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Content tagged with Mobile Applications posted in February 2007
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Sybase To Launch Secure Mobile IM And Presence For The Enterprise
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Sybase subsidiary iAnywhere today announced a solution that will add secure mobile instant messaging (IM) and presence to its Information Anywhere mobile e-mail platform. IAnywhere's new mobile IM system will ship by the second quarter and will also be available as a standalone offering. Get ready for some mobile IM on your BlackBerry.
Spectrum, Here! Get Yer Spectrum, Heeeere!
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
According to an analyst over at Pyramid Research, 3G spectrum has been highly overpriced, while
T-Mobile, Nokia Launch New Music-Themed Cell Phone, Yo
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
Last night at the midtown Manhattan club Arena, T-Mobile hosted members of the tech press, socialites and other sparkling members of NYC's digerati to an ear-shattering launch party for its newest handset. The Teddybears and Twista were in da house. Oh, and so was the Nokia 5300.
Google Holds Two-Day Government Sales Fest In Washington
Commentary  |  2/28/2007  | 
According to The Washington Post, Google this week held a two-day-long pitch fest with nearly 200 federal contractors, engineers, agency employees, and military members eager to learn more about its products. Google has beefed up its sales operations in the Washington, D.C., area in the last year in hopes of capturing more business from military, intelligence, and civil agencies. Several gov
AOL May Buy Mobile Advertising Firm Third Screen Media
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
According to a report in the Wall Street Journal, AOL is in talks to buy mobile phone advertising provider Third Screen Media. Does that mean mobile advertising is about to take off?
Wireless Apps Galore At New York Mobile Monday
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
Last night I had the pleasure of attending Demo Night at the monthly meeting of the New York City chapter of Mobile Monday (or MoMo for those of you in the know). Mobile Monday is an informal social club of mobile enthusiasts -- everyone from industry insiders to developers to aspiring entrepreneurs to mobile geeks -- who meet once a month to talk about all t
Verizon Wireless to Launch Mobile TV Service March 1
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
Some keen-eyed spies have found coverage maps and other information on Verizon Wireless's Web site that confirm a March 1 launch for its V CAST Mobile TV service. Too bad most major markets are left off first round of cities
Cingular and Motorola Offer Gold RAZR
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
While the new gold color sure is purty and would tempt Bond villain Auric Goldfinger himself (and probably Lindsay Lohan), Motorola and its carrier partners should be working on new, innovative handsets and stop with the endless parade of facelifts to a has-
Microsoft Wants to Take BPM Mainstream
News  |  2/27/2007  | 
To bring business process management technology to midsized and smaller enterprises, Microsoft has partnered with vendors specializing in modeling, business rules and human workflow.
Not Quite Live from Gartner BPM - Day One
Commentary  |  2/27/2007  | 
I'm sharing impressions from here at Gartner's Business Process Management Summit in San Diego. Gartner likes to sell futures on technology. Simon Hayward presented a chart on BPM value realization over time, with three curves. Today the "productivity" curve is highest. In 2012 the "visibility" curve overtakes it. In 2017... I'll be dead by then. Does this kind of chart really advance the ball?
Google's Call For Better Health Info Answered by Microsoft
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
Microsoft said Monday that it planned to acquire Medstory, a privately held California company with a health information search site. Microsoft said the company will become part of its recently formed Health Solutions Group. Financial terms were not disclosed. In a statement, Peter Neupert, Microsoft's corporate VP for health strategy, said Microsoft was impressed with Medstory.com's ability to find relevant health-related information.
DoCoMo And McDonald's To Allow Mobile Payments For Big Macs
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
Japan's leading wireless carrier, NTT DoCoMo, signed a deal with fast food company McDonald's that will let DoCoMo subscribers buy food at the restaurant chain by using their mobile phones. Do you want fries with that mobile payment?
One Third Of Americans On The Web Have Used Wireless Internet
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
According to a new poll from the Pew Internet Project, one-third of U.S. Internet users have connected to the Web using a wireless network. The survey found that 20% of U.S. Internet users now have wireless networks in their homes. Just more signposts that wireless data, and not just voice, is going mainstream.
