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Content tagged with Mobile posted in April 2007
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Sometimes Steve Ballmer Just Takes Your Breath Away
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
In a USA Today interview Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is asked if he wishes consumers would get as passionate about Microsoft as they do when Apple comes out with something new. "It's sort of a funny question," he answers. "Would I trade 96% of the market for 4% of the market? I want to have products that appeal to everybody." Steve, I've got one word for you: iPod.
Vudu Signs Studios For Speedy On-Demand Movie Service
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The startup's service operates with the company's own appliance, which sits between a broadband connection and the home television.
Transparency Defined: A Look Inside VMware's IPO
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
VMware's IPO-related filings include a discussion of the competitive threat posed by Microsoft in the virtualization space, a breakout of VMware license revenue versus professional services revenue (guess which is growing more rapidly?), the hiring of a CFO from Amazon, and a decision by many customers to run all of their new apps on VMware software. While the SEC-mandated documents are a tad dry in places, they also provide an unpreceden
Parting Shots: Q&A With Former Gartner BPM Analyst Jim Sinur
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Last week, Gartner's preeminent business process management analyst Jim Sinur announced he would join Global 360 (http://www.global360.com/ ) as Chief Strategy Officer. In this broad-ranging interview, Sinur explains the move, offers an update on the BPM market and explores the evolving convergence of BI, data, events, modeling, business process management and business rules.
Google To Launch iGoogle
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
At a brunch for journalists (where I am typing this), Google today rolled out new personalization applications and features that are scheduled to go live first thing Tuesday morning. First, the Google Personalized Home Page, previously known as IG because those two characters are at the end of the Personalized Home Page URL (www.google.com/ig), has formally become iGoogle. If you thought Froogle was a poor product name, be thankful Google rejected Yougle, Fusion, and Mockingbird for the rename
Microsoft Blog Takes On .ANI Bug Post-Mortem
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
How did the animated cursor flaw, which plagued Microsoft users with wave after wave of exploits this spring, get through Vista's security? A Microsoft security guru takes on the question in a blog.
Vonage Ad Appeals To Consumers After Loss To Verizon
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
A new campaign plays on fears that Verizon's court victory over Vonage could enable Verizon to use its patent portfolio against other VoIP providers.
Intel Hopes The UMPC Will Kill The Smartphone
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
The PC industry seems confused about the future of mobile computing. Notebooks are a mature device category but other new form factors haven't fared so well. Smartphones represent a strong growing market, but this sector is controlled by the wireless industry, i.e. carriers and handset makers, not traditional PC companies. PC companies have yet to really win in the smartphone arena -- though the iPhone promises to change that. Regardless, Intel is trying to push a new mobile form factor that it
Peter Gabriel Helps Launch 'We7' Free Music Service
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
The songs are free of DRM and download fees as long as users are willing to listen to personalized messages that are "grafted" onto the beginning of song tracks and albums.
Verizon Wireless Drives Parent Firm's Profits
News  |  4/30/2007  | 
Monday's earnings report shows the firm's revenue for the quarter was $22.58 billion, up 6.4% over the same quarter in the previous year.
Mobile And Wireless Prominent In IBM's Top Five Technology Innovations
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
Wireless and mobility figure prominently in IBM's "Next Five in Five," a list of the top five technologies that will impact people's lives in the next five years. The results of this study come from IBM's interal research labs and think tank, as well as input from 150,000 people in 104 countries. So what are the top five technologies to look out for?
Has An Inappropriate Ringtone Ever Embarrassed You?
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
Raise your hand if you have a specialized ringtone set on your phone. Now raise your hand if you haven't bothered to switch your mobile phone's ringer from the default ringer it came with out of the box. Lastly, raise your hand if you keep your phone on vibrate or silent most of the time. According to the
Mobile Blogging Plug-In Available For Wordpress Users
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
To continue fellow blogger Mitch Wagner's discussion on blogging tools, I thought I'd share a bit of news from Wordpress. A new plug-in from Andy Moore, creator of Web2Txt, allows bloggers to create versions of their blogs that will be viewable on mobile phones. It will also allow bloggers to create posts
Ballmer Takes Another Swipe At Google Apps And The iPhone
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer just can't resist taking shots at the iPhone. Who can blame him, the iPhone has the potential to redefine the entire handset business -- as well as position OS X as a competitor in the mobile OS market.
