News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Applications posted in June 2009
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Apple Seeds iPhone SDK 3.1 To Developers
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Today Apple began pushing out iPhone Software Development Kit 3.1 to developers of the iPhone platform. The new SDK has several new features that should make it easier for developers to create applications for the iPhone. The biggest new development is that the MMS feature is automatically turned on in 3.1.
Microsoft's Security Essentials: A Promising Start
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
I've been using the beta of Microsoft Security Essentials, (MSE) having been one of the lucky few to grab it in the first few days before Microsoft closed the beta. Here's what I think so far: It's not flashy, it's not feature-rich, and its not a replacement for enterprise-class workstation security. Because of that, it has the potential to be a great solution for consumers and small businesses.
Dell's Adds Ultraportable Notebook To Its Vostro Line For SMBs
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Question: What's smaller than a notebook but bigger than a netbook? Answer: An ultraportable, like Dell's new 3.36-pound Vostro 1220, with a 12.1-inch screen.
Lenovo Launches Four Xeon Servers
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The new ThinkServers feature built-in virtualization, new power-saving features, and several Intel Xeon 5500 processors to choose from.
Is The Pre Poorly Built?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
There have been scattered reports that Palm's Pre smartphone is not holding up well. A few Pre users have been complaining that their screens are wobbly and can get easily cracked, the slider is poorly-designed, and the overall manufacturing is shoddy.
Dell Launches 12-inch Vostro Business Laptop
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The notebook PC comes with Wi-Fi support or optional mobile broadband for connecting to a wireless carrier.
Bsquare: Why Wait? We Got Yer Flash For Android Right Here
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Bsquare says, "Pshaw!" No need to wait until the end of 2009 to get Flash on your Android device. It is already offering Android developers support for Flash Lite 3.1 on ARM-based devices.
Google Fixes App Sync Plug-In
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Google App Sync for Microsoft Outlook has been fixed so that it no longer interferes with Windows Desktop Search.
Amazon Drops More Affiliates Over Online Tax Issue
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The online retailer has been dropping affiliates in states that approve the collection of sales taxes for online transactions.
Maine Orders 64,000 Apple Laptops For Schools
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
An additional 7,000 MacBooks will be ordered in the coming weeks. Maine is the only state to provide laptops to every public school student.
Ericsson Rolling Out App Store
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The company is trying to one-up Apple's App Store by offering carriers a hosted virtual store that can reach a broad variety of devices.
Linux Netbook Prices: How Low Can They Go?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Some netbook vendors can't stop bad-mouthing Linux. But it's still the way to go if you want a low-priced, energy-efficient machine that is actually capable of doing useful work.
Cisco Eyes Web Alternative To Microsoft Office
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Online application service would put Cisco alongside Google and others in going after a slice of Microsoft's lucrative Office software franchise.
Firefox 3.5 Released
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Mozilla's Firefox 3.5, long delayed, has been officially released and now faces an increasingly competitive browser market.
Verizon Gives BlackBerry Tour Pricing, Details
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Mobile workers using the BlackBerry Tour smartphone will be able to use Verizon's CDMA network while in the U.S and EDGE/GPRS/GSM networks abroad.
Dell May Be Building Android Pocket Device
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
The Internet-enabled handheld device is being likened to Apple's iPod Touch and could be released this year.
Beyond Google Docs: 7 Web-Based Collaboration Apps
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Along with the search-engine giant's popular collaboration tools, we look at Zoho Writer, Pastebin, Dabbleboard, Dimdim, Yugma, and
Palm Pre Beating Sales Expectations
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Palm's touchscreen smartphone may be overshadowed by Apple's iPhone 3GS, but one analyst says sales are about twice previous estimates.
File Sharing And SMS Powers Come To Skype 3.0 For Windows Mobile
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
The latest version of Skype for the Windows Mobile platform adds some nifty new features. Users will now be able to swap files back and forth, and can send text messages to other mobile phones directly from Skype.
Are SMBs Facing A Crisis Of Cloud Confidence?
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
Cloud computing is often thought of as the perfect option for small businesses. But a new survey shows that small businesses share many of the cloud computing concerns of their larger competitors, including security, availability, and speed.
BlackBerry Tour Hitting Verizon July 12 For $200
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
If you've been hankering for some BlackBerry Tour action from Verizon Wireless, it's time to get excited. The nation's largest carrier has launched pre-orders for the Tour, which will be in stores starting July 12. It will come in two versions: one with a camera, and one without.
The Pirate Bay Goes Legit
News  |  6/30/2009  | 
Buyer Global Gaming Factory X plans to introduce commercial business model to infamous file-swapping site.
600 Apps For Windows Marketplace For Mobile Launch
Commentary  |  6/30/2009  | 
When the new application store for Windows Mobile, dubbed Windows Marketplace for Mobile, opens it will have 600 apps to start with according to a Windows Mobile product manager at Microsoft France.
Online Sales Tax Brouhaha Hits More SMB Amazon Affiliates
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | has dropped affiliate relationships with small businesses in North Carolina and Rhode Island as the states prepare to implement new laws requiring the company to collect online sales tax.
