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Content tagged with Mobile posted in February 2007
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House Moves To Outlaw Phone Number Spoofing
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
While the bill would criminalize spoofing, it does make exceptions for victims of domestic violence, crime tipsters, and others with legitimate reasons to conceal their numbers.
Mass. Man Arrested For Defrauding Cisco Systems Of Millions In Hardware
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The man allegedly used false identities and private mailboxes in at least 39 states to commit at least 700 instances of fraud against Cisco.
Sybase To Launch Secure Mobile IM And Presence For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Sybase subsidiary iAnywhere today announced a solution that will add secure mobile instant messaging (IM) and presence to its Information Anywhere mobile e-mail platform. IAnywhere's new mobile IM system will ship by the second quarter and will also be available as a standalone offering. Get ready for some mobile IM on your BlackBerry.
A $10 Wok Replaces A $20,000 Satellite Dish
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
A software programmer substituted a $10 Chinese cooking wok for a $20,000 satellite dish on behalf of his New Zealand television station.
U.N. Courts Silicon Valley To Close The Digital Divide
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
Intel spearheads efforts to reach out to businesses, academia, and the venture capital industry to help build up developing countries on three continents.
Spectrum, Here! Get Yer Spectrum, Heeeere!
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
According to an analyst over at Pyramid Research, 3G spectrum has been highly overpriced, while
T-Mobile, Nokia Launch New Music-Themed Cell Phone, Yo
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Last night at the midtown Manhattan club Arena, T-Mobile hosted members of the tech press, socialites and other sparkling members of NYC's digerati to an ear-shattering launch party for its newest handset. The Teddybears and Twista were in da house. Oh, and so was the Nokia 5300.
AT&T Accelerates Its Fiber TV Rollout In Wisconsin
News  |  2/28/2007  | 
The phone conglomerate is hoping that its new offerings will keep customers away from similar services from cable companies and home satellite network providers.
Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
According to The Washington Post, Google this week held a two-day-long pitch fest with nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers, agency employees, and military members eager to learn more about its products. Google has beefed up its sales operations in the Washington, D.C., area in the last year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies. Several gov
Ning Envisions A Social Networking Site For Everyone
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The second life of Marc Andreessen's social Web application targets inflexible competitors such as MySpace.
AOL May Buy Mobile Advertising Firm Third Screen Media
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, AOL is in talks to buy mobile phone advertising provider Third Screen Media. Does that mean mobile advertising is about to take off?
DoJ Sued For Release Of FISA Court Rules On Spy Program
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The EFF filed a lawsuit Tuesday seeking information on changes to the National Security Agency's surveillance program.
Wireless Apps Galore At New York Mobile Monday
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
Last night I had the pleasure of attending Demo Night at the monthly meeting of the New York City chapter of Mobile Monday (or MoMo for those of you in the know). Mobile Monday is an informal social club of mobile enthusiasts -- everyone from industry insiders to developers to aspiring entrepreneurs to mobile geeks -- who meet once a month to talk about all t
Federal CIOs Report Progress, Want More Help From IT Industry
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
A survey of federal CIOs shows improvements in terms of IT policy, programs, certification and accreditation, training, integration, privacy protections, network monitoring, and intrusion prevention.
Verizon Wireless to Launch Mobile TV Service March 1
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
Some keen-eyed spies have found coverage maps and other information on Verizon Wireless's Web site that confirm a March 1 launch for its V CAST Mobile TV service. Too bad most major markets are left off first round of cities
Cingular and Motorola Offer Gold RAZR
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
While the new gold color sure is purty and would tempt Bond villain Auric Goldfinger himself (and probably Lindsay Lohan), Motorola and its carrier partners should be working on new, innovative handsets and stop with the endless parade of facelifts to a has-
Microsoft Wants to Take BPM Mainstream
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
To bring business process management technology to midsized and smaller enterprises, Microsoft has partnered with vendors specializing in modeling, business rules and human workflow.
