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Content tagged with Mobile posted in July 2007
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I Loved My iPhone But I Had To Return It
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
As you may recall, I finally snagged an iPhone a few weeks ago. At the time, I was less than pleased with my experience. I had problems syncing my iPhone with my PCs. Many of you wrote in with some advice on how to better connect my Jesus-phone with my laptop and desktop. While I appreciated your help, it wasn't enough. After 10 days, I returned my iPhone.
Google Almost Gets What It Wants From The FCC
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
The FCC set the ground rules today for the upcoming 700-MHz auction. While Google didn't get everything it asked for -- the FCC made progress toward opening up spectrum but stopped short of real open network access -- it came pretty close.
Intel Sees 2008 As Breakout Year For WiMax
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Intel's carrier partners Sprint Nextel and Clearwire plan to offer the technology as a wireless broadband alternative to the 3G cellular networks.
MPack Banking Crimeware Infects 500,000 Computers
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The hacking toolkit has been going for $1,000 on the Russian underground and researchers say it's now in the hands of 58 cybercriminals.
Google, Others Mull Next Steps In Race For 700 MHz
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The rules, which are expected to be published within a few weeks, immediately drew praise from some quarters and scorn from others.
Cranky Bosses Are Bad Business
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
According to a new study, bosses in a bad mood are bad for business. Apparently, unhappy bosses lead to more employee turnover and other behaviour problems among employees. And US News & World Report blogger Justin Ewers suggests that these results are of special interest to smaller companies, "who tend to have more control over their work environments than managers at larger compani
Amazon EC2 Lets Users Sell Software As A Service
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
With Amazon's new Paid AMI Support, EC2 users can become a software or application service provider, selling access to their particular server configuration.
7 Apple Briefs
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
Learn to control iTunes using keyboard shortcuts that work in any app, take decent photos with your iPhone, and make a Wi-Fi hotspot on the fly using just your MacBook and a hard Internet connection. Also: Eminem sues Apple (again), the Adium IM client reviewed, and more.
Poll Results on BPMN Portability
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
There's no denying that BPMN is gaining traction in the marketplace. I see it in my training. I see it in BPMS and BPA vendors getting on board. But what's amazing about this is that it's happening without a standard way to store and interchange BPMN between tools. It almost boggles the mind that the creators of BPMN "forgot" about this when they started, and its current owners place model interchange far down the priority list...
Comcast, County Clash Over Billing Dispute Policy
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Montgomery County officials are concerned that the cable company's arbitration policy limits consumer action including class action litigation against Comcast.
Amp'd Mobile Subscribers Get Reprieve. Sort Of.
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
Amp'd Mobile is still leaving the building, but Prexar Mobile has offered to step in and take over Amp'd's subscribers. Subscribers will be able to transition their service from Amp'd to Prexar by visiting Prexar's Web site and filling out some forms. Is this good news?
Aruba Certifies Apple iPhone For Enterprise
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Aruba said it tested the iPhone's WEP, WPA-PSK, and WPA2-PSK security, roaming, VPN connections, and portal authentication combined with public shared key encryption.
Mozilla Issues Fixes For Two Firefox Bugs
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Mozilla releases Firefox version 2.0.0.6 right before it's expected to announce new security tools at this week's BlackHat security conference.
Alcatel-Lucent's Quarterly Results Are Down
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The company reported a net loss of 336 million Euros ($460.3 million) in its second quarter, including a 3.6% drop in revenue.
Poll: Internet Explorer, iPod, Windows 95 Among Most Influential Tech Products
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
Microsoft products captured four of the top five spots in the poll, which asked techies to name what they think are their industry's most influential products of all time.
Foonz Offers Free Conference Calls To The Little Guy
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
Not all cell phones offer the ability to make conference calls on the fly, but a new service from foonzMobile lets anyone initiate a conference call for free. How well does it work?
