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Content tagged with Mobile posted in August 2009
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IBM To Offer Desktop Virtualization
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Desktops will be virtualized via the products of either VMware or Citrix Systems to match a customer's current environment.
New Survey Questions SMB Interest In Netbooks and Cloud Computing
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
The results of a new Spiceworks survey shows that while more than half of small and midsize companies are using some form of cloud computing, they're still showing caution about fully embracing the technology. And only 13% of SMBs say they plan to buy netbooks. All this as the Great Recession forces SMBs to hold on to computers longer and cut key projects.
iPhone The Most Popular Internet Device At Wireless Cafes
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
According to a new report from JiWire, more people use iPhones to connect to public Wi-Fi hotspots than any other device. Those users stay connected for over an hour, and mostly visit social networking sites.
Sprint Nabs Touch Pro 2
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The business-centric smartphone runs Windows Mobile 6.1 and has a large resistive touchscreen and a slide-out five-row QWERTY keyboard.
Amazon Kindle's New Role: Script Reader
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Lions Gate, the studio responsible for the film and TV hits "Crash" and "Mad Men," is using the Kindle e-reader to distribute scripts.
Snow Leopard Draws Mixed Reviews
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Apple's newest OS praised by some for speed, knocked by others for lack of "killer features."
Review: T-Mobile myTouch 3G
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
HTC's touchscreen Google Android smartphone brings better hardware and a more refined user experience over the G1.
U.S. Open Warns Against Tweets
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Players are banned from sending Twitter messages during matches of the Grand Slam tennis tournament.
Palm Pre Heads To Canada
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Bell Mobility will offer the touch-screen smartphone for $199.95 with a three-year contract.
AMD Intros 40W Opteron Chip
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The low-power, six-core processor is designed for use in cloud servers and data centers.
iPhone Exclusivity May End Next Year
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Selling the iPhone on multiple carriers may be the only way for Apple to gain significant market share in the U.S.
Google Weighs Fighting Gmail Subpoena
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
A property developer is seeking to identify critics associated with a Gmail address used by TCI Journal, an online site covering the Turks & Caicos Islands.
Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7: Does It Matter?
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
As President Obama said, the media loves a ruckus. But should SMBs really care about the alleged Snow Leopard-Windows 7 throwdown? And is the OS where the real battle is anyway?
China Mobile Intros 'Ophones'
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
The provider hopes smartphones from Dell, HTC, Lenovo, and others will help drive mobile data adoption in the world's biggest mobile market.
Samsung Readies Application Store
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
About 300 programs will be accessible by Samsung smartphones running Windows Mobile and Symbian.
Verizon Said To Be A No-Show At Motorola's Android Event
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
On September 10, during a keynote address at the GigaOm conference in San Francisco, Motorola CEO Sanjay Jha is expected to announce the company's first Android device(s). A Verizon representative has said that Verizon won't be attending and doesn't know what's being announced. This begs the question, which carrier is going to sell the to-be-announced device(s)?
IBM Patents Facebook Remote Control
News  |  8/31/2009  | 
Application envisions a system that would allow users to microblog while watching TV.
Verizon Holding BlackBerry Storm Firesale, Storm 2 Release Date Leaked?
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
Verizon Wireless has dropped the price of the BlackBerry Storm to the low price of just $50. Sounds like Verizon wants to move some inventory. On top of that, a recently captured screenshot of Verizon's inventory system suggests that the BlackBerry Storm 2 will be available via Verizon WIreless's business channels as soon as September 29.
AT&T Rejects Two Motorola Android Phones
Commentary  |  8/31/2009  | 
Android and AT&T just cannot seem to get together. Motorola was working on two phones for the carrier but AT&T just rejected the devices claiming they were out of date.
Global CIO: In The Age Of Facebook, IT Problems Become CIO Nightmares
Commentary  |  8/30/2009  | 
For unknown reasons, a vital software application isn't delivering mission-critical information, and the end-customers are screaming mad. And they're airing their complaints very publicly on Facebook.
Office Upgrades Are Not Summer Fun
Commentary  |  8/29/2009  | 
A friend of mine returned from vacation last week to find that her work PC had been upgraded from Office 2003 to Office 2007. Perhaps I should say that the IT department had attempted to upgrade it, because things weren't working right. All it took was a day of wasted time for her to get things limping along again.
Microsoft's 'Secret' Google Bashing
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Microsoft is conducting secret meetings to discuss ways to hobble Google, DailyFinance reports. Phrased in a less incendiary way, such as "Microsoft lobbyists are working to advance Microsoft's interests and blunt revenue threats from competitors," this hardly qualifies as news.
The Mobile Roundup
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
It's been a surprisingly busy week for the end of summer, as Apple inked a deal to get the iPhone in China, Nokia turned to Linux for the powerful N900, and Research In Motion made moves to get a
Is Cell Phone Security A Virtual House Of Cards?
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Mobile service providers insist there is nothing wrong with their security standards. Are they whistling past the digital graveyard?
