News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile posted in September 2007
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Google Is Really, Really Serious About The Mobile Ad Market
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Google sees its future in mobile advertising. Period. You don't believe me? Have you been following the news?
Adobe Piles On Microsoft With Online Word Processor
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The company's acquisitions and product launches are designed to form the backbone of a free online document collaboration service.
Microsoft Joins Online Productivity Battle With Office Live Workspaces
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The software lets people store, share, and collaborate on Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents online and share their desktop with one another.
Timely, Slick Centro Gives Palm A Shot In The Arm
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
My colleague Eric Zeman already has written about the new Palm Centro, unveiled yesterday at the Digital Life show in NYC. I just want to add: this is a great idea on Palm's part, the smartest move the company has made since it finally bought a perpetual license to its own OS from its Japanese owner last year. Whether or not it's enough to save Palm I don't know but this $99 sorta-smartphone is a timely
Google Buys Mobile-Oriented Social Startup Zingku
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The acquisition marks the 11th company Google has purchased since it announced its intention to buy DoubleClick
A Truly Solid Innovation For The AirCard Crowd
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Sprint and Verizon Wireless each announced versions of the Novatel USB727 wireless modem. Normally AirCards aren't all that exciting (they just ain't sexy), but this one has a built-in microSD slot. Bingo! Instant sex appeal.
Verizon Wireless Doesn't Want To Play By The Rules
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Not only has Verizon Wireless been lobbying the FCC to change the open access rules agreed to for the upcoming 700 MHz auction, but it actually sued the FCC in the U.S. Court of Appeals and called the rules unconstitutional. This week, FCC Chairman
Morgan Stanley Must Pay Millions For Withholding E-Mails
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The Financial Industry Regulatory Authority this week said Morgan Stanley has to pay $12.5 million in fines to resolve charges that it mishandled e-mail.
Motorola To Sell Embedded Unit To Emerson For $350 Million
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The cash is expected to help Motorola focus more on its ailing cell phone business.
Apple Corporate Customer: Aberration Or Leading Indicator?
Commentary  |  9/28/2007  | 
Businesses aren't beating a path to Apple Computer's door for Mac systems. Just don't tell that to one IT training firm that reports a major corporate client is embracing the company's recently launched Mac certification class. You decide whether it's an isolated example of Mac support or an indicator of a broader trend.
Mobile Phone Memory Cards Expected To Generate More Revenue Than Headsets
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
ABI Research predicts shipments of removable memory cards for mobile phones should pass the $7 billion mark this year, compared with $5 billion for headsets.
Cox Telecom Worker Pleads Guilty To Sabotage, Crashing Service
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The attack caused the loss of computer and telecommunications services for Cox customers throughout Dallas, Las Vegas, New Orleans, and Baton Rouge.
3Com To Be Sold To Bain Capital Partners; Huawei Gets A Piece
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
Bain Capital Partners plans to pay $2.2 billion in cash for the networking company, and 3Com's longtime partner Huawei Technologies will participate in the transaction.
Apple Patches The iPhone, Turns Some Into iBricks
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
The iPhone V1.1.1 update, which shipped Thursday, is a giant patch, fixing issues with the device's mail service, a bug in Bluetooth, and seven bugs in Safari.
Intalio Opens Its BPM Suite To Business Managers
News  |  9/28/2007  | 
BPMS 5.0 has been upgraded with support for standards geared toward making it easier for businesspeople to model processes that can be deployed by IT departments.
Intel, VMware Partner In Virtual Machine Migration
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The collaboration is expected to ease software migration to new servers capable of running more business applications than older machines.
New York Times Recoups After Network Failure
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
A three-hour glitch of backup systems Wednesday afternoon put the newspaper's morning print edition at risk.
Plug-And-Play USB Phone Jack Debuts
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Developed by two CLEC veterans, MagicJack turns a PC into a communications hub.
Sonic Adds Download-To-DVD Software To Qflix
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The technology makes it possible for someone to make their own copyright-protected movie DVDs at home.
Another MVNO Bites The Dust
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
This time it's Disney's family-centric MVNO that's calling it quits. By the looks of things, it appears as if 2007 is the year of death for MVNOs. Is the MVNO a doomed business model?
Forrester: Why BI, BPM and Rules Technologies Will Converge
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
I'm attended a panel discussion here at the Forrester Technology Leadership Forum on the convergence of the three B's - business intelligence, business process management and business rules - featuring Mike Gilpin (EA and application development), Boris Evelson (BI) and Colin Teubner (BPM)... Gilpin sees BI as driving effectiveness in businesses, and the combination of BPM and BR as driving efficiency...
Oracle, Dell, And EMC Unveil New Data Warehouse Initiative
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The Oracle Optimized Warehouse combines the Oracle Database with preconfigured hardware from Dell and EMC, with the goal of giving customers an out-of-the-box data warehouse.
Microsoft Unveils TV Networking Devices For Windows Media Center
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Microsoft opens up revenue channels on its Internet TV platform for third-party hardware makers and content providers.
Cisco To Buy Latigent To Enhance Call Center Offerings
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Latigent's products will complement Cisco's Unified Customer Contact product, which is a platform used in call centers to personalize customer communications.
