News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile posted in February 2006
Google Porn Search On Cell Phones
Commentary  |  2/28/2006  | 
Google gave two computer scientists access to more than a million of its mobile search records in research aimed at understanding the unique needs of wireless Web surfers. Judging by the results, what users really need is a porn portal, as more searches were for smut than anything else.

Hearing On JPEG Compression Patent Set
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Forgent Networks day in court could eventually lead to hundreds of millions of dollars in licensing fees.
In Focus: Clouds on the SOA/BPM Horizon?
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
We're approaching the "Peak of Inflated Expectations" when it comes to service-oriented architecture and business process management.
Analysis: When SOA and Process Management Merge
News  |  2/28/2006  | 
Software AG's Crossvision release asserts that service-oriented architecture and business process management belong together.
A Club Apple Wants Out Of
Commentary  |  2/27/2006  | 
Windows users most likely yawned at last week's warning that Apple's Safari Web browser contains a critical vulnerability that exposes Mac users to attacks using malicious Zip files with virus-laden payloads. Subsequent reports of an exploit that makes it possible to take advantage of this latest Mac OS X flaw surely elicited no sympathy from long-suffering Internet Explorer devotees.
A Settlement Would End RIM's Legal Battle; Even The Judge Agrees
Commentary  |  2/24/2006  | 
In the latest chapter of the Research In Motion-NTP saga, U.S. District Judge James Spencer didn't issue an immediate injunction to shut down the BlackBerry service, as many have expected. He said he would make a final decision as soon as possible, although stating loud and clear that RIM had been found to violate NTP's patents. It looks like he's trying to buy more time and drive the two companies to settle outside of court.
Friday Is Judgment Day For RIM, But The Views Are Mixed About The Outcome
Commentary  |  2/23/2006  | 
Research In Motion's patent battle with NTP is infamous for generating mixed views about the future of the BlackBerry service in the United States. While the majority of the analyst community believes that an injunction is unlikely, the legal community is almost convinced that the case will end with one.
New InformationWeek Tools For You To Play With
Commentary  |  2/22/2006  | 
We've been making some changes to the InformationWeek.com Web site designed to make it more useful. This isn't a big remodel like we did two months ago, where we gutted the whole house and redid everything. This is more like new windows and doors, new coats of paint, and replacing the loose floorboards. What's new? A mobile edition, search tools, RSS feed upgrades, and favicons. Our Digital Edition isn't completely new, but how about we take a minute to tell you about it anyway, as long as we h
U.S. Grants Patent For Broad Range Of Internet Rich Applications
News  |  2/22/2006  | 
The patent--issued on Valentine's Day--covers all rich-media technology implementations, including Flash, Flex, Java, Ajax, and XAML, when the rich-media application is accessed on any device over the Internet, according to the patent holders.
CurtCo Media Completes Forklift Upgrade Of IT Infrastructure
News  |  2/22/2006  | 
The fast-growing publishing company had a variety of systems that weren't performing well and decided to replace them all with gear from Dell.
State CIOs Need To Play Bigger Role In Health IT Plans
News  |  2/22/2006  | 
Since states pay a lot of money through programs like Medicaid and to provide benefits for state employees, state CIOs need to promote efforts and remove barriers hindering health-care IT efforts in their states.
Google Gets Brilliant
Commentary  |  2/22/2006  | 
In keeping with its efforts to hire top scientists, Google today revealed that it has appointed Dr. Larry Brilliant to serve as executive director of Google.org, the company's philanthropic arm. Now there's a name to live up to. I can only imagine the torment it earned him as a child.
Former FCC Head Powell: Washington Is 'Broken'
News  |  2/22/2006  | 
Michael Powell, speaking at a conference this week, says the level of partisanship is the worst in decades, making it impossible to get anything accomplished. "When your major objective is to make sure the other team fails… that's not policy making, that's like rugby."
When Tech Hurts
Commentary  |  2/21/2006  | 
The ways in which technology has enhanced all of our lives are too numerous to count. But on Tuesday, I was struck by two stories that I interpret as signs that technology may be driving too deep and becoming too pervasive in our lives.
The Year Of The Web Browser
Commentary  |  2/21/2006  | 
Although the so-called "Browser Wars" ended around 1998, 2006 is shaping up to be an intriguing sequel. To get fully up to speed on all the many browser comings and goings, check out my Targeting Technology podcast on the changing face of Web browsers, as well as our recent "browser wars" blockbuster review Microsoft IE7, F
Former FCC Chairman Powell: Net Neutrality 'Doing Great'
News  |  2/20/2006  | 
Now private citizen Michael Powell says consumers are winning in what he sees as a "business scrum" between content and service companies.