A Service Pack For Vista? Yes And No
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
Microsoft has been saying there is no trial version of a Service Pack 1 for Vista, but Ars Technica reports that The World's Largest Software Company has released a "sneak peek" of several patches on its Windows Connect download service for beta testers of Win
Twitter Turns Drivel To Cash
Commentary  |  7/31/2007  | 
Web 2.0 ventures have discovered a simple formula for success: encourage users' conceit that what they say, do, and think is interesting enough to share with others. This is how Twitter, a hot startup, turns a stream of drivel into cold, hard cash.
TIBCO Takes the Open-Source Route to Integrating Mashups and Composite Apps
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
After helping to set the standards of the OpenAjax Alliance Hub, TIBCO is taking its own PageBus publish-and-subscribe message bus open source. It's an important integration tool as developers envision componentized Ajax applications.
Apple iPhone Out, BlackBerry 8800 In At NASA
News  |  7/31/2007  | 
The minutes of a meeting of NASA tech officials show that the space agency has determined the iPhone "not to be enterprise ready."
Daddy, I Want A Gold iPod!
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
For the geek who has everything: An 18K gold iPod Nano, with accompanying golden docking station, remote control, and earbuds. The vendor, Xexoo, removes the case of the device, and replaces it with one made from 100 g of gold.

Survey: Many IT Managers Are Planning To Replace Wired Nets With 802.11n
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
In spite of the professed enthusiasm by the surveyed IT managers for 802.11n, the survey found big gaps in their understanding of the technology.
Congressmen Call For More Answers On Lax DHS Security
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
Two congressmen are questioning the Department of Homeland Security's CIO and CISO about information security in the agency's research arm and in the office that deals with contractors.
Just How Successful Are Google's Mobile Initiatives?
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
Japan's No. 2 carrier, KDDI, today said it plans to offer a new mobile e-mail service powered by Google's Gmail. This is the latest in a long line of Google-related mobile announcements. While Google's mobile onslaught continues, this question remains: Just how successful are the search giant's efforts?
Verizon Wireless To Acquire Rural Cellular For $2.67 Billion
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
The transaction illustrates the latest trend of major mobile phone service providers trying to grow their subscriber rolls.
Rumors Flying About Potential New Apple Products
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
Rumors are flying about products that Apple might introduce soon including a sixth-generation iPod, possibly as soon as early August. Other possibilities: A redesigned iMac, or ultrathin notebook. The rumors were triggered by two little words at last week's Apple earnings conference call: "Product transition."

Caught In A Mosh: New MVNO Launches Beta Service
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
As Amp'd Mobile goes down in flames, another company is taking a shot at the MVNO model. Mosh Mobile, based in Indiana, will provide free services, including unlimited voice,
EMC Documentum 6 Upgrade Makes it Easier on IT
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
If content management is to spread "enterprisewide," development can't complex, cumbersome process. With SOA improvements, Eclipse standardization and configuration enhancements, EMC streamlines with IT in mind.
Boosted By Wireless Growth, Verizon Reports Increase In Profits
News  |  7/30/2007  | 
Net income was up 4.5% to $1.7 billion while revenue rose 6.3% to $23.3 billion.
AlarmPoint Matches Problems To Problem Solvers
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
AlarmPoint releases version 3.1 of its event management system. New in this release is integrated support for RIM, Avaya VoIP/SIP presence technology, and better reliability.
Italian 'Writes' 384-Page Book With His Cell Phone
Commentary  |  7/30/2007  | 
Science fiction author Roberto Bernocco wrote an entire novel in his downtime using only his Nokia 6630 cell phone. In case you're not familiar with that model, it does not have a QWERTY keyboard. He used T9 to write the entire thing, which took him 17 weeks. It was recently published.
Are The Carriers Killing Business Mobility?
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
Welcome to Take 5, a regular feature on Over The Air where we sit down with a wireless industry insider to talk shop about mobility and business IT. This week's guest, Daniel Taylor, was the head of the Mobile Enterprise Alliance. Unfortunately, the MEA has decided to dissolve (more on that here) and Taylor is moving on to a new role
Cisco Sticks Its Foot In The Data Center Door
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
New data center appliance houses network, server, and storage resources as virtual services.