Apple Snow Leopard Security Criticized
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
Mac users are getting new security features with the arrival of Apple's Mac OS X 10.6, but some security vendors say those enhancements are lightweight.
RIM's BIS 2.8 Details Leak
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
A multitude of BlackBerry users rely on Research In Motion's BlackBerry Internet Services rather than the BlackBerry Enterprise Server to get their fix of push email and data services. BIS version 2.8 is on the horizon, and with it, a number of new features.
Speech to Text Coming To iPhone?
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
According to a patent filing, Apple is working on speech-to-text technology for its iPhone and iPod product lines. Speech recognition could be the holy grail for data entry and retrieval on mobile devices, especially as they continue to shrink in size.
Apple Identifies Snow Leopard Incompatibilities
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
In the wake of widespread concern about software that might be incompatible with Snow Leopard, Apple has posted a support page describing known incompatibilities and how Snow Leopard handles them. A few items of interest to SMBs are on the list, and the smart businessperson will make sure to wait for updates or be prepared for workarounds.
FCC Probes Wireless Industry Competition
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
With inquiries into spectrum availability and consumer protections, the Federal Communications Commission assumes a bigger role in shaping the framework for mobile networks.
Facebook Updates iPhone App
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
Version 3.0 of the social networking app has a retooled user interface and new features.
GPS Can Save Drivers 4 Days Per Year, Cut CO2 By 21%
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
A new study coming from Navteq says that U.S. drivers who use GPS devices with real-time traffic updates enabled can save themselves from spending four days in the car per year. On top of that, it cuts down on CO2 omissions by a whopping 21%. Sounds like a slam dunk for any business that has vehicles.
Apple Taking iPhone To China
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
China Unicom will be selling the iPhone in the fourth quarter, but it will lack Wi-Fi in order to comply with government regulations.
Apple: Exploding iPhones Not Our Fault
Commentary  |  8/28/2009  | 
Apple has been investigating reports of exploding iPhones over in France. According to Apple, the phones in question broke as a result of "external pressure," not because they overheated and exploded.
Apple Releases Snow Leopard
News  |  8/28/2009  | 
Mac OS X 10.6 is now officially available for purchase.
Palm's Last Best Hope?
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
Palm, who arguably created the PDA market, had nearly vanished from existence compared to the onslaught of products from competitors, products which were running shiny new operating systems. The Pre launched to much fanfare in June on the Sprint network in the US. Now, nearly three months after it arrived, how is it performing as the platform and device to save Palm?
Google Adds Auto-Translation To Docs
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Google translates documents using the company's machine translation, while preserving formatting and layout.
Apple, AT&T Sued For Misleading MMS Marketing
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Apple and AT&T promised MMS messaging for the iPhone, but haven't delivered. Despite a disclaimer, a dissatisfied iPhone user believes laws have been broken.
Does Apple's Snow Leopard Really Matter To SMBs?
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
This is a big week for the Apple Macintosh. The company is rolling out its big Snow Leopard Mac OS X upgrade, and of special interest to SMBs, the server version of Snow Leopard debuts as well. But how big a deal is the Macintosh world to SMBs anyway?
Dell Earnings Fall, But CEO Sees Better Second Half
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Sales to big corporations took the biggest hit, but consumer business fell too.
Google Grants Docs Translation Powers
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
If your enterprise is spread across more than one country or region, chances are your employees don't all necessarily speak the same language. In order to help facilitate communication, Google Docs can now translate documents to 42 different languages.
Sirius XM Launches iPhone Dock
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
The XM SkyDock uses the iPhone OS 3 hardware control capabilities to turn a motorist's Apple iPhone or iPod Touch into a satellite radio.
Job Seekers Flunk The Social Networking IQ Test
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
Want to scrape the muck out of your company's job applicant pool? Just head for your favorite social networking site.
More States Ban Texting While Driving
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Illinois and Missouri are the latest states to outlaw sending text messages or e-mails while operating a motor vehicle.
Social Networkers Risk More Than Privacy
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Facebook and Twitter users post personal information that could be used by professional home burglars looking for targets, says a U.K. study.
Facebook Promises Stronger Privacy Controls
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Developers who create Facebook applications will have to get explicit permission to use personal information from Facebook users.
Snow Leopard Prices Slashed
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Amazon offering pre-sale discounts on Apple's new Mac OS.
Facebook Testing Mobile Payments
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
The social network is enabling some users to buy Facebook Credits with their mobile phones instead of a credit card.
Federal Health IT Coding Event Draws Developers
News  |  8/27/2009  | 
Open software designed to link health IT systems to the developing national health IT network is attracting interest.
FCC To Put Wireless Corps On The Hot Seat
Commentary  |  8/27/2009  | 
Today the Federal Communications Commission announced its decision to investigate the wireless industry. Under the gun will be the power held by the larger providers, truth-in-billing issues, and whether or not consumers have as much choice as they should.
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