News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile posted in December 2007
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Google Search Nets Chief Performance Yahoo
Commentary  |  12/31/2007  | 
As of Jan. 7, Steve Souders says he is trading in his Yahoo hat for a Google one. It's a boon for Google, but is it a bust for Yahoo? And, did anyone not see this coming?
WiMax Royalties Could Exceed Cellular Options
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
WiMax supporters may be incorrect in claims that the technology will have lower royalty rates than LTE or UMB cellular options, says a market researcher.
IPTV To Spread In 2008
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Interest in the Beijing Olympics and user-generated content are predicted to boost IPTV adoption worldwide.
Windows Home Server Bug Could Lead To Data Loss
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The issue was acknowledged in October, when Microsoft warned "not to copy data files that contain alternate data streams to Windows Home Server shared folders."
Online Holiday Shopping Celebrates 21% Growth
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
Still, price cuts and coupons produce mixed results as shopping spending overall was lackluster, according to analysts with ComScore.
Vonage Settles Patent Fights With Nortel, AT&T
News  |  12/31/2007  | 
The agreement, which also involved Digital Packet Licensing patents acquired by Nortel, centered on the use of 411 and emergency calls.
iPhone 1.1.3 Firmware Features Peeked
Commentary  |  12/31/2007  | 
An early working version of firmware update 1.1.3 for the iPhone has been spotted in the wild and given the full video preview treatment over at Gizmodo. A short list of the confirmed new features includes multiple-recipient SMS and Google's new faux GPS maps application.
Half Of U.S. Households Have Digital TVs, Trade Group Says
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
HDTVs are expected to account for 79% of DTV shipments in the United States next year, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
Report Questions Future Of Qualcomm's 4G Wireless
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
Ultra Mobile Broadband is expected to go commercial in mid-2009, but none of the carriers has announced plans to test or deploy the technology.
Is Apple Planning To Launch An Ultra Mobile PC Next Year?
Commentary  |  12/28/2007  | 
We've been hearing rumors for months that Apple is working on some kind of tablet PC, most likely an ultramobile PC (UMPC) of some kind. One of my colleagues, Mitch Wagner, thinks that Apple has no plans for a tablet. Other industry insiders, like futurist Mark Anderson, think
E-Health Industry Struggling To Find Sustainable Business Models
News  |  12/28/2007  | 
An annual survey also found that the government is no longer the top provider of startup funding, as 53% of all initiatives received startup funding from hospitals.
Virtual Machine Management Tools Take Center Stage
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
In addition to larger vendors, newcomers such as Embotics, PlateSpin, and Veeam are expanding their list of VM control products.
Passenger Says He Hacked Windows In New York Taxi Display Screen
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
A software engineer says he accessed a New York City cab's video display system files after seeing an error message on the screen.
China IPTV Subscriptions Miss Expectations
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
The country is shy of a predicted 1.3 million mainland customers for the year but could recover with a cooperative business model, analysts suggest.
Apple Reportedly Inks Deal To Launch Fox Movie Rental Service
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
Fox reportedly also has agreed to release movie DVDs using Apple's digital rights management technology.
Apple Seeks Patent For Wireless Order Processing For Cafes
News  |  12/27/2007  | 
The application describes a system in which a person approaching a cafe or restaurant could wirelessly place an order that would be received by an in-store computer.
Blogging and Smaller Businesses: Good for Some, Not All
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
Is your New Year's resolution to start a blog? For many smaller businesses, blogging can be an effective, cheap marketing tool. But for others, it's a waste of time.
The Rise Of The Two-Screen TV Audience
Commentary  |  12/27/2007  | 
Startup Jacked.com is building a business around people who use a PC, laptop, or cell phone at the same time that they're watching TV. These so-called "two screeners" may represent the rising class among TV viewers.
"Entitled" Younger Workers Could Be Advantage For Small Firms
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
No surprise, but it seems Generation Y workers expect more workplace perks than their more mature colleagues. Actually, though, that opens an opportunity for smaller firms with more flexible HR policies.
E-Mail Is The Center Of The Universe
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
Seems that way sometimes, doesn't it? Well, a Canadian outfit called Kryptiva aims to make it almost literally true with a Collaboration Suite that links file sharing, application sharing, and instant messaging to your Outlook inbox.
BlackBerry Maker Proposes An Angular Keyboard For Mobile Devices
Commentary  |  12/26/2007  | 
Apple stole the show this year by introducing its touch-screen-only iPhone. But mobile innovation doesn't stop there. Many device makers are stepping up their game, including Research In Motion, which, according to a recent patent application filed with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, is proposing an angular keyboard for (what appears to be) future BlackBerry smartphones.
Japanese Carriers Seek Pole Position For Apple's iPhone
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
DoCoMo's relationship with Google may give it an edge over Softbank and KDDI, local reports suggest.
Netgear Expands ReadyNAS Line Of Storage Products
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The new products stem from Netgear's $60 million acquisition of Infrant, which was announced in early May.
Verizon's Transfer Of New England Lines Gets A Busy Signal
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
Officials in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont oppose a plan to hand over older operations to FairPoint Communications.
Apple's Antipiracy Patent Similar To Microsoft's WGA
News  |  12/26/2007  | 
The application, titled "Run-Time Code Injection To Perform Checks," describes a DRM system that validates the authenticity of the software maker's products.
McKesson Migrates To Linux As Boost To Patient Safety
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
The health care services company moved 50 of its 70 applications to Linux over the last two years and will complete the process with the remaining 20 within a year or two.
