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Content tagged with Mobile posted in August 2007
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Is Yahoo Working On A Cell Phone?
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Earlier this week Michael Arrington at TechCrunch dropped a bombshell that has yet to be explained: Yahoo is supposedly working on a cell phone.
Why Is Wall Street Punishing Clearwire?
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
It would be unethical of me to offer stock tips in this space, so I'll just phrase this as a question: Why is Wall Street hammering Clearwire Corp.? After reaching a high of $33.30 on July 19, the share price for the WiMax network startup has declined 37%. And on Tuesday the stock dropped 7% "on no news whatsoever," as The Motley Fool put it.
Cisco Announces New 802.11n Gear To Ship In October
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
The hardware would include the Aironet 1250 Series access point, a new WLAN Controller system based on its Catalyst 6500 line of switches and software services.
Microsoft Update Forces HP MediaSmart Home Server Delay
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
While no one is saying the update is fixing flaws, HP said it decided to wait until the better version of the software was available.
Google News Becomes A Publisher
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Instead of links, Google wants to carry articles from news agencies like The Associated Press to promote "the definitive original copy and give credit to the original journalist."
Six Questions About The Google Phone
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
We're all waiting for the big news next week: Will Google finally announce the Google Phone? Well, I am ready for the Google Phone. In fact, I know exactly what I want to do with it when I first get my hands on one, assuming there actually will be a Google Phone. Here is my list of questions.
Apple Cancels NBC Fall TV Lineup On iTunes
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
The rift was based on a doubling of the wholesale price Apple pays for each NBC TV episode.
iPhone Impresses Europeans. Almost.
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Not all of them, obviously, but during my tip to London this week anyone within sight of my iPhone sidled up next to me quickly for a demonstration of how it worked. There were lots of oohs and aahs, quickly followed by bahs.
When Will Anyone Actually Watch Mobile TV?
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
With his post today, my colleague Eric Zeman raised a great question: Is anyone actually watching mobile TV? If by that he meant people watching video on their iPods, yes, I see many iPod users watching video. If, however, he meant people watching V CAST and other mobile TV services that stream over cellular networks...
Verizon Wireless Quietly Rolling Out More V CAST TV Markets
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Verizon Wireless launched its MediaFLO-based V CAST mobile TV services back in early March to two dozen or so markets across the United States. Today, Verizon added Corpus Christi, Texas, to the list of markets, which has swelled over the past few months to 37.
IPod Or iPhone, Keep An Eye On Apple Next Week
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Despite the apparent focus on Apple's iPod at an event on Sept. 5, European telecom companiess are among those anxious for a chance to catch iPhone fire.
Letting Crazy People Set Intellectual-Property Policy
Commentary  |  8/31/2007  | 
Three stories in the news this week demonstrate that intellectual-property policy is set by crazy people. NBC is threatening to dump iTunes unless Apple violates the laws of nature. An organization of science fiction writers is sending willy-nilly takedown notices for property it doesn't control. And Viacom pirated a YouTube video, and then sent down a takedown notice against the video's real author.

More Enterasys Execs Get Prison Terms As Government Winds Up Case
News  |  8/31/2007  | 
Three executives got sentences that range from a year and a day to several years in prison.
Gear6 Aims To Speed Storage Access
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
For most applications, the storage industry is fairly adept at delivering requisite performance. All, that is, except for large data set processing. Think: Financial market modeling, or digital image rendering, or seismic analysis for the gas and oil industry. For these applications, thousands of servers churn away for days before the job is finished. And when there's a lot of data fetching, the speed of the storage system is critical, and in most cases, currently inadequate. Gear6 thinks it ca
NIST Researchers Tackle Wireless Interference Problem
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
The federal agency hopes to help companies improve factory designs and avoid blocking transmissions that make it difficult to take advantage of wireless networks.
