News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile posted in November 2006
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Hyperion Offering BI For The Masses
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
Hyperion plans to offer next year mini desktop applications that can deliver to customer employees selected information from the vendor's business intelligence platform.
Post Vista: Microsoft Hints At What Comes Next
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
When asked the other day about what's missing from Windows Vista, Steve Ballmer refused to be drawn into the discussion. "I don't choose to go down that path, sorry," he replied. At today's official launch of Vista in New York, however, Ballmer opened up, rattling off a list of things customers can expect to see in Vista's successor.
Merger Of Lucent And Alcatel Is Complete
News  |  11/30/2006  | 
The total employee head count is 79,000, with about 23,000 of them working in R&D. Bell Labs will remain headquartered in New Jersey.
Cooliris: It's A Keeper
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
I've been using Cooliris for about a day now, and my verdict so far: it's a keeper.

Cooliris helps you check out a page to see if it's worth visiting. Cooliris is a browser plug-in that lets you mouse over Web links and get a pop-up window that shows the Web page on the other end of that link. It works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.

Visit Google's Super-Secret Experimental Playground: Searchmash
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
Searchmash is Google's site for experimenting with new features in its core search business.

Visiting Searchmash, you're confronted with a mostly-blank page, with a logo, and a one-line text entry field inviting you to type a search query.

Enter a query and you get a single page that shows search results, with side-panels showing search results in images, blogs, videos, and Wikipedia.

Convert Videos
Commentary  |  11/30/2006  | 
The free Any Video Converter for Windows lets you convert between many video formats.

3Com Stock Down After Huawei Deal
News  |  11/29/2006  | 
3Com agreed to pay $882 million for Huawei's 49% stake in Huawei-3Com.
Watch Out for Oracle BPMS
Commentary  |  11/29/2006  | 
Oracle has one of the most widely used BPEL tools on the market, but so far they haven't shown up in Gartner's business process management suite (BPMS) magic quadrants. That should change soon. Recall that Oracle did an OEM deal in July with IDS Scheer for the ARIS Process Design Platform. At the time I speculated this had more to do with keeping up with SAP, but that's apparently not entirely true.
Web 2.0 And The Ajax Challenge
Commentary  |  11/29/2006  | 
Web 2.0, and in particular the Ajax technology that often embodies it, has the technology world abuzz. Ajax facilitates more interactive Web sites that deliver a better user experience. With Ajax, Web-based software makes data retrieval transparent to the user, so software behaves more like it's running locally.
BitTorrent Raises $25 Million, Ousts Founder Bram Cohen
Commentary  |  11/29/2006  | 
TechCrunch is reporting that BitTorrent received $25 million in funding and ousted CEO Bram Cohen, who created the BitTorrent protocol. The company signed licensing agreements with Warner Bros., Paramount, and others to sell movies and TV shows priced starting at $1 each, and will put its software on DVRs, cable boxes, and wireless routers to allow BitTorrent users to download legal movies or
Cooliris Is The Coolerest
Commentary  |  11/29/2006  | 
Cooliris is a browser extension that give you previews of links without clicking on them, by hovering the mouse pointer over the link, then moving your mouse pointer over a tiny little icon that appears when you hover the mouse over a link. It works with Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari.

Cooliris reduces back-and-forths that result from clicking a link and finding out that the page is unsuitable or the link broken.

To get a look at Co
Can YouTube Help Verizon Wireless' Video Business?
Commentary  |  11/29/2006  | 
Next month YouTube, the popular video-sharing site recently acquired by Google, is going mobile on Verizon Wireless cell phones that use its Vcast service for on-demand video clips. YouTube will benefit from the deal by monetizing its free content, but Verizon Wireless will need to lower the price it charges for its video service if it wants more subscribers to tune in.
CA Upgrades Application Performance Manager Introscope
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
CA enhances the integration between Wily Introscope, software for managing application performance, and the Unicenter Network and Systems Management framework.
TinyURL Comes To Firefox 2.0
Commentary  |  11/28/2006  | 
One of my favorite Firefox extensions has finally been updated for Firefox 2.0. TinyURL lets you make wicked long URLs into short ones, which are easier to e-mail to other people, post to newsgroups, or write down with a pen and paper.

