spokesperson did say, "Mozilla's mission is to break open a closed market." Can Mozilla be a player in an already crowded field of alternatives?
Report: 3G iPhone Coming By Midyear
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Those disappointed by the lack of a 3G announcement at Macworld can take heart. According to UBS analysts, iPhone chip supplier Infineon Technologies is ramping up production for the next generation iPhone. This time around, it will include a high-speed 3G data radio.
Fight The Power: Greening Your Linux Systems
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Linux has a lot of advantages as a desktop operating system. Power management, unfortunately, still is not one of them. But there are plenty of ways to make a Linux system less power-hungry -- and some of the most effective fixes are also some of the easiest.
Sprint "Simply Everything" Changes Wireless Landscape
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
$100 a month for all your mobile voice, data, and messaging needs? Heck yeah! But this is more than a good deal, it's a step toward a new way of using wireless - for your company and your customers.
Sprint Bests Other Unlimited Plans With 'Simply Everything'
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
The wireless industry has been waiting for a response from Sprint to all the unlimited plans launched by its competitors last week. Well, now we have it. Today, Sprint announced what is essentially an "unlimited everything" plan for $99. And when they say everything, they mean everything. How will Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile respond to this?
Apple COO: iPhone 'Not Married' To AT&T, Will Always Be Hacked
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
Speaking at a Goldman Sachs investor's conference in Las Vegas yesterday, Apple COO Tim Cook said that, "Apple is not married to the single, exclusive-carrier model." Whoa. So is Apple's exclusive contract with AT&T shorter than initial projections? And if so, when might other carriers be able to sell the iPhone?
Will Office Open XML Slam The Door On Accessibility?
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft's bid to turn its Office Open XML (OOXML) format into an ISO standard is a bad idea for any number of reasons. One of those reasons, however, strikes me as especially troubling: If OOXML wins ISO approval, it could make life much harder for millions of disabled people who rely upon accessibility-enhancing tools and technologies.
In Silicon Valley, A Way Forward For Muni Wireless
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
This week's news that Covad Communications has stepped in as the primary network provider on the stalled Silicon Valley Wireless project may allow us, in Wall Street parlance, to "call the bottom" on the ailing business of providing widespread, low-cost municipal wireless access.
Windows Small Business Server 2008: Cougar Sires Server Family
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft unveils the new version of Windows Small Business Server as linchpin of a new solution family with integrated products for business with up to 50 or 250 users.
Apple To Host iPhone SDK Launch March 6
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
This morning Apple started sending out invitations to an event to be held Thursday, March 6. The topic? The long-awaited iPhone SDK. The invitation read: "Please join us to learn about the iPhone software road map, including the iPhone SDK and some exciting new enterprise features."
Google Lends Its Voice To Opera, Yahoo Sings The Blues
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
The mobile search wars continue, and Google just won an important tactical victory over rival Yahoo. Opera, maker of mobile Web browsers, has switched its default search from Yahoo to Google.
iPhone 1.1.4 Firmware Available
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
This afternoon, Apple made the 1.1.4 firmware update for the iPhone available for download. The update is a 162-MB file. So far, no known new features have been spotted with the upgrade, but it is believed to support the as-yet-to-be-released SDK. Stay tuned for more details.
The New Economy of Free (What It Will Cost You)
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
We all know -- or had at least one grandparent tell us -- you don't get something for nothing. But technological advances and new distribution models mean that you can get some stuff for not that much. Oh, and you might want to think about how you can apply that concept to generating revenue for your smaller business.
Tech Turf Gives Windows Mobile Users Quick Access To Google Services
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
This new application from The Tech Turf provides Windows Mobile smartphones with an iPhone-like dashboard that can quickly access a wide range of Google services. The app is called Google2Go! (not to be confused with Yahoo's Go for Mobile) and speeds up Web searches, as well as provides visual
Open Source Guide: Take A Bite Out Of Microsoft's Cash Cow
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
Is there life after Microsoft Office? Today, for the first time in many years, the answer is yes, thanks to OpenOffice.org. Here's a good first step to determine whether this outstanding open-source software suite can help your small business put Microsoft's favorite cash cow out to pasture, once and for all.
LinkedIn Launches Mobile Site
Commentary  |  2/25/2008  | 
Today LinkedIn showed off a new beta WAP site that lets you perform some basic tasks related to your LinkedIn database of professional contacts. And when we say basic, we mean basic. You can't view your contacts' contact information, accept invitations, nor even update your own profile. LinkedIn Mobile has its work cut out for it if it intends to catch up to other social networking sites' m
Report: No iPhone SDK In February
Commentary  |  2/24/2008  | 
According to reports, the software developer kit for the iPhone is going to be delayed by one to three weeks. Apple is turning into a regular Microsoft with the recent spate of product delays.
Microsoft to Share Technology Secrets
Commentary  |  2/22/2008  | 
Associated Press via SiliconValley.com and Wired News, Yahoo News
Best Buy Spills The Beans On Nokia Internet Tablet With WiMax
Commentary  |  2/22/2008  | 
Last year Nokia confirmed that it is working on a WiMax-equipped version of its N800-series Internet tablet. Until this week, there hadn't been further news of the device. Well, Best Buy pictured an unannounced Nokia N830 Internet tablet in its February Mobile Buyer's Guide, and possibly gave away the big WiMax secret.
