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Content tagged with Mobile Applications posted in May 2007
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Should Companies Hire People With Black Marks On Their Internet Histories?
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
An international retailer finds a great candidate to head up its store in Shanghai. But a bit of last-minute Googling turns up information about political activism against the Chinese government. Should she still get the job?

Microsoft Drops A Few Data Center Strategy Hints
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Ever wanted to know how Microsoft makes decisions about how to build its data centers, where they are and how big they are, and what the company intends to do with them all? A video interview the company has posted today with Michael Manos, the Microsoft's senior director of Data Center Services, gives a few hints.
Why Novell Might Need 'Plan B' For Linux Distribution
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Novell says its alliance with Microsoft is a key part of its Linux sales strategy. It may need to rethink that. On Thursday, the Free Software Foundation took aim at the partnership with a deal-busting final draft of the new open source license.
Doing the iPhone Shuffle
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
We're headed into the home stretch on the iPhone frenzy. Apple is still saying "end of June" but Web sites like The Boy Genius Report are saying June 15, just about two weeks away. Alpha early adopters will be flaunting them in every martini bar and boardroom in America and the rest of us will be doing the iPhone Shuffle, waiting in line at the Cingular store. Already there are leaks and spe
You Can See Steve Jobs' House On Google Maps
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
There has been a lot of fanfare this week for the new Street View feature on Google Maps, a function that gives users a 360-degree view from the streets of select cities. Now users are reporting seeing all kinds of things, including Steve Jobs' house.
Are Carriers Delaying The S60 Mobile Version Of Skype?
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Darla Mack asks a great question: Where is the Symbian version of Skype? While Symbian smartphone users wait the Gizmo Project is already available for the N800, N95, N80ie and E61i. Will Gizmo become the Skype of the S60 smartphone world?
Americans Buy Low-Tech Phones And Keep Them Forever
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
According to J.D. Power and Associates, Americans are keeping their phones an average of 17.5 months, up from 16.6 months since last fall. That means more and more people are opting for 2-year contracts...and opting against the latest technology. Do people care about high tech?
Jobs Says EDGE Is Fast: Has The Reality Distortion Field Hit The iPhone?
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Steve Jobs made headlines yesterday at the D: All Things Digital conference. Of course, Jobs spoke about the iPhone, but during his remarks, I began to see the telltale signs of the reality distortion field at work.
Businesses To Spend $9 Billion On Mobile Applications By 2011
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
It's time to dust off the hockey stick because we've got another mobile enterprise market study. According to the latest findings from Compass Intelligence, U.S. businesses will spend $9 billion on mobile CRM and other mobile applications by 2011.
Apple's Jobs: Mobile Internet Is Terrible. iPhone Delivers the Real Internet
Commentary  |  5/31/2007  | 
Speaking to Walt Mossberg at yesterday's D: All Things Digital conference, Apple CEO Steve Jobs gave us some interesting tidbits of info regarding the iPhone. The OS is the full Mac OS X with a different user interface. Third-party apps? Maybe. QWERTY keyboards? A waste of valuable space. FMC? Sort of. 3G? Well, Wi-Fi is faster. Oh, and current music phones stink.
Information Builders Adds Dashboards, Excel Plug-in, Compliance Framework
News  |  5/30/2007  | 
Business intelligence vendor offers two approaches to sharing data and insight: the usual Excel route, or 'Active' license-free reports with dashboard and collaboration features.
Top Five Reasons The Palm Foleo Makes No Sense
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Palm today decided to show us the future of mobile computing by giving us... a $500 laptop-sized Treo smartphone add-on that isn't even a real laptop. While I am sure some of you are excited by the Foleo and its Linux OS, I for one am under whelmed. Why would I pay $500 for a glorified smartphone accessory when I could get an entire laptop for just a little bit more?
Palm Adds The Folly, Er, The Foleo To Its Portfolio
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
For once, the rumor sites had it completely right. If you heard a gunshot around 11:30 AM Pacific Time this morning over in Carlsbad, Calif., that was Palm shooting itself in the foot. Rather than spend its time and money developing the next kick-butt smartphone for the enterprise, Palm thought about the future and decided to give us a laptop that isn't even a laptop.
