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Content tagged with Mobile posted in May 2008
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Looking through the Prism at WPF
Commentary  |  5/31/2008  | 
BlackBerry Leads, iPhone Follows U.S. Smartphone Sales
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The reason for RIM's success? It's been able to broaden the appeal of the BlackBerry to more than just professionals, an IDC report found.
Microsoft Warns Of Security Vulnerability Arising From Apple's Safari
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Unless the default Safari download location is changed, an attacker could exploit the vulnerability by tricking a user into visiting a maliciously crafted Web site, Microsoft said.
Laptop-Embedded Wireless Broadband Closer To Mainstream
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
New technologies and pricing due by the end of 2008 have the potential to eliminate the problems of embedded wireless 3G notebook purchases, Gartner now suggests.
Xerox Ink Expands Commercial Use Of Digital Printers
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The gel-like substance is expected to allow digital print on foil and plastic, both common materials in packaging.
Measuring Web Site Performance From The Edge
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Gomez CTO Imad Mouline says Web 2.0 applications are pushing even simple retailers to provide the same level of richness as major Web players to maintain their brand presence.
FoneLink 2.0 Targeted At Apple Macintosh Users
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The syncing software has been overhauled to improve the speed, stability, and features for the latest Mac OS X operating system.
Google's Schmidt: Mobile Internet The Future Of Advertising
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Speaking to a German newspaper, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said that the mobile Internet will indeed be the next major advertising platform. According to Schmidt, the iPhone is leading the charge.
Is YouTube A Tool For Terrorist Propaganda?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
I think of YouTube as being primarily a place to watch cute cat videos. But Sen. Joe Lieberman condemns the video site for something sinister: Terrorist organizations are using YouTube to post videos inciting Arabs to kill Americans. Lieberman is demanding that YouTube put a stop to the practice.
Enterprise 2.0 Preview: Collaborative Tools Gird Wachovia's Global Push
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Wachovia is embracing Wikis, blogs, instant messaging, social networking sites, Microsoft's Sharepoint, and other collaborative tools to connect staff, cut costs, and retain and attract younger employees.
Microsoft Office Standard Challenged By India, Brazil, South Africa
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Members of a Brazilian technical committee said the process that led to OOXML's ratification was flawed, in part because not all participants were given enough time to make their views heard.
Mars Phoenix Lander Moves Arm For First Time In A Year
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
NASA said the Phoenix was instructed to rotate its "wrist," unlatch its launch lock, raise the forearm, and move it upright to release the elbow restraint.
Google Seeks Dismissal Of Street View Lawsuit
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Google insists it has the right to drive upon a private road, turn around in a private driveway, and take pictures of private property.
Samsung Introduces Stylish Smartphone
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The sleek Samsung smartphone has a stainless steel body, is 13.5 millimeters thin, and features a sliding form factor.
No Answers Found In Search For Microsoft's Jim Gray
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Searches on and below the water have not solved the disappearance of the noted computer researcher and experienced sailor.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Harnessing The Web Transformation
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Get ready for the Enterprise 2.0 Conference in Boston June 9 - 12. where attendees will get an up-close look at how SaaS and Cloud Computing, Search 2.0, and social networking in the enterprise are reinventing the way companies do business.
Mozilla's Add-On Army (Finally!) Makes Its Move
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
As Firefox 3 takes its final steps towards a final release, some users are wondering whether their favorite extensions will fall by the wayside. As it turns out, most of them won't have to wonder -- or worry -- much longer.
Cell Phones' Newest Feature: Avoiding Speeding Tickets
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Trapster is a new service that allows cell phone users to alert one another about the location of speed traps. Alerts are sent in real-time to Trapster users as they approach a tagged trap. Never mind the fact that using a cell phone while speeding is probably not a good idea.
Online Ad Market Expected To Beat TV By 2012
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
Video advertising will lead the shift, leading to overall Internet ad revenue of $51.1 billion, according to one research firm.
Qualcomm's Plaza To Enable Easier Mobile Widgets
News  |  5/30/2008  | 
The company hopes its new platform-neutral widget framework will help operators drive mobile data usage.
Live Search Cashback Invites Company Troubles
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
My first look at Microsoft's new Live Search Cashback mentioned some concerns about its potential for abuse by employees. It would be easy for someone to buy products with company money and pocket the cashback rewards. As I've been doing a few more searches and purchases with the service, it seems like some merchants may be counting on this sort of behavior.
Google's Android To Offer Up App Store?
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Another gem to come from Google's I/O conference is news that Android-powered phones will be able to access some sort of centralized store to find and download applications to the handset. This will be great for developers looking to distribute their applications, as well as users seeking new functionality for their phones.
Startup Incubator Opens In Pittsburgh
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
A new facility for startup software and Internet companies is about to open in Pittsburgh. The new AlphaLab is affiliated with Innovation Works, a seed-stage investor that has pumped $37 million into more than 100 Pittsburgh-area startups over the past eight years.
Dining At the Intersection of Search and Retention
Commentary  |  5/30/2008  | 
Lawyers were well represented (you might say) at last week's Enterprise Search Summit in New York. At times, it felt more like an e-discovery conference with analytics and social-computing side-tracks rather than a search conference featuring a few e-discovery sessions... Without good search technology, sifting through the data isn't just tedious but nightmarishly expensive.
