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Content tagged with Mobile posted in June 2008
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Lenovo Launches Its First U.S. Consumer Desktop
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The IdeaCentre K210 release follows Lenovo's launch this year of IdeaPad consumer notebooks outside of China.
Alliance Formed To Promote Macs On Corporate Networks
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Parallels and others will publish best practices for OS X and Windows interoperability, addressing issues such as integrating Macs with Microsoft's Active Directory.
Apple Mac OS X 10.5.4 Bolsters Performance, Security
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Nine of the 25 vulnerabilities addressed affect the Tomcat 4.1.36, which comes bundled with Mac OS X v10.4.11 systems.
Tech Heavyweights Launch Patent Trust
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Cisco, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, Sun Microsystems, Ericsson, and Verizon Communications are among those hoping to reduce their exposure to lawsuits.
Quashing Viral Video, Penney Undresses Ad Firm
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Retailer J.C. Penney has forced the withdrawal of the so-called "Speed Dressing" ad that won a prestigious advertising award at Cannes, France, earlier this month.
Microsoft Needs To Want Change--It's Not There Yet
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
In October 2005, Ray Ozzie told Microsoft executives what needed to happen to make Microsoft a leader in Internet services. Ozzie had been at the company for about six months at the time. Now it's more than three years since Ozzie joined Microsoft. Is he making progress on this goal?
Diablo III Formally Announced By Blizzard, Mac And PC Versions Planned
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The follow-up to 2001's Diablo II features a 3-D graphics engine that renders environments that are interactive and destructible, allowing players to create traps and obstacles.
Gates On Windows: 'What A Mess'
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
In a now semi-famous e-mail rant in 2003, outgoing Microsoft chairman Bill Gates lamented the colossal user-unfriendliness of his company's primary product, Windows. Now that message has been given voice by a Seattle radio host.
Google Inks Distribution Deal With 'Family Guy' Creator
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Google has struck a deal to help finance and distribute on the Internet an animated series from Seth MacFarlane, creator of "The Family Guy" television series.
Ride the Next Wave of Flexible 'BI Workspaces'
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Forrester Research says SaaS and in-memory options will let power users and analysts gain insight without IT bottlenecks. Embrace the trend, but beware the costs and risks.
Jackson Hole Gets WiMax Network
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Wyoming resort community's network is based on the WiMax Forum-approved Alvarion base station.
California Says Hands-Free Law Will Save 300 Lives Per Year
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Beginning tomorrow, July 1, drivers in California will be required to use hands-free devices when behind the wheel of their car. A study conducted last month believes the law will save 300 lives annually. Does this type of legislation make a difference, and how will it be enforced?
Calif. Preps For Hands-Free Cell Phone Law
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
I hate to be an alarmist, but Californians have less than 24 hours to change their driving habits... that is if you like to talk on your cell phone behind the wheel.
Dell Unveils Notebook Security Services
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The latest offerings are an expansion of the computer maker's ProSupport portfolio of services.
Federal Criminal Conviction Given To P2P Network Operator
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
The Department of Justice said this is the first time a federal jury has handed down a criminal conviction for P2P copyright infringement.
Rhapsody Challenges iTunes With DRM-Free Initiative
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
RealNetworks' Music Without Limits initiative allows potential buyers to listen to complete songs for free, buy DRM-free music, and more.
Microsoft Lays Out Protocol Patent Licensing Terms
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
Protocols for Office 2007, SharePoint 2007, and Exchange Server 2007 are out, but it's too early to tell what impact those releases will have on the company or its partners and competitors.
The Importance Of Real-Time Data In Mobile Maps
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Today Google announced that it will license Tele Atlas' mapping data for another five years. An important part of the deal will allow Tele Atlas to gather info from Google Maps users about maps that are incorrect. This brings me to a bad mobile mapping incident I faced over the weekend ...
Cast Iron Offers Integration Appliance For NetSuite
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
NetSuite is the latest software-as-a-service vendor supported by Cast Iron integration appliances, which are billed as supporting application integration through configuration rather than coding.
Will Rhapsody Deal Vault Verizon's V Cast Toward Success?
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
I consider myself to be a heavy music consumer. I purchase between two and five CDs worth of music each month. Even though I can download music directly to my iPhone via the iTunes Music Store, I still don't go for mobile music. What's preventing me (and everyone else) from doing so, and will Verizon Wireless's new deal with Rhapsody and Real make a real difference?
France Telecom's Latest Effort To Buy TeliaSonera Collapses
News  |  6/30/2008  | 
France Telecom and Sweden's TeliaSonera would have presented a major competitive threat to Vodafone Group and Deutsche Telekom in Europe.
OMeta# a .NET meta language
Commentary  |  6/30/2008  | 
Ultra Mobile PC Buyer's Guide
News  |  6/29/2008  | 
We look at a range of versatile UMPCs and mobile Internet devices (MIDs) from ASUS, Gigabyte, and Samsung, Amtek, OQO, Roan Digital, Vye, and WiBrain.
