News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile posted in February 2009
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Smartphones Alter Unified Communications Equation
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Earlier this week, I wrote about a Siemens study that identified the top 6 communications pain points for SMBs. Today, I heard from a UC expert who offered some interesting insight into the topic -- especially on the impact of smartphones on unified commications.
IBM's ILOG Builds Sophisticated Data Display Components
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The business rules engine division has supplied four new software tools that can be used to display complex data in a rich Internet application.
The Mobile Roundup
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
While there wasn't a massive industry trade show this week, there was some major news. We saw Nokia hint that it might make a laptop, Microsoft confirmed that it wouldn't build its own
In A Down Economy, Prepaid Wireless Grows
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Leap Wireless and MetroPCS are picking up multiple subscribers as consumers look to trim costs.
Hearst Planning Electronic Reader Alternative To Kindle
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Analysts suggest such a device would help the news publisher find an answer to reverse shrinking subscriber bases, as well as revenue losses from publications.
Facebook's New Openness Exploited By Scammers
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The rogue message leads to a Facebook application link that spams a victim's friend list with the same warning message, and possibly harvests personal information.
Qualcomm Buys Mobile TV Company
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
Qualcomm is beefing up its mobile TV team as a potentially competing service from the Open Mobile Video Coalition looms.
AMD On Track To Ship 32-Nm Chips In 2010
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
CEO Dirk Meyer says ramp up with begin in the middle of next year.
Google News Gets Text Ads
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
It's a significant turning point for Google News, which has been ad-free since its beta launch in April 2002.
Nortel To Cut 3,200 Jobs
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
As part of its massive reorganization, the telecom equipment supplier will cut about 10% of its workforce and eliminate bonuses.
Bill That Boosts Spending On Small Business Programs Halfway Through Congress
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Following the legislative process makes me all the more appreciative of the flexibility that defines small businesses.
Novell Rolls Out Manager For Virtual Environments
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The company's PlateSpin Orchestrate 2.0 software helps coordinate Hyper-V, Xen-based environments.
Should Microsoft Build Its Own Phone?
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Steve Ballmer recently said that Microsoft is not interested in building and selling its own phone. This was the same speech where he announced Windows Mobile 7 would be out in 2010. Instead, Microsoft would focus on the operating system and working with manufacturers to get products built. Should Microsoft be so rigid in this stance?
Global CIO: IT Project Triage (And Why Skippy Must Die)
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Howard's rules for which projects to kill, which to preserve, and how to live to fight another day.
NASA Succeeds With Social Networking
News  |  2/27/2009  | 
The space agency is mulling widespread adoption of Web 2.0 tools.
FCC Approves CDMA Version Of BlackBerry Pearl Flip
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
If you're a Verizon Wireless or Sprint customer and have longed for the chance to get your hands on the BlackBerry Pearl Flip, there's some good news. The FCC has recently given the green light to a CDMA variant of the Pearl Flip.
IT Search Engine Adds Netflow
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
Startup Paglo, which offers SaaS-based IT management based on search, now collects Netflow data to help customers monitor bandwidth usage by users, applications and protocols.
Too Hot To Handle: BlackBerry Bold Yanked From Store Shelves In Japan
Commentary  |  2/27/2009  | 
The poor BlackBerry Bold. This device has not had an easy life. The latest chapter in the Bold's saga comes from Japan, where is has been pulled from store shelves by NTT DoCoMo due to overheating issues.
Users Want One Phone For Personal And Business
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Now that cell phones have morphed into mini-computing devices, people are putting a lot more in them than just a few cell phone numbers. Now they have hundreds if not thousands of contacts, all of our appointments, tasks, a sizable chunk of our music library, pictures and maybe even a few DVDs that have been ripped to watch during a flight. Trying to keep a personal and work phone up to date with critical information has just about become impossible, leaving many to just go for a single device f
Blu-Ray Partners To Launch 'One-Stop' Licensing
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
If the partners can get approval from all patent holders, then all Blu-ray products would be charged a flat fee, which would go into a pool and be divided among patent holders.
Supreme Court Rules For AT&T In Antitrust Case
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The lawsuit claimed AT&T was anti-competitive because it was charging high wholesale prices to ISPs while offering low-cost DSL to consumers.
Gmail Failure Breeds Status Dashboard
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The software provides data on the status of Google Apps applications, including Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Docs, Google Sites, and Google Video.
Dell Cost Cutting $1 Billion As Profits Fall 48%
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Like other PC companies, Dell is suffering from the effects of the worldwide recession.
Hack An iPhone, Win $10,000
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
In TippingPoint's DVLabs contest, hackers also have the option of trying to execute a successful exploit against a Web browser.
Down To Business: Does Business Ethics Make Business Sense?
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
The best companies define and enforce employee codes of ethics, but in the end reputations rise and fall one person at a time.
Microsoft Sues TomTom; Orange Alert For Linux Backers
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Microsoft has filed suit against a software maker whose GPS navigation system uses Linux. Microsoft claims TomTom infringes eight of its patents. Linux backers are keeping a wary eye on the case, but so far consider this to be a dispute over GPS mapping software.