IE Mobile Gets Standards For Windows Mobile 6
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
For those of you eagerly waiting the upgrades to Internet Explorer Mobile for Windows Mobile 6, here is a rundown of what you can expect from the new OS.
Is Google Getting Serious About Business Software?
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Here's to betting that a Salesforce.com and Google business partnership has been consummated. Salesforce informs me it will be making an announcement with a "leading Internet company based in the Bay Area" on June 5.
Will The Exit Of InfoSpace Spell The End Of The Carrier Deck?
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Mobile content, advertising, and search firm InfoSpace is rumored to be on the auction block with Spanish firm LaNetro Zed as the prospective buyer. According to the rumors, InfoSpace could fetch around $1.08 billion if the merger goes through. This deal could mark the end of the first phase of the mobile Web.
Is The Next Generation iPhone Already In Production?
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
The iPhone rumors are non-stop today. The iPhone supposedly will have more features than Steve Jobs announced in January and Microsoft might have some new patent with which to challenge the iPhone (and possibly block its path to market). Now reports claim that the
Apple Beware: Microsoft Awarded Web Phone Patent
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Could Apple's iPhone be at the mercy of a patent just granted to Microsoft? Could be, judging by U.S. Patent 7,225,409, "Graphical User Interface For A Screen Telephone," which was awarded to Microsoft on Tuesday. More potential worries for Apple: The patent isn't just for a phone, but for the underlying softwar
What Is The Real Market For Wireless MVNOs?
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
The wireless industry has been trying to figure out the secret to MVNOs for the last five years. With the exception of Virgin Mobile, though, I haven't seen very many success stories. Now Voce, a new MVNO designed for the busy professional with disposable income, is trying to capture the coveted high-end market. Why do MVNOs think wealthy people want to go through a re-seller?
Does The iPhone Have Hidden Features?
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
We're just a few weeks away from the launch of the iPhone and the rumor mill is in overdrive. Yesterday my colleague, Eric Zeman, questioned if the iPhone would usher in a new era of fixed-mobile convergence and seamless connectivity. Today it seems the iPhone might be hiding some features that Steve Jobs didn't reveal in January.
Rumors On Palm Device Not So Promising
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
Well, as to be expected, tech and gadget rumor sites are already running pieces on what Palm will be announcing today. The one rumor that looks more substantive than the others (because it's based on an errant Palm press release) speaks of a Linux-based UMPC-type device. Hmm. Is this a market
Ajax Versus Silverlight, JavaFX and Flash/Flex
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
I've noticed that spokespeople for Microsoft, Sun and Adobe tend to gingerly disparage Ajax… It doesn't fit their model: proprietary delivery methods (runtime clients, graphics engines), proprietary or semi-proprietary development tools-their own solutions for overcoming the deficiencies of HTTP Web applications… It pains them that Ajax is so popular. They have to deal with it, treat it with kid gloves, even support it; but they don't like it.
Mobile Web Turns Into An Escape From Corporate Firewalls
Commentary  |  5/30/2007  | 
A few months ago I reported how mobile Web use was growing, particularly in the U.S. In the U.K., employees are flocking to toilets to use the mobile Web. Why? Because it's a fast and easy way to escape the prying eyes of IT managers and corporate firewalls.
BT To Add Wireless VoIP To PlayStation Portable
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
BT said it is developing a software-based VoIP app for the Sony PlayStation Portable (PSP). The new app will let users to make voice and video calls over a Wi-Fi network. Will VoIP be the newest add-on for mobile game handhelds?
Smartphone Accessories Make More Money Than Smartphones
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
That's right, there is more money in Bluetooth headsets and phone cover cases than in smartphones proper. According to researcher ABI, the market for smartphone accessories will hit $32 billion in 2007, much more than the $28 billion expected from the smartphone market.
