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Content tagged with Mobile & Wireless posted in May 2010
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Apple Sells 2 Million iPads In 59 Days
Commentary  |  5/31/2010  | 
Today is the 59th day since the iPad went on sale April 3. The device launched internationally on May 28. This morning, Apple announced that it has sold two million of them. That's a lotta iPads.
Server Shipments, Revenue Increase
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
After a two-year slump, server shipments are up more than 23% year-over-year and factory revenue increased almost 5% in the first quarter.
Gov 2.0: GSA Crowdsources Procurement With Wiki
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
The GSA BetterBuy pilot site wiki represents a culture change for government procurement, but shows promise for streamlining the process said assistant commissioner Mary Davie.
Busting The SSD Reliability Myth
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
One of the most persistent myths surrounding solid state disk (SSD) is that it just isn't reliable. Like most myths, this one started with a grain of truth -- but didn't end that way.
Businesses Have Bought 40% Of iPhones In 2010
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
AT&T's Ron Spears recently revealed that 40% of the iPhones sold to-date during 2010 have been to business customers. RIM's BlackBerry and Microsoft's Windows Mobile platforms are the default enterprise mobile computing choice. Or, rather, were. Should RIM be scared?
MeeGo v1.0 Released For Netbooks
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
A software development kit will be released in June with support for touch-based handsets and tablets.
Apple iBookstore Admits Self-Published Authors
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Having launched its iBookstore with major publishing houses, Apple is now accepting applications from individual authors.
Motorola Android Tablet May Come This Year
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
CEO Sanjay Jha tells investors Motorola is concentrating on the convergence of mobility and the home and 'nearly all' of his focus is on Android.
Skype Promises To Bring Video Calling To Android
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Right now, the only Skype client available to Android handsets is solely through Verizon Wireless. That's about to change, as Skype recently promised to make Skype available to all Android handsets. What's more, Skype said it intends to "set the bar" for mobile-to-mobile video calls.
Supercomputer Builds 3D Model Of Gulf Oil Spill
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Simulations run at the University of Texas are helping researchers adapt the Advanced Circulation Model to map a trajectory of the Deepwater Horizon spill.
Apple's iPad Hits UK
News  |  5/28/2010  | 
Steve Jobs' slick new tablet is now available across the pond—but Brits better be prepared to dig deep.
Verizon And Motorola Teaming On Two More Droids
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha recently informed investors that the company plans to release two more Droid-branded handsets with Verizon in July. He also said that Verizon will be backing them up with big marketing campaigns. Can lightning strike twice for Motorola and Verizon?
Panasonic Simplifies Notebook WWAN Provisioning, Switching With Gobi2000
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Qualcomm Gobi2000 3G cards means you can now buy notebooks with embedded mobile broadband without having to select a provider in advance, and easily change providers for international travel or other reasons.
[Updated] 30 Million Windows Phone 7 Units In 2011
Commentary  |  5/28/2010  | 
Microsoft certainly isn't planning to slowly gain market share when it launches Windows Phone 7 this fall. At a ReMIX conference in France yesterday a slide was presented that claimed 30 million Windows Phone 7 devices would be sold in 2011 worldwide. That is no small feat.
Barnes & Noble Launches iPad eReader App
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Apple iPad users will be able to buy, download and read digital books from B&N's catalog of more than 1 million e-books, newspapers and magazines.
Senators Propose Mandatory IDs For Prepaid Cell Phones
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Citing the Times Square bombing suspect, who used a prepaid cell phone, two Senators have proposed legislation that would end anonymous use of prepaid mobile phone service.
Global CIO: Hewlett-Packard, Oracle, & Cisco Face Looming Identity Crises
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Many leading IT companies are best-known for their legacies instead of their present potential—and that's going to become a big problem.
Google's Buzz Gains More Smartphone Platform Support
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Anyone remember Buzz? Google's social location and sharing service got a bit of an upgrade today in the form of a new XHTML web address that works with BlackBerry OS, Symbian S60, and Windows Mobile. Now more people can buzz about Buzz from their phones.
Google Completes AdMob Acquisition
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The $750 million deal will lead to better mobile ads and more free mobile content, Google says.
Audi Offers In Car Internet Access
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The optional hotspot, available in the 2011 edition of the A8 sedan, comes with WPA2 encryption and connectivity for up to eight mobile devices.
Sony Unveils Rollable Digital Display
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The organic light-emitting diode color display is flexible enough to wrap around a pencil without distorting a moving image.
Zigbee Alliance Certifies 13 Mobile Products
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Most of the first wave of products receiving telecom interoperability certification are location services.
Gov 2.0: Washington D.C. To Launch Private Cloud
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
The city known as a government tech innovator is also launching a startup incubator and pushing community involvement in app development.
HP Leads Resurgent SMB Server Market
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
SMB buyers at the low end appear to be in control as the market shows the first overall growth in nearly two years.
iPad Not In Hollywood's Plans
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Major studios say they won't reformat their content for display on Apple's hot new tablet.
Firefox Home Headed To iPhone
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Mozilla may not be able to get Firefox approved for the iPhone but perhaps it will be able to win acceptance for its personalization and synchronization technology.
Health IT Fosters Blood Transfusion Safety
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Mediware's Bloodsafe Tx mobile device integrates with e-medical record systems and ensures that patients receive correct blood transfusions.