Google: Love It, Fear It
Commentary  |  2/17/2006  | 
I love Google. I've been critical of Google many times in this space, as have my colleagues, but you should know that I also love Google. How much do I love it? Well, recently, I was taking a quiz on the Internet that asked me to name four sites I visit every day. And I couldn't come up with four. I could only come up with one: Google. Even InformationWeek isn't a site I visit every day; every once in a while I like to indulge in a charming, old-fashioned custom called a "weekend," or
Truthiness Confuses U.S. Patent System
Commentary  |  2/17/2006  | 
Go beyond the headlines, and listen to what the parties say in patent infringement cases, and you might come to this conclusion: there's a whole lot of truthiness being bandied about.
This Week's Spin On Google
Commentary  |  2/16/2006  | 
It's been a fairly typical week in techdom, with much of the news focusing on Google, including several strategic initiatives that, if successful, will expand the footprint of the company's search technology. Of course, Google and several competitors came under Congressional fire for their responses to Internet censorship by the government in China. Among this week's key developments:
Open Source Shakeup
Commentary  |  2/16/2006  | 
I sat down with long-time Samba team member and noted open-source expert John Terpstra last Sunday at the Southern California Linux Expo (SCaLe 4x) in Los Angeles, and created a podcast from the interview.
Mind The (Internet) Gap
Commentary  |  2/15/2006  | 
Looks like the digital divide is not only not going to get any smaller, it's likely to expand in scope. Regardless of how it shakes it, I fear the latest great American Internet debate will result in a widening of the gap between the digital haves and have nots - those who can afford basic digital access and tools and tho
Carr: Is CIO Rocket Scientist Or Baggage Handler?
Commentary  |  2/15/2006  | 
When author Nicholas Carr says open source will revolutionize IT software use, he doesn't mean it in the same sense that open-source advocates do. He's still standing by his thesis in Does IT Matter? And his answer to that question remains, no, not for strategic advantage.
Security Not Top Of Mind For CEOs; That's Where Cisco Comes In
News  |  2/15/2006  | 
In RSA Conference keynote, CEO Chambers says Cisco will leverage its central role in corporate networks to become a primary provider of security management technology.
Newbury, Senforce Release Wi-Fi Security Suite
News  |  2/15/2006  | 
Newbury Networks Inc., and Senforce Technologies, Inc. have integrated their wireless security products to allow organizations to manage Wi-Fi security policies throughout their networks.
Consumers, Providers Differ On E-Health Record Plan
News  |  2/14/2006  | 
Most health-care providers think the government will meet its goal of having digital health records for most Americans by 2014, while most consumers are unaware of the goal.
Wearable Technology Can Save Lives
News  |  2/13/2006  | 
A garment called LifeShirt contains tiny sensors that can remotely monitor vital signs and 30 other important bio-metric readings of patients.
Letter Writers On Unix: 'Wake Up, Guys!'
Commentary  |  2/10/2006  | 
A lot of feedback flowed into InformationWeek after our Jan. 23 cover story, "What's Left Of Unix?" Most of the responses offered full bore support for Unix, as in, "Not meaning to be harsh, but man... wake up guys!!"
Target: Not Blind, Just Dumb
Commentary  |  2/10/2006  | 
A blind UC Berkeley student is suing Target Corp. for civil rights violations: The retailer's Web site, according to the complaint, is almost completely inaccessible to sight-impaired users. From Wednesday's San Francisco Chronicle article:
The lawsuit, filed Tuesday in Alameda County Superior Court, said the upscale discounter's on-line business, Tar
Langa Letter: Deep-Geek File And Disk Tools
Commentary  |  2/9/2006  | 
A major brain-fade forces Fred Langa to search for the most powerful recovery tools he could find.
Oracle's 'All You Can Eat' Software
Commentary  |  2/9/2006  | 
Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison used the Credit Suisse Global Software Conference to pick on the analyst community's "obsession" with licensing revenue as a measure of company health. "Everytime I read a quarterly report I [see] the all-important license revenue numbers as some sort of leading indicator," he said. "Oracle is a mature software company. The way to look at a mature company is different than an up-and-comer." What matters more is Oracle's subscription renewal business, he stre
Headsup: Speech Recognition Gets More Accurate
News  |  2/9/2006  | 
If you've been misunderstood by a voice response system, you know voice recognition is a work in progress. But at a recent "Speech Day" in New York, IBM showed how voice applications are improving.
