News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile posted in December 2006
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John Edwards Does YouTube. This Could Get Interesting
Commentary  |  12/29/2006  | 
Count on political Internet video to get a lot more exciting than Democrat John Edwards' announcement posted this week. What if the Kerry Swift boat controversy of the last presidential campaign played out on YouTube? It all might even get hot enough to spark some interesting business uses of Internet video.
In Focus: Our Top-15 Stories of 2006
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
Practical advice once again trumps trend stories and news analysis in Intelligent Enterprise reader appeal. Check out some of our most insightful stories of 2006.
AT&T Concessions Bode Well For Consumers And Businesses Alike
Commentary  |  12/29/2006  | 
The long dragged-out battle over net neutrality took a decisive turn last week. Anxious to push through the largest telecom deal in U.S. history by the end of the year, AT&T made some serious concessions to the critics of its proposal to buy BellSouth. Most notably, the telecom giant assured members of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) that it will not discriminate--either positively or negatively-
CES: Digital Content Roils Media Landscape
News  |  12/29/2006  | 
"The proliferation of formats and the desire to interconnect everything ends up creating a mad scramble," says Analog Devices' Bill Bucklen.
Software as a Service Meets Business Intelligence
News  |  12/28/2006  | 
Hosted systems can expand access to analytic information. But Ventana Research recommends evaluating SaaS models for particular business needs and to determine how they can work together with internally deployed BI applications.
Get A Second Life
Commentary  |  12/28/2006  | 
Now that 2006 is fast slipping away, everyone has turned on their nostalgia and is eagerly looking back at the "top" stories of the last 12 months. I usually find these kinds of pieces interesting, but instead, I want to look at what I think will turn into one of the top trends of 2007.
Asian Net Access Improves Slightly After Quake
News  |  12/27/2006  | 
According to the Internet Traffic Report Web site, Asia's average connectivity index climbed to 51 by midday Wednesday, up from 43 earlier.
The Return Of Spam
Commentary  |  12/27/2006  | 
In recent weeks, you've probably noticed the return of an old pest: spam. For almost two years, it seemed as if spam might finally be on the decline. Remember when Bill Gates said that by 2006, "spam will be solved"? Well, that was all going well until a few months ago when spam struck back.
Don't Worry, It's Not Socialism
Commentary  |  12/22/2006  | 
We're starting to see the emergence of new economies in the Internet in which the exchange of money isn't the straightforward path from customer to merchant that we're all used to. This has led to some alarmed hand-wringing about socialism, when in fact what we're seeing is the good ol' free market at work in strange and new ways.

Nature's Failure Shows Limits Of User-Generated Content
Commentary  |  12/22/2006  | 
The publication Nature is abandoning an experiment with open, online peer review to help vet scientific research before publication. It highlights a question being asked with more skepticism about user-generated content attempts: Why should I generate content for you?
Plenty Of Dumb To Go Around
Commentary  |  12/22/2006  | 
A U.S. District Court judge ruled that the Web site Supercrosslive.com should be prohibited from providing direct links to live audiocasts of motorcycle races. Get out a big bucket of dumb, people, because there's plenty to go around for everybody in this case.

Symantec: Another Surge In Worm Scanning For Unpatched Antivirus Software
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Sensors monitored by Symantec's DeepSight threat management service have reported a significant spike in traffic related to TCP port 2967, which Symantec has traced to scans generated by the "Sagevo" worm.
Residential VoIP Users Number More Than 9 Million
News  |  12/22/2006  | 
Subscribers using facilities-based VoIP have created a horse race between Vonage and Time Warner Cable users, with Vonage reporting 1.7 million users to Time Warner's 1.6 million.
Fear Is Driving Users From Desktop To Web
Commentary  |  12/21/2006  | 
The author of my favorite desktop application that I'm not using anymore kicks off a discussion of why applications are moving to the Web. Nick Bradbury of NewsGator, author of the FeedDemon RSS aggregator, says it's because people are afraid of installing software on their desktop.

Scoping Out the Emerging Spreadsheet Management Market
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Ventana Research expects applications that perform spreadsheet management to evolve into a $500 million market by 2011.
Atlanta Licenses Cognos BI
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The City of Atlanta has licensed Cognos's business intelligence platform as the software foundation of its citywide performance management initiative.
NetSuite Launches Online Employee Self-Service Center
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Online software provider NetSuite has launched an employee resource management service that the company says reduces costs and boosts productivity by enabling workers to perform project-related chores, and access human resource-related documents.
