News & Commentary
Content tagged with Unified Communications posted in April 2008
Sony Ericsson's 'Capuchin' Bridges Java, Flash Gap
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
The handset maker's API will let developers combine the clean user interface of Flash Lite with the stronger back-end capabilities of Java ME.
Losses Continue, Bright Spots Ahead At Alcatel-Lucent
News  |  4/30/2008  | 
Though impacted negatively by weakness in the dollar versus the euro, the company said it will continue to pursue 3G, 4G, and WiMax.
Verizon's Earnings Jump Thanks To Wireless Growth
News  |  4/28/2008  | 
Verizon Wireless unit recorded 1.5 million net customer additions, and Verizon's FiOS TV service signed up 263,000 net new customers.
Associated Press Teams Up With Verve Wireless For Mobile News
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
The mobile news service will be tailored for smartphones and give users one point of access for local, national, and international news.
Apple's 3G iPhone Coming June 9, Analysts Say
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
"D-Day for 3G" is expected at Steve Jobs' WWDC keynote, where analysts also expect announcements about a refresh of Apple's laptop line by August and a new iPod line by September.
NASA Plans 'Nano' Satellites To Help Commercialize Space
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
NASA Ames Research Center plans to work with M2mi to develop small satellites to power telecommunications and networks in space.
Apple Releases Beta 4 Of iPhone SDK
News  |  4/25/2008  | 
The latest build includes Xcode integrated development environment, an interface builder, frameworks and samples, compilers, and the Shark analysis tool.
Web 2.0: Firefox Key To Open Mobile Web
News  |  4/24/2008  | 
Mozilla chairman Mitchell Baker wants developers to bring the same features and functionality to handheld devices that they have to the PC.
AT&T, BlackBerry Let You Track Yourself Down
News  |  4/23/2008  | 
The built-in GPS capabilities in the Pearl 8110 provide directions, 3-D maps, and traffic alerts.
Nokia's Comes With Music Customers To Get Free Music From Sony BMG
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
The service is expected to launch in the second half of 2008 on a range of its devices in selected markets.
Mobile Banking Is For The Young, Survey Reveals
News  |  4/22/2008  | 
Consumers between 18 and 34 tended to use their mobile phones for banking, Opinion Research found, especially if there were no extra fees involved.
Alltel Starts Taking Orders For Latest BlackBerry Curve
News  |  4/21/2008  | 
The carrier joins Verizon Wireless in becoming one of the first U.S. carriers to sell BlackBerry's competitor to the Apple iPhone.
Nokia's Earnings Up, But Its Market Share Drops In North America
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
Net profit hit $1.95 billion in the quarter, up about 25% over the year-earlier period, while revenue was about $20 billion.
Verizon Touts Multimedia On Touchscreen Smartphone
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
The EV-DO 3G-enhanced XV6900 includes a media player, camera, and mobile versions of Microsoft apps.
SD Memory Card Turns Cell Phones Into RFID Terminals
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
Wireless Dynamics' SDiD 1212 plugs into the SD slot built into many mobiles, and is the industry's first card with embedded 512 MB SD memory.
Google Gmail Loses Functionality
News  |  4/17/2008  | 
Problems with accessing the online e-mail's IMAP feature fuel concerns about uptime and reliability as well as business adoption of software as a service.
iPhone Gets Free VoIP App From Fring
News  |  4/16/2008  | 
The software integrates contact lists for packetized voice, IM communications, and other Web 2.0 sites.
U.K. Carrier Slashes Price Of iPhone
News  |  4/16/2008  | 
The price cuts fueled speculation that carriers were draining inventories in preparation for a faster 3G iPhone, which some analysts believe Apple will release in June.
FindWhere Mobilizes Buddy Location Data
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
The beta version of its Livecontacts application tracks contacts' movement geographically on mobile handsets.
Nokia 3G Handset Optimized For Mobile Payments
News  |  4/15/2008  | 
The 6212 is enabled with near field communication technology that is designed to simplify wireless data transfers.
Minorities To Account For More Than One-Third Of Telecom Spending
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
Hispanics alone will spend the most, making them a key to survival of telecommunications providers, according to Insight Research.
XO Builds Unified Communications Platform
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
IP-based services bridge the gap between desktop and field environments, landline and wireless, IP and conventional telephony.
Senate Considers Striking Down 'Common Carrier' Exception
News  |  4/14/2008  | 
The wireless industry is expected to fight hard against repealing a rule that exempts telecommunications providers from the requirements of the FTC Act.