Google Desktop: Friend Or Foe?
Commentary  |  2/9/2006  | 
In the small workgroup I've been a part of the last couple years, I've become somewhat notorious for the chronic loss -- or inability to retain -- E-mail messages and documents. I can almost hear the frustration running through the minds of others as I request -- on an almost daily basis -- yet another resend of a doc or message.
Business Objects to Acquire Firstlogic, Inc.
News  |  2/9/2006  | 
Business intelligence giant acquires its partner in enterprise data quality management solutions to create complete EIM solution.
Google, Telecom Execs Stir Up The Internet Access Debate On Capitol Hill
News  |  2/7/2006  | 
The issue is network neutrality: Should telecom and cable companies charge premiums for companies like Google and Skype that benefit from broadband pipes?
WSJ On Google's Battle For The Dell Desktop
Commentary  |  2/7/2006  | 
The Wall Street Journal has an intriguing article examining Google's negotiations to pay Dell to get space on Dell PC desktops, citing anonymous sources and noting that the negotiations could yet fall apart. (Here's the article, subscription required.)
Stellent Brings Blogs and Wikis Under Control
News  |  2/7/2006  | 
New templates and capabilities for managing blogs, wikis and RSS within Stellent's Universal Content Management platform are designed to give users the look, feel and ad hoc immediacy of these chic Web environments while also ensuring content security, reusability and auditability.
Five Reasons To Invest in Process Management
News  |  2/7/2006  | 
Here are 5 reasons you need business process management.
Playing Nicely In Philadelphia
Commentary  |  2/7/2006  | 
The hardest part of their municipal Wi-Fi deal is behind Philadelphia and EarthLink, now that they've agreed on the rules of the road.
Microsoft's Bad Day
Commentary  |  2/6/2006  | 
You may recall that a couple of weeks ago, the Linux community had its patents in a wad after U.S. Patent Office examiners handed Microsoft the keys to FAT City -- literally. But the fun didn't last long: The same Rube Goldberg patent system that put Bill and Steve and the
Wi-Fi Startup Gets Funding From Google, Skype
News  |  2/6/2006  | 
Fon, of Spain, got $21.7 million in investor funding from Google, Skype, and other investors. Fon plans to create a global network of a million shared Wi-Fi hot-spots by 2010, using the same download, install, and share model that created the Skype network.
Marketing In Death Online
Commentary  |  2/6/2006  | 
A paid link resulting from a Google search ties roadside memorials for victims of traffic fatalilties to an ad marketing travel services.
IE 7 and Firefox: Who Wins Now?
Commentary  |  2/3/2006  | 
I downloaded the Internet Explorer 7 public beta this week and installed it on a couple of my Windows XP machines. Here's the short review: IE7 is a superb piece of software. If Mozilla hadn't caught Microsoft sitting complacently on its corporate butt, Firefox would never have had a chance against this product. Even so, Firefox still has one advantage, achieved with the help of its high profile and market momentum during the past 15 months, that will keep Internet Explorer stuck on the B-team
Lessons Learned About Bugs And Software Quality
Commentary  |  2/3/2006  | 
Fundamentally, what the Kama Sutra worm and all the other viruses and attacks come down to is the awful state of software quality in general.
IT Payrolls Mirror IT Value
News  |  2/3/2006  | 
IT services, software companies see gains, hardware manufacturers losses in U.S. employment.
Condemning Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft Is Cheap And Easy
Commentary  |  2/2/2006  | 
Google, Microsoft, and Yahoo have been acting like grownups recently in their decision to cooperate with the Chinese government in censoring Internet comment. You may not agree with their course of action -- you may even condemn what they're doing -- but you have to admit that they've taken responsibility for their actions and decisions, and not tried to claim that the whole thing is beyond their control. I wish I could say the three companies' critics are also being grownups. It's easy to be
Firefox Browser Gets Upgrade
Commentary  |  2/1/2006  | 
Mozilla Corp. released an upgrade to the Firefox browser. It's just a dot release--1.5.0.1 to be precise--but given Firefox 1.5's overall bugginess, this release is good news for Firefox fans.
AOL Expands Broadband
News  |  2/1/2006  | 
America Online Inc. has joined forces with American telecommunications giants to expand its national broadband network, offering high speed service to subscribers for as little as $25.90 per month.


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