Microsoft Wins Hands-Down For Most Disappointing Product Of 2006
Commentary  |  12/21/2006  | 
Many tech newspapers and magazines have year-end wrap-ups of the best products of the year, and at least one does a wrap-up of the biggest vaporware of the year, but I don't know anybody who's doing a wrap-up of the most disappointing products of the year -- products that were hyped like crazy, and which (unlike vaporware) actually materialized, but proved to be duds once the vendor showed us what was actually behind
Vonage To Fight Baltimore's Effort To Tax Its Internet Phone Service
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Vonage won a court battle more than three years ago in which a federal judge ruled that Vonage's service was an information service, not a telecommunications service.
Motorola Plans To Boost IPTV Set-Top Boxes With Tut Acquisition
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
Tut sells digital video encoding, processing, and distribution products that support local ad insertion, real-time conditioning of video and audio, and compression of video.
German Net Scammers Sentenced To Four Years
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The two men were part of an Internet auto-dialing scam that netted them more than 12 million euros, or $15.8 million.
FCC Looks To Free Up Additional Spectrum For Public Safety Providers
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The FCC is seeking comments on a proposal to reallocate 12 megahertz of the 700 MHz public safety spectrum from wideband to broadband use.
Opera Lands Samsung Licensing Deal
News  |  12/21/2006  | 
The South Korean electronics maker will use Opera Mobile in as-yet-unspecified advanced cell and/or smartphones.
The InformationWeek Weblog Community Sounds Off
Commentary  |  12/20/2006  | 
The community discusses the death of outsourcing advocate Sunil Mehta, tools for getting the most from two PCs, outsourcing security, upgrading Windows, and getting around Windows activation.
Has Blockbuster Finally Found The Hammer To Crush Netflix?
Commentary  |  12/20/2006  | 
TechCrunch thinks it has, as Michael Arrington, a self-confessed former "die-hard Netflix fan," notes in a post explaining why he's canceling his Netflix membership. He says the recent announcement by Blockbuster that you can now return mail-order rentals at the store tips the balance. Also helping make Blockbuster more attractive: Allowing customers to use the free rentals for movies or games, generous free-
Journalist's Interview Interrupted By Attack Of Flying Genitalia
Commentary  |  12/20/2006  | 
CNET interviewed Ailin Graef, aka "Anshe Chung," about her experiences amassing more than $1 million in virtual property inside the game Second Life. As is Graef's practice, she did the interview inside the game, specifically in the news bureau CNET has opened inside Second Life. What happened next is something that I'm sure never happened to Lois Lane. I'll let CNET tell it thems
Internet Searches Still A Consumer-Dominated Activity
Commentary  |  12/20/2006  | 
For all the discussion of Google, Yahoo, and other major search engines in the IT trade press as an increasingly essential business tool, use of the technology to search the Web is still the unquestionable domain of consumers.
Record Companies Drop File-Sharing Lawsuit Against Internet-Illiterate Mom
Commentary  |  12/20/2006  | 
We're learning the rules: If you're Internet-illiterate, the recording industry will back off of suing you for music piracy. Likewise, you won't be sued if your dad is president of a record company. However, if you're dead, you better watch out.
Victory In Hand, Visto Plans To Defend Its Wireless E-Mail Patents
News  |  12/20/2006  | 
The U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas ordered Seven Networks to pay Visto $7.7 million in damages.
Companies Have Aggressive Plans for Business Intelligence
News  |  12/19/2006  | 
Research points to significant growth in the use of BI services in the year ahead.
Former HP Board Member Signs Book Deal
News  |  12/19/2006  | 
According to Gotham Books, Tom Perkins -- who blew the lid off the HP spy scandal -- also is set to write about his marriage to author Danielle Steele, his trial for manslaughter in a backwater French town, and the creation of Genetech.
Skype 'Worm' Overrated, Says Websense
News  |  12/19/2006  | 
Websense has reclassified the threat as a Trojan horse and says its impact is declining.
AT&T-BellSouth Stalemate Continues; McDowell Won't Vote
News  |  12/19/2006  | 
The decision by Commissioner McDowell to refrain from voting means the commission will have to consider whether to impose conditions on the deal, including net neutrality requirements.
