News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Applications posted in March 2008
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Your Next Fav.or.it Blog Aggregation Tool?
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
At Startup Camp in London, I met Nick Halstead, the erstwhile founder behind fav.or.it, a new blog aggregation site that's been widely discussed in the, um, blogosphere (there's a dog chasing its tail somewhere in that statement).
CTIA: Just Who Is It For?
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
We're here at CTIA Wireless 2008, the cellular industry's trademark show in the United States. This year's show kicked off with Smartphone Summit, where the morning held tracks discussing everything from market stats from leading analysts to the latest and greatest smartphones.
BlackBerry 9000 Has Rotten Battery Life, But Otherwise Rocks
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
The word from early testers of the much-rumored BlackBerry 9000 mystery smartphone have reported absolutely abysmal battery life. With the Wi-Fi running, testers say the battery runs dry with just two hours of Web browsing. Other features, though, impressed the users in the field.
HP Unveils Products with Muscle for Midsize Businesses
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
Today, HP announced several products targeted for smaller businesses. Regardless of how these products play with the so called SMB market, the announcement indicates just how serious HP is about competing for midsize business IT dollars.
CTIA Wireless: On The Ground In Las Vegas
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
Over The Air is on the ground in Las Vegas for the CTIA wireless trade show this week and will be posting videos galore of all that we see. Be sure to check back regularly for updates. So far, the smartphone summit showed some interesting developments from Symbian and UIQ.
Google Has A Privacy Policy That Doesn't Offer Privacy
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
In an effort to demonstrate its commitment to privacy, Google on Friday announced a revamp of its online Privacy Center, a repository for information about Google's privacy policies and practices. On Sunday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Google's enterprise search hardware is finding its way into U.S. intelligenc
Adobe Teams With Linux
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
PC World, Techtree
Gartner BI Summit 2008: The Next Generation of Innovation
News  |  3/31/2008  | 
Decision making as core competency, emerging technologies as BI enablers and changes in the BI market itself are core topics at this week's Gartner Business Intelligence Summit in Chicago. Analyst Kurt Schlegel explains the trends and business drivers.
WatZatSong: You Tell Me
Commentary  |  3/31/2008  | 
When we held Startup Camp in London, WatZatSong was one of the more intriguing new ventures. Raphael Arbuz' project lets the community help you figure out songs that you know some lyrics to, or a tune stuck in your head.
Gartner BI Summit 2008: Q&A With Howard Dresner
News  |  3/30/2008  | 
In a preview of his keynote presentation at this week's Gartner Business Intelligence Summit, former analyst Howard Dresner talks about his new book, the convergence of BI and process management, and what it takes to get to the next level of performance management.
Printing Out Is Hard To Do
Commentary  |  3/30/2008  | 
I used to have a wonderful printer. It was an HP Laserjet III, and it lasted me through about eight years and three Windows upgrades. Its black-and-white toner produced beautiful, sharp, smudge-free output. Eventually, though, it wore out and went to that great recycle bin in the sky; I had to face the loss and look for a replacement. That's where the trouble started.
Rails: Vendor Everything Just Got Easier
Commentary  |  3/29/2008  | 
Here's a common deployment fiasco: You build something. Something great. You use a number of different third party libraries installed on your system. Then, when you deploy the app to production, things break. You investigate. You realize that one of the libraries you're depending on doesn't exist on the server. You install it. Things still don't work. You realize that another one of the third party libraries is an older version. You update it. Things start to work. But now, on
Another Good Reason To Quit Feeding Microsoft's Favorite Cash Cow
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
If you put just one open-source software package to work in your small or medium-sized business, I can tell you exactly where to begin. And as much as I like Linux, I actually have something else in mind for you.
Google Mashup: Video Ads, Privacy, Online Safety
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
Google, as always, has been busy. Here's a roundup of some recent developments. Video ads are now being served in search results (although I couldn't find any); Google says it is really, really concerned about your privacy; and the company outlines steps for people to protect themselves.