Xbox 360 Overtakes Wii In U.S. Searches
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
While Microsoft's Xbox surpasses the Wii in overall sales volume, Nintendo's Wii has posted the fastest growth in market share.
Energy Star PCs: Not A Heap Of Green To Be Saved
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
Buying Energy Star PCs is the right thing to do for the environment. Some companies take that responsibility seriously. But at companies only concerned about saving money, the EPA's brand new energy-efficiency requirements won't dazzle the accountants.
Is InfoSpace's New iPhone App Better Than Just Using Google Search?
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
InfoSpace made its Find It application available for the iPhone today. Using a screen with iPhone-esque buttons in the browser, users can search for restaurants, stores, health care providers and such. Are the results more useful than Google's?
Qwest's Nacchio Sentenced To Six Years, Fined $19 Million
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
The former CEO was convicted of illegally acquiring stock profits while at the helm of the telecommunications company.
Microsoft Offers Tools To Calculate ROI For Unified Communications
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
Many businesses are reluctant to deploy unified communications technology because the return on investment is hard to prove.
8 iPhone Briefs
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
Here are some of the best information, tips, and links about the HarryPotter-phone. Learn how to troubleshoot problems, customize ringtones, use non-Apple headphones with the iPhone, and more.

Case Study: Field Force Automation Saves The Day For Mac-Gray
Commentary  |  7/27/2007  | 
Welcome to Over The Air's first Friday case study. We'd like to make case studies a regular part of the blog and we're kicking things off with a look at how Mac-Gray's coin collectors used standard field force gear to reduce expenses, reduce wear and tear on its fleet and boost worker productivity.
Microsoft Gives New Detail Of Services Transformation
News  |  7/27/2007  | 
There will be five layers to Microsoft's online architecture, beginning with a Global Foundation Services layer that includes the physical data centers.
Microsoft Strengthens Advertising Chops With Deals, New Research Group
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer tell analysts Microsoft is "hell-bent" on becoming a powerhouse in the online ad business.
Corning Bends Fiber To Improve Networking 100 Times
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Verizon teamed up with Corning to build nanoStructures as rugged as copper cable but with all of the bandwidth benefits of fiber.
Second Life Gambling Ban Gets Mixed Reaction
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Some residents feel cheated by rules that ban wagering on games of chance or real-life organized sporting events if they provide a payout in Linden Dollars.
Will Dual-Mode Smartphones Become The Device De Rigueur?
Commentary  |  7/26/2007  | 
Not only did revenue from smartphones leap 10% in the first quarter of 2007 compared with the fourth quarter of 2006, sales of Wi-Fi-enabled handsets are on track to top $145 billion in the next three years. Is Wi-Fi the key to spurring smartphone adoption?
$28 Million For An Old Idea-Part 2
Commentary  |  7/26/2007  | 
We have to kill the firewall in order to save it. That's the essential message from startup Palo Alto Networks.
Sprint, Google Hook Up For WiMax Services
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
For Google, the deal provides access to Sprint WiMax subscribers who will presumably be eager to use the Web-based tools on the go, at no or little cost.
New Bill Proposes 'Health Record Trusts' That Pay Doctors To Use E-Health Records
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
Under the proposal, the records managed by the trust would travel with the individual through life, and not be controlled or owned by any particular health care provider, employer, payer, or other party.
More Copies Of Windows Than Cars?
Commentary  |  7/26/2007  | 
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer today said that by the end of this fiscal year, which began July 1, there will be more than a billion Windows PCs worldwide. "There will be more PCs running Windows in the world than there are automobiles, which is, at least to me, a mind-numbing concept," Ballmer said. That hasn't been the only number thrown out so far.
Pegasystems Improves on Process Localization, Testing and Data Encryption
News  |  7/26/2007  | 
SmartBPM Suite upgrade focuses on global process deployment and security challenges.
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