News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile & Wireless posted in April 2010
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Microsoft IE9 Throws Weight Behind H.264 Video
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Supporters of license-free video codecs immediately decried the announcement as proof that Microsoft doesn't really support an open Web.
HTC's Droid Incredible Flies Off Verizon Shelves
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
April 29 marked the first day the HTC Droid Incredible was available to Verizon Wireless customers. The device, which boasts great specs, is selling hotly, and Verizon retail shops are running out of stock -- if they haven't already.
HP 'iPad Killer' DOA?
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard may be putting their tablet partnership on the shelf.
Avatar Director Helps NASA With Mars Cameras
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
James Cameron is working with the space agency to outfit the next-generation rover, Curiosity, with 3D cameras.
Motorola A Two-Time Loser To Apple & RIM
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
Poor Motorola. This week, Apple officially ousted Motorola as the number one handset maker in the U.S., and Research In Motion pushed Motorola out of the top five handset makers in the world.
Acer Preps Smartphone Line
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Qualcomm's powerful Snapdragon platform will power four new handsets this year, as Acer, like HP and Dell, gets serious about the mobile phone market.
Mobile Phone Shipments Surge 21%
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
RIM entered the top five for the first time, pushing Motorola off the list of the world's best-selling mobile phone makers.
Adobe 'Moving Forward' Without Apple
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
All the back-and-forth on the Flash issue is getting a little ridiculous. Whichever side you happen to support in the issue, what really matters is giving customers what they want. That's what Adobe says it is going to do -- with or without Apple.
YouTube Dominates Online Video
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
The Google-owned site reached 75% of the 180 million Internet users who watched online video in March.
Processor Shipments Up 39%
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
Chip revenue was also up 40% in the first quarter, indicating that PC makers are seeing the fruits of an improving economy.
NASA Space Telescope Achieves Milestone
News  |  4/30/2010  | 
The Webb deep space telescope has gained manufacturing approval, putting it a step closer toward its mission to study the Big Bang's origins.
Global CIO: Inside SAP: 10 Factors Behind Its Dramatic Turnaround
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
Here are 10 ways SAP's new leaders have reinvigorated the company, redefined its strategy, and reestablished the primacy of its customer.
Jobs Lashes Out At Adobe, Oh The Irony
Commentary  |  4/30/2010  | 
By now you have heard about the recent open letter from Steve Jobs called "Thoughts on Flash." Mr. Jobs goes on for about 1,700 words to explain why Flash is bad in general, and for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch specifically. Is he being reasonable, or just protecting his revenue stream and control over the mobile platforms Apple offers?
Foxit, Solid Documents Release New PDF Tools
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Two new programs for working with PDF files have become available this week. Foxit Phantom PDF (for Windows) is for creating and manipulating PDF files, while Solid PDF to Word for Mac is for turning PDF files into documents editable by standard office programs.
AT&T Admits Its Network Can't Handle Tethering
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Smartphones that can tether to laptops have swelled in number lately, including those such as the HTC Droid Incredible, Palm Pre, and others. One smartphone that can't tether -- at least in the U.S. -- is the iPhone. Why not? Because AT&T's network can't handle it.
Dedupe And The Cloud: A Perfect Pairing
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Data deduplication and cloud-based storage are a match made in heaven, especially for smaller businesses. Here's why.
Apple CEO Explains Flash Ban
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Steve Jobs cites security, poor performance and no support for touch-based interfaces as problems with Adobe's cross-platform browser plug-in.
What Apple Owes Developers
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
When the little people make enough noise, Apple CEO Steve Jobs switches his mode of public interaction from terse e-mail replies to open letters. That's what happened on Thursday when Jobs finally articulated his disdain for Adobe's Flash technology in a rare public post.
Virtualization Driving Data Center Growth
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Ethernet switches, application delivery controllers, and WAN optimization equipment are particular growth spots in data center equipment.
Skyfire Now Showing Flash On Android
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
The mobile browser supports Flash video, before Android officially gets Flash support.
Motorola Posts 1Q Profit
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Strong sales of the Droid smartphone by Verizon Wireless were a bright spot.
Business Analytics: Q&A With Teradata's CTO
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Stephen Brobst makes a case for open access to data, simpler analytic tools and new forms of analysis for sources such as Facebook.
Apple To Buy Siri Mobile Voice Search Developer
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
Siri "personal assistant" technology lets users perform voice-activated Web searches from their smartphones. Financial details were not disclosed.
Most Software Execs See Rebound This Year
News  |  4/29/2010  | 
According to the findings of a new survey, most software CEOs and CFO see a return to pre-recession levels this year and cloud computing, particularly among SMBs, is the big driver for the rebound.
Analysis Of HP-Palm Acquisition
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
HP turned the smartphone space on its head Wednesday with its surprise purchase of Palm. At first blush, the deal would appear to help both companies, but it is far from a sure bet to save Palm's line of webOS devices.
Global CIO: Can HP, IBM, & Oracle Make Peace With Breakaway Banks?