Three Mobile Advances: Search, Recommendation, Web Integration
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
Cell phone manufacturers aren't the only ones pumping new features and functions into mobile devices. Three startups--Kannuu, Aggregate Knowledge, and Ribbit--are getting into the act, too.
AT&T (Finally!) Sets MediaFlo Mobile TV Launch Date
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
More than a full year behind competitor Verizon Wireless, AT&T has set May 2008 as the date it will launch its mobile TV service using Qualcomm's MediaFlo network. This is more than four months behind schedule. The good news is that it will be launching the service with the svelte LG Vu phone, which (we can't help the comparison here) is very much like the iPhone.
UIQ Platform Updated, Receives Love From SlingMedia
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
The UIQ mobile operating system has been updated to version 3.3. The biggest changes with this new system software, which is based on Symbian OS v9.3, are support for widgets, as well as the most recent version of the Opera Mobile browser. At the same time, SlingMedia announced that UIQ phones can now use its mobile service to stream TV. In all, good times ahead for UIQ.
Why Did Vista Stink? Developers, Developers …
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
Microsoft wields incredible power in the computer industry. Still, when it comes to the image of its flagship operating systems, it is greatly at the mercy of third-party software developers. When users sit down to use Windows, the code written by Microsoft sometimes doesn't matter as much as the bugs left behind in poorly written applications and drivers. If a crash happens, the average user is more likely to blame "crummy Windows" than to figure out it's a bug with a device driver.
John Jantsch Snowballs To Small Business Success
Commentary  |  3/28/2008  | 
Sometimes when you notice a name or concept that's new to you, it starts popping up everywhere. The last two weeks, the clustering I couldn't avoid was contests for smaller businesses. This week, it's John Jantsch, the Duct Tape Marketing maven himself.
All That Got Stolen Was Microsoft's Thunder
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
It's bad enough that Microsoft with its big war chest might sue you for producing open source software. But what's really hard to take is the suggestion that you stooped to stealing Microsoft code for your project. At the Open Source Business Conference this week in San Francisco, one show organizer got his revenge.
Google Restores 'Save & Close' Button To Google Docs
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
This is some short and sweet news. This afternoon I fired up Google Docs to write a post about Picasa Web Albums, and noticed that my favorite button is back. Thanks, Google!
Google Offers APIs To Picasa Developers
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
I use Picasa to share pictures with my friends and family. It has some great features, and even offers plug-ins for Apple's iPhoto software so you can upload directly to Picasa albums from iPhoto. Today, Google introduced a new API for Picasa that should make it easier to transfer pictures around -- once developers get around to actually using it to create Picasa buttons.
Adobe Offers Free Photoshop
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Time
Fuze Puts Unified Communications On Steroids
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Fuze uses the power of the browser to push unified communications services to the desktop, laptop, and smartphone. That includes the ability to watch -- and participate in -- a live video conference on your smartphone. I had the opportunity to check this new service out, and I have to say, it's a step toward the future of unified communications.
AMD Goes Triple Core
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
PC Pro
Analyst: Apple Has Ordered 10 Million 3G iPhones
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Rumors and reports about a 3G version of the iPhone appear to be kicking into high gear the last week or so. On top of Kevin Rose's prediction earlier this week that we'll see 3G iPhones with video-calling capability, Gartner has weighed in and says Apple already has placed orders for 10 million 3G-enabled iPhones. Hoo-ahh!
Five Nominees for Process Hall of Fame
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
Is there a business process management Hall of Fame? I don't think so, but there should be, to recognize the true pioneers and innovators in the field... My list emphasizes technology, recognizing those who first recognized that improving business processes demanded fundamentally new technology...
802.11n Price Points Drop, Features Rise
Commentary  |  3/27/2008  | 
The inexorable push to higher speed wireless LANs recently took a significant step forward. Wireless access points that support PoE (Power over Ethernet) and cost less than $1,000 are now in the product delivery pipeline.