Ericsson's $1.4 Billion Bid For Tandberg May Prompt Response By Arris
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
At stake is the rapidly emerging TV-over-the-Web market, as well as additional telecommunications infrastructure services and products.
Washington State Considers RFID Restrictions
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
The Electronic Bill of Rights would outlaw collection, storage, and disclosure of information gathered through radio frequency identification technology without notifying consumers.
Not Quite Live from Gartner BPM - Day One
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
I'm sharing impressions from here at Gartner's Business Process Management Summit in San Diego. Gartner likes to sell futures on technology. Simon Hayward presented a chart on BPM value realization over time, with three curves. Today the "productivity" curve is highest. In 2012 the "visibility" curve overtakes it. In 2017... I'll be dead by then. Does this kind of chart really advance the ball?
Google's Call For Better Health Info Answered by Microsoft
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
Microsoft said Monday that it planned to acquire Medstory, a privately held California company with a health information search site. Microsoft said the company will become part of its recently formed Health Solutions Group. Financial terms were not disclosed. In a statement, Peter Neupert, Microsoft's corporate VP for health strategy, said Microsoft was impressed with Medstory.com's ability to find relevant health-related information.
Jaduka Offers Phone API For Web Developers
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
The software allows for interaction between Internet-based services and the standard Public Switched Telephone Network.
DoCoMo And McDonald's To Allow Mobile Payments For Big Macs
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
Japan's leading wireless carrier, NTT DoCoMo, signed a deal with fast food company McDonald's that will let DoCoMo subscribers buy food at the restaurant chain by using their mobile phones. Do you want fries with that mobile payment?
One Third Of Americans On The Web Have Used Wireless Internet
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
According to a new poll from the Pew Internet Project, one-third of U.S. Internet users have connected to the Web using a wireless network. The survey found that 20% of U.S. Internet users now have wireless networks in their homes. Just more signposts that wireless data, and not just voice, is going mainstream.
Motion Computing Intros New Tablet For Health Care
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
The new Microsoft Windows Vista-based C5 Tablet PC for health care workers from Motion Computing is the epitome of mobile computing. It even has a handle to help docs and nurses on the go carry it around. Its bevy of wireless features is missing one spicy ingredient, though.
Rest In Peace, BenQ Mobile
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
The former Siemens mobile phone division, once one of the top global makers of handsets, has completely and utterly imploded. All its remaining employees will need to look for other employment and its assets will be sold off in pieces to appease creditors, to which it owes $1.16 billion.
Despite Fight With Hollywood, YouTube Prospers
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
YouTube steadily gained traffic during the month of February, as it did, more or less, throughout 2006.
Voice-Mail-To-Text Now Available For Skype Users
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
SimulScribe service transcribes voice messages in an e-mail while the original audio is contained in an attached .wav file.
BitTorrent Launches A Legal Video Download Store
News  |  2/26/2007  | 
BitTorrent hopes a well-stocked digital film store with thousands of titles at reasonable prices can wean its audience away from pirated video.
Vista Still Seems Buffeted By Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) 'False Positives'
Commentary  |  2/25/2007  | 
Hello, my name is Alex and I'm apparently running a bogus copy of Windows Vista. At least that's what my computer told me earlier today after I booted up. Funny thing is, I got my copy of Vista directly from. . . Microsoft. Apparently, I'm not the only one with this problem. If you troll Microsoft's Windows Vista Activation Forum, you'll find numerous posts along the same lines.
Altosoft Unveils Business Optimization Suite
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Altosoft's upcoming operational business intelligence product uses data drawn from business processes.
Microsoft Challenges Adobe With Publisher Partnerships
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
In a war of digital readers, Microsoft is using its Windows Presentation Foundation technology to block out Adobe's Flash and PDF software.
Google Gets Hand In Trademark Dispute
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Previously critical of the search engine, the Electronic Frontier Foundation supports Google's argument that sponsored links do not constitute infringing uses of trademarks.
