News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile posted in May 2007
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Should Companies Hire People With Black Marks On Their Internet Histories?
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
An international retailer finds a great candidate to head up its store in Shanghai. But a bit of last-minute Googling turns up information about political activism against the Chinese government. Should she still get the job?

Microsoft Drops A Few Data Center Strategy Hints
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Ever wanted to know how Microsoft makes decisions about how to build its data centers, where they are and how big they are, and what the company intends to do with them all? A video interview the company has posted today with Michael Manos, the Microsoft's senior director of Data Center Services, gives a few hints.
Why Novell Might Need 'Plan B' For Linux Distribution
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Novell says its alliance with Microsoft is a key part of its Linux sales strategy. It may need to rethink that. On Thursday, the Free Software Foundation took aim at the partnership with a deal-busting final draft of the new open source license.
Big Carriers Chosen In Federal Telecom Networx Award
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The award means that the five chosen companies are eligible to offer their services on a competitive basis to the 135-odd federal entities.
Doing the iPhone Shuffle
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
We're headed into the home stretch on the iPhone frenzy. Apple is still saying "end of June" but Web sites like The Boy Genius Report are saying June 15, just about two weeks away. Alpha early adopters will be flaunting them in every martini bar and boardroom in America and the rest of us will be doing the iPhone Shuffle, waiting in line at the Cingular store. Already there are leaks and spe
Wireless Silicon Valley Behind Schedule
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The complete 40-city project is expected to cost between $100 million and $150 million to build.
VoIP Startup Jajah Buddies Up To Telecom Carriers
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
Jajah's strategy is to work with telecom service providers so both companies can make money from VoIP calls.
You Can See Steve Jobs' House On Google Maps
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
There has been a lot of fanfare this week for the new Street View feature on Google Maps, a function that gives users a 360-degree view from the streets of select cities. Now users are reporting seeing all kinds of things, including Steve Jobs' house.
Are Carriers Delaying The S60 Mobile Version Of Skype?
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Darla Mack asks a great question: Where is the Symbian version of Skype? While Symbian smartphone users wait the Gizmo Project is already available for the N800, N95, N80ie and E61i. Will Gizmo become the Skype of the S60 smartphone world?
Americans Buy Low-Tech Phones And Keep Them Forever
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
According to J.D. Power and Associates, Americans are keeping their phones an average of 17.5 months, up from 16.6 months since last fall. That means more and more people are opting for 2-year contracts...and opting against the latest technology. Do people care about high tech?
Jobs Says EDGE Is Fast: Has The Reality Distortion Field Hit The iPhone?
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Steve Jobs made headlines yesterday at the D: All Things Digital conference. Of course, Jobs spoke about the iPhone, but during his remarks, I began to see the telltale signs of the reality distortion field at work.
AT&T Offers An International Long Distance Text-Message Plan
News  |  5/31/2007  | 
The plan, which will formally begin on Sunday, will let customers send international text messages for 10 cents a message, or 100 long distance text messages for $9.99 a month.
Businesses To Spend $9 Billion On Mobile Applications By 2011
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
It's time to dust off the hockey stick because we've got another mobile enterprise market study. According to the latest findings from Compass Intelligence, U.S. businesses will spend $9 billion on mobile CRM and other mobile applications by 2011.
Apple's Jobs: Mobile Internet Is Terrible. iPhone Delivers the Real Internet
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Speaking to Walt Mossberg at yesterday's D: All Things Digital conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave us some interesting tidbits of info regarding the iPhone. The OS is the full Mac OS X with a different user interface. Third-party apps? Maybe. QWERTY keyboards? A waste of valuable space. FMC? Sort of. 3G? Well, Wi-Fi is faster. Oh, and current music phones stink.
Google Goes Offline With 'Gears'
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Flanked by partners, Google offers new APIs and focuses on its plans to move further into Microsoft's desktop space.
U.S. Mobile Applications Market Forecast To Reach $9 Billion Soon
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The business mix includes custom-coded wireless packages, productivity tools, enterprise resource planning tools, e-mail, and security applications.
DOE Rolls Out Powerful ESnet For Scientific Researchers
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The optical network will serve more than 50,000 DOE laboratory staffers and scientists as well as thousands of academic researchers.
Open Source Mapping Database For Broadband Data Recommended
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Contrary to the FCC's plans, the ITIF argues that a user-generated map would encourage public participation and generate precise local broadband data.