MEDgle: Symptoms Ending In 'gle'
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
You know that rash, that one you don't want to talk about but that you keep scratching and wondering about but you're afraid to go to the doctor and get it checked out? I'm kidding -- but seriously, if you did, you could go to MEDgle first and find out how seriously to take it. This self-funded startup is yet another interesting way to exploit the expansiveness of the Web to create a new business opportunity.
Qualcomm Lays Out Map For The Future Of BREW
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
This week at Qualcomm's annual BREW conference, the giant chipmaker gave its content delivery platform a double shot in the arm. BREW's future includes Flash integration and the ability to run widgets created with Qualcomm's Plaza initiative. Are these improvements enough to fend off the competition?
Dell Revenues, Earnings Up On Notebook Sales
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
However, the computer maker also reported that it saw "conservatism" in IT spending in the United States, which Dell expects to last through the summer.
Ultra Low-Cost Laptops: A Viable Option For SMBs?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
No one likes to spend more than they have to on a computer. And no one likes to carry around more weight than they have to. You'd think that would make a killer combination for ultra-low-cost ultra-portables like the Asus eeePC, OLPC XO, and HP 2133 Mini-Note. And now a new teeny tiny machine is on the way from Dell. But don't throw away your traditional notebook just yet.
Down To Business: Smell Opportunity, Not Just Upheaval, In Globalization
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
If there's such a thing as a business technology profession of the future, it's in developing, building, managing, and cultivating global supply chains.
CIOs Uncensored: An Interview With The Last CIO
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
How did it come about that Tomorrow's CIO really is tomorrow's CIO?
Mozilla Aims For Firefox 3.0 Download Record
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Given that there's no established Guinness World Record for software downloads, Mozilla is destined for the record book no matter what happens.
MokaFive Virtual Desktops: A Flexible Leash?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Virtualizing desktops is clearly an area of the enterprise that begs for IT action, but the variety of ways to go about it indicates that this technology segment is in deep ferment. Will those who have dominated the desktop so far rule a virtualized future? Perhaps, but where there's fermentation, there's also a whiff of disruption.
IBM Adds Social Networking To Rational Team Development
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Rational Team Concert is aimed at letting all participants in the development process--not just developers--collaborate.
Intel, Micron Launch High-Density Storage Chip
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The new devices are smaller than the size of a thumbnail but can store more than 2,000 digital photos or up to 1,000 songs.
VIA Launches Low-Power Nano Processor Family
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The chips could initially be used in thin and light laptops and later in sub-$500 mini-notebooks with screen sizes of less than 10 inches.
Mobile Ad Revenue To Hit $10 Billion By 2013
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
To hit that number, the industry must first solve a host of issues involving formats, pricing strategies, and standards, says a report from Heavy Reading.
3G iPhone Report Of The Day: It's Delayed
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Quick, everyone panic! Apple's stock is going to tank if this one is true! German cell phone chipmaker Infineon said that it is seeing less demand for its HSDPA chips than it was expecting for some big, unnamed project (hint: 3G iPhone). Surely this means Apple is delaying the 3G iPhone's launch. Right? As Mr. Spock would say, "That's highly illogical."
Google's Marissa Mayer Sides With Simplicity
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
A typical Google search touches some 700 to 1,000 machines in Google's data centers and can return a list of 5 million results in 0.16 seconds.
3K Computers Launches Mini-Laptop
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
The RazorBook 400 weighs less than two pounds and includes a 4 GB flash drive for storage and 512 MB of memory.
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Behind The CIA's Intellipedia
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
To improve information sharing among intelligence agencies, the CIA turned to technologies emanating from Web 2.0, such as blogs, Wikipedia -- and Facebook.
Opera Cozies Up To Google, Adds Gears Support
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
I use Google Gears. I also use Firefox. When I upgraded to Firefox 3 Release Candidate 1, I lost access to Google Gears because it isn't supported yet. This is somewhat vexing. I also use the Opera browser from time to time. Today, Opera Software announced that both the desktop and the mobile versions of its browser will support Gears. Time for me to change browsers?
Enterprise 2.0 Conference Preview: Sony Gets Wiki With It
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Ahead of his talk at the Enterprise 2.0 Conference, Sony's Ned Lerner explains the advantages of having his teams use wikis and other open source enterprise collaboration applications to get the job done.
Dell Confirms It Has A Mini-Notebook
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Though details aren't finalized, Michael Dell's prototype includes three USB ports, a card reader, a VGA out, and an Ethernet connection.
Copyright Issues Become Cloudy When Content Owners Can't Be Found
News  |  5/29/2008  | 
Congress is considering changes to the way libraries, historians, museums, publishers, writers, filmmakers, musicians, and others can use copyright-protected works whose owners cannot be found.
Windows 7 'Ultimate' Video: First Glimpse?
Commentary  |  5/29/2008  | 
Windows 7 appears to look a lot like Windows Vista, judging from a video purporting to show the "Ultimate" version of Microsoft's next operating system that has popped up on the Internet and drawn more than one million hits on YouTube.
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