News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile & Wireless posted in February 2009
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Smartphones Alter Unified Communications Equation
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Earlier this week, I wrote about a Siemens study that identified the top 6 communications pain points for SMBs. Today, I heard from a UC expert who offered some interesting insight into the topic -- especially on the impact of smartphones on unified commications.
The Mobile Roundup
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
While there wasn't a massive industry trade show this week, there was some major news. We saw Nokia hint that it might make a laptop, Microsoft confirmed that it wouldn't build its own
In A Down Economy, Prepaid Wireless Grows
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Leap Wireless and MetroPCS are picking up multiple subscribers as consumers look to trim costs.
Hearst Planning Electronic Reader Alternative To Kindle
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Analysts suggest such a device would help the news publisher find an answer to reverse shrinking subscriber bases, as well as revenue losses from publications.
Qualcomm Buys Mobile TV Company
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Qualcomm is beefing up its mobile TV team as a potentially competing service from the Open Mobile Video Coalition looms.
AMD On Track To Ship 32-Nm Chips In 2010
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
CEO Dirk Meyer says ramp up with begin in the middle of next year.
Novell Rolls Out Manager For Virtual Environments
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The company's PlateSpin Orchestrate 2.0 software helps coordinate Hyper-V, Xen-based environments.
Should Microsoft Build Its Own Phone?
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Steve Ballmer recently said that Microsoft is not interested in building and selling its own phone. This was the same speech where he announced Windows Mobile 7 would be out in 2010. Instead, Microsoft would focus on the operating system and working with manufacturers to get products built. Should Microsoft be so rigid in this stance?
Global CIO: IT Project Triage (And Why Skippy Must Die)
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Howard's rules for which projects to kill, which to preserve, and how to live to fight another day.
FCC Approves CDMA Version Of BlackBerry Pearl Flip
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
If you're a Verizon Wireless or Sprint customer and have longed for the chance to get your hands on the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, there's some good news. The FCC has recently given the green light to a CDMA variant of the Pearl Flip.
Too Hot To Handle: BlackBerry Bold Yanked From Store Shelves In Japan
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
The poor BlackBerry Bold. This device has not had an easy life. The latest chapter in the Bold's saga comes from Japan, where is has been pulled from store shelves by NTT DoCoMo due to overheating issues.
Users Want One Phone For Personal And Business
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Now that cell phones have morphed into mini-computing devices, people are putting a lot more in them than just a few cell phone numbers. Now they have hundreds if not thousands of contacts, all of our appointments, tasks, a sizable chunk of our music library, pictures and maybe even a few DVDs that have been ripped to watch during a flight. Trying to keep a personal and work phone up to date with critical information has just about become impossible, leaving many to just go for a single device f
Blu-Ray Partners To Launch 'One-Stop' Licensing
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
If the partners can get approval from all patent holders, then all Blu-ray products would be charged a flat fee, which would go into a pool and be divided among patent holders.
Dell Cost Cutting $1 Billion As Profits Fall 48%
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Like other PC companies, Dell is suffering from the effects of the worldwide recession.
Hack An iPhone, Win $10,000
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
In TippingPoint's DVLabs contest, hackers also have the option of trying to execute a successful exploit against a Web browser.
Down To Business: Does Business Ethics Make Business Sense?
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
The best companies define and enforce employee codes of ethics, but in the end reputations rise and fall one person at a time.
Google Blocks Paid-App Access For Developer G1s
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The search giant said it doesn't want Dev Phone owners to be able to use the root access capabilities to pirate applications.
Intel Joins Dell In Challenging Netbook Trademark
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Psion Teklogix has held the trademark for the term "netbook" since 2000, but PC makers say the word is now generic.
Google Shortchanges Android Developers
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Developers who paid $400 for the fully unlocked Android Dev 1 are being prevented from buying and downloading premium applications from the Android Market.
Microsoft Files Suit Against TomTom's Implementation Of Linux
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The suit claims infringement of eight Microsoft patents related to car navigation systems and file management.
Yahoo's Mobile Leader Leaves
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Marco Boerries' departure comes as new CEO Carol Bartz announces a reorganization of Yahoo management.
Opera Brings Gears Support To Mobile Browser
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Google Gears is a great tool to have if you need to access certain Google or other Web services and there's no Internet connection available. Opera has extended the ability to use Gears to its Opera Mobile 9.5 browser, bringing new potential to the offline powers of mobile phones.
Nokia Looking To Make Laptops
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The world's largest cell phone maker is actively looking at the market because the mobile phone and PC experiences are rapidly converging.
Nokia Mulling Laptop Business
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Nokia's CEO recently said that the company is thinking about a future in laptops. Can the Finnish maker of cell phones successfully make the leap from cell phones and Internet tablets to full-featured laptops?
