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Content tagged with Mobile posted in December 2008
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Resolving What Not To Do In 2009
Commentary  |  12/31/2008  | 
The New Year is upon us. This annual switch of the calendar signals the official shift from looking back on 2008 to looking forward to 2009. Looking forward usually takes two forms: predictions and resolutions.
Microsoft's Year-End Zune Fail
Commentary  |  12/31/2008  | 
Users of the 30-GB Zune all over the world awoke this morning to find that it was the day the music died. Although it's still a bit of a mystery why the Zunes failed, the only fix that gets the Zune working right now is an extreme reset that requires disassembling the case to disconnect both the battery and hard drive.
The Internet's Cool, But TV Remains Ad King
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
A Deloitte survey also finds that nearly six in 10 U.S. consumers would like to easily integrate their televisions with their computers to download or watch online content.
Treasure Hunter Claims Google Maps Treasure Find
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
A 39-year-old musician and filmmaker from Los Angeles has been fighting representatives of an estate in Refugio County, Texas, for the right to excavate.
Alaska Air Taps Oracle To Build Customer Loyalty
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The airline implements Siebel loyalty-program software designed to shift the focus away from revenue-draining free miles and more toward personalized service.
LG Adds CinemaNow, YouTube Access To Blu-Ray Player
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The new services will be available on Network Blu-ray Disc Players shipping in the first half of next year.
Microsoft Scrambling To Thaw Zune Freeze
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The incident is unlikely to help Microsoft gain ground against Apple's iPod, which accounts for about three-quarters of the digital music player market.
China Approves 3G Licenses
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
The rollout could lead to big business for the likes of Alcatel-Lucent and Motorola, but questions remain about which companies will get 3G contracts.
Dell Unveils Massive Reorganization
News  |  12/31/2008  | 
To try to stem declining revenue and profits, the PC maker will change its business sales and marketing approach from a regional to a global strategy.
Macworld Puts Its Future In Hands Of Apple Fanboys
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
With Steve Jobs passing on the January classic and Apple pulling out altogether after next year, the brain trust at IDG is hosting a town hall meeting of Macintosh faithful for suggestions. Is there wisdom in the collective?
Consumers Don't See Mobile Banking As Secure
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
A research report recommends banks adopt a login method beyond user name and password, and provide e-mail alerts for particular conditions like a large withdrawal.
Sony PS3 Costs Less To Make, But Still A Money Loser
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
A teardown analysis by iSuppli finds that the latest PS3 costs $448.73 to make, or 35% less than the $690.23 for the first-generation model.
Home Networking: Next Big Thing For Consumer Devices
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
A Parks Associates survey suggests 2009 will center largely on connecting digital cameras, photo frames, and mobile phones.
T-Mobile Handset Schedule Hits The Tubes
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
The kid has done it again, as the Boy Genius Report has snagged the upcoming release schedule for T-Mobile. It's packed full of some really cool handsets, including a new BlackBerry, and an 8-megpixel camera phone.
Sprint Increases Payments To Virgin Mobile
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
At last count, Sprint had slightly more than 50 million subscribers.
Samsung Building Its Own 4G Chips
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
The company will bypass paying royalties to the likes of Qualcomm by manufacturing its own WiMax and LTE chips.
Amazon, Netflix Rated Highest In Holiday Customer Satisfaction
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
Home Shopping Network and the Gap suffered the steepest declines in the annual ForeSee online retailer customer satisfaction survey.
Global CIO: The Top 10 CIO Issues For 2009
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
What should be on your agenda next year: A CIO-centric blend of business and tech issues that will help you increase business and customer value.
LG Display To Unveil Motion-Blur-Free LCD TV
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
The Trumotion 480Hz uses scanning backlight technology to eliminate the blur often seen when flat-panel displays show fast-moving images.
FCC Could Drop Filtering For Free Internet Plan
News  |  12/30/2008  | 
In hopes of getting free wireless broadband passed before he's replaced, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said the winner of the AWS-3 spectrum wouldn't have to filter adult content.
Crisis Survival Kit: 3 Things Every Business Owner Need To Thrive
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
Among the axioms flying around in these bleak financial times is that a recession is a great time to start a business. It's also a time to seize opportunities as competitors retreat and retrench. But whether you're hatching a new business or scrambling to keep the one you already have afloat, bringing 3 things to your business will put you on the path to success.
Windows 7: Linux Killer, Or Windows Killer?
Commentary  |  12/30/2008  | 
The newest installment of Conventional Computer Wisdom holds that Windows 7 will be "a Linux-killer," unseating Linux on netbooks and sealing its fate on the desktop. Well, maybe XP-killer and Vista-killer is more like it.

Microsoft's Obvious-Patent Insanity
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
On Christmas, Microsoft filed for yet another one of those crazy patents that seems so obvious you have to wonder why they bother to apply. Aren't patents supposed to be for nonobvious inven
Intel Launches Fresh Mobile Quad-Core Chip
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
The Core 2 Quad Q9000 can first be found in Acer's latest Aspire 8930G-7665 laptop.
Fake iPhone Nanos Pop Up
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
Well, it's that time of year when we get flooded with iPhone Nano rumors. But this one's a little different in that we're already seeing cases and knockoffs of a nonexistent device. Should Apple bring out an iPhone Nano?