Mozilla Security Update Fixes 7 Vulnerabilities
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
The patches foil the location.hostname vulnerability and help computer users running Firefox 1.5.0.10 and Firefox 2.0.0.2.
Field Report: Nuclear Fuel Supplier Tightens Database Security
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Keeping tabs on enriched uranium? Challenging. Keeping track of database integrity for SOX? Piece of cake.
How a Smarter Database Can Protect Your Data
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Databases and networks can't tell if hackers and insiders are pilfering data. Appliance and software-based solutions offer intelligence that helps spot suspicious activity.
With Google Apps Premier Edition, Who Needs Microsoft?
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
The software-as-a-service notion took a big step forward today with Google's announcement of its online productivity software. Such hosted solutions--available anywhere there's an Internet connection--are exactly what the mobile enterprise needs.
The Ticker
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
IT and business news briefs.
Smartphone Users Have Longer Workdays, Make More Money, And Want More Time Off
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
According to new findings from researcher Digital Life America, smartphone users work longer and earn more money than those who don't use such devices. The study found that 19% of smartphone users work more than 50 hours a week and that their average household income is $94,000 a year, roughly 50% higher than the U.S. national average.
Disrupt-O-Meter
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
A look at emerging technology that's disruptive--and that isn't.
Study: iPhone Too Darned Expensive
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
The results of an online survey conducted by market research firm Compete show that only 1% of people interested in the iPhone would pony up $500 for it. Drop the price, though, and 60% of respondents said they'd leave their current wireless carriers to get it.
The Top Five Reasons BlackBerry Is Still The King Of Mobile E-Mail
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
Everyone from Microsoft to Nokia has tried to kill Research In Motion's BlackBerry smartphone platform. But after almost four years of nonstop effort, BlackBerry is still on top. Not even a massive lawsuit from holding company NTP managed to slow down BlackBerry in the eyes of the business world. In fact, since then, BlackBerry has expanded beyond t
What Happened To YouTube's Copyright Filter Initiative?
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
After almost four months of nonstop talk, it appears that YouTube has licensed copyright filtering technology from AudibleMagic. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Google will soon unveil the filtering technology as its solution to problems with copyrighted material. So, what happened to Google's internal efforts on filtering?
Hummingbird Users Shown Easy Path To Open Text ECM
News  |  2/22/2007  | 
Open Text plans to make it easy for Hummingbird users to add Livelink capabilities to their content management systems.
Three Easy Ways To Make Sure Your Smartphone Survives The Daylight-Saving Transition
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Everyone is aware that in the U.S. daylight-saving time is coming three weeks earlier this year, on March 11. But did you know your smartphone applications and operating system could be affected by the daylight-saving time bug, just as easily as desktop software programs? Here are some suggestions to keep things running smoothly.
Blogger Rails Against Nokia, Suggests It Pull Out Of U.S. Market
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Ricky Cadden has many valid points in his explosive rant against Nokia and its lack of cool 3G handsets and any sort of strategy to expand in the U.S. market.
S.D. Police Department Adds Treos To Its Arsenal Of Crime-Fighting Weapons
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Unless you regularly watch "24", the word smartphone may not be the first thought that pops into your head in connection with public safety and crime-fighting tools. The San Diego Police Department, though, is making the Treo 700w standard equipment for select officers.
We Heart Google
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Google, Google, Google. Lately, it's been all Google, all the time. And our readers can't seem to get enough of it.
Nuance Moves Deeper Into Mobile Speech By Acquiring BeVocal For $140 Million
News  |  2/22/2007  | 
BeVocal provides self-service customer care to several wireless carriers, including handset activation and sales and fulfillment of add-on features.
First Woman Named Winner Of Prestigious Computing Award
News  |  2/22/2007  | 
Frances Allen, an IBM Fellow Emerita, receives the tech industry's equivalent of a Nobel Prize in computing.
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