Android Users Can Look Rich, Too
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Remember that $1,000 iPhone App "I Am Rich?" The app showed a glowing red jewel, and ... well, that's about it. The point was that you could afford it and show it off. Now Android users can have that same kind of fun, and you'll also be able to get a recession-friendly discount as well.
Opera Serves Up 1 Petabyte For Mobile Users
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Opera Mini has seen explosive growth in places like Russia and the Middle East thanks to demand for sites like Facebook.
Mobile Search Ads To Grow 130% By 2013
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Google is in a good position to capitalize on this growing market by aggressively moving its AdWords program to the mobile space.
Global Chip Revenue Forecast Drops To Near Record Low
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Gartner predicted it will take at least three years for the semiconductor industry to regain 2008's revenue levels.
China May Soon Get iPhone 3G
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
Apple has reportedly reached a deal to bring the popular touch-screen smartphone to China Unicom in May.
HP, Sun To Support Solaris On ProLiant Servers
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
The deal elevates Sun to a strategic partner for HP's ProLiant servers and could also help each in its battle with a common enemy: IBM.
Global CIO: CIO As Chief Cost Cutter: It's Not Enough
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
When the upturn arrives, will your customers be satisfied with the capabilities your company had before it went into lockdown mode or will they be looking for growth strategies?
Nokia's iPhone Rival Hits AT&T
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
The Symbian-powered Nokia 5800 XpressMusic has a large touch screen, Wi-Fi, 3G capabilities, and it can be purchased for $399 unlocked.
D-Link Rolls Out 802.11n Access Point For SMBs
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
The future of business is wireless and the 802.11n Wi-Fi standard holds the promise of more speed and longer range. The roster of available "n" products is growing fast and that includes offerings for small and midsize businesses.
Touchscreens Make A Grab Beyond Smartphones
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
It's not only phones that are getting the tactile treatment. Touchscreens are finding their way onto laptops, netbooks, and other mobile devices. Is there nothing a touch won't touch?
Mobile Search And Web Use Climbing Rapidly
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Two reports came out today that detail how quickly users are adopting the mobile Web and the tools that it offers. According to ABI Research, mobile search grew by 14% from 2007 to 2008, and Opera says that it saw double-digit gains in the use of its mobile Web browser between December and January.
Did Steve Ballmer Just Cut The Legs Off Windows Mobile 6.5?
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Speaking yesterday, Steve Ballmer revealed that Microsoft will release Windows Mobile 7 in the year 2010. With Windows Mobile 6.5 devices not hitting the market until the end of 2009, why would anyone bother upgrading to WinMo 6.5, when WinMo 7 is right around the corner?
Marvell's Mini-PC: $99, 5 Watts -- And Big Potential
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
What could your business do with a tiny, fully-functional Linux server that runs on about five watts of power? One chip-maker has some interesting thoughts on the subject.
Microsoft Confirms Windows Mobile 7 Release In 2010
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Just a week after Windows Mobile 6.5 was announced at Mobile World Congress, Steve Ballmer spoke at a strategic update meeting and said that Windows Mobile 7 was coming in 2010.
Microsoft Won't Build Its Own Smartphone
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
CEO Steve Ballmer said he'll continue to focus on selling the software that runs mobile devices and let Apple iPhone have its "mojo" in the consumer market.
Novell, VMware To Create Virtual Appliances For Linux
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
The collaborative deal affords ISVs using VMware Studio a free evaluation redistribution of appliances built on SuSE Linux Enterprise.
Microsoft Says Windows 7 Heading To Netbooks
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
CEO Steve Ballmer said the company plans to maintain Windows XP's dominance on netbooks with its next operating system release.
VMware Adds To Data Center Operating System
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
vCenter Server Heartbeat and vShield, launched at VMware's user group meeting, bring the company closer to supplying the data center operating system via its virtual machine management capabilities.
Google Vs. Symbian: 'My Linux Is More Open Than Your Linux'
Commentary  |  2/24/2009  | 
It looks like a war of words has broken out between Google and the Symbian Foundation over which mobile platform is truly more open. Is there really a right answer to this debate?
Nokia Increases Cost-Cutting Measures
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
With the mobile market expected to decline by nearly 10%, Nokia wants some employees to accept buyout packages, and it's encouraging unpaid leaves and sabbaticals.
Motorola Selling Off Good Technology
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
Motorola purchased the mobile e-mail company two years ago to better compete in the enterprise market with BlackBerry maker Research In Motion.
Red Hat Unveils Virtualization Portfolio
News  |  2/24/2009  | 
The company's upcoming server software also could serve as building blocks for a future cloud computing strategy.
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