Motion Computing Intros New Tablet For Health Care
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
The new Microsoft Windows Vista-based C5 Tablet PC for health care workers from Motion Computing is the epitome of mobile computing. It even has a handle to help docs and nurses on the go carry it around. Its bevy of wireless features is missing one spicy ingredient, though.
Rest In Peace, BenQ Mobile
Commentary  |  2/26/2007  | 
The former Siemens mobile phone division, once one of the top global makers of handsets, has completely and utterly imploded. All its remaining employees will need to look for other employment and its assets will be sold off in pieces to appease creditors, to which it owes $1.16 billion.
Vista Still Seems Buffeted By Windows Genuine Advantage (WGA) 'False Positives'
Commentary  |  2/25/2007  | 
Hello, my name is Alex and I'm apparently running a bogus copy of Windows Vista. At least that's what my computer told me earlier today after I booted up. Funny thing is, I got my copy of Vista directly from. . . Microsoft. Apparently, I'm not the only one with this problem. If you troll Microsoft's Windows Vista Activation Forum, you'll find numerous posts along the same lines.
Altosoft Unveils Business Optimization Suite
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Altosoft's upcoming operational business intelligence product uses data drawn from business processes.
Field Report: Nuclear Fuel Supplier Tightens Database Security
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Keeping tabs on enriched uranium? Challenging. Keeping track of database integrity for SOX? Piece of cake.
How a Smarter Database Can Protect Your Data
News  |  2/23/2007  | 
Databases and networks can't tell if hackers and insiders are pilfering data. Appliance and software-based solutions offer intelligence that helps spot suspicious activity.
With Google Apps Premier Edition, Who Needs Microsoft?
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
The software-as-a-service notion took a big step forward today with Google's announcement of its online productivity software. Such hosted solutions--available anywhere there's an Internet connection--are exactly what the mobile enterprise needs.
Smartphone Users Have Longer Workdays, Make More Money, And Want More Time Off
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
According to new findings from researcher Digital Life America, smartphone users work longer and earn more money than those who don't use such devices. The study found that 19% of smartphone users work more than 50 hours a week and that their average household income is $94,000 a year, roughly 50% higher than the U.S. national average.
Study: iPhone Too Darned Expensive
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
The results of an online survey conducted by market research firm Compete show that only 1% of people interested in the iPhone would pony up $500 for it. Drop the price, though, and 60% of respondents said they'd leave their current wireless carriers to get it.
The Top Five Reasons BlackBerry Is Still The King Of Mobile E-Mail
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
Everyone from Microsoft to Nokia has tried to kill Research In Motion's BlackBerry smartphone platform. But after almost four years of nonstop effort, BlackBerry is still on top. Not even a massive lawsuit from holding company NTP managed to slow down BlackBerry in the eyes of the business world. In fact, since then, BlackBerry has expanded beyond t
What Happened To YouTube's Copyright Filter Initiative?
Commentary  |  2/23/2007  | 
After almost four months of nonstop talk, it appears that YouTube has licensed copyright filtering technology from AudibleMagic. The San Jose Mercury News reports that Google will soon unveil the filtering technology as its solution to problems with copyrighted material. So, what happened to Google's internal efforts on filtering?
Hummingbird Users Shown Easy Path To Open Text ECM
News  |  2/22/2007  | 
Open Text plans to make it easy for Hummingbird users to add Livelink capabilities to their content management systems.
Three Easy Ways To Make Sure Your Smartphone Survives The Daylight-Saving Transition
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Everyone is aware that in the U.S. daylight-saving time is coming three weeks earlier this year, on March 11. But did you know your smartphone applications and operating system could be affected by the daylight-saving time bug, just as easily as desktop software programs? Here are some suggestions to keep things running smoothly.
Blogger Rails Against Nokia, Suggests It Pull Out Of U.S. Market
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Ricky Cadden has many valid points in his explosive rant against Nokia and its lack of cool 3G handsets and any sort of strategy to expand in the U.S. market.
S.D. Police Department Adds Treos To Its Arsenal Of Crime-Fighting Weapons
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Unless you regularly watch "24", the word smartphone may not be the first thought that pops into your head in connection with public safety and crime-fighting tools. The San Diego Police Department, though, is making the Treo 700w standard equipment for select officers.