For example: Consider this URL:

Do Apple Advocates Use FUD To Criticize The Microsoft Zune?
Commentary  |  11/28/2006  | 
Jon Lech Johansen, a/k/a DVD Jon defends the Microsoft Zune against misrepresentation and distortions by its critics. Microsoft, he says, is offering features to its customers that Apple isn't offering -- features that give users
Tabblo A Blow To iPhoto
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
The company releases a browser-based book editor that offers the ability to collaboratively assemble and print photo books online.
Most Chinese Hackers Seek Passwords
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
More than half of the malware coming out of China aims to steal passwords, and nearly half of those attempts targeted online gaming login information during October.
Nokia, Ericsson Picked By T-Mobile To Upgrade Its Cellular Network
News  |  11/28/2006  | 
T-Mobile is stuck in fourth place in U.S. cellular subscriber numbers, but has been posting impressive growth numbers.
Top E-Mail Security And Productivity Tips
Commentary  |  11/28/2006  | 
ITsecurity has 99 tips for e-mail security and productivity, on subjects including etiquette, effectiveness, and mobile e-mail. Samples: "Don't forward chain letters. Just don't do it," "Rule 1 of email privacy: there is no true privacy," and "Don't use e-mail whe
Exchanging A Thermos Product For A Link
Commentary  |  11/27/2006  | 
I got a nice e-mail from the guy offering to exchange a Thermos product for a link -- he agreed to the trade, and will send the Thermos product to the Broward Partnership for the Homeless. Thanks, Bill.

Wireless 'Push' E-Mail Offered To Not-So-Smart Cell Phones
News  |  11/27/2006  | 
Seven Networks and Alltel Wireless extend wireless push e-mail to cell phones that use Brew, an application development platform developed by Qualcomm for enhanced cell phone services.
GPS Devices Won't Kill Paper Maps, Mapmaker Says
News  |  11/27/2006  | 
One reason paper maps remain in high demand is their capability to provide a higher level of accuracy than GPS devices, says Marc Jennings, president of mapmaker Langenscheidt Publishing Group.
Microsoft's Big Day
Commentary  |  11/27/2006  | 
Gentlemen and gentlewomen, start your engines. The next generation of Microsoft's flagship operating system (Vista), office productivity suite (Office 2007), and e-mail platform (Exchange 2007) will be officially unveiled this week. The event is hugely significant for Microsoft; its desktop and server products accounted for 82% of the company's $44.3 billion revenue last year. That's one big cash cow.
Cordless Skype Phone Cuts Ties To PC
News  |  11/27/2006  | 
The Dualphone 3088 lets users plug a broadband and a landline connection into the phone's base station, giving them the option of using either mode to make calls.
100 Gigabit Ethernet--Impractical and Unnecessary, But Coming Anyway
Commentary  |  11/27/2006  | 
Last week, an article in InfoWorld reported that the IEEE was beginning to lay the groundwork for standardizing 100 Gigabit Ethernet networks. While this is an interesting development, and is sure to advance networking science and industry, it's totally unneeded from my perspective.
Bullying Video Tests Online Free Speech In Italy
Commentary  |  11/27/2006  | 
Legal action in Italy raises the question of whether Web 2.0 sites should be held legally liable for content posted to them by users. Italian authorities are investigating Google executives in connection with a segment on Google Video showing students at a Turin school bullying an
Put Up Or Shut Up, Microsoft
Commentary  |  11/27/2006  | 
I can't decide whether Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has been acting on some carefully constructed business strategy, or is just off his meds again. But his threats against companies that run Linux are getting old. When Ballmer blustered that "In a sense you could say anybody who has got Linux in their data center today sort of has an undisclosed balance sheet liability," he probably intended to strike fear into the hearts of companies running Linux servers. But instead it was one of those acutely
Can u rd ths msg? Texting 101 For Parents
Commentary  |  11/27/2006  | 
Can you read your children's text messages? If you have trouble deciphering them, you're probably not alone. Many parents complain that they cannot understand the arcane jargon of SMS.
E-Mail And IM Service For Low-Cost Cell Phones To Begin On Thanksgiving
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
The service stores messages on servers, enabling users to access them from their PCs later, but it won't operate with Verizon Wireless or Nextel handsets and users can't download attachments to their phones.
Palm Opens Orders for New Treo 680
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
The phone has twice the memory, weighs less, and is thinner than the popular Treo 650 model it replaces.
Give The Software Away, Sell The Data
Commentary  |  11/22/2006  | 
he most used camera among Flickr users is the Canon EOS Digital Rebel XT, according to statistics released by Flickr. The company automatically captures the types of camera used to take photos that users upload. That points to a possible new business model for Web 2.0,
Not Quite Ready To Eat My Words On The Video iPod
Commentary  |  11/22/2006  | 
I got an e-mail yesterday from Philip "Swanni" Swann, president of, who I disagreed with in strong terms in a blog post more than 13 months ago. "Ha ha ha!" his e-mail said. "How does it feel to be eatin' them words now, biotch?"

