News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile posted in October 2008
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Mobile News Roundup
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
It's Friday again, and this week was filled with Motorola backing Android while Sprint dissed it. Qik came to the BlackBerry, Verizon
Nokia Siemens, Ericsson May Get Parts China's 3G
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
China Mobile soon will announce the winners of its $4.4 billion network tender, and the two companies are expected to receive 10% of the contract each.
Harvard Refuses To Open In-Copyright Books To Google
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
In a letter to Harvard library staff, director Robert C. Darnton said the ramifications of the settlement were too unclear for Harvard to commit to participating in the Google project.
$200 Eee PC Netbook Expected In 2009
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Asustek CEO Jerry Shen said his company also would begin to phase out its sub-10-inch netbooks that sell for less than $500.
Deutsche Telekom May Own Too Much Of T-Mobile
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
While reviewing the Verizon acquisition of Alltel, the FCC revealed that Deutsch Telekom may violate the 20% voting stock threshold.
VC Drought? 70 Million Exceptions To The Rule
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Anxiety is high in Silicon Valley over an anticipated decline in VC funding, but investment money hasn't dried up yet. In the past few days, a handful of startups have pulled in $70 million.
Alcatel-Lucent CEO Steers Firm To A Lower Loss
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
New chief Ben Verwaayen's firm reported a loss of $51.8 million for its third quarter on a 6.6% drop in sales of $5.15 billion.
Will Verizon Wireless Give Away The BlackBerry Storm For Free?
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Verizon Wireless' U.K. partner, Vodafone, recently announced that it will give the BlackBerry Storm to users for free if they sign up for new contracts. Can Verizon Wireless afford to do the same thing?
Sprint Finalizes Early Termination Fee Policy
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The telecom said its $200 fee will be reduced by $10 per month after month six, but the new policy will only affect contracts signed after Nov. 2.
Salesforce.com Plans Hosted Web Site Service
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Force.com Sites, to be announced at Salesforce.com's Dreamforce conference Monday, is an aggressive effort to move beyond its roots in on-demand sales force automation software.
Phillies Parade Live Online
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Major League Baseball on Friday scheduled an all-day Phillies Webfest.
Flash Memory Market To See First Revenue Decline This Year
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Flash memory chips are used in PCs, but nearly 80% of the chips sold each year end up in personal media players, storage cards and USB flash drives.
iPhone Adoption Fastest Among Penny Pinchers
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Research shows that low-income groups are relying on smartphones for a range of communication needs.
Sprint Won't Sell Nextel iDEN Network
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The plan now is to partner with Motorola and move the iDEN spectrum out of the 800-MHz band in a way that will accommodate public-safety networks.
Google Makes Scanned Documents Searchable
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Using optical character-recognition technology, Google will make the converted text of scanned PDFs available on its search results pages via the "View as HTML" link.
100,000 Sony Batteries Recalled
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The batteries found in Dell, HP, and Toshiba PCs were sold in the same time frame as Sony notebook batteries involved in a massive recall in 2006.
Verizon Wireless Teaches Retail Reps How To Bash The G1
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Not one to sit on its laurels, Verizon Wireless is taking the interest in T-Mobile's G1 Android phone seriously by providing its sales reps with ammunition to shoot it down. Another list of "talking points" has been circulated, and it tells us what Verizon really thinks of the G1.
AT&T Hands Out Free Wi-Fi To iPhones, BlackBerry
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
After several false starts, iPhone and BlackBerry users now have unlimited free wireless access to AT&T's nearly 17,000 Wi-Fi hotspots.
IBM Sues Apple-Bound Microchip Expert
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
Big Blue says Mark Papermaster's bolt to Cupertino violates a noncompete agreement.
DOJ Approves Verizon-Alltel Merger
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
However, the Justice Department is stipulating that the new combined company divested itself of 100 markets in 22 states.
Google-Yahoo Deal May Be In Jeopardy
News  |  10/31/2008  | 
The Internet companies may abandon their ad-sharing agreement in the face of government scrutiny.
Apple: No Opera Mini For The iPhone
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Opera Mini and Opera Mobile are highly capable browsers for mobile phones. Opera, which also makes a full desktop browser for both Windows and Apple machines, created a version of Opera Mini that will run on the iPhone. Too bad Apple won't allow Opera to offer it through the iPhone App Store.
Is Linux The Quick-Boot Miracle Fix? Don't Bet On It
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
Will demand for quick-booting PCs give Linux a leg up on Windows? That's how some folks see it, but I'm not one of them.
Indexable versus Iterable Collections
Commentary  |  10/31/2008  | 
The C++ standard template library design emphasizes collections that support generic iterators. In this post I propose an alternative design approach for collections that uses generic indexers.

Google's Gmail Gets SMS Messaging
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google's implementation of computer-to-phone SMS includes a particularly helpful feature since it assigns the Gmail sender a persistent pseudo-phone number.
IBM Positions ILOG's Rules Engine To Head Pack
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The former market leader was Fair Isaac, whose rules processing system was a favorite of credit card companies and insurers.