We Heart Google
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Google, Google, Google. Lately, it's been all Google, all the time. And our readers can't seem to get enough of it.
No 3G Support For Centrino Santa Rosa
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
It looks like Intel has flip flopped on its earlier support for built-in 3G. Intel in September said it planned to offer support for both Wi-Fi and 3G HSDPA networks in the next-generation of the Centrino mobile notebook platform, code-named Santa Rosa. But the company has since reveresed that decision. So why no 3G?
Apple And Cisco Make Up After Brief iPhone Fight
Commentary  |  2/22/2007  | 
Yesterday Apple and Cisco Systems agreed to end their fight over the iPhone trademark. Not only did they settle, but Apple and Cisco said they plan to work together to make sure their respective iPhone products will work together for "consumer and enterprise communication."
New Study Shows Which Wireless Network Really Has the Fewest Dropped Calls
Commentary  |  2/21/2007  | 
Last summer saw a frenzy of advertisements from the wireless network operators, each one claiming that independent research verified that it had the fewest dropped calls, the largest network, the best network, the friendliest network, the hippest network and so on. You'll never believe who ranked first in this study.
RIM's New BlackBerry 8800 Is Available On Cingular Today. Cool, But Where's The 3G?
Commentary  |  2/21/2007  | 
RIM has offered 3G to customers on Verizon Wireless' EV-DO high-speed network for well over a year, but even the
Can Businesses Remove Carriers From Their Mobility Efforts?
Commentary  |  2/21/2007  | 
Let's admit it. You've thought about it before. Is it possible to remove carriers from the mobile enterprise equation? The promise of all-IP networks and better smartphones is that the role of carriers can be eliminated, or at least greatly reduced. Will this promised day ever arrive?
Q&A: Ted Farrell on Oracle's Path to Rich Internet Apps
News  |  2/21/2007  | 
As chief architect for tools and middleware at Oracle, Ted Farrell is responsible for the technical and strategic direction of Oracle's frameworks and development tools and for aligning those products with the vendor's Fusion middleware technologies. With some 30,000 Oracle, PeopleSoft and Siebel customers looking to those products, the direction Oracle sets will have a major impact on enterprise adoption of rich Internet apps.
Voice And Mobile E-Mail Are Driving Mobile Enterprise Growth In Asia-Pacific
Commentary  |  2/21/2007  | 
Just in case you had any doubts that mobile enterprise is back and bigger than ever, check out the latest findings from Frost & Sullivan. The researcher claims that the market for mobile enterprise services in the 12 major Asia-Pacific countries (excluding Japan) will grow from $20.68 billion in 2006 to $35.51 billion by the end of 2011. That's a compound annual growth rate of 11.4%. In other words, co
InQuira Upgrades Web Support Software
News  |  2/20/2007  | 
InQuira 8 offers Web support and services in a portal-like application.
Microsoft Rattles Anti-Linux Saber
Commentary  |  2/20/2007  | 
CEO Steve Ballmer rattled Microsoft's saber against Linux among Wall Street analysts last Thursday. It's clear that he means to make threatening noises, but what exactly is under threat? And doesn't talking about intellectual property but taking no action to defend it ultimately weaken your claimed rights?
My Unsuccessful Quest To Replace Microsoft Office For My Mac
Commentary  |  2/20/2007  | 
It looks like I'm going to be buying Microsoft Office for the Mac after all. I had hoped to avoid it -- not because I'm anti-Microsoft, which I'm not, but rather because I just wanted save the hundreds of dollars that Office costs. However, I was unable to find a suitable substitute among all the alternatives I tried.

SMS Is Being Used More And More For Important Communications...Like Breaking Up And Flirting
Commentary  |  2/20/2007  | 
Rumor has it pop disaster Britney Spears gave estranged hubby K-Fed the shove via SMS. This article goes on to describe how Singaporeans use SMS for flirting with people other than their partners. Heck, this woman even got fired via SMS. Teenagers beware, looks like
Why Hasn't Dell Enabled Its Axim Handhelds With Cellular Radios?