Microsoft Spooning BlackBerry? I Think Not
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
The ripple effects in the mobile and wireless market continue to spread, in ever more Byzantine ways. Today Reuters reports that "Research in Motion Ltd shares rose more than 3 percent on Thursday on renewed market speculation that Microsoft Corp could be interested in buying the BlackBerry maker." This according to one analyst would be "in response to Google's recent announcement that it is interested in ma
CIOs Uncensored: When It Comes To IT, Cool Is As Cool Does
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Sure, Steve Jobs is the King of Cool--but cool is as cool does.
Jaxtr's New Twist on VoIP
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Given the recent failure of SunRocket, and Vonage's lack of profits and patent problems, you might find it odd to see VCs pouring money into yet another VoIP company.
HP And Tandberg Team Up To Improve Telepresence Offerings
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
Users are able to collaborate by linking HP Halo Collaboration Studios to Tandberg's conference room and desktop-based systems.
To Dream the Impossible Wi-Fi Dream
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
The efforts in certain cities to provide free Wi-fi access to all reminds me of the efforts to provide universal health care coverage in this country: Everyone agrees that it's a great idea; everyone knows that it would be beneficial to many; but a combination of politics and finances keep stalling those efforts. The latest Quixotic attempt to provide free Wi-fi access came in Chicago. The city wanted to create a citywide wireless Internet network but after less than two years of trying to get
Malaysia Is The Latest To Test Qualcomm's MediaFlo
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
The trial will feature 25 live content channels and test Clipcasting media, a short-format video content service that can be viewed on mobile devices after it has been stored.
Why An OS X-Based iPod Matters
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Last week, we wrote about reports that the upcoming new line of iPods would be based on OS X. Even as I wrote that, I was thinking, "So what? Why should the average iPod user care?" My colleague Antone Gonsalves provides the answer.

CompTIA Adds German Language Convergence Exams
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
The certification supports voice over Internet Protocol deployments as adoption of VoIP in Europe has increased.
Symbian Gains Market Share Thanks To Japan
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Symbian reported a huge jump in the number of mobile phones shipping with its operating system on board. It claims the 52% increase is due to larger sales volumes in Japan.
Small and Medium Sized Businesses Embrace Linux Abroad
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
Are SMBs in Europe and Australia more inclined to ask for Linux on the desktop than IT buyers in the US? What can you learn from this recent trend overseas?
Sony Unveils Video Walkman, Drops Connect Music Store
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
The media players will support a wide variety of file formats for downloading and playing music and video.
Nokia Parties Up London
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
After the day-long confab called Go Play, Nokia hosted 400 journalists, analysts, customers and staffers at a big old bash at London's Ministry of Sound night club. Maroon 5 was rocking the house, and so were the beat mixers.
Microsoft To Buy Corporate Group Chat Provider
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
Parlano was spun off from Swiss bank UBS with MindAlign, which is used most notably in the financial services industry by five of the top seven global banks.
Google To Follow Apple into the Cell Phone Market?
Commentary  |  8/30/2007  | 
By Paul Korzeniowski Cell phones seem to be primary currency in todays high tech market. Now that the Apple iPhone buzz is dying down, reports are that Google, is about to become the next industry heavyweight to jump into the market. These vendors seem to think that cell phones are a good way to connect with the young, hip buyers who dictate which products are cool and which are pass
Convergys to Deploy PCI Compliance Solution
News  |  8/30/2007  | 
Convergys to help assure PCI compliance with Opsware and Solidcore
Coupons.com DRM Likened To Sony Rootkit
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
A new report suggests that the site requires users to install an ActiveX control that limits coupon printing and adds tracking data to printed coupons.
End Nigh For Muni Wi-Fi?
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
The news this week -- EarthLink's retrenching, Chicago's decision to shelve (not "review," not "delay for more research," but "shelve" as in can, eighty-six, disavow all knowledge of) its prospective citywide network, and of course the usual posturing out of San Francisco -- would seem to indicate that it's difficult to divine signs of vit
EarthLink Muni Wi-Fi Head is History
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
As I reported earlier today, EarthLink CEO Rolla Huff says that his company is "not exiting" the municipal wireless business but will not invest in future projects unless the costs, and the risk, are spread across multiple stakeholders. That's a hollow claim. For evidence, take a look at this SEC filing, in which EarthLink spells out the "Costs Associated with Exit or Disposal Activities." At the bo
Will Google Announce A Linux-Powered Mobile Phone OS Next Week?
