News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Applications posted in April 2009
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Zend Supports Amazon EC2, Faster PHP Development
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Open source Zend Framework 1.8 includes APIs needed to invoke cloud computing and storage services and allows for more rapid application development.
Netbook Boom Likely To End With Better Economy
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The mini-laptops optimized for Web surfing and costing as little as $300 have experienced a boom for more than a year.
IBM Launches Appliance For Private Cloud Computing
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
IBM is the first major vendor to produce a cloud appliance for its customers, a sign of how the concepts of private cloud computing are changing.
Twitter Employee Account Hijacked
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
A security breach of a Yahoo Mail account let one hacker peer at info about Barack Obama, Britney Spears, and others.
Apple Turning To Chip Design For Its Innovation
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Apple's plans for all this design power are likely to revolve around video and power consumption, and will boost the company's desire for secrecy.
Comcast Profits Rise Despite Recession
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The company's subscriber base was boosted by the digital television transition, but it is facing increased competition from Verizon and AT&T.
GPS Evidence Too Unreliable For Legal Purposes
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
GPS devices can be easily jammed and their data can be spoofed, particularly when tied to cellular systems, experts argue.
AT&T, Hertz Putting Wireless In Rental Cars
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The partnership will let drivers remotely connect with Hertz employees to locate and unlock vehicles, as well as to provide tracking and driving time.
Bill Would Shift Government Cybersecurity Requirements
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The U.S. Information and Communications Enhancement Act of 2009 would require more continuous monitoring of systems and effectiveness of agencies' cybersecurity measures.
iPhone Users Willing To Pay For Applications
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Users of BlackBerry, Nokia, and HTC smartphones are far less likely than iPhone users to download applications to their devices.
WolframAlpha Search Engine Seen As Important As Google
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
What makes the new knowledge engine different is the underlying technology that computes answers instead of looking them up in a huge database.
Interactive Ad Unit Guidelines Revised
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The IAB issued the first Universal Ad Package, with four ad standards, in 2002.
bMighty bSecure: SMB Security On A Budget - And On Demand!
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
When times get tough, it's all too tempting to push security concerns aside. But that's a fool's game. Fortunately, there are ways for small and midsize companies to address security issues without breaking the bank. To learn more, check out the On-Demand version of bMighty bSecure, which brings together business and security experts to show you how to do exactly that.
Shopping Service Opens Up On Twitter
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
There is a new account on Twitter that gives you shopping assistance and since Twitter works on your mobile phone, this can be a useful companion when looking for something or when you have a question about a product. You just send @imshopping your question, in 140 characters of course, and it will respond with the information you are looking for.
Verizon Seeks Extension For Alltel Spinoff
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The company says it needs more time to divest in wireless assets it obtained from Alltel because of difficulties related to the economic climate.
Google Granted Floating Data Center Patent
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Google is considering floating data centers because of the practical problems it faces in trying to locate data centers on coastal land, where real estate is typically expensive.
Disney Taking Equity Stake In Hulu
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Hulu will stream full-length episodes of popular Disney and ABC shows, using an ad-supported model, the companies say.
Meet The Palm Eos, Follow-Up To The Pre
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Palm may not have announced it, but a new device called the Eos has been spotted on the Internet. It's thin, it's sexy, and it just might be more exciting than the Pre.
Pure Digital Expands HD To Flip Ultra Camcorder
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The pocket-size Flip UltraHD captures images at 1,280-by-720 resolution and comes with software that makes it easy to upload videos to YouTube.
Mobile Phone Shipments Dip In First Quarter
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
The first quarter's decline was especially sharp this year because of weak demand and lack of credit, but smartphone growth continues to defy the recession.
A Great Guide To Picking The Right Linux Distro
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Choice is empowering -- but too many choices can be overwhelming. The key to succeeding with Linux is to avoid the latter without sacrificing the former.
Motorola CEO: 'Android-Based Devices' On Track For Late 2009
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
Today Motorola filed its first quarter earnings. Buried within the report was a juicy gem about the company's plans regarding Android devices, which CEO Sanjay Jha said will be available in time for the holidays. (Oh, and handset sales fell a whopping 45%.)
Motorola Bets On Android As Mobile Slide Continues
News  |  4/30/2009  | 
Lagging behind T-Mobile's G1 handset, Motorola vows it will have an Android phone in stores in time for the fourth-quarter holiday season.
5 Tips For Avoiding Litigation In A Recession
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
With cash tight the last thing your business needs right now is a lawsuit. But the inevitable collection difficulties that come with a recession increase the likelihood of a business dispute. Here's 5 tips to help your business steer clear of litigation and handle it effectively if it does happen to you.
BlackBerry Storm OS 4.7.0.141 Leaked Onto Interwebs
Commentary  |  4/30/2009  | 
What feels like mere hours after we first learned about the existence of Storm firmware 4.7.0.141, it appears the Internet Gods have delivered it for your downloading pleasure.