Commentary  |  2/20/2007  | 
Dell, maker of PCs and more, has offered its Axim series of Pocket PC-based handhelds for years now. HP loaded cellular radios onto its iPAQ handhelds and entered the smartphone market years ago. Palm's original product was its organizer PDA. Now it's more well-k
The iPhone Has Very Little New Technology: So Why Does Apple Need 200 Patents?
Commentary  |  2/20/2007  | 
Mike Masnick over at Techdirt picks up the old invention vs. innovation debate and how it applies to the iPhone. So, does that mean that Apple's 200 patents surrounding the iPhone are unnecessary? Or even unjustified?
With Open XML, Microsoft Is Riding A Gift Horse
Commentary  |  2/20/2007  | 
If you listened just to Microsoft, you'd get the strong impression that IBM was practically guilty of war crimes for its opposition to Microsoft's sweet, innocent Open XML document standard before international standards bodies. The truth is, as usual, something different. I have no doubt that IBM's support for the Open Document Format and objections to OpenXML bear some taint of competitive free enterprise. But, let's call a spade a spade, Microsoft's indignant protestations bear some taint of
Google: Mobile Phones Are The Future Of The Internet
Commentary  |  2/20/2007  | 
The future of the Web is smaller than you think. And also much bigger, according to Google VP Vinton Cerf. Cerf, speaking in India this week, predicted that mobile phones, not PCs, are the future of the Web.
Debriefing: Adobe's Jeff Whatcott Explores the Rich Internet Apps Trend
News  |  2/20/2007  | 
Macromedia is credited with coining the term "Rich Internet Applications," so who better to comment on the future of enterprise apps than Macromedia veteran Jeff Whatcott. Now senior director, product marketing in the Enterprise & Developer Solutions Business Unit at Adobe Systems (which acquired Macromedia in 2005), Whatcott talks about Flex, Ajax and connections with services-oriented architecture.
Lombardi Blueprint Eases the Path to BPM
Commentary  |  2/20/2007  | 
While I've been shouting from the rooftops that process modeling (in BPMN, ARIS, or whatever) is not that hard, Lombardi Software has been hearing from its customers that it's not that easy, either. Lombardi's on-demand Blueprint offering tries to do two basic things: 1) Link processes to business problems and goals and 2) Simplify collaborative building of process models
Mobile Users In Beijing Open New Year With 400 Million SMS Messages
Commentary  |  2/19/2007  | 
Mobile customers in Beijing, China, kicked off the Chinese Lunar New Year holiday with tons of SMS text messages -- 400 million to be exact. According to numbers from the two largest carriers in the city, partying Beijingers sent roughly 5,800 text messages per second on Saturday. That's a whole lot of text messages.
Learning To Speak The Same Language Of Mobility
Commentary  |  2/19/2007  | 
I have almost recovered from the insanity that was the 3GSM World Congress last week in Barcelona. Not only did my airline manage to lose my baggage on the flight home, I also caught a nasty case of the flu -- so much for constantly using hand sanitizer and taking large doses of Vitamin C. As I sat down to digest the week that was, I kept thinking about how differently the carrier and the enterprise IT worlds see mobility.
Has Microsoft Patented A Successor To Clippy?
Commentary  |  2/18/2007  | 
Remember Microsoft's Clippy, the annoying animated assistant featured in Office, until it was retired in 2004? Like most people, I found Clippy variously unnerving, obnoxious, and superfluous. Which, when you think of it, is no small feat for a nonexistent icon. It's been the subject of much speculation whether Clippy would ever return. Would he re-emerge as a s
Microsoft Shoots Self In Foot (Again, *Yawn*) Over Tool That Migrates Apps To Vista
Commentary  |  2/18/2007  | 
Explain this one if you can: (a) Microsoft desperately wants to get users to abandon Windows 2000 and spend some new money updating to Windows Vista; (b) Microsoft creates a tool, Easy Transfer, that can migrate data and settings from Windows XP and Win2K PCs to Vista PCs; (c) Microsoft creates a second tool, Easy Transfer Companion, that does even better by migrating installed applications from old PCs to new PCs running Vista -- but (d) it only works if the old PC is running XP. Exactly how do
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