Information Builders Adds Dashboards, Excel Plug-in, Compliance Framework
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Business intelligence vendor offers two approaches to sharing data and insight: the usual Excel route, or 'Active' license-free reports with dashboard and collaboration features.
Palm's Foleo Fails To Wow Followers
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
The Foleo is a Linux-based, large-screen companion device to the Treo that lets users create e-mails and edit documents using a 10-inch display and a full-sized keyboard.
Top Five Reasons The Palm Foleo Makes No Sense
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Palm today decided to show us the future of mobile computing by giving us... a $500 laptop-sized Treo smartphone add-on that isn't even a real laptop. While I am sure some of you are excited by the Foleo and its Linux OS, I for one am under whelmed. Why would I pay $500 for a glorified smartphone accessory when I could get an entire laptop for just a little bit more?
Palm Adds The Folly, Er, The Foleo To Its Portfolio
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
For once, the rumor sites had it completely right. If you heard a gunshot around 11:30 AM Pacific Time this morning over in Carlsbad, Calif., that was Palm shooting itself in the foot. Rather than spend its time and money developing the next kick-butt smartphone for the enterprise, Palm thought about the future and decided to give us a laptop that isn't even a laptop.
IE Mobile Gets Standards For Windows Mobile 6
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
For those of you eagerly waiting the upgrades to Internet Explorer Mobile for Windows Mobile 6, here is a rundown of what you can expect from the new OS.
RFID Skills Improving But Deployment Slows, Study Finds
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Among those who believe there is a shortage of RFID skills, 68% said the shortage would impact adoption, CompTIA found.
Is Google Getting Serious About Business Software?
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Here's to betting that a Salesforce.com and Google business partnership has been consummated. Salesforce informs me it will be making an announcement with a "leading Internet company based in the Bay Area" on June 5.
Will The Exit Of InfoSpace Spell The End Of The Carrier Deck?
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Mobile content, advertising, and search firm InfoSpace is rumored to be on the auction block with Spanish firm LaNetro Zed as the prospective buyer. According to the rumors, InfoSpace could fetch around $1.08 billion if the merger goes through. This deal could mark the end of the first phase of the mobile Web.
Computer GUI Revolution Continues With Microsoft Surface's Touch Screen, Object Recognition
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Microsoft's tabletop display computer may set us on the path to where we no longer need keyboards and mice to work with computers.
Is The Next Generation iPhone Already In Production?
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
The iPhone rumors are non-stop today. The iPhone supposedly will have more features than Steve Jobs announced in January and Microsoft might have some new patent with which to challenge the iPhone (and possibly block its path to market). Now reports claim that the
Apple Launches DRM-Free Music Tracks On iTunes Plus
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
More than a dozen of Paul McCartney's classic albums are also making their debut.
Apple Beware: Microsoft Awarded Web Phone Patent
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Could Apple's iPhone be at the mercy of a patent just granted to Microsoft? Could be, judging by U.S. Patent 7,225,409, "Graphical User Interface For A Screen Telephone," which was awarded to Microsoft on Tuesday. More potential worries for Apple: The patent isn't just for a phone, but for the underlying softwar
What Is The Real Market For Wireless MVNOs?
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
The wireless industry has been trying to figure out the secret to MVNOs for the last five years. With the exception of Virgin Mobile, though, I haven't seen very many success stories. Now Voce, a new MVNO designed for the busy professional with disposable income, is trying to capture the coveted high-end market. Why do MVNOs think wealthy people want to go through a re-seller?
Does The iPhone Have Hidden Features?
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
We're just a few weeks away from the launch of the iPhone and the rumor mill is in overdrive. Yesterday my colleague, Eric Zeman, questioned if the iPhone would usher in a new era of fixed-mobile convergence and seamless connectivity. Today it seems the iPhone might be hiding some features that Steve Jobs didn't reveal in January.
Rumors On Palm Device Not So Promising
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Well, as to be expected, tech and gadget rumor sites are already running pieces on what Palm will be announcing today. The one rumor that looks more substantive than the others (because it's based on an errant Palm press release) speaks of a Linux-based UMPC-type device. Hmm. Is this a market
Ajax Versus Silverlight, JavaFX and Flash/Flex
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
I've noticed that spokespeople for Microsoft, Sun and Adobe tend to gingerly disparage Ajax… It doesn't fit their model: proprietary delivery methods (runtime clients, graphics engines), proprietary or semi-proprietary development tools-their own solutions for overcoming the deficiencies of HTTP Web applications… It pains them that Ajax is so popular. They have to deal with it, treat it with kid gloves, even support it; but they don't like it.