Unlocked iPhone Innovations Continue
Commentary  |  2/22/2008  | 
Every day, it seems, developers come up with nifty new ways to use the iPhone to do this or that. The latest creations allow you to use your iPhone as a full touchpad remote for your PC, zoom through applications on the iPhone using CoverFlow, and LoJack your iPhone.
Full Nelson: Redfly Neither Smartphone Nor Ultralight PC
Commentary  |  2/21/2008  | 
By show of hands, how many people have attempted a business trip with only a (fill in your favorite term: PDA, Smartphone, whatever)? Keep those hands up . . . how many of this group has been satisfied with that experience? Anyone? We are at an infection point. No, NOT inflection -- please don't use that term (and don't call a stomach a tummy and don't ever let me catch you saying "mani-pedi"). We're becoming infected with the notion that we will not need a laptop. The choices include a.) the sm
Voice Is Officially A Commodity
Commentary  |  2/21/2008  | 
Verizon Wireless, AT&T, T-Mobile, and U.S. Cellular (yes, it just announced this afternoon) proved it this week when they all unleashed unlimited voice plans for $99 per month. It's a service that we all just expect to have at our disposal. The real epiphany will
The Smaller Business' Guide to Getting Ready for the Recession
Commentary  |  2/21/2008  | 
We are living in uncertain economic times. Smaller businesses are breathlessly waiting for the recession that has seemed to be lurking just out of sight for a while now to finally make its appearance. It's time to get ready for our unwelcome but inevitable visitor.
Google Spins Out Native Search Client For S60 Phones
Commentary  |  2/21/2008  | 
It's sort of like a widget, but sort of not. This new mobile search client from Google sits on the home screen of your S60 mobile phone. You type search queries into it directly, hit search, and Google opens your Internet connection, performs the search, and displays the results. It's the fastest way to search the Internet from your phone.
An iPhone Clone That Runs Windows Spotted
Commentary  |  2/20/2008  | 
Another iPhone clone just surfaced and it ain't pretty, folks. Engadget this week got hold of video and photos of the DaXian X999, a device that looks and operates like the iPhone but supposedly uses the Windows Mobile operating system.
Good Thing RIM Doesn't Have A Campy Slogan About Reliability. Otherwise I'd Be Skewering It Right Now
Commentary  |  2/20/2008  | 
Is anyone else getting tired of BlackBerry e-mail slowdowns and outages? I am, and I don't even use a BlackBerry any more. IT admins fielding cranky phone calls from e-mail-deprived workers must really be getting tired of it. Reports were flooding user forums this morning of yet another
An Effective Way to Get Your Business Tech Idea Some (Deserved) Attention
Commentary  |  2/20/2008  | 
Smaller businesses often have great tech ideas or great tech products or great tech services that would help the business world -- but getting the word out about those ideas or products or services cost big bucks, right? Not always.
MoonLite, Moon Bright: NASA To Build Wireless Phone Network On The Moon
Commentary  |  2/20/2008  | 
Yes, you read that correctly. NASA and the British National Space Centre are working together to develop a mobile phone system for the colony that will eventually inhabit the moon. Say what?!?
Symantec Offers SMB Storage And Backup Services
Commentary  |  2/19/2008  | 
As today's bMighty ANTenna points out, security giant Symantec is making a move into small and midsize business services. Its first salvos: hosted backup and online storage.
The Cat And Mouse Game Between AT&T And Verizon Wireless Continues
Commentary  |  2/19/2008  | 
First thing this morning, Verizon Wireless announced a handful of unlimited calling plans. Just hours later, AT&T responded with a similar set of plans, centering around the apparent sweet spot of $100 per month. Is all-you-can-eat the next battleground, and can anyone win it?
Sprint Bows Another World-Roaming Smartphone
Commentary  |  2/19/2008  | 
For those who just have to have Sprint cellular service but still want to be able to roam overseas, a new smartphone from Samsung lets you do both. The ACE is a BlackJack look-alike that can use Sprint's high-speed EV-DO wireless data in the U.S., but also has a SIM card slot and GSM radio for use in Europe and elsewhere.
RIM Hauls Motorola Into Court
Commentary  |  2/19/2008  | 
Relations between the US and Canada grew frosty as Montreal, based Research In Motion pulled Schaumberg, Ill Motorola into court. The two sides are warring over wireless patents and payments, a quick resolution seems unlikely, and businesses could suffer.
Reports: iPhone Firmware 1.1.4 And SDK Nearly Ready, Apple Using Hackers
Commentary  |  2/18/2008  | 
User forums are pointing that the long-awaited software developer kit for the iPhone is ready to hit the street. In Apple CEO Steve Jobs' MacWorld address, he specifically said it would be ready at the "end of February." That's still 10 days away. More reports say that Apple is reaching out to iPhone hackers to help with


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