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Content tagged with Mobile posted in January 2008
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The Coolest Thing I Saw At DEMO
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Every year at Demo there's one presenter that captures my imagination and actually seems to be providing something that I will find useful. This year, while Skyfire showed off the beta of an intriguing new mobile browser and BitGravity displayed its power new network platform for high-definition video, the choice was easy: Silobreaker.
Google Revenue Rises, Social Networking Ads Fall Short
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
CEO Eric Schmidt notes that more than half of the company's search traffic is now outside the United States.
Linux To Challenge Symbian, Microsoft In Mobile Phone Market
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Purple Magic is a 3G Linux reference feature phone that costs less than $100 and combines video telephony, music playback, high-speed Internet browsing, and video streaming.
Garmin Adds A Cell Phone To Its GPS Device
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The Nuvifone's built-in camera takes pictures that are automatically tagged with latitude and longitude.
Open Wireless Access Assured On 700 MHz Spectrum
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
An anonymous bidder exceeded the reserve price in the nationwide wireless spectrum auction Thursday.
Yeehaw For Open Access! C Block Reaches $4.6B Reserve
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Today, the FCC's 700-MHz auction got really interesting. The C Block, which spans the entire country in two 11-MHz pairs, met its FCC-mandated reserve price of $4.6 billion. This means that the winning bidder must provide open access on a portion of its network to any compatible device. Google gets what it wants, but is it
Patriots, Giants Use Video Technology To Prepare For Super Bowl
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
XOS's Coach's Command Station is used by all NFL teams to study video of their opponents and plan for various scenarios they're likely to face on the field.
Hoover's Launches Business Social Network 'Connect'
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The company markets its Visible Path acquisition as a non-intrusive way to make targeted contacts with key business people through contacts subscribers already have.
Apple Users Are Smug Control Freaks, Says Study
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Researchers from Internet ad network Mindset Media say the Mac guy in the "I'm a Mac/I'm a PC" commercial is typical of Mac users: superior, self-satisfied, control freaks, perfectionists, politically and socially liberal -- and satisfied with their purchases.
What The...?!? Garmin Enters Cell Phone Market With iPhone Look-Alike
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Cell phones must really be the in technology this year. Garmin -- you know, maker of GPS hardware -- has leaped into the cell phone business from out of nowhere with the nuvifone. Announced at an event in NYC last night, this wunderdevice has it all: GPS, 3.5G, W
Dog Food Is Important, But Don't Forget The Dog
Commentary  |  1/31/2008  | 
Long ago, Microsoft verbified the term "dog food" to describe the act of using its own products within Microsoft, as they are being developed. Dogfooding helps developers make sure the product really works the way it's supposed to work, on real computers with real users trying to get real work done. Yet all that focus on the dog food ignores the importance of the dogs.
Apple Delays Apple TV Software Update
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
Apple says it needs another couple of weeks to finish the software upgrade that will let people rent movies directly from their televisions.
Western Digital Drops Price of 320 GB Pocket-Size USB Drive
News  |  1/31/2008  | 
The software that ships with personal drives enable consumers to synchronize content on their desktop with files they take with them.
Dell + Google = First Android Phone?
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
The Gphone has been resurrected and the rumor mills are running rampant with this one. The latest scuttlebutt is that Google is partnering with Dell for the first ever Android-powered handset. According to people in the know, word will be delivered from on high during the Mobile World Congress next month. Is this one for real?
DEMO Update: The Problems With 'Me-Centric' Search
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
Among the presenters in the final stretch of the 2008 Demo conference were a pair of companies that are focused on search results geared specifically to the preferences, needs, and personality of the searcher. It was apparent that that's not necessarily such a great thing.
Feeling Lucky? Don't Tell Google
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
Search engine spammers have ramped up their efforts to ensnare the unwary using a fake link constructed from the search engine's direct results feature.
FCC's 700 MHz Auction, Google's Open Network Plan Stalls
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The dilemma with the C block for Google is that it wants an open wireless infrastructure, but it doesn't necessarily want to operate a wireless network.
Next-Gen Collaboration Takes Stage At DEMO
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
In the after-lunch lull at Demo 08, a group of companies displayed new sets of collaboration technologies that can transform the way companies connect and collaborate remotely.
Open Source 'Movement' Becoming A Gold Rush
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
I see references to the open source "movement," as if it were a cohesive ideological gathering, like the Labor Movement of the 1930s or maybe the Wobblies. I agree there are certain shared values among open source developers and a favored way of doing things, but I've always doubted the political agenda. After the $1 billion Sun/MySQL deal, however, my doubts have been erased. It's clear there is a movement -- and it's headed toward the bank.
Windows Mobile-Based VoIP For Smartphones Offered
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
Raketu says its software helps people make cheap international calls in more than 40 countries.
Dell Ditches Kiosks
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
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Innovative Ways To Manage Content Seen At DEMO
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
In what could be called Content Management 2.0, companies are showing off new ways to manage and distribute content to fixed and mobile devices.
Consumers Are Not Smart Enough For Smartphones
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
You have one chance to guess what the most-returned gifts were this holiday season. If you guessed smartphones, you'd be right. A new survey from Opinion Research Corp. shows that 21% of gifted smartphones were returned to the store. The reason? Inability to understand the product setup process. Perhaps smartphones aren't ready for prime time after all.
Comverse Technologies Says Former Managers Falsified Financial Reports
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The board accuses former managers of "stock option backdating" and "earnings management."
Steve Jobs Reassures Employees After Apple Stock Slide
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs sent an e-mail to employees to reassure them that Apple investors will soon recoup their losses, and more, according to a report in AppleInsider.com. "As you can see, we have outperformed many other blue-chip tech companies, including Google," he said. "I continue to believe that our fundamentals -- our remarkable people, our clear and focused strategy, ou
HyperOffice Links Business Software To iPhone
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The company's collaboration tools are meant to serve as an alternative to Microsoft Exchange, which the iPhone doesn't support at the moment.