Online Holiday Shopping Spikes In Last Full Week
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
Sales are expected to remain strong due to late-season shipping deals and the ability to buy online and pickup the merchandise at stores, an analyst firm said.
Are Cell Phones Replacing Landlines?
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
It's not uncommon for a household to bypass landline phones and use cell phones as the primary means of communication inside and outside the home. In fact, U.S. households are forecast to spend more on cell phone services than landline services this year.
RIM Up, Palm Down, As Smartphone Market Heats Up
News  |  12/21/2007  | 
Palm is getting squeezed by RIM's BlackBerry device for business users and by Apple's iPhone for consumers, one analyst says.
Intel: Apple Likes Our Mobile Device Chips, Hungry For More
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
According to word from Intel, Apple will be relying on the processor company more and more in the future. In fact, Apple has committed to Intel's Menlow Mobile Internet Device platform and
The Top 5 Mobile Stories Of 2007
Commentary  |  12/21/2007  | 
This year has been a heck of a ride in the world of mobility. We've seen success and failure, love and hate, and tons of new technology. Here are the five biggest stories of the year. I'll bet you'll never guess what number 1 is.
Think Secret No More
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
Alas, poor Nick Ciarelli, I knew him Horatio. A fellow of Infinite Loop, a most excellent Apple fan boy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now how abhorred in my imagination it is! Still... good luck with that pile of cash from Apple, buddy.
TransMedia Launches Ad-Free E-Mail
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The Web-based service, dubbed Glide, offers 2 Gbytes of storage with its free accounts.
AT&T Disables Windows Live On Treo 750 Smartphones
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
Palm earlier this month released a Windows Mobile 6 update for AT&T customers with Treo 750 smartphones. But it turns out that Treo 750 users are unable to utilize Windows Live. Instead, they're restricted to using AT&T's Xpress Mail and instant messaging, as one very unhappy AT&T customer pointed out.
Cisco No. 2 Resigns At Critical Juncture
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
Charlie Giancarlo was widely seen as the most likely successor to chairman and CEO John Chambers.
More BlackBerry 9000 Details Leaked
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
The Boy Genius Report has the scoop on the much-anticipated BlackBerry 9000 smartphone, yet again. Let's take a look at what this touch-screen smartphone promises.
Software AG Buys Parts Of Jacada For $26 Million
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The purchase leaves Jacada free to pursue its second product line, its call center solutions business, under its own name.
Are Google iPhone Apps Also Beta Apps For Android?
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
It seems that lots of Googlers are really into the iPhone, including Googler-in-Chief Eric Schmidt. Google has been launching new mobile applications specifically for the iPhone, just as the company also prepares its own Android platform. Is there a hidden connection between the iPhone and Google Android?
Brits Caught Talking While Driving To Be Jailed
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
Talking, texting, or otherwise using a mobile device while driving is becoming illegal in more and more states here in the United States. None of the penalties here are as severe as those ab
3Com CEO Sees Silver Lining Despite Struggles
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The latest financial filing shows the firm's gross margins were the highest recorded by 3Com in recent years.
Samba Gets Microsoft Protocol Info
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
The agreement allows Samba implementations of the Windows workgroup protocols to go out under the General Public License.
RIM Closes 2007 With 10% Of Worldwide Smartphone Market
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
RIM saw yet another year of strong growth in 2007. It will finish the year as the world's No. 2 supplier of smartphones, behind only behemoth Nokia. RIM is going to have to do better outside of North America if it wants to keep it up.
T-Mobile Promises To Support SunCom Customers
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
T-Mobile this week issued a letter to SunCom customers, updating them on its upcoming acquisition of the southeastern wireless carrier and outlining its plan to support the customers going forward.
Apple Silences Think Secret
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
Think Secret, the target of an Apple lawsuit to find out who leaked information to the site, has announced that it has reached a settlement with Apple at the cost of its existence, though not its integrity. Nick Ciarelli, publisher of Think Secret, said the site will close.
FTC Approves Google-DoubleClick Deal
News  |  12/20/2007  | 
Reviewers determined the acquisition would not harm competition and that privacy concerns should be dealt with through additional guidelines.
An Easy -- and Guilt-Free -- Way to Make Room for That New Smartphone
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
With the holidays fast approaching and images of brand new electronics -- smartphones, PDAs, laptops or anything that makes it easier, or more fun, to conduct your business -- dancing in your head, there is one obvious question: What are you going to do with the old stuff?
Now You Can Own A Ferrari For A Few Hundred Dollars
Commentary  |  12/20/2007  | 
The latest Ferrari won't go from 0-60 in under 4 seconds, nor top out at more than 200 mph. But it will make pretty good phone calls, let you watch video, and browse the Web. Did you think I was talking about a real Ferrari? Nope. I'm talking about the Motorola Z8 Ferrari Edition mobile phone (which isn't going to really compensate for anything).
Mac Fans More Likely To Pay For Music Than PC Users
News  |  12/19/2007  | 
Mac users are also much more likely to listen to music files on their computers, according to a report from the NPD Group.
5 Tips for Green Data Storage
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
Everyone wants to be green these days, and so does your data. Apparently, though, tape-based backup just doesn't cut it, environmentally speaking.
Why Is Palm Still Standing?
Commentary  |  12/19/2007  | 
In view of the latest earnings report from Palm Inc. -- a quarterly loss of $9.63 million (compared with a $12.8 million profit a year earlier), revenue down 11%, and a stock in free fall -- it's time to ask, Why does this company still exist as an independent entity?
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