Carnival Of Mobilists #70
Commentary  |  4/30/2007  | 
Break out the balloons and clown shoes, it's carnival time. The Carnival of Mobilists #70 is live at Mobile Opportunity. This edition's topics include RIM's BlackBerry service outage, the future of MVNOs, how to make feature phones better, dumb convergence solutions, and a new wireless carrier in Spain. Check it out.
Dear Microsoft: Enough With The Interactive TV
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
Dear Microsoft, Thank you for your concern about the lack of interactivity in my television. I realize that your researchers have only my best interests at heart, but please tell them that interactivity isn't necessary. TV is passive entertainment and I'm fine with that. If I want to interact, I'll do so using the computer in my home office, or maybe, if I'm feeling decadent, from my laptop while watching TV.
New Mobile Phones In Japan Use Motion Like Nintendo Wii
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
A new mobile phone in Japan from wireless carrier NTT DoCoMo has motion sensors. You can even use the phone to play games through movements, just like the Nintendo Wii game console.
BlackBerry To Offer Service For Windows Mobile: Why Does Anyone Care?
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
One of the big mobile business stories this week was Research in Motion's announcement of a version of its BlackBerry push e-mail service for Windows Mobile smartphones. This story got a lot of coverage but I have to admit,
Competition Between Fast And Autonomy Intensifies In Government Search Sector
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Autonomy announced that it hired a Federal sales team away from rival Fast.
New Cisco Switch Automatically Adjusts To Applications
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Lets network administrators give priority to voice over IP, video, and other traffic types.
Businesses Should Ditch Mobile E-mail And Use SMS Instead
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
That's what Alan Moore, CEO of SMLXL, recommends. His reasoning isn't all that outlandish, either. Turns out, most users of expensive mobile e-mail systems rarely type out messages that are longer than the 160-character limit with SMS. Why are enterprises paying for all that fancy technology if simple
Europeans Highly Skeptical About The iPhone
Commentary  |  4/27/2007  | 
In the very unscientific poll I took while attending the S60 Summit in Madrid this week, most Europeans I spoke with said the iPhone is "worthless without 3G." They are also unconvinced that the touchscreen interface will allo
EarthLink Pauses On New Muni Wireless Projects
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
The Internet provider said it will focus on current municipal wireless projects as startups and established tech firms such as Google and Motorola also bid on city contracts.
Retiring AT&T CEO Whitacre Lands $158 Million Package
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Randall Stephenson, the company's chief operating officer, has been named to succeed Whitacre.
Pulling Back The Curtain At Sun Labs
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Sun is working on faster switches, more efficient servers, new programming languages, and 3-D virtual workplaces.
Sun Researches Server Clusters With A Song
News  |  4/27/2007  | 
Projects like Search Inside The Music, Snapp Radio, and MailFinder could help researchers understand how to build a better server cluster architecture.
Sun Sees Virtualization Without VMware or Xen
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The company's investment in its Live-Star project could translate into improved software and security distribution models.
NOAA Sets Up Shop In Second Life
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The Meteora island offers hurricane, submarine, and weather balloon rides, a tsunami-training beach, a planetarium, and other educational experiences.
Report From A Weary Mobile Traveler
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
Well, my trip to Madrid and back to cover the Nokia Applications Summit and S60 Summit was met with good success from a technology standpoint. My mobile phone had no problems adjusting to the European flavors of GSM, though I
SMS Accounted For 70% To 80% Of Worldwide Non-Voice Revenue
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
According to a new report from Research and Markets, short message service, or text messaging, was a cash cow for network operators in 2006. But with the recent trend to offer unlimited messaging bundles, has SMS become commoditized?