HyperOffice Mobilizes Collaboration For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
New upgrade to cloud-based collaborative suite adds AJAX-based UI, free support for smartphones, and other features
Palm webOS Vet Defects To Google's Android Team
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
Google was able to woo Palm's chief webOS user interface architect away and place him in charge of Android's user experience team. That's bad news for HP. Is it good news for Android?
OLPC Developing $99 Tablet PC
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
One Laptop Per Child is emphasizing the educational value of its planned low-cost, low-power, Android-based XO tablet.
Tiered Pricing Confirmed For Verizon's LTE Network
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
The "unlimited" party is officially over. Verizon Wireless has confirmed that it won't be offering unlimited data plans for its upcoming Long Term Evolution services. Instead, customers will pay for buckets of data by the megabyte. The good news? LTE devices will be intro'd at CES in January 2011.
Google Nexus One Tries For Retail Sales
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Verizon Wireless and Sprint both backed out of their commitments to sell the smartphone.
Exclusive: iPhone Woes Revealed In FCC, FTC Consumer Complaints
News  |  5/27/2010  | 
Freedom of Information Act documents obtained by InformationWeek show that the Federal Communications Commission has received 72 complaints about Apple's iPhone since 2009, mostly involving AT&T. There are 450 Federal Trade Commission complaints.
Global CIO: Oracle's Larry Ellison Embraces Cloud Computing's 'Idiocy'
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
After Ellison's colorful rants about the cloud's absurdity, idiocy, and nonsense, Oracle's expanding its cloud technology, advocacy, and marketing.
The Tech Industry's Dirty Secret
Commentary  |  5/27/2010  | 
While the US has a tremendous amount of intellectual capital housed in companies like Dell, Apple, Microsoft and Cisco, few of their hardware products are made here. The vast majority are made in Asia, usually China or Taiwan. Work conditions aren't close to what many in the west are used to and right now, a rash of suicides are plaguing the Foxconn plant where Apples iPhone, iPod and iPad are made.
FCC Says 30 Million Report Wireless 'Bill Shock'
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
The findings of a survey released by the FCC indicate that 30 million Americans have experienced the shock of unexpected increases in their monthly mobile phone bill.
Image Gallery: African Hospital Digitizes Medical Records
Slideshows  |  5/26/2010  | 
A digitized and networked hospital in Botswana, Africa provides care based on U.S. best practices for electronic medical records and clinical systems.
Image Gallery: SAP Unveils Integrated BI Strategy Roadmap
Slideshows  |  5/26/2010  | 
Laying out an ambitious roadmap at its SAPPHIRE NOW conference in May, SAP executives detailed an in-memory, tech-powered plan to unite enterprise applications and business intelligence. If it succeeds, the plan will change the course of IT.
Android 2.2: Ready For Enterprise?
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
Google is touting its new mobile platform's business-friendly features, but licensing Microsoft's ActiveSync may not offer enough security to make Android ready to work in the enterprise.
U.S. Gov: Pre-Paid Phones Are For Terrorists
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
Pre-paid cell phones -- you know, the kind you can pick up at Wal-Mart, Target or Best Buy for $20 -- often don't require buyers to provide any sort of identification. The U.S. government says bollocks to that. Today several senators introduced new legislation that would mandate pre-paid cell users to identify themselves.
Mathias On Mobility: Paving The Real Information Superhighway
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
The FCC's mobile-broadband auction process is little more than the path to yet more hidden taxation.
iPhone Due In June, Sky Is Still Blue
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
According to AT&T employees, the company has informed them that the new iPhone from Apple is due at some point in June. As if we didn't already know this. When in June? Well, not too late, as it turns out. Will Verizon sell it?
MasterCard To Offer SDKs For Mobile Payment Apps
News  |  5/26/2010  | 
About 20 payment platforms and data services will be extended to developers via open APIs.
Nexus One Already Hitting Retail Store Shelves
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
Well, that was fast. Barely a week after Google announced plans to eventually shutter its online retail store for the Nexus One Android phone, the device has appeared for sale elsewhere. Looks like the first place it is available for sale is via i wireless for the hefty sum of $300 with a new T-Mobile contract.
Management Shake Up At Microsoft Mobile Division
Commentary  |  5/26/2010  | 
It is pretty clear that things still aren't going particularly well within Microsoft's entertainment and devices group. This group contains the X-Box, Zune and Windows Phone product groups. While X-Box itself is doing well, retaining a respectable second place in the gaming console wars, Windows Mobile hasn't fared so well and Zune continues to be an afterthought in the portable music player world.
Google Chrome Exits Beta For Linux, Mac
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Google has moved Chrome 5 for Windows out of beta and taken the Mac and Linux versions of Chrome out of beta for the first time.
Yahoo Buys Location Based Mobile Services Provider
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Koprol provides Yahoo with more location-based and social networking mobile services to entice the growing audience using mobile phones for social networking and web browsing.
Verizon VoIP Usage Soars
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Customer's use of minutes supplied by Verizon’s Global Wireless VoIP increased more than 200% last year.
FTC, FCC Reveal Complaints Filed Against Apple
Slideshows  |  5/25/2010  | 
Numerous complaints have been filed with the Federal Communications Commission and the Federal Trade Commission against Apple. They run the gamut from the iPad's lack of Flash support to the availability of adult material in the iTunes App Store, to an iPhone catching fire while charging. These documents were obtained via the Freedom Of Information Act.
Mobile PC Shipments Soar 43%
News  |  5/25/2010  | 
Consumer buying in the first quarter pushed laptops, netbooks, and tablets to their highest level in eight years, according to Gartner.
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