News & Commentary
Content tagged with Mobile Business posted in November 2009
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Barnes & Noble Struggles To Fill Nook Demand
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Barnes & Noble hopes to deliver the e-book reader in time for Christmas to everyone who ordered before Nov. 20. But they're not making any promises.
Survey: Android Developers Unhappy
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Some Android developers are frustrated with low application download volumes, poor marketplace design, and problems with Google Checkout.
Large Hadron Collider Breaks Energy Record
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The physics community is excited to see CERN's particle accelerator up and running again.
AT&T, LG Intro 1 GHz Smartphone
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The eXpo is the first major U.S. smartphone to feature a 1-GHz processor, an integrated mobile projector, and a fingerprint sensor.
Dell Dabbles With Chrome OS
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Owners of Dell Mini 10v netbooks can now try a version of Google's Chrome OS for themselves.
Nokia Slows Maemo Investment To Just One Device?
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Today, citing people familiar with Nokia's 2010 product roadmap, Reuters is reporting that Nokia will release just one new device in 2010 running its Linux-based Maemo platform. That's a bad idea, Nokia.
Gartner Sees Stabilization In Server Market
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Server shipments and revenue increased significantly in the third quarter from the previous quarter.
RIM Updates BlackBerry Server, Media Software
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The BlackBerry maker added multiple features to its BlackBerry Enterprise Server and Media Sync software.
Amazon Boasts Record Kindle Sales
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The e-reader is the best-selling product across all categories on Amazon.
Lenovo Buys Back Mobile Unit
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The company will spend about $200 million to get its mobile phone unit back in order to focus on mobile Internet devices.
LG Intros eXpo WinMo Smartphone With Pico Projector
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Today LG and AT&T introduced a new Windows Mobile 6.5 smartphone, the eXpo. The device's defining feature is a removable Texas Instruments DLP pico projector, which can be used to share movies...er...PowerPoint Presentations when on the road.
Ericsson To Buy Nortel GSM Unit For $70 Million
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
Nortel's European and Taiwanese GSM and GSM-R operations will go to Kapsch CarrierCom.
Sprint Targets Cyber Monday Instead Of Black Friday
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Just before the long Thanksgiving holiday weekend, AT&T, T-Mobile, and Verizon Wireless all announced sales for Black Friday and over the weekend. Conspicuously absent was any sort of sales event promoted by Sprint. Turns out Sprint was saving its deals for Cyber Monday instead of Black Friday.
Infineon, Nokia Collaborating On LTE Chips
News  |  11/30/2009  | 
The companies are working to ensure that Infineon's processors work with Nokia's 4G modems.
Google Branded Phone Rumored in 2010
Commentary  |  11/30/2009  | 
Ever since Google's Android phone has been known about, there has been speculation that Google would make a "Google Phone" to sell. Google has steadfastly maintained they don't want anything to do with hardware though. They are satisfied with making the platform and working with hardware makers to bring Android to the consumers. That may change.
Apple Accepts PhoneGap For iPhone Development
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
Cross-platform mobile development is getting easier, thanks to frameworks that leverage Web technology.
Apple Seeks Permanent Halt To Psystar Mac Clones
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
The requested injunction would prohibit Psystar from selling Mac knock offs, which a federal court has already ruled violate Apple's copyright.
AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon All Offering Black Friday Sales
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
At least three of the four major network operators in the U.S. have announced sales on devices for the Black Friday shopping bonanza. Here's a round-up of what AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless are offering. My favorite deal is the buy-one-get-one BlackBerry offer that Verizon has scheduled for Friday, November 27.
Sprint Gets Nod To Buy iPCS
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
Federal and state approval of the $831 million deal removes all but one hurdle toward finalizing the acquisition.
Best Buy Rolls Out $99 Android Sale
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
The holiday shopping season has fully arrived, and stores across the country will be opening early and offering bargains. If you're brave enough to hit the big box retail stores this weekend, Best Buy is offering five different Android handsets for $99 each.
FCC Chair Wants More Broadband
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
A 10% increase in broadband availability means a 1.2 to 1.5 point increase in GDP, Federal Communications Commission Chair Julius Genachowski says.
Gartner: Data Center Problems Ahead
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
Energy, staffing, and hardware costs lead the list of worsening challenges facing data center managers, research firm says.
Apple Sues To Stop Power Adapter Knock Offs
News  |  11/25/2009  | 
A lawsuit filed on Monday charges a California-based company with copying a patented Apple design.
Practical Analysis: Smartphones -- Passion To Profit And Productivity
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
Mobile apps are hard to support, they're a new development discipline, and they have a squishy ROI--but they can't be ignored.
Fusion-io: This Ain't Your Father's SSD Hardware
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
Think your new SATA solid-state hard drive is hot stuff? There's a new kid on the block that will make it look like a relic from the storage Stone Age.
A Chink In Apples App Store Armor
Commentary  |  11/25/2009  | 
I've said before the iPhone is nice but what really makes the platform stand out is the App Store that now has over 100,000 apps available. There are grumblings however from an increasing number of developers not happy with the way Apple is treating those that keep the App Store's shelves stocked.