Ballmer's Right About Privacy, Wrong About Toolbars
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
It's pretty hard to move around the Internet today without leaving behind a trail of information. Any time that information can make someone money, you can bet that they will figure out a way to collect it. Although privacy is always a concern, users often don't realize the value of the information they're giving out for free, even when it's anonymous.
The iPhone 1.0 Should Be Cheap Now. Right?
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
When Steve Jobs said the iPhone 3G was going to start at $199, I immediately figured I could cop a cheap first-generation one on Craigslist or eBay. It's only logical to think Apple addicts would ditch their handsets for the latest and greatest, and that would lead to great online bargains.
VMware To Microsoft: 'Not That Much Has Changed'
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Despite the hoopla about Microsoft's upcoming release, executive John Gilmartin says Hyper-V is six to seven years behind VMware's technology curve.
Will Google Pull The Plug On 'Android?' Don't Bet On It
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
As anyone following this week's Nokia-Symbian hoopla already knows, Google is still several months away from launching its Android smartphone platform. Thanks to another open-source mobile technology initiative, however, we can get a pretty good idea of how Google expects Android to fit into the mobile-technology picture -- and, in the process, see why Google is unlikely to abandon the project.
Martian Soil Points Toward Possibility Of Life
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
NASA says the soil appears similar to that found in Antarctica's dry upper valleys and the salts it contains are another indication of the presence of water.
PC Market Rises On Notebook Sales; HP, Dell, Acer Hold Top Rankings
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
For the last five years, first-quarter PC shipments have grown by an average of 12%, making this quarter part of the norm, iSuppli said.
Canadian iPhone 3G Service Plans Require 3-Year Contract
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Rogers said there would be no unlimited data plans, and prices range from $60 to $115 a month.
MetroPCS' 'Open' Network Signals Single-Network Shift
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Sprint, Verizon, and Alltel phones can now be used on the MetroFlash flat-rate wireless service for a $40 a-month fee.
Google Tests Social-Networking Features On iGoogle Homepage
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Google is adding the ability for subscribers to chat with friends without having to download any extra software.
Apple To Developers: We Want Your Apps
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
The iPhone Apps Store is open...to developers. This week, Apple sent out an e-mail to developers to let them know that they may begin uploading their applications into the store. With only two weeks to go before launch, is Apple cutting things too close?
Nokia Focuses On Style With Supernova Cameraphones
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Three of the new phones have exchangeable front and back colors, and all the phones feature a stylish design, bold colors, and multimedia options.
Google's Latest App Connects PCs To TVs
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Devices that could communicate with the Google software include the video-game consoles PlayStation and Xbox 360 as well as HP's high-definition TVs.
IBM Teams With Mars To Sweeten Cocoa Research
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The computing giant plans to sequence and analyze the cocoa genome, which lies at the heart of all the world's chocolaty goodness.
Judge Says Battle Over Founding Of Facebook Is Over
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The terms of the settlement, which involved an award of cash and Facebook stock, was ordered sealed by the judge.
Apple May Offer Remote Control App For iPhone, iPod
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The remote control application would presumably work via a Wi-Fi connection, since the iPhone and iPod Touch support the wireless technology.
Virgin Mobile Officially Buys Helio For $39 Million
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Helio has approximately 170,000 subscribers on one-year or two-year contracts who will be absorbed into Virgin Mobile's existing 5.1 million prepaid customer base.
Gadgets Gone Wild At Digital Experience 2008
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
Digital Experience, a safari jungle-themed consumer electronics showcase in New York, featured RIM's Blackberry Bold, Eye-Fi's wireless memory cards, several GPS devices, and digital cameras from Canon.
Lessons Learned From Bill Gates
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Today is Bill Gates' last day as a full time employee of Microsoft, the company he built into a software giant. It's hard to even imagine that Microsoft was ever a small business but it had the same humble beginnings as nearly all companies. It also had an extraordinary leader in Gates and it is there that smaller businesses could learn a lot.
NASA Unveils 128-Screen Visualization System
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The "hyperwall-2" consists of a 23-foot-wide, 10-foot-tall liquid crystal display capable of rendering a quarter-billion pixel graphics.
Bill Gates' Legacy For IT
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
When Bill Gates steps out of his office today for the last time as a full time Microsoft employee, he'll leave behind a company in flux, but one that's been central to much of the business technology revolution in the last 30 years.
Bill Gates And Windows XP: Good Night And Good Luck
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Microsoft will mark the end of an era this weekend as Bill Gates and Windows XP -- two icons of the company at its zenith -- head for the sunset. Can Redmond survive this transitional moment, or will June 30 be the day Microsoft died?
Google Retools BlackBerry Browser Support
Commentary  |  6/27/2008  | 
Starting today in the U.S., users of BlackBerry smartphones should begin noticing a number of improvements to their Google search results. Google has tailored its software to better accommodate the BlackBerry Web browser.
NFL, ESPN Offer Stadiums For 'White Space' Spectrum Tests
News  |  6/27/2008  | 
The football league suggested the FCC could use the Baltimore Ravens' M&T Bank Stadium and the Washington Redskins' FedExField in Landover, Md.
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