EU Backs ISPs Over Release Of File Sharing Names
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The European court said ISPs should provide police with names and addresses for criminal investigations, but don't have to give the information to private investigators or industry groups.
Coming Soon: Better Mobile Linux-Powered Handsets
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
This year is going to be a big one for mobile Linux. There are at least two international organizations pushing it forward, and Google is providing a lot of cred to mobile Linux by choosing it as the backbone of its Android platform. Today, Azingo Mobile is the first to of
NXP Modem Includes All GSM Standards From Edge To LTE
News  |  1/30/2008  | 
The modem uses Software-Defined Radio cellular baseband technology so handsets can be designed to support any GSM standard, frequency, or air interface.
At DEMO, Re-Rebranded Flypaper Aims To Be The YouTube Of Online Presentations
Commentary  |  1/30/2008  | 
In the process of reinventing itself, Flypaper Studio wants to reinvent the way people create online presentations. And its ambitions go beyond merely giving users the tools to do that; the company plans to host multimedia presentations for everyone to see.
At DEMO, The Pen Is Mightier Than The Cord
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Like many people, I tend to zone out when I hear the phrase "pen-based computing." Plenty of variations on the concept have been tried, including the LeapFrog Fly, which was aimed at the "tween" market. But when Livescribe showed off its latest version at Demo this afternoon, I was impressed.
At DEMO, Business Organization Becomes The Key
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
A whole sub-category of the companies and technologies debuting at Demo are based around helping eliminate tiresome back-and-forth e-mail threads
Full Nelson: Recommind's Enterprise Search On TechWebTV
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Groupware. Portals. Enterprise search. I'm not saying they're irrelevant, I just sort of forgot about them. Like tricycles, ER, and Oasis; the use of the word "bashful." But they're all relevant in some way (except probably Oasis), especially enterprise search: Witness -- speaking of bashful -- Microsoft's recent purchase of Fast (see video below for a fun perspective from Steve Ballmer at Web 2.0 on Microsoft and search).
Ribbit Jumps On VoIP Wagon At DEMO
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
The new service, code-named Amphibian, will become available to consumers in the second quarter of this year.
Sprint Nextel Returns To Clearwire To Rekindle WiMax Partnership
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
Despite a previous falling out, the telecom also is looking to partner with Google, Intel, and Best Buy to sweeten the deal, according to reports.
DEMO Update: Skyfire Debuts New Mobile Browser
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
With all the transformation occurring in the mobile and wireless market -- with powerful new devices and established mobile browsers jostling for users' attention -- it's an interesting time for a new mobile browser to appear. That's what happened today at Demo.
Old Scheduling Dog Shows DEMO A New Trick
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
We often hear that business technology must look and feel more like personal technology, and Demo's kick-off presentation came from a company that's moving in that direction. TimeTrade Systems, whose enterprise scheduling software is used by 300 companies, demonstrated an innovative scheduler for individual users.
Apple: The Most Hated Company On The Internet
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
I was going to post this blog about why Apple is the most hated company on the Internet first thing yesterday. But my Mac crashed and ate the post, so I spent most of the day re-doing my work. I think that might be a sign.
Poking Cisco In The Eye
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Cisco frowns on resellers of used network hardware because it doesn't get a cut of aftermarket sales. Network Hardware Resale (NHR), a prominent reseller, is going a step further by offering an alternative to Cisco's SMARTnet maintenance service -- a key revenue source for the networking giant.
Rim Semiconductor Claims 40 Mbps Over 'Last Mile' Copper
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
The test represents a breakthrough because it will be attractive to carriers seeking ways to transmit IPTV over older DSL lines.
Hackers Enable Over-The-Air Firmware Updates For iPhone
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Once again, hackers are a step ahead of Apple and AT&T. Users of unlocked iPhones that are running firmware 1.1.1 or 1.1.2 can upgrade to 1.1.3 over the air directly through the installer.app. Maybe hacker ingenuity is why one-quarter of all iPhone users are
Bidding For 700-MHz Spectrum Closes In On $4.6 Billion Reserve Price
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
The bidding on the FCC auction is secret, but Google, AT&T, and Verizon are believed to be vying for a slice of wireless spectrum.
Analyst: Motorola Quitting Handset Business
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
I've heard my fair share of wacky predictions from analysts. Though I've been hard on Motorola this past year, I think Nomura International analyst Richard Windsor is a little off the mark when he suggested that Motorola might ditch its mobile handset business rather than attempt to resurrect it. But can Motorola actually
At DEMO, Microsoft Keeps A Watchful Eye
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
At the Demo conference this week, dozens of entrepreneurs will vie for the attention of investors, customers, and the media. Microsoft is none of those things, yet it's a platinum sponsor of the event. Why? Microsoft is looking to bring more up-and-coming companies into its fold.
Report: Smaller Businesses Getting Smarter About Their IT Dollars
Commentary  |  1/29/2008  | 
Amid all the reports predicting that companies are going to be increasingly cautious in their IT spending this year, is one focused on small and midsize businesses. It's conclusion? Smaller businesses are learning that IT could help them grow.
Microsoft's Muglia On Windows Server 2008, Data Center Trends
News  |  1/29/2008  | 
Microsoft senior VP Bob Muglia discusses the upcoming launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008, Visual Studio 2008, and other topics.
Helio CEO Sky Dayton Leaves Post
News  |  1/28/2008  | 
Wonhee Sull, president and chief operating officer replaces Dayton at the youth-oriented MVNO.
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