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Content tagged with Mobile posted in February 2008
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XM, Sirius Extend Their Merger Plans
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Other huge media mergers, including News Corp.'s $5.6 billion buyout of Dow Jones, may quell FCC fears that a combination will constitute a monopoly in satellite radio.
Mozilla Making Strides With Mobile Browser
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Late last year, Mozilla promised to "rock" the mobile Web with a new mobile browser of its own. Mozilla admits that success won't happen overnight, but a spokesperson did say, "Mozilla's mission is to break open a closed market." Can Mozilla be a player in an already crowded field of alternatives?
IBM Network Prototype Promises 1-Second Movie Downloads
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The technology uses photons of light, instead of electrons, to transmit information at 8 trillion bits per second.
Laying Waste To Your Enemies With Google Bombs
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Wired has a How-To Wiki on its site that often has great little blurbs on how to get things done. Today's How-To idea? How to embarrass, frustrate, or annoy your enemies by sending them Google bombs. Is this valuable knowledge to share? Is bombing people on the Internet something mature professionals do? Or is it
Aquantia Seeks To Make 10GBase-T Scale
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Darwin would have liked our industry. Evolution is constant and predictable, and it's particularly so for Ethernet, from its original 10 Mbps incarnation to the current 10 Gbps version -- pricing, power consumption, and port density follow a similar trend line. But just because the evolution happens, doesn't mean that it's easy.
3Com Reworks Its Huawei, Bain Acquisition Terms
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Shareholders are scheduled to meet again March 7 to address the concerns of a federal government panel.
Guinness World Records Validates Longest Document Scan
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
The Truper 3600, a low-volume production scanner, processed a continuous single-page document for one hour, 17 minutes, and 22 seconds.
iPhone Predictions: Improved E-Mail And Texting
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
Apple should improve the e-mail and texting capabilities of the iPhone and find a way to provide tactile feedback when users touch a key, a usability expert says.
Microsoft Combined With Intel For A Vista Logo Disaster
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer got its hands on the Microsoft e-mails that are part of the lawsuit regarding Microsoft's ill-fated Vista Capable logo program. Earlier, I said Microsoft, OEMs, and retailers all deserved blame in the logo disaster, but these insider e-mails have changed my opinion on apportioning blame.
Report: 3G iPhone Coming By Midyear
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Those disappointed by the lack of a 3G announcement at Macworld can take heart. According to UBS analysts, iPhone chip supplier Infineon Technologies is ramping up production for the next generation iPhone. This time around, it will include a high-speed 3G data radio.
Vaporware Vendor Targets New Markets
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
You have to admire a technology company that can build a business around airborne water particles. FogScreen has done that, with an impressive customer list that includes Disney, Nokia, 20th Century Fox, Sony, and Microsoft. Now it's taking its act to Vegas.
BI Goes Mainstream at Procter &Gamble
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Philip Bierhoff, Systems Manager at Procter & Gamble, spoke at last week's FASTforward conference about strategies to increase user adoption as business intelligence goes mainstream. P&G's Symphony project creates "decision cockpits": dashboards based on specific roles and corporate divisions, and including information ranging from traditional BI reports to documents to news...
Fight The Power: Greening Your Linux Systems
Commentary  |  2/29/2008  | 
Linux has a lot of advantages as a desktop operating system. Power management, unfortunately, still is not one of them. But there are plenty of ways to make a Linux system less power-hungry -- and some of the most effective fixes are also some of the easiest.
SaaS vendor NetSuite Opens Platform To ISVs, VARs
News  |  2/29/2008  | 
In launching the NetSuite Business Operating System, the vendor is offering to host third-party software on its multi-tenant, on-demand architecture. As a result, ISVs and VARs can extend NetSuite's underlying capabilities to specific verticals.
Sprint "Simply Everything" Changes Wireless Landscape
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
$100 a month for all your mobile voice, data, and messaging needs? Heck yeah! But this is more than a good deal, it's a step toward a new way of using wireless - for your company and your customers.
IBM Envisions Clustered Modular Storage
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
The company also plans to introduce in the next couple of quarters solid-state drives that will work alongside hard-disk drives.
Taking Google Sites For A Spin
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
After seeing the news this morning about the launch of Google Sites, I decided to take the new tools for a spin. I signed up, bought myself a domain name, and went to work at customizing it and setting up users. Just how easy is it?
Opera Trades Yahoo For Google In Mobile Browser
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
Google gains a huge advantage by becoming the default search option on the Opera Mobile and Opera Mini start pages.
Sprint Offers 'Simply Everything' For $99.99
News  |  2/28/2008  | 
Despite the excitement of an all-inclusive phone plan, CEO Dan Hesse apologizes for the $29 billion charge related to integrating Nextel's network and spectrum.
Sprint Bests Other Unlimited Plans With 'Simply Everything'
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
The wireless industry has been waiting for a response from Sprint to all the unlimited plans launched by its competitors last week. Well, now we have it. Today, Sprint announced what is essentially an "unlimited everything" plan for $99. And when they say everything, they mean everything. How will Verizon Wireless, AT&T, and T-Mobile respond to this?
Apple COO: iPhone 'Not Married' To AT&T, Will Always Be Hacked
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
Speaking at a Goldman Sachs investor's conference in Las Vegas yesterday, Apple COO Tim Cook said that, "Apple is not married to the single, exclusive-carrier model." Whoa. So is Apple's exclusive contract with AT&T shorter than initial projections? And if so, when might other carriers be able to sell the iPhone?
Those Other Ruby Web Frameworks
Commentary  |  2/28/2008  | 
The Pragmatic Programmer has long advocated that it's good practice to learn at least one new programming language every year. If you're a web developer, it's at least as important to pick up a new framework from time to time.