Linux Headed For More PCs Than Windows
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Think Windows is hot? HP, Lenovo, Asustek, and other PC makers are developing computers that can give people access to basic functions, such as e-mail and Web browsing, in less than 30 seconds.
Intel's $11.5 Million Taiwanese Investment Puts Moblin OS In Netbooks
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The chipmaker's partnership with VMax could help set the stage for a wide rollout of WiMax-capable machines running on Linux in the country with PC makers Asustek and Acer to benefit.
Motorola Causing A Ruckus
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Motorola sure gave us some interesting news today. The quarterly loss of nearly $400 million and thousands of layoffs always jump out at you, but, digging a little deeper, I couldn't help but wonder where Symbian fits into Moto's plans.
MasterCard Strengthens Its Mobile Services
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The company is offering the ability to provision a customer's PayPass account over the air, which could lead to more phones capable of contactless payment.
Google Updates Chrome To Version 0.3.154.9
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google on Wednesday released a new version of its Chrome browser, the third Chrome beta release.
Microsoft Stakes Its Place In The Cloud
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Microsoft lays out concrete plans for cloud computing, but this vision doesn't come with a delivery date.
Google Defends Gmail Uptime, Bolsters Google Apps
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Google extends its premiere edition SLA to other products to disperse any cloud hanging over its cloud computing capabilities.
Crybabies Emerge After Wal-Mart G1 Discount Announced
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Remember how ticked off people were when Apple dropped the price of the iPhone from $600 to $400 last year? People cried foul in droves. In light of Wal-Mart's announcement that it's going to sell the Android phone for $31 less than it costs at T-Mobile stores, people are complaining.
iPhone, Smartphones May Be Recession-Proof As Sales Hold Up
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Apple still has a relatively low share of the cell phone market, but consumers with income between $25,000 and $50,000 acquired iPhones in a higher growth percentage.
Mobile Gaming In Trouble, Nokia Says
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The multibillion-dollar industry may be hurt by the economic slowdown, but Nokia still expects growth in certain segments, including the iPhone.
Taylor and Raden Define Decision Management
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Opening the second day of the Business Rules Forum, James Taylor and Neil Raden gave a keynote about competing on decisions. First up was James, who started with a definition of what a decision is (and isn't), speaking particularly about operation decisions that we often see in the context of automated business processes... Neil dug further into the agility imperative: rethinking BI for processes...
Western Digital Adds FireWire Interface To Passport
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
In adding the FireWire 800/400 technology to the portable hard drive, WD is trying to appeal to creative professionals using Apple Mac desktops and notebooks.
Dell Refreshes XPS One Entertainment PC
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The latest model offers a 24-inch, 1,080p high-definition display, JBL dual stereo speakers, and an optional Nvidia GeForce 9600M GT card.
Radus Unveils Glossy Personal Media Hub
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The startup aims to provide a consistent user experience for online media consumption, whether that involves reading news feeds, sharing content, blogging, or watching videos.
Apple Updates MobileMe
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The company's wireless syncing service has been getting upgrades to improve mail, calendar, contacts, and overall performance, Apple said.
The Beatles And Rock Band Creators Come Together
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The Fab Four will be featured in a new, as yet untitled video game under an exclusive deal announced Thursday.
Informatica To Offer Salesforce.com Integration Service
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Informatica's Web-based service, to be announced at the Dreamforce conference next week, will let companies synchronize data between Salesforce CRM and onsite applications.
'Motorolandroid': Another Open Source Proving Ground
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Even if there won't be any Android phones from Motorola for at least a year, it might well be one of the best things that's happened to Motorola in a long time. It also may well be the best thing that could have happened to Android, since it'll put the OS right in the line of fire of the non-smartphone-buying public.

Smaller Business SaaS Still In Early Adopter Phase
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Despite bullish predictions that the market for SaaS is ripe and small and midsize businesses are embracing subscription-based applications and IT services, the market for may still be in the early stages, which means lots of opportunity.
AT&T, Lenovo Offer Subsidized Laptops
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Customers will be able to get up to $150 off a laptop with embedded 3G modem if they sign up for a two-year data plan with AT&T.
Motorola Delays Mobile Spin-Off, Android On Hold
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
The company has been betting heavily on Google's new Android platform, but now says it won't deliver handset to compete with T-Mobile-HTC's G1 until next year.
Netflix To Stream Via Xbox And Tivo
News  |  10/30/2008  | 
Subscribers to the online move service will be able to watch videos instantly through a range of devices.
Deep Linking Now Possible With YouTube Vidoes
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
Sharing videos via YouTube is what the fun is all about. Sometimes, however, the "good part" is somewhere in the middle of the video, and you have to sit through minutes of tedium to reach the money shot. No longer. Google has created a way for people to link to specific times within their videos, meaning you can jump straight to the action.
Will Microsoft Shake Up Cloud Computing SLAs?
Commentary  |  10/30/2008  | 
For Microsoft, which announced its cloud computing platform this week, it seems like service level agreements don't just mean uptime. That thinking could shake up the industry.
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