Mobile Web Turns Into An Escape From Corporate Firewalls
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
A few months ago I reported how mobile Web use was growing, particularly in the U.S. In the U.K., employees are flocking to toilets to use the mobile Web. Why? Because it's a fast and easy way to escape the prying eyes of IT managers and corporate firewalls.
BT To Add Wireless VoIP To PlayStation Portable
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
BT said it is developing a software-based VoIP app for the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP). The new app will let users to make voice and video calls over a Wi-Fi network. Will VoIP be the newest add-on for mobile game handhelds?
Smartphone Accessories Make More Money Than Smartphones
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
That's right, there is more money in Bluetooth headsets and phone cover cases than in smartphones proper. According to researcher ABI, the market for smartphone accessories will hit $32 billion in 2007, much more than the $28 billion expected from the smartphone market.
Harmony Integrates BI Into Software For Social Service Organizations
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Harmony Information Systems plans to integrate the Logi 8 BI platform into irs software for managing operations related to child welfare, juveniles justice, substance abuse, and other social services.
Microsoft Cancels PDC... What's A Developer To Do?
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
Is Microsoft suffering from developer show burnout? -- or -- does the rescheduling suggest that it will it be a long time before Microsoft's "next wave of platform technologies" is ready?
Toshiba Launches Communications Server For SMBs
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
A new media application server leverages existing benefits of Toshiba's CIX-series' voice over Internet protocol systems.
With Toshiba Turion Laptop Deal, AMD Regains Ground On Intel
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
AMD has released additional information surrounding its important design win announced early Tuesday, in which Toshiba said it would ship laptops equipped with processors from the Avis of chip makers. As was the case when Dell opted for AMD, it's big industry news anytime a major PC manufacturers diverges from an Intel-only strategy. For AMD, the big challenge remains making such market advances stick, as opposed to the two-steps forward, one-step backwards dance it's been doing for the past fe
RFID Provides Interactive Experience At Living Fossils Exhibit
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Singapore's largest oceanic park is using the tracking technology to create a personalized experience for visitors.
Google Adds Street-Level Pictures to Google Maps
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Initially, Street View images are available in Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. Additional cities will be covered in the future.
Beatnik Offers Music Format For Low-Cost Phones
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
The file format is one-tenth the size of the typical MP3 file, making it possible to quickly download tunes on older digital mobile phone networks found in emerging markets.
FTC Reviews Google's Plans For DoubleClick
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Analysts suggest that anti-trust concerns will take precedence over privacy concerns during the evaluation.
Palm To Unveil New Device Tomorrow
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
Palm, one-time innovator of the PDA market and maker of the Treo line of smartphones, has announced that it will be showing off a brand new category of mobile devices tomorrow. A new category? Something other than a PDA, smartphone, or glorified hard drive? My interest is piqued.
Will The iPhone, Wing, And Other Wi-Fi-Enabled Smartphones Finally Usher In FMC?
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
We all know the iPhone has Wi-Fi. The new HTC Wing, launched by T-Mobile last week, also has it. RIM CEO Jim Balsillie said in a speech that we'll see Wi-Fi on a BlackBerry device by year's end. Will this new crop of devices convince U.S. carriers to offer
T-Mobile's Parent, Deutsche Telekom, Invests In VoIP Startup Jajah
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
The investment marks the first by a cell phone service provider in VoIP and is a signal that the German company is willing to risk the cannibalization of its existing landline service.
Customer Insight: Complete the Picture With Cross-Channel Analysis
News  |  5/28/2007  | 
Are you looking at store-, contact center- and Web-based transactions in isolation? Employing cross-channel analysis, Best Buy learned that best customers are typically multi-channel customers, and it's now personalizing marketing messages with a complete view of customer behavior. Here's a look at the cross-channel trend and its implications for technology choices and operational decisions.
Novell Tips Details Of Microsoft Linux Deal, Spotlighting FSF Opposition
Commentary  |  5/28/2007  | 
The Free Software Foundation, that merry band of advocates of the GNU/Linux operating system (don't call it "Linux" -- FSF president Richard Stallman will get mad), is looking to throw a monkey wrench into the peace pact between Novell and Microsoft. Under that deal, signed last November, Novell insulated itself from Linux patent suits from Redmond and got millions of dollars in much-needed cash to boot. Now, Novell financial filings release
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