Google Blocks Paid-App Access For Developer G1s
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The search giant said it doesn't want Dev Phone owners to be able to use the root access capabilities to pirate applications.
Facebook Opens Site Rules To User Voting
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
"The Facebook Principles" and "Statement of Rights and Responsibilities" may signal a shift in social networking best practices.
Intel Joins Dell In Challenging Netbook Trademark
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Psion Teklogix has held the trademark for the term "netbook" since 2000, but PC makers say the word is now generic.
Google Shortchanges Android Developers
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Developers who paid $400 for the fully unlocked Android Dev 1 are being prevented from buying and downloading premium applications from the Android Market.
Yahoo CEO Bartz Shakes Up Management
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
While Yahoo's CFO and mobile czar pack their bags, the executive's first blog indicates a new focus on improving relations with customers and advertisers.
Crisis Survival Kit: 12 Tips To Keep Customers Coming Back
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
As the recession drags on, people are keeping a tighter grip on their wallets. So how does a retailer stay in business? By developing a loyal following. Here are 12 tips to ensure your customers stick with you.
Microsoft Files Suit Against TomTom's Implementation Of Linux
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The suit claims infringement of eight Microsoft patents related to car navigation systems and file management.
Salesforce.com's Growth Shows SaaS Success In Tough Economy
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Revenue growth of 34% shows businesses are buying SaaS despite of, and perhaps because of, tight IT budgets. There are spots of trouble, however.
Yahoo's Mobile Leader Leaves
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
Marco Boerries' departure comes as new CEO Carol Bartz announces a reorganization of Yahoo management.
Netflix To Offer Streaming-Only Movie Service
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The subscription movie-rental service is recognizing the growing popularity of on-demand video over the Web.
Google Defuses Street View Privacy With User Photos
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
In so doing, the company manages to deflect and dissipate much of the criticism leveled against it for company-directed image acquisition.
Review: Safari 4 Beta Takes Page From Google Playbook
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The latest version of Apple's Web browser, now in beta, copies features already available on Google Chrome, Firefox, and Opera -- and looks great doing it.
Opera Brings Gears Support To Mobile Browser
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Google Gears is a great tool to have if you need to access certain Google or other Web services and there's no Internet connection available. Opera has extended the ability to use Gears to its Opera Mobile 9.5 browser, bringing new potential to the offline powers of mobile phones.
Nokia Looking To Make Laptops
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The world's largest cell phone maker is actively looking at the market because the mobile phone and PC experiences are rapidly converging.
Appcelerator Updates Open Source Alternative To Adobe Air
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
The latest version of Titanium features built-in support for Linux as well as social media and communications tools such as Twitter and FriendFeed.
Shareholders Criticize Apple Over Steve Jobs' Health Disclosures
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Apple shareholders are taking the company to task over how it handled disclosures about Steve Jobs's health, saying the company needs to be more forthcoming about the CEO's condition. But Apple directors say they've done nothing wrong -- and that nothing has changed since Jobs announced last month that he was withdrawing from day-to-day operations, and the ailing CEO plans a June return.
Business Owners' Optimism Starts To Inch Upward
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Knowing exactly when the low point (or high point) of any fluctuation occurs is almost impossible without some distance from the events. According to a new survey, the low point of optimism for small business owners may have been last October.
Despite Outage, Google Makes More Tweaks To Gmail
Commentary  |  2/26/2009  | 
Even though Gmail crashed for several hours earlier this week, Google is moving forward with its continual roll out of new features for its e-mail product. This week, Gmail adds the ability to change the tab label for Gmail, as well as add multiple attachments at once.
Gartner Finds Most-Common SaaS Assumptions Are False
News  |  2/26/2009  | 
What has made it difficult for many companies to separate truth from fiction is the tremendous amount of hype around SaaS, the analyst firm says.
bMighty vs. Bernanke - Obama Finally Steps Up For Small Businesses. But Will It Be Enough?
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Small business got a lot of attention on the Presidential campaign trail last year, but they've seemed kind of invisible in Washington since then. Until last night, that is, when President Obama finally shared the love with entrepreneurs and small business owners. But despite the glowing rhetoric, it's not at all clear that business owners will get what they what they really want out of the administration.
Softwear By Microsoft: What A Puzzle
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
While doing some browsing a few days ago, I stumbled into a bizarre Microsoft site named Softwear By Microsoft. Really, I had to check the domain name several times to make sure this wasn't some sort of phishing site or parody. But no, it's real.
Nokia Mulling Laptop Business
Commentary  |  2/25/2009  | 
Nokia's CEO recently said that the company is thinking about a future in laptops. Can the Finnish maker of cell phones successfully make the leap from cell phones and Internet tablets to full-featured laptops?
Google Takes Credibility Hit With Gmail Outage
News  |  2/25/2009  | 
The company will credit some customers for 15 days of service, which would amount to almost 4% of the $50 per user per year Google charges.
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