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Content tagged with Mobile posted in March 2008
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Your Next Fav.or.it Blog Aggregation Tool?
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
At Startup Camp in London, I met Nick Halstead, the erstwhile founder behind fav.or.it, a new blog aggregation site that's been widely discussed in the, um, blogosphere (there's a dog chasing its tail somewhere in that statement).
CTIA: Just Who Is It For?
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
We're here at CTIA Wireless 2008, the cellular industry's trademark show in the United States. This year's show kicked off with Smartphone Summit, where the morning held tracks discussing everything from market stats from leading analysts to the latest and greatest smartphones.
BlackBerry 9000 Has Rotten Battery Life, But Otherwise Rocks
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
The word from early testers of the much-rumored BlackBerry 9000 mystery smartphone have reported absolutely abysmal battery life. With the Wi-Fi running, testers say the battery runs dry with just two hours of Web browsing. Other features, though, impressed the users in the field.
HP Unveils Products with Muscle for Midsize Businesses
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
Today, HP announced several products targeted for smaller businesses. Regardless of how these products play with the so called SMB market, the announcement indicates just how serious HP is about competing for midsize business IT dollars.
IPass Offers Dual 3G, Wi-Fi Hotspot Service
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
The iPassConnect wireless combo is aimed at busy road warriors with a price plan that starts at $29.95 a month.
CTIA Wireless: On The Ground In Las Vegas
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
Over The Air is on the ground in Las Vegas for the CTIA wireless trade show this week and will be posting videos galore of all that we see. Be sure to check back regularly for updates. So far, the smartphone summit showed some interesting developments from Symbian and UIQ.
Google Has A Privacy Policy That Doesn't Offer Privacy
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
In an effort to demonstrate its commitment to privacy, Google on Friday announced a revamp of its online Privacy Center, a repository for information about Google's privacy policies and practices. On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Google's enterprise search hardware is finding its way into U.S. intelligenc
Nokia Siemens, Sprint Launch LTE Endeavor
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
The Nokia service will be rolled out for Sprint's WiMax network, which is being tested in Chicago and the Baltimore-Washington area.
Outspring Mail For Mac Learns From You
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
I've recently been bumping up against the rough edges of Apple Mail, and so I was very interested in learning about Outspring Mail, a $95 Mac e-mail program that's designed to observe the user's actions and learn from them.
FairPoint Takes Over Verizon's New England Lines
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
The deal was approved in last-minute emergency hearings by utility regulators in Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.
Adobe Teams With Linux
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
PC World, Techtree
Gartner BI Summit 2008: The Next Generation of Innovation
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
Decision making as core competency, emerging technologies as BI enablers and changes in the BI market itself are core topics at this week's Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in Chicago. Analyst Kurt Schlegel explains the trends and business drivers.
Arch Rock Builds Internet Protocol Links Into Wireless Sensors
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
By combining nodes with Internet Protocol capabilities, wireless sensor nets get the same addressing, naming, and management as the rest of the enterprise network.
WatZatSong: You Tell Me
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
When we held Startup Camp in London, WatZatSong was one of the more intriguing new ventures. Raphael Arbuz' project lets the community help you figure out songs that you know some lyrics to, or a tune stuck in your head.
Gartner BI Summit 2008: Q&A With Howard Dresner
News  |  3/30/2008  | 
In a preview of his keynote presentation at this week's Gartner Business Intelligence Summit, former analyst Howard Dresner talks about his new book, the convergence of BI and process management, and what it takes to get to the next level of performance management.
Printing Out Is Hard To Do
Commentary  |  3/30/2008  | 
I used to have a wonderful printer. It was an HP Laserjet III, and it lasted me through about eight years and three Windows upgrades. Its black-and-white toner produced beautiful, sharp, smudge-free output. Eventually, though, it wore out and went to that great recycle bin in the sky; I had to face the loss and look for a replacement. That's where the trouble started.
Rails: Vendor Everything Just Got Easier
Commentary  |  3/29/2008  | 
Here's a common deployment fiasco: You build something. Something great. You use a number of different third party libraries installed on your system. Then, when you deploy the app to production, things break. You investigate. You realize that one of the libraries you're depending on doesn't exist on the server. You install it. Things still don't work. You realize that another one of the third party libraries is an older version. You update it. Things start to work. But now, on
CTIA Wireless: An Industry In Transformation Gathers In Vegas
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
Look for a wave of new devices and services when the wireless industry gathers for a major industry conference.
Another Good Reason To Quit Feeding Microsoft's Favorite Cash Cow
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
If you put just one open-source software package to work in your small or medium-sized business, I can tell you exactly where to begin. And as much as I like Linux, I actually have something else in mind for you.
Google Mashup: Video Ads, Privacy, Online Safety
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
Google, as always, has been busy. Here's a roundup of some recent developments. Video ads are now being served in search results (although I couldn't find any); Google says it is really, really concerned about your privacy; and the company outlines steps for people to protect themselves.
Three Mobile Advances: Search, Recommendation, Web Integration
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
Cell phone manufacturers aren't the only ones pumping new features and functions into mobile devices. Three startups--Kannuu, Aggregate Knowledge, and Ribbit--are getting into the act, too.
Verizon Wireless' Phones To Feature Loopt's Location Service
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
Utilizing GPS features on more than 20 Verizon mobile phones, Loopt will be offered at $3.99 a month and is aimed at the youth audience.