Terracotta 3 Takes A Load Off Databases
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Release 3.0 of Terracotta Server reduces database load by initiating Java Virtual Machines and application servers when applications are scaled up.
Sony Expected To Unveil New PSP In June
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The handheld console likely will be called the PSP Go! and will be available with either 8 GB or 16 GB of flash memory.
Apple May Be Prepping For Blu-Ray
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The beta pre-release version of ITunes that shipped to developers late Tuesday may hold the key to Apple's future plans.
Steve Jobs Opts Out Of Town Meeting
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Preservationists are seeking to save from demolition Jobs' 14-bedroom, 17,000-square-foot house in Silicon Valley.
A Plethora Of Pre News
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
I'm still waiting for some official word on when Palm's Pre is coming out, but a few items leaked this week that may point to a price. There's also speculation that Palm may cap the stock of the handset when it's released to create a buss. That's right, we may face Wii-like scarcities.
Down To Business: Are Execs Twittering Their Time Away?
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Clearly, the rules of social networking engagement are still evolving. Either these tools are shedding light on business issues, or they're just a distraction.
7 Netbooks That Will Surprise You
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
More memory, more powerful processors, and larger displays aren't the half of it. Some features manufacturers are adding to netbooks may really surprise you.
Mobile Operators Think Differently To Beat Recession
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The carriers have seen steady revenue and growth during tough economic times because of smartphone growth and the fact that many users see cell service as a necessity.
Going On A Job Interview? Here's Some Help
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Job interviews rank up there with root canal for most people. Wouldn't you want to know in advance the trickiest question your prospective employer might ask on your job interview?
Acer Could Replace Dell As World's No. 2 PC Maker
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Despite reporting disappointing first-quarter financial results and lowering its netbook shipment forecast, Acer is still growing while Dell's performance is suffering.
IBM Adds Social Networking To DeveloperWorks Portal
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company is hoping to unify its approximate 8 million registered users worldwide, including enterprise software developers and other IT professionals.
Nokia's App Store Will Require Credit Cards
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company couldn't get carrier billing in the United States but thinks the social networking and location-based aspects of its Ovi Store will help it gain widespread adoption.
Google Book Search Settlement Faces DOJ Review
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The query follows the deal Google reached last year with the Association of American Publishers and the Authors Guild.
iPhone OS 3.0 Beta 4 Adds Voice Memo Recorder
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Late Tuesday, Apple made a fourth beta version of the iPhone 3.0 operating system available to developers. One new feature spotted in the software is a voice-recording application.
Google Tracking System Suggests Swine Flu Is Spreading
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Experimental Flu Trends for Mexico shows increases in flu-related queries in Mexico City and several other Mexican states during the April 19-25 time period.
Eucalyptus Open Source Private Cloud Project Goes Commercial
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
With a $5.5 million investment from Benchmark Capital, Eucalyptus is preparing to sell deployment, consulting, and maintenance services for its open source software.
Microsoft: We're Not Making A Phone
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The company denies recent reports that it's working on a "ZunePhone" for Verizon Wireless, and it will focus on upcoming Windows Mobile upgrades.
25% Of Companies Increasing IT Investments
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
More than 69% of respondents say their companies see at least half the expected value from their IT investments.
Twitter Users' Loyalty As Brief As Their Posts?
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
The most popular social networking sites, Facebook and MySpace, have much higher user retention rates than Twitter.
The Palm Pre Costs Less To Build Than The iPhone, Storm And G1
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
The price point of the Palm Pre has been a much-debated topic ever since the phone was announced. iSuppli hasn't coughed up that nugget of information, but has estimated that the Pre costs a mere $138 to manufacture.
Microsoft: We're Not Making A Zune Phone For Verizon Wireless
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
The Internet has been rife with a bevy of reports recently concerning new smartphone hardware (codename "Pink") from Microsoft. In response to the reports, Microsoft said in plain English: "Microsoft is not going into the phone hardware business."
Ingres Refreshes BI Appliance With Salesforce.com Integration
News  |  4/29/2009  | 
Salesforce.com subscribers can use the Ingres Icebreaker applicance to run ad-hoc queries and trend-analysis reporting against sales data within the software-as-a-service vendor's customer relationship management applications.
Microsoft's Tellme Voice Service For Windows Mobile
Commentary  |  4/29/2009  | 
Microsoft's Tellme subsidiary is announcing a voice service that will be available to carriers and manufacturers for free for use on Windows Mobile 6.5 this fall. Users will be able to push a button on their phone to activate the service and say things like "Text Steve Jones" and the device would open up the SMS application, create a new message and pre-address it to Steve Jones.
Motorola Ex-CFO Drama Continues
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
Today, Motorola's former CFO, Paul Liska, formally denied the allegations that he ran a data scrubber on his company-issued laptop to destroy evidence. Meanwhile, Motorola calls the whole thing an "extortion campaign."
Global CIO: Upheaval In The IT Industry: The End Of The World As We Knew It
Commentary  |  4/28/2009  | 
The old model where hardware was hardware and software was software is gone, finished, and not to be seen again.
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