Palm And Sprint Unveil The Centro For Consumers
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
The most striking aspect of Palm's new gadget is that it is absolutely tiny. Palm CEO Ed Colligan's hand dwarfed it at today's press conference at the Digital Life show in NYC. Not only is it tiny, it is positively a consumer-focused device.
Chicago Taps IBM, Firetide To Install 'Operation Virtual Shield'
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
The citywide video surveillance system uses a combination of unified fiber and wireless mesh networking to make data available in real time.
Halo 3 Sales Smash Game Industry Records
News  |  9/27/2007  | 
Halo 3 broke records for first day sales, for preorders, and for the number of gamers who played the game online over Microsoft's Xbox Live system on launch day.
Call Quality Remains a VoIP Stumbling Block
Commentary  |  9/27/2007  | 
At some point, businesspersons decided that they would put up with the occasional static and dropped calls found on their cell phone lines because of their benefits. They have not yet reached that point with VoIP services.
Big Ideas Aim To Make Tech Easier, But Also Eat Lots Of Bandwidth
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Ideas range from technologies that replicate original images into 3-D virtual images that can be touched and broadband technologies that support huge amounts of data.
EQO Offers Free Worldwide IM And Text Messaging
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Mobile phone users can send messages for free to friends around the world with EQO's offering.
AT&T Secures $1 Billion U.S. Treasury Contract
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
AT&T will engineer and design TNet, as well provide the necessary equipment installation and management.
Truphone Shows VoIP, Wi-Fi, Facebook On Apple's iPhone
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
The company debuts its service by showing how the telephony software can integrate iPhone and VoIP with Facebook social network subscriber sites.
Vermont Municipal Fiber Network Is On The Road To Profitability
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Burlington Telecom started off with a small fiber network that served city buildings and now offers voice, data, and video services to city residents. Wireless is on the agenda.
Lessons From Demo
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
This show was largely about applying Web 2.0 technology to solve interesting problems. In many cases, the interesting problems have been solved in other ways, though.
Video Alerts Give Google The Upper Hand -- Again
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
The latest enhancement to the Google Alerts product -- to include news-oriented videos on topics that readers select -- is a compelling upgrade for information junkies, online videophiles, or those researching information on the Internet. It raises many questions on the future of information access, the future role of online video as an information source, and Google's strategic directions.
Simplifying The Leap To SaaS For Small Biz
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
Small businesses of 10 to 100 employees have a new option for CRM and sales force applications. LongJump offers a suite of software applications delivered via the Web.
IBM Adds 'Key Agility Indicators' to the BPM/SOA Mix
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Announcements highlight business activity monitoring, vertical process content and assessment services.
Demo Day 2, Part 3: Personalized Media Delivery
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
This is an interesting group. Half are finding ways to overload you with information; the other half are providing ways to manage that overload.
Intel, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Cooperate On WiMax
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
The partnership covers future notebooks and mobile Internet devices, Nokia WiMax devices and Nokia Siemens' infrastructure equipment.
Cisco Product Rollout Aims To Boost Branch Offices
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
The new products and services include platforms, hardware modules, software enhancements, and new feature sets.
Demo Day 2, Part 2: Software For Small Businesses
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
Interesting stuff here -- some of these small business tools are recreating existing tools.
Demo Day 2, Part 1: Collaboration Tools
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
Web meetings, document sharing, project management, you name it. But will you use it?
BPM Focus Turns to People in the Process
News  |  9/26/2007  | 
Message to SOA-centric IT groups: The next wave of optimization lies in empowering the individual.
Reach Out And Touch Something
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
If you're not already using a phone that has a touch screen, the chances are higher that you will be next year, when ABI predicts over 100 million touch screen-based phones will ship. That's about 1 of every 10 mobile phones.
Getting the IT Kids to Come -- and Stay
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
When did it get so hard to attract good IT employees? At some point in the last few years, luring top talent has become increasingly competitive for IT managers, and for the small and midsize business, it's an issue that speaks not only to their success but also to their very survival.
Forrester Says 'Design for People, Build for Change'
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
In her opening keynote at this week's Forrester Technology Leadership Forum, analyst Connie Moore laid out four principles that 1. Business processes adapt to changing business conditions. 2. Applications evolve continuously while preserving process integrity 3. Processes, tasks and associated information always maintain context 4. Systems are unitary, information-rich and reflect the social needs of the business...
Palm, Sprint To Announce New Smartphone Together
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
The two companies have invited journalists and analysts to a special press conference tomorrow a la Apple style to announce Palm's latest smartphone. Is Palm shooting itself in the foot or finally on a roll?
XO Blazes Trail for Cheaper Laptops
Commentary  |  9/26/2007  | 
News this week that the so-called $100-dollar laptop (the XO) will be available to the general public at the still-friendly price of about $200 came with a number of caveats. As I wrote the other day, you'd go nuts trying to run a business on these Romper Room clamshells.
Demo Day 1: Highlights
Commentary  |  9/25/2007  | 
Wow, I'm not sure it was the brightest idea to try to blog on each demo here. There's a lot of them, and six minutes isn't enough time, at least for me, to form a meaningful opinion about most of these companies. Here's a little recap after some further investigation.
Demo Day 1, Part 5: Collaboration And Tools
Commentary  |  9/25/2007  | 
The end of the day seems to be a little bit of a catchall, but there's some cool stuff in here. Most of the ideas seem solid enough; execution is another matter.
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