Actually, no that's not what he said. He was very polite. He said: "After this week's Nielsen dismal report on the video iPod, are you planning an update on your Oct. 17, 2005 criticism of my predicti
The Treo 680 Is Here
Commentary  |  11/22/2006  | 
The Treo 680 is here, available now with a contract from Cingular for $200 or, unlocked from Palm, for $400. As a Treo 650 user myself, the two most interesting features for me: Internal antenna, and, most intriguingly, the ability to decline calls with a text message, which sounds ever so much friendlier than just hitting the "REJECT!" button and sending the caller to Voicemail Hell.
Nortel And Redline To Build Telecom Infrastructure In Iraq
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
The two Canadian companies got contracts to build a nationwide optical backbone and to deploy a WiMax network.
Employers, Break Out Web-Use Monitoring Tools; Employees, Watch Your Backs
Commentary  |  11/22/2006  | 
Today is Cyber Monday (or Black Monday as those possessing a darker outlook on life call it) and although there's ample evidence that the popular belief of it being the busiest online shopping day of the year is myth rather than reality, no one disputes that by this date, Web-based browsing for holiday gifts is in full swing.
Microsoft Wants You To Party Like It's 1995
Commentary  |  11/22/2006  | 
Everyone keeps talking about five years. Five years since the release of Windows XP, five years to develop and push Vista out the door. But Microsoft wants you to double that number, and recall the monumental launch of Windows 95 that coincided with an Office suite upgrade, culminating in the biggest festival Redmond has ever seen. I remember how the cumulous clouds in the blue Redmond sky eerily matched the software's packaging (like Bill Gates ordered them up for the event), and the nightly
Symantec Debuts Norton 360 Beta
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
The service provides antivirus and anti-spyware protection, anti-fraud features, automated backup and restore, and computer tune-up tools, and is designed to run more or less unattended when the PC is idle.
Who's The Stupid Megacorporation Now?
Commentary  |  11/22/2006  | 
Chevy marketers had this bright idea: As part of the campaign touting the Tahoe luxury SUV, they'd put some video clips and sound clips and stuff out there on the Web and invite users to come up with their own commercials. And the users responded -- with videos slamming the Tahoe for being an environment-destroying, terrorist-funding gas-guzzler, and ridiculing people who would buy the SUV. Sound like a marketing disaster, right? Actually -- not so much.
Governance Gauge: Top Court Issues E-Discovery Rules
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
Newly amended e-document related laws take effect December 1, 2006.
Dashboard: To Avoid Meltdown, Test, Measure and Check Web Site Stats Often
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
A Weather Channel site used web analytics to find users weren't picking up on important navigational tools.
Headsup: Explorer Upgrade May Break Interfaces
News  |  11/22/2006  | 
Will IE7 affect your software?
Municipal Wi-Fi Is As Trendy As Curbside Recycling
Commentary  |  11/21/2006  | 
There was a time that curbside recycling was the check-the-box status symbol for a progressive city, and cities did a lot of trial-and-error before they found models that actually made environmental sense. City-wide Wi-Fi is the new recycling. The trials are starting. Get ready for the errors.
Report: Now Lagging, IP Phone Sales Poised For Takeoff
News  |  11/21/2006  | 
Annual IP phone shipments will grow from 10 million units in 2006 to 164 million units in 2010.
Sneak Peak Of New Windows Mobile "Crossbow"
Commentary  |  11/21/2006  | 
Pics and reviews of the newest version of the Microsoft Windows Mobile OS have hit the blogosphere. The new OS, codenamed "Crossbow," is expected to debut sometime in the first half of 2007.
Shortlist: WebMethods Fabric 7 and More
News  |  11/21/2006  | 
Also, Hyperion System 9.3, Pervasive Data and Business Integrator 8.12 and IDS Scheer Aris 7.02.
Akamai To Acquire Nine Systems To Boost Its Rich Media Offerings
News  |  11/21/2006  | 
The deal, valued at nearly $160 million, will beef-up Akamai's ability to publish video, audio, and other rich media to the Web.
Kurzweil: Computers Will Enable People To Live Forever
News  |  11/21/2006  | 
The inventor, author, and futurist predicts that in 15 to 30 years, nanobots will roam our blood streams fixing diseased or aging organs, computers will back up our human memories, and conference calls will be replaced by meetings in virtual resorts.
Alcatel And Lucent To Officially Merge Nov. 30
News  |  11/20/2006  | 
The merger was approved by President Bush and the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, and the House Armed Services Committee reviewed its national security implications.
Tech Industry Urges Congress To Pass Immigration, Other Reforms Before Adjournment
News  |  11/20/2006  | 
The Information Technology Association of America says lawmakers in the 109th Congress need to act on a number of issues the group says are critical to the United States' global competitiveness.
SaaS and SOA: Together Forever
News  |  11/20/2006  | 
If you want a flexible and scalable software-as-a-service partner, look no further than the solid pedigree of service-oriented architecture. We explore the relationship between SaaS and SOA, two emerging approaches for delivering IT functionality, applications and end-to-end business processes.
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