News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile & Wireless posted in August 2008
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BlackBerry Bold Delayed Again?
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
Arg. If you believe the Boy Genius Report, it looks like the BlackBerry Bold will be delayed again in the United States until Oct. 2. If true, this is truly disappointing news.
Google Shows Off Android App Winners
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
All of the 10 teams that won the Android Developer Challenge top prize of $275,000 utilize GPS in some manner.
Review: Verizon's V CAST With Rhapsody Music Service
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
I've spent the last few weeks taking Verizon Wireless's V CAST With Rhapsody music download service for a spin. It has some really great features and some really annoying features. Find out if the pros outweigh the cons.
Report: TXTRS SND 95.4B SMS MSGS IN 2008
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
Thumbs of people the world over are getting some serious action. That action comes in the form of pecking out text messages on their cell phones. So far, 2008 is on pace to smash last year's numbers by a mile. Some of the figures being touted by VeriSign are just staggering. It sent more than 52 billion messages in the second quarter, up more than 20% from the first quarter for a total of 95.4 billion messages. People sure have a lot to say.
Obama's VP Text Missed By Half Who Signed Up
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Keynote Systems' independent tests showed inconsistent performance of Obama's SMS service with extremely poor availability compared to the industry standard.
AT&T-iPhone Problems May Signal Difficulties For Android
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Verizon and T-Mobile may do well to sidestep network glitches if Google wants its phone to outsell Apple's, a wireless spectrum expert suggests.
Psystar: Apple Illegally 'Destroys' Competition, Bricks Mac Clones
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
The upstart Mac cloner claims in an antitrust suit that Steve Jobs and company employ a mix of hype, dubious licensing schemes and technology to dominate the Mac computing environment.
BlackBerry Wins Versus Windows Mobile For Google Apps Mail
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
After a flawed experience with one of the first Windows Mobile-based Motorola Q's, Microsoft outfitted me with a Samsung SCH-i760 smartphone which, from an industrial design perspective, is one of the best designs for a smartphone I've ever experienced (more on that in a second). Unfortunately, integrating WinMobile 6.0's version of Outlook with Google Apps-based Gmail was so problematic that I gave up in favor of a company-furnished BlackBerry. Bla
Start-Ups Bring Google's Parallel Processing To Data Warehousing
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Aster and Greenplum have made Google's MapReduce compatible with SQL for use in the parallel data warehousing systems based on open source PostgreSQL.
Smaller Businesses Drive SaaS Growth In China
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
Worldwide, the market for SaaS is projected to grow 25% annually and reach $19.3 billion by 2011. Much of the fuel for the growth comes from China, where the annual growth rate is pegged 33% and almost 20% of the total market ($3.8 billion). And in China, the SMBs are the growth engine -- 42 million of them contributed 60 % of GDP and by 2012 there will be 50 million.
Leaked Documents, Unintended Access: That's Also Life In The Cloud
Commentary  |  8/29/2008  | 
Running a business in the cloud, or even part of a business, is great for so many reasons: It's cheap (sometimes free), incredibly convenient, and simple. But life on your private little cloud can get unintentionally, and unknowingly, crowded with extra eyes if you're not very careful.
Smartphone Apps For The Rest Of Us
News  |  8/29/2008  | 
Even if you use Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon -- or don't have an iPhone for your AT&T connection -- you can still get games, music, location-based services, and other mobile content on your phone. Here's how.
Apple Patent Application Describes Multi-Touch Mac
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The 52-page diagram shows gestures on the touch screen associated with a number of tasks, including zooming, panning, scrolling, rotating, and enlarging.
Dell's Profit Drops As IT Spending Slowdown Spreads
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The company has been cutting expenses for months to meet a promise to Wall Street to cut at least $3 billion in spending by the end of the fiscal year 2011.
Google Unveils Android's App Store
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
A competitor to Apple's App Store, the Android Market will allow users to browse, purchase, install, and rate applications on Android handsets.
Lenovo Unveils Low-Power Business Desktop PC
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The ThinkCentre A62 is also available with Lenovo's optional Dash 1.1 card, which lets an IT department remotely manage, boot, audit and update a desktop.
Motion-Powered Cell Phone Charger Coming Soon
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
M2E Power said it will have a charger for sale next year that can provide 60 minutes of talk for six hours of motion.
How Do You Make A Robot Fish? Copy Bluefin Tuna
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The Olin-Boston Engineering project expects to have a working prototype of its "RoboTuna" by the end of the year.
Orange Caps iPhone 3G Speeds At 384 Kbps
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Users have complained that the French wireless provider's capping of network speeds violates the company's service agreement.
Sony Readies Thinnest 40-Inch LCD HDTV
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
The TV includes LED backlighting to produce higher contrast, boosts standard images to high-definition 1080p quality, and uses technology that shows all the colors the eye can see.
Smartphone Sales To Hit $200 Billion In 2012
News  |  8/28/2008  | 
Interest in the iPhone and open-source operating systems like Symbian will drive smartphone sales, according to Gartner.
