Will Open Networks Force Apple To Unlock The iPhone?
Almost milliseconds after Verizon Wireless said it will open its networks to outside devices starting next year, I was swarmed with e-mails asking me if the iPhone would soon be able to run on Verizon's network. At first, I said no. EDGE phones don't run on CDMA networks. Then, I thought through the question again.
What Does Verizon's "Open Move" Mean For Smaller Companies?
Verizon challenged the way America does wireless today when it announced that it plans to open its wireless network to third party mobile devices, software, and applications. If other carriers are forced to follow suit, what might that mean to small and midsize companies' mobility plans?
Macworld May Disappoint iPhone Phreaks
The January classic will be bigger than ever and more comprehensive than in years past. But unless Apple makes an announcement, don't expect to get insider scoop on how to hack an iPhone at Macworld 2008.
Work From Anywhere -- Carefully
The ability to work anywhere, at anytime, is crucial for anyone involved in a smaller business. Until recently, though, working in airports or hotels was a hit or miss affair.
The iPhone as a Business Tool?
Whether IT managers like it or not, the iPhone is worming its way into the enterprise. According to new research from IDC, 70 percent of those polled who own, or plan to purchase an iPhone in the next year, consider it to be for both personal and business use.
Nobody Wants Tablet PCs
Maybe Apple is coming out with a tablet PC, but it seems unlikely. It's not a product that makes sense. Tablet computers have been available for Windows a couple of years now; they're not selling like gangbusters and there's no reason to assume that a Mac version will do better, no matter how much magic pixie dust Steve Jobs shovels onto the product.
Apple Readying Leopard Update
Apple is distributing test versions of a bug-fix upgrade of its new Leopard Mac OS. 10.5.1 fixes bugs in the firewall, data lost problems, and bugs in Mail, Spotlight, iCal, and more, according to Engadget, which lists a couple of dozen bugs that the update fixes.
Mac Software Bug Can Lead To Massive Data Loss
The blog TomKarpik.com reports that you can experience "horrendous data loss" if you move data from one volume to another, and the destination volume disappears midway. Karpik says he first encountered it in Samba, but it also occurs no matter the type of destination -- local USB, Firewire, network, etc. -- and that the bug dates back all the way to Panther and affects Leopard.
Apple Releasing iPhone Update 1.1.2, Breaking Third-Party Apps -- Again
Apple plans on Friday to release version 1.1.2 of its iPhone software, timed to coincide with the European release of the phone, according to reports on Apple blogs. The new software adds support for foreign languages, and a leading European wireless broadband vendor. And -- oh yeah -- the new release breaks third-party apps on the iPhone. Again.
RIM Announces Blackberry Software for Small Businesses
Smaller businesses are getting more attention than ever from vendors that used to steamroll by them on their way to enterprise customers with big bucks. The latest such vendor is Blackberry maker Research in Motion.
What's Great And What Stinks In The New Apple Mail
While the young people nowadays are all about their "instant messaging," and "social networks," e-mail is still the switchboard through which most of my business communication flows. Apple Mail 3, the upgraded mail client included in Mac OS X Leopard, is a very good mail client and a significant improvement over previous versions. It has a few features I love, some I hate, and some that are frustrating because they're good but could be so much better.
Apple Bans Nuclear Plants From Running 'Leopard' OS
While researching a story about Apple letting users run Leopard in a virtualized environment, I came across some interesting language in the software's license agreement. Who knew you can't use Leopard to run a nuclear power plant, or a 747?
Wozniak: Apple Should Unlock The iPhone
Steve Jobs got a suggestion the other day from an old friend and business partner -- a guy named Steve Wozniak. Unlock the iPhone, Woz said: "I am really for the unlockers, the rebels trying to make it free. I'd really like it to be open to new applications."