Harmony Integrates BI Into Software For Social Service Organizations
News  |  5/29/2007  | 
Harmony Information Systems plans to integrate the Logi 8 BI platform into irs software for managing operations related to child welfare, juveniles justice, substance abuse, and other social services.
Microsoft Cancels PDC... What's A Developer To Do?
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
Is Microsoft suffering from developer show burnout? -- or -- does the rescheduling suggest that it will it be a long time before Microsoft's "next wave of platform technologies" is ready?
With Toshiba Turion Laptop Deal, AMD Regains Ground On Intel
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
AMD has released additional information surrounding its important design win announced early Tuesday, in which Toshiba said it would ship laptops equipped with processors from the Avis of chip makers. As was the case when Dell opted for AMD, it's big industry news anytime a major PC manufacturers diverges from an Intel-only strategy. For AMD, the big challenge remains making such market advances stick, as opposed to the two-steps forward, one-step backwards dance it's been doing for the past fe
Palm To Unveil New Device Tomorrow
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
Palm, one-time innovator of the PDA market and maker of the Treo line of smartphones, has announced that it will be showing off a brand new category of mobile devices tomorrow. A new category? Something other than a PDA, smartphone, or glorified hard drive? My interest is piqued.
Will The iPhone, Wing, And Other Wi-Fi-Enabled Smartphones Finally Usher In FMC?
Commentary  |  5/29/2007  | 
We all know the iPhone has Wi-Fi. The new HTC Wing, launched by T-Mobile last week, also has it. RIM CEO Jim Balsillie said in a speech that we'll see Wi-Fi on a BlackBerry device by year's end. Will this new crop of devices convince U.S. carriers to offer
Customer Insight: Complete the Picture With Cross-Channel Analysis
News  |  5/28/2007  | 
Are you looking at store-, contact center- and Web-based transactions in isolation? Employing cross-channel analysis, Best Buy learned that best customers are typically multi-channel customers, and it's now personalizing marketing messages with a complete view of customer behavior. Here's a look at the cross-channel trend and its implications for technology choices and operational decisions.
Novell Tips Details Of Microsoft Linux Deal, Spotlighting FSF Opposition
Commentary  |  5/28/2007  | 
The Free Software Foundation, that merry band of advocates of the GNU/Linux operating system (don't call it "Linux" -- FSF president Richard Stallman will get mad), is looking to throw a monkey wrench into the peace pact between Novell and Microsoft. Under that deal, signed last November, Novell insulated itself from Linux patent suits from Redmond and got millions of dollars in much-needed cash to boot. Now, Novell financial filings release
Google Calendar Now Available For Your Cell Phone
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
Google this week released a mobile version of its Calendar tool. Sign up is easy: Just go to calendar.google.com from your mobile phone and the application should work on your phone.
FeedBurner Deal Puts Google Closer To Controlling Online Publishers
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
If Google finally pulls the trigger and closes its proposed deal to buy FeedBurner, it will be one step closer to having all the tools its needs to control online publishers. Do you feel that hand near your throat?
Linux On Your Mind
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
It's always informative to look at our most heavily trafficked stories to see what topics you're most interested in. No, it's not a scientific survey, but it certainly provides pretty powerful anecdotal evidence of what technologists are currently buzzing about. And judging from our numbers, you're rather obsessed with Linux--Ubuntu Linux, to be precise.
Shazam! Nokia to Develop Lightning-Detecting Cell Phone
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
Well, strike me down! In the spirit of saving lives (because dead cell phone users aren't very profitable), Nokia has applied to patent the use of FM and GSM technology that will detect potential lightning strikes and warn users to head for the nearest tree, er, shelter. If Benjamin Franklin could only see this!
90% Of Cell Phone Owners Rate iPhone Over Theirs
Commentary  |  5/25/2007  | 
That lovely statistic comes from a recent Strategy Analytics' Wireless Device Labs study on the perceptions of technology. I have to find a small amount of fault in their methodology, though. The study participants' reactions were based on a video they watched of the iPhone, and not actually using the iPhone itself. Would the results be the same with hardware on the table?