SmartClose For Windows Saves Time Shutting Down, Re-Starting Programs
Commentary  |  12/18/2006  | 
The free Windows software SmartClose solves one of the most annoying problems with Windows XP: If you're used to working with a lot of applications running in the background, it's a long, tedious process to shut them all down, and another long, tedious process to start them all up again. SmartClose automatically shuts down running programs and services with a few mouse clicks. It also saves the list of running programs to a "snaps
Tools For Getting The Most From Two PCs
Commentary  |  12/18/2006  | 
I recently joined the ranks of, well, probably most of the computer-using adult world: I now have two computers that I use on a regular basis, one that I use primarily for work, one primarily for leisure activities. That leaves me with the need to find easy ways of getting information from one to the other, including browser settings, e-mail, and the occasional document. Here's what I've found works best.

FCC Preparing To Smooth The Way For TV Services By Phone Companies
News  |  12/18/2006  | 
AT&T and Verizon have spent billions to deploy fiber optic cable in their service areas to compete with cable TV companies.
Digg Unveils New Features
Commentary  |  12/18/2006  | 
Digg unveiled some new features today designed to make it easier for us to keep up with news and harder for us to get any work done. Users will be able to rank podcasts the way they now rank news stories. TechCrunch notes the significance:: "The Digg team isn't putting it this way, but it's clear that this is an experim
BI-Powered Wine Guide Helps You Pick the Right Bottle
News  |  12/18/2006  | 
Business intelligence is a great decision-support tool, so why not use it to pick the best wine for your holiday meal?
Cingular Signs Exclusive MySpace Deal
News  |  12/18/2006  | 
A set of tools will let Cingular subscribers edit their MySpace profiles, view and add friends' profiles, post photos and blogs, and send and receive messages.
Verizon Joins Asian Consortium Building $500 Million U.S.-China Network
News  |  12/18/2006  | 
The new cable will be able to support 62 million simultaneous phone calls, which is 60 times more than the capacity of the existing cable linking the two nations.
Leveraging RFID Data: IBM's New Websphere RFID Information Center
News  |  12/17/2006  | 
IBM unveils its solution for company's looking for technology to deal with the "data tsunami" from sensors and radio frequency identification tags.
VMware's Rosenblum: Virtualization Means Changes
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
Mendel Rosenblum, Stanford University operating system researcher and chief scientist at VMware, is an approachable, brainy uncle kind of figure. For example, he pauses to think about a question instead of just automatically answering it.
SOA for Business Intelligence Isn’t Well Understood
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
Ventana Research explains how building a service-oriented architecture for business intelligence depends on understanding what a complete infrastructure for SOA is, and how to properly evaluate technical solutions for BI services.
What Does 2007 Promise?
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
Earlier this week, futurist and technology guru Mark Anderson hosted his annual SNS New York dinner, a high-level gathering of VCs, investment bankers, journalists, technology entrepreneurs, and others, at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel.
NYC Cabs Getting Text Messaging, Locator Technology, Passenger Screens
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
All New York City cabs will have information monitors, credit card readers, and satellite maps by next year.
Former IT Contractor Sentenced To Two Years For Network Attack
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
Ryan Fisher pled guilty to launching an attack that shut down Wi-Fi service to the customers of SBT Internet and UT1 Internet, which both provide service in and around Vernal, Utah.
Elbowing Through The Holiday Crowds At Online Stores
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
Shopping for holiday gifts online sure seemed the perfect panacea. No crowds, no squinting down cluttered aisles, no jerk who just took that parking space I had my eye on. But even online, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas shopping in the bricks-and-mortar world. In other words, lost time, difficulty finding what you want, questionable customer service, and just general annoyance.
BitTorrent User Goes To Jail
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
A Hong Kong court has upheld a three-month jail sentence for a 38-year-old man who the Motion Picture Association claims is the first to be charged for using BitTorrent file sharing.
Ready Or Not, Time To Upgrade Windows
Commentary  |  12/15/2006  | 
One of the more baffling objections to open source is the fear that the user won't be able to find support. Users fear they'll find themselves abandoned, with no vendor to turn to when they run into problems. Users see proprietary software as a safer alternative. But, in fact, proprietary software vendors abandon their users all the time. It's a standard business practice -- if you're a proprietary software vendor, and you want to force your users to buy into your product upgrade, jus
FCC Vote On AT&T-BellSouth Merger Stays On 'Hold'
News  |  12/15/2006  | 
However, Chairman Kevin Martin told reporters he is "anxious" to resolve the issue that has been stalemated for several weeks.
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