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Content tagged with Mobile posted in July 2005
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Cisco Threatens Web Site That Leaked Exploit Presentation
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Cisco sent a cease-and-desist letter to at least one Web site that posted a leaked copy of an exploit technique against its routers. The technique, which Cisco has been working to suppress in court, was demonstrated publicly at the Black Hat security conference.
Telcos Give Bundling Another Try
News  |  7/29/2005  | 
Firms are bundling telecom services, including local, long distance and cell phones, Internet, and TV. Will customers go for it?
Wanna Be A Certifiable Linux Geek?
Commentary  |  7/29/2005  | 
This just flew over my transom: At LinuxWorld in San Francisco next month, the Linux Professional Institute will offer free or really cheap Linux certification testing to all takers:
SmartAdvice: Use Java And WebSphere To Reengineer Legacy Mainframes
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
Set guidelines that ensure easy technology transitions and migrations, The Advisory Council says. Also, to profit from RFID, rethink business rules.
The First Open-Source Keyboard
Commentary  |  7/28/2005  | 
I enjoyed Bill O'Brien's piece on new and interesting input devices over at Personal Tech Pipeline. But he missed what may be coolest thing to happen to a keyboard since, well, since there have been keyboards: Artemy Lebedev's Optimus. When I first laid eyes on this thing about a month ago, I knew I had to have one. Why? If you have to ask, then I can't explain.
Thousands Expected To Attend In-Person Graduation Ceremony For Online Degrees
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
But it's just a fraction of the 155,000 students currently attending online classes through the University of Phoenix Online
Telcos, Consumer Groups Battle Over Proposed Telecom Law Renewal
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Legislation to renew the Telecommunications Act of 1996 draws praise from telcos--but Consumers Union warns, "Hold onto your wallets."
SAP Purchase of Lighthammer Likely to Deliver Performance Solutions
News  |  7/28/2005  | 
Acquisition targets SAP's 12,000 manufacturing customers.
GAO To Study National Plan To Recycle Computers
News  |  7/27/2005  | 
The nation's stockpiles of obsolete electronics is growing. The components are toxic, and recycling is expensive and difficult.
For Sale: Iraq's Cell-Phone Franchises
News  |  7/27/2005  | 
The contracts are lucrative but hazardous: Employees at the three existing Iraq cell phone operations have been kidnapped, and U.S. military forces have had to jam service to prevent insurgent cell phones from detonating bombs.
InterBase: What Was The Chance...
Commentary  |  7/27/2005  | 
My last column raised as many new questions as I had when I researched it. This one concerns the back-door login that had been compiled into Borland's InterBase code. If anyone knows the answer, or knows someone who might, give me a shout.
Embrace, Extend, Annoy
Commentary  |  7/27/2005  | 
Years ago, I spent enough time dealing with both Quark and its customers to get the gist of that company's end-user support philosophy: sit down, shut up, and do as you're told -- please.
Google-ize Your Logo
Commentary  |  7/27/2005  | 
Just for the fun of it: Logogle takes whatever text you input and makes it look like the Google home page. Like "InformationWeek," for instance. (Via Boing Boing and elsewhere.)
The Internet Worm
Commentary  |  7/26/2005  | 
Earlier this afternon, I got an interesting email from Bill Whiting, a Linux Pipeline newsletter subscriber. After reading my editor's note -- also availble on the site as today's column, "Analyze This!" -- Bill wrote to suggest that Borland and Cisco might, in fact, have some prominent open-source company: Sendmail, courtesy of a once-infamouse worm that came simply to be known as "The Internet Bug."
Netli Internet Speed-Up Now Includes SLAs
News  |  7/26/2005  | 
Competition is picking up in the market for services that accelerate Internet application response times.
Motorola Revs Up WiMax Effort To Tackle 4G
News  |  7/26/2005  | 
WiMax is shaping up as Motorola's lead dog into the world of 4G mobile wireless communications, even as cell phone service providers struggle to implement 3G networks.
In Focus: What's Hot and Not-So-Hot in ECM
News  |  7/26/2005  | 
The quarterly sport of watching vendor financial results isn't just for industry insiders. These reports are a window into not only what fellow technology users are buying but also the vision and management acumen of current and prospective technology suppliers.
Venture Money Favors Older Startups
News  |  7/25/2005  | 
Venture capitalists are putting their money in later-stage ventures with some history behind them.
Making Deals, Raising Cash
News  |  7/25/2005  | 
There was a lot of money sloshing around the IT industry last week, with several companies making acquisitions and several others lining up new financing. The buyers were plugging holes in their product portfolios or buying technology. News Corp. bought more than 30 Web sites. Business Objects went for financial-planning and performance-management software. Microsoft grabbed an E-mail-services hosting company. And Broadcom focused on 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology. Meanwhile, venture capital flo
SonicWALL Unveils New SSL VPN Line
News  |  7/25/2005  | 
The new family of appliances is designed to support an unlimited number of concurrent users at no additional cost.
SmartAdvice: Taking Project-Management Efficiency To The Next Level
Commentary  |  7/22/2005  | 
It's possible to leverage many project-management efficiencies without starting a formal office, The Advisory Council says. Also, align goals when trying to reduce product costs with collaborative commerce.
Technology: Can't Leave Home Without It
Commentary  |  7/22/2005  | 
As my wife, Laura, and I head north to Quebec for a vacation in a few weeks, we'll have a traveling companion: a laptop PC. We aren't alone. Lots of people bring their laptops on vacation.
Forty Six Percent Of Consumers Favor VoIP: Survey
News  |  7/22/2005  | 
Forty six percent of people who have heard of VoIP would likely switch to the technology from traditional land lines, according to a survey just released by the National Consumers League
Langa Letter: Converting Audio Files? Let 'Er Rip!