Microsoft Seeks Pay-As-You-Go Computing Patent
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
While such patent applications don't always lead to products, they do give some inkling as to what Microsoft is considering.
Text Messaging Rates Questioned Again
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
Industry watchers and politicians say the cost to transmit the growing number of SMS messages isn't in line with the rising fees.
The Future Of The Netbook?
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
As laptop computers are predicted to outsell desktops in 2009, what role will the smaller, cheaper netbook play? And how can you decide if the netbook is a good fit for your business?
RIM Takes Motorola To Court Over Jobs
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
Motorola is trying to keep the BlackBerry maker from hiring fired or soon-to-be fired employees, RIM said in a lawsuit.
Kindle E-Reader Amazon's Top-Selling Electronic Device
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
The Oprah-endorsed e-book reader was also the No. 1 item on Amazon customers' wish lists.
Calif. Saying Hasta La Vista To Driving While Texting
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
Ironically, text messaging has exploded in the last few years and has become a significant revenue generator for wireless carriers.
Congressman Says Funds Needed For Digital TV Converters, Call Centers
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
A government agency is projecting a shortage of coupons for analog-to-digital converter boxes.
Getting Started With Your New iPod Touch
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
The iPod Touch was a hugely popular gift for Christmas last week. If you got an iPod Touch or iPhone, read on for pointers to our favorite free and cheap iPod Touch apps. And if you didn't get an iPhone or Touch, we have some alternatives for you.
Samsung's 8-Megapixel Innov8 Coming To AT&T
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
The Symbian-powered smartphone, with its high-caliber camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS, will be compatible with AT&T's networks.
Winter Storm Causes Major AT&T Outages
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
The large scale voice and data outages came as Wal-Mart began selling Apple's iPhone 3G in thousands of stores.
New Hampshire Considers Ban On Texting While Driving
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
Washington state, Alaska, the District of Columbia, Louisiana, Minnesota, and New Jersey all have similar bans in effect.
Microsoft Layoffs Coming?
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
Despite hiring at a rapid clip for the last few years, even Microsoft may not be immune to the rounds of layoffs hitting the technology industry recently.
Intelligent Enterprise Top-Ten Stories of 2008.
News  |  12/29/2008  | 
How-to articles trump news and trend pieces yet again.
Palm Gets a Needed Christmas Present
Commentary  |  12/29/2008  | 
Struggling to maintain a leading position in the smartphone space, Palm received a much needed cash infusion. Once a leader in this space, the company has recently struggled to remain relevant as high profile companies entered this space. In response, Palm has staked its future on its new Nova operating system, and the money could be used to help promote it.
Microsoft Keeps Netbooks Small And Weak
Commentary  |  12/28/2008  | 
Although this doesn't seem to have been a great holiday season for technology in general, I suspect that netbooks will be a bright spot for computer makers. Tiny notebook PCs like the Asus Eee PC, Acer Aspire One, Dell Inspiron Mini 9, and
Wal-Mart Sells Apple iPhone, $99 Models Available
News  |  12/28/2008  | 
Consumers can find great deals on the 8-GB version of the smartphone, but only at a handful of retailers.
Let's Stop This Patent Trolling
Commentary  |  12/26/2008  | 
It seems like every few months, some obscure company is awarded a patent for some relatively mundane idea, then turns around and sues the companies that have been using it. This time, the incredible and seemingly patentable innovation is icons that update based on document or window content.
Living With Parallels On Desktop, Server And iPhone
Commentary  |  12/26/2008  | 
I spend 80% of my work life in a 100% Mac shop. I've used VM solutions from Sun, VMware, and Parallels on Apple hardware for InformationWeek. We've been a Parallels shop at my day job 'cause, frankly, it was first out with desktop and server solutions. We're much happier with the latest rev of Desktop.
Fry's Exec Accused Of Massive Kickback Scheme
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
The manager with a gambling debt is accused of demanding exorbitant commissions from a handful of Fry's suppliers in return for prominent product placement within the retailer's stores.
Researchers Boost Brightness Of Energy-Efficient OLED Lighting
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
The technology can be used in a wide variety of applications, including television screens, computer displays, advertising signage and mobile phones.
Some Business Stories Are Filled With Cheer
Commentary  |  12/24/2008  | 
It's all too common lately to check out the news and end up depressed. Which is why it's refreshing to read some good news, like the story of a recently shuttered bakery -- that resulted in 300 layoffs -- being opened back up by another company just in time for the holidays.
Facebook, MySpace Could Boost Location-Based Services
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
Integrating LBS and tapping into its anticipated $13 billion market is expected to generate a healthy revenue stream for the social networks.
iPhone Trumps Storm In Customer Satisfaction
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
Owners of the iPhone 3G were more satisfied than BlackBerry Storm owners, but RIM is well positioned for the next quarter, according to a report.
It's Time To Install Mac OS X 10.5.6
Commentary  |  12/24/2008  | 
Last week, Apple introduced the latest update to Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard." As with other recent Leopard updates, the 10.5.6 update focused on bug fixes and security patches. However, there are some welcome feature upgrades  including improvements to MobileMe's "push" synchronization for contacts, calendars and bookmarks.
NORAD Tracking Santa Claus With Google Maps
News  |  12/24/2008  | 
The aerospace command is using the Internet to follow Kris Kringle's Christmas Eve progress.
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