FCC Fiddles, Broadband Opportunity Burns
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
"The most important step we can take to provide affordable broadband to all Americans is to facilitate the deployment of a third pipe into the home,'' FCC Chairman Kevin Martin said yesterday in announcing that the Commission would put off, once again, finalizing the structure of the 700MHz spectrum auction scheduled for later this year. "The upcoming auction represents the single most important opportunity f
Broadband Service Providers Face Wiretapping Deadline
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The FCC ruled in 2005 that broadband and VoIP providers must be able to facilitate wiretaps used by intelligence authorities so that old eavesdropping practices can be applied to newer technology.
Christian Coalition Calls Net Neutrality A 'Family Issue'
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The Christian Coalition argues that network neutrality is a family issue that should become part of the national presidential debate among Republicans and Democrats.
Do Wireless Subscribers Really Want Mobile Net Neutrality?
Commentary  |  4/26/2007  | 
Mobile VoIP provider Truphone this week came out against carriers blocking VoIP functionality on mobile phones. The company went so far as to claim that this act threatens mobile net neutrality. But is the
Siemens Loses Its CEO, Gains An SEC Probe
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The giant engineering firm said the SEC is examining "possible criminal violations of U.S. law."
Carriers, Startups Face Off Over 700-MHz Auction
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The FCC on Wednesday announced technical specifications for the upcoming 700-MHz auction, but put off deciding exactly how the spectrum will be divided and sold off.
Cisco Warns Of Bug In NetFlow Monitoring Tool
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
When the tool is installed, it creates matching default username and passwords, enabling a remote hacker to gain access to the system.
Icahn And Zander Cite Proxy Studies In Motorola Board Battle
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
Corporate raider Carl Icahn is seeking a Motorola board seat, while Motorola CEO Ed Zander maintains Icahn's lack of high-tech experience will be a problem.
IBM, MySQL To Bring Open Source Database To System i
News  |  4/26/2007  | 
The companies have agreed to work together in offering the MySQL Server for i5/OS, the flagship operating system for System i, and to certify IBM's DB2 as a MySQL storage engine.
Sun At 25 ... Where Is This Company Headed?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
Good question. Are Solaris, Sparc,and tape storage gaining momentum? Are you buying Sun products?
IBM, Intel, And Microsoft Tout Technology Future
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Though each company is working on something different, together they paint a picture of life with faster and more ubiquitous computing technology.
The Two Most Useful Search Tricks I Know
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
I use these all day and every day. One of these tricks allows you to do a search quickly in Firefox. The other trick allows you to narrow searches down to a particular site.

In Lompoc, The Network Works But Users Are Scarce
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
In April, the city's Wi-Fi network had 281 subscribers, far below the 4,000 needed for financial viability, officials said.
Put 2008 Presidential Debates On YouTube, Group Appeals
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
An alliance of political groups and technology companies are requesting that the video footage be placed in the public domain, or under a Creative Commons license.
Does A Job Ad Signal The Return Of The Google Phone?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
Just when you thought it was safe to deny the existence of a Google Phone, more rumors stir the blogosphere. Late last week Dan Jones at Unstrung pointed out that Google posted a job ad for hardware product manager. So much for Google not getting into the hardware business. Oh, it gets better.
Sun Unveils Video-Delivery Platform
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
The system supports up to 160,000 simultaneous, unique video streams at the rate of 2 Mbps for a price of less than $50 per stream.
OZ Buys Thumbspeed: Is The Mobile Messaging Market Consolidating?
Commentary  |  4/25/2007  | 
Mobile messaging platform company OZ this week said it acquired Thumbspeed, a maker of mobile messaging and personalization applications, from Hands-On Mobile for an undisclosed amount. What does this deal mean for the mobile messaging market?
Survey: 30% Of Businesses Have No Plans To Upgrade To Windows Vista
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Concerns about compatibility and cost are driving less-than-stellar adoption rates, despite security enhancements in the new operating system.
Google, Intel, And Microsoft Fund Robot 'Recipes'
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
Money from the three companies has enabled researchers at Carnegie Mellon University to create a series of Internet-connected robots that almost anyone can build using off-the-shelf parts.
Iridium Satellite Phone Per-Minute Prices To Drop To 15 Cents
News  |  4/25/2007  | 
The company said its North American service providers offer prepaid six-month plans. Iridium added that new subscribers can obtain bonus airtime incentives.
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