News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile posted in November 2007
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AMD Pulls The Plug On Quad FX Enthusiast Platform
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The desktop platform was AMD's attempt to hold gamers who might be tempted to move to Intel's quad-core processors.
Facebook Tempers Beacon Ad Features, Users Respond
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Actions taken on external Web sites will continue to appear at the top of a Facebook user's News Feed, but only if they opt-in.
FBI's 'Bot Roast II' Leads To Alleged New Zealand Mastermind
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The teen's botnet group is responsible for taking control of more than 1 million computers through the use of malware, the FBI alleges.
Microsoft's Xbox 360 Fall Update Set For Release
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The changes include new parental controls that let parents set limits on the amount of time their children can spend playing Xbox games during a given period.
TiVo Patent Upheld In Suit Against EchoStar
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Despite an endorsement from the USPTO, a decision on the infringement case by the U.S. Court of Appeals is still pending.
Google's Android Could Provide Sustenance For Mobile Linux
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Google's Open Handset Alliance and its use of Apache V2 public license, could prove as a proof-of-concept for some companies, ABI analysts suggest.
Winners, Losers In Google's 700-MHz Spectrum Plans
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Google's entry into the spectrum auction could be a boost to companies like Frontline Wireless, which aims to build out a hybrid private/public network.
Google Commits To Wireless Spectrum Bid
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The winner of the auction will have to pay at least $4.6 billion for the so-called "C Block" portion of the spectrum.
Google's Data Center Strategy Revealed . . . At The Rotary Club
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
For months, I've been trying to get Google to discuss its data center strategy. My approach was flawed. I could have gotten more information at a Rotary Club luncheon this week in Hickory, N.C.
BlackBerry 9000 Details And Image Leaked
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Details and specs of the much-anticipated, touch screen iPhone killer, the BlackBerry 9000, have supposedly been leaked. Let's take a look.
Z4 Sues Microsoft Over Windows Vista, Office
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
Fresh off its $142 million court victory, z4 Technologies claims Microsoft still violates patents it holds for technology that blocks attempts to use a single password.
Google Wants It All When It Comes To Wireless
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Google put months of speculation to rest today by officially announcing that it will bid in the FCC 700 MHz spectrum auction come January. It might eventually have its own mobile platform, offer all kinds of
Cellphones Don't Kill. People Do
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
A strange story about a South Korean construction worker being killed by his exploding cellphone battery has been cleared up. It seems he was killed by a coworker who then framed the cellphone for the murder.
Asterpix To Debut Hyperlinks For Video
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The company's technology shows a flashing circle or a dotted rectangle that lets users navigate through the video and get information on objects displayed on the screen.
Motorola's CEO Calls It Quits
Commentary  |  11/30/2007  | 
Some would say it is about time. After a troubling year for its handset business and massive shareholder pressure, Motorola's CEO Ed Zander has agreed to vacate his chair at the end of the table. He'll hand it over to Motorola chief operating officer Gre
Tibco Makes Its Low-Latency Messaging Software A Bit Faster
News  |  11/30/2007  | 
The latest upgrade of Rendezvous targets service-oriented architectures built by financial services companies.
Zumobi Talks Widgets And Mobile 2.0
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
A few weeks ago I sat down to discuss Mobile 2.0 with handset giant Nokia at Mobile Internet World. This time I wanted to deepen the conversation and cover mobile widgets with Beth Goza, senior marketing manager at startup Zumobi. Guess what, widgets are key to bringing Web 2.0 to the third
Police Claim Exploding Mobile Phone Did Not Kill South Korea Man
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Yesterday the blogosphere exploded with news that an exploding cell phone may have killed a man in South Korea. Now police claim the combustible handset did not play a role in the man's demise. What gives?
Apple To Kill Boot Camp Beta Dec. 31
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The utility represents a bold move by Apple to lure Windows users who aren't prepared to toss their favorite applications just so they can own a Mac.
Shop Google, Earn Airline Miles
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Google is taking a page from the credit card companies by incorporating an airline miles reward program as part of Google Checkout this month.
Analytics Brief: Disruptive By Any Name
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
We look at three technologies -- Windows Vista, ILM, and virtualization -- and find that the most disruptive one is turning out to be the no-brainer of the group.
AMD Opens Bangalore R&D Center
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
When you get CEO Hector Ruiz to fly into India to open up a new engineering facility, you know AMD is getting serious about 45nm quad-core chips.
Microsoft Rumored To Release A Windows Mobile Update
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Although there aren't many details currently available, word on the street is that Microsoft has previewed an update to its smartphone operating system, Windows Mobile 6, to the lucky few attending the annual Mobius conference.
Poor Performance Plagues Mobile Web Sites
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Google, Facebook, MapQuest, and other Web sites are struggling to perfect their mobile offerings, says Keynote Competitive Research in a new report.
A Multilayer Approach To Reducing Data Center Heat
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
Emerson Network Power's Cooligy is working with server manufacturers to integrate its close-proximity cooling techniques into "off-the-shelf" products starting next year.
Verizon Adopts LTE For 4G Wireless Platform
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
LTE lets Verizon adopt a common access platform with Vodafone to provide services worldwide based on the technology.
Microsoft Releases Final Version Of Exchange Server 2007 SP1
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
SP1 features improved support for Windows Server 2008, tighter integration with Office Communications Server 2007, and better mobile device security management.
European Union Moves To Open Its GSM Networks To Advanced Standards
News  |  11/29/2007  | 
The European Commission has estimated that free access to the 900 MHz frequencies will cut costs by 40% and achieve a 40% gain in coverage as well.
Will Open Networks Force Apple To Unlock The iPhone?