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
The Google Phone rumors are now in overdrive. Last week I blogged that Google could be preparing to launch the Google Phone in India. Since then more clues have floated to the surface.
Intel's Hottest Quad Core Ever: Build A QX6850 PC Without Busting Your Budget
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Here's how to roll your own computer equipped with Intel's top-of-the-line quad-core processor, along with CPU benchmarks and some lower-cost project alternatives.
Reports: Apple Announcing iPods Sept. 5, Mockup Photos Available
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
Looks like Apple is launching a new line of iPods next Wednesday, and bloggers are posting speculative mockup photos. They include a square nano -- nicknamed the "phatty" -- and another one that looks a lot like an iPhone. Read on for links to the photos, and more discussion of the announcement.

Nokia's Ovi Opens Door To Music, Internet Services
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
The platform is a rebundling of Nokia services such as its N-Gage games and its Nokia Music store that sync up with existing social networks, communities, and content.
EarthLink CEO Devoted To Muni Wi-Fi And Helio
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Despite cutbacks in staff and future investments, Rolla Huff said the company is "not exiting" its marquee wireless pursuits.
iWork's Play for the Small Biz Desktop
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
"Productivity suite" used to mean one thing and one thing only: Microsoft Office. Word, Excel, Outlook, and Powerpoint. Love it or hate it, most of us use Office daily to grind out bargeloads of documents, spreadsheets, email, and presentations.
Angry Blogger Sends A Love Letter To Sprint
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
Michael Arrington at TechCrunch has written what has to be one of the most scathing blog posts of 2007. The target of his ire: Everyone's favorite wireless carrier, Sprint.
Demo: Using The Nokia Music Store
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
I had the opportunity to take the new Nokia Music Store for a test drive. Will it be an iTunes challenger or an also-ran?
Broadcom Unveils Gigabit Ethernet Switches For Unified Communications
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
The StrataXGS devices will give developers an effective tool to deploy secure unified communications infrastructures, Broadcom said.
Linux Predicted To Be Fastest Growing Smartphone OS
News  |  8/29/2007  | 
Adoption of the open-source operating system in smartphones will rise at a compound annual growth rate of more than 75% through 2012, according to ABI Research.
Ovi Smokes! Nokia Breaks It Down
Commentary  |  8/29/2007  | 
Today in London, Nokia unveiled a number of new handsets as well as revamped media services under the new brand name Ovi.
How To Optimize Your Mobile Website For Search
Commentary  |  8/28/2007  | 
Welcome to Take 5, a regular feature on Over The Air where I inteview an industry insider about a pressing mobile or wireless topic. Today's guest, David Harper, is the founder of Winksite, a mobile application designed to make it easier to build mobile Websites. In this edition of Take 5, David and I discussed mobile search op
Does Privacy Matter?
Commentary  |  8/28/2007  | 
Donald Leka, CEO of New York-based TransMedia, maker of the Glide online media sharing and storage service, believes consumers care about privacy.
Motorola Slaps Surging Aruba With Patent Lawsuit
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
Two of the patents use 3-D representations for wireless LAN design and management, the other two relate to WLAN switching architecture technology.
Diebold Gets Patents For Mobile ATM Technology
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
Diebold says it has received patents for technologies that let mobile phone owners do things like find ATMs, order cash withdrawals remotely, generate electronic checks, and transmit wireless payments.
WebEx Links iPhone To Outlook, Remote PCs
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
An upgrade to WebEx PCNow 3.0 remote access software will let iPhone users check their Microsoft Outlook e-mail and view the files stored on their remote Windows computers.
Amazon, Google, Yahoo, And Others Sued For Automating Their E-mail
News  |  8/28/2007  | 
The companies are accused of violating a patent on automatic message routing held by Polaris IP. The patent has a long history in litigation, but all the cases have been settled out of court.
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