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Content tagged with Mobile posted in December 2009
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5 Mobility Predictions For 2010
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Five predictions for what SMBs can expect on the mobility front in the coming year -- from Trust Digital.
Microsoft Bringing Xbox Live To Windows Mobile
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
Job posting out of Redmond indicate Microsoft is likely planning to integrate its Xbox Live online gaming platform with Windows Mobile.
Apple Tablet Success Riding On Touch-Panel Patents
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
In my recent story on the Apple iSlate speculation, I pointed to Windows tablets to make the point that Steve Jobs and company don't invent things, they perfect them. But when I wrote that Apple doesn't have any tablet patents, a reader noted that what Apple does have is multi-touch interface patents. And those will be the key to the Apple tablet.
LCD TV Sales Boom Foreseen In 2010
News  |  12/31/2009  | 
While worldwide shipments rose 1 percent this year, they're expected to ramp 22 percent to 171 million units in 2010, according to DisplaySearch.
7 Cloud Computing Predictions For 2010
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Seven Predictions on what SMBs can expect from the world of cloud computing in the coming year -- from Appirio.
Kingston Warns Of USB Drive Security Flaws
Commentary  |  12/31/2009  | 
Data storage vendor Kingston recently warned customers of a flaw in several of its secure USB drives that could allow an attacker to access sensitive information.
MySQL's Former Owner Can't 'Save' It After Selling It
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Monty Widenius continues his campaign to save MySQL from falling into Oracle's possession with a script that would have been suitable, perhaps, for the Perils of Pauline. The whole problem with "saving" MySQL at this point is that its most outspoken defenders chose to sell it to Sun, a firm on the brink of collapse.
E-Sales In Holiday Surge
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
Social network marketing, poor weather, and free shipping offers helped push online shopping to a 5% gain during the 2009 holiday season.
Online Retailers Boost Customer Satisfaction
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
Amazon, Macy's and other e-retailers achieved record-high levels of consumer satisfaction over the holiday shopping season.
WSO2 Launches Business Activity Monitor
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
The open source monitor provides visibility into services oriented architectures through the customizable WSO2 Gadget Server dashboard.
Google Nexus One Said To Cost $530 Unlocked
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
The HTC handset, expected to be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, may represent a unified platform for the Google Android smartphone.
Nokia: Most Apple Products Violate Patents
News  |  12/30/2009  | 
An International Trade Association complaint claims all of Apple's iPhones, iPods, and Macs infringe Nokia patents.
The Pros And Cons Of Virtualization For SMBs
Commentary  |  12/30/2009  | 
Does virtualization really make sense for small businesses? Some experts doubt it, but I'm reluctant to offer any simple answers to this question.
AT&T Resumes Online iPhone Sales
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
AT&T has resumed sales if the iPhone in New York city via their website. I tested a few zip codes in the area and both the 3G and 3GS models are available, as well as refurbished phones. For whatever reason AT&T pulled them over the weekend from the website, they have apparently reversed course.
Remote Desktop: Now You See It, Now You Don't
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
Is it possible to use Microsoft's Remote Desktop Connection technology with Windows 7? As always, that depends upon which version of Windows 7 you're talking about.
Apple Stock Falls Following Record High
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
Investors are bullish on the products they expect Apple to intro in January, particularly the long-awaited Mac tablet.
London iPhone Problems Spotlight Network Issues
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
O2, the United Kingdom's exclusive iPhone provider, has apologized to users for dropped calls and poor reception.
Firefox Prepares To Make Its Smartphone Debut
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
According to the BBC, the first mobile phone version of Firefox is only "days away" from release. In reality, however, most mobile users at small and midsize companies will be in for a much longer wait.
Intelligent Enterprise 2010 Event Calendar
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
If it's about information management, business intelligence, enterprise applications, processes or architecture, it's listed in our annual guide to technology events. Make your plans for the can't-miss conferences, expos and summits of 2010.
Ford Vehicles To Get iTunes Tagging
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
The capability will be part of Ford's HD Radio, which also offers digital radio reception and Internet radio over Bluetooth.
AT&T Resumes NY iPhone Sales
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
The company may have been trying to prevent fraud when it stopped online iPhone sales to New Yorkers.
Manufacturers Seek Green Monitoring In ERP
News  |  12/29/2009  | 
Executives want social media and environmental management functionality in their enterprise resource planning software.
New SSDs Hit The Sweet Spot For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  12/29/2009  | 
We all know that quality solid state disks (SSDs) are just too expensive for small businesses to afford, right? Not so fast.
Online Shopping Breaks Records
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Coupons and other incentives helped push online retail to record-breaking levels over the holiday shopping season, said comScore.
Google AdMob Buy Opposed
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Consumer groups said the acquisition would diminish competition in mobile advertising and raise privacy concerns.
Qualcomm COO Leaves For CEO Job
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Industry vet Len Lauer will take the top executive position at an unnamed firm, according to Qualcomm.