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Three huge global banks plan to revolutionize the CIO-vendor relationship—will their audacious plan trigger major changes from major IT vendors?
What's Next For Palm Inside Of HP
Commentary  |  4/29/2010  | 
Today HP announced it was buying Palm. The big question is, now what? Does HP absorb Palm into HP's operations and keep the brand around for a while or does HP let Palm run free and provide financial and marketing support, or is it somewhere in between?
Interop: Mobile Security Is Weak Link
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Despite their growing prevalence in the enterprise, smartphones are the poor cousin when it comes to data protection—and that has to change.
Mozilla Tests Mobile Firefox For Android
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The developers working on Mozilla's Fennec are seeking feedback from Android users.
Interop: 41% Of Attendees Tap Cloud
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Survey shows cloud computing gaining steam in the enterprise, though concerns remain.
HP To Buy Palm For $1.2 Billion
Commentary  |  4/28/2010  | 
Today HP announced that it plans to buy ailing smartphone maker Palm for the price of $1.2 billion. "We're thrilled by HP's vote of confidence in Palm's technological leadership," said Palm CEO Jon Rubsinstein
Mobile Hotspot Buyer's Guide
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Wi-Fi, 3G, and now 4G services enable broadband on notebooks, smartphones, and other wireless devices practically anywhere. Here's a guide to the latest offerings from T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint.
Apple WWDC Kicks Off June 7
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The iPhone OS 4, HTML 5, and potentially a new iPhone will be spotlighted at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference.
Microsoft Gets Paid For Android
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
By striking a patent licensing deal with HTC, Microsoft is raising the cost of using Google's free Android operating system.
IT Lost 245,000 Jobs In 2009
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The biggest losses were in manufacturing, while software services gained positions, according to TechAmerica.
RIM Launching BlackBerry 6 OS In Fall
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The updated operating system will offer a faster browser, better touchscreen technology, and support for older devices, the company said.
Sprint Nextel Reports $865 Million Loss
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Prepaid signups held strong in the first quarter as the company held out hope that its nationwide 4G network will return it to profitability.
Interop: IBM Urges Cloud Adoption
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Big Blue's top cloud guru says enterprises that forego new computing model could lose out.
Microsoft: Android Infringes On Our Patents
Commentary  |  4/28/2010  | 
This afternoon Microsoft issued a statement regarding the recent intellectual property licensing agreement it struck with HTC. It appears as though Microsoft believes Android infringes on its smartphone patents. The agreement between HTC and Microsoft clearly shows how desperately the two companies need one another. Updated.
New iPhone May Launch June 7
Commentary  |  4/28/2010  | 
Today Apple announced the dates of its Worldwide Developer Conference, which will run June 7 to June 11. WWDC has served as the kick-off point for new iPhone models the last two years. Will this year follow suit?
Microsoft Releases Windows Embedded 7
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Hewlett-Packard and Wyse Technology intend to use the operating system for thin clients.
iPhone Already #1 Opera Mini Device In U.S.
Commentary  |  4/28/2010  | 
The Opera Mini browser has been available for the iPhone for mere weeks, and already it has surpassed every other handset in the U.S. in terms of installs. It is also the number three Opera Mini handset world wide.
iPad Users Targeted By Malware
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
Hackers take aim at Windows users who have bought an iPad and don't run a security product.
AMD Unveils Six Core Phenom II Desktop Processor
News  |  4/28/2010  | 
The 45-nanometer Phenom II X6 enables PC enthusiasts to tune system performance, customize settings, and tune memory.
SMBs Demand Fast ROI On IT Investments
Commentary  |  4/28/2010  | 
According to a CompTIA survey, 80% of SMBs wants technology solutions that "deliver immediate payback in terms of minimum disruption of business continuity and seamless integration with existing solutions" and are most interested in virtualization, unified communications, and mobile.
Can A Mobile Platform Survive A Reboot?
Commentary  |  4/28/2010  | 
After a number of years of going through updates and upgrades, sometimes it appears best to just start fresh with an operating system, especially when it comes to mobile phones. Continued legacy support just holds the platform back. Leaving legacy code behind though means leaving legacy customers behind. Can mobile phone platforms afford to start from scratch?
Interop 2010 Show Winners
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
This year's competition shines a light on the very best that IT vendors have to offer in cloud computing, network management, security, virtualization, wireless, and more. We also picked a top startup and gave out a green award.
Interop: What (Really) Is Cloud Computing?
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
Service providers and product vendors spar over buzzwords in effort to shape the debate in their favor.
Mac Vendor Launches SMB Sweepstakes
Commentary  |  4/27/2010  | 
MacMall, a leading Mac mail order company, is holding a sweepstakes in which creative studios and related businesses can pick up a complete Mac-based work station (except for the Mac).
Oregon Public Schools Go Google
News  |  4/27/2010  | 
By moving to Google's cloud infrastructure, Oregon expects to save $1.5 million annually for e-mail alone.
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