Commentary  |  7/22/2005  | 
Readers suggest more MP3 and audio-file tools than you can shake a memory stick at!
Snowball, Welcome To Hell
Commentary  |  7/20/2005  | 
I knew we wouldn't hear much about the usual suspects -- Symantec, McAfee, etc. -- when I set up this week's poll. But it's still interesting to see just how little these products matter to you : Out of about 100 votes so far, just one person says they use proprietary anti-virus sotware on their open-souce desktop system.
WebMethods Introduces Continuous Controls Monitoring Solution for SOX and Other Regulatory Requirements
News  |  7/20/2005  | 
WebMethods for Compliance helps sustain compliance initiatives by continuously monitoring the accuracy and validity of business processes, transactions and control points.
Google Shoots The Moon
Commentary  |  7/20/2005  | 
Google engineer Larry Schwimmer today announced the arrival of Google Moon, a lunar version of the map technology seen on Google Earth. This is one small step for Google, one giant leap for lunar location-based marketing.
VoIP Market To Hit $4 Billion By 2010: Report
News  |  7/20/2005  | 
Phenomenal growth will be driven by the pervasiveness of broadband Internet access and the availability of low-cost VoIP services.
Wi-Fi On The Road Leaves A Lot To Be Desired
Commentary  |  7/20/2005  | 
Despite its unpredictable, frustrating nature, wireless Internet access has become more than just a nice perk available at some savvy hotels. It has become downright necessary to compete for corporate travel business. But based on my experiences with wireless while traveling, there really isn't any reason to rush just yet.
In Focus: Inching Toward the Paperless Office
News  |  7/18/2005  | 
Today, more than a decade after the mainstreaming of the Internet and two decades since the dawn of the personal computing era, the quest for the paper-free office marches onward.
Sprint Offers Wireless Broadband To Replace Landlines
News  |  7/18/2005  | 
The technology is also designed to offer fast deployment to support temporary or new facilities, and as a backup in case landlines go down.
Companies Experience Exponential Rise In Web Attacks: Survey
News  |  7/15/2005  | 
Businesses often ignore the fact that their Web sites are the weakest link in their security efforts.
BPM, Top To Bottom
Commentary  |  7/15/2005  | 
BPM is just one slice of BI, but it's a critical one with roots that stretch back into the centuries.
Automating the State of Kansas Legislature
News  |  7/14/2005  | 
Next generation bill drafting application is to be built with the help of XMaLpha Technologies.
Businesses Don't Adequately Monitor Network Risks: Report
News  |  7/14/2005  | 
Survey finds that although businesses' primary concern is reducing security risks, they do not have adequate risk-reporting tools in place.
SmartAdvice: ERP Systems Move To Professional Services
Commentary  |  7/13/2005  | 
Match ERP tools with your business strategy and chose an industry-tailored system, The Advisory Council says. Also, align network-support staffing levels first with network-management processes and network-planning and -architecture processes, then with technical specialties.
Partnerships Look To Expand Voice Over Wi-Fi
News  |  7/13/2005  | 
VoWi-Fi has the potential to change the way people stay connected at work.
Federal Spending On Telecom To Continue Growing
News  |  7/13/2005  | 
The Department of Homeland Security and E-government are among the drivers that will boost federal telecom spending, according to the government market-research firm Input, which released a study Wednesday.
PanAmSat Beams Live Video To Handhelds
News  |  7/13/2005  | 
Company says demo shows how handheld device users will receive broadband video when mobile devices are fitted with WiMAX.
WLAN Security Market To Hit $279 Million By 2009: Report
News  |  7/13/2005  | 
The WLAN market is set to grow at an annual rate of 30% per year and will drive significant growth in the WLAN security market, according to a new report.
Sprint Cuts The Cord On E-Mail
News  |  7/12/2005  | 
Company takes on RIM by making it easier to access business E-mail on more wireless devices.
More Than 8,000 Apply For H-1B Visa-Cap Exemptions
News  |  7/12/2005  | 
New government rules allow up to 20,000 foreign nationals with graduate degrees from U.S. institutions to avoid the 65,000 visa cap.
ICANN Approves .mobi Domain For Cell Phones
News  |  7/12/2005  | 
The move is expected to pave the way for widespread use of the Web by cell phone users, although ICANN representatives have said they doubt .mobi websites will be available before 2006.
Skype, Boingo Ally To Provide VoIP Over Wi-Fi Hotspots
News  |  7/12/2005  | 
Under the new arrangement, Skype users can get unlimited access for calls from Boingo's hotspots for $7.95 a month.
GAO Says More Needed On Public-Health IT Network
News  |  7/11/2005  | 
Among the initiatives examined: the Public Health Information Network, which is aimed at furnishing the nation with integrated information systems.
Sprint To Acquire US Unwired For $1.3 Billion
News  |  7/11/2005  | 
In addition to expanding Sprint's direct mobile service by some 500,000 subscribers, the acquisition will halt US Unwired's attempt to block Sprint's merger with Nextel.
Trendspotting: Managing The Human Factors That Affect Technology ROI
Commentary  |  7/11/2005  | 
Consider -- and accommodate -- worker attitudes in implementing a new technology push to make it successful, Rebecca Wettemann says.
Power-Line Play
News  |  7/8/2005  | 
Google, Hearst, and Goldman Sachs invest in technology that has yet to catch on
SmartAdvice: How To Leverage Business-Intelligence Tools
Commentary  |  7/8/2005  | 
Companies want to leverage their investments as much as possible, The Advisory Council says, so consider, what are your pain points? Also, how to structure an outsourcing deal so you can cut your losses early if it's not working out.
Millions See NASA Hit A Comet In Space
News  |  7/8/2005  | 
NASA is bargaining for extra bandwidth for upcoming shuttle launch.
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