Amazon Boosts Kindle Features
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
The market-leading e-book reader is getting PDF support and longer battery life.
Google, TiVo Partner For TV Data
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
TV advertisers can look forward to a deeper understanding of how TiVo viewers receive their ads.
Qualcomm Antitrust Case Dropped
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
The European Commission has withdrawn its regulatory proceeding against the mobile equipment maker.
HP Picks Worst Name Ever For New Smartphone
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Hewlett Packard has occasionally tossed a new iPAQ-branded smartphone into the market more as proof that it can still make them than to scare up any real sales. Its latest smartphone is perhaps one of the best-looking it has ever crafted, but HP crippled it with a terrible, horrible, no-good name.
Chip Market Decline Less Than Expected
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
Semiconductor revenue plunged more than $32 billion this year, but iSuppli said it could have been much worse.
PC Shipments Up, Revenue Down In 2009
News  |  11/24/2009  | 
Gartner had predicted a 2% decline in PC shipments, but instead reports a 2.8% increase from 2008.
Apple Says Users To Blame For iPhone Virus
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Did your iPhone catch the new "Duh" iPhone virus? If so, Apple says it's your own fault for jailbreaking the iPhone. iPhones that have not been jailbroken are not susceptible to the virus, and jailbreakers can take steps to protect themselves.
Black Friday FOR SMBs, Not Just BY SMBs?
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
Typically, Black Friday is a sales event where companies offer big discounts to consumers to spur sales the day after Thanksgiving. But in today's economy (ITE) companies are also pushing Black Friday to their SMB customers.
iPhone And Android Dominate Mobile Web Browsing
Commentary  |  11/24/2009  | 
The iPhone and devices based on Android make up 75% of mobile web traffic according to a recent report by AdMob. These two devices together don't make up anywhere near 75% of the device sales, but they have a disproportionate share of web browsing.
Full Nelson: Video: San Francisco Goes Open, Transparent
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
An interview with the city’s mayor and IT principals about DataSF.org and its groundbreaking applications
Apple Steps Into AT&T-Verizon Ad War
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
AT&T just got a partner it its fight with Verizon Wireless. Apple is stepping into the advertising fray with two new commercials that point out features that the iPhone has that Verizon's phones iDon't.
Apple Defends App Store Approval Process
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
The company said its App Store approval process makes sure Apple's platform has high-quality products.
AT&T's iPhone Stranglehold Ending June 2010?
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
Neither AT&T nor Apple has ever admitted how long the exclusive sales arrangement is for the iPhone. Despite their silence, at least one person strongly believes the deal will end in June 2010, which means the iPhone will then become available via more carriers in the U.S.
AT&T, LG Launch 3G Netbook
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
The subsidized netbook will be powered by Windows XP and requires a $60 monthly data plan from AT&T.
Verizon Nabs Omnia II Smartphone
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
Samsung's Omnia II is powered by Windows Mobile 6.5; it packs a large touchscreen, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, and corporate mail and calendar features.
Ciena Wins Nortel Units
News  |  11/23/2009  | 
Nokia Siemens Networks was outbid by Ciena's $769 million offer for Nortel's Optical Networking and Carrier Ethernet units.
Verizon Snags Samsung's Omnia II With WinMo 6.5
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
Samsung adds to Verizon Wireless' inventory of Windows Mobile 6.5 devices with the new Omnia II. This media monster packs social networking powers, a five-megapixel camera, support for Divx and Xvid, and comes with a budget-friendly price of $200.
Will Android Survive?
Commentary  |  11/23/2009  | 
With the Apple iPhone setting the market on fire, it seems difficult to imagine another platform replicating its success. That isn't going to stop people from trying though. If even only half as successful, there is a lot of money to be made. The latest platform to catch fire is Android. Will it succeed, or be an also ran?
Thoughts On The Motorola Droid
Commentary  |  11/20/2009  | 
It's been a few weeks since the Motorola Droid crash-landed on Verizon Wireless, and I wanted to give it a good amount of real-life usage before I reviewed the handset. So, does the Droid live up to the hype, or is it another failed iPhone killer?
Chrome OS: There Will Be Local Storage
News  |  11/20/2009  | 
Despite what Google says, not all data will be in the cloud.
Motorola Buys RadioFrame's iDEN Business
News  |  11/20/2009  | 
The acquisition will enhance its push-to-talk technology delivered over an integrated Digital Enhanced Network, Motorola says.
Specs For Next Motorola Android Phone Leak
Commentary  |  11/20/2009  | 
Based on the spec sheet that's floating about the Interwebs today, it appears as though Motorola's next Android phone is probably headed to AT&T -- which remains to be the only major U.S. carrier not already offering an Android handset.
Motorola Promises Fix For Droid's Goofy Camera
Commentary  |  11/20/2009  | 
The Motorola Droid has one of the weirdest bugs I've ever heard about. It concerns the camera. It seems some users are finding that the autofocus doesn't work quite right. Motorola says a software fix is on the way.
U.S. Cellular Offers Mobile Plan Notifications
News  |  11/20/2009  | 
Wireless plan customers nearing their limits on minutes or text messages can opt to receive notification from the carrier via SMS.
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