Helpstream Helps Those Who Help Themselves
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Self-service customer support sounds like an oxymoron, but Helpstream insists that it doesn't have to be. The company, which recently secured $8.6 million in series B venture funding, has developed help desk and customer support software that brings together communities of users to assist each other.
Squeezing Costs Out Of IT
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
If your company is looking for ways to squeeze more out of IT these days (and who isn't), server virtualization is one of the moves some organizations are making to find savings. Just ask Kent Kushar, CIO at wine maker E&J Gallo.
Cemaphore Delivers E-Mail To Outlook Via Gmail, No Exchange Server Required
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Let's say you're in love with Microsoft Outlook. You think it's the niftiest e-mail program ever. But the thought of licensing an Exchange server sort of makes you sick to your stomach. Acting like virtual Tums to quell your gastric butterflies, Cemaphore Systems is set to offer a subscription-based service that will deliver your e-mail via Google's Gmail system to your Outlook inbox -- no Exchange necessary.
Motorola to Spin Off Handset Business
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
CNET News, Associated Press via New York Times
Turn Your Smartphone Into A Wi-Fi Hotspot
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Ever try to tether a laptop to a smartphone via Bluetooth or even a cable? It can be a painful and difficult process. New software from TapRoot Systems, however, will help you avoid the hassle by turning your Wi-Fi-equipped 3G smartphone into a miniature hotspot of its own.
Split Decision: Is Motorola's Break-Up For The Best?
Commentary  |  3/26/2008  | 
Motorola has finally decided that keeping the company together is no longer best for shareholders. Its mobile device division has long been plagued by weakness and has operated in the red for the better part of a year. But is lopping off the gangrenous limb the best move to save the company?
Web 2.0 Development For The Common Man
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
Talk about tilting at windmills. WaveMaker CEO Chris Keene is challenging Microsoft's Visual Studio while simultaneously pointing out the drawbacks of Java development. Keene may be suffering delusions of grandeur--or perhaps he's onto something.
Nokia Predicts It Will Sell 35 Million GPS Phones This Year
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
Uh, 35 million phones with GPS from one manufacturer is a lot. That number is just under 10% of all Nokia phones sold during 2007 (~400 million). This prediction is a clear indicator that GPS and navigation/location services will play an increasingly important role moving forward.
Linux By The (Version) Numbers
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
What's in a version number? More than you might think, if the number in question is attached to your favorite desktop Linux distro.
Yahoo, MySpace Get Social With Google
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
Google's OpenSocial effort has two new members, none other than MySpace and rival Yahoo. The three companies said they'll put any differences aside and work together to create the OpenSocial Foundation. The foundation will be focused on sustaining a "neutral, community-governed forum" for developing applications.
Small Business Winner Takes Home $100k In IT
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
The total technology makeover contest anoints a winner amid a full slate of free, online events for smaller businesses.
Mobile Browser Field Gets Another Player
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
TeaShark is the latest to offer a Web browser for mobile phones. It has a beta version of the browser ready for general use and it can be downloaded straight to Java-enabled phones. What does it offer? Tabbed browsing, auto-completion, speedy browsing and integrated media capabilities.
Experience!Tech: Searching for a Web 2.0 Clue
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
Honestly, if I hear one more middle-aged guy talk about how his kids shop/watch TV/live their lives on the Internet (implying, of course, that he still has his executive assistant print out his email for him), I will not be responsible for my actions.
Apple Is A Bad Windows Citizen
Commentary  |  3/25/2008  | 
Over the past week, Apple has been raked over the coals for its force-feeding of new applications through Apple Software Update. The "update" word there might lead you to believe that Apple would only use the utility to deliver updates to software you previously installed. Yet Apple also uses its "update" program to download software you never requested.
What's Driving BPM Demand? It's the Economy, Stupid
News  |  3/24/2008  | 
The model-driven approach and new SaaS-based offerings are sparking interest in business process management technology, but the recession may send demand over the top.
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