First Three Official Android Apps Outted?
Commentary  |  8/28/2008  | 
The Android Guys are at it again. Someone clued them into what could be the first three applications that will be pre-loaded on phones running the Android platform. Unsurprisingly, all three were among the top 50 applications in the Android Developers Challenge.
Outage At Microsoft's Office Live: That's Life In The Cloud
Commentary  |  8/28/2008  | 
Users of Microsoft's Office Live Small Business recently experienced a brief e-mail outage. I'm guessing they have a lot to talk about with users of Apple's MobileMe and Google's Gmail.
The Touchscreen BlackBerry Storm Emerges
Commentary  |  8/28/2008  | 
The BlackBerry Bold may have been released up in Canada last week, but it's the Storm that is really set to rock the smartphone boat. RIM's touchscreen darling is headed to Verizon Wireless in the very near future as a global device.
What Do SMB Wi-Fi Customers Want?
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
A good percentage of small to medium businesses are planning to upgrade to 802.11n in the next 12 months, according to a survey from ABI Research.
Linux Systems Being Hit By SSH-Key Attacks
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The attack appears to rely on stolen SSH keys to gain access to a system and then uses a local kernel exploit to gain root access, whereupon it installs the "phalanx2" rootkit.
Dell, IBM Revenue Growth Double Overall Server Market
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The overall market recorded its ninth consecutive quarter of positive revenue growth, increasing sales by 6.4% over the same period a year ago to $13.9 billion.
Nortel Demo Puts 4G Wireless One Step Closer
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The company demonstrates the first live Long Term Evolution handoff between cell sites, but data speeds were lower than what's been promised.
Dell Looks To Tap Emerging Markets With Latest Business PCs
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The Vostro notebooks and desktops are tailored for companies and institutions in countries where low-cost, basic computers are strong sellers.
MIT Model Helps Computers Think Like Humans
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The researchers' algorithm lets computers use multiple approaches to examine data, much like the way humans size up the world.
iPhone Password Flaw Discovered
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Once the emergency call keypad is accessed through the passcode entry screen, a person only needs to double tap the home button.
Thoughts On The Palm Treo Pro
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
While the Palm Treo name used to put large smiles on a mobile professional's face, it has fallen off a steep cliff in the recent history. But the company is hoping to reverse that trend with the stylish and powerful Treo Pro. I've spent about a week with the handset, and share my thoughts in this post.
Dell Explains Cloud-Computing Trademark Attempt
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The computer maker can appeal the Patent Office's rejection of its trademark application for the commonly used term.
AT&T Rolls Out New International iPhone Data Plans
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
AT&T has added two new iPhone data plans that should make using Apple's smartphone outside the U.S. cheaper.
'Misleading' U.K. iPhone Ad Pulled
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Viewers complained that they couldn't access "all parts of the Internet" due to the lack of Flash and Java support on the handset.
Nokia Continues Its Cell Phone Dominance
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
The dual strategy of targeting developing countries with low-cost mobile phones and instituting price cuts for its mid-tier devices helped propel its momentum, Gartner said.
European Network Operator Admits To Slowing 3G Speeds
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Wired recently reported that the 3G iPhone's poor speeds are the fault of the network operators, not the device itself. In France, at least, this is very true. French wireless network operator Orange has admitted that it is slowing down the surfing speeds of mobile phones on its 3G network.
Obama Texts His VP Choice: Even When He Loses, He Wins
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
Okay, so the Obama campaign's idea to text message everyone who provided the campaign with their cellphone number his choice of Joe Biden as his running mate didn't work out too well from the breaking news angle. The news was leaked out well before many people were woken up in the middle of the night to their cellphones vibrating with misplaced excitement. But in other ways  namely branding and information gathering  the move was a stroke of genius.
Mac Clone Maker Psystar Plans Antitrust Suit Against Apple
News  |  8/27/2008  | 
Psystar claims Apple's restrictions on third-party hardware makers violate U.S. antitrust laws.
Cost Of An Official Unlocked 3G iPhone: $1,649
Commentary  |  8/27/2008  | 
If you want to buy an officially unlocked 3G iPhone, be prepared to dig deep. Really deep. Wireless Imports, a wireless retail Web site that specializes in selling unlocked phones, is charging up to a whopping $1,649 for the 3G iPhone.
Blame iPhone 3G Reception Problems On Carriers, Not Handset
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
A global survey of owners found their iPhones operated with very slow speeds, especially in metro areas like San Francisco.
Obama's VP Text Reached 2.9 Million
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
With the success of the announcement, advertisers may take a closer look at SMS as a marketing tool, Nielsen Mobile said.
Acer Drops Mini-Notebook Prices
News  |  8/26/2008  | 
The Windows or Linux-based PCs include 1.6 GHz Atom processors, built-in Webcams and Wi-Fi support, and a three-cell rechargeable battery.
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