E-Books Beat Regular Books On Xmas
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Amazon sold more electronic books than physical books for the first time.
Officials Seek Cancer Warnings On Cell Phones
News  |  12/28/2009  | 
Although there's no hard evidence linking mobile phones and cancer, elected officials in California and Maine are pushing for warnings.
AT&T Halts Online iPhone Sales In NYC
Commentary  |  12/28/2009  | 
AT&T has halted online sales of the iPhone in New York City. You can verify this by going to AT&T's online site and entering a NYC zip code. Sure enough, I entered a Brooklyn zip code and the iPhone was missing. When I changed it to my southern California zip, the iPhone 3GS and 3G showed up in the list. What is going on?
Reviewing The Year's Storage News Highlights
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
Over the past couple of weeks, I slogged through the usual endless series of storage-related "best of" and prediction articles. Finally, here's one that is actually worth sharing.
Working With The Win7 Problem Steps Recorder
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
Windows 7 includes a new remote support tool that is potentially very useful -- if you know about it.
Wolfe's Den: Apple iSlate Chatter Obscures Device Significance
Commentary  |  12/26/2009  | 
Apple's expected release of a humongous-screened iPod will legitimize the platform for business users. It could, in turn, revive Windows-based tablets and make Webpads the big alt.platform story of 2010.
The Decade Of Windows 7
Commentary  |  12/25/2009  | 
As 2010 approaches, Windows 7 seems to be experiencing a successful launch and warm reception from both businesses and consumers. I've just switched over to Windows 7 for my day-to-day desktop, and definitely think it's an improvement over both XP and Vista. That's fortunate, because I suspect we'll all be using Windows 7 for most of the next decade.
The Perfect Office Mac?
Commentary  |  12/24/2009  | 
German tinkerer Klaus Diebel will modify your old iMac so that it makes coffee but still functions as a Macintosh.
Court: Microsoft Must Pay Law Firm $5.6 Million
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
An appeals court orders the software giant to pay a law firm that had opposed it in antitrust litigation.
Twitter Buys Out Mixer Labs
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
Microblogging service acquires developer of the GeoAPI location mapping tool.
NORAD Tracks Santa On Google Earth
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
The aerospace command uses Internet to follow Kris Kringle's progress throughout Christmas Eve.
Eight Apps For The Motorola Droid
Commentary  |  12/24/2009  | 
Traveling during the holidays? Droid owners might find their holiday adventures somewhat eased by loading up their device with some helpful apps for the season. Here are eight apps that range from shopping assistants to package tracking and keeping tabs on flight info.
BlackBerry Outage Sparks User Revolt
News  |  12/24/2009  | 
Internet forums were abuzz over second service disruption in as many weeks.
iPhone Vs. Droid - 3G Shootout
Commentary  |  12/24/2009  | 
We've all seen the knock-down-drag-out advertising battle between Verizon and AT&T in the last few weeks with Verizon claiming a far superior 3G coverage map while AT&T fired back with a faster 3G network. Investment banking firm Piper Jaffray decided to put the speed claims to the test. Armed with an iPhone and the Verizon Droid, they set off in New York to see who was the speed king.
FTC Asks Google For More Info On AdMob Buy
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The FTC request means there will be a delay in Google's acquisition of the mobile ad company, Google says.
Broadcom Unveils Netbook Video Decoder
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The Crystal HD video decoder boosts performance on netbooks using Intel's latest N450 Atom processor.
Google Nexus One Android Phone Fully Revealed
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
Leave it to the guys over at Gizmodo to score some one-on-one action with the most talked-about device of December 2009 -- the Google Nexus One. They spent some serious time with it and come away impressed. Oh, and the spec list leaked, too.
Apple Display Suit Dismissed
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The lawsuit claimed that Apple knowingly sold iMacs with defective displays.
Samsung, Kodak Negotiate Patent Settlement
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
A proposed agreement calls for Samsung to deliver an undisclosed payment to Kodak, as well as a cross-licensing deal.
Vonage Offers VOIP For iPhone, BlackBerry
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Voice-over-IP calling applications enable smartphone users to make lower-cost international calls.
3Com Earnings Grow, Sales Slip
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
Positive earnings bolster the network switching, routing, and security firm ahead of its acquisition by HP.
Android Apps Arcade Now Open In Facebook
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
If there's one thing to be said about 2009, perhaps it should be called the "Year of the Apps Store." It seems like every entity out there launched a mobile apps store. Helping aid in the discovery process, Mplayit has platform specific stores that can be browsed from within Facebook.
Acer Intros TravelMate Timeline Laptops
News  |  12/23/2009  | 
The notebooks target mobile professionals by offering Windows 7 Professional, up to 8 hours of battery life, and support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
iPhone 2010 May Have 5MP Camera
Commentary  |  12/23/2009  | 
The current supplier of camera chips for Apple's iPhone, OmniVision Technologies, says it got a whopper of an order from Apple for 2010. Not only will it supply Apple with 40 to 45 million imaging sensors, they will rate 5 megapixels.
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