Pirate Bay Takes On YouTube
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
VideoBay is in "beta extreme" and comes with the warning, "Don't expect anything to work at all."
Google Fights Information Poverty In Africa
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Google is rolling out new mobile phone services in Uganda, where mobile phones represent the dominant computing device.
So Long, And Thanks, Google Earth, For All The Fish
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
In the latest installment of what appears to an ongoing series in the technology press, criminals are using technology to commit crimes.
iPhone 3GS Owners Complain Of Overheating
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
iPhones with white cases seem to be hit hardest, turning the plastic cover pink or brown.
Nokia Siemens' Acquisition Of Nortel's LTE Unit Contested
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
In the face of objections from creditors and suppliers, Nortel wants a judge to approve the proposed $650 million sale.
Jobs Returns To Work At Apple
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The Apple chief executive is splitting his time between the company's corporate offices and working from home.
Comcast Rolling Out WiMax Service
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The cable company will be reselling Clearwire's 4G service starting this week in Portland, Ore.
Toyota Develops Mind-Controlled Wheelchair
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Brain/machine interface transmits user's thoughts to an onboard laptop which analyzes and passes commands to wheelchair.
Mozilla Releases Fennec Builds For Windows, Nokia Devices
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The latest version of mobile Firefox brings Windows Mobile users better support for touch screens and better stability, Mozilla said.
Palm Kills Homemade Apps With Latest Pre Firmware
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Palm has issued another firmware update for the Palm Pre. The latest version, 1.0.4, offers some minor security improvements and one unwelcome change: some homemade apps no longer work.
China Limits Use Of Virtual Currency
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Trading virtual currency for real goods has been banned in China, putting hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity at risk.
Apple Sees iPhone 3GS Shortages
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
The company has rolled out an online inventory-tracking tool showing how many iPhone 3GS handsets remain in Apple's retail stores.
Amazon Drops North Carolina SMBs Over Sales Tax Proposal
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Trying to make up for declining state revenue, North Carolina is preparing to collect taxes on online transactions.
Sony Mulls PSP Phone For Gamers
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
A cell phone version of its PlayStation Portable gaming device may be the company's response to increased competition from Apple's iPhone and App Store.
Review: Apple's Speedy iPhone 3GS
News  |  6/29/2009  | 
Its blazing speed and new features make the 3GS Apple's best iPhone yet, but its App Store, and easy-to-use OS are what set it apart from the Palm Pre and Nokia N97.
Apple Reporting iPhone 3GS Shortages
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
It looks like the iPhone 3GS is a solid seller. Apple is reporting that the iPhone 3GS is out of stock at 29 of its retail stores (as of 6/26). Apple also recently launched a tool to let would-be iPhone buyers check the stock levels of the Apple Store near them.
KACE Offers Mac Management Upgrade
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Apple Macintosh users like to believe that they use the best computers around. And maybe they do. But from an IT-management perspective, Macs in mixed environments have often been treated as red-headed step-children. The next versions of KACE's KBOX Systems Management Appliance aims to level the playing field with Mac-management tools on par with its Windows offerings.
Does Twitter Match The Mission?
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
A CIO with the U.S. Air Force argues that government-technology decision makers must apply cost-benefit analysis in determining whether Web 2.0 tools make sense for their agencies.
Adaptive Planning Says Challenging Economy Requires More Sophisticated Planning Tools
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
Is the recession bottoming out or will things get worse? Is a comeback bounce around the corner, or are we looking at the dreaded "L-shaped" recovery where business remains stuck at a depressed level? More to the point, what is your company going to do about whatever scenario plays out?
Google Ups File Attachment Capability Of Gmail
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
I just don't know how anyone can survive with the limits placed on email systems these days. I mean, where does Google get off thinking it is acceptable to limit Gmail file attachments to a mere 20MB. That's ridiculous. Wait, what? Google just changed it to 25MB? Oh. That's cool.
T-Mobile Launch Events For New Phones
Commentary  |  6/29/2009  | 
T-Mobile in the US is holding events in seven cities around the country for the impending launches of the HTC Touch Pro2 and HTC Dash 3G. The Touch Pro2 has been eagerly awaited by many, and the Dash 3G might be better known to you as the HTC Snap.
Windows 7 Pricing: How Much Lower?
Commentary  |  6/27/2009  | 
For months, the news about Windows 7 has been encouraging. The product looks good, but the one thing we didn't know was how much it would cost. Now, we know that too -- or at least some of the picture.
China Should Hire Apple To Police Porn
Commentary  |  6/26/2009  | 
The Chinese government has been having a rough month. The authorities there have been dialing back already limited Internet freedoms to discourage disruptive remembrance of the 20th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown. In early June, authorities let slip that starting in July PCs shipped in China would have to include Web filtering software called Green Dam.
ICANN Names Security Expert As CEO
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Rod Beckstrom, former director of the U.S. National Cybersecurity Center, faces demands to make the US organization into an international body.
IBM Talks Up Cloud Computing
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
"Cloud computing is a new way of consuming IT," says Willy Chiu, vice president of IBM Cloud Labs.
Google Warns Of Social Profile Spam
News  |  6/26/2009  | 
Social profile spam is on the rise and Google wants Web site operators to do something about it.
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