Dell Ubuntu PCs Are Best Friend Linux Ever Had
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Is Linux its own worst enemy when it comes to gaining converts on the desktop? That's what I said in a recent post, in reference to Dell's impending release of systems equipped with Ubuntu Linux. And, boy, did I get an earful of reader comments. This time, I've got another beef: Now that Dell has formally announced the machines, the Dell page offering the Ubuntu boxes for sale (
Wireless Wrap From This Year's Interop
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Wireless and mobility were big topics at this year's Interop. Let's take a look at the wireless news in review.
Windows Mobile Contributed To Surge In PDA/Smartphone Sales
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
Defying logic, enterprise users flocked to Windows Mobile 5 in droves during the first quarter of 2007, despite the announcement that Windows Mobile 6 would be available in the second quarter. The PDA market actually grew 40% compared to the year-ago quarter, fueled by strong WinMo5 sales.
Report: The End Is Nigh For Mobile Enterprise Vendors
Commentary  |  5/24/2007  | 
According to The 451 Group, tech vendors that sell mobile office and productivity apps will see their market consolidate with few survivors remaining. The research also highlights that the number of premium enterprise-device users will remain limited when compared to the overall mobile market, which will be dominated by consumers. This is not good news for the mobile enterprise.
I Want My Seamless Mobility
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
I have heard a lot about seamless mobility -- the dream of universal wireless access where users can roam freely between wireless LANs and cellular networks and back again -- this week at Interop. I keep hearing vendors promise dual-mode access, but when I raise the issue of the pink elephant in the room, the vendors just smile at me and change the subject.
Stampede To Optimize Windows Mobile Devices
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
It's about time someone stepped up and offered a useable optimization platform for smartphones. Do your smartphone applications run too slow?
Can Dell Figure Out How To Make A Cell Phone?
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
So, is Dell going to make a cell phone or not? In a recent interview with CRN, Michael Dell spoke about the possibility of his company developing a mobile device, but he didn't seem to know what kind of mobile gadget to make.
MetaStorm Adds 'Wizard' For Process Intelligence
News  |  5/23/2007  | 
Point-and-click report building and new service consumption options highlight BPM suite upgrade.
Zoho Launches Notebook Beta
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
Hosted software provider Zoho this week at Interop launched its new multimedia writer, called Zoho Notebook. So, is it any good? Zoho first showed off Notebook at DEMO but didn't release a public version until yesterday.
Why People Still Use Microsoft Office: Saving Time And Peace Of Mind
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
Reader Alex Wieder writes to describe why people pay for Microsoft Office -- saving time and peace of mind. His letter suggests something I'm coming to suspect: That Microsoft's Office monopoly persists on inertia and could well disappear in a few years as OpenOffice.org and other alternatives become more attractive.

Will Google Be Eaten By The Niche Players?
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
Google is increasingly looking like a big, slow giant tech company and less like the nimble innovator that defined the beginning of Web 2.0. Yesterday Web video search engine Blinkx successfully went public, proving that there is plenty of room for small Web video companies, even when Google controls both YouTube and its own video platform.
Was Making A Cell Phone Call From The Top Of Mount Everest Really Necessary?
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
I smell a publicity stunt. Seriously. I've been an armchair climber of Mount Everest for about 12 years now. I think I've read every book on the subject, and I follow each season's news of summit attempts. What makes the news seem less spectacular is that China set up mobile (i.e., temporary) base stations so the call could be completed, and the climber's trip was sponsored by Motorola. Did the parties involved really prove anything new here? No, they didn't. They do, however, get bragging right
Verizon Wireless' Strigl Rattles Saber, Says iPhone Killer In The Wings
Commentary  |  5/23/2007  | 
No, Denny Strigl wasn't talking about T-Mobile's new smartphone. Verizon Wireless' COO recently said in an interview that Verizon is preparing to battle the iPhone with a product it will release later this summer. He even went so far as to take a potshot at AT&T's network, saying, "The is
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