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Almost milliseconds after Verizon Wireless said it will open its networks to outside devices starting next year, I was swarmed with e-mails asking me if the iPhone would soon be able to run on Verizon's network. At first, I said no. EDGE phones don't run on CDMA networks. Then, I thought through the question again.
AT&T CEO Says 3G iPhone Will Be Available Next Year
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
The 3G iPhone has been naught but a rumor until AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson opened his mouth recently and spilled the beans. Oh, how Steve Jobs must be fuming right now. All Stephenson would commit to is "next year", but that's enough for many.
Verizon Wireless Picks LTE With Vodafone For 4G Technology
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Verizon Wireless officially dropped another bomb this week. Though the move was widely speculated about several months ago after a Vodafone executive made some comments about the two companies' plans, Verizon made it official this morning. CDMA and its 4G derivative UWB are out. L
BI Startup Targets Microsoft, Siebel CRM
Commentary  |  11/29/2007  | 
Semantra, a four-year-old company in Dallas, has developed what sounds like the Holy Grail of the database technologies: A business intelligence-like search tool that lets non-technical users make ad hoc queries in plain English. It's going after Microsoft and Siebel CRM customers first.
On Clean Energy, Google Jumps The Shark
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
As a citizen of Planet Earth, I'm glad to know that Google, the country's sixth-largest corporation in terms of market cap, is planning to invest hundreds of millions to fight global warming. If I were a shareholder (which I'm not), I wouldn't be so thrilled.
Will The Verizon Decision Translate To Wireless Growth In 2008?
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
2007 is quickly winding down and its time to start looking ahead to the new year. So far, location-based services and GPS look to be the big trends for 2008. To get a broader perspective, I sat down with noted technologist and trend prognosticator Mark Anderson of
Why Verizon Wireless Opened Its Network
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
A few years ago, I attended an analyst meeting at Verizon Wireless. One of the analysts asked about the future of adult content in mobile data services. There was a hush over the room -- you could hear a pin drop. Then CEO Dennis Strigl hesitated and said, "That will never happen while I'm CEO. It's our network and we plan to supervise everything that runs on it that we feel is in the best interest of our subscribers." Why did Verizon Wireless change course?
Super 3G In The Hands Of 24 Million People Predicted By 2012
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
A new report by Juniper Research forecasts that by 2012, nearly 24 million subscribers worldwide will be using services based on a cellular technology called Long Term Evolution, or LTE, which is often referred to as "super 3G." That means in the next couple of years wireless carriers and mobile device makers will have to step up their game, especially in the United States.
Nearly 450 Phones Ready For Packet8 MobileTalk International Calling Service
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
VoIP provider 8x8 launched the low-cost international long-distance mobile calling service less than two weeks ago.
Wind-Powered Google Data Centers? One Already Exists
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Google's new initiative to develop renewable energy sources conjures up images of data centers powered by water, wind, and the sun. No need to stretch your imagination; Google's already got them.
bMighty bMobile Virtual Expo Set To Debut
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Next Tuesday, December 4, bMighty.com is venturing into the new arena of online events with the launch of bMighty bMobile, A Virtual Expo. It's the place to be -- right on your desktop!
California Looks At Google Or Microsoft As Its Hosted Software Supplier
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
A move to hosted e-mail and other services would affect a quarter of a million state workers and create a multimillion-dollar revenue windfall for either company.
Verizon Begins Selling XV6800 Smartphone
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The business-oriented phone operates on the third-generation EVDO network, capable of delivering download data rates of up to 2.4 Mbps.
FCC Postpones Decision On New Regs For Cable TV
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
A split among commissioners has caused the FCC to seek more data on the structure of the cable TV industry before it acts on new rules.
Online Holiday Shopping Surged 26% On Cyber Monday, Analysts Estimate
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
Web traffic peaked on Thanksgiving as sales reached $733 million on Cyber Monday this year, according to surveys from Hitwise and comScore.
South Korean Man Killed By Exploding Mobile Phone
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Sure, we've all heard about mobile phones that explode, but this time the exploding phone actually killed someone. Are mobile phones becoming less safe?
AMD Sees Growth In Specialized Chips
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
While AMD is certainly not proclaiming the death of the standalone processor, the company believes it is at the end stages of the "one size fits all" computing model.
IBM Unveils Tivoli Customer Experience Management Software
News  |  11/28/2007  | 
The software will give service providers a clearer picture of network usage patterns and customer behavior.
Google Talks Up Enhanced Mobile Google Maps And Location Services
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
As if we needed another sign that location will be the hot topic for 2008, Google today announced a significant upgrade to its Google Maps for mobile application called My Location. In order to get a better handle on the upgrade, I sat down with Steve Lee, product manager, Google Maps for mobile, to discuss Google's plans for location applications.
Google Adds Locator Feature To Mobile Maps Application
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
Google made a new beta version of its Mobile Maps application available to certain smartphones today. The biggest improvement of the application comes with its My Location feature, which uses cell tower information--and not on-board GPS--to determine user location. Watch our demo here.
Motorola Loses The Number Two Spot To Samsung, Has Clearly Lost Its Mojo
Commentary  |  11/28/2007  | 
More bad news for Motorola. Plagued by a tough year all around, Motorola slipped from the world's second-largest supplier of mobile phones to the third, according to third quarter figures released yesterday. In comparison, Nokia increased its lead and sold nearly three times as many devices as Motorola. Can Moto turn it around and get its moj
TiVo Signs NBC Universal For Viewer Research
News  |  11/27/2007  | 
Demand for such information is increasing as more people use DVRs that make it possible to skip commercials.
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