Most Ruby developers tasked with building web applications are clearly working in Rails at this point. However, there are some great alternative fram
Will Office Open XML Slam The Door On Accessibility?
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft's bid to turn its Office Open XML (OOXML) format into an ISO standard is a bad idea for any number of reasons. One of those reasons, however, strikes me as especially troubling: If OOXML wins ISO approval, it could make life much harder for millions of disabled people who rely upon accessibility-enhancing tools and technologies.
In Silicon Valley, A Way Forward For Muni Wireless
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
This week's news that Covad Communications has stepped in as the primary network provider on the stalled Silicon Valley Wireless project may allow us, in Wall Street parlance, to "call the bottom" on the ailing business of providing widespread, low-cost municipal wireless access.
Nortel Loses $844 Million, Plans More Job Cuts
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Some 2,100 jobs are targeted for elimination and an addition 1,000 positions will be shifted overseas, the company said.
Apple Set To Release iPhone Developer Kit
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
The set of software tools is expected to include a compiler and hooks to an operating system's application programming interfaces for connecting to a variety of services.
Researchers Transmit Optical Data At 16.4 Tbps
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
The Bell Labs research, presented at the OFC/NFOEC conference, brings 100 Gbps transmission closer to reality.
Dell Builds Out Web-Hosted Support Services
News  |  2/27/2008  | 
Among the services Dell plans to make available are patch management, anti-virus, anti-spam, online backup and recovery, asset discovery, asset tracking, e-mail continuity, e-mail archiving, and image management.
Why You Should Love Information Mess
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
David Weinberger, author of "Everything is Miscellaneous," believes we need to unlearn what we think that we know about the best ways to organize information... He looks at how many projects require a much greater degree of control as they increase in size, but contrasts that with the Web, which has growth only because of the lack of control. Control doesn't scale; we just thought that it did...
Windows Small Business Server 2008: Cougar Sires Server Family
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft unveils the new version of Windows Small Business Server as linchpin of a new solution family with integrated products for business with up to 50 or 250 users.
Apple To Host iPhone SDK Launch March 6
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
This morning Apple started sending out invitations to an event to be held Thursday, March 6. The topic? The long-awaited iPhone SDK. The invitation read: "Please join us to learn about the iPhone software road map, including the iPhone SDK and some exciting new enterprise features."
Microsoft-Yahoo Merger Perfectly Timed For A Recession
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Although I still have a lot of doubt that Microsoft and Yahoo will ever consummate a marriage, Microsoft continues to pursue the deal with a lot of enthusiasm. I don't know how loudly I can say this, but Microsoft: It's a trap! There's a reason why some major Yahoo shareholders are suing to make this deal go through, pronto. They think you're crazy and they want to get the money before you sober up.
Google Offers Provisioning Toolkit For Enterprises
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
So you're taking the leap and deploying Google Apps across your enterprise. Rather than add users one by one, Google is giving IT admins a new way to create user accounts: the Apache 2.0 licensed Open Source Google Apps Provisioning Toolkit.
Media Advice For Entrepreneurs And Others
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
How to get your company noticed -- advice from a journalist, a professor, an analyst, and a flack.
Google Lends Its Voice To Opera, Yahoo Sings The Blues
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
The mobile search wars continue, and Google just won an important tactical victory over rival Yahoo. Opera, maker of mobile Web browsers, has switched its default search from Yahoo to Google.
Chronicle Of A Startup: The Kernel Of An Idea
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
I have an idea for a new venture that seems promising to me. Is it? I'm on my way to Silicon Valley to find out.
Microsoft loves Java
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 
Microsoft's recent acquisition activity brings to it a lot of Java-based software, expertise, as well as a large Java-focused customer base.

Open ESB Update
Commentary  |  2/27/2008  | 

Recently, I spoke with Kevin Schmidt of Sun Microsystems regarding Open ESB, a community-driven open-source ESB used by Sun and other companies. Sun contributed Open ESB to the community under the CDDL license years ago, and uses it as the basis fo

Startup MetaRAM Offers Low-Cost Server Memory
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Servers and workstations with the technology are scheduled for release by the end of March from Appro, Colfax, Rackable, and Verari.
Apple's Mac OS X Vulnerable To Networking Exploit
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
A security researcher at Digit-labs.org posted a proof-of-concept exploit that takes advantage of a flaw in the way the Apple implements IPv6 support.
Covad Tries Its Hand At Silicon Valley Mesh Network
News  |  2/26/2008  | 
Starting with the city of San Carlos, the company hopes to revive interest in the floundering Wireless Silicon Valley project.
Adobe Aims for the Next Generation of Apps
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
Some day we will stop talking about "RIAs" (Rich Internet Applications) and Web 2.0 apps and Web apps; they will all just be apps. The same goes for "desktop applications." They will just be apps too. In fact, I wish we had a simple name for all these flavors of apps right now. Thankfully, I can see the horizon of that "some day."...
iPhone 1.1.4 Firmware Available
Commentary  |  2/26/2008  | 
This afternoon, Apple made the 1.1.4 firmware update for the iPhone available for download. The update is a 162-MB file. So far, no known new features have been spotted with the upgrade, but it is believed to support the as-yet-to-be-released SDK. Stay tuned for more details.
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