V-Enable Uses 4-11 To Intro Free Mobile Search
News  |  4/11/2008  | 
FreeMobile411 lets users browse by category, get maps, or ask for driving directions.
Former AT&T Chief Named Non-Executive Motorola Chairman
News  |  4/10/2008  | 
Dave Dorman replaces Ed Zander, who was eased out as CEO last year.
MedicMate Mobilizes Bedside Manner
News  |  4/10/2008  | 
The Windows Mobile-based app helps healthcare providers access only the information they need at any given moment.
Berggi Adds Video To Its Mobile Mix
News  |  4/9/2008  | 
The free service, which is compatible with any handset with Java-based MIPD 2.0, features video jockeys' playlists that change on the hour, a la MTV.
Verizon Connects Smartphones, PBXes
News  |  4/9/2008  | 
The company's PBX Mobile Extension software turns BlackBerry devices and other mobile handsets into extensions of the corporate voice environment.
Interoperability Breakdown: Who's To Blame? IMAP Or E-Mail Vendors?
Commentary  |  4/8/2008  | 
In the e-mail world, where possible, I used to urge organizations to stick with the Internet-standard Internet Message Access Protocol (IMAP) instead of using the addictive proprietary alternatives from Microsoft and IBM Lotus (found in Outlook/Exchange and Lotus Notes). Now, thanks to Google's GMail service, I realize I may have been mistaken.
General Data, MobileFrame To Develop Enterprise Apps
News  |  4/8/2008  | 
The partnership positions the two companies to serve a mobile enterprise app market, which is growing at 30% annually.
Dashboard Adds Investment App To BlackBerry
News  |  4/8/2008  | 
The company's Mobile Financial software is part business news reader, part investment dealer research portal.
Charge Anywhere Turns Mobiles Into POS Terminals
News  |  4/7/2008  | 
The company's Secure Mobile Payment software works with Windows Mobile 5.0 and RIM 4.1 devices.
Investor Icahn Drops Proxy Fight Against Motorola
News  |  4/7/2008  | 
Motorola agreed to seat two of Carl Icahn's nominees to its board to prevent the billionaire investor from staging a hostile overthrow of the dividing company.
NTT Goes From Cell Phone To Smell Phone
News  |  4/7/2008  | 
The carrier is set to test a new Mobile Fragrance Communication service that pairs audio and video with programmable aromas.
No Handheld Devices For 2010 Census
News  |  4/3/2008  | 
The Commerce Department halts its upgrade after scheduling and performance problems, as well as cost overruns, derail the plan.
Air France Debuts Cell Phone Voice Service
News  |  4/3/2008  | 
Airbus unit OnAir developed the system for use with phones utilizing the European-developed GSM mobile phone standard.
CTIA: Dial2Do Uses Voice Prompts For Hands-Free Users
News  |  4/3/2008  | 
The company's voice command software let users make calls, send texts, or record reminders.
MDN Bolsters Mobile Messaging-Based CRM
News  |  4/3/2008  | 
Mobile Data Now v1.3 lets users access CRM apps via E-mail, SMS, or instant messaging sent from mobile handsets.
Sony Ericsson's Xperia X1 To Ship With Windows Mobile 6.1
News  |  4/3/2008  | 
The Xperia X1 is a a slider phone with a full QWERTY keyboard and 3-inch-wide touch-screen display.
CTIA: Mobile Web Still Faces Interference
News  |  4/2/2008  | 
Vendors like Intel, Motorola, Microsoft, and Nokia provided a peek at the mobile Web of the future, but they couldn't say when it would be available.
Vodafone CEO Wants Wireless Industry To Standardize On LTE
News  |  4/2/2008  | 
The industry could innovate and deliver better services faster if everyone used one 4G standard, or at least settled on technologies that work well together, said industry leaders at CTIA.
Microsoft Promises 'Desktop Grade' Web Browsing On Windows Mobile
News  |  4/1/2008  | 
In beefing up the mobile version of Explorer, Microsoft is looking to fend off Apple and Symbian in the lucrative mobile device and software markets.
AT&T Makes Stylish Slide With Moto Z9
News  |  4/1/2008  | 
New slider smartphone blends Web access, media player, GPS location services and video sharing.
Mobile WiMax Pacesetter Xanadoo Plans To Expand
News  |  4/1/2008  | 
Cisco, which supplies the infrastructure to Xanadoo, reported Tuesday that the WiMax provider has signed up more than 14,000 subscribers.
Telecommuting Adoption Up; Security Still A Concern
News  |  4/1/2008  | 
A CDW survey shows that private sector telecommuting adoption is on the rise (14%) and catching up to the adoption rates of federal employees (17%).

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