AT&T (Finally!) Sets MediaFlo Mobile TV Launch Date
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
More than a full year behind competitor Verizon Wireless, AT&T has set May 2008 as the date it will launch its mobile TV service using Qualcomm's MediaFlo network. This is more than four months behind schedule. The good news is that it will be launching the service with the svelte LG Vu phone, which (we can't help the comparison here) is very much like the iPhone.
UIQ Platform Updated, Receives Love From SlingMedia
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
The UIQ mobile operating system has been updated to version 3.3. The biggest changes with this new system software, which is based on Symbian OS v9.3, are support for widgets, as well as the most recent version of the Opera Mobile browser. At the same time, SlingMedia announced that UIQ phones can now use its mobile service to stream TV. In all, good times ahead for UIQ.
British Airways Cancels Heathrow Flights Amid Computer Chaos
News  |  3/28/2008  | 
British Airways said it planned to operate 80% of scheduled flights, including all long-haul routes, from Terminal 5 on Friday, after canceling dozens of flights Thursday.
Why Did Vista Stink? Developers, Developers …
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
Microsoft wields incredible power in the computer industry. Still, when it comes to the image of its flagship operating systems, it is greatly at the mercy of third-party software developers. When users sit down to use Windows, the code written by Microsoft sometimes doesn't matter as much as the bugs left behind in poorly written applications and drivers. If a crash happens, the average user is more likely to blame "crummy Windows" than to figure out it's a bug with a device driver.
John Jantsch Snowballs To Small Business Success
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
Sometimes when you notice a name or concept that's new to you, it starts popping up everywhere. The last two weeks, the clustering I couldn't avoid was contests for smaller businesses. This week, it's John Jantsch, the Duct Tape Marketing maven himself.
All That Got Stolen Was Microsoft's Thunder
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
It's bad enough that Microsoft with its big war chest might sue you for producing open source software. But what's really hard to take is the suggestion that you stooped to stealing Microsoft code for your project. At the Open Source Business Conference this week in San Francisco, one show organizer got his revenge.
Amazon Flexes Its EC2 Muscle With Elastic IP Addresses
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The company revamps its Web services to be a more fault tolerant way to manage servers that would be available to developers running their own physical servers in a data center.
Leap Wireless' Cricket Adds Two Samsung Phones
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The MyShot camera phone is equipped for use on emerging CDMA Advanced Wireless Services spectrum.
Comcast And BitTorrent Join On Network Management Plan
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The "protocol-agnostic" agreement is drawing mixed reactions from regulators, net neutrality advocates, and others.
Future Mobile Phones Will Have Blazing Speed, Biochips To Diagnose Ailments
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
DoCoMo said it has been able to demonstrate a mobile phone with a molecular delivery system for molecular communication, among other advances.
Google Restores 'Save & Close' Button To Google Docs
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
This is some short and sweet news. This afternoon I fired up Google Docs to write a post about Picasa Web Albums, and noticed that my favorite button is back. Thanks, Google!
Google Offers APIs To Picasa Developers
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
I use Picasa to share pictures with my friends and family. It has some great features, and even offers plug-ins for Apple's iPhoto software so you can upload directly to Picasa albums from iPhoto. Today, Google introduced a new API for Picasa that should make it easier to transfer pictures around -- once developers get around to actually using it to create Picasa buttons.
Adobe Launches Online Photoshop Beta
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The well-known company's entrance into online photo editing and sharing is likely to be felt by competing services like Picnik, Phixr, and Splashup.
YouTube Debuts Viewer Analytics Tool
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
The service is designed to help video makers understand more about where their viewers are and how those viewers found their videos.
Turn Your Car Into A Traveling Wi-Fi Hotspot
News  |  3/27/2008  | 
AutoNet and Novatel rally around outfitting automobiles with CDMA EV-DO Rev. A technologies, after testing the system in Avis rental cars last year.
Adobe Offers Free Photoshop
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Time
Fuze Puts Unified Communications On Steroids
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Fuze uses the power of the browser to push unified communications services to the desktop, laptop, and smartphone. That includes the ability to watch -- and participate in -- a live video conference on your smartphone. I had the opportunity to check this new service out, and I have to say, it's a step toward the future of unified communications.
AMD Goes Triple Core
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
PC Pro
Analyst: Apple Has Ordered 10 Million 3G iPhones
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Rumors and reports about a 3G version of the iPhone appear to be kicking into high gear the last week or so. On top of Kevin Rose's prediction earlier this week that we'll see 3G iPhones with video-calling capability, Gartner has weighed in and says Apple already has placed orders for 10 million 3G-enabled iPhones. Hoo-ahh!
Five Nominees for Process Hall of Fame
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Is there a business process management Hall of Fame? I don't think so, but there should be, to recognize the true pioneers and innovators in the field... My list emphasizes technology, recognizing those who first recognized that improving business processes demanded fundamentally new technology...
802.11n Price Points Drop, Features Rise
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
The inexorable push to higher speed wireless LANs recently took a significant step forward. Wireless access points that support PoE (Power over Ethernet) and cost less than $1,000 are now in the product delivery pipeline.
Helpstream Helps Those Who Help Themselves
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Self-service customer support sounds like an oxymoron, but Helpstream insists that it doesn't have to be. The company, which recently secured $8.6 million in series B venture funding, has developed help desk and customer support software that brings together communities of users to assist each other.
Bell Canada Hit For Slowing Traffic To Independent ISPs
News  |  3/26/2008  | 
Bell Canada acknowledged that it was "managing" traffic on its network, and claimed it was within its rights.
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